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

Had on tap at Revolution.
This is an intense golden color with some foaming. There’s a light, clear, clean hop aroma. I get some citrus at first but then it turns chewy with some lingering bitterness on the palate. A well-balanced and solid, if typical, IPA

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Photo of Khazadum
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The lacing is perfect. I love love love it. Great clear body. Amber body, medium retention on lacing.

Smells so citrus, nice light grassy pine background, a little sharp herbal nature. Blended well but always strong. There is so much hops but initially it was more citrus than anything that it was a mild APA

Big citrus burst, orange, grape zest, middle is biscuit, and finishes out grassy hops. Subtle, simple, and dry finish with a light bitter.

Full bodied but smooth, light but bright. It's a fight to be opposites and blended as one. Amazing.

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Photo of bashiba
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clean coppery amber color with a thick white head, some light lacing.

The smell was classic citra, funky and dank with big citrus notes. I love the way citra smells, and it has those characteristics, just not quite enough of them for my taste.

The flavor is suprisingly malty and sweet, big caramel and bready flavors almost overpower the hops. Some nice green and dank hoppy flavors come through along with a touch of tropical fruit and a mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and syrupy.

This beer seems way under attenuated to me, or just has way to much crystal malts, to sweet and malt dominated. The dry hopping is nice, but not a level I would hope to see. Still a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of rinhaak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution in Chicago.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a gorgeous head thug leaves a perfect lace. The nose is strong with lots of spruce, citrus, grapefruit and lemon. A bit orange zest on the tongue blends with a mild grapefruit flavor and present pine forest.

This is a hoppy beer, but so well balanced that one tastes a lot more than "hops". Almost no bitterness, this is a really well made ipa.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Figured since I paid the cover, I should at least make it worth my while in here and grab a second beer. This one pours a rosy amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine resin, light caramel, and mandarin orange. The taste brings in more of the same, with more citrus fruits tossed in for good measure. The caramel balances things out pretty nicely without getting either too strong or too sweet. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly creamy feel. Overall, a very nice IPA, something I would not mind drinking on a decently normal basis.

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Photo of robboyd
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Revolution and it was a good one. This is an incredibly drinkable IPA that pours a nice amber color. It's deep in hue, almost orange. Good fluffy head out of the growler. It smells delicious, citrus notes dominate but I get some pine and grain as well. The taste mirrors the smell. Nice grapefruit and a touch or orange peel on the finish. It's a refreshing beer with a medium mouthfeel that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company. This is one of the brewpub's three year-round beers (in addition to the Eugene Porter and Organic Bottom Up Wit) that is getting the "canning and distribution" treatment as part of Revolution's expansion. I also had the opportunity to try the "Citra Ice Cream" while enjoying this beer. Yum!
Score: 93

Tap pour in a tulip glass. Forgot to snap a pic of the beer, but I did take a picture of the IPA as part of a five beer taster flight that I ordered (the Anti-Hero IPA, in case you can't read my handwriting, is pictured on the left. You can see my fifth beer taster, The Bandit, behind the four beers prominently pictured).

Appearance: Bright, clear honey-orange color with one finger of foamy cream-colored head that gradually settles into a thin layer. Above average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Fresh, zesty citrus, tropical fruit and pine. A pleasant freshly cut grass smell is in the aroma. Lots of bright orange, grapefruit and tangerine. Subtle caramel malt aroma too. 4.25/5

Taste: Bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors mixed with piney resin. Very fresh flavors. The signature flavor of Citra hops is definitely discernible. Loads of grapefruit, zesty orange, some lemon, and tangerine. Even get some pineapple. Pretty smooth and not very bitter for the amount of piney hops flavor in this brew. Yum. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with high-medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: This is probably my favorite single IPA brewed in Chicago (note: Galactic Double Daisy Cutter was better, but it is an imperial IPA). It is superior brew to Daisy Cutter, in my opinion, and I wish Anti-Hero would supplant Daisy Cutter as the most frequent on tap "local beer" around Chicago bars. Anti-Hero is an outstanding IPA that I can't wait to consistently enjoy outside of Logan Square, though I hear the formula is getting tweaked slightly to drop the ABV a touch.

Recommendation: I highly recommend this beer for all people who do not hate hops flavor. Beer geeks should seek this one out. It is not overly bitter, but people who can't stand any degree of hoppy bitterness should probably avoid this.

Pairings: Hamburgers.

Cost: $6 for a tulip.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anti-Hero IPA

Pours a translucent amber orange with a fluffy finger of head. The lace is thin and sticky.

The nose is full of pine-like hops and sweet malt. Nothing too crazy.

