Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Anti-Hero IPA | Revolution Brewing Company

330 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Anti-Hero IPAAnti-Hero IPA

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 330 | Ratings: 2,791
Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin_Young for sending me this great beer.
Poured from can into 16 oz sam adams glass.
A cloudy gold color with lots of of egg shell white head.
Perhaps too much head as almost went over the top.
Some lacing but nothing to get excited about.
Great hop smell and very floral from the moment it left the can all the way up to the last sip.
Tasted crisp and very fresh, not as hoppy as I would have thought from the smell.
Great IPA that stands up with the best of them. I would drink this all day every day but sadly I only have 2 cans.

 545 characters

Photo of hail_seitan
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip glass

A - A vibrant golden body and thick, foamy white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Tropical pineapple, fresh flowers, grapefruit rind, and lemon.

T - Pineapple and citrus hop flavors dominate from the get-go. Then, a rush of sugar cookie malt sweetness. The finish is mildly bitter with cloying sweetness lingering on the tongue.

M - a fairly hefty body gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - The hop aromas and flavors are superb and inviting. However, the overly saccharine malt just overwhelms the tasting. A drier finish could make this an epic beer.

 609 characters

Photo of IvarTheBoneless
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A local brew, and an excellent brew. Nails the hops and flavor, great nose. Mouthfeel lags a little behind, but you only notice because it's hits the mark squarely in all other respects

 185 characters

Photo of HopBomb515
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored body with a slightly off white and thick head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a wave of citrus in its sweet form. The malt integrates to the nose of citrus bringing sweet orange, tangerine and clementine notes. Flavor follows with a sugar like sweetness up front from the malt backing which again just lends a perfect sweetness backing to the orange, tangerine and clementine flavors. Crisp mouthfeel with some bright carbonation, heavy end of a light body and a crisp and drying finish. Great IPA here that I'd love to have again. It's citrus all the way, balanced in a good way and super drinkable.

 637 characters

Photo of jmbranum
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at Chicago Union train station.

Pours a crystal clear honey colored liquid with a decent off-white head.

Pleasant sprucey aroma.

Flavor is fantastic. Complex and nuanced. Lots of floral hops. I'm picking up notes of pine, juniper, and pineapple. Some nice copper notes.

Nice medium mouthfeel with velvety just-right carbonation.

Best IPA I have had in some time.

 382 characters

Photo of Taybeh
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Elephant & Castle on a freezing cold evening in the Loop

A: gold with some tints of reddish and amber, 1 finger off-white head
S: an intoxicating mixture of sweet tropical and orchard fruits, dank earthy resiny pine notes, and some pale malt breadiness.
T: follows the nose, and comes in layers. This has got a lot going on, and I like all of it.
M: lingering bitterness with a little bite, medium carbonation, a little on the thick side, slick but ends dry

Overall: I enjoy this one a lot, even though I sometimes wonder whether it has too much going on. Delicious.

 581 characters

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a Dogfish Head branded IPA glass

A - Pours a slightly honey-tinged gold. Forms a nice finger and a half of slightly off-white, creamy head that has decent retention. Spotty lacing left on walls of the glass.
S - Sweet, bright, vibrant and tropical. Lots of peach and mango, sweet hops and perhaps a light note of lemon in the back. The aroma is definitely sweet and tropical and less savory.
T - Balance is the theme here, and it is done so perfectly. Upfront there is sweet peach and mango, this is followed by savory grapefruit that finally develops into hop bitterness. The bitterness at the end of the flavor development rounds off the initial upfront sweetness perfectly yet does not linger once it has done its job, making this beer incredibly crisp, refreshing, thirst-quenching and sessionable.
O - A DAMNED fine session IPA, one of the best I've had. If I could get this stuff, it would replace Modus Hoperandi as my favorite go-to session IPA for sure.

 975 characters

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra on a trade.

Really solid brew here.

Appearance: Solid IPA, not too dark but some reddish hues and golden bronze colors.

Aroma: Dank hoppy dominant beer. Some tropical fruit notes in there as well.

Taste: Dank, bitter, but not too biting, enjoyable overall.

Overall: Solid brew, I would like to try more from this brewery in the future.

 371 characters

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color with a minimum of head. An absolutely perfectly balanced IPA, with a sweet maltiness on the back end as a kiss off from the assertive hop profile. An outstanding IPA in a crowded field.

 204 characters

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange color with a frothy white head. Smells of orange, grapefruit, a little malt sweetness, pine and earth. Taste is much towards the grapefruit side. Bitter orange peels and juice. Some mango and pine. Good malt backbone. The bitterness complements the citrus flavors really well. Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little thick, but this really drinks easily. Overall a very solid IPA. It's not something I would go out of my way to get, but nice to try from a trade haul.

 487 characters

Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Canned 11/21/14.

A - Dark hazy orange with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Nice webbed lacing forms and a collar forms around glass edge.

S - Starts off with some bready malts and caramel sweetness. Hop flavors of bitter citrus and pine.

