Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing

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Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

Brewed by:
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

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Photo of BOS_bbb_Review
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6.5% ABV - 12oz. can - canned 2/24/2016

L: A thick golden-brown color. Settled with a one-finger head that dissipated slowly, leaving behind trace amounts of foam.

S: Hops, overlaying an orangey-citrus and pine.

T: Strong bitter hops that linger into the aftertaste, but not in an overpowering sense. A bit of an earthy flavor along with the citrus accented in the smell.

F: Medium body, smooth. Very smooth finish.

O: Being newer to IPAs, this is one of the better IPAs I have tried. The smoothness and citrus-infused hoppy flavor definitely add to its allure. Crisp, drinkable, and easy to enjoy any time of year.

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Photo of Buck89
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the airport. A crystal clear golden amber with a foamy white head. Great lacing in the glass. Somewhat muted aromas of citrus and floral hops. The citrus came out nicely on the first sip: grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of earthy notes. A restrained malt presence with bread and cracker. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revolution Brewing Company - Anti-Hero IPA. 6.5% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 2/1/16.

Look: Settles a hazy orange color, with lots of floaties. Head is about one finger sized white, bubbly foam, which settles into a bubbly ring.

Smell: Bready malt up front, along with some hops, and tons of sweet citrus fruit.

Feel: Medium bodied, with lots of lively carbonation, and easily drinkable.

Taste: Bready malt balanced by bitter hops, along with more of the sweet, juicy citrus fruits. Finishes about the same, malt and bitter hops.

Overall: Great balanced IPA, with lots of hop bitterness, but also malt sweetness, and tons of fruit profile. Finishes crisp and dry, with great drinkability.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A standard but nice gold. Bubbles moderately large.
Smell: Almost bready but with a hint of citrus and pine.
Taste: Bitter with some of the citrus-pine of the smell, but a malty aftertaste I'm not in love with.
Feel: It's a good, chewy IPA
Overall: A nice IPA, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Beer comes out a dark yellow to light orange with some pretty decent clarity. Eggshell colored head with mostly small bubbles, good lacing.

Canned 11/05/2015 and I can't believe how fresh this beer has stayed, especially in the aroma department. I was fortunate enough to get this about 2 weeks after it was canned and it still smells exactly the same. Well rounded but the hops certainly do stand out. Sweet bready but the there's a nice grassy, floral, citrus, and pine hop aromas on the back end.

Taste is equally as excellent as the smell. Malt backbone easier to detect here, the wort by itself on this beer must taste awesome during the brewing process. Like hearty multigrain warm bread slightly buttered and coated with honey. After that there's nice flavors of citrus and pine at the back end, quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied with a nice lingering flavor. Moderate carbonation that slightly tickles the tongue. Beer starts of sweet, smooth in the middle with a bitter finish that's not quite dry, sort of damp though. Great drinkability and really just a good anytime beer. Could pair with a lot of different kinds of food varying from spicy to just regular snacks. Great in the winter or summer. Not gonna knock your socks off but certainly won't leave you hanging great balanced beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

More mild than what I was expecting. There's a bit too much of a pine and bitterness for my tastes, but it's still pretty good. More drinkable than what my review might imply.

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Photo of DogfishAdam84
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I stumbled upon this beer a few summers ago in Chicago and have been digging it ever since. For me it is a top 5 IPA, incredibly hoppy yet somehow light, too. If I lived in Chicago, this would always be my fallback IPA

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Photo of LAp
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a light straw color, very clear with a 2 finger off white head. Nose is light hop - a clean pine and citrus. Wonderfully bright, clear nose. Flavor leads with the same bold hop presence. Very dry, with a finish that is perhaps a bit more malty than I find ideal. Mouth feel is light-medium. Overall, a strong, drinkable beer. A wonderful $10 6er.

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Photo of Gauss
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: nice golden brown. Honestly, doesn't look like much but it is not translucent at all. A very thick looking beer.
S: Very hoppy. A little citrus aroma and a slight oaky texture in the smell
T: very smooth at first. A little fizz but not too much.
F: amazingly smooth. Served in a chilled Belgian ale glass. The citrus is immediately tasted and hoes down easy
O: great beer. Only $3.95 at the bar. Worth it 100%

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep good color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a very good blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and extremely smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the better IPA’s that I’ve had.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden amber color with copper colored edges and a one finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with juicy buds and earthy resins countered by sweet tropical/citrus fruit and a sweet caramel malt backbone. Fresh cut grass, kind buds and sticky resins countered by some grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Incredibly fresh and dank smelling. Sweet malt backbone with caramel, bread, biscuit and toffee. Great freh hop presence in the nose.

Full body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that's countered by sweet tropical fruit hop notes and a prominent caramel malt backbone. Dry and sticky wih earthy resins, grassy pine and spruce tip but the strong malt backbone comes in mid palate to balance things out. Tart grapefruit along with some orange zest and faint citrus. Caramel and toffee sweetness with biscuit and dark bread. Malt is a bit stronger than I prefer but it's nicely balanced and easy to drink with decent hop character.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A solid IPa but it's unremarkable and lacks unique character. In today's flooded IPA market, a standard IPA, that's even well made does not warrant repeat purchases.

Can was 3 weeks old, kept cold.

Aroma was generic hoppy. Little lemon, touch of pineapple...otherwise just a green hop aroma with modest malt profile.

