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Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing Company

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

70 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Reviews: 344 | Ratings: 2,856
Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. Nice retention and it left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney with some strong citrus notes. Some burnt toast aroma, too.

T - It tasted of pine and orange zest with a sweet caramel backbone. Good burnt toast maltiness. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied IPA with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice IPA. I'm glad I was able to stop by Revolution and try it on tap.

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Photo of 71gto
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange with a bubbly white head resting on top. Some lacing is present as well.

SMELL: Sweet, floral with notes of honey and deliciousness. Very solid nose.

TASTE: Simultaneously sweet and bitter. The hops are very conspicuous, but a sweet, floral and honey flavor is also strong. The Anti-Hero has an extremely strong flavor, even for an IPA. This almost tastes like a Double IPA and to be honest, I enjoyed a lot more than Revolution's DIPA. This is one of the better IPAs I've had.

MOUTHFEEL: Sparkly and light, does not sit too heavy for an IPA.

OVERALL: The Anti-Hero IPA was an unexpected surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the beers I tried at Revolution, but the Anti-Hero was head and shoulders above the rest. This is an exceptional IPA that deserves to be mentioned alongside Lagunitas IPA, Ska's Modus Hoperandi and Bell's Two Hearted.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Rev. Poured into Mug Club goblet.

A - Pours orange in color, white head, lots of sticky lacing, thin filmy cap with some spots here and there on top.

S - Citrus, pine, bitter hops, very lights on the malts (if any).

T - Solid dose of bitter hops, pine, lots of citrus, tangerines, oranges. The bitter hoppy notes aren't overpowering, which is nice, just about right for my taste. Nice bitter floral finish.

M - Light, crisp, good carbonation, oily finish.

D - A solid IPA that I will continue to enjoy when I hit the pub. Revolution is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit when I want some great food and excellent beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a good white head and some nice lacing. The nose is quite nice and strong and I really enjoy the hop components. Strong floral and citrus notes. A hint of pine. The flavor isn't quite as powerful. Mild bready malt in the background though this is mostly about the hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a really nice level of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Another hit from Revolution, a brewery I am excited to eventually get back to.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a tulip glass of this at the brewpub. The menu described it as "an American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriers who got the girl in the end. Dry hopped with amarillo and simcoe."

The beer is light golden color with a few fingers of pillowy foam, a little bit of haze to the body. Nice citrusy aromas, lots of hoppiness with not much counterplay from the malts. Same with the taste, this is pretty hop-forward, any sweetness seems not to come from malts, with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is just north of water, feeling a little sticky (or it could be my imagination with the resiny flavors).

Excellent for a low ABV IPA, lots of one-sided flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a brilliant looking crystal clear copper, topped with a cap of off-white foamy head. This maintains a great foamy richness to it, which leaves sticky rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and citric, with more bitter grapefruit notes being balanced out with sweeter tropical ones. Bready smelling caramel character also adds a good deal of sweetness to the nose as well. Man, the hops just have an awesome smelling full feeling brightness to them that I'm really digging.

The taste is biting and aggressive with up front with spice, grapefruit, and citrus peel, while notes of sharp earth and reins stretch out over the tongue. Those fruitier tropical character, grainy bread, and sweet toffee balance things out on the edges of the profile but mostly confine themselves to the background and allow the assertiveness of the hops to really do their thing here. The finish is just lashed by the hops, being deeply dry and biting with pine, spice, and bitter fruit all lingering for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a great feeling sharp, yet still mellow, presence to the carbonation. Just an awesome amount of slickness to this that when coupled with no alcohol being detected at all, REALLY ramps up the overall drinkibility of this.

Full flavored, tremendously bright feeling, and hugely drinkable, this is probably of the best "house" IPAs that I've had in a while. The hop bill just really delivers here, with a profile that is equal parts sharp, mellow, fruity, and bitter all at once. Fantastic stuff overall and this was a great way to kick off our first visit here.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub into a 5oz glass...A light copper that is very, very clear. White head with good lacing...Aroma of light grass hops but thats it...Taste is flavorful, caramel to start, grass, balanced.

This is an above average ipa, one of their better sessions.

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Photo of Florida9
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, deep gold in color. Served in a tulip with 1/2 inch of so of foamy head with decent retention and appreciable lacing. Smells wonderful; an nose that is quite aromatic with a heavy dose of citrus and pine. Flavor follows the aroma, but doesn't pack quite the same punch. Mostly citrus and pine with a light malt backbone and a mild bitterness. Body is what you'd expect from your average IPA. Appropriate carbonation.
This is a very good daily drinking kind of IPA. Great aroma and decent flavor this is a beer that matches up well with most of the food Revolution has on offer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewpub

appearance: served in a tulip - bright orange body, rather clear, nice bubbly beige head

smell: well hopped - floral and pungent, strong citrus, fresh and green

taste: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops in this one. very floral/pungent with a bright, fresh citrus core. sweet citrus, peach, lightly toasted malt. nice ipa - worth the visit

mouthfeel: fresh and hoppy, moderate-high bitterness

drinkability: good

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first visit to Revolution, and I had time to have a few beers, the Eugene porter and this IPA.

