Revolution Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #165
Ranked #2,948
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Notes: Brewed for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, this IPA shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy and Zythos hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish. This IPA has big hop flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and citrus.

65 IBU
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Billolick from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, dated 6-4-19, came as part of a 12 pack mixed box.

Pours lightly hazed, leaving a minor cap and copious ringed sheeting.

Mild sniff with melon coming forward.

Tasty and enjoyable IPA, again some melon, moderate pineapple/grapefruit, some resiny hops in the finish....worthy everyday kinda brew.

Aug 12, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice smooth, crisp IPA with just the right amount of bitter bite. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow-orange with a little foamy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, bold, crisp fruity zest hops mixed with some piney and herbal hops. Tastes of loads of fresh fruit - grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pineapple, orange - as well as piney and herbal hops, vanilla, bread and a great malt backbone. Goes down impossibly smoothly, nice clean mouthfeel and just enough carbonation. An excellent IPA that feels sessionable.

Dec 01, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy light orange body with plenty of eager streams rising, the dense light tan head fades to a veneer but leaves plenty of lines of lace. The nose is pretty straightforward IPA- orange rind, grapefruit, perhaps some lighter elements like passionfruit, plus a hearty malt base. The taste gets more tropical, introducing pineapple and mango, but only as nuances to the main orange-grapefruit track. The malt is also unfortunately prominent, coming in as bread crust. With the fruity, tropical hops being the main draw here, heavy malt is a derailment from the fun. The body is good yah yah w/e.
Dare I say... not the best in Rev's Hero lineup. Came across as an almost typical, bad-mashup (orange and bread crust). Am I missing something?

Jul 30, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revolution Beer LLC "Galaxy-Hero India Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "FILLED: 02-26-2018 08:52:05"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Galaxy-Hero? I can only assume that this is brewed with Galaxy hops, and I'm hoping 100% but I'd understand if it wasn't. It's poured a somewhat hazy golden body, hopefully from dry-hopping, with an orange sheen beneath a rocky head of off-white foam. The aroma expresses hop resins, bready and caramelish malt, and mild tropical fruits. A little more aroma would be nice but I can live with it. On to the flavor... the malt is much richer and fuller than I thought it would be, although the aroma did indicate that, and the hops remain fairly mild given that it's a single hop beer, or close to it. There's some orange to it, a hint of pineapple, some peach, a touch of grapefruit, and some pine as well. It's also earthy, grassy, and a little bit floral, particularly in the lingering, mainly dry finish. There's a lot of malt there, and it takes a few seconds to fade. But there's also a pretty solid bitterness there as well, and although you don't get that so much in the first few sips because of all the sweetish, bready, and even lightly toasty malt it becomes more apparent a little further in. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous feel, and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled carbonation. As far as being a showcase for the profile of Galaxy hops it's not the best I've seen, but it's still a really nice, enjoyable, malty and hoppy, bitter IPA. The alcohol never shows, and I feel like it seems a little like a double IPA with lots of malt that helps to cover it up. I could drink a few of these, maybe up to 4 in a row - that's good drinkability! Looking back the head has held really well. It's dropped but it still maintains about a 75% solid surface covering, and the lacing was thin but nice, covering about 25% of the surface of the glass. I'll have to look for this again. Recommended!
Review# 6,125

Jul 08, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Seven Eleven while visiting downtown Chicago on May 9th for $12.99. Canned on 4-16-2018.

Finally reviewing the last can brought back to Phoenix.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose initially was tropical fruit forward. Subsequently, grapefruit and orange were dominating.

Taste is gooseberry forward with some grapefruit over a nice malt base. Finish is citrus rind with a strong amount of bitterness to let you know this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a pretty good IPA that is worth trying if you encounter this while in the greater Chicago area.

Jul 02, 2018
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drgonzo767 from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a sixer of cans from The Keg, New Albany IN. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a darker gold. Big head that quickly settles. Nice lacing. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

S: Mild citrus, grapefruit, mild pine, slightly bready.

T: Not overpowering. Grapefruit, mango, slightly sweet. Bread and grass on the finish. Very good balance of hop and malt here.

M: Finishes slightly dry with some resin. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable, 7% ABV unnoticed.

O: This is a very, very good AIPA, bordering on excellent. Aromatics could be a little better. Can art lives up to an awesome beer, always a small plus.

