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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Added by MasterSki on 04-05-2013

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A solid IPA, with lovely complex grapefruit orange tangerine citrus taste. Very drinkable. Carbonation is right there. Bg IBU but not a palate eraser. Bottle from 20 West Side Wine and Spirits. Slightly orange colour, good retained head. Some bubblegum.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing bright sunny orange, frothy with a compact layer of foam on the surface, delicate lace adheres to the glass. Coverage is pretty good, settles to a broken skim halfway through.

Citrusy grapefruit pith, floral hop oils, pungent hoppiness though slightly restrained.

Bittersweet hoppiness, citrus zest and greenery, orange sweetness flashes by, with lingering resiny hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beige head. Clear golden orange.

Tropical and dank at the same time. Juicy fruit hops. Weedy and sticky. Grapefruit citrus.

Medium bodied. Ends sticky.

Solid offering.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, tangerine, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops with moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Galaxy one of my fav hops, so hopefully this hits right. Canned 2/29/16 so a couple months ago.

Pours a nice creamy thick 1.5 finger head that fades slowly, nice soapy lacing, semi hazy golden honey straw color.

Nose starts with a mild toasted straw grainy malt, into hops, a little grass floral, some citrus, juicy citrus fruit with a little orange flesh, a touch of a generic citrus tropical fruit, nice but fairly light.

taste brings some more mild sweet malt, toasted grainy copper malt, a little biscuit as well, then bitter hops, some grassy floral notes, with orange rind, candied orange peel, a little citrus flesh and touch generic tropical fruit, a little musty tropical fruit, touch pine, with fair bitterness, then turns int a big spicy bitterness, quite bitter on the semi dry sticky finish, grassy spicy hops lingering, a little fruity too.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, too malty in general, not enough of the late hop addition for the galaxy to bring the nice flavors and aromas from it, more like they just bittered with it.

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

Gold color with a bit of haze. Good starting head that leaves an initial rim of lace.

Grapefruit rind and raw bitter hop are the predominant smells.

Decent malt base but the rest is straight bitterness. Full bodied with a low carbonation level.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

The dude on the label kinda looks like he would fit well as a Tick villain... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit zest, blood orange zest, peach (or maybe it's apricot...), very mild caramel, and light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the pine is swinging around some extra heft, and the fruits are all toned-down a bit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda sticky and drying-ish finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that showcases the Galaxy varietal pretty well.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this CAN during a recent BCCA CANvention in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm) & it never ceases to amaze me how many beers are being CANned! I really dig the graphics, especially on one like this, with its outer space theme and vibrant colors.

From the CAN: "Proud Sponsor of [the] Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)".

The Crack! was very loud, but as the day is in its waning moments, I did not feel like dealing with any potential aftermath of an inverted Glug & so I went with a rather gentle one, instead. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly-hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled strongly of tropical fruits, like mango, papaya, guava and tangerine, underlain by a caramel sweetness. I should have a swab CANstantly at the ready to mop up all of the drool. I am to the point of being the hophead equivalent of one of Pavlov's dogs. A mere whiff and I begin to drool unCANtrollably. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of tropical fruits with a little bit of grapefruit citrus and some caramel sweetness seemingly thrown in just for good measure. Finish was dry, but very fruity. It was literally breath-taking, initially, whether a product of the ABV or the mélange of hops, or a CANbination thereof. It left me with a taste like a roll of Tropical Fruit Life Savers as well as a slight burning sensation. Phew! I should do this more often.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Golden yellow. Clear. Small white head. Retains well.

Smell - Nice citrus hop. Grapefruit. Orange. A little bit of grain.

Taste - Less impressive. More sweetness comes through. More grapefruit than orange hop. Grain very prominent. Medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Drinks easily.

Overall - Better aroma than taste. Smells like a double but tastes like a single IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Kedzie taproom. Served in a plastic cup at first, then a pint glass.

A - Nice creamy foam settles to a thick cap and plenty of splotchy lacing. Lightly hazed golden body with plenty of visible bubbles racing upwards throughout the glass.

S - Nice mix of tropical fruits, citrus zest, and some leafy and herbal notes. A balanced icing sugar malt backbone supports the plethora of hop flavors.

T - The taste is similar, with a hefty dose of tropical fruits, citrus rind, and some balancing notes of pine, and bitter, green, leafy herbs. Supported by a sugar malt backdrop, which yields to moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, chewy texture, pleasant carbonation, with a nice oily and resinous finish. No perceptible booze. I could stand a tad more dryness myself.

D - Another nice IPA from Revolution, although perhaps not quite as drinkable as Fistcal Cliff as the bitterness gets a bit palate-numbing. Still, fairly easy to drink considering Galaxy's high dose of alpha acids.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Robbie and Adam for this one! Bottled on 04/02/13 and poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium yellow with one finger of white head.

S - Mix of pine, orange rind, mango and pineapple with sweet honey in the background.

T - Moderate bitterness for the style with peach, mango, pineapple and pine flavours. A noticeable honey/caramel malt sweetness provides some balance.

M -Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light to moderate carbonation.

