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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 648
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 23.27%
Wants: 58
Gots: 85 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-21-2010

Originally brewed as the 100th beer at our brewpub, this strong pale ale packs a serious punch with massive hop flavor. Intense dry-hopping brings a deep, resinous, citrus blast reminiscent of cutting into a fresh bag of hop pellets.

90 IBU
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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty orange with an off-whitecreamy, two-finger head. Lots of action with the carbonation. Already leaving lacing from the head dissipation. Smells of piney citrus funk with much malt. Very Carmely and sweet taste. The bitterness is not overpowering. Kind of a honey-carmel taste coming through. A medium body in which there are two separate finishes of sweet and bitter. A beer in which the elements do not quite come together to compliment one, organized taste.

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

Really nice DIPA, but I wouldn't be able to put this in the top tier. I think this is a super solid offering from Revolution, but it did lack that dank quality that I want in the style. Not much fruitiness or balance.

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Photo of laketang
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured deep amber, dissipating head

scents of citrus (grapefruit)

malts and hops compliment each other well
nice touch of sweetness, almost honey like.

medium body, creamy smooth finishnot chewy.

a little like hopslam(poor mans version)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color with a short off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and caramel. Then a subdued grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good milder representation of style, while this was far from the hop-bomb that I was expecting, it’s still a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time especially if you want one that is on the less harsh side.

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Photo of smanson56
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangey tan color, The pour pretty much says it all. A west coast style heavily malt forward type DIPA. Thee is little to no flavor here except from the malts. there is a little bit of piney resin taste in the finish. I'll admit I'm not a fan of this type of DIPA but for this style it is an acceptable beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel copper color and clear. Lasting head which leaves a blanket of lace.

Aromatic and floral from an obvious dry hop. On the second whiff, I smelled some brown sugar but I would not describe this one as sweet.

Strong caramel base. The hop provides balance. Semisweet and chewy. Rich body with an elevated carbonation. The body is predictably full. The carbonation is low but creates good balance.

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Photo of Beglane
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes not quite as good as it smells, which is a bit of problem since it didn't smell all that great. Nothing is off, really, but it's not coherent. Starts bitter and piney, gets syrupy and biscuity, ends with strong nodes of booze. Totally okay, meh.

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

Bomber poured into a chalice

Clear russet , small layer of bubbles , scant lacings

Sweet malt aroma

Sweet malt taste

Good sudsing , malt lingering on the back of the tongue , medium mouthfeel

Good beer

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Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper and clear.

Juicy...tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Big hop presence.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium.

Very drinkable, I would buy this again.

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Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bombers on sale around Massachusetts. Reasonably priced and easy to find.

Pours limp and dark amber, a small white head that dissipates quickly with pretty minimal carbonation. Maybe I've been inured by the recent preponderance of high ABV beers, but this is seems pretty gull darn flat for only 8%.

Smells thick, hoppy, bitter, and alcoholic. Like an old-school DIPA. Malt smells syrupy, hops are piney. Intense but pretty decently balanced.

Tastes not quite as good as it smells, which is a bit of problem since it didn't smell all that great. Nothing is off, really, but it doesn't fully cohere. Starts bitter and piney, gets syrupy and biscuity, ends with strong nodes of booze. Totally okay.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bit fruity, bit malty. Good stuff. Great tropical fruit hoppiness that is balanced perfectly with the malt back bone. Not too bitter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with an impressive head that delivers the lace

Smell: Bold aromatics, with caramel and orange tones forward; there is a grainy/grassy/piney character in the back, however

Taste: Caramel forward, with the powerful malt base building as the hops emerge; orange tones start the parade but there is a grassy/piney character that builds to a resinous bitterness in the middle and through the finish, though the malts never recede

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A big, balanced beer that is straddles a fine line into DIPA territory; I prefer my beers in this genre a bit dryer but having had a few Revolution beers now I suspect that their brewers might not not agree with my preferences

Thanks, Sammy, for the opportunity

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nicely balanced offering from Revolution. There is a nice mix of copper/bronze/red on the pour - it looks outstanding. Juicy citrus forward hops meet a stellar malt backbone - honey and caramel notes allow the hops to stay mellow rather than take over here. Mouthfeel is full but not sticky or slick.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: light amber color great clarity soapy head that disappears quickly

S: light citrus then a light of piney resin smells like it might be a tad malty too

T: very resiny sticky piney a little bit malty more of a floral hop with a piney bite nice little bitterness on the end

M: medium feel nothing too exciting

O: Pretty classic tasting DIPA resiny piney with a decent malt backbone.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This a fantastic beer. My first Double Pale Ale but it's not overpowering at all. It's really well balanced. I want to try this on tap as soon as possible.

