Fistmas - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-02-2010

Red ale brewed for the holiday season with specialty malts to achieve a beautiful deep red hue and the aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. Steeped with ginger root and orange peel.

31 IBU
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Reviews by uwmgdman:
Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours brilliantly clear ruby amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy - mainly citrus as well as moderately malt, sweet and caramel. Orange peel also comes through in the nose and melds nicely with the hops. The flavor hoppy, bittersweet, and rather citrusy, quite pleasant. The beer finishes with hop flavor and bitterness balancing out the sweet malt. The carbonation is moderate as is the body. Overall a very flavorful ale, orange peel/ginger component is nice but still subtle allowing the hops and malt to shine, well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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?

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a pint glass.
The beer pours a medium-brown with ruby highlights in the light and a thin, tan head.
The aroma is really nice, full of orange and spice.
The taste follow the nose, I pick up plenty of citrus, a bit of ginger and holiday spices but nothing overwhelming. A nice blend. A very nice, lightly bitter finish. As it warms, I picked up a few chocolate notes.
The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, a very nice beer for in front of the fire or sitting by the Christmas tree. Well done.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright red with nice tan lacing. Points for festiveness.

Smell: Nutmeg, clove, and orange rind. Very subtle overall, but definitely evident. Mostly a lot of caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially there is sour orange, followed by nutmeg and a hint of clove. Very tasty as it warms. Mouthfeel also has a lot of character, with a great balance of acidity and yeasty carbonation.

Overall: I didn't love this at first, but it really grows on you.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Now this is good. My first sip of any Christmas beer is always tentative - you never know what the spice load is going to be. This is a warm, soft on the tongue, drinkable Christmas Ale. That 12 oz. went down as easy as anything I've had in the last month.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Fistmas...its probably one of the best Xmas ales I have had. The beer pours a rich clear amber with thin creamy head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carries fresh hops that lean towards a pine with slight citrus. The taste follows the scent and is well balanced. There is a subtle hint of Belgium malt/sugar in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I like it...nice job Revolution!

Photo of beertooth
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the hand pull into a branded Imperial pint glass.

This beer is absolutely stunning, sharp ruby red. There's a finger of billowy khaki head that leaves thick lacing after every sip. It's a really great looking winter brew.

Those nose is a bit faint. I'm picking out orange pith, flat cherry cola, sweet malt, slight cinnamon, some pine from the chinook hops, and alcohol. The cherry notes are really poking out now that I keep smelling it.

The taste doesn't quite give me what I picked up in the nose. I'm getting those flat cherry soda notes, some bitter citrus, a little heat from the ginger. The pine flavors from the chinook are not showing up. The overly sweet, oxidized cherry soda notes are making themselves known and I'm not digging it as much.

Sticky, slick mouthfeel.

This beer was much better on draft than this cask version. Not terrible, but not something I'd get again.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber with a craggy off white head. Smells reasonably hoppy with an underlying maltiness.

Slightly sweet leftover sugar with a good dose of hoppyness. Burnt caramel, buttered toast and piney hops. I like it. Lingers in the mouth pretty nice. No detectable alcohol.

Photo of ConradSomm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Loved the 2013 release. Generally not a big fan of Christmas beers but this one is atypical in that it doesn't have a fruitcake or spice profile. You definitely get the orange and ginger root. Big, juicy, and flavorful.

Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra from one beer bro to another. Cheers, bro. Can. Pretty messed up can that might give me nightmares, to be a bit more precise.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a finger of thick and creamy off-white head. Orange peel and some dark fruits, christmas spices. Smells a little stale but that's probably my fault for leaving it so long. Tastes pretty good. Citrus and dark fruits with light ginger, sweet and (even some savory) spice. Probably the best holiday ale I've had. I kinda hate the style but this is decent.