Jun 23, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Golden copper color with a hint of light orange. Thin off-white Head

S: sweet citrus, bitter pineapple, mango, strawberry, herbal tea leaf, crackers and sweet orange

T: ripe mango, strawberry, grapefruit, and some grassy hops. Some bready malts in the back. A touch of bitterness to finish. Good stuff

M: medium mouthfeel, with mid- carbonation

O: good stuff. Smooth and fruity/juicy IPA with a touch of bitterness to balance it out

May 20, 2018
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mudROCK from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer from an awesome brewer! I like Anti-Hero from them, but this is light years away in my opinion. A great IPA that is very well balanced; hoppy- but not too bitter. I will definitely be getting this stellar brew again soon!

May 08, 2018
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold. Foamy, tall, white head that lasts a while the light lacing.

Smells like citrus peel, Pine, grassy, earthy and bready.

Taste orange peel and Bready malt. Followed quickly by Pine and earthy bitterness with light toastiness and light grassy. Finishes dry with a pine linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

May 05, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear golden color with a generous frothy white head about the size of a large thumb. Good retention and yields, as it settles, a patchy film and sudsy lacing.
Aromas of citrus, orange, grapefruit and passion fruit, rather moderate, not intense. There is a touch of floral, pine and grass, as well as the grain.
It drinks quite smoothly, with flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit pith, dry apricot and peach pit. A light juicy sweetness is offset by both a dry mid palate as well as a moderate to semi intense bitterness that develops. A solid bready malt backbone interacts with a sharp prickle of pine resin, grass and smoky tobacco. The finish is dry with a bitter and resiny linger.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and easy to drink. Very solid IPA from Revolution. Nice fruit flavors along with a bold kick of bitterness.

May 04, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this from a mixed 12pck from my local Meijer. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had citrus peel spice. The taste leaned bitter but was still drinkable with citrus presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Apr 09, 2018
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mattcrill from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderate stone fruit ester up front that include pear, green apple, and green grape. Clean fermentation character. No alcoholic character. Moderate earthy American hop character that reminds me of pine and wood.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair with tight bubbles. Lacing is noted around the glass.

Flavor: Immediate hop assault that includes more pine and woody notes that are pleasant. The hop flavor persists and includes cedar and pine. Bitterness is strong. Balance is definitely towards the hop character. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol warmth or creaminess. Low hop astringency noted and appropriate for style.

Overall impression: An aggressive, woody, bold American IPA. Would like to see a little more hop aromatics that could improve with a more assertive dry hopping regimen. Minor tweaks would make it world class. Strong work!

Apr 08, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 02/05/18

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright golden orange with a sandstone, half finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much for lacing.

Smell - Dank, musty odor with a hint of citrus and tropical character.

Taste - Citrusy upfront with orange and lesser grapefruit, then the dank and musty character hits by mid-taste. Mild spice. Aftertaste is overripe orange and hints of pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, bitey carbonation. Drinks easy enough.

Overall - Decent drinking brew. Not a big fan of the flavor profile Galaxy hops impart by themselves, but its not terrible.

Mar 08, 2018
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Isoruku from Illinois

2.43/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Yuck. Really awful flavor experience. Galaxy Hero is an example of that breed of IPA where the brewers thought "we'll go all crazy here, and of course that's a good thing 'cause we're an established craft brewery." If "citrusy" is supposed to be a good thing (and it can be, of course), Galaxy Hero tastes like spoiled, discarded oranges were used along with moldy hops to create a memorable if undrinkable beer. I know I'm utterly alone here, but my advice is to avoid.

Feb 20, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks very good. Very clear dark golden beer with a decent off white head.
Smell is juicy with some tropical fruit notes.
Taste is juicy but with a very nice dankness and a balanced bitterness. Just enough.
Feeling is wet. Leaves a coating in your mouth to try and clear.
Overall, this is a damn good IPA.

Feb 17, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level and elevated hop bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, hint of earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and blend, but lacking complexity and aroma and body are not noteworthy.

Feb 15, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed 12 pack.
Pours a cloudy orange, small eggshell head that gone in a flash with a hint of lacing. Aroma is mostly citrus, taste is "muddled", and a bitter finish. Yeah, I know, it's an IPA. Body seems thin, decent carbonation. Probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Jan 14, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with a big off-white head and beautiful spider-web lace.

Aroma: Crisp tropical and citrus hops.

Taste: Fruity hops again, with an almost sweet start and a slightly bitter finish. Solid and tasty IPA here, no surprise from the reliable Revolution.

