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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 631
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 59
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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:
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 Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking orange yellow color with a decent looking head on top. The retention thins out and leaves a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice hoppy aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The taste of the beer gives off a subtle citrusy orange flavor with some sweetness blending in there from the malts. The mouthfeel is lighter, very drinkable and refreshing too. Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. I would enjoy having this one again someday.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Haymarket.

My little pre-wedding excursion continues with a stop in at Haymarket, presaging the future a bit with a Revolution brew to start things off. It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange rind, pine sap, and a swath of sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though with more pine and a touch of rubber, bringing things down a step or so. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda thick feel. Overall, a pretty solid "double pale ale", though certain aspects of the flavor detract ever-so-slightly.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution. Had a 5oz sample glass as well as a tulip a few days later.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind wisps on top and splotchy lace on the sides of the glass. Transparent golden body.

S - Spicy and zesty hops - Amarillo? Pine and citrus combo, with some earthy and herbal notes in the periphery. Light sugary malt backbone.

T - The taste is a tad less sweet, although still with a mild sugar cookie malt bill. Juicy citrus hops combined with earthy bitterness, and perhaps a touch of astringency. Good, but not as nice as the aroma.

M - Super dry, medium body, with medium-low carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the finish contains lots of enamel-coating hop resins.

D - A very nice beer that I look forward to purchasing in cans down the road. Multiple pours would get you pretty drunk, but I can think of worse fates.

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

Pours a white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a clear dark gold.

Aroma: Lots of juicy hops and fruits. Floral and grapefruit citrus with orange. A bit of pineapple. Light caramel sweetness.

Taste: More juicy hops. Fresh, floral, and earthy. Tons of citrus. Grapefruit and blood-orange. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a very tasty beer. Reminded me a little of shorts blood orange wheatwine. I like this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat syrupy, copper color. Light tan, one finger head and some residual foamage. Pretty
good bubbling.

Orange marmalade on a toasty biscuit. Just a little abv%. heat in the aroma.

Sweet and bitter orangey peel front and finish plays well with the toasted caramel malt flavors. Caramelized bread crust citric, orange peel flavors balance each other out very well. Bitter yet toasty and sweet.

Palate is resiny and warm on the finish. All in all a great sipping IPA from Chi-town.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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 barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - amber ale with a beige head, thick lacing
S - juicy, sweet, fruity, citric, tropical pineapple amd mango, caramel, grain
T - juicy hops, very sweet with caramel and toasted grain, fruity with pineapple and mango, faintly light stricken taste
F - full body, creamy, slightly resinous, mildly-dry finish, nice balance - actually more sweet than bitter - nice for a double pale ale
O - glad to try it. Well crafted; no complaints here.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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

Another beauty enjoyed at the Revolution brewpub, this one shows a solid copper color with a healthy off-white head and good lacing. The nose picks up bright citrus hops, a kind of grapefruit biscuit. Solid and convincing. The flavor is nice citrus over caramel rye. It’s pretty simple with a medium-plus body that borders on cloying in feel. I get some base malt backbone that’s sort of meaty. This is exactly what one should expect a good double PA to be. Revolution has impressed me on my first visit to the brewwpub.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.