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Photo of ARoman
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from old notes - 12/20/2013*
On draft @ brewpub, poured into Tulip glass. First impression is slightly peachy when smelled. Also a slight roasty and earthy tone to the aroma. Pours sparkling clear amber-brown color with a hearty head, with small lace. Initially tastes of grapes, grapefruit, orange, and peaches. Has a bit of a caramel (or maybe honey) on the finish; caramel / honey is briefly intense, but dissolves quickly as the swallow. As the drink warms, it turns to a more apple flavor. It’s a very clean, crisp, fizzy mouth-feel. Leaves a very light, earthy coating to the mouth, but nothing like an IPA, nothing more than to be expected of an APA. A nice balance of sweet, bitter, and sour, without being too much of any one (although more sweet & bitter than sour). A bit more hop-kick than an American Pale, but not quite as hoppy as an IPA; reaches a happy medium somewhere in between.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: deep amber; light head
S: strawberry jam on toast; sticky maltiness;
T: assertive hoppiness; sweet but not molasses; bergamot; a bit citrus peel (lemon); honey
F: moderately carbonated; on thicker side for IPAs

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy copper/burnt orange color. Thick bleached-khaki head. Lots of lacing. Heavy candied citrus hoppiness along with a powerful malt backing. Caramel malt and a dried, darker malt presence that actually reminds me of a Scotch Ale. Flavor brings an initially zesty hop punch. Hops are less sweet than in the nose. Still, I notice the candied citrus. Some underlying pine. I enjoy the flavor more than the smell. It's less sweet. The malt actually portrays a bit more dryness than I was anticipating. This one packs on the bitterness. 90 IBU, no surprise. Fuller bodied. Underlying citrus aftertaste. Double Pale Ale...so it's a DPA instead of a DIPA. Pretty good.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Cow. This is a beauty. Thanks to @Kevinpitts for throwing this in to a trade. One of the best extras I've ever rec'd.
Stright up, hefty malt backbone. Biscuity and even hinting toward caramel. Zesty citrus leaning on the bright side, like tangerine. And a hint of weed. Yay!
Full in the mouth for style. I'm down with that. Finish is almost as glorious as the first sips.
I think this could make my PERMAWANT list.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep amber red body, and very clear if dark and hints of reddish bronze throughout the body. Very slow and plentiful rising carbonation capped with only a two finger head, off tan in color and a bit of a frothy appearance.

Aroma hints hop forward towards a zesty orange tangerine sort of citrus at first, but then takes over with quite a bit of caramel and even some classic malt biscuit notes. Some moderate dank qualities a bit, but a real interesting hop angle, which is subtle but able to find with a bit of exploring. Not bad…

Palate comes real nice and easy. Real good hints of solid grapefruit juice with a controlled sweetness. Malt comes into play with just a bit of cookie and caramel but stays away syrup or thick oily coating. Mellow hop angle for an imperial but noticeable and controlled, maybe even a little bit of herbality cooking it up in there too. Really excellent body, slightly juice and a real great feel down on the aftertaste that coats perfectly if surprisingly light.

This isn't really a hop heads brew, but it's a great wonderfully balanced one with just the right amount of oomph without going overboard. Really dig it.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep copper and hazy. The head is a finger-and-a-half thick and lasts for about 45 seconds or so. The bubbles seem aggressive as it pours, they almost look like soda bubbles, large and quick to get to the surface.

SMELL: Get your nose in this glass before that head fades, because it is an awesome smelling beer - delightfully piney with a ton of fruit; passion fruit, tangerine, mango, apricot. This smells sweet and inviting, yet still in a hoppy way.