T - More hops up front than the nose would indicate. Bitter citrus, grapefruit pith and pine. Middle fills in with the bready malts and sweet caramel notes. Finish has a nice bitter grapefruit punch.

M - Medium slick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the palate.

O - Pretty solid, canned IPA, but nothing that distinguishes it from all the other IPAs.

 647 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler. Carbonation was still good and strong but not sure when it was filled since it was a gift.

Appearance: pours a deep caramel orange color. a two finger or so white head with strong retention and leaving behind a strong lacing. strong brightness and clarity to it.

Smell: a honey to light caramel sweetness. strong resiny hops. some citrus, pine and spiciness to it.

Taste: opens up with some citrusy and resiny hops. hop taste develops into a piney to earthy spicy taste. in the background are some semi sweet malts. lighter honey-esque than the aroma. ends with some bready malts and more hop resin.

Mouthfeel: carbonation was good. probably would be even a little better in a can. bitterness is strong but not overwhelming, lingers for a little. drinkable and a nice slight dryness.

Overall: a solid IPA offering. perhaps a bit too strong on the caramel style malts for me. also not my first choice of hop varieties but still very good.

 969 characters

Photo of mr-jj
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz can. Canned 9/20/14.

Color is clear light gold with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of semi-sticky lacing. Smell was pretty subdued at first - it needs to warm up above refrigerator temp (probably around 45F or so). Once it warmed up, there was a nice aroma of floral and citric hops - very juicy. Flavor was exactly the same - originally it was a bit cold and didn't offer much. After it warmed, it really exploded with delicious orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango flavors. It has a nice malt backbone that just keeps the hops at bay while remaining well in the background where it belongs. Finish is clean and bitter and lingers for a bit. Body is definitely on the thin side, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is an enigma. When it's too cold (or too warm) it didn't offer much to get excited about. But at the right temperature, it's really, really good.

 948 characters

Photo of GallowsThief
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can into my tulip. From Kevinpitts. Thanks Kevin!
A – Pours out a straw yellow with a good finger of stark white head that stayed around and left spotty lacing.
S – Piney, floral, earthy and grapefruit.
T – Grapefruit and pine all over this one. Citrus flavors like orange, tangerine and pineapple? Not overly hoppy or bitter. Very nice balance. Touch spicy up front with a sweet malt at the end.
M – Medium carbonation with a bit of dryness.
O – Very nice IPA. No hop bomb but instead a nice tasty easy drinker. I could see myself bringing a 6 pack of this on the boat catching some tarpon this summer.

 630 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can sent to me in a recent trade. It's about 3 months old, but doesn't taste like it all.

Pours a golden light amber, with orange tints, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells classically IPA- orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and pine, juicy and fresh, with no malt that I can detect.

This is a great IPA, I wish we could get it around here. There's some lightly juicy hop flavors, nice melange of orange, peach, pineapple, and grapefruit, with some heavy bitterness, a bit of a floral character, some herbal awesomeness, and some lightly sweet caramel malt. There's just enough malt to give it a solid backbone, but not enough to take over flavor-wise.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, juicy mouthfeel, and a normal amount of carbonation for the style. It's very, very drinkable.

I wish this was on the shelves around me, I'd buy it all the time if it was.

 883 characters

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

7-5-15 - Got a pitcher at South Loop Club on East Balbo in Chicago. Last stop on ourwalk to Soldier Field for the final Grateful Dead 50 show. Great bar. Great local beer.

 181 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This brew was enjoyed on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in a house pint glass showing a simple golden brown coloring. It held a sturdy finger’s worth of a white foamy head, leaving drippy islands of lacing around the glass as it descended at a moderate pace. No haze or sediment was appreciable, and carbonation appeared to be right down the middle. The aroma gave sticky sweet notes of nectary, burnt pine, and grapefruity hoppiness, toasty pale grain, standard ale yeast metallics and savory saltiness, candied walnuts, tiger balm and waxy lipsticks, light vanilla and toasty coconut coolness, tangerine seed and fruit flesh, sesame seed crackers, brie rind, and appropriately rich toffee sweetness to match. The flavoring hit with the stickiest, oiliest showing of piney and citric hoppiness. Curiously, the latter gave a bit more seriousness than sweetness, in the form of heavy and thick orange oiliness. Otherwise, flavor notes included pineapple and mango nectary fruitiness, honeysuckle, light plastic phenols, toasty pale and the lightest caramel grainy grit, nickel, cornmeal, browned grassiness, and smooth floral resins. The body was medium, and the carbonation was happily prickly. As stated above, the feel took on this immense oily slickness that decimated the mouth for most of the tasting. There wasn’t any real dryness to follow, but more of a crispy, bubbly coating to remind you of what you just consumed. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were appropriate and well taken. The abv was within normal limits, and the beer drank back well.

