Galaxy-Hero India Pale Ale | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Hendry
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great extra from DuoBob, props! Pours clear as a bell with that classic orange-amber hue, 1 finger of off white foam leaves impressive lacing in the Lawson's snifter.

Aroma is hop forward: clementines and pine needles, malt virtually undetectable. Galaxy-Hero has a crisp, juicy nose, mouthwatering.

Flavors mirror the nose as the juicy hops are front and center, malt strictly there for support and balance.The clementine juiciness is nicely carbonated, and the pine needle qualities play out in the long and enjoyable bitter finish. Very crisp and snappy flavors from the well sourced Galaxy hops. Alcohol is barely noticeable,nicely done for 6.6% abv.

Mouthfeel is a light medium, dry finish, bitterness rests on the back of the palate.

This an easy drinking tropical fruit blast of an IPA, and should hit all the right notes for those that prefer a big juicy hop infusion over malt heavy IPAs. Great example of the style, and highly recommended.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - very clear, golden color, not much head

S - smells of hops and sweetness, almost like a double ipa

T - strong citrus flavor, strong hop flavor. not bitter at all. kinda reminds me of 3F zombie dust

M - medium carbonation, goes down easy

O - Very good beer, must try this if you enjoy IPAs

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Photo of atomic
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into Unibroue Tulip

A: All beer is beautiful

S: All the fruityness you'd expect in the smell given the galaxy hops. Not as much as I'd hoped for but still great.

T: Surprisingly enough, the closest beer I'd liken this to is Zombie Dust, and thats a huge compliment. All that tropical fruit tastes, albeit a bit less pronounced than in the dust.

M: Maybe a bit more carbonated than I'd have liked.

O: Like I said earlier, I felt this was pretty analogous to Zombie Dust. Not quite as good, and at $8 a bomber its a lot pricier, but not many are blessed with a reliable source of ZD. This beer will certainly satisfy my ZD cravings, at least until the shelves are cleared of this.

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Photo of stealth
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrWalterWhite for the pre-release share via trade!

A: crystal clear deep orange with the expected frothy white head. Beautiful.

S: awesome aroma. strong citrus/pine hop aroma that doesn't stop.

T: The Galaxy and Zythos hops combine to create a strong punch of flavor. Tropical fruit sweetness with pine and citrus that ends with a long-lasting strong bitter finish.

M: Nice prickly carbonation which finishes very dry.

O: A great IPA. I loved drinking this beer. The bitterness is strong, but doesn't get to be too much as you drink, nor does it take away from the flavors as you work through your pour. Loved the real crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of parris
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy golden pour.

Peppery, citrusy hops on the nose, same with the flavor. Mild harshness with the aftertaste.

Medium body.

Overall pretty dang tasty.

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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured a light orange/dark yellow with a quickly dissipating 1 finger of head into my snifter from a 22oz Bomber. This left behind spotty lacing on the glass as I enjoyed it.

Smell: I'm smelling passionfruit, slight citrus and a slight biscuity note on the nose. Also comes in with some earthy hop notes which I suspect is from the Galaxy hops.

Taste: The hops show up right on the front of the tongue with some nice citrus notes along with earthy tones. There is also a nice hoppy spiciness to the brew. The biscuit and cracker notes from the malt balance out the brew nicely. A nice touch of bitterness makes for a well balanced IPA.

Feel: This is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. This comes off a bit on the chewy side.

Overall: This is a nice IPA that I would recommend. Revolution makes good brews but I would've liked for them to date the bottle as I am not sure how fresh this beer is which is critical for an IPA.

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Photo of Rope
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark yellow hue, thin head.

This is a real treat. Sweet lemons flowing into a pineapple bubblegum.

A mellow sweetness, with a fantastic citrus bitter aftertaste. A slight grassy herbalism hides in the background.

Small sharp bubbles move those hop oils along.

An excellent showcase of what distinct hop flavor can be.

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Photo of guityler83
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Briliant lifesavers orange with bright white head that has no retention. No Haze

S: A tornado of melon, grapes and tropical berries. A cattyness lurkes in the background along with tinge of doughy malt aroma.

T: Like a punch in the mouth, bitter from beginning to end. Much more pine and dank resein flavors then the aroma would indicate. As your pallet adjusts melon is more noticable and a bready malt character peaks its head. No alcohol detected. Becomes kind of grassy after a few more sips

M: Crisp with moderate carbonation, (nice on a warm spring day) no astringancy at all. light body.

O: This likley won't make any top IPA lists, but I'd sure buy it again. Top notch aroma, great taste, refreshing, cool art work... pick this up if your in Chi

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a Sam adams glass

Clear gold, steady stream of micro carbonation, billowy, frothed two finger white foam cap, good lacings, looks great

Aroma of citrus, passion fruit, cracker, peppery spice, pine

Taste of paso fruit, citrus hops, good bite, lingers nicely

Bitterness lingers on the tongue, medium mouthfeel,

Damn, I like this beer!