TASTE: Wow. All of the fruit from the nose is here, but with some grapefruit, lemon and grass to balance it out. The tropical fruits really stand out and despite a slightly bitter start a caramel wave washes over the palate mid-sip for a sweeter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice, solid sparkle with a medium to big body, bigger than I expected. The balance leans towards the sweet side, but it is dry enough to make this exceedingly drinkable.

OVERALL: I’m still searching for a bad beer from Rev. and haven’t found it. As I have said with many a hoppy beers in the past, this one pairs quite nicely with a tangy blue cheese like Pt. Reyes. Glad I was able to pick this one up on my last trip to Chicago.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured a dark amber color. Very piney on smelling. When tasting, you get Pine, citrus and VERY hoppy. My wife brought me back this brew from Chicago when she went to visit one of our daughters.

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Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams glass because that's all I had at the time.

A: Poured crystal clear amber color with a pillowy 2-3 finger solid white head that clung to the glass.

S: Not an assault on the nose by any stretch of the imagination, but still had a good bit of piny, resiny assertiveness.

T: Quite a nice caramel, malt component with some bleached-out sweetness attached to the hop bill. Hibiscus flowers, and with a strong amber ale-like disposition overall.

M: Thick, but not syrupy, with a pitch perfect carbonation bill. Candy coated booze, very reminiscent of FFF Dreadnaught in that regard.

O: I'd easily have this again in a heartbeat, maybe next time, I'll even share the bottle.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Granted it is not my favorite beer by any means, this is a superbly balanced ale. Hops are definitely present, but not in a bitter way at all. Caramel malts with a pronounced citrus note, again not bitter at all just tons of hop flavor, juicy Ruby red grapefruit comes to mind, maybe a subtle hint of mango, lemon grass notes towards the finish.
The smell appears to mask the taste almost to a T, it's really good, especially out of the correct glass wear like an IPA glass.

Overall, solid double pale, and I get what they mean by double pale ale too, not agressive, this one is all finesse. Not my best write up, but I only had a minute or two, drove out of state on a limb in hopes to catch a few gems, and this was certainly one of my favs I brought back. Give this stuff a try, it's awesome! I'm glad I have one more.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This libation was served on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in a generic but highly stemmed tulip showing an amber-honey coloring. It held a brief half finger tall head of eggnog colored foam, leaving etched patterns of lacing down the glass as it went. A chill haze cut clarity without sediment to help it. Carbonation appeared to be active. The first whiff stung the nostrils with pine sap, oily citrics, and floral grassiness. This formally unified with dense and sticky caramel and burnt pale graininess, wheat cracker dryness, light boozy airs, biscuity esters, white rice, rye and pumpernickel breadiness, hardwood varnish, and pineapple syrups throughout the remainder of the aroma. The following taste came on a scathing wave of booziness and vinyl plastics. Beneath this were notes that included bready and biscuity pale and amber malts, choppy and drying caramel tannins, bright enough citric and piney hops, lactic creaminess, oily orange rind bitters, juicy canned mango and peach fruitiness, parchment paper, vegetal scallion zing, cooling banana esters, and black pepper and cinnamon spiciness. The body was fully medium, but a bit chewy around the edges, while carbonation remained as active as it looked. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all present, but slightly hindered by oily and slick the beer was off the top. This left a coating much in the same way as Anti-Hero does, but with more pucker and dryness from the booze that was left to demoisturize the palate. The abv was appropriately strong, and the beer sipped back accordingly.

Overall, this was one big beer. The description of “double pale ale” should be taken only loosely by the wary consumer. The hoppy sting off the nose is huge, setting the stage for an equal punch though the flavoring. This, however, came in the form of harsh and chemically booziness. Although a nice base layer is set for the sweetness and bitterness of the hops to flower from, they do so only partially. The result is a massive beer that is sadly not the most well-blended. As we’ve said numerous times in the past, all of the elements are there for a wildly scrumptious end product, but we just don’t see them coming together through the taste in the way we had hoped for. Very nitpicky, we know. We actually did enjoy this beer very much, that said. It was our second taste of Revolution, and again showcases how much power they can put behind their beers.

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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.