Archive for the ‘Revolution Brewing’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another one from a mixed pack that I picked up. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Amarillo-Hero showcases the hop’s intense citrus and floral notes. A simple, delicate malt bill allows the fruit basket of aromas to take center stage while a touch of Cascade and Citra layered in amplify this Hero’s juicy characteristics. Clean bitterness rounds this beer out resulting in a crisp, refreshing IPA.”

Random: This beer came in at 70 IBUs.

This beer poured with a three finger head that was pure white in color. It dissipated quickly, but left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was a lot of orange peel and orange flesh along with some strong floral notes. I specifically picked up lavender. The taste was more of the same. It had some orange flesh and clementine skin. There was also some biscuit malt. Wildflower honey came through next with a touch of lavender. At the end of the sip, I picked up some herbal notes, specifically basil and cilantro. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. The alcohol made a quick appearance as well. The finish was lengthy with some pine and wildflower honey. A can of this was $2.50, which came to $.21 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer, but it wasn’t my favorite. I would have it again if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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I think that Revolution has some really killer labels, especially their whole “Hero” series. It’s very reminiscent of comic books, which I loved when I was a teenager. I think I still have them at my parents’ house. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crisp and refreshing IPA exploding with fresh floral hop character, named for a somewhat forgotten yet amazing hop variety named Crystal. A unique hopping program gives this beer a massive, clean bitterness and fresh hop aroma bursting with hints of citrus and fresh fruit.”

Random: This beer came in at 75 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, cream-colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright orange-colored. There was a moderate amount of carbonation visible. The nose started with a lot of bright navel oranges. It quickly went into some light floral notes as well. Grapefruit pith and some herbal notes came through, specifically cilantro. The taste started with the same citrus notes, specifically orange segments and grapefruit pith. It quickly went into biscuit malt and then pine oil. After that, I picked up some pepper and then cilantro as well. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with pine and cilantro. I don’t recall how much I paid for this, especially since I picked this up in a mixed twelve pack, but this was a solid beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m now trying to tackle a giant backlog of posts on a new computer. The keyboard on the new Mac is definitely a different feel to me, so hopefully I get used to it really quickly. It does load webpages so much quicker though, which is absolutely amazing. My first Revolution beer was one I had out in Ohio. I was impressed by their stuff, so I’ve now started seeking them out.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Classic German-style Oktoberfest Lager that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty, malt flavor. The addition of traditional German Magnum and Hersbruker hops provide a crisp balanced bitterness and spicy/earthy aroma to round out this robust beer.”

Random: This beer comes in at 25 IBUs.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger, light tan head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright mahogany color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with a lot of brown bread. It had some apple cider and grass as well, along with light molasses. The taste was a bit more herbal than the nose. It started with some grass and a touch of basil and quickly went into brown bread and molasses. The body was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy and herbal. A can was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer had some nice flavor and sweetness, but it wasn’t a best in style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I picked this beer up in a variety pack. As you can see below, it was brewed for a comic expo. When I was a teenager, I used to collect comics. I was partial to Marvel and for some reason, really liked The New Warriors. It was never a very popular comic, but I have the entire run of it, or at least I think it’s still in my parents’ attic.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, this IPA shoots a raygun blast of Galaxy hops into your mouth and leaves a crisp, dry finish. This IPA has big hop flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and citrus.”

Random: This beer comes in at 65 IBUs.

The beer poured with a huge, four finger, thick, ecru colored head. It took forever to dissipate and left extensive lacing on the glass. The body was clear and yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose was relatively muted for an IPA. I picked up some musty odors along with citrus peel and a touch of tropical fruit. The taste had a bit more punch. It started with lots of citrus, specifically grapefruit and orange. It transitioned into a touch of musty pine along with some spice at the end of the sip. The body was medium thickness with just enough carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit rind. A can of this was $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. I enjoyed this one a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a Spring seasonal to celebrate the end of Winter. I really thought that we were done with the bad weather once we got out of February, but obviously I was completely wrong. This seems like the perfect beer to crack open right now.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crushable ale to celebrate the end of winter and rejoice the coming of warm weather! This Hoppy Wheat Ale is brewed with Apollo and Amarillo hops, with a dry-hop blend of Crystal, Amarillo, and Mosaic, resulting in a mellow bitterness and pronounced flowery and citrus aromas. Flaked Oats with a malt blend of 2-row, Red Wheat, and Carapils, create a light golden color and a smooth silky mouthfeel in this brew.”

Random: I first had Revolution beers when I was out in Ohio a few years back.

The beer poured with a large, three finger, fluffy, off-white head. It took a long time to go away, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was clear and dark yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was filled with flowery hops and wheat and some malt to balance it out. The taste was really bright and I could see why this is a Spring seasonal. I picked up notes of orange segments and floral perfume from the hops. The malt came through next and imparted some grain. The body was light with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus. A can of this was $1.83, which broke down to $.15 per ounce. This was a really good beer and an interesting interpretation of a wheat beer that I would search out in the future.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

My last day in Ohio, I decided to take myself out to a late lunch and explore the city for a few hours. They had a giant food market that reminded me of Reading Terminal Market, which was cool to walk around. After walking for an hour, I was starving and ended up at a place that was famous for their fried chicken. This was the beer that I got while I was waiting for it.

antihero

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American hop assault for all the ambivalent warriors who get the girl in the end. ‘Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, Princess.’ This iconic ale features a blend of four hop varieties which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas.”

Random: The can art for this beer is quite cool. It makes it jump off of the shelves.

The beer poured with a one finger, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange with high carbonation. On the nose, I picked up a lot of tropical notes, specifically mango, grass and pineapple. There was also some pilsner malt. The taste was super smooth with tropical hops and pilsner malt. Then, it went into fresh-cut grass. The alcohol didn’t make an appearance. The body was light with a lot of carbonation, which made this really drinkable. It had a quick, but bright finish with mango and pineapple. This beer was just outstanding and as soon as I left Ohio, I found this beer in cans in New York, so I won’t have to go without it. If you see it on shelves, make sure you get some as soon as possible.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0