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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 610
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 57
Gots: 72 | 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:
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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 610
Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 JamesMN
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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 dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 sleuthdog
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Appearance: Double Fist is a copper-orange color with a very slight haze. It is actually quite clear and almost "shiny" in the glass. The head was about a finger size of an off white color that dissipated quickly. Lacing is evident and sticky in appearance.

Smell: Pine and citrus both jump out. I get grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple. There is grass and also some bready malts to round it out.

Taste: not so much if the citrus on the palate as in the nose. More of the grassy and pine hop bitterness especially at the back end in the form of a puckering bitterness. Up front is a very slight sweet at first but then the beer opens up to its true nature. It's mid palate that the resinous hops kick in and follow through to the swallow. It actually sticks around well after the swallow as well. I'm also getting a spice note here that may be from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A pretty big bitter feel on this one that is somewhat balanced by the initial hint of sweetness. Good amount of carbonation and a medium mouthfeel with a sticky character as well.

Overall: This being my first offering from Revolution I was impressed. I very nice easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased, consumed, & reviewed on 9/25/12. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Listed as a "double pale ale", this piqued my curiousity. Pours a nice medium amber color: generous amount of pillowy white head. On the nose: a bit of booze, and a bit of a yeast-like smell, and a touch of earthy hops. The taste leads with carmel malts, and finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness on the back of the palate.

I can see that DF is not DIPA: it lacks a true hop punch at any particular point. It is pleasant & smooth: only booziness is detected on the nose. Glad that I gave it a go, and would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date marked on the bottle. Thank you Wes.

A: Golden-orange in color with great clarity. Two inch white head settles after a short time, but a thin slip of head always remains. Spidery lacing sticks to the glass.

S: An explosion of citrus fruits on the nose. Lots of tangerine and clementine. Wet leaves, cannabis. Melon and grapefruit rind. Smells like citra. Slight pepper and tropical esters. Malt backbone is toasty, bready, and a touch crusty. Slight caramel as well.

T: Tangerine and clementine on the forefront. Grapefruit rind, pine resin, and toasted hemp seeds. A second wave of tropical fruit hits the palate with passion fruit, kiwi, and honeydew melon. Slightly peppery alcohol. Tea leaves and a hint of tobacco. Firm malt backbone tastes of sweet bread, caramel, and toffee. Malt base is sweeter than the nose suggested. Finishes with bread crust, lingering citrus notes, and hop oils.

M: Firm and thick in body. Velvety smooth and almost chewy. Moderate carbonation pricks at the tongue with a very mild seltzery effect. Light warmth on the swallow from the alcohol.

O: One of the few 'double pale ales' that I've had that actually tastes like a big American pale rather than an IPA/DIPA. The firm, well-textured malt backbone and a distinctly focused and aggressive hop profile set it apart. I guess one could make the argument that it's an 'East Coast' style DIPA. Let's not split hairs. Regardless of what you call it, it's a great beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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 vic21234
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No date listed on the bottle, but should be fairly new.

A- Pours a cloudy orange/ amber with a small amount of off-white head that quickly fades. Sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of citrus in this one; aromas of grapefruit and mango. Otherwise a sort of sweet maltiness is noted as well.

T- Unlike the smell, I get some piney resin in the overall hop bitterness in the taste. Nice maltiness is still there also. No citrus to really speak of in the taste.

M- Lighter side of medium-bodied, nice carbonation, good bitterness.

A nice DIPA from Chicago. Recently started seeing bottles of this at my local shop. A good one to give a try for sure.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Tired Hands

A: Pours a fairly clear amber orange color. No head at all, just a ring of bright white around edges. Not a lot of lacing, if any.

S: Still smells nice and hoppy. Lots of pink grapefruit on this one. Big bitter citrus hints. Minimal maltiness.

T: This might be a little past it's prime but still tasty. Nice hop bitterness up front. More pine than fruit at this point. The malt kicks in more that I assumed in the mid mouth. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Some chew.

O: B

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Photo of Etan
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the first bottling into a tulip..

A: Pours a dark brass with a small head of coarse white bubbles.

S: Aroma of tropical fruit jumps out immediately, just as much as with Anti-Hero. Aggressive pineapple, tangerine, grass, biscuit malts.

T: Earthy bitterness, sweet grapefruit and grass, vanilla, resinous leaf, full bready malt, bit of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with a brief wave of carbonation.

O: The guys at Revolution really know how to nail a hoppy aroma. Really nice DIPA.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find out that Revolution was releasing their beers in bottles, so I picked one of these up as soon as they came in - $8.99 for a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a orangish golden brown with a good 2 finger head and some nice lacing.

S - I was expecting hops, and that's exactly what it smells like. Citrus and pine aromas that have become familiar with almost all DIPA's.

T - Grapefruit and piney hops up front, with a semi-sweet malt back. Overall it was a very tasty DIPA, but it didn't quite have that "wow" factor or anything that would really differentiate it from the other good DIPAs on the market. The booze is masked nicely however.

M - Medium bodied mouth feel and good carbonation. I prefer the mouth feel on something like a Union Jack or a Ruination more, for the style.

O - I was glad to have tried one of these. After I had this bottle, I sampled a West Coast IPA from Green Flash, and I like that much more. But overall, this was a good beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pops for the assist!

A: Pours a beautiful brassy gold. Decent cloudiness underneath two fingers of off-white foam. Retention was very good, but not too much lace was left behind.

S: Major hops. We could smell this sitting on the kitchen counter right after we took the cap off. Loads of citrus and spicy pine. Lurking underneath all of the hoppiness was a faint whiff of brown sugar.

T: See above. Pine and citrus hops permeate every single taste bud on m'tongue.

M: Big bitter blast of hops that is kept in line by the aforementioned brown sugar sweetness. That sweetness does a great job of making the alcohol absolutely transparent.

O: An excellent and supremely drinkable DIPA. They hit the ground running with this one.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 socon67
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour. Insane lacing coated the glass. Solid rich foamy head.

S - Spicy hop scent. Had some peppery component. A bit of pine is noted as well.

T - Very hop forward bitterenss with some earthy spice and little heat to it. A slight amount of citrus is there, but unlike Iron Fist this had much more of a pungent, robustness to the oily hop flavor.

M - Coates the tongue and lingers. your taste buds are killed after this guy, but that's why we drink DIPA's.

O - Found it a cool local hop-bomb, but I enjoyed Iron Fist as a more enjoyable beer. Worth the ride for one glass.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.15/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Durge
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 elNopalero
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a ruby amber color. Not quite what I’d expect from a double IPA but it looks good nonetheless. It has a pleasing grassy hop aroma and a chewy pine flavor. There’s a sharp hop bittering that’s every bit as pronounced as you’d expect from a DIPA and a dry, chewy, grassy-pine hop finish.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 KDawg
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange amber in color. Served with a finger or so of small bubbled (very) off white head. Decent retention and some moderate lacing.

S: smell is mostly citrus hops with some tropical fruit all
Mixed with alcohol.

T: much like aroma. Citrus hops, caramel
Malts, some light tropical fruits. Alcohol comes on strong.

M: medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness. Heavy alcohol - too heavy.

O: good, but too alcoholic and boozy.

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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.