TV Party | Revolution Brewing

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TV PartyTV Party

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our rye IPA is clean and refreshing, brewed with 2-row malt and flaked rye for toasty, nutty undertones up front, but with a huge hop flavor and aroma from the Amarillo and Fuggle hops.

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Photo of Kiteman
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - crystal clear golden orange in a tulip. 1 stream of carbonation from the bottom.

S - citrus and grapefruit strong hops. Delightfully complex. Some very light malts on the nose as well.

T - amazing. The rye and the hops balance in a wonderful combination that make this beer world class. I am reminded of a better version of 3F rye da tiger. I could drink this all day. The malt comes through but the beer finishes with an exquisite bitterness that keeps you coming back.

M - carbonation is right on. Mouthfeel is good.

O - one of the best beers I've had in a while. It would stand up well to some very good hoppy beers. Happy to have had it on draft at the brewery.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft into tulip glass at Revolution Taproom. Outstanding Rye IPA - the hops shine here whilst taking some of the spiced notes from the rye backend.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug club mug at Revolution 4/8/12. Thanks to HeatherAnn, pops, and Roman for the assist!

A: Served a bright and clear mango-orange color. Sitting on top is 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foam that retains for quite a while and left a bunch of lace behind.

S: I was expecting a face full of spicy rye but was totally surprised by how tropical this smelled. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit with a hint of rye as it warmed.

T: See above. Quite tropical when first served before slowly gaining a bit of spice.

M: Slick and oily with the requisite rye spice towards the end of the glass.

O: Completely enjoyable. Had to have two!

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Photo of JLeege
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Into a tulip pours a clear orange color with a nice finger foamy head, good retention and lacing.

Smell- Rye is definitly present and citrus hops.

Taste- Rye and slightly doughy malts start things off, a bit zippy. Leading into strong citrus hops, grapefruit and pinapple are most noticeable. A tad resinous at the finish. Great IPA taste, with the rye starting things off.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Overall- This was the highlight of the night for me. I thought this was an excellent example of one of my favorite "sub styles". Took a growler of this home, I thought it was great!

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Photo of jegross2
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the TV Party Rye IPA from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 93

Tap pour served in a tulip glass and enjoyed on 02/24/12 at the Revolution Brewpub. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Served with a finger of creamy white head. Bright orange/amber color (though it is hard to tell that given the lighting and color of the table behind the beer). Good lacing and retention for an IPA. 4/5

Smell: Fresh and fruity/floral citrus. Sappy pine. Rose, tropical fruit, grapefruit, tangerine/tangelo and pineapple. Really light hint of blueberry too. 4.5/5

Taste: Prominent flavors of fresh grapefruit, rye spice and piney hops flavors throughout. There is a sweet candied orange/tangerine citrus and hoppy tropical orange flavor on the palate too. Light caramel malt backbone. Very one dimensional, super tasty. There is a lasting orange rind and hoppiness flavor to the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation that perks the hoppy flavors on the palate. Creamy/oily mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Almost as good as the Anti-Hero IPA. Quite refreshing. A great example of the style.

Pairings: Falafel.

Cost: $6 for a tulip glass.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: honey/orange, trace white head, fine lacing

S: intoxicating grapefruit, big amazing pine, rye mild nose

T: grapefruit, lemon, mango, rye, smooth malt,
fresh clean pine bitter finish

M: med body, oily smooth mouth

O: YUM! Revolution blended such nice
scents and flavors. Such a treat, hope they
add this to their rotation.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange hue in the glass completely glowing with an off white head, which forms a rocky textured head fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a spicy rye note with citrus notes reigning supreme here. Flavor is packed full of citrus, a bit of honeydew melon, and big spicy rye in each sip...I love how they pulled off the rye with the pale malt base leaving behind the flavors I love in an IPA. Pear and peach tartness goes well with the malt notes coming through I'm impressed with the drinkability of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous flows evenly with each sip. Overall I'm a fan of this beer it goes down smooth even carbonation big beer with velvet gloves I can respect that.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottled Jan 23, 2014.

A: Fully translucent apricot orange body with a bright white milky head that settles into a small layered rim but has incredible retention. This looks beautiful.

S: Tons of tangerine-like amarillo hops jump out of the glass. Juicy oranges. This one is all sweet fruits and hops - not much malt presence in the waft.

