Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 40
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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:
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

(Beer added by: cadaugherty on 12-21-2010)
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Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 matjack85
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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 Treebs
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap Brixie's while waiting for the Parabola keg to get tapped. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a solid golden orange color with some yellowish colored head forming on the pour. It recedes to a decent ring and leaves some sticky lace.

S: Tropical fruits and apricot jam are mainly on the nose. The finish is lightly rounded out with some bready malts.

T: Nice orange and tangerine. Sweet marmalade. Some grass and bittering pine as well. Cracker malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, a little sticky, with a medium carbontion level. Nice sweet finish.

O: I definitely enjoyed this. The abv is at the perfect point and is well hidden. Definitely digging the sweet and tropical fruit notes.

Photo of NappyB
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/15/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #4 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

Very strong resin tones on the nose and the flavor profile. Hearty hop character is pushing through a fairly earthy/hoppy thing. I like this one. The citric hop bombs are nice, but the earthy-esqe ones are nice too. I can dig it.

Photo of Rado
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at On Photon, one of the highlights of the night...Dark gold with a copper tone, nice off white head, light lacing though...The aroma is citrus, acidic not sweet with some nice pine notes. Not a ton going on, but its decent enough...The taste is much better, bursting with citrusy hops, great balance. This is not as hoppy as you would think being a double, but I like it. I would drink this again.

Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Deep gold with bone white head with decent retention and tons of lacing. The nose is delightful. Aromatic floral hops with loads of mango and citrus with evidence of some malty sweetness and a decent touch of bitterness. Taste is hop forward with plenty of bittering hops up front. Mellows out to some nice citric notes. Great balance. Mouthfeel is relatively light for the style with medium to high carbonation. Overall, this is a great Dipa... Refreshingly hoppy with great balance and minimal boozieness.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ovaltine
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bomber I picked up at the Root Cellar in Cincinnati into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep copper, with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head, and medium visible carbonation.

S: A deep layered hoppiness hits you - primarily I get citrus and pine - under a bready malt with just a bit of sweetness.

T: Grapefruit hops, pine bitterness, and sweet malt with just a touch of caramel that's not offensive. Citrus rind bitterness in the hang.

M: Thick, sticky resin-y mouthfeel, only a bit of alcohol presence, and good carbonation sensation.

O: Not bad at all! Glad I picked this one up, although I don't know that I'd seek another one out. Solid, but not among the best in class.

Photo of joeseppy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
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 TWStandley
4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AMCimpi
4.16/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Distorting the notions of what is both Pale Ale and Imperial IPA, Revolution grows a Frankenstein-type ale that retains the even-keel balance of American Pale Ale but elevates the proportions of taste and strength to near imperial greatness.

Double Fist pours with a deep amber, approaching chestnut and mahogany hues. It's beautiful coloration is cast through a mostly clear elixir, albeing the slight gaze of cloudiness persists. Solid white in its foam stance, the beer's froth is steady, creamy, and shows good longevity. Intermittent lacing is yet another testament to well made ale.

The beer's aroma is that of standard pale ale- caramel scented malts and citrusy Pacific Northwest hops remain even, not allowing one set of aromas to pull ahead of the other; but the overall intensity is greater than is expected, suggesting that higher rates of both are employed. A tinge of alcohol lurks on while fruit stresses of tropical varieties pull from the sweetness.

Medium caramel sweetness saturates the taste buds early- giving a light cashew nuttiness, estery character of apple, apricot, and mango. But the middle palate draws upon hop flavors of grapefruit and orange peels, light pine, and an overall taste of gently muddled grass. As the beer turns to finish, it recedes in its sweetness and favors a hop-balance that develops deep resinous bitterness to close.

Medium-full in balance, the mouth registers IPA, but the lingering malt weight and residual sweetness hangs onto the palate to prevent premature dryness, crispness, or heat. But alas, the hop dryness wins out as the gripping bitterness outlasts the sweetness in its extended aftertaste.

It's interesting to see how Imperial IPAs begin to resemble the balance of standard American Pale Ale in most versions, where the IPA is stuck in the middle and become the most hop balanced and driest of the three. Revolutions off-centric thinking about elevated Pale Ale kinda flirts with the lines that separate these styles. But shouldn't a beer called "Double Fist" have more than one fist on the label?

Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a deep gold, clear, with an off-white fine head that dissipates slowly.

Smells of light biscuit malts and fresh citrusy hops. Some caramel.

Caramel and citrus hops over biscuit malts with some light honey and lemon elements.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation throughout.

A very nice hoppy pale ale, good flavor and aroma as well as a nice body. Very enjoyable and worth having.

Photo of brewskis
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of paulybunyan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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 mfavoino
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixie's.

Appearance: Bright amber-orange with a one finger head that left some spotty lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine really highlight the nose. Definitely a preview to the liberal amount of hops in this one.

Taste: Sweetness initially, citrus, grapefruit. Caramel malt softens it a bit and then the hops take over again for an aggressive finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a well-hidden abv. Flavor lingers on the palate.

Overall: Impressed with this DIPA and I think it goes above and beyond their Anti-Hero.

Photo of Jared14
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of shadytony
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.