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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 38
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Double Pale Ale"

(Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-21-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

WreckedPalate, Nov 15, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

TheBrewo, Nov 15, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Fist has a striking colour, something like pale mahogany meets orange peel. It is at once transparent and clouded, yet with fiery effulgence. There's nothing remotely "pale" - let alone "Double Pale" - about it. There's not much head either but a fine beading does sit atop.

The bouquet has a super concentrated abundance of laser sharp, high-definition hoppiness. Oceans of pine resin and torrents of festering citrus fruits burst from the glass fast and strong; this is a beer that introduces itself with a bold exclamation point. There's enough pulpy orange and pineapple juice to serve with breakfast (and enough toffee to have as dessert).

As much as I love me the hops - and lords knows I do love them - it's the mellow, dry but sticky caramel flavours that really grab my attention. The hints of brown sugar and walnut are scrumptious, and a perfect contrast to the stinging citrusy zest that concludes the sip.

For a beer that's designed to be formidably bitter, Double Fist goes down as easy and delectably as crème brûlée (in fact, there may be some flavour similarities there). Sure the hops haunt the finish, but it's their voluptuous, plump, borderline syrupy juiciness that have the longevity - and only a few of the 90 bristly IBUs. The 8% alcohol is terribly timid, basically a non-factor.

Nothing beats a Double IPA (or 'Double Pale Ale', as this is branded) that is sizable, serviceable, and sensational - Double Fist is a true triple threat. It is among the smoothest, most expressive, deeply balanced hop-bombs of recent memory. If any one of the Mid-West's DIPAs could be considered better than the others - I said *IF* - Revolution made a strong case for this one.

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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.