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Photo of beardown2489
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just saying this upfront, I hope this is a yearly release. This review would be difficult to complete without comparing to anti hero.

A - the appearance is a golden color much lighter than the anti hero.

S - smells lighter in the citrus fruits. Picking up lemon, possibly a floral accent. The pine is very prevelant as well

T - Tongue follows the scent. Finished all 22 ounces of this bomber and the further I got into the beer the more I liked it. A citrus that doesn't overpower you like so many IPA/DIPA brews lately. This is a perfect spring time brew. Juicy and Refreshing is how I would describe it.

M - An oily beer that sits on your palate even an hour after I have finished the bottle. Leaves me wanting more.

Overall, I am sad I only got 1. I am not knowledgable on galaxy hops, but if they are readily available, I pray Revolution does their best to remake this beer in 2014. It is truly a perfect spring IPA. I love it. Revolution has yet to make a disappointing ale, iyam.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, date stamped 03/02/3016
A - deep golden colored body capped with a tall, frothy ivory head that holds good retention
S - big juicy, tropical aroma with passion fruit, mandarin orange, mango, and faint pineapple, a bit of caramel and honey mixed in with pale malt
T - fresh and juicy, bitter and sweet with mandarin zest, passion fruit, mango, pine, light caramel, grain, typical Revolution yeast
M - medium body, resinous, finishes bittersweet and quite clean
O - great beer and great utilization of the Galaxy hop. This has the wow factor I was hoping for and I'm loving that this is offered in cans now!

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden amber, short lived white head.
Brilliant aroma of citrus fruits.
Amazing flavor of bright citrus especially grapefruit. More of the juicy type IPA. Outstanding complex hoppiness and bittering that lingers and finishes dry but clean.
I really like Galaxy hops and this beer is a great example.
This is definitely a favorite.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color, topped with an inch of white head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge blast of tropical fruit, herbal, leafy hops, some malty sweetness.

T- Wow. Loads of tropical fruit right up front again, but there's a huge, very distinct tangerine flavor here that I wasn't picking up on as much in the aroma. Some slightly piney, herbal bitterness, a bit of caramel malt.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, nice carbonation.

O- This is awesome stuff, I'm a big fan of the hops from this region right now, and the tangerine and fruit flavors in this beer are excellent. If I could get a six-pack of this I would be really, really happy.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Scion Dupont in a pint glass on 5/8/14

A-Pours clear deep golden, fluffy white 1 finger head. Pretty good lacing

S-Nose is super fruity, tangerine, roses and a bit of grassy notes.

T-great taste of nectarine resinous hops, light caramel malts and some honey sweetness.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium bodied, some stickiness, lingering finish. Well balanced and carbonated.

O-Overall I was really glad to get the chance to have this.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a 50W Tulip glass

A: Pours a semi-translucent, bright orange body with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass for a decent amount of time.

S: Loads of pine and citrus hops in the nose.

T: Follows the nose. Very hop dominant, reminiscent of a solid west coast IPA, with not a ton of malt backbone. Lots of grapefruit bitterness. Lemon.

M: Oily. Medium body. High carbonation. A good mix of creamy, yet still prickly. Refreshing.

O: Not overly complex, but very well-done. Clean and very crisp. Revolution is really stepping their game up. This was a really solid brew. Excited to try the crystal hero next.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Dated 03/02/2016 on the bottom of the can. This is a fresh can and it shows in the nose with bright, fresh, citrusy hops. The taste like the aroma is deliciously hoppy and really showcases the hop profile as the main focus. Great beer!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger off-white head. Trails, blotches and big swaths of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, big juicy citrus (pineapple, grapefruit, passion fruit) and some light spice and pine.

T- caramel, nice grapefruit and melon citrus notes, light toast, light spice, bitter citrus rind and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick with some creaminess.

O- very nice ipa. I would drink this all day if they canned it like regular AH, but $8/bomber for a ipa is steep to drink often.

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Photo of bayareahustla
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovin this beer right now, thanks to RWNay a great advocate.

Bomber to a tulip.

App. Looks nice, little lighter then i would have thought.

Smell. Rediculously nice. reminds me of russian river Row 2 Hill 56 for some reason.

Taste. follows the nose nicely. tropical like i should be drinking this on a deserted island in the tropics. sweet, but not too sweet. bitter but not too bitter. just plain lovely.

Mouth. Nice, moderate carb.

Enjoyed this beer thoroughly.

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Photo of timc100
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear gold with a foamy white head. Looks very nice, nothing special.

S: Galaxy! Incredibly fresh, crisp and dry. There is a tangerine, orange, mango pungency - like a tang. Slighter sugared grapefruit peel. A vinous chardonnay grape dryness in the background as well as slight strawberry sweetness.

