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Fistmas - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 15
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark caramel amber color with calm and minimal foam. Dies down to leave a light lacing ring around the glass. Swirling the glass creates a light, but sticky leftover resin that oozes down the sides of the glass.

S - Juniper, roasted caramel, honey, cloves?, nutmeg?. Overall aroma is light.

T - Juniper, toasted caramel, malt forward, light pine bittering.

M - Thin medium body.

O - Meh

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Photo of matjack85
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a goblet glass. The fourth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark red color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of big spruce notes and piney hops, some minty notes.

T- Tons of spruce, pine needles, and minty flavors dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Some cinnamon and potpourri flavors.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery, and pretty high carbonation.

O- This is a truly unique beer that does capture the flavor of the season without being as big on the traditional Christmas ale spices. . Not a bad beer, but not anything I would pick up again. It hits you over the head with the spruce, pine, and mint flavors, so you better be a fan of those flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Brew33 for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a lovely translucent mahogany hue with a loose, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and gradually recedes into a fairly consistent slick. Nose expresses ginger, orange peel and something reminiscent of the spices you find in Chinese food - weird. Taste consistent with nose; fortunately the characteristics in the nose are muted by the malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a little watery, with a light carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, this is a strange beer - I'd classify it as an asian-inspired winter warmer. Not something I need to revisit.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Faint hop and toasted malt note
Taste-Toasted malt, oakey, spicy, good dose of fruity hops. A bit muddled and unbalanced but not bad overall. Nice portability and conveniece in the can. A can makes for a nice "adult" stocking stuffer.

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Photo of mecummins
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fistmas poured a semi clear light brown color with hints of orange amber to it. An off white, one finger head rose quickly and gave a reasonable amount of light lacing. I took a sniff and my first thought was of a freshly cut pine tree. I could also detect some cardamom and ginger scents.

The first taste was very similar to the aroma. There was also a bit of malty sweetness and a back note of orange peel under the pine and spices. This balanced out the earthiness of the beer nicely.

It sported a well carbonated light to moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish, but I think anything heavier would have felt very out of place.

It was a decent spiced ale and showed some well thought out work by the brewers. I'd drink it again.

Bottled date was 11/19/12 and I consumed it on 12/16/12

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Photo of jsulko
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head.

Smell is sweet with carmel and spices. Very strong fragance.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the smell. Slight sweetness and spices but not as much going on as the smell would lead you to believe.

A bit of a letdown, the first beer from Revolution that was not a hit for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of beertooth
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @Kevinpitts for this.
Can marked 11/2014
Pours a clear amber hue, topped with a medium packed finger of straw colored froth. Smell is very gingery. taste starts with an initial ginger/citrus bite. Kind of an orange zest, like one might top of a fresh batch of cranberry sauce with. Some malt tries to peak through with a little success. But mainly ginger. Not overpowering, more omnipresent. Finish is ginger, with a hint of nutmeg. Pretty good. Definitely unique.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of timfc
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bit more carbonated than it should, but it was a nice amber with about a 1" head (white). A little hoppy, but not nearly as much as expected. The little herb notes on the finish added a cool note to what was otherwise a slightly hoppy ESB.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of superdoopersauce
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A holiday beer which isn't over-spiced. Gentle and malty with a bit of bursty back-of-tongue character and a bit of frontward bite courtesy of semi-liberal hopping. Pours smooth and leaves moderate lacing. Scent is floral and spicy, but not representative of the taste.

Excellent bar drinkabiliy. Awesome label. Tastes good with rock-'n'-roll.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, for the first beer of the day, ..., it should be better. This may be a bit too cold. I'll let it warm...OK, that's better.

I don't have a proper glass in this crappy hotel room, so I am drinking from a plastic cup. It still looks pretty good. The nose developed a bit as it warmed, showing mostly a weak spice aroma. The taste filled out closer to room temperature to something nicely balanced and reserved. Nothing over the top and not a big brew. Just a hint of spice.

The aftertaste is very pleasant and satisfying. Like most Revolutions, I will not go out of my way to buy this again, but I wouldn't refuse one if it were offered.

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Photo of KDawg
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of Mikus
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown, with mahogany hue in the light. Nice. Smells of fresh, resiny hops and just a hint of lemon peel. Bright and refreshing tastes... some interesting spices (won't lie, can't pinpoint them)... I do like them though. Not the traditional Xmas spices from my experience. This is nice... I would say it is a very unique Xmas! Nice, clean mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer. Haven't had a subpar Revolution brew yet!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber brown color with a white head. The aroma smelled of hops, caramel, toffee and citrus (more hops). The taste had a solid sugary caramel malt base but also a big dose of piney, citrusy hops. Solid bitterness and a nice well rounded beer. Reminds me of hopped up american amber ale which I guess is what this is. I didn't get any spices or anything, just a straight ahead hoppy winter seasonal and pretty good. Worth snagging, I got to try it ontap.

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Photo of sully11277
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark orange with a light brown head that sticks around for awhile.

S- Very piney, citrus juice, and some spices.

T- you get a lot of pine and bitter taste right upfront. Then you get the nice sweet citrus juice and then finishes with some spice.

M- Very light with nice carbonation.

O- Fistmas is a great Christmas beer. It is very different from the other Christmas beers out there.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep copper with ruby highlights and a fairly quickly dissipating foamy khaki head.

Resin, pine, and grapefruit leap from the glass. The hops are fairly dank and dominate initially, but notes of cola and sweet malt surface late.

Flavor reflects the subtle spice more prominently, becoming toasted and nutty at the finish. Slightly sweet caramel malt, is overtaken by ginger mid palate, with light bittering hops and hints of grapefruit rounding out the finish.

Body is moderate to a touch syrupy, with moderate to slightly low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

If the flavor had followed the aroma more closely, I would've been much happier with this one. I'm not big on cola or ginger, and that's mostly what surfaces for me. Definitely an interesting combo. Flavoring hops become more noticeable as it warms.

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Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hopped up take on Anchor's Christmas Ale, basically. Better balanced than you might assume, but it doesn't quite come together.

Smells of chinook along with cinnamon and ginger. Tastes like it smells only with more pronounced malt toastiness: starting with a medium-strength hops, moving into a middle and finish that's basically like liquid gingerbread. The two stages are each good, but they're plainly separated from one another and even as the can comes to its end, there's still a marked lack of cohesion.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours deep brown with a hint of amber, light tan head, retention is fairly weak, good lacing.

S - light caramel malts, light citrusy grapefruit hops, cinnimon, maybe some nutmeg/other spice.

T - sweet caramel malts, almost an altbier type flavor before light hop bitterness and a good wallop of grapefruit/orange citrus (wallop is relative to the style). Light cinnamon/spiced notes, very light.

M - lighter bodied, good carbonation, fairly thin/very drinkable

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice easy drinking amber. Nothing overly crazy going on here. Just an even keeled and well made brew. Don't see too many examples of this style out there being done well, so it's nice to come across one that comes off right.

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