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Thee Destroyer | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A huge double IPA brewed with over 1,400 pounds of malt and hopped at several stages in the brewing process with loads of hops including Glacier, Warrior, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra. The malt stands aside, while the hops and alcohol battle for supremacy…

90 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 6
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives amber colored and rather clear, with a modest cap that just leaves a few shards

Smell: Pithy bitterness, with pine and guava

Taste: Pithy, up front, with guava and pine tones developing; a touch of malty sweetness builds, but the finish is still quite bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Like all of the Revolution IPAs I have tasted, this one has a bit more malt to it than I would like; enjoyed the hop bill, however

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a thick creamy head that forms craters but last and last on top a golden orange body that has just a slight hazy to it.
S- The full fragrant orange and grapefruit hops are bright with a slightly green citrusy hop finish. There is a sweaty note to the green hops that comes through more as the beer opens up.
T- The spicy citrus hops are more pungent green than orange with some nice green spicy hop bite in the finish. The finish is clean and dry with some clementine oranges and minty hints lingering after each sip. There is a light berry note in the pale malt hint that only comes through as the beer opens up and is still very soft.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer is a nice big dry hoppy beer with some good fruity characters to the hops. It goes down pretty fast but it is a bit to big to call a session beer. This is a great beer to get your hop fix.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy light orange with a creamy white head.
I could smell the tangerine citrusy nose as it was being poured a couple feet away. The taste is similarly full of juicy citrus of the sort that makes me salivate and thirst for more. There is only a slight bitterness and the finish is clean. There are no yeasty or dark malt flavors to detract from the exceptional hop profile.
Reminiscent to other recent DIPA's from Half Acre, 3-Floyds, and Piece that have topped my list lately, such as Double Daisy Cutter, She-Wolf, Arctic Panzer Wolf, and Whack-job.
The west coast has nothing on Chicago in terms of hop-forward brews.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Revolution brewpub. I've had both batches of this beer, but review is based on the 2013 vintage. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar and specks of lace, and a few stray wisps on top. Transparent bronze body.

S - Big citrus and guava, with a hint of dank and onion. Malt bill is supportive but unobtrusive, lending notes of sweet cookie dough and cake batter.

T - The taste verges more towards dank, pine, and mild herbal bitterness, with notes of grapefruit peel and orange flesh. Less malt sweetness here too, but not overly bitter either.

M - Dry, medium-full body, with surprising heft and viscosity. Higher carbonation than I prefer, but not offensively so. No obvious alcohol.

D - I liked this back in 2010 and I'm glad they brought it back. It's obviously a bit slower drinking than the Helles a 9%, but I happily ordered a full tulip on a subsequent visit. Hopefully this stays in the rotation as I think it's one of Revolutions's strongest DIPAs.

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub...Pours a medium gold orange, light tan head good retention and lacing...The aroma is phenomenal, by far the best smelling citra beer I've had. A great mix of really fresh and sweet oranges and grapefruits. Piney hops and alcohol come through, not much as you would expect from a dipa, perfectly balanced, but slightly more sweet than bitter...The taste doesn't keep the perfection going as it loses most of the sweetness and this becomes a pine alcohol bomb. More resembles a hardcore west coast dipa now. However, the pine and alcohol are too strong, especially the alcohol. Hop head's dream. If the sweetness showed a touch more, this could be world class. A huge start with a let down, still worth trying.

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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewpub on Party member preview day and again 2 weeks later.

Appearance- A caramel/bronze color and a nice fluffy head that melts nicely into a thin ring and leaves a nice lace.

Aroma- Best part of the beer. The citra hops which Revolution seems to have fallen in love with (note the Citra ice cream) jump out of this beer and make you want to just sniff it forever.

Taste- I think this is a well balanced DIPA (not Pliny, but very good) that has a wonderful hop taste and bitterness, while maintaining a strong malt character.

Mouthfeel- Clean, but a little bit sticky and coats the mouth a little more than I would like.

Drinkability- Honestly I have only been able to tolerate 1 of these in a sitting. It is quite good but dominates the palate. The best Hop-centric offering from RevBrew so far.

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Thee Destroyer from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 48 ratings