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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Firestone Walker brewer Dustin Kral who used to work together with our brewer Jim Cibak.

Added by BeerLover99 on 05-18-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and onion and garlic hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

call it ipa fatigue, or a snobby attitude, but as good as this ipa is on all counts, it just doesn't impress me that much. it has a nice clear frothy light amber color, with a nose of aggressive west coast hops and an ale yeast ive seen before. it reeks of firestone walker, which is a good thing, same hop profile as the union jack to me, but less interesting and not quite as well balanced in terms of taste. some shades of English malt, although its no so bready, and there is no residual sugar here. intensely bitter in the finish, this beer gets better as it goes, but the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. its a little thin to me for how much flavor it has, and the carbonation was a little short of bright. I can also taste and feel the alcohol, which shouldn't be the case at this strength. a pretty tasty ipa overall, but a league or two below the elite of the world.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013: Very pungent and dank hop aroma, West Coast styled, light bodied and super hopped. Had a couple glasses recently at Rev, and was thinking about a growler for the weekend.

Served in a footed tulip glass at Revolution.
Review from notes.

Bright orange, sharp jewel-tone clarity, lazy trails of carbonation rise to feed into a compact layer of white foam on top. It has a creamy texture, and laces nicely in concentric rings on the glass. Head retention is good.

Softly sweet tangerine and citrus aromas, clean and crisp. Not quite as dank as some west coast IPA's.

Firmly bitter and mildly sweet at first, citrus flavors of orange and tangerine start off, pale malt surfaces in the middle, some residual resiny hop oil character that dries out the finish with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied, no sign of the abv. Easy drinking, tasty... could have a couple easily. A nice rendition, maybe a touch reserved, but a solid citrus-forward IPA.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, light toasted bread, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, orange peel, caramel, light toasted bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, light toasted bread, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly creamy/bready, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a tulip.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Transparent golden orange body.

S - Surprisingly sweet - this seems more like a Midwest IPA than a San Diego Pale Ale. Lots of sugar and candied citrus - very juicy and malt-forward. Some icing sugar and tropical fruits too.

T - Taste is largely citrus hops, with some sugary malt and light caramel. Lots of orange and grapefruit - not sure what's in the hop bill, but it smells like a big dose of 'C' hops. Very balanced, with low bitterness.

M - Zesty, medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, slightly dry finish. No obvious alcohol presence.

D - This is a solid brew, but it's not what I was expecting from this collaboration. I had no problem finishing my pour, and I'd have another glass if I were at Revolution in the near future. That being said, this isn't an essential offering and doesn't really stand out in a crowded field.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with apricot edges and visible carb bubbling up. Two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with subtle dank resins and tropical fruit notes countered by pale malt sweetness. Some grassy pine needle followed by strong melon and pineapple sweetness. Underneath, there's some bread, biscuit, cracker and subtle light fruit.

Lighter end of medium body with a blast of dank, sticky bitterness that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and pale malts into a bone dry finish. Dank resins with crisp, dry bitterness that lingers throughout. Sticky pine needle and spruce tip followed by prominent melon sweetness and subtle tropical fruit. Morale malt backbone than expected with bread, biscuit and cracker. Well balanced and easy to drink with decent hop flavors.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a bow-tie)

A- This beer pours a clear apricot colored body with a thick creamy light butter cream head with a gentle carbonation supporting it.

S- The bright unripe citrus hops is full followed by a cereal and pale malt aroma that turns into a corn tortilla smell as it opens.

T- Th e full jammy unripe fruit hops have a green pith quality of ugly fruit and lime character. There is a nice touch of sweetness in the finish. The aftertaste is a pleasant green hop note that doesn't have any bitterness or pungency but is soon gone.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a great sessionable hoppy beer. The taste of hops have are really big with some nice depth and no bitterness. Very easy to drink in the summer heat.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip

pours a light brass color with an inch or so white head. great looking pour. Big citrusy hop filled aroma, nice! Taste is terrific. This one is very balanced and not a hop bomb, which is what i prefer in my IPAs. Hops are big but so are the citrusy malts, very much digging this one. reminds me of Pliny honestly. medium bodied with medium carbonation. great drinkability

overall loved this one. got it as an extra in a trade and wish i could get it here locally. thoroughly recommended.

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

Bottle opened on 6.29.13

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a cream-colored head with solid retention.

S - Lots of pine, citrus, apple. Very welcoming.

