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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 BrownAleMale
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -9.1%
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 +5.7%
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 -3.2%
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 +13.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.4%
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 +12.5%
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 +4.9%
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 -6.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -7.9%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/14/12

Deep, slightly dulled and faded amber color. One and a half fingers of foam try pretty hard to have staying power. Minimal retention, but there is a fair amount of lace.

Hops are all over the board - pine, dank citrus, grass, tea leaves, twigs, herbs and soap. Toasted grains, crackers and lightly buttered biscuits. Decent enough, I reckon. The flavors are much of an improvement with pine resin leading off, carrying a sharp bitterness to the finish. Pepperings of orange, grapefruit and lemon. Clean cracker-like malts. Hop oils inform the feel; it's slick and a tad clingy. Carbonation is lively and is quick to make known itself.

I find this growing on me after several minutes. I'm impressed that it's as hoppy as it is, being that it was stored at room temperature for an undetermined amount of time. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jbarber1534
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light golden amber. Very clear. A bit lighter than expected. Nice lacing as I drank it.

S: Very light floral hop hit. Was drinking from a goblet.

T: Very drinkable. Lighter on hop flavor than I like for this category, but very fresh tasting. A nice crisp IPA. I enjoyed it with Pizza.

M: Medium body, but refreshing and lighter than expected for this category.

Recommended as a non-offensive IPA

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Photo of AJacob81
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden bronze pour with a 1.5 finger eggshell head. Great legs, extensive lacing left on glass as I drink.

S - Pine needles, grapefruit, freshly cut grass dominate in a melange of American hops, w a hint of biscuity malt in support.

T - Closely follows the nose, a lovely tour of the Pacific Northwest in this decidedly Midwestern brew. Decidedly so, because buttery smooth malt and juicy fruit notes show up to balance the bitterness.

M - Medium body, adequate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

Rev continues to impress w their production brews. Another feather in the Chicago craft scene's cap.

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Photo of JuniperJesus
2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Walking back to your Bridgeport flat at night; gripping your church key for the twit who tries to make off with the seventeen dollars in your pocket; you can’t help but reluctantly notice the city’s new cohort of young trollops multiplying across your back alley and front step alike. No corner goes unadorned as they mount themselves to the chipped, green primer on the avenues’ lampposts and entice you with their slim figures borne of a steady diet comprised of apricot flavored cigarettes and White Castle sliders. You’re headed home, but weren’t expecting to now. The boss told you to take a vacation - probably forever. Her immaturity, dim-wits, and newly purchased fishnets go hand-in-hand, so you invite her in. She calls you daddy, so you scold her and tell her to shut up. Nothing fits her right. The AquaNet hairspray she applied this afternoon as she rolled out of bed at 3:30pm has now cracked; flaking like the white stain on her black, loosely ill-fitting B-cup brassiere - thanks to genetics, she got at least two “A”s in her life. She needs a place to stay: you only have seventeen dollars, minus the amount you were planning on spending for dinner at the Bucky’s gas station. Again, she’s thin, rail thin; she would look fuller if she didn’t immerse herself in Tropical Agent Orange spray tan, which is nothing more than not-so-cleverly disguised Kool-Aid concentrate; sailors call it bug juice. Despite your efforts to engage her with offers of hand-rolled clove beedis and a tipple of Rittenhouse Rye, she immediately goes flat and reveals her insipid personality. The remnant aroma of what she smoked and ate last night had more character than the hoax of her projected imagination, which was nothing more than repeating punch lines from sitcoms and laughing first every time. With each sip, you wished she at least had the bubbly demeanor of a neophyte, but she bypassed the best part in favor of a feigned bitterness that faded as she lost interest. You follow suit upon finishing, but quickly realize you’ve committed for the remainder of the week; she’s staying five more days. You’ve been had, friend; you probably could have done a better job yourself. Look on the bright side; at least your dinner at Bucky’s exceeded your expectations: you still have your seventeen dollars and they carry Sculpin IPA in the icebox now.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a light golden star color with about a 1/2 finger head. Very nice grapefruit/citrus smell. Light to medium body body with a touch of sweetness. I really enjoy this IPA and I can see where the comparisons to gumballhead come from. Its very drinkable, and I can't wait to try this on tap.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear orange/amber color with small, one finger head.

S - Good blend of citrus and piney hops, a touch of grapefruit and even a little apple.

T - Very sweet up front, lots of citrus, but even the pine seems a bit sweet. Again, touches of grapefruit and apple. Very good.

M - Crisp and tangy, Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall - A very solid brew here, very tasty IPA.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden with ok lacing. Very thick as well. Good foam.

Smell: Light metallic floral scent. Balanced citrus and pine as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent balance of slightly fruity caramel with pine, lemon, and orange rind hops. Mouthfeel is quite thin, however, especially in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: A good IPA.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a clear golden with a 2 finger white head. Some blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, grapefruit, oranges, pine.

T- sweet caramel with some light toasted malts, nice big citrus flavors (again lots of grapefruit and oranges), with just enough pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Thicker, creamy feel.

O- nice ipa from Rev. Very well balanced with citrus notes and enough bitterness but overly bitter.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into Dubel tulip. Consumed & reviewed on 9/21/12.

AH has a mellow hop aroma, and pours a strawberry-blond color. Head is conservative on this one: half inch or so, creamy white. Pretty thin/light mouthfeel, with a respectable hop presence. Not too much of a malt presence to balance.

Overall, solid & drinkable. I really enjoyed this on tap, but have to review from the can. The draft version would have rated higher. Also, a bit on the pricey side. Tastes like Gumballhead.

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Photo of pschul4
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a 6er over my usual 4pack of Daisy cutter cans,better be worth it!

A- Drinking it outta the can bro! (Sweet looking can tho so 4.0)

S- Delicous dank hops with no malt to speak of. Loving this smell

T- Mmmm sweet juicy hops. Mostly citrus with just the right touch of pine, magnificent. Again no malt, but it works well with this beer

M- Pretty smooth but awkward carbonation in the end. Worst part of the beer (thats not saying much cuz this is awesome)

O- This will now alternate with DC for my TNF drink of choice, very good. I recommend highly

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Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during a recent swing through Chicago...

A - A finger's worth of lush whimsical pure white colored head... An average bit of moderate paced carbonation... The color is a vibrant copper with a slight amber hue...

S - A strong malt base shines through... Lots a caramel and biscuity goodness.. The hops take a back seat in terms of the aroma... They are mostly a mix of earthy and pine with just a touch of citrus mixed in... Solid, but uninspired...

T - Terrific balance... Equal parts hops and malts... The hops take an a mix of piney, earthy, citrus goodness... The malt base is solid and highlighted by biscuit and caramel... Text book for the style and very well executed...

M - A bit on the lighter side of medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Sleek... A bit sticky... Sturdy... Even a bit juicy... Even and consistent... Very nice...

D - A very pleasant surprise... I don't know too much about Revolution Brewing Company, but if this brew is any indication, they have a good thing going... This is a very good American IPA that teeters on verge of being outstanding... I highly encourage you to sample if given the opportunity...

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,856 ratings.
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