Overall, this is a nicely presented house IPA. This was our first trip to Revolution, per the suggestion of Aaron at The Beer Temple, just a minute’s drive north of this establishment. This was his suggestion when asked where he would go if he could only have one lunch in Chicago, as we had only enough time for, you guessed it, one lunch. Unexpectedly a friend was also around at that time, so we were able to head over here and consume some delicious liquids and solids. None of the three of us had ever been, so we were excited to give it a whirl. Anyway, getting back to this beer, this is super tasty for you standard, year-round IPAs. The surprising thing about it was that crazy showing of citric, orangey oiliness that pervaded not only the flavoring, but the feel as well. This pushed things towards the heavy line, but simultaneously made it appropriate for cooler months coming to Chicago.

 2,529 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a can into a shaker pint.
A lovely golden-orange with a three-finger, fomay head from an aggressive pour. The head dissipates to scattered foam and some lacing at the top of the glass.
Wonderful aroma, lots of pine resin and citrus with a hint of pineapple and candied orange.
The taste is really good. Resinous pine and grapefruit pith, some orange and a surprisingly mild but dry and lingering bitter note.
Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky with, perhaps, a bit more than average carbonation.
Overall, I really enjoy this beer. A nice take on an IPA.

 567 characters

Photo of DeepJello
4/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12oz can. IP trade extra.

A: Copper / orange in appearance with a fluffy white foam head.

S: Grapefruit peel, tons of citrus and pine.

T: Pine tree, grapefruit with some sweet malt notes.

M: Moderately carbonated, lingering bitterness, light citrus notes with the aftertaste.

O: A solid example of the style, American IPA. If this was locally distributed it'd be in my fridge on a regular basis.

 432 characters

Photo of Hoppybrew022
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Served: On tap
Appearance: dark golden color with a small head that fades to a bulbly ring with light lacing lingering on the glass.
Smell: Nice light floral hop bouquet
Taste: Firmly bitter up front that fades to a soft spicy/peppery malty note.
Mouthfeel: dry to moderately dry mothfeel, good for the style. Medium carbonation, not too prickly.
Overall Impressions: This is a very good IPA, the server said they sell a lot of it so I think I got a good example. The hop flavor and aromas were good and the beer was nice and dry. I liked it a lot... I think I'll have another.

 577 characters

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can date is a mystery, but it was picked up less than five miles from Rev, and drank within three days, so lets just say this was rather fresh. Drank 10.18.14. Poured into a 12oz Tulip.

A: Clear brilliant copper with two fingers of fluffy crystal white head. Large pitting, lots of visible carbonation, moderate lacing, head dissipates quickly leaving little cap and just barely a collar. Visually it reminded me of the new "session" IPAs.

S: Like getting hit in the face with a fresh cut Douglas Fir while standing in a poorly ventilated room which has just received a rather generous treatment of Pine-Sol. Pine, pine, and more pine...then if your sense of smell ever recovers you just might be able to pick up some tangerine and sticky malt.

T: Resinous pine, oily, fresh... like chewing on a fistful of wildflowers. Some malt makes an appearance in a heroic attempt to slow down the hop train, but the effort is futile. Fresh cut Douglas Fir's will be arriving on time, and continuously.

M: Snappy, biting, carbonation that rumbles through the mouth clearing a path for the flood of... you guessed it... pine oil soon to coat your mouth. Leaves you wet, sticky, and begging for more. And yes, that is meant to be taken exactly how it sounds like it should be.

O: Not at all what I had expected. A fairly strong deviation from the Midwest IPA crowd, and the West Coast IPA crowd for that matter. Good on Rev for bucking the trend and producing some unique and memorable.

 1,478 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, orange-copper coloring with a one inch, foamy, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of resinous and piney hops, with a blast of tart and sweet grapefruit, floral hops highlights, and berry sweetness. Flavors are bitter and roasted forward, with a blast of orange rind and grapefruit, both tart and mouth watering sweet. Light, dry body, with a heavily bitter, piney aftertaste. Dry, bitter lingering finish. Crisp and highly drinkable. Wow! Solid, balanced, well crafted IPA.

 527 characters

Photo of Jnashed
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 9/14/14 can into a pint glass

A) golden hue moderately cloudy. Full head that dissipated quickly

S) pine heavy with a sweetness , thick resin . Light bread

T) really balanced malt with pine. Not much fruit and the bitterness is not overwhelming. Very drinkable some citrus notes too and in fact they seem more present here then in at the smell.

M) nice but carbonation was light but full mouthfeel and ready heavy taste lingered on.

O ) very nice IPA. Not as full flavored as some but a real nice malt backbone that does not overwhelm . Hops are more toward pine and do not assault the palate. Like able

 630 characters

Photo of tony11
4/5  rDev -2%

nice balance not too bitter finishes on the sweet side for an IPA. excellent flavour very easy drinking. not overwhelming in terms of hops but full bodied none the less.

 169 characters

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev -2%

From notes on 3/29/14

Brought some cans back home from Chicago. Pours a golden amber with a small white fluffy head. Bitter citrus smell. Hoppy bitter taste. Slightly grassy. Like fresh Spring air in a glass.

 209 characters

Anti-Hero IPA from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Quick Navigation

    Open the Quick Navigation

  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.