Fistmas - Revolution Brewing Company

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86
very good

445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 86 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-02-2010)
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Tastes like a Christmas tree in an IPA....in a bad way.

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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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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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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.