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Double Fist - Revolution Brewing Company

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 630
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 59
Gots: 79 | 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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 630
Photo of samuelp23
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: deep amber; light head
S: strawberry jam on toast; sticky maltiness;
T: assertive hoppiness; sweet but not molasses; bergamot; a bit citrus peel (lemon); honey
F: moderately carbonated; on thicker side for IPAs

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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 2beerdogs
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Cow. This is a beauty. Thanks to @Kevinpitts for throwing this in to a trade. One of the best extras I've ever rec'd.
Stright up, hefty malt backbone. Biscuity and even hinting toward caramel. Zesty citrus leaning on the bright side, like tangerine. And a hint of weed. Yay!
Full in the mouth for style. I'm down with that. Finish is almost as glorious as the first sips.
I think this could make my PERMAWANT list.

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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 StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep copper and hazy. The head is a finger-and-a-half thick and lasts for about 45 seconds or so. The bubbles seem aggressive as it pours, they almost look like soda bubbles, large and quick to get to the surface.

SMELL: Get your nose in this glass before that head fades, because it is an awesome smelling beer - delightfully piney with a ton of fruit; passion fruit, tangerine, mango, apricot. This smells sweet and inviting, yet still in a hoppy way.

TASTE: Wow. All of the fruit from the nose is here, but with some grapefruit, lemon and grass to balance it out. The tropical fruits really stand out and despite a slightly bitter start a caramel wave washes over the palate mid-sip for a sweeter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice, solid sparkle with a medium to big body, bigger than I expected. The balance leans towards the sweet side, but it is dry enough to make this exceedingly drinkable.

OVERALL: I’m still searching for a bad beer from Rev. and haven’t found it. As I have said with many a hoppy beers in the past, this one pairs quite nicely with a tangy blue cheese like Pt. Reyes. Glad I was able to pick this one up on my last trip to Chicago.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured a dark amber color. Very piney on smelling. When tasting, you get Pine, citrus and VERY hoppy. My wife brought me back this brew from Chicago when she went to visit one of our daughters.

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Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams glass because that's all I had at the time.

A: Poured crystal clear amber color with a pillowy 2-3 finger solid white head that clung to the glass.

S: Not an assault on the nose by any stretch of the imagination, but still had a good bit of piny, resiny assertiveness.

T: Quite a nice caramel, malt component with some bleached-out sweetness attached to the hop bill. Hibiscus flowers, and with a strong amber ale-like disposition overall.

M: Thick, but not syrupy, with a pitch perfect carbonation bill. Candy coated booze, very reminiscent of FFF Dreadnaught in that regard.

O: I'd easily have this again in a heartbeat, maybe next time, I'll even share the bottle.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Granted it is not my favorite beer by any means, this is a superbly balanced ale. Hops are definitely present, but not in a bitter way at all. Caramel malts with a pronounced citrus note, again not bitter at all just tons of hop flavor, juicy Ruby red grapefruit comes to mind, maybe a subtle hint of mango, lemon grass notes towards the finish.
The smell appears to mask the taste almost to a T, it's really good, especially out of the correct glass wear like an IPA glass.

Overall, solid double pale, and I get what they mean by double pale ale too, not agressive, this one is all finesse. Not my best write up, but I only had a minute or two, drove out of state on a limb in hopes to catch a few gems, and this was certainly one of my favs I brought back. Give this stuff a try, it's awesome! I'm glad I have one more.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This libation was served on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in a generic but highly stemmed tulip showing an amber-honey coloring. It held a brief half finger tall head of eggnog colored foam, leaving etched patterns of lacing down the glass as it went. A chill haze cut clarity without sediment to help it. Carbonation appeared to be active. The first whiff stung the nostrils with pine sap, oily citrics, and floral grassiness. This formally unified with dense and sticky caramel and burnt pale graininess, wheat cracker dryness, light boozy airs, biscuity esters, white rice, rye and pumpernickel breadiness, hardwood varnish, and pineapple syrups throughout the remainder of the aroma. The following taste came on a scathing wave of booziness and vinyl plastics. Beneath this were notes that included bready and biscuity pale and amber malts, choppy and drying caramel tannins, bright enough citric and piney hops, lactic creaminess, oily orange rind bitters, juicy canned mango and peach fruitiness, parchment paper, vegetal scallion zing, cooling banana esters, and black pepper and cinnamon spiciness. The body was fully medium, but a bit chewy around the edges, while carbonation remained as active as it looked. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all present, but slightly hindered by oily and slick the beer was off the top. This left a coating much in the same way as Anti-Hero does, but with more pucker and dryness from the booze that was left to demoisturize the palate. The abv was appropriately strong, and the beer sipped back accordingly.

