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754. Revolution Brewing Anti-Hero IPA

Revolution Brewing Anti-Hero IPAMaybe 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. 
Pros:
Cons: Big bitterness
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 70
Rating: 
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.

231. Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat

Another single picked up from a local convenience store. I have read about Goose Island only because they were sold to InBev Anheuser Busch (owners of Budweiser) last year. All articles stated the beer would not change and they would simply have more money to expand and distribute to new States. Hopefully the 312 Urban Wheat is not a good representation of their other beer.
Beer is a very pale yellow with almost no head. Slight wheat smell but not much else. Taste is watery and slightly sweet. It is refreshing but mostly tasteless. Finished the bottle but very glad I only bought a single.
Pros: Refreshing
Cons: Bland, watered down
Alcohol Content: 4.2% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 20
Rating: ★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Goose Island
Brewers Description: Inspired by the city of Chicago and densely populated with flavor, 312’s spicy aroma of Cascade hops is followed by a crisp, fruity ale flavor delivered in a smooth, creamy body that’s immensely refreshing.