Photo of KDawg
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap and it was poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown/amber color with a quick head

good aromas of fruitcake, malts and citrus peels. Kind of straightforward and slightly muted as well

Medium bodied with a nice feel and very good flavors of spices, fruitcake and malts

A very good christmas beer. If the aromas were more pungent this would be extremely good. It's enjoyable, but doesn't lend itself to being drunk a lot

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter.
6.1% ABV

A - Gorgeous warm ruby mahogany in color, Fistmas has a sturdy off-white head resting on the clear beer while wispy lace encircles the glass.

S - Sharp hoppiness provides a quick slap in the face with a sack of pine needles drizzled with tropical fruit juice, overtaking the subtle holiday spice nuance quite quickly but, the aroma is welcoming, balanced by underlying toasted malt.

T - Spruce and pine needles stay at the forefront of Fistmas, providing a woodsy, generally earthy profile that still works well with the beer's undercurrents of juicy tropical fruit and base of nicely toasted malt. Holiday-themed spice assimilates itself into the woodsy character of the beer nicely as well, nudging towards the holiday cheer!

M - Smooth and crisp, Fistmas has a bitter hoppy nip that's complimented by toast and balanced by a touch of sweetness for a spice-and-hop leaning finish.

O - A unique winter warmer, Fistmas' spiced profile peeks through the toasted malt background but seems to get lost in the hop-infused woods of pine and tropical fruit. Revolution's Fistmas is interesting, seasonally appropriate and tasty, but one of this beer is enough for me in one sitting.

Photo of matjack85
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. They ran out of their Oktoberfest beer a week ago and broke out the Christmas ale the first week of November, so I tried this instead. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer had a brick red/brownish hue to it and was pretty clear for being so dark. 1-finger off-white head that lasted awhile with good lacing.

Not as spicy as expected for a Christmas ale. Instead I got some bready malt, caramel, plum, and citrus.

My waitress told me that this isn't made with the traditional holiday spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Instead they added ginger root and orange peel to it. It mostly has a bready malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. A pretty good dose of piny hops add bitterness and the orange peel adds a citrus touch along with more bitterness. Plums add a fruity component and he ginger root accounts for the mild spice flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Although it seems well thought out with plenty of complexity, I really didn't care for the overall flavor of this one. Maybe I just miss the traditional spices. In any case, I won't be ordering it or looking for it again.

Photo of HerrFaust
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours garnet with a generous head. I had in the wide-mouthed Mug Club mug.

S-Festive. Christmas wreath. More going on in the aroma than taste. Spot on for an American Christmas beer. I had first in a flight with, among others, the Great Lakes x-mas--a fave--and the Rev blew it out of the water.

T-The hops (chinook) really dominate. Crazy, the beer really approaches as a winter warmer, but the hops hit as crazy pine in the front, with the citrus and spice coming in at the end, some sweetness.

M-the Chinook and generous carbonation really lift this beer off the palate. Think of a SN Celebration mixed with a fuller Anchor Christmas.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date 11/26/2013 printed on the bottom of the can. A new holiday beer to me from Revolution Brewing, out of Chicago. I haven't had too much from these guys in the past, and I can't remember ever really being wowed by them, but here we go.

Poured into a Mr. Punch pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber orange colored body with some small sediment floating in the glass. Two fingers of thick fluffy doughy tan head. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is alright, but not particularly appealing. Almost an old IPA like aroma at times. Faded pine needles / grapefruit. Earthiness / woodiness. Caramel. Grassy herbal spice rack notes. Some darker licorice / anise notes. Reminds me of how some of the Anchor holiday ales smelled and tasted at times. Some metallics imparted from the can.

T - Taste is of bitter grassy pine / grapefruit hoppiness. Dry bready caramel malt. Some spritzy cola. Ginger / anise / licorice spice. Some herbal spice rack notes.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly bitter, lightly sticky, but mostly clean. Some sticky green apple skin / bready caramel malt on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinkability.

Overall, it's not very impressive, but it's not bad for what it is. More bitter and herbal than other holiday ales, good carbonation, and easy drinking at 6.10% abv. I might prefer it better from the bottle next time.

Revolution Brewing Fistmas ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber in the glass, one finger head that lingers.

S-Rather malt heavy. Good deal of earthy spices and some nutmeg like flavors.

