Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 54
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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 Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this growler.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of dank hop notes, as well as some piney and resiny hops. This smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dank hop notes, but I also get some grassy hops as well as some biscuit malt and somewhat surprisingly, some very refreshing orange citrus hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer that I could drink several of.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer style captivates me, the artwork on the label has me sold, but the name Double Fist...c'mon. Okay I'm over it let's talk about the beer, excellent DIPA that's not dumb and boozy. That makes me happy, it looks delicious, deep amber ruby highlighted body with a light off white cream colored head, thick bubbled at first starts streaming fine effervescence. Dip the nares into your chalice, we have pine citrus and floral players from the hop industry dig further and I get pure hop bliss it's that combination of different hops that just serenade the senses and have converted most of us to a conglomerate of beer nuts who call ourselves hopheads. The revolution or change that this beer influences is backing the hops with minimal sweetness finishes almost bone dry with ample hop bitterness and flavor without tripping into barleywine territory. The nose let's you know that there's candy coated hops interwoven throughout this beer, but that first mouth puckering bitterness balanced by subtle sweet caramelized sugars, tropical fruits, citrus, and earthy pine has me begging for another sip. Flavor doesn't let me down in fact for some odd reason it's the mouthfeel the slick oily hops I come to know and love a bit resinous with lingering waves of bitter citrus peel, you might as well brush with a combination of hop pellets and soda water. Okay not that bad but it's one dimension of a really nice beer that could have gone better, carbonation satisfies not overdone just right for this papa bear, however it's the slick oily resinous mouthfeel that clings to your teeth and doesn't let go...oh wait that's what hopheads really enjoy. Okay overall a great DIPA that's not in the ridiculous 10 to 12 percent zone keeps it real and hoppy with an 8% abv, that is just about approachable if not mouth watering for a hophead like myself.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful rich caramel color. Thin head that goes away pretty quickly. There is an off smell to my beer, but that is quickly erased by the taste. Not much citrus smell, but a great balance in the flavor. Started off a little weak for me, but after a few sips the citrus and malts really opened up the beer. Quite enjoyable in the end.

Photo of weonfire
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at Revolution Brewery in Chicago, IL in a 5oz sample glass.

A - Golden, light patchy lacing

S - mellow citrus, carmel, lemon, hint of grapefruit

T - Hoppy citrus and carmel. 7/10 bitterness. get a bit of the booze on the finish.

M - Thick but not frothy, med/full body

O - Descent. Loads of hops and dry citrus. Wish is was a bit sweeter, the booze hidden a bit more and more frothy. love the hops tho.

Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a neat fresh rolled copper sheen to the pour. Off-white dense head.

Subtle nuances of flora and fruit medley. Hoppy and lite pine tar. Nothing really screaming out-I'm here!

Deep rustic dry hop and pine resins. Just enough malt sweetness to support as such. Leans more bitter than sweet.

Creamy, smooth, clean and cuuurushable!

Great hop lineup of Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Amarillo. Getting nice little whack off of one bottle. When can we expect this in 4/6 pack can/bottle format? Really!! This is one freak'in great concoction!

Photo of SomethingClever
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour. Insane lacing coated the glass. Solid rich foamy head.

S - Spicy hop scent. Had some peppery component. A bit of pine is noted as well.

T - Very hop forward bitterenss with some earthy spice and little heat to it. A slight amount of citrus is there, but unlike Iron Fist this had much more of a pungent, robustness to the oily hop flavor.

M - Coates the tongue and lingers. your taste buds are killed after this guy, but that's why we drink DIPA's.

O - Found it a cool local hop-bomb, but I enjoyed Iron Fist as a more enjoyable beer. Worth the ride for one glass.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Revolution over lunch

from notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, bright straw-orange body, nice fluffy white cap with a sticky lace

smell: nice citrus zest, tropical fruit, a touch of spice, sweet

taste: this was really good - fresh and flavorful, citrus zest, grapefruit, blood orange, sweet sugars, light pine needle, mango, a light alcohol warming. The best beer I had @ revolution on this day

mouthfeel: relatively light with low bitterness but a nice zesty hop profile

overall: solid stuff

Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the Double Fist is a good DIPA. I had it on tap at the Prime Bar in Chi-town. The beer poured a nice clear amber with good slightly off-white head that left a lace. The smell and taste were powered by hints of pine and citrus. The taste also included a nice malt balance. The body was full and good carbonation was present. Overall....quite nice.

Photo of StanleysCup
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved it - malts perfectly complemented the intense hops. Carbonation made this eminently drinkable. Go Blackhawks!

