Smoke & Mirrors
Revision Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #990
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,665
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.27%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
81
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Revision Brewing Company
 
Nevada, United States
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SCORE
92
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Smoke & MirrorsSmoke & Mirrors
Notes: Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops form a power trio of tastiness in this double dose of liquid goodness. No illusions here, see with your mind and flavor and aroma receptors what’s really going on. The answer is stoke.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

another winner from revision, this one still tasting amazing even though the can isnt even all that fresh, which i guess is just another indicator of the quality level these guys are at, although i wish the grocery store would keep some fresher product in, who knows what the full potential of this one is. its a pretty beer, real pale orange, a nice rising white head, no real sediment to it and just a soft haziness, still sort of lit up looking in the glass, uniform and mellow. it smells like citra first, but overall a familiar combination of hops, maybe just a touch green like the pellets themselves, but real appealing too, with melon and meyer lemon and tangerine all swirling around, the aroma filled my kitchen when i popped the can. it tastes nice too, not as distinct as some in terms of hop profile, but the beer tastes fresher than it says it is, and i get light coconut and lemongrass to go with all the obvious citrus. very little alcohol here for its strength, and this drinks soft and easy, even refreshing. the grain is minimal but i get a slight honey sweet and floral aspect to it, well behind the hops. great carbonation here this one really pops and sings, even though the head doesnt last a real long time, it stays lively until the end. a little pricey for the four pack, but revision has earned the right to charge that for their beer, always a treat. this is a banger, a great combination of popular hop varietals and super clean overall. well done!

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Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

30th review. 1st from Revision.
a) Slight haze only on a straw body with classic climbing lace.
s) too faint.
t) abundant. Honey, biscuit, oat, and a bit of dank.
f) Smooth, easy, crisp, inviting, ticklish, fluffy, dry finish.
o) Complex and interesting flavors lift this one. Try 12.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on August 16, 2019. Brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops. Love the label. Beer is good too.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Hazy orangey yellow body with a finger of white foam. Big melon, peach, lime, orange, lemon, pineapple, and guava with robust hops on the finish. Taste is exactly the same, but with the fruits being a touch more juicy as smell indicated, but not very complex, though hop finish is satisfying. Feel is smooth, hazy, a little airy, but has a finishing hop bite to make you proud.

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Photo of monkist
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Interesting, it does NOT look like your typical NEIPA, it isn’t hazy at all but it does taste like one, it is quite smooth and juicy and fresh. Awesome!
It is supposed to be a North-East Style Double IPA, and for that it is quite drinkable, although I ran into some slight booziness somewhere along the way - but it’s not present overall. Instead, citrusy aromas dominate, it’s like a grapefruit and peach juice, according to my wife. What better you could wish for?
I rate this beer quite high because it’s quite one of a kind - and for one, it is quite pleasant in every sense. Would love to seek out some other beers from Revision!

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly clear yellow brew with a dissipating foam in the Affligem chalice. Quite sudsy and lush on the tongue, though sharp as well. Aromatic with citrus and raspberry. Zingy flavors of peach and lemon-lime soda. A touch of mango and grapefruit but without the pith.

Some sweetness to the malt but finishes quite tangy and even acidic. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a better than average "New England" style, probably because it's less murky than the norm. From the 16 oz can purchased at Barons Market.

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Photo of SANDSTORM
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: 4.5 cloudy, opaque, orange haze, thin ¼ finger crispy off white head, tight carb
S: 4.25 orange peel, blood orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and mango. fruit with an undertone of floral. natural sugar
T: 4.0 very fruity, sweet, lacking a little in the hops department. crisp, refreshing, tight carbonation. very even from front end to finish. leaves your mouth feeling alive
F: 4.25 tight carbonation, spunky, alive, crispy, refreshing
O: 4.25

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Photo of lucius10
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trop-hoppy nose on this one but it was a bit more subdued than I prefer. Taste follows, but just like the aromatics, the are softer notes. Smooth drinking because of the low bitterness.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/27/18 into pint glass. Pours a pale gold with a persistent fluffy off-white head. Initial impression is fairly intense orange, mango, a hint of grapefruit, caramel, and floral. Mouthfeel is nice and soft; alcohol is quite well hidden. Finish is mellow citrus, a bit sticky and somewhat sweet. Decent but not outstanding NEIPA.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of stone fruit are present in the nose along with hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of stone fruit along with notes of mangos and hints of orange citrus. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA has a strong dose of tropical fruit and citrusy hops. It is very easy to drink despite its higher alcohol content.

