It’s been a draining day at work, so I decided to crack open a beer after dinner tonight. I got this beer a couple of weeks ago when we attended “Experience the Hops” again this year at the Allerton Retreat Center nearby. Revolution was one of the breweries that participated, and I grabbed this can during the “boots and brews” hike. I know I’ve had this beer at their taproom when I was there last year, but never reviewed it until now. The can says its made with Cascade, Citra, Centennial, and Crystal hops.
Location: Poured into a goblet style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 40 IBUs, ~130 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden in color with an amber hue, and it’s very clear. It had a thick, bright white head, which fell after several minutes to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is a mix of citrusy and grassy hops with a little bit of dankness.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of crispness from the carbonation and hoppiness. The flavor up front is fairly citrusy with some lemon-grapefruit flavors with a bit of grassiness. A dose of juicy bitterness hits in the middle and opens up in the finish with the bitterness edging out the hop flavors, which include mostly grassiness and citrusy flavors that last for a couple minutes in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: With plenty of citrusy and grassy hop flavors in this beer, I’d pair it with something salty and savory that would contrast with the hop flavors, such as a burger or BBQ.
Overall Impression: This pale ale is definitely on the hoppy side, with the bitterness and grassy-citrusy hop flavors dominating the tastebuds throughout each drink. The grassiness is a bit murky, and when mixed with a bit of a citrusy bite, it’s a so-so mix of hop flavors. It’s still a very drinkable, yet flavorful beer.