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the leftovers Chris. Poured into a goblet, bright copper orange color, lasting foam that sticks to the sides, leaving a sticky collar of lacing. Super bright jewel tone clarity.

Big citrus peel aroma, papaya, burly caramel malt base in the background. The opposing hop & malt sides of the aroma work well together, intertwining and complimenting one another.

Silky smooth, velvety sticky sweet. Resiny hops, fruity, tropical, and earthy. Some light toffee notes from the malt peek through in the back. Medium bodied, but light enough to easily make it through a couple glasses. Nice work here, hope this falls into regular rotation at the brewpub.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, and some caramel malt. Taste is just like the aroma, it's full of pine/citrusy hops and caramel malt. There's also a nice lingering piney bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and sticky with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. $8.99 a bomber.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color with a nice head

Very good depth with a lot of citrusy aromas, hops, and a lot of florals too

Medium/full bodied with a real good and smooth feel. Well balanced with good hop flavors of oranges, citrus and hops

one of the best offerings from rev. Great feel and flavors while not feeling the alcohol. There are a good amount of hop characteristics to it, but it isn't overwhelming

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8% ABV, Dec05.12

A - Caramel-hued golden amber in color, Double Fist pours quietly, generating very little head despite how increasingly taller I poured. A hearty swirl roused up some tan foam which sank to a thin skim while leaving some wispy lace on the glass.

S - A spicy prick of pine needle and toasted pine cone emerge from behind the modest tropical fruit notes of passion fruit and mango; decidedly hoppy but not quite the monster one might expect from a double IPA...then again, this a double "pale ale" (wouldn't that be an IPA?). The malt backbone is complimentary, adding toffee and caramel notes around the toasted bread sweetness for a round, approachable hoppy beer.

T - Hops continue to shine forwards despite the well-balanced malt backbone. It's reminiscent of a "stronger" IPA though, again, a little less than one might expect from a "double IPA". Mango and passion fruit press beyond the earthy pine notes and are supported nicely by toasted wheat bread, caramel, and toffee undertones.

M - A smooth entry leads the way into a robust and round - though not quite full - body that finishes with a moderately bitter kick, putting a wonderful kibosh on Double Fist.

O - Many brewers I meet seem to have a problem with the designation "Black IPA" as the "P" stands for "pale". I find myself in the same predicament with "Double Pale Ale". Isn't that essentially an IPA, not a double IPA? Nit-picking aside, if one imagines this beer as a "double pale ale" and not double IPA, it's quality is immediately increased. Double Fist doesn't quite fit the mold of a double IPA but it's not bad either. Thinking of a pale ale and doubling it, however absurd that would become, makes this beer make sense. The hoppiness is there, the malt backbone is there, Double Fist is a great beer; brewed very well, showcasing hops with an underlying maltiness for a balanced and moderately bitter brew.

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of matjack85
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $6.99. No freshness date. Their web site says this is their 100th beer.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/copper color with a big 3-finger white head that lasted a long time. Very nice lacing as well.

The beer smelled fruity with piny hops and a bit of caramel malt.

Pineapple//orange flavor with lots of piny hop bitterness (90 IBUs). Plenty of caramel malt sweetness and bready malts for balance.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel with medium/high carbonation. Full bodied.

Another winner from Revolution.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a clear copper color with an ample cap of off-white head.

Nose is piney and fruity with a hefty dose of toffee malts. Little bit of sweetness mixes with some serious hop aroma...think grapefruit Blow Pop....if they existed.

Ohhh, taste is smooth as silk with a minty hop presence and malts that range from caramel to toast to biscuit. I like it, goes down really easy and it has a great flow - in fact, it doesnt really have a beginning, middle and end. It is really just one solid dose of well balanced hop/malt flavors. Its a little thin on the mouthfeel, but other than that I am enjoying this beer quite a bit. The sum is better than the parts I think in this case, as nothing really stands out - but I'll be damned if I wouldnt want this one in my fridge on a regular basis.

Photo of Etan
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the first bottling into a tulip..

A: Pours a dark brass with a small head of coarse white bubbles.

S: Aroma of tropical fruit jumps out immediately, just as much as with Anti-Hero. Aggressive pineapple, tangerine, grass, biscuit malts.

T: Earthy bitterness, sweet grapefruit and grass, vanilla, resinous leaf, full bready malt, bit of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with a brief wave of carbonation.

O: The guys at Revolution really know how to nail a hoppy aroma. Really nice DIPA.