Tastes like a blend of many hops that muddle any specific hop character. Faintly sweet malt character. Fairly significant bitterness on the finish.

Overall, it's fine. Well made enough but boring. Plenty of other better IPAs available that have character.

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Photo of BBugsyy
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is a winner! A very smooth balanced beer, with plenty of hops, and no afterbite. My wife even like it, and she prefers Pale Ales.

Even has a cool can. I love the buds parachuting down.

I could drink this all day long, and I like variety.
So glad it is now available in Boston!

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Photo of dictator
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first review, and it's of a new-to-me beer. Proud of myself for not reading others' comments first--not easy to do! Here goes:

Saw this beer for the first time today in MA. Can depicts a four-star General with a hop for a head and five other hops parachuting down from the heavens around a large clenched fist. So, are these disembodied heads falling from the sky? I'm confused, but it got me to buy a six-pack for $9.69. I'm a sucker for label/package artwork... would like to see it included as review criteria, actually.

This is a five-week-old can poured a bit aggressively into a chilled tall tulip 'IPA' glass.

L - Light, clear copper with a 3-finger head in this tall, skinny glass. Head slowly dissipates, leaving barely a trace.

N - Definitely floral, but I don't get much of the expected citrus. Green beans, bread, dewy moss. Mustiness develops as it warms.

T - Lots of bitter, but again, not very citrusy to me. I get crackers and flatness with nothing else really jumping to the forefront. A bit complex for my rookie palate, perhaps?

F - This is where the money is on this one... Medium to high carbonation (even after such an aggressive pour) with a very dry finish that tingles the gum line. Somewhat of an oily, resinous feel lingers.

O - An enjoyable brew, mostly for the mouth feel and the price is fair. I'd buy it again without a hitch, but I wouldn't go to great lengths to track it down or overpay for it.

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Photo of neighborhoodguy
3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The BA description is generous. Sure it's a nice beer, but for an IPA it has some trouble figuring out what it is. That would be ok if it were really well balanced, which its close to being. Solid, but don't go hunting for it.

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Photo of bluehende
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can that is 5 weeks old. I get much more pine than citrus, but get a creaminess like the Vermont IPA's just not as strong. Definitely different but good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper with one inch head. Taste is citrusy--orange and grapefruit rind, with a touch of grassy wet hops. Very well balanced. A great IPA to have several of. I do prefer others in the style, but this is a high quality beer.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So glad this made it to Boston. Love this brewery after having way too much fun at in Chicago. This pours a nice Amber color with a nice head and lingering carbonation. Florally and nice and hoppy ....just a great beer. They must be now distributed good

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Photo of brewme
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have heard of this beer, and have always wanted to try it. I do not think that it was distributed to Massachusetts until recently, as I have never seen it before today. I got a six pack of cans for $12. Not a big fan. Found it to be very bland, kind of watery. Would not get again.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Orange body with a large white fluffy head. Leaves heavy lacing.
S - Multiple layers of hops. Pine resin, floral, medicinal.
T - Complex. Bitter pine at first, followed by more spicy, floral hops and ends with some citrus, mango, peach.
M - medium body, medium card. Dries the palate.
O - This is a great IPA. Canned about two weeks ago, so I am sure that helps. I only got a single, but I won't hesitate to get a six pack next time I see it.

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Photo of brureview
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper reddish color with a three finger head in a Spiegelau glass. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma: earthy citrus, Pine, spice. Mosaic?

Very carbonated.

I don't get a strong fruit taste, however with warming there is more citrus. It seems that the hoppiness in the beer dwarfs the citrus taste.

The beer finishes with an excellent bitter and spicy hoppiness.

Highlights of this beer: earthy, spicy hoppy character. Excellent beer, although I would have preferred a stronger fruit taste.

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Photo of Gatch
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 09/30/15. So about three weeks old. Golden-copper in color which is unique for the style but the head is too fizzy and this is filtered! The nose and taste are full-on tropical fruit. Almost like fruit candy. Could be smoother but it finishes well with a good effervescence. A bit one-sided. I'm happy I tried it and would drink it again if I saw it on-tap.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a great go to IPA. Visually hits all the right notes, as well as smells. Fruity, floral, hoppy, bitter, little piney. Everything you want in a well rounded IPA.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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

L: looks like your typical IPA, copper, tangerine and about a finger of head to go with it. Pretty clear but also a tad bit hazy.
S: Figs, papaya, and orange peel right off the nose.
T: Wow, very smooth with some real nice hops on the end. Taste some nice orange and passion fruit that make this beer very sticky, bitter and sweet all at once.
F: For 6.5% this beer has a nice medium body on it that gives for a nice bitter mouthfeel.
O: This beer is right up there for me probably in my top 10, fantastic IPA. Sweet, Bitter , and super sticky would definitely buy again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange body, white fluffy head imparting a ton of lace. Smells citric and herbaceous. Taste adds an earthy note, which muddles the otherwise crisp hop notes. Glimmer of a malt backbone, not nearly enough to balance the crush of bitterness. Feel is medium to full body, which combined with the hop bomb flavor, make this a sipper IPA.
Close to a refreshing beer with crisp citrus and high bitterness, but the earthy and herbal hop notes with a thicker mouthfeel put this brew on the slow track of enjoyment.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing
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