Serving type: can

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - 1-finger offwhite head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - grapefruit, orange, herb.

T - follows the nose. Tons of citrus with a bit of supporting dank. Slight cardboard in the middle, with some earth, tangerine, sour lemon, dirt. Moderate-low bitterness. No sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - not my favorite from these guys, but nice to see them making it all the way to Philly!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt yellow to orange color. A two finger's worth of white foamy head slid off at a good pace. Lots of sticky lace checkered my glass pretty nicely.
The aroma had some candied ruby red grapefruit pulp sweet lemon juicy pulp and a blended grapefruit/lemon rind-like bitter character. Sly papaya sweetness underneath.
The flavor slightly leaned towards the sweet side of the grapefruit and lemon but ended up bringing in a sly bitterness for a nice blend. Slight aftertaste of candied lemon/grapefruit.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine in between sort of character of being sessionable and sipping. There's a certain dryness stifling the ability to make this sessionable, but it's a DIPA so I get it, no harm no foul. Carbonation felt nice and low. ABV felt on par.
Overall, a mostly pretty solid New England styled DIPA but nothing over the top which tends to be the usual for me trying Revision beers.

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

I mean, cool, ya know? Like, Revision made another palatable hazy that doesn’t stand out at all, but it doesn’t make a playa revolt when he drinks it. Raul says: go big, or go home. And Revision keeps calling collect with these standard Hazy’s! Up your game, playas! Like a Nina Agdal centerfold, I mean, I’m down with it. But one can only yank their chain to the same image for so long.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 10/7/18. Thanks Josh!
Undated can. Stored upside-down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Light yellow, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, controlled center pour), white, dense, average retention, diminishing to a toothed eight to sixteen mm ring and a complete layer.
Lacing – Excellent. Disconnected wide bands of tiny to small bubbles with a few stumpy stalactites.
First pour – Light yellow, opaque.
Aroma – 4.25 – If grapefruit grew on pine trees, they’d smell like this!
Flavor – 4.25 – Grapefruit, pine, some zest bitterness. Ends with slowly fading bitterness. No alcohol (8 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – I could drink these all day, as long as I didn’t have to do anything complicated afterwards, like stand up. That 8% ABV could definitely sneak up on you. The delicious citrus flavor/aroma could make these addictive.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint medium golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense creamy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy citrus/tangerine, citrus/orange zest, tropical/papaya, tropical/melon, and dank resinous hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + oat + wheat + honey malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit + oat + wheat + honey malts with a light to moderate amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/tangerine, citrus/orange zest, tropical/papaya, tropical/melon, and dank resinous hops which impart a hint of bitterness which fades away almost instantly leaving lingering tropical + citrus + dank hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Soft, slightly fluffy with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Dangerously easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with really pleasant hop flavors and aromas as well as limited bitterness. Nice soft mouthfeel.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold and hazy. Nice fluffy sticky head. Big band of lacing left on the glass. Smells like grapefruit, onion, grassy, and piney. Taste is sweet and bitter with some orange zest and pine. Yet another good beer by Revision.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 32-oz. crowler
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Bill and Chad
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received June 2, 2018
Consumed: June 6, 2018
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Crowled on June 1, 2018

Was lucky enough to get this from Bill at the Firestone Invitational. Not sure if it was from Bill or Chad, but it was much appreciated. I think Revision does some fantastic things, especially on the hazy side. Online description read, “Citra, Mosaic & Amarillo hops form a power trio of tastiness in this double dose of liquid goodness. No illusions here, see with your mind and flavor and aroma receptors what’s really going on. The answer is stoke.” Mosaic and Citra are two of my favorite hops, and Amarillo isn’t far behind. Was really looking forward to it.

Poured a pale-to-gold hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky-to-frothy white head. Lots of bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Almost perfect foamy layered spiderweb lacing. World-class foamy retention. Just an excellent looking New England Style beer. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled big whiffs of those hops up front, what I like in a hazy IPA. In order got Citra, Mosaic and the Amarillo. Also orange, tangerine, melon, white grapefruit, papaya, herbal, grass, floral and peach. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose, but still solid. Got a healthy dose of Amarillo up front, followed by Citra and then Mosaic. Also orange, tangerine, melon, apricot, white grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, lemongrass, herbal, floral, mixed berry and hints of gum. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Juicy, yet astringent finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was really good for the style. Can’t wait to have another glass. (Overall - 4.25)

4.16 | 93 | A-

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 05/16/18

Appearance - Pours hazy and mellow gold in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention before peeling back to a thin, broken layer of suds, thickening up to a ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with broken webbing and small spotting.