T: A bit of caramel and bready malts upfront but the juicy hops linger in the finish. Bubble gum. Oranges. Tangerines.

M: Medium body. Prickly heavy carbonation. Oily. Sticky. Clean. Crisp. Refreshing.

O: Revolution shoots and scores again - quickly becoming one of my top breweries in the midwest. This is incredibly refreshing and clean. I'd love to smash 4 or 5 of these by the pool in the summer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPERANCE: Completely transparent and nice, middle-of-the-road orange. The head is only about a half-inch thick, but has excellent retention. Really good looking beer with pretty solid lacing, covering about 60% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: A touch of rye, but with a strange, minty, soapy aroma. It isn’t bad, it just seems unusual for the style and the mint only gets stronger as the beer warms. There’s also a very subtle hint of tobacco lurking in the background.

TASTE: The first impression on the palate is a good one. The only odd piece of the equation here is the minty front of this beer. I’ve had IPAs with very subtle hints of mint, but nothing this pronounced. That is followed by a subdued citrus in the middle and a strong, bitter and rye finish which somehow leaves a touch of that mint lingering.

MOUTHFEEL: The front is very smooth, almost flat, but a wave of sparkle seems to hit the palate in the middle of each sip and stays strong through the finish. Again, this is an unusual, but pleasant mouthfeel. There is a tiny bit of a mouthcoating feel at the end, but overall, it is pretty light bodied, crisp and clean.

OVERALL: Cheesy analogy, but that first sip is like interviewing someone and knowing you’re going to hire them as soon as you shake their hand. Once you sit down and get into the interview, however, you realize that this dude is a little odd and you begin to question your judgment. By the end of the interview though, you still offer him a job even though it was for none of the initial reasons you thought you would. Thanks for keeping me on my toes Rev.!

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

Had on tap in a pint glass at Irish TImes. I am not going to do the typical ASTMO review. It has a light rye taste up front then hop take over. Grassy, orange, burnt sugar, and a little astringent. It's a solid four. I honestly perfer FFF rye the tiger over this one, which is hard for me to say.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden with soapy white head, splotchy lacing present, nice clarity. Nose features plenty of rye with hilights of Amarillo hops. The malt takes charge in this brew with the hops working as supporting cast. Taste has mild malty sweetness with dry notes of rye which pairs with spicy hop character. The finish features waves of spice and grain with a decent dose of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall this is nice, but doesn't have a assertive of a hop profile that I wanted.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The TV Party was a good beer.....probably not as good as some of the other Revolution gems....but definitely good and worth the try. The beer poured a nice amber with white head that laced. The scent was pine and citrus. The taste followed the scent and came off the pallet clean. There was enough sweet malt to balance the bitterness making it very easy to drink. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/23/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep gold color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light toast, spicy rye and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops with moderate toast/rye malt presence; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, light toast, spicy rye, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of grassy/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light toast, spicy rye, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate toast/rye malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye IPA. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/grassy hops with light-moderate toast/rye malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean golden pour with a finger if head which quickly dissipated. Smells like toasty bread and leafy greens.. A bit of caramel sweetness is in there too... And a bit nutty. The flavor is bitter up front with a sweet barley and toasty rye being the showcase here. A little sweet for a rye beer, and not as hoppy as I was hoping for but drinks very smoothly and feels session able even though the abv is high (but not present). Medium body with higher carbonation.
A tasty treat with a very cool name. We're gonna have a tv party tonight!

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DLD, where I started things off in a bit of a rye mood. Erm, actually, with a name like TV Party I had no choice but to get it, but the fact that it was a rye made it seem like it was destined to do so.

Smells pleasantly, but not particularly interestingly, of floral and citrus hops, with just the lightest hint of rye tang. Pretty darn good, but nothing that I haven't smelled before.

Tastes pretty much the same, only with a bit more variation up front. It starts of sweet and rye-y, then moves into the middle of sweeter, citrusy hops and finishes on a more bitter, IPAish node.

This was a more traditional RyePA than FFF's Rye'd the Lightning, meaning it was more aggressively hopped and so the ryeness was muted a bit.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rev's 3rd Anniversary Party

A - Dark brown orange with golden undertones. Small head with foam that lingers on the sides and minimal lacing.

S - Slight citrus nose with orange and mango up front. There is a slight bitter pine that comes up near the back end. Don't get much of a rye presence.

