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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Photo of udouche
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Das Santa Boot

A - Pours a reddish brown that lets through lots of light. Crispy two finger thick off white head. Thin fast moving lacing

S - Comes at you like a fresh cut Christmas tree. Lots of grapefruit and citrus coming through from the hops. Hints of brown sugar and spice.

T - The juniper/citrus hits you from the front and doesn't let go. As it settles you get a little of the spice and malt that starts to melt into the overpowering hops to form a nice marriage. Washes a little sweet.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Leaves a little stickiness.

O - This is a pretty big beer for a holiday ale. Not your typical all malt and spice blend. Offers some complexity that was not real predictable, but that becomes less potent and very easy to drink by the end of the bottle. I plan on grabbing another bottle before the season is over.

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

Pours a translucent nut brown color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves behind just a bit of lace.

The nose brings notes of piney hops, a bit of nutmeg, and sweet caramel malts.

The flavors are well-rounded and balanced as the hops meet with sweet malt. There is that same pine hop note as the nose suggested but when tasted, there is also some citrus fruits offered by the hops. The malt acts as a backbone here and has a nutty and sweet flavor to it. Nice finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer and found it easy drinking. Definitely not over the top but definitely one I would purchase again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter. Appearance is crystal clear red with a thin collar of white head. Sticky lacing present, poor head retention. Nose features deep earthy spices, notes of spruce, earthy hops, pine, candied fruit, and brown sugar. Taste leans heavy towards the bitter hoppy side of things with a decidedly earthy profile. Spice and herbs are present, but not in the spice-rack-dumped-into-the-kettle kind of way that many Christmas brews are. The hops play nicely with the spices. A touch of clove and spruce in the middle which prevent any sweetness from coming through. The finish is dry and quick. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with a medium body. I was hesitant to try this as I often times am not a fan of spiced xmas brews, but this was a nice surprise. The spices are present, but tame enough to let the beer qualities shine through.

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 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 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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a 5oz taster glass. I'm not sure you can even consider this the same beer, as this year's batch used Nelson Sauvin hops instead of Chinook, and that's a pretty substantial difference.

A - A thin white foam settles to some wisps and a thick collar, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacing. The body is a transparent garnet color.

S - Smells like straight up Nelson Sauvin hops. There's the faintest hint of a beer in the periphery, but it's pretty hard to get past that signature hop aroma. Perhaps the faintest bit of chocolate malt and ginger in the background. In any case, the usual suspects for the hop character - tropical fruits, earthiness, white grapes, cat pee.

T - Unfortunately the taste isn't nearly as compelling. The Nelson Sauvin hop flavors fight with the orange peel, ginger, and overall spiced character of the beer. The roast and chocolate malt flavors also seem incongruous with the hops. Complex, and not overtly 'bad', but clashes and confuses more than it challenges and stimulates.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and a lightly sticky finish. Pretty easy to consume, but not particularly memorable.

D - Strange experience. I liked some aspects of the beer, but only insofar as they were reminiscent of another (far superior) beer from Revolution - the Nelson Sauvin-hopped Mr. Crowley. As far as Christmas beers go, this is actually one of the best ones I've had in recent memory, but I wish they'd just used the hops in an IPA of some sort instead.

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.

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 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 cadaugherty
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice addition to the RevBrew Lineup served in a big mug.

Appearance- Red/Amber hue with a big frothy head that holds for quite some time. The look of this beer just says holidays to me as it seems to glow in the mug.

Aroma- The ginger and orange peel come out immediately in a very pleasant way (not overwhelming the way many spiced beers can feel). For me the smell is the best part of this beer.

Taste- The spice notes are there along with just a touch of bitterness from the hops (which I am told are chinook). Again the spices are far from overwhelming and begin to fade about halfway through the beer.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit thinner than I would like but the creamy foam helps round it out a bit.

Drink- This is a beer that goes down easy and could easily be sessioned over the course of a long evening at the brewpub.

Overall this was a great beer to be greeted by after walking in from 25 degree weather and strong winds, which in my head is what a Christmas beer should be about.

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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing Company
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