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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

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Photo of atomic
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into Unibroue Tulip

A: All beer is beautiful to me

S: Actually not a lot of aroma to this one. What I do smell is all floral and citrus.

T: Only one way to describe it and thats JUICY. Where it lacks in smell, it makes up for in flavor. Explosion of grapefruit followed by a very slight but noticeable hop bitterness.

M: A little bit thicker than you'd expect it to be. No complaints though.

Overall this is quickly becoming one of my favorite local beers. Its everything you'd want from an IPA, without being too bitter that it ruins your palate. I was shocked when my girlfriend, for whom every other IPA has turned her face inside out, exclaimed "OOOooo" after having some Anti-hero. This is the one folks, if you're still not sold on hops, if you're still sensitive to the bitterness, this is the one to try. I should mention that its deceptively easy drinking; in the time it took to type this out, I've nearly finished my glass.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Note: scoring system is in whole numbers only)

12oz can poured into Bells tulip glass and consumed today 2/18/13. Thanks to mgm54 for including this as an extra.

Aroma: Nice combo of floral and citrus aromas with a deep contribution from a sweet breadiness. Smells great coming out of the can. (4)

Colour: Beautiful clear amber body. It literally looks like amber- glad there isn't an insect stuck inside it. Pours with a nice, creamy 2cm white head that dissipates after 1-2 minutes. Lacing gets to be a nice thick collar when I swirl it around, but otherwise falls down quickly. Really a very damn good looking IPA. (5)

Flavour: Big on the sweet breadiness from the nose, with floral hops on the palate from the middle to the end. Not a whole lot of citrus that I could smell from the nose. I would imagine the citrus is from the hop aroma while the floral aspects are from the bittering hops. Balanced to the point of being a strong APA. Which is what I like in my IPAs. (4)

Mouthfeel: Nothing particularly special. Medium bodied, perhaps on the lighter side, very good carbonation that leaves a bit of fizziness on the tongue. Resinous and the aftertaste is very pleasant. It doesn't linger for too long which I appreciate- if I want a big bitter aftertaste that stays for more than a minute, I'll drink a Hopslam. (3)

Overall: Very nicely balanced IPA that doesn't go too overboard on the hops. I prefer the less hoppy IPAs that allow some of the malt backbone to shine more and this is one such example. One might even consider it more of a strong APA, but APAs are more of my flavour than the current hop-heavy American-style IPAs. If it were distributed here in Wisconsin, I'd say it would be a great sessionable staple IPA six-pack that I'd pick up once a month. (4)

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1739th Review on BA
Can to woodshop snifter

Purchased a single can for $2.19 at Jerrys Liquor Brookfield, IL

App- Normally my IPAs go into a tulip. Since I am traveling. I dont have one. Brought a snifter for a tasting next week. This was a bit of a deeper orange with some peachy yellows and a bit of whites mixed in. Fairly solid and dense with a bit of a 1/2" off white head. Maybe a couple cling lines.

Smell- Not the most aromatic of IPAs but really had a nice base aroma of strong floral hops with a bit of a resiny balance. The citrus on this one was a bit muted with more over ripe fruits.

Taste- Like the aroma this wasnt the most over powering of flavors but was really nice and balanced for being a single IPA. Ive enjoyed the other Revolution beers I have and this was no different. The strong citrus was more prevalent on the palate but was still balanced out by a bit of piney and resin. A touch of caramel and butterscotch as it warmed.

Mouth- A fairly medium body. A bit light on the middle and fairly grainy on the finish. The carbonation is a bit medium with some grainy parts as with the body. Residual fruits of pineapple and orange with a bit of a malt balance remain.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer. It was flavorful and easy to take down. A nice small IPA from a local brewery.

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Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Most Defiantly one of my go too beers, Especially sense it is year round and if you can't find it on tap anywhere, at least you know someone will have it in cans.

A: Has such a beautiful gold body, almost could not ask for a better gold color. light cream head which tends to linger around it's circumference of the glass even while still. steady liveliness too it, carbonation seems to never stop.

S: Weak sweet citrus smell, does not hurt the nose what so ever.

T: Absolutely fits its character as an IPA, Ingredients seem to be balanced just right to not leave any sort of bitter aftertaste. Can't really say it's not bitter only because you should expect that in all APA's or IPA's. no over dominating characters.

M: Beer is not flat at all, i would have to say its more of a light and bubbly style in its self. Very smooth, has a fitting body for its style, no where close to a heavy body, yet far from light.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 2/12/13

Appearance: Clear, orange-cold - small, off-white head fades quickly to a tiny cap - leaves some decent spots of lacing

Smell: Floral, bright tangerine - fleshy, sweet tangerine slices - a very mellow citrus (minimal pith/rind) - some hints of dry pine - light malt profile, smells like a "session IPA" (I am surprised to see this is 6.5%) - lightly toasted with some caramel and bread

Taste: Sweet tangerine slices and floral hops - fleshy, sweet citrus - mostly tangerine, some orange, some ruby red grapefruit - lightly oily, a bit leafy, very floral - touch of pine - medium level of bitterness - lightly toasted malts - biscuits and bread, with some caramel, but mostly pale malts - tastes a bit heaver than the aroma suggests, but it's still on the light side

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, smooth, a touch oily, finishes mostly dry, adequate carbonation

Overall: Anti-heroes should be deep and compelling. This is almost there...