T - Pine, orange, pineapple, apple. Lots of fruits. Has the Firestone qualities for sure.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - I was really please with this bottle that I picked up while I was in Chicago. The guy at the liquor store pointed out that it was a FW collaboration. Good call and a great IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, golden colored ale with a fluffy, white head, chunky lacing, and good head retention. Tropical Citra hop aroma with zesty citrus and biscuity grain. Tropical notes of mango, grapefruit zest, pine, biscuit meld nicely on the palate. Mouth-feel is medium, a little resiny, semi-dry and semi-bitter with tremendous balance. Overall, excellent American IPA, but at $8 a bomber, one was enough for me.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Starts with malt, wood, earthy and pine notes.

T-Starts with toast/malt end with earthy pine notes. Nice bitterness. The balance is really good.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-Not sure how fresh this beer was, although the balance was good it lacked a strong hop bite I was expecting.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden beer with a bit of a white hue. A finger of white foam that faded to a meandering ring and partial cap.

S - Sweet, a bit too much for my preference, but there is some nice citrus and oily hop resins. Bit of a graham cracker malt backbone with a touch of caramel.

T - As some others have said, this is not nearly as much like a west coast IPA as one would expect it to be. Quite sweet, with some sugary malts and a touch of caramel. Some pine bitterness on the end, hopping flavor is primarily citus.

M - Medium bodied, a little oily, moderate carbonation.

O - Solid beer, but was hoping for something more west coast. Good, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new big bomber to me from Revolution Brewing Co., out of Chicago, this one their collaboration effort with Firestone Walker. Expectations are good based on the breweries and the beer's high ratings.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful bright golden orange, with about a finger of frothy white head. Leaves behind good sheets of spotty lacing on the glass. It looks very nice. 4

S - Very aromatic and inviting. Caramel, toffee, oranges, marmalade, lemons, grass. & a light herbal spice rack note. 4

T - The taste follows the nose - juicy, fruity, and hoppy, with a solid malt backing. Plenty of toffee & caramel, biscuit malts, and lots of orange, lemon, and grassy / herbal qualities. Very delicious. 4

M - The feel is crisp, sticky, and malty. A bit of a malty sweetness on the finish. Delicious, and very easy drinking. 4.5

Overall, an excellent IPA from Revolution & Firestone Walker. I would definitely pick this one up again if it was more readily available, and even more likely if it was available in six packs. Very drinkable stuff. Very recommended.

Revolution Brewing Dos Osos -----4/5.

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Photo of peensteen
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%


Lightly hazy, golden blonde with on finger of white head, light lace. Smell is full of juicy citrus hops, orange, grapefruit and mango, dry and hoppy with just a bit of biscuity malt. Taste is bitter and hoppy, grapefruit and citrus, earthy with a mid palate malt flavour, orange aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium body. Pretty good but not stellar, had higher expectations based on these two brewers involved.

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Photo of Florida9
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear golden yellow in color. Forms a smallish bright white, tight-bubbled head, but the retention is very good. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. First of all there is a candy-like sweetness. Along with a bit of orangey citrus, this one has the aroma of candied kumquats. There is a touch of pine in the mix, but the sweet orange aroma dominates.

T: Taste is very nice. Very low maltiness, but with a strong sweetness that blends nicely with the clementine orange flavor giving this beer a rather juicy quality. The pine comes on stronger on the flavor than the aroma and cuts the sweet orange flavor with a sharp bitterness. Finish brings out more citrus, this time in the form on candied orange zest.

M: Medium bodied. Low-medium carbonation. Mild to moderate bitterness.

O: This beer is packed with flavor, much more so than the average IPA. And while the hops dominate this beer, they are not at all offensive or overdone. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grant Opening Party.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Hops in the form of grapefruit, citrus zest, light grass, pine and a touch of light malt. Lots of hops and a good amount going on here...easy to sniff this one.