The taste is very bitter based off the potent pine hop offerings. The sweet malt is quite balanced against the hops.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry at the finish. Light-medium bodied.

Overall, decent ipa but basically run of the mill. Nothing stands out significantly but its tasty.

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Photo of lstokes
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange with a nice head. The smell is biscuit-malt and apple juice/grassy hop-heavy--my first thought was, have I accidentally walked into a Kölsch? Taste is more IPA-like--there's still some apple/grass to it, but lots of bright citrus/tropical and some pine notes, and a good residual bitterness. Slightly-but-not-overly sticky mouthfeel. Good IPA (and I had a second one) but probably not one I'd seek out specifically.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Glowing orangish copper color with a healthy sized foamy, bubbly white head. Pretty good retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Plenty of citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Hints of floral and tropical fruit. Subtle pine resin and spice. Fair amount of bready and caramel malt.

T - A bit more malt than the nose suggested. Starts out fairly sweet citrus, grapefruit, orange and hints of apricot. Bready and caramel malt also quite present. Mid sip there is some floral and slightly spicy and pine hop flavors. Finishes with a bit of a bitter kick with grapefruit rind and pine but it is balanced well with the malt.

M - Medium body with slightly above average carbonation. Pretty crisp with a slightly dry finish.

D - Well balanced and easy to drink. Nice hop profile although there is a strong malt presence in the taste.

Notes: Above average IPA. Nothing special but well balanced and a nice hop profile. Citrus flavors are strong and there is a nice subtle bitterness on the finish. Doesn't necessarily stand out compared to other IPAs but definitely a solid choice to get a drink or two at the brewpub.

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Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a nice light golden color with a small and foamy head

fresh and aromatic nose with various citrus tones, papaya, hops, and fresh picked oranges.

medium/full bodied with a good amount of hop tones but they aren't overbearing at all

a real quality ipa. This isn't an IPA that runs away with the hops and instead is nice and fresh while being slighter bigger

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

The A,S,T, and M, have all been well-documented.

O: This is my favorite IPA brewed in Chicago, notwithstanding one-off or limited release specialty beers. The hop profile definitely tilts more towards the flavor/aroma rather than bitterness. If you don't mind your IPA's being more "hoppy" than "bitter", Anti-Hero is more than enjoyable. One of my favorite regular beers at Rev.

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

Served on cask at Revolution in a pint glass.

Appearance: This has a starkly different appearance from the regular version (served side by side). This has a clear copper color with a perfect natural creamy foam head 2 inches high.

Smell: Caramel, soft brown sugar, and a light orange and citrus hoppiness. This aroma is nice, pleasant, and smooth.

Taste: The flavor is smooth, with soft brown sugar, orange rind, some caramel and honey malt notes, and some fruity tangerine hoppiness. The finish is fairly even and mild without much lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A soft, light, natural carbonation is apparent and expected. The cask format provides for an enjoyable smoothness that I like.

Overall: On cask as well, this does not exhibit the typical blast of hops that I look for in an IPA, but the refreshing natural carbonation greatly improves this beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a little white head.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruits. Ever so slight sweetness present from the malts.

Tastes very similar to the smell. Bright notes of citrus, grapefruit and tropical fruits are presence. Pretty hoppy throughout the palate.

Mouthfeel and carb are both in the same range as other IPA's.

This is really a great beer. Nothing very unique about it, but loads of good flavors and well crafted with my favorite hops.

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

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a tulip glass.

A: Orange-amber with a slight white head. This is your average, everyday IPA appearance.

S: Crisp tropical fruits and grapefruit. Its all about the hops, but there is still a bit of sweetness in the nose.

T: Follows smell to a T. The hops are consistent, but are supported by a nice malty backbone. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is really refreshing and tasty. Definitely a good brew for a warm day.

Overall: It really lacks any true flaws except originality. This is your standard no-coast IPA in the veins of Two-Hearted, Centennial, and Commodore Perry. It hits all the marks and therefore, it is a good beer, but it won't blow you away and I know Revolution is capable of greatness. Try Eugene, it will redefine your understanding of its respective style. Anti-hero? Not so much. Still a very tasty beer.

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

A - Amber brown beer with a great white head that had good retention and a nice bit of lace and sheets.

S - Pine, a little bit of resin, nice tropical fruit smell in the hop profile. Slight bit of malts on the nose.

T - Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted ale. Sweet, nice tropical fruit and a little bit of piney hop notes. Some good floral hop presence as well.

M - Lighter beer, nice carbonation.

O - Great beer, easy to drink, an IPA that most will be able to drink easily and is a pretty good transition IPA for people looking to get into the style.

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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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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,943 ratings.
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