Crystal-Hero
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #150
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,614
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
611
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Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Notes: 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 DaveMaciolek21
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, nice foamy head. One of those no-nonsense, punch to the sinuses hopbombs. Interested to know the IBUs on this beer, most likely substantial. No subtleties here, straight-from-the-hip Crystal hops, comin' at ya!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the appearance: dark gold with billowing white bubbles. Smell is full of hops, no complexity given the single hop nature, but potent and really lets you get the nuance of the crsytal hop used. Bitter, nutty and tropical. The taste has the hops up front with biscuit malt, bringing out lemon, pineapple, mango, light chestnuts, and grass. The lingering aftertaste gets a little much as you go, with intense brett-like wheatiness with the hops. Would go great with a hefty lunch

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Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-02-11in Bolingbrook, IL from a 12oz canned on 2017-07-12 from a too old 12 pack at Tony's Market. Dates not listed on the outside of the packaging. Pretty lame to sell a mixed IPA 12 pack this old.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2-finger off white head and good lace.

S - Orange, floral, honey piney-herbal spice. Pleasant.

T - Orange, sourdough biscuit, pine, pepper, metalic-herbal spice. Moderately bitter orange zest.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - It held up pretty well. No detectable oxidation. Decent but I liked the Other three varieties in this 12-pack more.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a fluffy 1" head that lingers around.

Smell: grapefruit, wood, and pine are very easy pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, and an earthy and spicy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish.

Overall: a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal-Hero pours a copper color, with a large, long lasting and lacing head. Big dry aroma, lots of hops; pine and hints of grapefruit. Taste is similar, big hoppy flavor, dry body, with hints of pine and grapefruit and a bitter finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very good, everything you'd want from an IPA.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean amber, with a huge frothy head of off-white suds and a lattice of lovely lace.

Aroma: Tantalizing fruity hops, with pineapple, orange and papaya coming around. Very nice.

Taste: Bitter hops with a brisk citrus/grapefruit pineapple bite. Superb fruity IPA from the masterful Revolution.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, filled 08-07-2017
Amber colored body with a frothy ivory head that fades to a foam. Aroma is light caramel with a piney hop presence. Pungent bitterness on the palate with pine & spruce with some orange & grapefruit zest; caramel & pale malt provides some sweetness, but hops own the palate here. Medium body, very resinous, finishes bitter with pungent pine lingering. Overall, not my favorite of the Hero series, but definitely worthy of trying.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light copper gold color with nice carbonation and head retention.

S - Nice floral and citrus nose.

T - Floral and citrus from start to finish with some peppery spice. Nice lingering floral bitterness.

M - Medium body with sprightly carbonation.

O - All hops from start to finish and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nicely made, light copper-colored IPA. This beer is beautiful to look at, the head lasts forever. Wonderful flavors emerge upon first sip, with a huge explosion of pleasant floral hops blended nicely with malt, and soft alcohol. I don't want to use the word dank, but it has those charisctics deep inside it. This is an extremely well made and well-balanced beer that still showcases the hop characters.

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Photo of ZAP
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Deep oak colored...clear...minimal head...

S-Big floral, herbal aroma. Fragrant and different aroma than most IPAs.

T-Floral notes again carry the tempo here. Herbal, grassy and spicy notes as well. Malt just a canvas and does not get in the way.

F-Clean medium bodied IPA..

O-Unique IPA with some very enjoyable hop impressions. Very enjoyable. Not very bitter but very flavorful.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So far all the selections from Revolution Brewery I have tasted have been really exceptional. This one has not wavered my opinion. It has a nice hops taste....... it is there but not overpowering.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revolution variety pack copped from Joe Canals in Parsippany. Pours a light Orange hue with minimal frothing. Aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear orange/copper head that produces a few lazy bubbles, foamy spotless white head that leaves some lines of sticky lace. Nose melds orange rind/flesh, grapefruit, and pine together for one of the most prolepticly bitter beers I've had recently. And the taste follows through: pine takes the reins here, with the aforementioned fruit notes filing in behind it. It isn't palate-clobberingly bitter, but the starkness and spicy elements of it, and lack of sweetness, make it intense. The caramel malt flavors are meek but do their job of adding complexity/shelter. The body is medium, slightly oily (or maybe that's just in my head thinking of alpha acids and hop oils), under-carbonated.
The malt is just enough to give it alcohol and a rebuttal to the bitterness but doesn't get in the way of the main attraction of showcasing a single hop variety; fantastic presentation. Call me crazy, but maybe they could make the hop presence even bolder. Either way, this beer has me appreciating and even liking the piney element that hops have. I should've had a beer like this a long time ago.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.9%
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 -7.5%
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.

Notes
A well-executed Crystal hop IPA.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +1.7%
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 -2.7%
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 +4.6%
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 -4.3%
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%
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 +9.7%
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 -12.1%
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 -9.7%
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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Crystal-Hero from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 611 ratings