This is a good IPA, but it could be better. The hops are interesting, and the malts aren't bad. But this kind of tastes lighter than it should. Not particularly deep. Worth a try, and bonus points for the can.

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Photo of csparace
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a good head out of the can. Non cloudy appearance and the head comes down quickly. Good golden yellow hue.

S - Mild hints of citrus. Not an extremely powerful smell.

T - Defined citrus notes. Mostly lemon hints. Medium amount of hoppiness for IPA. Very balanced. I think it has a better after taste than initial taste.

M - Medium carbonation. Coats mouth with bitterness. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

O - Good reliable IPA. Has a consistent feel to it in every can. Always refreshing, and a good standard by which to judge others upon.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the can, so I can judge appearance. Admittedly I just gave appearance a similar score to everything else.

S - really nice juicy citrus, kind of a light aroma, not bowl you over, but smells really nice

T - Super super smooth. Lemon, tangerine, smooth citrus with just a tinge of bitterness. Super easy drinker.

M - about right. Medium carbonation. Great delivery.

O - got this in a box a while back, took it out of the fridge with no expectations, and bango! Surprise! Really nice

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Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice golden yellow color with a soft white head on top. The retention and lacing look really good here. The smell of the beer is very nice, loaded with hoppy citrus and pine aromas. The taste is much like the nose, very solid tasting brew for sure. The mouthfeel is very good here too, very nice oily feel with a good carbonation to cut it a little. Overall it's a great IPA. I would drink more of this anytime.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to djcorrao for the can.

Appearance: Mostly clear, slight chill haze. A deep gold. Minimal head. Drops to a thin collar in short order. Spots and notches of lacing cling to the glass. Moderate carbonation,

Smell: Light floral hop aroma fused with some pine and a good hit of citrus. A bit sweet. Malts are a nice balance, offering a slightly caramelized and bready backbone. Some pale malt snap. Nice herbal note. Decidedly floral with an equal citrus presence.

Taste: Hit of grapefruit upfront quickly followed by a floral explosion. Some tropical fruit in in the back. Malts are nicely balanced. Some underlying caramel sweetness and a nice bready element. Vaguely toasted. Some pine resin. So much floral, but not flower petals exactly. Lingering bitterness. Balance is the key here. Warming drops it a bit in favor of the malt, leaving the hops a bit too earthy and underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Lingering dryness with an initial hint of creaminess.

Overall: This is not Batman.

A good drinking IPA. Not a ton of complexity or depth, but enough flavor to be interesting. A but muddled throughout, but worth drinking when you're looking for something quick and easy.

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Photo of MCain04
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, unknown bottling date, $10/6pack, poured into Spiegelau tulip snifter.

A: Golden amber and clear body, 2 finger eggshell-white head with solid retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tropical fruits with floral hops, nice aroma.

T: Follows the nose well but quite subdued, heavy malts in addition to the hop profile, not overly bitter, but a watery finish.

M: Creamy and smooth, medium body, well carbonated, slightly dry on the finish.

O: A solid IPA from a favorite local brewery. There are better IPAs out there with better flavor profiles, but this is a nice one that happens to be canned. Had it before, will have it again, but nothing special.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a moderate head of airy white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hop notes
Taste-Citrus rind, herbal, leafy hops, a hint of salt and mineral. A bit light-bodied for an IPA, but pretty tasty. Worth a try.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/21/13 notes. had this on tap at the brewpub in Chicago.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, fruity malts, pine hops, and some light floral hops. Lots of citrus and hops; very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, grapefruit, fruity malts, and some light pine hops. Taste has more tropical fruit than the nose and some light bitterness. Very nice, though I like the nose a touch better.

m - Medium bodied IPA and moderate carbonation, with some light bitterness.

o - Overall a really nice IPA; I know they are different styles but I liked this better than their Kemps Landing (and the Eugene Porter for that matter); favorite Revolution beer so far. Nice hoppy nose and overall pretty easy to drink; would definitely get it again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-09 at the brew pub in Chicago, IL (from tasting notes) Had this again on 2015-08-10 at the Chicago Midway airport on tap and on 2016-06-13 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 12 oz can.

A - Pretty clear golden-amber with a 1-finger white head and nice lacing.

S - Hop floral, citrus., pine. Nice.

T - Juicy pineapple, citrus, some pine, plenty of hop bud flavor, caramel as it warms. Delicious.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and full-bodied.

O - Good stuff. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Floral hop aroma up front with a light and pleasant citrus character. Hints of orange and lemon and a hint of pine. Fermentation character is clean with all the trappings of a hopped up American IPA.

Appearance: Deep copper pour with a medium white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass. Lacings cling to the glass.

