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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 | website

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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Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 2,791
Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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 +3.2%
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 -2%
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 -1%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.7%
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%
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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Photo of schoolboy
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am trying not to bias the review based on this being my favorite style and make it relative to others, but in general, since this beer works well, I have to give it good marks. The delivery in a can is probably mostly a good thing, preserving the ale well.

It has a nice aroma as soon as you open the can and it looks nice in the glass - clear and yellow. The taste is crisp and hoppy but not too floral or piney - well balanced. Similarly the aftertaste works well.

Overall, this is another nice canned IPA and a credit to Chicagoland's brewing community.

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Photo of BB1313
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a shiny transparent bright golden, nice fluffy white head that sticks around and fades slowly leaving nice lacing. Good looking IPA. The aromas are really nice. Lots of pine and ripe tangerines and oranges. Very floral and slightly tropical. Not overwhelming, but just smells very plesant. The flavors match the nose, but slightly fall off. Still tasty though. There's a subtle bitterness, not extreme, but refreshing. The malts are there, but still let the hop flavors shine. There's sharp pine resin notes. Nice flavors, but light and subtle, which can be a good thing in some cases. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It doesn't have a unique mouthfeel, but it's extremely light, smooth and the carbonation is spot on. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. The mouthfeel makes this beer extremely quaffable. Easy drinking beer. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

First time trying something from Revolution, and I like it. In the world of IPAs, this is much better than alot on the market. It's just short of being something outstanding, but it's easily a beer I'd enjoy again. Nice brew.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale gold/honey color with a quickly fading head.

S: Citrus and grapefruit aromas dominate the nose. Smells like sufficiently hopped IPA.

T: Citrus hops initially hit the palate with a more prominent grapefruit flavor. Balances well with a pale malt and some resin hop flavor. Finishes softly.

M: Light to medium body, lots of drinkability, and no alcohol bite.

O: A great go to IPA that is easy to find in Chicago.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank for this extra in another great trade. Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A- 1+ finger white head forms above a clear orange body with copper hint, with some bubbles coming up to the head. Head finally recedes and lacing is left all the way down the sides and a bed of foam is left.

S- Pale malts and grapefruit round up the nose. Not too pungent but whats there smells nice.

T- Light sweetness upfront reminiscent of grapefruit and a pale malt. Slight bitterness comes out toward the middle with some pine followed by sweet citrus to the finish. This beers is pretty easy to drink.

M- Lighter body with medium amount of big feeling carbonation.

O- Nice IPA from a foreign area. I don't know anything about this beer or brewery but it's pretty good. Thanks Frank.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Kasteel goblet glass.

Apperance- Peach in color with a small amount of cloud white head that completely dissipates.

Smell- Big big grapefruit notes. Some pine and other citrus is also present.

Taste- Pretty much follows the nose. Grapefruit being the biggest flavor note. It has an earthy finish on the taste that stays on the tounge for a while.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with not as much carbonation as I would like. Also, the earthy finish is long and cloying. I wouod definitly prefer more carbonati8n with a crisper finish.

Overall- I like the grapefruit flavors but not a fan of the earthy backend of the beer or the mouthfeel.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with no freshness date into a Bell's tulip. The beer has a nice clear golden orange color, but has very low carbonation and requires rough handling to produce any kind of respectable head. The nose is quite nice. I get a mix of pinetrees and tropical fruit; primarily oranges and peaches.

The beer has a rather light body and thin feel. It is nice and hoppy, but also a bit grainy. There's very little malt backbone or balancing sweetness to go along with the hoppiness, but the beer is still not overly bitter. The bitterness is more on the piney, resiny side and not fruity (which I prefer). The finish is dry and lingering and the beer overall is quite appetizing and refreshing.

This beer reminded me a bit of Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA and fans of that beer would probably love to drink this. It's nice and hoppy, but for me it lacks too much body to be great. It drinks like a hopped-up wheat beer. I think it would make a really nice summertime beer. I probably wouldn't buy this again with Bell's Two-Hearted and SN Torpedo easy to get and Fat Head's Head Hunter just a tad more expensive.

Edit: Call me crazy, but I think this stuff is a little better when enjoyed straight from the can.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours clear and honey yellow into my DFH glass. The head doesn't amount to much and it fades rather quickly, but it does leave nice little islands of lacing sticking all over the glass.

