Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 590
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.67%
Wants: 56
Gots: 69 | 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:
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 barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Drucifer for this bottle off my wants, dropped on me at an in-person trade at Darkness Day. If I hadn't been so drunk, I'd probably remember doing the trade. What was is, 8PM? Whatever. I think I've finally recovered. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The big reveal is orange. With moderate carbonation. Looks like like a beer with hops. Nose dials up the interest level, with quarter-tons of tropical the papaya? Lots of malts sweetness. Certainly distinctive.

Double Fist doesn't quite deliver the tittering thrills the name promises. Caramel malt sweetness sweeps outwards from the point of contact with only a moderate level of hop bitterness. That strange, attractive fruit stranger rises again in middle of the beer. Toffee, mango, slight spiciness show themselves briefly. Malt reasserts itself on the end. Pretty heavy for the ABV. A half bomber is plenty.

Intriguing, but ultimately too heavy on the malt to really shine. Good beer. (973 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a very cloudy amber color, nice 1.5 finger of creamy white head. big thick lacing.
S - Big sweet malt is the dominant quality in the aroma, some dried fruits, pine, citrus zest, caramels.
T - Very sweet taste, some overly ripe mango, payapa, big caramel malt presence, some underlying pine.
M - This was the best part, this extremely creamy between the head an the body, almost a silky kinda porter-like quality to it.
O - Not pale by any means and very sweet, while not for everyone, I think its a good try. I fell in love with the velvety texture to this one. (595 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bought for $9 at The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL. Bottled 4/12/13 ... a touch old, since it's 7/9, but I'll make it work. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Clear, and dark amber in color. There's a great finger or two of sand colored head that lasts for quite awhile. Sticky lacing only lasts near the top of the glass.

Smell: Just bursting with hops, as I'd expect given the style. Massive tropical fruit-esque aromas sit on top of a slight alcohol note. Caramel malts seem to be buried in the background. Smells awesome.

Taste/feel: Rather than tropical fruits, the flavor has a pretty huge pine flavor with some sticky resin. The front is a lot of pine, then it's grassy, then spicy for just a moment, and then the finish is of rich (and somewhat "dirty" or "dusty") tasting malt to balance it all out almost perfectly. The alcohol that I pick up in the smell only comes through *slightly* as a warmth in the mouth. As I was expecting with this brew, there's a solid body to it with just a slight prickly carbonation that makes the taste buds come alive.

I think I'm in love. This is outstanding stuff. I notice some people say that this is overly sweet, but I don't get that vibe at all. If anything, it's maybe a *touch* unbalanced because of BITTERNESS and not sweetness. IIPAs that I've had tend to be sweeter than bitter, so this is actually sort of unusual for me.

Double Fist is my second and last beer from Revolution that I brought home from Chicago over the weekend... I need more. I fucking NEED MORE. Anti-Hero is a fantastic, sessionable IPA, and this is basically a "World Class" Imperial, in my opinion. Worth seeking out. (1,672 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #4 from my DIY Chicago care package.

Bright shinny amber, excellent clarity, multiple carbonation streams, topped by two fingers of fluffy foam.

Big bold fruity aroma with a solid pine undertone.

Tidal wave of sweet malt engulfs the mouth. Some fruity juice squeezes loose. Second tidal wave, this time big bitterness, crashes at he swallow. Fruit fights it way back up in the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel, chewy.

Revolution continues to impress. (461 characters)

Photo of smbslt
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think globally - drinking locally

A - very clear, copper colored, very fine carbonation generating and sustaining a finger and a half of dense fluffy head.

S - Hops for sure with grassy/vegetation making it more interesting

T - The fists' bitter hoppy sweetness grabs hold and alcohol pulls you down. Malt completes the triumvirate (should it be named Triple Fist) and keeps it from becoming completely ephemeral.

M - adhesive but not cloying. It decides when you have had enough.

