Beer Review: Revolution Citra Hero IPA

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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.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 002

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Luponic Distortion is Firestone Walkers new revolving hop series beers. The recipe will change every 90 days as the brewers tweak the beer slightly as hops and malt change. Luponic Distortion No. 002 comes in at 5.9% ABV.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger head and some great lacing. Classic looking Firestone IPA here.

Nose: Pine, resin, tropical fruit, mango and mandarin oranges. This beer was danker and juicier than I expected. Some pineapple and melon notes as well. Smell it as soon as you crack it.

Taste/Mouth: Great tropical fruit flavors, mango, pineapple, some piney bitterness as well. Real clean, light feel and easy to drink. Finishes with a lingering tropical fruitiness. Some sweetness on the back end as well. This beer is really just super crushable and clean.

Price/Availability: Damn does this beer shine in this category. Super easy to get as Firestone’s footprint is massive and at $10 a 6 pack of cans, hard to beat that.

Overall: A great, accessible offering from Firestone. Just a good go to beer and a great series. Firestone is one of those breweries sometimes people sleep on because of how big they are but don’t because they are still making incredible beers and pushing boundaries just like those hype breweries that you are waiting an hour in line to get 4 cans of. Can’t wait to get a hold of 3 and 4. Always keep Luponic Distortion as a back pocket option when you need a great crushable fresh and delicious IPA.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Revolution Mosaic Hero IPA

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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.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Revolution 1ZENUFF Imperial IPA

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Today I have a review of the big brother beer of Revolution’s Unsessionable and the arguably even more unsessionable, 1ZENUFF Imperial IPA. 1Z Enuff comes in at a slightly higher ABV then Unsessionable and with a different variety of hops than its brother beer. With a name like that it is hard to believe they can this beer and sell it in six packs. 1ZENUFF comes in at 11% ABV and 100 IBUs.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Pretty decent lacing. Very aesthetically pleasing can, as are most of Revolutions cans. Their designers do an excellent job.

Nose: Pine resin, earthy, grassy, some passion fruit and lots of malt coming through in the nose. Smells like a fruit roll up honestly. Solid blast of ethanol on the nose as well.

Taste/Mouth: Malt sweetness with some pine, citrus and crushing bitterness. Honestly the bitterness and huge malt character overpower most of the hop character of this beer. Finishes pretty hot with that ethanol picked up from the nose hitting you at the tail end of the taste. Definitely can tell there are some great flavors and hop notes in here somewhere but it is hard to find them with the bitterness, huge sweet malt character and lingering heat.

Price/Availability: Rotating and $15 for a six pack of cans which for an 11% beer is pretty solid. When it is released it is very easy to get anywhere in the Revolution footprint.

Overall: Unsessionable’s big brother in ABV but certainly a lesser beer in most other facets. The hop varieties in 1ZENUFF are not as exciting as Unsessionable either. If not for the overpowering malt presence and brutal bitterness this would be right there with Unsessionable. It is still a decent beer and I would revisit in the future to see if they improve the recipe. Probably won’t buy a six pack again though.

Grade: B

Beer Review: Revolution Galaxy Hero IPA

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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.

Grade: A

Beer Review: Revolution Local-Hero IPA

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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.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Revolution Unsessionable Imperial IPA

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Chicago’s own Revolution has recently released their response to the Session IPA craze that has swept craft beer this past year or two with their Unsessionable Imperial IPA. Loaded with six of everyones favorite hop varieties; Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo,Galaxy, Citra and Cascade this one is for serious hop loves (hey that’s me!). When I walked into Binnys like a month or two ago and saw this I don’t even think I looked around the store. I checked out and immediately came home and cracked one open I was so excited. This is also Revolutions first special release to be in a can. Unsessionable comes in at 10% ABV and a whopping 100 IBUs.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a nice pillowey white 1 finger head. Really great lacing down the glass as well. Love the can art, as I often do from Revolution (Anti-Hero is one of my favorite cans ever).

Nose: Pineapple, citrus, piney, resin, really really dank nose on this one. Juicy fruit and tropical juice aromas as well. Great combination of all the hops featured, definitely get a ton of Galaxy coming to the forefront of it all though.

Taste/Mouth: Really good balance of pine and resin hops with some sweet caramel malt notes. Sticky finish and a nice full mouth feel. Everything balances itself out nicely and allow the hops to really come through and shine. Juicy fruit and tropical fruits are carried over from the nose as well. So very drinkable on top of everything else.

Price/Availability: A 6 pack of this was about $13 which is an amazing deal, not sure about how regularly this one will be getting brewed yet.

Overall: Absolutely amazing stuff from Revolution here. I previously called Anti-Hero the go to staple IPA of Chicago and I think I’ll go ahead and call this the best Double IPA available in Chicago. Showcases amazing hops in an amazing way and really just one of the better beers I have had the fortune of drinking. Really hope this one is here to stay.

Grade: A+