Let me first just say that my expectations were not tremendously high, as they usually aren't for any brewpub on the new side.

This thing BLEW ME AWAY.

Appearance: It looks beautiful. There's no other way to say it; in a tulip glass, it's a bright, fiery orange, sort of like the best Octoberfest lagers.

Smell: Bright, extremely citrusy, orangey, with hints of other more tropical fruits. Smells exactly like the color would have you hope it would.

Taste: Unusual and refreshing. Skews away from the exact mold of so many west coast IPAs to which I have become used to. Obviously some of the same hop varieties are there, but there's something refreshingly different here. It's fruitier, strongly flavored and quite distinctive. As to one of the earlier reviewers opinions that it tastes like Goose Island's IPA, I can't say I tasted that at all.

Mouthfeel: Solid bitterness, pretty clean on the palate. Refreshing.

Drinkability: I would have loved to have had another if I didn't have to move on.

Completely unexpectedly, I have to call this beer one of my favorite IPAs. I knew as soon as I tasted it that I would have to get on here and give it some props. Go out and taste it for yourself.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight sweet malt, and citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong hops, slight citrus, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good but not out of the ordinary.

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Photo of nas5755
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA, one of the better ones that I have ever tried. The citrus and tropical fruit notes are awesome and the malt bill is pseudo east-coast, the piney resins are hanging right in there with the best west coast options. I am a fan of summit hops(love the melon flavor) they blend well with the other varieties showcased here. The nose is a little weak for an ipa with strong citrus and tropical notes, love the malt bill, it is just right. Carbonation is good. Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's out there, I love the balance or lack of it depending on you you like you hop/malt profile. A very solid brew that I will be hunting out again.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: appears crisp clear golden with white head, some lacing present

S: citrusey and piney with some bready notes sitting beneath, very nice

T: the front is loaded with juicy citrus hops, nicely integrated malt profile that lends notes of caramel and toast that marry nicely with the juicy hop profile

MF: a bit sharp with high carbonation, medium body

D: very solid IPA from a very solid brewpub. Definitely worth checking out- Revolution knows how use their hops!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden orange, with a huge and dense head. There was a beautiful cascading effect from the lacing down to the last drop. Served in a tulip.

The smell was hop forward and predominantly citrus and tropical fruits. I didn't pick up much of any malts. It reminded me of juicy fruit.

Solid taste. Those same citrus and tropical fruits are very juicy, giving this a fresh feel. There is a touch of sweetness, again in a fruity way.

The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, with a bitter finish. I don't know what the IBUs are, but I like it.

For a 6% abv, this one has a ton of flavor. Usually IPAs that carry this much flavor are much higher in the alcohol content. This was a fun one to drink.

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Photo of jvande7
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Revolution in mid Feb-2010. I don't have much to add that hasn't been said already, but I did want to give this beer the high marks it deserves and point out that it tastes nearly identical to the Goose Island IPA (which is a very good thing).

A- nice orange-ish color and crystal clear with a decent head (I would have liked more head, but this could be due to the pour).

S- i'm not experienced enough to tell you which hop varieties I smell, but it smells good/fresh, crisp and hoppy. smells like Goose Island IPA.

T- tastes great. I would go back here for this beer alone (but I only live 3 blocks away so...) oh did I mention this tastes like Goose Island's IPA?

Top-notch IPA here. Served in the perfect glass. I'm a mug club member but I'm tempted to drink this IPA from the tulip instead of the mug club mug (even though the mug club mug is badass and larger).

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

Served in a tulip at Revolution 2/14/10. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a very clear, bright orange color with a creamy and clingy, bright white, one finger head that didn't last too long, but left a bunch of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Our first impressions of each of our glasses was a huge initial whiff of the sanitary cleanser that bars rinse their glasses with. Yuck. Luckily that aroma faded quickly and was replaced with delicious piney/citrus-y hops.

T: Same as above, but without the chemical cleanser. Big citrus hop and tropical fruit flavors that are balanced nicely by an excellent caramel/toasted malt flavor.

M: Sticky and juicy with a hint of hoppy astringency. Oily and resinous.

D: A superbly drinkable IPA. Revolution has hit the ground running and this beer may just force people to venture into the wild and wooly Logan Square neighborhood.

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Photo of emerge077
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two of these tonight with dinner, have to say it's a solid Chicago IPA. We got the rundown from the bartender: Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade varieties in this one.

Bright orange, high clarity, plenty of sticky lace in the tulip glass. The tulip seemed to concentrate the aroma, which was pungent and citrusy, bordering on tropical. Very clean and appealing, also resinous and packing a punch at the same time.

Flavors were dominated by citrus, with a finely balanced malt presence. Very green and resinous hops in the flavor, plenty of IBU's for those who crave bitterness. The name of the game here is balance though. It had a fullness, but was light enough to put back a couple. A growler would be no problem. Glad to see this IPA on the scene, it's a contender...

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

Very balanced IPA. Has a solid malt flavor with a huge hop aroma. I could use a tad more bitterness but that is just a personal preference. Light copper color, standard head, and a great full mouthfeel. Definitely not overwhelming for those who are shy around IPAs but wont leave IPAlovers disappointed.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
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