S- Strong notes of grapefruit and pineapple! Nice little touches of biscuits, hay and pine needles. Nothing really exciting and the depth seems a little lacking... but none the less, it has a nice orange peel/citrus punch.

T- Very similar to the nose, but it has a really nice citrus sweetness... like honey drizzled on pineapple and orange segments or candied orange peel. Nice piney bitterness, and a touch of green onion. Lots of pineapple sweetness and some nice dry biscuit/grain notes.

M- Nice hop/pine bitterness matches nicely with the tropical fruit sweetness. Has a bit of a metallic/mineral taste in the finish. The carbonation faded fairly quickly.

O- This would be a really nice summer/beach beer. Nothing fantastic, but very easy drinking. Perfect for summer BBQ's or tailgating. Wish I could get this in NY!

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Photo of liamt07
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can from jdhende, 12oz into a tulip. Glad to have a 6-er of these.

Unfiltered browned orange, white head with good density and accompanying nice lace and retention. Nose full of peach, apricot, nectarine and some grapefruit. Lesser pine and herbal in the periphery, sweet caramel and breads underneath. Taste has the sweet malts paired with more peach and apricot and piney-herbal bitterness in the finish. Relatively sweet and a bit bready. Fuller medium body and somewhat low carbonation. A really nice IPA, flavour profile and texture that really appeals to me.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the can this beer pours crystal clear and amber yellow. It's not the color that bothers me its the large spongy almost sudsy head that doesn't last very long. The carbonation also looks weak and that's not a good sign.

The nose is a step in such a better direction. Heavy handed hop scent that sets the tone of this beer profile. Pine, tropical fruits and a smooth malty backbone. A very welcome nose on this IPA.

Taste delivers just like the nose with gobs of hop fresh hop flavors and solid malts balancing out the experience. Like the nose there is some citrus and mild pine but the hops diminish to a tea like flavor and a sweet cereal finish. Very tasty and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is solid but could use a touch more carbonation to add to the overal package. It seems a bit flat despite the excellent flavor and scent. This is a great brew and worth checking out especially in cans.

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Photo of YeastWrangler88
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass from a 12oz can:

Appearence: very nice, pale malt, with a slight amber color, just how a true IPA should be, not amber, but PALE.

Aroma: to put it simple, its amazing, i get a bunch of citrus with a lingering spicy almost black pepper with some pine, but citrus dominated. Simply a beautiful smell, one of the best smelling IPAs ive ever smelled.

Flavor: hops from begining to end, citrus, again, is dominent, i do get a spicy earthy hop flavor as well, perfectly balanced by sweet lightly toasted malt, almost like a sweet bread. Very well balanced beer right here, finishes slightly dry, while still leaving some mouth feel.

Overall: a world class beer, i dont say that very often, but this one truly is. A great example of a west coast american IPA. I would reccomend this if youre in the market for a true IPA that is NOT overwhelmed with crystal and carmal malts that i feel fight with the hops that we all love in a good IPA, instead, this is pale malt dominated, and it works beautifully. Good job Revolution!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was golden, slightly dull gold. White head

Bitter citrus and sweet tripscal fruit. A nudge of pine and resin.

Very similar to the nose but taken down maybe a few notches. Bursting with hop flavor, never dull. Lots of citrus but a squeeze of pine.

Mild carbonation, slick feel.

Very enjoyable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Really glad to see Revolution available in stores finally.

(A)- Pours a clear goldenrod yellow color. Some good froth and lacing formed. Really solid retention too.

(S)- A nice big hoppy citrus kick to this. Some pineapple and pine needle action. Ever so slightly sweet. Really alot of hops in this smell.

(T)- A really nice smooth crispness combined with smooth hoppy pine and subtle honey sweetness. A great combo of harmonious citrus, pine, and sweet malts. Nowhere near as explosive as the smell was, but for the better this gives way to a great IPA

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. What I like so much about this one is its not all about how many hops we can smash into the beer, but rather its smooth drinkability and harmonious balance. Just a great crisp and refreshing beer really.

(O)- I was actually quite surprised by this one. Perhaps a new favorite for the style for me. While it is hoppy and fits the style, its not some massively hopped one. Incredibly smooth while maintaining some bitterness, a touch dry too despite being rather thirst quenching and crisp all over. Really well done!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks for bringing the can up Sweemzander!

