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Iron Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped American ale featuring Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo hop varieties.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Tanktizzo, Nov 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ovaltine, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew was served on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s pub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in your standard house pint glass showing a deeper but sparkling amber-rose coloring. It held a solid one finger head of tight and soapy white bubbles that showed championship quality retention. This eventually draped into a single sheet of wet lacing around the glass, with a remaining quarter finger’s height worth of a sheet atop the liquid. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderately active. The aroma offered a blend of grassy, nectary, and lightly piney hoppiness, cooling vanilla extract, heavily bittered phenolic character, simple and syrupy sweet pale malts, white flour adjuncts, buttered English breakfast cakes, celery vegetals, wet cloth, and lemony chemical cleaner. The flavor to follow gave sugary sweet citric hoppiness to match more herbal and piney varietals of bitterness. Between this battle was a mishmash of mineral and metallic yeastiness, sweet ethanol, massively soured cranberry acidity, that bitter phenolic wash from the nose, simply pale and amber grains, candy corn, mild rye metallics, fruity zinfandel grape, cardboard, and softly resinous aloe and green grassiness. The body was rather medium, and the carbonation was active. Again, for our third experience with Revolution beverages, we met a mouthful of dense oily slickness. Uncanny!! This sensation was certainly lighter than either Anti-Hero or Double Fist, but remarkable nonetheless. The intense head retention lent well to slurp and smack, with a cool and creamy moustache. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back smoothly.

Overall, this was our third and final brew consumed with our lunch at Revolution’s brewpub, and again, we encountered a freshly hoppy and tasty offering. Here, the malts were most certainly left to the backseat flavor-wise, but wonderfully so, so as to allow for the fresh and tangy hoppiness, through both the brewing process and the dry hopping thereafter, to flourish. You get such a nice blend of this and that from the hop department throughout both your tours of the nose and mouth. The blend is unmistakable, but with a twinge of uniqueness in each sip. What malts there are lend a deeper, more amber and rye type quality to the tongue, pulling you into a more bittered and heavier shroud than for most in the style. Regardless, this was a nice beverage to end our visit on, and now that we’ve seen what they’re all about with the hops, we look longingly towards their “Deep Wood Series” to see just how high they can blow us out of the water.

TheBrewo, Nov 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Rado, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bfitzge2, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

MaxOhle, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BradMacMullin, Oct 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Chief99, Oct 29, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

bcrossan, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Berg77, Oct 27, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

EliRix, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acidreflux, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of kkleu357
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden brown color. Fruity hop aroma. Bitter grapefruit taste. Good amount of hop. Pretty good.

kkleu357, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

This one is brewery-only. Big hoppy juicy profile like Anti-Hero, but without as much depth. More complex than most other pales I have had.

ConradSomm, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mecmd, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rather dark for a pale ale...light red/dark orange hue almost as if a red ale.

Piney, herbal, spice, and earthy.

Resinous pine and some spicy citrus from the hop profile and a great caramel sweet malt balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not unexpected in a pale ale, crisp and refreshing.

Overall, a great standard APA to give shot, but I'd rather stick with my go to, Anti-Hero.

larryarms847, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

2014-09-06: Sample poured at the Kedzie brewery.

Pours darkish golden, clear with a little head. Smell is nice -- very floral and fruity.

Taste is a little watery and bland.

Mouthfeel is light but sticky. Overall, it's OK.

snaotheus, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Jordanmtate, Aug 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

shiggins22, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

wtkphoto, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

HollyHops, Aug 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Artjsantos, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Punisher, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

einman, Jul 19, 2014
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Iron Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.