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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 Davepoolesque
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean tasting ipa. Not a lot of bitterness. Hints of citrus and tropical fruits but balanced with the dry malt backbone. Super easy drinking, very light aroma. It's good.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a clear, dark honey color. Frothy, uneven head. Consistent lacing. Galaxy and Zythos hops. I just had the regular Anti Hero from Revolution, so let's see what these hops do to differentiate themselves. Zesty, tsemi-tropical fruit hops. I am pretty with the aroma of Galaxy and have no experience with Zythos. The very distinct Galaxy scent is detectable but it's clearly blended with other varietals. Fruit medley and herbal hops. Some slightly sweet apricot and pineapple. Some airy, pale malt sweetness. Flavor is mixture of tropical fruit hop, grassy hop, candied malt, and some sneaky bitterness. Many fruity notes to pick out. Malt doesn't overpower the hop showcase. Medium bodied. Bitterness really roars a couple seconds after each sip. No complaints here.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours 1/3 inch head, clear, gold in color. Taste is honey, lemon, and sharp citrus hops balanced of by crackery malt. Starts sweet with with a dry/bitter end. Very well balanced and super tasty. This is an IPA that I would come back to.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.15.13
Thanks bstyle.

A - Pours a hazy light to medium orange with a 3/4 inch very light than head with good retention.

S - Orange, pine, some slight melon.

T - Leafy, grassy hops and some more subtle melon.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Solid - middle of the road IPA. Smooth and no bitterness.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fiver29, who should have a much higher number to reflect his status as a Cy Young-level trader. He's sent me my first real tastes of Revolution, which I've been looking forward to. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife on a normally alcohol-free Sunday night. But hey, no work tomorrow! Yeeeehaaa!

Pour is filtered orange-red, mostly clear, like a sunbeam stuck in the glass. The sunbeam smells like good hops: orange, or mango, or something that keeps morphing into a tropical mixed-use orchard with a lot of squashed fruit. Plus an underlying sweetness that doesn't distract from the hops; kind of like a good bra. I like it.

Galaxy-Hero makes me want get up & raise a fist in the air: viva la Revolution! The same fruit bushel from the nose is embracing my palate vigorously. The bitterness comes close behind, & I can feel it right between my two front teeth, flaying the skin on the top of my mouth. The sting is good. The finish is a mild sweetness, florals, a blade or two of grassiness. Lovely slickness that's simultaneously drying, easy to drink.

Very good that tips over into excellent, this is easy to drink, tasty, complex, & bitter. What more would you want? Too many breweries are popping up with half-assed IPAs. None of that going on here. Lovely beer.

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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 pkalix
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

my can says 7%.
chalk bitterness- pure hop flavor! clear with light soapy head. aroma of pine resin. flavor follows aroma. decent, drinkable and refreshing. definitely not a top contender, or maybe ive been spoiled lately, but very drinkable!

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: A surprisingly clear deep yellow-amber in color. Forms a sizable, fluffy, white head that sticks around for a while. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is quite pleasant. Given that this is hopped with Galaxy, it is unsurprisingly citrus forward, with lots of sweet orange notes. Tangerine and clementine. A slight hint of floral.

T: The taste is similar, but the sweetness is not as pronounced. Orange, orange pith, and even a touch of lemon. The finish is herbal, bordering on medicinal.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The bitterness is mild; quite restrained actually, but there is an unpleasant oily, resiny quality to the beer that only develops a good minute or so after the swallow.

O: Overall, this is a very nice beer. I'm a fan of Galaxy hops and this beer showcases them nicely.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, light citrus, and spicy hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and caramel malts.

Taste: Same hop flavor as I smelled with a biscuity, chewy, caramel malts, and medium bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light bitterness, refreshing, medium carbonation, and light to medium bodied.

Overall: A nice IPA. Not really getting as much hop flavor as everyone else, but still enjoyable. Wouldn't mind trying out on draft next time around.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome label art here, can't wait to try it. Appearance is a clear golden, identical to Anti Hero with layer of white head and decent lacing. The nose is more lemony than Anti Hero with less pine and bitterness. The malt profile comes through pretty strong with dry bread and graham cracker. The nose isn't as aromatic as its counterpart which makes it slightly less appealing. The taste is light on bitterness and heavy on fruity galaxy hops. It seems as if the hop schedule for Anti Hero just works better for the grain bill as the Galaxy just seems to lack depth in this instance. Still an enjoyable and drinkable IPA. Moderate body with appropriate carbonation. Overall, tasty, just not as good as Anti-Hero.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny muted orange body, finger white head,
stunning lacing display

S: big lemon grass/peel, biscuit malt

T: lemon peel, solid biscuit malt middle,
long sticky bitter grassy finish

M: med/heavy body, sticky/oily mouth

O: Mighty fine defender of the hop universe!
Have always enjoyed when breweries do
intense single hop, truly lets your palate
explore each other. Harmony of multiple
hops is amazing too, but so complex.


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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Sample poured at the Kedzie brewery on Saturday, 6 September 2014.

Pours clear golden with a small white head. Not much carbonation. Smell is nice, grassy, a little spicy, but muted.

Taste is honey and flowers and bitter pine -- tends toward sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer.

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