Crystal-Hero | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp and refreshing IPA exploding with fresh hop character, named for a somewhat forgotten yet amazing hop variety named Crystal.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a standard shaker, the beer is copper with a dense and sticky beige head and lacing.

Fantastic nose of juicy pine resin. Just a ton of aroma when you pour this beer.

As expected, it is bitter. There are tropical fruit notes, pine and caramel malts. There is a touch of sourness mid-glass than more resin. The 7.2% is well hidden as I detect no alcohol heat.

The mouth is oily and coating and pretty much what I look for in an IPA.

Revolution makes a ton of good beers and this one can be added to the list!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like this somewhat better than the original i think, a really nice beer this one is, some of chicagos finest ipa. beautiful from the tap, full inch of white head, bright airy head, crystal clear golden bubbly body, sexy to look at, but it doesnt last in ym glass long. a little less body and oil to it than the original, which i think is in some ways an improvement. it still has a nice nutty crystal malt profile, but the sweetness and heft are scaled back it seems. i like the freshness of the hops, the crystal is a little less talked about than maybe it should be, piney and clean, really high alpha, pungent, beautifully forward in this ipa. its frothy still, and nicely carbonated, with a dry vegetal hoppy finish, not overly unique, just super well done and a great showcase of this particular hop. it looks like they do a few other single hop focused versions that i would love to try, seems like a perfect platform to reintroduce us to some old favorites. this is beautiful beer, i could have had ten of them, but we were short on time. what a treat this is, fresh as can be.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fluid ounce can
"Filled" on April 28th, 2016
Reviewed on July 20th, 2016
Served in an IPA Glass

Poured a dark gold body with a nice amber glow. Fairly big head, quickly collapsed and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

Aromatic blend of citrus and floral notes. Mango, pineapple, and a touch of orange peel. Slightly herbal. Overall aroma became resinous as the glass emptied.

Tropical fruit dominated the top layers of the palette. Mango, pineapple, orange, and a touch of lemon. Spiced hops cut through a surprisingly sweet backbone, resulting in an herbal, semi-dry finish. Hops were rather tame. Light/medium body. Moderate carbonation.

A well-executed Crystal hop IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12oz can pours into a wine glass with a solid amber hue and a thick, frothy head. The white cap retains well at about one finger high before dying down to a small ring around the edges. Thick belts of lacing remain after each sip.

S- Wavering hop notes of tropical and citrus fruits lead the way above a prominent yet not interfering malt base of toasted grains and slight caramel. Pineapple, mango and candied orange notes joined by floral, spicy, herbal and raw mashed barley hints. Overall strength is good but not pungent.

T- As the aroma suggested the brew takes a bit of a reserved stance while retaining plenty of depth of flavor. Candied orange and pineapple lead off for resinous pine, dank herbs, floral bouquets which lay atop caramelized and toasted grains that only donate a slight sweetness. Fruity hop flavors present but not juicy; more balanced.

MF- Mostly puffy consistency with a very high end but smooth and crisp carbonation. Finishes off with a sharp citrus peel bitterness and a touch of warming.

An IPA with plenty of good things going on as tropical, citrus, pine and various other hop notes pack each sip with plenty of flavor. Perhaps a bit muddled as nothing comes off as overly great but a brew I would come back to for sure.

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Photo of 98green
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Orange and clear in color. Smell is dank hops, earthy and some citrus. Taste is a nice hop punch, more dank, citrus more pronounced in the taste. Malt balances the hop. Feel is on the sweet side, but not thick. Overall very good. I've been on a run of mediocre, so this rating might be biased a bit high in relation

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing and balanced. What more can I really say. Very clean. Drinks more like a 6% than 7.25% beer, as it goes down so easily. A touch sweeter than it is bitter, but that's what I sort of expected from the crystal. Wish I had more to say, but I had this a few weeks back..

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 6/26/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large dense foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and fruity citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The hero of a beer that is the Anti-Hero by Revolution brewer takes a dedicated and decisive taste with the exclusive use of often underrated Crystal hop varietal. The taste that ensues celebrates the hop in all its floral, grassy and spicy glory.