T - More hops on top of hops. Citrus, floral, pine, grapefruit, orange peel. Light dose of malts...barley noticeable. No alcohol. Finish is bitter & floral hops.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A nice IPA from FW/Rev that's easy to drink, yet complex with the hops. I had a couple pours at the party, and would have it again in the future, if available. Good stuff.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is slightly cloudy with sticky lacing and nice head retention. Nose is reminiscent if a west coast IPA with heavy grapefruit, pine, and lemon character. Taste has nice waves of bitterness with grapefruit, lemon, pine, and grass among a slightly detectable malt profile. Mouthfeel is tingly with high carbonation. Overall, very nice... Similar to Union Jack, worth a try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep yellow/orange (cloudy) body, 1 finger head, fine lacing

S: pineapple/peach/mango, mild pine aroma

T: sweet big citrus front, pine clean middle, long slow oily bitter finish

M: med body, slicky/oily feel

O: Excellent collaboration of Revolution Brewing and Firestone Walker! The brewmaster of Revolution used to work at Firestone Walker, so nice to see friends team up for a fine brew.


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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #7 (and final) from my Chicago DIY care package.

Bright amber, plenty of carbonation streams, some chill haze, topped by dense off-white foam. Snap, krackle, and pop sound effects.

Aroma has grapefruit, orange, peach, apricot. Very fresh fruit.

Big dollop of caramely semi-sweetness lays down the foundation. Fresh juicy fruit everywhere. Big bitter tower rising out of the center of my tongue. All in harmony on the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel, mosty smooth with just a wee bit of prickliness.

A damn fine West Coast IPA from the heartland.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). Bottled 5/23/13. Served in a wine glass (it was that or a shaker pint, the choice was clear) on 8/1/13.

Pours a brilliant, translucent gold with a half finger pale head which recedes to a thin cap and leaves behind a little lace.

Aromas of pineapple, mandarin, citrus rind and lightly caramized malt. The smell is delightful.

Tastes of mandarin, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, caramel, sweet bread and a small dash of peppery spice. Delicious!

A medium oily body with faint to moderate carbonation. Pleasing pineapple and citrus linger in the hoppy finish.

An excellent IPA. Such a tasty citrus hop profile balanced by just the right amount of malt sweetness and delivered in a great bodied nectar. I understand that repeats of collaborations are rare but it would be a true shame if this recipe isn't brewed again. Highly recommeded.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed gold on color, with a moderate cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Earthy, piney hops
Taste-A full blast of citrus and herbal hops, subtle green onion note, white grapefruit bitterness. A faint sweetness then waves of hops. Nicely balanced. Would match well with a plate of chicken enchiladas or a burger with the works. Well done!

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Photo of Omnium
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Clear gold with a finger of fizzy white head, little lacing.
S - Grapefruit, an onslaught of lime, white grape, peach, mango, pine, cracker, caramel malt.
T - The lime and white grape flavor is MASSIVE in this brew, unreal, lots of peach, sweet caramel malt, some pine and grass.
M - Sweet, a little sticky, fuller.
O - Just awesome, really unique hop character in this beer, awesome collab for sure. Two awesome breweries making a stellar IPA.

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Photo of jegross2
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Dos Osos, a collaborative IPA from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois and Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of Paso Robles, California.

Score: 93

Tap pour served in a Revolution mug club member mug and enjoyed on 06/01/14.

Appearance: Pours a clean orange-amber color with a half finger of head. Good lacing, okay retention. 4.25/5

Smell: Fruity, piney hops. A little dank. Orange, grapefruit and a nice sweet caramel maltiness. A touch of spice too. Really lovely. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes exactly like it smells. Piney, bitter bite upfront with a soothing caramel malt sweetness on the finish. Fruity backbone with a nice orange/grapefruit flavor underlying everything. A kiss of residual spice on the finish. Nice lasting fruitiness and grapefruit flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel with a mildly dry finish. Nice bitterness, without being very extreme. 4.25/5

Overall: I was glad to see this IPA from last year's Chicago Craft Beer Week re-brewed. Great price point and really delicious.

Cost: $6 for a 20 oz mug.

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing golden with a slight haze; small white head that leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. Lots of bread. Also lots of orange and grapefruit. The flavors seem to match. I really pick up alot of caramel in this beer. Lots of pine in the flavors as well. More grapefruit. Tons of orange and tangerines. Lots of bread. The orange notes seem to shine the most. Very subtle resin notes in the finish. It's juicy and dry at the same time. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and thin with active carbonation. It's pretty smooth.

This is well crafted, but pretty middle of the road for me. Not bad, but nothing to rave about, in my opinion.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/15/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a one-finger head
S: Crisp and clean with fresh citrus notes, pine and freshly cut grass
T: Matches the nose with citrus, pine and herbs
M: Medium-bodied and crisp
O: A very solid IPA

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