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A: Copper and filtered with almost no carbonation, 3 fingers of off white beige tinged head with large and small bubbles.

S: Candy, malt, medicine, pine, ripe melon, taffy, fruity with a bit of evergreen.

T: Candy like syrup, then a fruity floral melon and pine mixture hits the tongue, leaving a big bitter hit as well. Numbing Japanese pepper lingers on the tongue. A good amount of sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy with a numbing finish, medium low carbonation.

O: Got this on at Whole Foods in Chicago, drank it in the burbs of Chicago Aug 15, 2014 after a day of shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets. I first saw it on Chicago beer podcasts like Hopcast, where I got interested in it. Glad to have found it.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Powered from bomber bottle into snifter glass. Bottle dated 2/21/13. Pours copper/amber and leaves a resinous lacing around glass. Head is 1 finger white, creamy settles quickly. Beer is very clear.

Aroma has lots of nice pine and orange rind swept over with some bready sweet notes.

Taste starts off awesome. Has nice kick of bitterness pine that lasts with a finish of caramel, toffee and a bit too sweet of finish with the malts. Can do with a bit less of caramel malt in the beer but has great combo of pines, malmamade, mango, orange rind.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very easy drinking like a regular IPA.

A great showing. Hop character is outstanding that can be felt throughout the taste. Could be better if the hops were highlighted a bit more with less special malts. More muted for the style, could be an ipa.

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pops for the assist!

A: Pours a beautiful brassy gold. Decent cloudiness underneath two fingers of off-white foam. Retention was very good, but not too much lace was left behind.

S: Major hops. We could smell this sitting on the kitchen counter right after we took the cap off. Loads of citrus and spicy pine. Lurking underneath all of the hoppiness was a faint whiff of brown sugar.

T: See above. Pine and citrus hops permeate every single taste bud on m'tongue.

M: Big bitter blast of hops that is kept in line by the aforementioned brown sugar sweetness. That sweetness does a great job of making the alcohol absolutely transparent.

O: An excellent and supremely drinkable DIPA. They hit the ground running with this one.

Photo of cnbrown313
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find out that Revolution was releasing their beers in bottles, so I picked one of these up as soon as they came in - $8.99 for a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a orangish golden brown with a good 2 finger head and some nice lacing.

S - I was expecting hops, and that's exactly what it smells like. Citrus and pine aromas that have become familiar with almost all DIPA's.

T - Grapefruit and piney hops up front, with a semi-sweet malt back. Overall it was a very tasty DIPA, but it didn't quite have that "wow" factor or anything that would really differentiate it from the other good DIPAs on the market. The booze is masked nicely however.

M - Medium bodied mouth feel and good carbonation. I prefer the mouth feel on something like a Union Jack or a Ruination more, for the style.

O - I was glad to have tried one of these. After I had this bottle, I sampled a West Coast IPA from Green Flash, and I like that much more. But overall, this was a good beer.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - great Amber color with a big white head
Smell - strong bitter piney citrus hop smell with a good maltiness
Taste - not as strong as it smells but it still is strong with some chewiness to it. Everything else is very similar to smell, great malt backbone.
Feel - medium carbonation with a medium full body
Overall - yummy sticky dipa

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a medium copper color with a single-finger white head. Little bit of lacing and a nice collar as it eventually falls down. The nose brings forward a good dose of citrus as well as some mild pine. Nothing too exceptional, but pretty good. The taste is along the same lines, though quite a bit more malt comes out in the taste than in the feel. The feel is pretty good with nice bitterness. Drinks pretty well for the ABV, but I didn't like this nearly as well as the Anti-Hero.

Photo of MCain04
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler fill at the Brewpub. For $26/fill, this better be damn good. Poured into Vault Brewing 16 oz snifter.

Appearance: Deep amber and clear. 2 fingers off-white head with good retention and lacing. Good-lookin' brew

Smell: Floral, grassy hops, with some grapefruit and citrus notes. Slight bit of malt and honey on the nose. Not overwhelming aromatic but it's nice.

Taste: Modest amount of hops in the taste, but a lot of bittering hops that stick on the palate for a while after the swallow. Not very bready or malty.

Feel: Quite smooth throughout, exceptionally dry on the finish.

Overall: This is a solid beer that I could enjoy several times in a sitting. However, there are better offerings out there for the double pale ale style (see Half Acre's Double Daisy Cutter) and at the ridiculous price of $26/growler (and $9/22 oz bottle), I likely won't be coming back to it often.

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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.