Nearly brilliant copper upon the eye, the beer's ecru swath of foam is somewhat short and light on its sheeting action. But as the bubbles pop, the nose fills with a full-on bouquet of floral and citrus flower arrangements. Honeysuckle, rose and candied orange bleed into a caramelized sweet taste with the light toastiness of graham cracker and chestnut.

While the beer retains a thin caramel sweetness across the middle palate, the hops trend less floral and more spicy to eventually take command of the session. The light leafy character of verbena and whittled citrus lends an herbal, tea-like spiciness to the beer that extends into a spicy bitterness that's somewhat lager-like but with strong citrus undertones.

Medium-bodied but with a crisp, snappy finish, the flavors tighten considerably before the after-palate hits. As grassy, spicy hops grapple with the throat, a light ferrous character assists in the beer's refreshing and dry finish with an aftertaste of lemongrass and paradise seed. Where the education of Crystal hops is greatly appreciated, the outcome of most single-hop bitters result in a one-dimensions, albeit focused character.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours clean deep golden color with thick white head, fades slowly leaving tons of lacing. Mild tropical fruit aroma. Nice tropical fruit and toasted malt taste well balanced with dank piney floral hops. Lingering floral bitterness. Thin to medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange body with a solid finger of just off-white dense foam, which is already lacing as it recedes slightly. Steady streams of carb fill the body. Leaves nice lace rings after each quaff.

Smell - wonderful tropical nose of pineapple, mango and kiwi, with some faint floral notes in the back. Gets pretty dank and resinous as it warms, in a great way.

Taste - Very much like the nose, this is a tropical bomb - strong pineapple, mango and kiwi.. and just when you think it's a bit overly sweet there is a rush of floral hops that add just to balance, followed by a gently carb scrub that allows a bit of grapefruit pith and dried peach pit to finish things off.

Mouthfeel - This is just short of medium, the flavors are bold and assertive but are kept a bit light and in check by a smooth and slightly prickly carb that cleans things up just enough. Fluffy is too harsh a description but the mouthfeel is wonderful and slightly light, but not watered down in the least.

Overall - Just an excellent IPA. With nearly the boldness and assertiveness of a DIPA this surely won't disappoint. If you like a good tropical IPA then this one is a must.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Neat idea, love that they are canned, def a forgotten hop that could be good or could be meh. Canned 5/5/16, little over a month old.

Nice creamy frothy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, clear slight haze honey orange color.

NOse brings some fruity aromas, a little citrus, generic vine fruit and a little resin notes, a bit grassy earthy and spicy hop as well, with a sweet copper toasted malt base.

Taste brings sweet caramel malts, toasted copper malts with a little biscuit even, a hint of booze warmth and ester profile (prob where the vine fruit came from in the nose), into hops, a little candied hop, candied orange peel, a little citrus zest, into a touch of pine with earthy grassy hops, esters bring a touch of banana even which is a bit weird in this one. Then finish is a bit drier and sticky, more toasted copper malt, fruity ester notes, citrus fruity hops with a little spicy earthy hop lingering and fair bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, faint booze warmth.

Overall eh, hops are Ok at best, too much malt, too much booze warmth and ester profile that doesn't seem to fit well with this beer, all around weird flavor profile.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a transparent orange amber with a huge, fluffy off white head that sticks around forever but leaves no lacing. Smell is sweet and bready malts along with pine and citrus. Taste is the same. Well balanced but kind of muddled. Feel is medium and resinous. Overall not bad, but I liked Galaxy Hero quite a bit more.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is pine, grapefruit, and tangerine. Heavy bodied for the style with a sharp bitter aftertaste. Really tasty IPA that I would gladly pick up again even though I prefer others in the hero series.

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Photo of mickyge
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fairly clear dark yellow or copper like appearance. Thin head and a slight citrus floral aroma. carbonated mouth feel with floral hints. Really good balance between hop, malt and carbonation. Mild bitter finish that lingered a bit. I feel this is a great summer IPA it is very drinkable and refreshing. I had one after cutting the lawn and it went down easy and hit the spot. I'm starting to really like Revolution beers.

