Finally getting around to reviewing Citra Hero on here. I have already done Mosaic, Galaxy, Local and Anti-Hero in the past so just rounding out my list of heroes here (just missing Crystal). This was not my first time having this beer but the last few times I had it I didn’t get around to making notes. Citra Hero is the summer seasonal hero and comes in at 7.5% ABV.
Appearance: Slightly hazy light copper color with a nice 1 finger head and great lacing. Love the new cans for the hero series, the art was always great but it really pops in the cans.
Nose: Big citra nose. Pine, resin, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, orange zest, pretty damn juicy. It has some sweet malty notes in the nose as well, smells nicely balanced but still pretty dank.
Taste/Mouth: Nice citrus, grapefruit and floral notes dominate up front. Good dose of bitterness and finishes slightly dry and bitter. It is a little hot but it isn’t unpleasant and sweeter on the backend. It has a really nice balance of flavors and showcases citra nicely.
Price/Availability: Rotating hero series, this is the summer hero. Now in 6 pack of cans for around $11.
Overall: Citra Hero is another super solid beer in a great series of beers showcasing hop varieties. This is a nice showcase of citra and is a really easy to drink beer. Switching this from bombers into 6 pack cans was a great move by the brewery and I think got the beer in a lot more peoples hands. I will continue to revisit this beer every year when it is released and am always pleased to see it on draft when eating out.
Revolution Mosaic hero is an IPA showcasing the unique and amazing hop, Mosaic. Rather than it being a single hop IPA, it utilizes Warrior and Zythos to help put Mosaic on display in all its glory. Mosaic Hero joins the other beers in this series Citra, Crystal, Jukebox and Galaxy. Mosaic Hero comes in at 7.5% and 75 IBUs.
Appearance: Dark copper or a light amber color. 1 finger head and pretty decent lacing. Big fan of all the art for the hero series. They have also since began canning it.
Nose: Super juicy. Lots of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and some pine resin notes as well. Nice nose which definitely showcases the awesome aspects of Mosaic.
Taste/Mouth: Nice amount of bitterness with a small malt backbone to help keep everything even. Nice juicy tropical fruit flavors dominant the flavor with some pine resin also making its way over from the nose. Pretty easy drinking with a medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Can easily put back a few pints of it.
Price/Availability: Around $8 for a bomber and about $12 for a 6 pack of cans. Seasonal rotating release part of the hero series.
Overall: Another nice beer in the hero series, the heroes which showcase single hops are especially solid. Love to support Revolution as well so that is always a plus. I will buy this one again for sure when it rotates into season. I am a huge fan of Mosaic and glad they began to can this one.
I do my best to grab all the local Chicago beers I can to review on here as that is where I am based out of. I definitely do my best to grab everything Revolution releases as they are certainly one of the leaders here in Chicago. I have their Galaxy Hero IPA up next, which features (obviously) Galaxy hops as well as Zythos. Galaxy Hero comes in at 7% ABV and 80 IBUs.
Nose: Big citrus up front with some pine, tropical fruit. I am also getting some earthy and flowers notes as well. Its mostly citrus and tropical fruits though.
Appearance: Very slightly hazy copper color with a 1 and a half finger head. Nice lacing as well. Love the bottle art and really loving the new cans they just released, that blue color is amazing.
Taste/Mouth: Super drinkable, can’t stress that enough, can absolutely crush these. Earthy and piney hop flavors in the front, slightly bitter with no alcohol presence at all. Mild carbonation, finished nice with the fruit coming through from the nose. Again some grassy, earthy notes coming through in the taste as well. Nice all the way through and very fresh tasting.
Price/Availibility: Around $8 for a bomber of this, not sure of the price on a six pack. Part of the hero series so it comes around a few months every year before being replaced by another hero.
Overall: Amazing IPA from Revolution. They know how to make some really great hoppy beers. I could definitely drink this one all day, might be the best of the Hero series.
Next is another beer from Chicago’s Revolution brewing, this is their fresh hop IPA brewed with all local hops. This IPA is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, and Nugget hops, all from Hop Heads Farms in Hickory Corners, MI. I was definitely excited to see this one as I love the hop lineup, fresh hop IPAs and they even took the fresh hop a step further by getting local hops. Local Hero comes in at 6.5% ABV and 65 IBUs.
Appearance: Pretty clear golden yellow with the slightest haze and a 1/2 finger head that leaves some good sticky lacing down the glass. Great artwork as usual from Revolution.
Nose: Fruit, pine and mango hit your nose first. Deeper into the nose is a lot of sticky fruit juice aroma, like a fresh fruit punch with lots of citrus fruits as well. Not a huge in your face hop aroma but really nice.
Taste/Mouth: Follows suit with some big juicy fruit flavors and some pine carrying over as well. Nice bite of bitterness and finishes sticky with some lingering bitterness. Good carbonation and mouth-feel as well. A very fresh tasting and feeling IPA that is easy to drink. Could definitely session this.
Price/Availability: $8 a bomber and seasonal with availability of local fresh hops.
Overall: I would assume this is a similar base recipe to that of Anti-Hero judging by the name and the similarity between the two. Nice concept for a fresh hop beer using local hops. Very drinkable and I will definitely purchase it again next year.
Finally getting around to post some more reviews! First up I have the Chicago standard in American IPAs, Revolution Anti-Hero. This is the IPA I see most frequently available at bars and restaurants in the Chicago area. Revolution has become the local Chicago brewery, especially since the selling of Goose Island making it no longer really a local Chicago product (although it is still very much loved, drank and available here). Revolution though is proudly brewed here and the people love it, and I can’t say I blame them and I am right there with them. Anti-Hero comes in at 6.5% ABV and 70 IBUs.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice 1 finger head. Really great lacing as you drink this one down. Love the color and look of this beer, pretty much what I like my IPAs to look like. I also have to add love that Revolution cans their beers and I always love their artwork, especially Anti-Hero it is definitely one of my favorites.
Nose: Smells like a handful of hop nuggets. Tropical fruit, mango, fruit juice, pine, citrus fruits, lemon zest, orange. This beer has a huge dank nose, I get lost in the depth of it. Smells like it was brewed yesterday.
Taste/Mouth: Nice tropical fruits and mango with some citrus as well carrying over from the nose. Good pack of bitterness in the feel as well. Nice medium carbonation and a great mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry and bitter with a lingering sweetness.
Price/Availability: Around $9-10 a sixer and its basically available everywhere in Chicago.
Overall: A great everyday go to IPA for the Chi-Town hophead. Easy to drink all night and hard to get bored of, especially that nose. While it is not earth shatteringly different than many other IPAs available it is exceptionally crafted and brewed fresh in the best city in the world! Make this one of the first beers you drink if visiting Chicago.