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 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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Photo of CraigP83
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Teetering between golden and Amber in color. Smell is smooth sweet malts with floral hops, not over powering in one aspect or another. Good hop profile, not overly aggressive. Very enjoyable

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this from the can in a glass chilled.

The color is medium honey amber with good clarity and thick rocky white head with very fine bead and lace clings well. The smell is a mix of floral and citrus with some faint pine aromas with mild malt sweetness in the back. I really like how the hop flavor comes through in the feel with resinous body and light sweetness from the malt supporting with ample carbonation and alcohol is not apparent even though the finish is dry.

The taste is good with plenty of hop taste and a mild citrus rind quality with slight bitter orange/grapefruit and slight malt body with a very light caramel aspect to balance. The taste is enjoyable and the alcohol is restrained practically not noticeable with the tangy and slightly pine hop flavors. Overall I was very satisfied with the freshness and drinkability I recommend this if you enjoy hop focused beers or IPA's in general.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A friend picked up several cans in Chicago back in early September. Canned on 5/14/15.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is grapefruit and orange, very nice.

Taste is orange and grapefruit rind that leaves a lingering bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a nice IPA that gets better as it warms. Would drink this if available in the future.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, canned 9/28/15.

L- Light copper, great clarity, one finger white head.

S- Orange, a little bit of that Juicy Fruit gum hop aroma. A lot of Centennial going on here.

T- Orange, medium bitterness, a light peachiness. Nice dryness. Finishes a bit floral.

F- Medium

O- Very nice IPA, picked up this single while in Ohio mostly cuz it was a week old. Would like to try some of the hop variants of this beer.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this Chicago beer on tap at the Park Tavern in Rosemont. Of the four IPAs, I tried, this felt like true north. Plenty going on but not too-anything. Some citrus, some hops, some sweet. Very solid. Would definitely order this again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this a few times in Chicago but reviewing it closely for the first time.

A - Nice bright, dark golden colour with a one finger off white head and mild carbonation. Spatterings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Pine and grapefruit. Not aggressive. A little dank.

T - Follows the aroma pretty close. Pine and citrus. More towards the standard classic elements. Some grass and grain there too. Some earthy notes.

M - Mild carbonation and a medium body with a moderate bitterness.

O/D - Solid IPA. Not gonna blow your mind and remains balanced while being a nice hop fix. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fluid ounce can
Packaged on August 27th, 2015
Reviewed on September 5th, 2014
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a copper body with a nice amber glow. Clean and clear body with a decent amount of bubbles racing to the head. Bright white head, right around an inch thick. Sparse amount of lacing.

Nice notes of citrus from the hops. Earthy undertones. Biscuity backbone of malt with a touch of caramel to sweeten things up. Nice aroma but limited in intensity.

Floral and citric hops hit the tongue first. Grapefruit-powered bitterness. Slightly sweetened grainy malts lingered in the background. Hops took an earthy turn toward the finish, leaving notes of lemongrass and pine. Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Pretty straight-forward IPA. Perfect for any hop craving.

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Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing
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