Ivan's ESB | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for Jimmy Cliff's character in The Harder They Come, this ESB is both big malt and big hop---harmoniously blended as a melody from Toots and Maytals...come to the pub or tap room to try it today!

Added by MasterSki on 01-16-2013

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FreshHawk
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wellsnb
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jeonseh
2.26/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On-tap at Rev's 3rd Anniversary Party

A - Dark copper with light brown and orange under tones. Small white head sits on top

S - The nose reminds me of Hi-C orange initially with sweet orange and fake sugar. There is a hint of the bitterness I'd expect in an ESB but not much

T - Sweet orange Hi-C and corn syrupy sweetness up front that makes it taste slightly artificial. The artificial sweetness I get up front really carries throughout the beer. There is a slight bitter pine hops near the end. Overall, this beer just doesn't work well together as the flavors don't blend well. It tastes off and slightly artificial

MF - Slightly watery with an astringent finish. Pretty light overall which just adds to the Hi-C reference in my mind

O - By far, this is the worst beer I've had by Rev. It was watery and tasted a lot like orange Hi-C that has been sitting out for a day to allow the ice to melt within it. Additionally the flavors just did not blend well together in my mind.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at the third year crazy party. Pours a deep clear gold with minimal head and decent lacing. Nose features a nice array of earthy pine hops paired with caramel malts, a touch of heat from the alcohol. Taste has assertive hop profile paired with malty caramel base. Nothing too distinct going on here but tasty in its own right. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Harder They Come is an awesome soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff. Just gonna come out and say it... this beer is alright too I guess.

Light reddish amber in the glass, not much foam or retention. Aroma is mildly toasted English malts, flavor is much the same. Some tea leaves and biscuit notes round out the majority of the taste. Smooth and easy drinking, a good introductory beer for those averse to much complexity. Maybe a better cask candidate.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Kedzie Taproom. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - Filled to the brim, so it's hard to speak for head volume. Thin white collar, wispy cap, minimal lacing. Transparent amber body. Looks about right for an 'Imperial' ESB.

S - The aroma is understated, although to be fair it's quite cold right now in Chicago and I imagine Revolution didn't anticipate needing to heat their beer to appropriate levels. Fruity and English, with treacle, toffee, bread, and a nebulous citrus fruitiness.

T - Again, the taste is very much what you expect from an ESB. Lightly sweet malts, sharp toffee, bread, red fruits, hint of Twizzlers, and somewhat unexpected bitterness in the finish. There's a lingering citrus and caramel aftertaste that I did enjoy. Odd disconnect between flavor and aroma although both seem appropriately English.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, pleasant lower carbonation, slightly sticky finish, and no discernible alcohol.

D - Decent and style-appropriate, but not something I urgently need to revisit. A taster was plenty as I think I'd struggle a larger serving of this one. I've liked some of Revolution's English beers but this one was a miss for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Ivan's ESB from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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