Dec 31, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a clear, golden copper color, very light tan head. Aromas are tangerines and passion fruit, and a slight malt fragrance.

Taste is slightly bitter citrus flavors, with tangerines and passion fruit. The bitterness is tamed slightly by the malt, spinning into a very dry finish. The Hero series continues to impress, IMHO.

Dec 19, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-from can to spiegelau ipa glass. 04.11.17. consumed 08.22.17.

A: Light tawny orange has a moderately good clarity, print readable with a strong visual show of micro-bubbles. A two finger sea-shell colored head is soapy and tall, with large air pockets lining the vessel walls. Half-glass coverage of lace finishes out.

S: Fresh passion fruit, mangoes and tart oranges are first on the nose. Light toasty malt character, with tart citrus and peach. A mid-level strength index has a short gestation. Not sure if layover could be a factor here. Aroma was a bit muddled, not really sharp and refined as I hoped from the galaxy hops.

T: Tart bitter citrus and toasted grains are first on the flavor. Passion fruit and a tart fruitiness, again, a bit muddled not really defined, hard to separate out. There are some flashes of peach, sugary fruit, but for the most part a strong citrus bitterness overlaps the galaxy hops. The finish finds a big dry hop finale, flowery citrus lingers on.

M: Lighter side of medium density, felt a bit light, bitter and juicy with a low carbonation threshold.

O: Overall the galaxy hops didn’t seem as fresh or bright as I had hoped for. Not sure if the 4 month past bottling had anything to do with it, so you may have to refer to a review that had a fresher content. The fruitiness seemed muddled, still good, just not as fresh or with an individual nature, but was big in ibu delivery. Very well hopped, and still a great beer, not sure if this was dry hopped but maybe would of benefited from a wet hopping(whirlpool/hopstand) with less dry toasted malts to let the galaxy hops shine bright. If its bitterness you want, you won’t be disappointed though.

Sep 17, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this beer up as part of a variety pack that Revolution put out. Rev puts out some of the best beers I've had so I'm pretty excited to try this version of their Hero series.

This beer pours a hazy, light amber hue that shows off some light carbonation and is topped with a thick, foamy, off white head that dissipates very slowly to a thin lacing that is retained for quite some time. 4.25/5 The aroma is very hop centric and sharp with notes of pine resin, citrus peel, tangerine, mango, pineapple, and papaya. There is a slight earthy undertone as well that provides a nice base for the fruit to work off of. Malt is essentially non-existent in the aroma. It is very fresh and clean on the nose. 4/5 The flavor starts off with a very quick, smooth taste of grain but this quickly goes away and ushers in the hops with a citrus and tropical combination that shows off some bright notes of tangerine and pineapple. A grassy, earthy tone sets in in short order after the tangerine and pineapple which brings out noticeable bitterness which is moderate in strength and lingers, but only shortly, after swallowing. 3.75/5 This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation and a bit of an astringent mouthfeel. Dryness comes on moderately, mainly after swallowing, and sticks around for a good while (this drying is much less than parching). There is a fairly smooth/creamy mouthfeel to the beer that makes it heavier than expected. 3.5/5 This is a good IPA with a much better aroma than flavor in my opinion. It feels somewhat lacking in the flavor department for such a hop heavy beer. 3.75/5

Aug 06, 2017
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L-Semi hazy light orange color.

S-Fresh citrus....tangerines, oranges, also some light floral notes...

T-Fruity with peaches, apricots, tangerines, oranges, and lemons the most impressionable..light crackery malt.

F-Carbonation is about right....body is about right too...medium

O-Very enjoyable IPA. Gotta like Galaxy hops!

Jul 16, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy copper color with a 4F head. Good head retention.

Earthy, floral aroma.

Excellent spicy tart MF.

Intense fruit taste, earthy. Hoppy finish overshadows the taste. Tropical with warming. More pine resin with warming.

Excellent IPA. I wanted to see more fruit character.look and MF are excellent.

Jun 22, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a very unique taste.... that I like....thus the high rating. A subtle hint of sweet malty notes that finishes with a nice touch of hops. Great taste. I would buy it again for sure.

Jun 19, 2017
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a clear copper color with a thick head, looks pretty good

smell is bland. the galaxy hops are there but not very strong, slight musty aroma

taste is sweet and creamy, galaxy hops are surely there

nothing special but solid. wouldn't get this again but a solid first impression for Revolution Brewing

Jun 10, 2017
Galaxy-Hero from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 852 ratings