T: Incedibly crisp and refreshing, vinous dryness. The nose is super sweet and I am glad that taste isn't. Hit first with a slap of bitterness, then a galactic crisp burst of tropical fruits, finishes dry. Not very complex, but very tasty

P: Light/medium body - feels like a good IPA. Very refreshing

O: A great variant on an already great IPA. Love NZ hops

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Photo of kingston2
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color. Very fine head that dissipates and leaves light lacing along the edges of the glass. Smell is subtle but nice lemon and citrus is prominent. Nicely bitter but with a malty backbone of sweetness offsetting it. Finishes long and leaves me wanting another sip. Good job Revolution!!!!

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Photo of csparace
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is actually my second bottle of this fine beer. Shared the first one with a good friend and decided that it was so good I'd like to have another for myself. Revolution makes some interesting stuff and I think this one is really a bit more of a simple beer for them, but turned out really well.

Smell (4.00) – So so fruity. Like sticking my nose in a pineapple. In honesty, a tad overpowering and the pineapple is covering everything else up. Slight hints of caramel but I can't be sure since I seem to be taking a trip to the Bahamas.

Appearance (4.50) – Honey with carbonation rising to the top. Pours with a 2 finger head of large fluffy bubbles. Fades quickly. Really beautiful beer - the color

Taste (4.25) – Relieved that it doesn't taste like fruit punch. Pine notes that aren't that intense but still very forward in the taste. Some definite sweetness but nothing too much. The hops aren't all that bitter but still give hopheads like myself the satisfaction we're looking for. The hops linger around for quite a while and are the last aspect to fade. The taste otherwise doesn't change that much over time.

Mouthfeel (4.50)– Light, crisp, and smooth. Carbonation levels are great. Does not leave lips sticky.

Overall (4.50) – Really solid IPA. Love the galaxy hop content in this. Super refreshing and tasty. Not the most complex beer on the market, but definitely one of my favorites from Revolution.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a long stemmed tulip)
A- This beer pours a clear apricot body with a thin snow white head that sticks to the glass in thin sheets of white film. There is a sluggish micro carbonation working its way to the surface.

S- The green herbal hops have a juicy quality to the with some unripe citrus in the finish. The full aroma can be smelled even during the pour.

T- The full woody green hops have a dark papery quality to them with a pungency in the finish. There is an unripe lemon taste in the finish with some sweet malt popping through as it opens. The mellow pungency is full as it lingers in the aftertaste. As the beer opens up there is a wintergreen flavor in the finish of the hops.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz that compliments the hop finish very nicely.

O- This beer has some nice full hop character with an interesting depth that is more woody dark unripe fruit and wintergreen. There was good malt support and the pungency finished in nicely without much bitterness.

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Four Seasons Liquors - Morris, IL

The second, and most recent, release of Galaxy Hero is crystal clear and 24kt golden with an orange hue along the sides of the glass. The foam is pure white and soapy on the crown but dense along the glass. Puffy, thick lacing gets left glued to the glass after each drink. This is a damn fine looking IPA.

There is no mistaking the incredibly potent smell of freshly peeled tangerine. A touch of overripe lactic pineapple follows with other miscellaneous tropical fruits. Undercurrents of soft pine and resin bring some depth. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice also has it's fingerprints all over this IPA. A little sugar cookie malt is present but barely noticeable with the generous hopping. Juicy!

Again, we are greeted immediately with juicy tangerines, mouthwatering in fact. Pineapple and sweet tropicals run through mid-palate. There is some of that resinous quality in the background and lingering on the swallow along with pithy grapefruit. The malt base is more graham cracker than sugar cookie like the nose led me to believe. Excellent!

The body is just shy of moderate with an effervescence upfront that segues into velvet on the swallow. The finish eventually dries up and the lingering bitterness never surpasses moderate. Drinkability is off the charts.

Straight up fruit juicy. The tangerine is pure like in no beer I've ever had. The smell is saliva inducing, the flavor juicy ripe, and the drinkability is off the charts. I bought a couple bottles last year and drank it on tap a few times but don't remember it being near this vibrant, it is only 3 days from release I suppose. Buy it and drink it!

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Photo of laketang
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. can into glass.

slightly hazy orange with a large bubble head.i get a nice balance of hops zythos and galaxy hops provide
good bittering, with high alpha acid, especially galaxy. and I like the bitter citrus from the galaxy too.
there is some mango like sweetness in the finish, but is more towards the bitter side. great beer.

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Photo of LovingCup
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz. bomber.

Appearance: Deep golden hue with sheen. Can't really see through. Carbonation bubbles persist. Lacing dissipates.

Smell: Wow! So juicy. Pineapple. Tangerines. Like a fruit basket. Incredibly aromatic.

Taste/Overall: Awesome bottle art. Enjoyable. the taste is drier. A bit bitter. I thought it was a good deal for $5.99 a bomber. I honestly can't say I'd regularly buy this over the regular Anti-Hero at $9.99 a sixer, though. I'm glad I tried it. Gotta love them galaxy hops! If you're a fan, Id' mos def recommend this and "8 bit" by Talltree

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