Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
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.

65 IBU

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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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Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Geneva Ale House - Geneva, IL

Pours golden with great clarity with a frothy white head that holds great retention and leaves all kinds of sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are fruity, floral hops, flower bouquet. Tastes are actually floral hops up-front on the palate, sweetened grapefruit, some bitterness, finishes with a toasted, biscuity, almost nutty malt. nice balance, good complexity. A backwards IPA perhaps - most are malty up-front with hops on the back, this is just the opposite - I guess it could go with the name of the beer? Anyway, mouth is creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, solid IPA and something different!

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

A: Clear golden orange with a nice white head.

S: Awesome dry-hopped citrus aroma wafts out before I put my nose to the glass. Sweet orange, grapefruit, a bit floral.

T: Not quite as strong as the nose. Sweet tangerine, a bit of grassy bitterness, crisp cracker malt.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation.

O: This is exactly what I'm looking for in a dry-hopped IPA.

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Photo of im_allen
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I get a real "gumball head" feeling here (thats a good thing). When poured from the tap it had the color one would expect from this type of beer. I happened to enjoy the smell, reminded me of summer even while enjoying this beer in an air conditioned bar. For my first taste ever of this brew, I would let my friends in on this secret...its good. Drink it. At 6.5% its a great beer to start and/or end your night. Cheers

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

I had the chance to try the Anti Hero at the Haymarket Brewery. The beer pours a light amber with a white head. A lighter beer for an IPA, but the taste is very clean and balanced. The hoppyness is crisp and fresh, but does not sit in your mouth like some IPAs. Overall a very solid IPA that I would drink again and again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And a hero it is not- in fact, with the onslaught of hops that dominate the session, those who have more of a sweet tooth might find this beer more of a villain.

A beautiful collage of orange, amber, and copper is captured with a highlight of hazy appearances. Capped by an eggshell white head and residual lacing, the beer has the standard appearance of all-things-pale ale.

A blend of citrus, pine, and caramel swirl about the nose with the hoppy fruitiness and herbal components leading the way. Caramelized bread or bread crust come to mind as the malts support the hops but don't interfere with the floral dominance.

Hop dominance continues in taste, but not before the hearty caramel sweetness sets the stage early- bread crust slightly burnt caramel, and starchy grains coat the palate as serves as a buffer for the sharp citrusy taste of grapefruit juice, pine needles, mulled hop leaves, and herbal grasses rise from a floral flavor and into a fruity-earthy mid palate before turning sappy bitter to finish. Light on chlorophyll hop vegetation, the beer is otherwise free from yeasty spice or fruity esters.

Richer malt flavors also bring with it a heavier malt base that keeps the beer from complete bitter dominance. But the extra weight prevents the classic dryness that I expect in IPAs. Still the beer is decidedly malty-dry, resinous, and warm with spicy alcohol to finish the beer cleanly and crisply. Only a linger of hop bitterness lasts in the throat.

As a drier midwest-style IPA, the beer will settle well with hop heads of any region or level of hop focus.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Cheesie's, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA color, but less cloudy. Which is to say, this is a golden-orange beer with some clarity to its body. A finger and a half of sterling white head. There's nothing special here, but it's an appetizing, attractive beer.

The aroma is pretty average for an American IPA. It might have been impressive 5 years ago, but not now. There's a melange of pine, grapefruit, sweet orange, caramel malt, and ghosts of red fruit. Nothing stands out.

The taste fares a bit better. It's a straightforward pine & resin & citrus IPA, for the most part. The most intriguing component of this beer is the strawberry flavor that's there in the background. I almost scored this a 3.0, because there is a heavy crystal malt presence in this beer. It's tasty though. Worth a quaff.

Medium-bodied, a bit sugary. Overall, this is a solid-enough local IPA. Nothing to get excited over, as it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from the competition.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tap during Day One of CCBW at Brixie's. $4 pints as part of their special. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a solid white head forming on the pour. It leaves cascading waves of lace down the glass.

S: Nice sticky and piney hops. Bursts of light citrus and sweet dough malts.

T: Sweet berry and citrus fruit hops, more bready and sweet malts. Lots of pineapple and a nice piney finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky, with a nice medium carbonation and some sweet and piney fruit on the finish.

O: Great balance between bitter and fruity hops and sweet bread malts. This reminded me a lot of Two Hearted which is never a bad thing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice somewhat salty IPA that is sure to kick in my hop allergy. Thick and meaty hop tones overall; slightly over done if I'm going to be honest. Carbonation seems a bit too nippy on my tongue. Smooth though overall. A good IPA. I wish I could have tried more beers from this brewery, but such is life. And such is my tolerance.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in a proper tulip styled glass, this shows a beautiful, clear amber color with a fair white head that retreats to a steady ring and wispy cover. Lacing is a streaky but reasonable testimony to the good stuff to come. The aroma is a very pleasant blend of citrus and pine hops, a little bready as well. The flavor is satisfying caramel malt citrus with piney edges. Malt definitely steps forward but never covers the hoppy tang. A barley bread and citrus pine marriage that goes down very quickly. The body is midland with a bit of coating to the tongue but the carbonation quietly keeps it real drinkable. This is a no brainer sessionable IPA. Nice intro to Revolution!

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing
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