Overall, this was one big beer. The description of “double pale ale” should be taken only loosely by the wary consumer. The hoppy sting off the nose is huge, setting the stage for an equal punch though the flavoring. This, however, came in the form of harsh and chemically booziness. Although a nice base layer is set for the sweetness and bitterness of the hops to flower from, they do so only partially. The result is a massive beer that is sadly not the most well-blended. As we’ve said numerous times in the past, all of the elements are there for a wildly scrumptious end product, but we just don’t see them coming together through the taste in the way we had hoped for. Very nitpicky, we know. We actually did enjoy this beer very much, that said. It was our second taste of Revolution, and again showcases how much power they can put behind their beers.

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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 kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy medium body. Big floral hop aroma. Taste is a dry resin with a good amount of pineapple. Ended up bringing a bottle of this home since it was pretty good.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - great Amber color with a big white head
Smell - strong bitter piney citrus hop smell with a good maltiness
Taste - not as strong as it smells but it still is strong with some chewiness to it. Everything else is very similar to smell, great malt backbone.
Feel - medium carbonation with a medium full body
Overall - yummy sticky dipa

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

2014-09-06: Sample poured at the Kedzie brewery.

Pours clear, bronze-golden with heavy lacing and light carbonation. Smell is very muted, but slightly piney.

Taste is pine and grapefruit, fairly straightforward. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

A: Copper and filtered with almost no carbonation, 3 fingers of off white beige tinged head with large and small bubbles.

S: Candy, malt, medicine, pine, ripe melon, taffy, fruity with a bit of evergreen.

T: Candy like syrup, then a fruity floral melon and pine mixture hits the tongue, leaving a big bitter hit as well. Numbing Japanese pepper lingers on the tongue. A good amount of sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy with a numbing finish, medium low carbonation.

O: Got this on at Whole Foods in Chicago, drank it in the burbs of Chicago Aug 15, 2014 after a day of shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets. I first saw it on Chicago beer podcasts like Hopcast, where I got interested in it. Glad to have found it.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color. Just under a finger worth of head on the pour which left sticky rings behind. Normal amount of active carbonation for the style, present but kept in check.

Smell: Orange peel, medium bodied fruits, and sweet toffee on the front. There is a peculiar oily, syrupy aroma that is very noticeable on the body and lingers throughout. Solid pine bite on the back end.

Taste: Light to medium bodied tropical fruits hit the palate first. Solid caramel and nutty malt backbone make you believe this is still a pale ale. Malt heaviness pulls up on the back end and a lighter sweetness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable for what it is. Hops and malt take it easy on the palate. Carbonation is on the lower end.

Overall: A pretty solid beer but nothing really stands out and makes you want to keep coming back. A double pale ale is an interesting style but they pull it off here with a big malt forward beer. Okay but Revolution has many other hop options I would go with before this.

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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 ONUMello
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Burnt orange/light brown color with a lingering two-finger head
S: Caramel, roasted malt, citrus & tropical fruit
T: Largely matches the nose. More sweet fruit/malt driven than hoppy, though the citrus/hop notes are there. Also hints of florals/earth
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: If this were drier it would be quite nice. I like the malt notes, but unlike many IPAs the malt is more in your face here than the hops

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty orange/amber body,
2 finger khaki head, stunning lacing

S: big grapefruit, pine, sweet malt
hint of orange peel

T: orange peel, lemon, sweet biscuit
malt, hint of rock candy, bitter pine
oily finish

M: med body, quite sticky/oily mouth

O: A Real treat! Fine blend of hops
and malt. Share with worthy friends.
This will be a repeat buy for me.


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Photo of matjack85
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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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 maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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 fruit...is 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.

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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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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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