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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

OGunner77, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  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?

BEERchitect, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

elevatedgreens, Apr 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BrewmanCapote, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bwarren82, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

polopaul20, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

vipguy814, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ajlvt, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mtbdonn, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Blavaq, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

ChrisMon02, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sluggo013, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

egrace84, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JakeMorgan13, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tuckersmth, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of ZDub
3.99/5  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.

ZDub, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

wyatt13, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

--Dom--, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of csparace
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

csparace, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Morey, Feb 25, 2013
Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.