O - Well done 2x. (503 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,847 characters)

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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? (2,069 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,941 characters)

Photo of ZDub
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A gentle pour into a tulip snifter leads to a thick 1 inch light wheat-colored head. This one has a very appealing deep amber color which I like quite a bit. The aroma was good, not great. Mostly pine and grass notes, not overpowering like some IIPA's. this beer has creamy-medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of piney hops, I didn't detect much citrus if any at all. The bottle says 8% ABV, but the alcohol didn't come through one bit, instead it was masked nicely by soft Carmel malt notes. Overall I felt this beer was very well balanced, smooth, drinkable, and quite solid. I'll have it again. (605 characters)

Photo of csparace
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured into matilda glasses with a one finger head that dissipated quickly. crazy carbonation. golden rosin color.

S - orange with hints of caramel and pine. slightly bready.

T - definitely on the smooth side of things. pretty bitter on the aftertaste which sticks around. roasty feeling. not as in the face hoppy as expected. more malty bitter than hoppy.

M - lips have the sticky touch. slight alcohol bite.

O - nicely balanced. smooth. medium body. great carbonation and refreshing. little heavy for after the lawn beer.

Bottled on 3.5.2013. Four days old. (572 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Small creamy white collar on a light copper/burnt orange. Slight chill haze. Minor carbonation.

Smell: Orange marmalade. Vague peppery spice coupled with a mellow tropical aroma. Some pithy bitterness. Oily pine. Sweet caramel malts. Bready, slightly toasted. Some pale malt sweetness. Hints of mint and alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sweet, roasted, caramelized malts. A nice toasted edge. Hops push a big floral component with a solid herbal spiciness. Some grapefruit rind and oily pine needle. Orange marmalade and flaky biscuit. Some mint. Alcohol on the back with some aspirin like bitterness. Pale breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry, but clean overall.

Overall: Throw up your Double fist if you're feeling it when I drop this.

A nice imperial pale ale. Hopped in a slightly unique way that works well with the lighter malt body. (929 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (517 characters)

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

22 oz bottle, bottled on December 5, 2012, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a clear dark amber / copper color, produces a finger of head that recedes to a wisp, leaves nice lacing.

S- Some bitter, fruity hops, lots of grapefruit and orange, behind it is a big caramel aroma.

T- Some pine and some fruit (mango, orange rind and grapefruit), has a pretty big caramel sweetness that takes over until close to the finish, when some piney bitterness becomes more noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth, slightly chewy feel.

O- A solid beer, highly drinkable and with invisible booze for 8.30%, worth a shot, but IMO it could do with a bit less sweetness. (684 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, this is a relatively old bottle (bottle date 3/5/12), so I'm guessing the hops have subsided a bit. Therefore I am being a bit more lenient on the aroma/taste portions.

A - Body is caramel colored. 1 finger of off-white head. Decent retention. Tons of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet tropical fruit up front. Undertones of pine trees and sweet orange peel. I also detect just the slightest hint of bubblegum.

T - Rich and caramely up front. Very decadent opening to a DIPA. As I mentioned, the hops are bound to have faded a bit, but nonetheless I still get a hefty dose of mango, bitter grapefruit and lemongrass in the middle all the way through to the finish. Good amount of bitterness, but I could almost stand for more. This beer is smooth and balanced all around, no rough edges.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the hops. Finish is a bit sticky, but overall quite dry and refreshing. (935 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber-gold in color, with a moderate-to-short head of off-white foam
Aroma-Juicy, citrus hops
Taste-Toasted malt, white grapefruit, plenty of hop flavor and bitterness throughout.
All in all, a nice offering. Worth a try. (277 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber/caramel hue with a very thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet hops and caramel malt.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness with a piney/citrusy hop flavor. Good malt bill on this one that creates a decent balance to combat the bitterness. Slightly dry finish. Actually a decently juicy IPA. Don't taste any of the 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and actually thinner than I expected for a double. Above average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A pretty good Imperial IPA. Delivers a smooth flavor and nice drinking experience. Would I drink it again? Yeah, sure. (571 characters)

Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.