T - Up front there is orange initially. As the beer moves on, it becomes more bitter with pine and grapefruit coming through. There is a slight malty, caraway breadiness from the rye that comes through but it is just a hint. The main profile is really the bitter hops that standout throughout and remain in the finish

M - Medium body with a slight stickiness. Thick hop resin remains in the finish

O - Solid IPA with lots of bitter hops near the finish that punch you in the mouth with their bitterness.. I don't get much Rye in it but that doesn't take away from how much I liked this beer overall.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.20.14

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a small light tan head.

S - Grassy hops, mild maltiness.

T - Lots of rye then some solid grassy-pine hops.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. No bitterness.

O - Great hop balance with a good dose of rye.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich clear copper with decent head that lingers around for a bit.

S: Faint rye spice with tropical fruit dominating (grapefruit, mango, pineapple, light tangerine). Some carbonic bite.

T: Some rye upfront with some tropical fruit. Bready rye in the finish. I get some metallic sensation too.

M: Crisp and easy to drink.

O: Pretty good but not too blown away.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pulled the ABV from another website, so I'm not positive it's accurate. My apologies if it isn't...

Color is a light and clear yellow-gold with limited head. Color was much lighter than ordinary for an IPA and the carbonation was aggressively rising from the bottom but failed to gather much at the surface.

Smell is perfume-like floral and citrus hops.

But for the name, I never would have suspected rye was used in this. It has a pleasant floral hop profile with a touch of orange rind. Bready malt adds a little balance. It lacks any of the characteristic rye spice. It's nice and bitter. In the end, very much resembles a normal ipa.

Mouthfeel is crisp, somewhat light, and dry.

An enjoyable IPA that goes down good. A solid beer from start to finish. Bonus points for the Black Flag reference in the name.

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Photo of timc100
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy bright amber, flimsy white head. Decent lacing and retention

S: Big orange, bitter graptefruit, slight lemon zest - very nice

T: Much more bitter than sweet - citrus, earthy rye spice, slight biscuit. Very dry

P: Medium, active carbonation

O: Solid IPA

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Photo of jrallen34
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip at the brewery...Pours a bright and clear dark gold. A nice off white head forms a big cap, streaky full lacing all the way down...Smells like a rye ipa, lots rye and toffee, hops come across as mostly just bitter, but still muted. A musky hop that I'm not digging, seems a bit out of place...The taste has lots of caramel with rye, hops are on the finish just bitter. Too much rye on alcohol on the nose as it warms....I crushed this pretty quickly but its not my favorite. Too much rye for me.

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Photo of lstokes
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange with a big off-white head and good lacing. Smell is as anticipated, and the taste is rye, caramel and citrus hops. Bit too sweet for me--overall it is sweet rather than spicy and throws off my taste buds. Body is pretty light and could use more of a kick as well. This is a hard style to get right!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Served with a finger of foam that leaves splotchy lace, a collar, and some hazy film on top. Transparent golden body.

S - Nose is surprisingly understated, particularly after Triple Fist. Rye, citrus, some pine, and a slight chive note.

T - Taste is also a little dull. Zesty rye, a bit of burnt sugars and earthiness, and some herbaceous hop character.

M - Carbonation is more active that most Revolution brews I've had - there's a bit of upper lip burn. Medium body, with a very dry and slightly tannic finish of all things.

D - Even though this was a bit of a letdown after their other beers, I put it away fairly quickly and had few complaints.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber dated 1/7/13: poured into Duvel tulip. Consumed & reviewed on 2/5/13.

This seems to be a class gaining in popularity. This is a decent example, not my favorite. Taste is solid: has a juicy hop presence, and the spice of the rye on the back end. My main issue is the relatively thin mouthfeel with this (as well as Anti Hero). A bit more heft would do this beer a favor. While I will continue to support their brand, a bit more inspitration would be grand!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I think "TV party", I think "rye IPA". Who doesn't? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, mandarin orange syrup, sweet honey, and a good bristling of pine needles. The taste emphasizes the honey and a Johnny-come-lately helping of sweet caramel, though the rear is brought up by pine sap, grass, and a touch of menthol-ish mint. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid rye IPA, but one that's strangely unbalanced (kinda teeter-totter-like) and a bit too heavy for its own good, not to mention lacking much of a rye character. Still, it's drinkable enough. So, yeah, it's good, but I'm likely to pass on it if a next time arises.

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TV Party from Revolution Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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