Flavor: Big floral and citric hop punch up front. Just a hint of caramel sweetness that is quickly subdued by the big citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. A hint of hop derived astringency and just a touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Immensely drinkable and loaded with tons of hop character. I love this beer. Great example of the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass

A- Clear and golden/amber in color with about one fingers worth of white foamy head. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Great citrusy and piney smell from the hops. Very aromatic.

T- Good amount of hop bite and balanced with a little bit of sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence.

M- Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O- Solid IPA that I would have again. Sometimes see it available in a can at bars and the awesome design on the can always sparks conversation.

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

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some minimal spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, light tropical fruit, light bread, and hop earthiness. Very nice and pleasant hoppy aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, citrus rind, light tropical fruits, and hop earthiness. Good amount of floral pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, and hop earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice hop flavor complexity and balance; but feels a bit watered down for an IPA; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice hop balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, bright bronze and copper colored brew. Awesome bubbling and great head, retention, and lacing! Great looking IPA!

Clean, and strong citrus aroma with a little earth and gras. Plus maybe a little toasted carckers from the malt.

Clean citrus upfront on the palate. The middle is a resiny palate, orange zest and a little biscuits and crackers. Cleansing, bitter, and satisfying.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For me, this was a well balanced IPA. The sweetness up front kind of turned me off for a bit but then after a few more drinks the sweetness was balanced perfectly with the hop bitterness. Coming in 12 oz cans, the artwork on the cans itself is worth checking out, but stay for the beer, it is quite good!


STYLE: India Pale Ale


PURCHASED AT: Bootlegged by a friend.

Pour: Orange/amber pour with a medium white head. Lacing sticks heavily as you drink.

Aroma: Piney, citrus hop smell.

Taste: Very sweet first few drinks that are balanced with the hops; a nice IPA.

Overall: B

My Recommendation: If in the Chicagoland area and want to try something local, Revolution would be a great place to start!

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Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden with a bone white head that settles into a creamy skim on the surface and leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Nice aroma of fresh piney and citrusy hops with a touch of toasted grain. Nice and hoppy, citrus and pine sap with a mild malty toastiness that balances together well. Medium lean bodied with bright carbonation. A pretty tasty brew, I can't wait to try more beers from Revolution.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can at Three Aces Chicago, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber color, topped with a finger of white head that recedes to a thin layer, leaves nice lacing.

S- Pine, lots of citrusy, floral and slightly earthy hops, very light caramel malt but the hops really dominate.

T- Similar to the aroma, lots of citrus (grapefruit, orange) and piney hops, also some more dank, earthy hop flavors. Some tropical fruit flavors as well. The caramel malt is light and just provides the right amount of balance.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth, very drinkable feel to it.

O- A really good IPA, the hop character is really excellent, perfect stuff for six-packs.

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

(Served in a tulip)

A- Just a touch of haze sets off this golden yellow body with a thin white film that last a good long bit. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- A nice green earthy hops is fresh growing a bit as it warms but still stays pretty mellow.

T- The green hops are slightly dry with some softer fruity hop notes coming through. A pine hop note comes through in the finish. There is a soft hop pungency that lingers but no real hop bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle carbonation and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a very drinkable IPA that goes down fast and quick. The hops are easy going but there is a nice depth and flavor to them without any big bitterness.

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Photo of lefty
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into an imperial pint glass

The color was a deep golden yellow with surprisingly little, if any head. I would have to say the best part about this beer is the smell, which is a deep floral with pine. Very refreshing and got me excited to take my first sip.

As for taste, it lived up to its smell. I am just getting into IPAs/hoppy beers, and this was a joy to drink. It wasn't overpowering but you could definitely taste the hops and slight bitterness.

Overall, this was a good beer that I would purchase again. This is my third different beer from Revolution and they have all lived up to the hype thus far.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Big, soft, resiny head that surprisingly doesn't create as much lacing as I expected. Pine dominates the nose with a back of orange zest. Golden color. Starts off with big notes of pine, moves into a medium-high bitterness that becomes exclusively and heavily pine. Malt peaks through in the finish, while pine remains. Somewhat of a lingering bitterness, but not as much as I was expecting from the pine aroma (strong pine IPAs tend to have lingering bitterness).

Overall, very solid. I was concerned because of the prominent pine aroma, but I really like that this has an aggressive pine flavor, but it's NOT overly bitter. I think it's a nice balance of hop flavor and pleasant bitterness.

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Photo of stewart124
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with just a trace of head. Plenty of citrus and pine in the nose.

Refreshing medium body with a pleasant mouthfeel that is mainly hop bitterness. More citrus coupled with juicy fruit and a resin finish. Very dry aftertaste and lingering pine. Comes off as more of a finishing go bitterness without the vegital over the top background bitterness. Possibly a frontloaded bitterness...

6.5% alcohol is well hidden. Again, very dry finish with a lingering go bite. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of HawkD
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect example of an americian ipa. Purchased a six pack of cans. Served in a New Belgium tulip. Appearance is great straw light golden. Pours with a great head with a nice lasting lacing. Smell is citrus, pine, pure heaven. Taste is well balanced. Hops balance malt and vice versa. This is my go-to beer. Great job Revolution. Chicago finally has a brewery to be proud of.

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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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