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Fistmas - Revolution Brewing Company

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very good

425 Ratings
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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-02-2010)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With the overwhelming need to beat beer drinkers over the head with abhorrent amounts of spices, it seems that beer makers underestimate our ability or appreciation for subdued taste- opting rather for the effect as if a Yankee Candle store just threw up. However, Revolution Brewing says, "we'll have none of that..."

With a light crimson pour, the beer's reddish tone is bright as only the faintest of haze lifts the abundance of bubbles to the top. There, an arid and fluffy off-white bead builds into a lather. Long lasting in its stubbornness, it laces the glass with well-defined rings at each sip.

Bright and juicy aromas are unmistakably of ripe Ruby Red grapefruit. Its plumb and vibrant scent rests just ahead of toasty malt notes of fresh-baked bread crust. Light nuttiness rises along with spicy scents that are reminiscent of cinnamon and freshly zested orange peels.

The fresh-toasted malt taste greets the early palate with short-lived toffee sweetness before its ginger-snaps dry malt taste carries forward. Juicy with grapefruit and orange pulp, the middle is all hop flavor to appease the taste buds of hop-heads. But the ale trails with a spicy zip- again light cinnamon, ginger and alcohol spices ensure a clean and refreshed palate.

Effortless on the palate, the ale is as dry as you'd want an IPA. But first its light sweetness and lightened carbonation provides a dry creaminess that wisps away in order to prefer a malty-dry finish with spicy warmth that's hard to quite put your finger on.

Fistmas is what well-spiced beers should be. The base "beer" flavor is easily understood and brewed to perfection, while the spices add intrigue and complexity without overwhelming the beer. "Fistmas"- isn't that also a name in the adult films industry?

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Bottled on Oct 24,2012
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense reddish-brown body with a thin bubbly ring of foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The slightly tart lemon hops has a strange bitterness to it with a soft clean toasted malt note in the finish.

T- The soft tart flavor has some orange zest notes that come through when it opens and some lemony hop in the finish. There is a hint of taste and malt sweetness that grows with a soft pungent hop bitterness that lingers with a ginger spice warmth aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a finish that coast the mouth and not enough fizz or alcohol to cut it.

O- There was an interesting blend of tart hops and toast notes but the aroma was really clean and the flavor was pretty light. I didn’t really get any of the spice flavor that was in the beers description.

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This beer has a brightness and clarity, both complete, in an orange-red body. The off-white head, foamy and fairly stocky. It holds itself up determinedly at perhaps 3/4 finger and distributes steady, hearty lace.
Pine is there behind grapefruit, both juice and zest, with mild pith and a gentle, easy sort of spicing to back it up. It's plenty strong, backed up by bready and toasty malts but almost brilliant in its juiciness. The orange peel smell and taste is just right, enough to give it that zesty something without coming too hard. The same could be said for the spicing, mostly notes of cinnamon and allspice, possibly nutmeg.
This is a smooth ale and softly carbonated. It sits between sweet and dry and finds the middle, both elements making their case while keeping it civil so there's no clashing. There's abalance in the crispness between bite and flow, so to speak, and the entire session it remains soft but strong.
This is definitely one of the better Winter/Christmas beers out there, and one of the best spiced beers available overall.

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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.