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Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriors who get the girl in the end. “Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess.” This iconic ale features a blend of four hop varieties which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas.

70 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/6/16 canning date

A: Pours a clear gold. Very tall and fizzy light tan head. Quite good head retention with light fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Nice candied citrus - orange and grapefruit. Yum.

T: Not so sweet on the taste though. Big blast of bitter orange and grapefruit again. Some pineapple too. Sweeter in the middle now where that candied fruit taste takes shape. Decent wave of bitterness into the finish but that sweet candied fruit follows it, balancing it nicely everywhere. Big floral lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, bitter and dry.

O: Great citrusy IPA. Big sweet and bitter citrus notes everywhere makes for a bold but nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the can that was filled on 07/06/2016. Sampled on August 25, 2016.

It pours amber-orange with decent clarity and a short-lived white head up top.

The aroma is a fruit bath with apple, peach, passion fruit, and other tropical esters. Low malt profile.

Medium body.

The taste, like the aroma, is very fruity and tropical but it almost feels artificial. I'm sure it's not but the fruitiness leads the way. A bitter finish.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark gold color. Clear. Frothy but small head. It eventually settles to a thin layer of minute bubbles. Good starting ring lace, streaks thereafter.

I smell a combination of earthiness and flowery hop cones.

Very smooth with a coating mouthfeel. There's the lightest of sweetness to the tongue. If one holds the liquid in the mouth, one might never know this is an IPA. The swallow, however, creates a strong bitter bite, leaving a long straight-up bitter flavor.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark orange with layers of head that cling with each sip.

S - Citrus hops, bread dough, malts, resin.

T - Hop forward - citrus, piney, resinous, balanced nicely with a malt bill that gives way to a hoppy finish.

O - Solid IPA and I will definitely try this again if I can get my hands on it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can filled 06/10/16

Pours clear amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like red grapefruit, caramel, toffee, sweet cinnamon-esque spice, orange, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, melon, papaya, toasted graham crackery grain, with dank earthy grass and herbal resinous pine. Tastes like red grapefruit, mixed berries, caramel, dark toffee, orange citrus, melon, papaya, sweet spice, dark crackery malt, with bitter herbal resinous pine and dank earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Golden orange. A foamy off-white head that fades somewhat quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smell: I was pretty underwhelmed by the strength of the aroma. What I picked up was good: citrus and bit of pine. It just wasn't very strong.

Taste: Sweet, fruity citrus right off the bat. Mostly orange and tangerine at the start. It finishes with a bitter grapefruit flavor.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing enough to drink more than one. Doesn't finish overly dry despite the slightly bitter finish in taste. Very moderate carbonation, and I'm glad because too much would hurt this beer a lot I think.

Overall: If the ABV was a little lower, this would be a great session beer. It's tasty if you want a beer full of citrus flavor and don't mind a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of diemilio
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 06/10/16 (3 weeks old); awesome artwork. Light clear amber color, no haze. Smells very very sweet, citrusy, piney and a little earthy. It's like caramelizing grapefruit or orange using honey, while camping in a pine forest. Also a hint of crackery malt. Taste follows the nose with a nice mildly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a very well balanced beer; very good!

Reminds me of a lower ABV version of hopslam. It drinks pretty much the same way but without the alcohol burn at the end. Love it.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color with 1/2" white head, diminishing to a thin coating. But, solid lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell of grass, dank, some pine and peach.

Good IPA taste with some overriding bitterness, slight sourness (little vinegar?).

MF was lighter than I expected (given color and flavor profile)...so refreshing for mid-summer.

Nothing special, but a good available IPA.

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Photo of jth63
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft in a large pilsner glass. Golden reddish colt and clear. Starts out with a little maltiness then the hops kick in on the finish. A very good IPA, will drink again if I get the chance.

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Photo of NCBrew
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From A 14 day old can. Faint floral nose . First sip I was a little underwhelmed but as my pallet adjusted to the hop profile I found this IPA to be very enjoyable. A little bit of juice, perfect amount of bitterness which was also floral. Easy drinker here. Cheers Ya'll .

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Photo of tbryan5
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice and pleasantly malty IPA. I don't say that often. A sweet but not cloying taste on the palate but the hops ease in and bite you ate the end. A hoppy, almost sessionable IPA.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z can about 3 weeks from canning, poured a clear yellow sunshine color with a white head that left behind small streaks of lacing. Smell was an all Florida citrus smell, very fresh with a lemon grass and baked bread smell, mouth feel had some pine hops that gave way to citrus and, floral hops a touch of bitterness in the finish, crisp and dry mouthfell with medium carbonation, very tasty and east to drink, liked this one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice. Canned on 05/19/2016.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus and grass. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon along with pineapple. Also some earthy and floral hops with some grass and pine. Backing pale malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains along with yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. Nice citrus and earthy hop notes.

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Photo of FBarber
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours crips orangeish with a frothy white head.

Smell is a nice blend of citrus, peach and pine.

Taste is remarkably balanced in spite of being very hop forward. Nice notes of grapefruit, peach and pine. Pretty bitter finish on the back end.

Smooth, drinkable, medium carbonation.