A - The crack of the can and subsequent, forceful glug into the pint creates a monsterous off-white head that maintains itself incredibly well above the clear goldenrod beer. Sheet after sheet of thick lace remains plastered to the inside of the pint!

S - Beneath the explosive aroma of freshly cut grapefruit and equally fresh pineapple lies a coating of pine sap resin with bitter implications. Sweet nuances break through with a touch of caramel and cantaloupe while dry pale malts add a bit of graininess. Take a deep whiff of this beer and you'll receive a faint sharpness in your nostrils from the CO2.

T - The first sip gives pause to reflect as the flavor is no where near as strong and potent as the aroma, though it's no discouraging factor. Instead, the flavor carefully balances the powerful hops' pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin with a taller malt involvement of trace pilsner sweetness, pale grains, and faint Vienna toast.

M - Incredible balance comes from this can, really creating a wonderful drinking experience. Medium-light bodied, there's no feel of heft or that it's filling and the bitter, dry finish doesn't attack the taste buds. It amounts to a quenching brew, really.

O - A hop-head's dream, Anti-Hero IPA carefully applies hops in many different aspects for a full, aromatic presence, delicious flavor, and nicely bitter finish. This is a beer I want another pint of immediately after this one is gone, and it's gone rather quickly.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Completely clear golden, very light orange with a few finger creamy white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind.

S - Well balanced citrus and pine hops with caramel malt. The aroma seems mellow at times but you can also smell it from the other side of the room when you open the can.

T - Not sure if an IPA can be more balanced than this. Bitter but with enough cracker, caramel malt flavor to even it out. Plenty of hop flavor. Piney, grapefruit and citrus hops make themselves known.

M - Somewhat on the lighter side with moderate carbonation but it still has a sticky, resiny feeling especially in the finish.

D - Might be the best balanced IPA I have had. I could easily drink several of these and not get sick of this beer.

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Photo of TheFugitive
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light cooper orange color, looks more like a Pale Ale.

S-Nice hop presence with some fruity notes, grapefruit orange and pineapple.

T-This is definitely where Anti-Hero shines. The balance is very good, hops upfront and a nice burst of grapefruit, oranges and pineapple.

M-This beer is much lighter than your average IPA, like I stated above, it really feels more like a Pale Ale.

O-This is Revolution's starship beer and a must try.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a 6 pack of these cans to take along with us to our BYOB Thai place... I happily drank 3 with the meal.

I enjoyed it more with the food than this review actually shows-- though I was simply 'enjoying a beer with dinner' then as compared to attempting to actually review it...

Bready malt with a bit of sweetness up front with a touch of sugar-coated citrus notes from the hops and a medium level of bitterness.

The feel is medium and well carbonated. Little syrupy and oily.

Overall-- this is not a bad little ipa. Quite sessionable and easy to drink.
Maybe not "the best" ipa, but certainly one tht I won't hesitate to buy again!

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Photo of Star80
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a golden copper color with a sticky head. I would say it looks like a more pale IPA.

S - Smells like lemon, grapefruit and some pine. It smells good but it's not blowing me away.

T - The taste definitely has a lighter citric flavor, And not overly resinous or oily like some IPAs. Also this was not extremely bitter the IBUs aren't off the charts like some IPAs. Nicely balanced.

M - Mouth feel is on the lighter side.

O - Overall a really nice IPA but nothing that's knocking my socks off. Could be some of the hype is to blame. This is the second Revolution brew that I've had the other being the Oktoberfest and i think that one was more remarkable. I'll definitely Try some other beers but this one was a little disappointing. Not that it was bad it just didn't strike me as being very unique. Probably a great summer time IPA on a hot day.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can without any freshness dating. I dig the graphics on this.

Slightly hazed yellow-orange with a thin skim.

Smells of sugared mango, pineapple, and bubblegum.

Doughy bread malts up front segue into a tropical fruit middle. The finish is lightly sweet, a bit sugary, and leaves only a slightly grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a touch sticky with enough weight on the tongue to provide some depth.

After working through nearly a six pack this week, I guess I enjoy this. Veers towards balance and some of the cans seemed to grow sweeter as I got deeper, but I continued to reach for this and didn't allow it to languish in the fridge. A nice IPA that I wouldn't mind having on hand with some regularity.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.
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