Smell - Mellow, juicy aroma. Melon, lesser citrus and a fair amount of dank riding beneath the juiciness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild citrus and lesser melon with a hint of pineapple bite. Firm dank character rides beneath throughout. Finish hits with mild orange juice and pithy bitterness, continuing dank, faint caramel and distant tropical notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a fairly refreshing finish.

Overall - Not the most juicy or flavorful NE IPA they've made, but it's pretty crushable. For the price though, I'd pass on buying it again.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/16/18. "Bong Rips" is the inspirational message on the bottom of the can.
Look: Pours hazy golden yellow in color, similar to that of honey. About a fingers worth of head formed from a simple pour. Loads of residual lacing on the glass.
Smell: Earthy forward. Some grassy, dank and pine to the beer, along with a good amount of citrus aromas. Some pineapple sweetness to the beer which I can't exactly figure out, but its sweet and resembles pineapple.
Taste: Nice citrus fruit flavor, with some mango and pineapple. The hops are present, with a lemongrassy/earthy flavor, as well as some pine. There is some sticky dankness to the flavor as well, which isn't typical in most hazy ipas. The malt presence is prominent, giving a biscuit/bready flavor to the beer, which could account for the sweetness I was smelling.
Feel: Light to medium in body and weight. Carbonation is moderate, giving the beer a nice crisp and light feel. Leaves a residual sticky feeling in the mouth, which translates to a palate coating property.
Overall: Another enjoyable Revision offering. I am enjoying the different hop approach and malt presence, other than being a juice bomb. Revision is a staple for me, and I am loving what they are doing. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!
UPDATE: Having a second can right now. Don't know whats going on, but it is very different from the first can I had. Huge amounts of citrus and tropical fruit, with slight pine and dankness. Very enjoyable and much better than I recall. Feel is thin and somewhat watery with moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable this go round. Don't get a "burn" either.

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Photo of sjrider
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky ,hazy ,honey gold color with white head and plenty of residual lacing. Nose is citrus ,tropical fruit,danky hops and sweet malt. Taste follows with some mild tartness and mild bitterness. Nicely done, as expected, from Revision.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/16; consumed 3/24. Poured from a tall-boy into my Bruery tulip.

Deeply hazy saffron body supports two fingers of soft-peak magnolia foam. Thick rocky lacing, superior retention.

Potent citrus (orange, tangelo) dominates the nose, accompanied by secondary tropical/dank aromatics. Sweet and almost salty; fruit-forward, though there is a faint soapy note that almost suggests citrus cleaner.

Sweet, tart palate entry suggesting fresh squeezed orange juice with a touch of lime juice and quinine. Not quite moderate bitterness; medium-finish has some lasting sugars, which could be malt or a touch of lactose? Hm...

Nice bite despite being medium-bodied and moderately creamy...although the alcohol, while not unpleasant, is present.

Just a tiny bit too sweet for me - the candy-like quality of Citra would have been sufficient to warrant a dryer finish to my taste, but this is still an interesting and tasty beer with an aggressive/heady aroma.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces beautifully.

S: Big time tropical and stone fruit, some citrus, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy tropical and stone fruit, passion fruit, peach, papaya, and mango, citrus, lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit, faintly grassy, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: On the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate.

O: Revision is on a roll with their hazy releases. Really smooth for a DIPA.

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy super light golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of big sweet malts, nice juicy tangerine, light musty notes along with light cardboard notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fluffy citrus peel, good light orange, softer malts.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slightly thin.

O - Overall this was a very solid ipa, the hype. The mosaic is a bit oppressive.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud
Hazy murky pale color light fizzy head, decent lacing

Nose typical lactose ipa, some tropical hops, citrus lemon orange etc, sweet candy malt, tropical,

Taste is kinda meh, little tropical and bitter hops, little pine and bleh, tons of citrus but spicy and earthy bitter, herbal tea and gritty,

Mouth is med bod lighter carb

Overall meh

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Carbonated pour yields a frothy foam head and some slight lacing down the sides of the glass. Notes of citrus fill are there but man, that grapefruit is amazing! Guava, mango, pineapple and slight pine join the grapefruit in taste. Soft, full and creamy feel with a little bite from the hops. This is the first brew for me from Revision and I am very impressed! Well done and enjoy!

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 81 ratings