T-Rather malt forward. not much in the way of hops. The spices do not quite balance out the rest of the beer.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation

O-A decent beer but no where near Revolution's best.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can courtesy of Jakeox pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a large cap of fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is rich caramel and spruce-esque hops. Nutty with a side of fruitcake...quite nice.

Taste is has a nice earthy, nutty and toasted malt presence that is balanced well by piney-citric hops. Not sure what spices are used, but they are pretty subtle - maybe nutmeg. Whatever it is has a husky flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, it feels a little light for a Christmas Ale, but it goes down easy and is refreshing. I liked this one.

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottling just appeared on the shelves. Let's check it out. 22oz into a tulip.

A: Pours an orange-ish brown with a nice egg-shell head. Good lacing.

S: Assertive tropical hop notes - pineapple, mango - and some minor slightly roasted maltiness in the background.

T: Hops come in first, with some mild citrus and mango notes, followed by spice (ginger?) and some hop bitterness. Pleasing bready grain comes in at the end to round things out.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with fine carbonation.

O: This is ok; everything's pretty well-balanced and it tastes fine. The hop + spice combination is a little weird but it sort of grew on me.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12 Fl. Oz. Can
Packaged on October 22nd, 2014
Reviewed on December 3rd, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Light brown body with a copper glow. Average sized foamy head collapsed and left a good amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Floral hops really stood out. Strong backing presence of festive spices (think nutmeg, coriander, clove…. you know, your average wassail blend)

Mouth
Hops crossbred with spices hit the tongue first. The spices were pleasing… bold flavours but nothing too overwhelming. The brewery states they infused this red ale with ginger and orange peel… exactly what the tastebuds detected. The bulk of the spice lived in the malts. Semi-sweet notes of spice cake contained the vibrant hops, balancing this one out quite well.

Overall
Not bad at all. Well executed spiced brew.

85 (B)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this can at that Sandwich shop in Ohio I got the "lips of faith" beer. Like that beer they really need to mark down their post seasonal beers since this is now 6 months old.

A - Pours a bright hazy amber brow with a solid full inch plus of head from the can pour.
S - Once was bright juicy hops now is settled to a mix of pine and malty goodness. I can't really pick up on any "herbs or spices" so I hopefully can taste them.
T - I had to look it up but apparently under the juicy hops I am tasting a mix of anise, ginger, and allspice. Agreed at this point its weird but still quite good. Like eating a licorice covered gingerbread cookie it kind of works. Must have been strong spiced since the faded flavors of this are in every sip.
M - Light to medium its quite good.

Overall an interesting winter warmer still being enjoyed by me today during snow flurries and freezing rain months after canning. I would love to try this again fresh one day.

Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a deep auburn with an off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. Very nice nose. The aromas are full of fresh hops. Smells like an IPA. Lots of grapefruit and orange, followed by sweet caramel malts. The flavors are malty, but the hop flavor still comes through. Lots of orange peel. Lots of sweet honey. Subtle pine notes. The holiday spices aren't that noticeable. The sweetness from the malts really cut down on the hop bitterness, but once again the hop flavors come through. Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium-bodied. Slightly slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a nice brew from Revolution. It has alot of IPA/Red Ale characteristics. The spices seem to take a backseat. Nonetheless, it's fitting for the holidays. Drink this as fresh as possible.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can pour - bought and enjoyed around a mile from the brewery. This is a stellar seasonal ale. Beautiful copper to caramel in tone, pours with a foamy white head. Not overly spiced - the ginger and orange pieces are balanced and joined by an almost minty feel which invokes candy canes and peppermint. Complex and warming. A local favorite

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a fairly-large head that sticks around for awhile before fading down into a thin cap. The nose is intriguing, blending spices and hops quite well. Really enjoy how the spices mix in with the Chinook hops. The taste does this really well also, though it is a bit of a step down from the nose, which is reflected in the mouthfeel, where everything doesn't meld quite as well. Drinkability was pretty good, but not something I'd want a full pint of.

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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.