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Photo of krh
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maybe it's the Crystal hops, but this one has less taste than I expected. Lighter and more lemony than grapefruit. A mild IPA from Revolution - who knew?

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid copper color and nearly clear. Tiny head that becomes rim bubbles. It leaves a blanket of lace, though.

Weedy and piney aroma. Prickly but attractive.

Good balance of mildly toasted malted barley and peppery hop bitterness. Good body with an elevated carbonation level. Bitter finish with a long lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of LAp
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear almost-copper with an aggressively rising two-finger, tan head. The nose is classic Revolution, with a good mix of hop presence (both pine and citrus) and malt sweetness. This beer is noticeably more tropical than Anti-Hero, but doesn't go to the extremes that were so popular a year ago - the nose is most dominantly kiwi, with orange and pine taking a back-seat to lighter, less acidic fruits. The palate opens with a juicy kiwi, orange, and hints of pineapple, and develops into a more piney finish with malty undertones (though not as substantial of a malt backbone as is to be found in Anti-Hero, and that modification suits the beer well). The palate is medium-light, with reasonable carbonation, but not as heavy as Anti-Hero despite having a higher ABV. Overall, an excellent addition to the Hero lineup, and beer that avoids being merely a rehash of Revolution's other IPAs, but instead annexes its own separate niche within the hop spectrum.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the other hero's, this is a winner. Revolution takes pride in making these heroic brews special.

This is a deep gold color, almost red. There is loads is lacing. Very nice. The aroma is unique, fresh sweet smell. The taste is meltier than expected. The can was 23 days old. It is a hop dominated taste, but not overly dominant. The crystal hops most be a bit milder than some. It finishes sweet - very much so for the style.

This is a very tasty and refreshing brew. Highly recommended. I wish I had more.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear orange body, with a white head, lots of lacing.

S - Tropical fruit notes, mango, peach, mildly pine, a hint of lemon.

T - The fruit is in the open, with a middle of bright sweetness, and a moderate bitter close.

M - Very mild drying in the close.

O - This is a delicious beer. Lots of bright fruit, full of sweetness, rich malt, and a very nice close that is neither harsh or brutal. Lovely.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very floral aroma, becoming grapefruit citrusy, lime. Caramel malt is evident.

Flavor is caramel malt dominant, with a lightly citrusy hit mid palate, finishing earthy and moderately bitter.

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Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this series - the hero base is an excellent platform for the two hop-specific versions I've tried. The look is dark side of orange and almost light brown. Nose has the crystal notes - floral first, spicy linger, with good malt support. Taste is rather smooth - malt support again glides this along well letting hop barrage play. Each drink allows for different notes - floral, spicy, grapefruit rind and very slight pine. Linger is heavier on the spice and slight resin. Great beer.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is hoppy and a touch sweet. Flavor is hoppy with a touch of bitterness that's balanced by the malts. Drinks pretty easily with a nice mouthfeel and overall it's a nice IPA.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight from the bomber into my cup. A very drinkable IPA w/ a great overall combinations of flavors and just enough hoppiness to satisfy those taste buds. Great citrus taste to get any night started. Well done as always Revolution!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a small ring leaving light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, tangerine, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts with strong flavors of orange, tangerine, and lemon. There is a decent amount of caramel malts to round out the flavor. The finish has a heavy amount of the Crystal hops. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is my first all Crystal hopped beer and it is damn nice. The flavors are well rounded and balanced. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of exposd
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew has notes of lemon zest, peaches, and citrus hoppiness on the nose and on the tongue. It's my first time knowingly drinking a beer brewed with crystal hops hence the name "Crystal Hero" and this beer has a lot of bitter on the front end while notes of the fruit and light vanilla or carmel notes shine through on the after taste. Even thought it's a bitter beer, it's still very drinkable while having a light crispy flavor that's nice for hot weather summer drinking.

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