Maybe I am just spoiled but it seems like when I try IPAs from other parts of the country I am almost always disappointed. There are a few exceptions with 3 Floyds and Russian River being two that come to mind but overall I generally find them to be blah. Part of the problem could be freshness as most of the beer I drink from the Northeast is purchased directly from the brewery and the IPAs I get from other parts of the country are through trades.
It is almost unfair to review these beers from away but I feel I have to so others do not end up trading their top quality IPA for a mediocre IPA from the Midwest. Of course this, like all of my blog posts, is just my opinion. Anti-hero is a single IPA coming in at 6.5% ABV, color is typical of the style but it had a huge tan head that left a lot of lacing. Aroma was mostly flowery hops and taste was sweet with a big bitter finish. With the words “hop assault” in the brewers description I was hoping for so much more.
Maybe it suffered due to the time and distance traveled but this one simply does not compare well with most of the IPAs I enjoy.
Cons: Big bitterness
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Brewers Website: Revolution Brewing
Brewers Description: 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.