Nice IPA from Rev. Not my personal favorite, but a real solid IPA.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Darker amber.
Nice aroma. Some floral with a bit of citrus.
Taste nicely hoppy, some bitter fruit.
Finish with some dry resinous bitterness.
More west coast style IPA but solid beer

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A classic offering from Revolution Brewing and is always a nice go to at the bar for party night. This IPA is well set off extremely hoppy citrus tasting IPA. Enough said, w/ your typical bitter aftertaste. Nothing that screams out at you, but a great beer to tip back w/ no sipping involved.

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Photo of nyoung
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


The first thing that comes to mind when I drink or see Anti-Hero, is this is a great pizza beer!

Look: A dark golden look to it, nothing special to report.

Smell: Hoppy smell.

Taste: This is a hop forward beer, as an IPA usually is for me. I enjoy it, but it's not something I enjoy all the time. It's a bit too hoppy for me to have everyday, which is why I enjoy their "Fist-City". As the beginning states, I enjoy this with a good, thick piece of Chicago style pizza.

Feel: As a beer should feel.

Overall, great beer! I recommend to pick a 6-pack up and try yourself. As always, enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of Beginner2
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like Revolution Brewing because they are a great example of how brewing revives our cities and, of course, provide a much needed variety to America's taste buds.
So for that reason, I must like Anti-Hero because it is Revolution's cash cow that makes possible all their brews that I really admire (Eugene and variations) and all the other cool things they do with the second largest brewing plant in America's second city.

But, I do not like IPAs as a general rule... and Anti-Hero largely follows that rule.
It looks great, it smells interesting, its taste is OK, but its after-taste and mouthfeel didn't leave me alone. I had to go to the refrig and get salsa to eat with chips. After that, I could finish the beer. 70 IBU might blow some minds, but it just blows my taste buds. I hope I recover for tonight's meal.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours on the darker copper color side for an ipa. Smells like citrus, candy, and pine. Taste is super balanced.....the malt and slight sweetness do an excellent job of rounding out the hop profile. Medium body with medium heavy carbonation. Nothing spectacular.....but a very well rounded, super drinkable ipa.

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draught pour into pint glass with one finger head; Amber/ burnt orange color with moderate carbonation. No apparent smell or hint of hops which surprised me. Moderate bitterness of hops that dissipates rapidly yet subtlety lingers with no lacings that again surprised me given this is a four hop beer. Overall, I liked it and would recommend.

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Photo of BOS_bbb_Review
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6.5% ABV - 12oz. can - canned 2/24/2016

L: A thick golden-brown color. Settled with a one-finger head that dissipated slowly, leaving behind trace amounts of foam.

S: Hops, overlaying an orangey-citrus and pine.

T: Strong bitter hops that linger into the aftertaste, but not in an overpowering sense. A bit of an earthy flavor along with the citrus accented in the smell.

F: Medium body, smooth. Very smooth finish.

O: Being newer to IPAs, this is one of the better IPAs I have tried. The smoothness and citrus-infused hoppy flavor definitely add to its allure. Crisp, drinkable, and easy to enjoy any time of year.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revolution Brewing Company - Anti-Hero IPA. 6.5% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 2/1/16.

Look: Settles a hazy orange color, with lots of floaties. Head is about one finger sized white, bubbly foam, which settles into a bubbly ring.

Smell: Bready malt up front, along with some hops, and tons of sweet citrus fruit.

Feel: Medium bodied, with lots of lively carbonation, and easily drinkable.

Taste: Bready malt balanced by bitter hops, along with more of the sweet, juicy citrus fruits. Finishes about the same, malt and bitter hops.

Overall: Great balanced IPA, with lots of hop bitterness, but also malt sweetness, and tons of fruit profile. Finishes crisp and dry, with great drinkability.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A standard but nice gold. Bubbles moderately large.
Smell: Almost bready but with a hint of citrus and pine.
Taste: Bitter with some of the citrus-pine of the smell, but a malty aftertaste I'm not in love with.
Feel: It's a good, chewy IPA
Overall: A nice IPA, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Beer comes out a dark yellow to light orange with some pretty decent clarity. Eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles, good lacing.

Canned 11/05/2015 and I can't believe how fresh this beer has stayed, especially in the aroma department. I was fortunate enough to get this about 2 weeks after it was canned and it still smells exactly the same. Well rounded but the hops certainly do stand out. Sweet bready but the there's a nice grassy, floral, citrus, and pine hop aromas on the back end.

Taste is equally as excellent as the smell. Malt backbone easier to detect here, the wort by itself on this beer must taste awesome during the brewing process. Like hearty multigrain warm bread slightly buttered and coated with honey. After that there's nice flavors of citrus and pine at the back end, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied with a nice lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation that slightly tickles the tongue. Beer starts of sweet, smooth in the middle with a bitter finish that's not quite dry, sort of damp though. Great drinkability and really just a good anytime beer. Could pair with a lot of different kinds of food varying from spicy to just regular snacks. Great in the winter or summer. Not gonna knock your socks off but certainly won't leave you hanging great balanced beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More mild than what I was expecting. There's a bit too much of a pine and bitterness for my tastes, but it's still pretty good. More drinkable than what my review might imply.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,877 ratings.
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