Fist City | Revolution Brewing

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Fist CityFist City

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Last summer, we aimed to create a mega pale ale with our friends from Big Star restaurant. Our result; Fist City, a crushable Chicago pale ale named after the Loretta Lynn tune. It is brewed with lots of 2 row and red wheat with a little specialty malt for a beautiful golden hue. A blend of Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Cascade and Crystal hops give the beer its flavor and aroma. This beer is meant to be a supremely drinkable brew for those who love hops. Magnificent California hop aromas play in perfect harmony with this brew’s extremely satisfying finish.

40 IBU

Added by Hopfist on 06-02-2014

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 656
Photo of SaltofOH
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can filled 3-13-17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a bright gold with 1 finger white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. A few lazy streams of bubbles flow up. Lacing is fair and retention poor.

S: potent floral and citrus hop 1-2 punch. Subdued crackers malt. Smells like a pretty standard IPA with the volume turned down.

T: remarkably similar to Thunderlips. Dry citrusy arrival, turns to a little floral hop with clean and crackery malt middle. Saltines or matzoh. Not a lick of sweetness before it transitions into a middling bitterness, with lingering floral tones.

M: heavier side of light bodied with lower carbonation than I'd like for the style. Crisp and clean, pretty clean but not astringent.

O: If I had them side by side, I'd be hard pressed to tell this and Thunderlips apart by smell or taste. Thunderlips was better looking with slightly thicker and more carbonated feel. Pretty standard fare for the new wave APAs. If I lived in Chicago, this would probably be in my fridge constantly (if I cooldn't find Daisy Cutter). It's good, relaxed, and unpretentious fun hoppy beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a thick, off-white head of foam. Lots of lacing. It smelled of citrus, grapefruit and pine. A nice caramel sweetness with a sharp, citrusy hop bite.

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Photo of Stooven
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried something new that I didn't think of the last time I drank Fist City, two years ago: poured it into a glass. Straight from the can, I simply could not believe that Revolution continued to produce this beer in such quantities. But from a glass -- yes, now I understand. 12 oz can dated Jan 25, 2017, poured into snifter. Strange, because the Hero beers are all perfectly delightful from the can. Would certainly buy again and more frequently. The grapefruit is strong with this one.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A hometown favorite here. Revolution always brings with it high expectations.

Poured from the traditional Revolution can into a standard pint.

A: Pours a nice gold color. Slight head is soapy. Streaming carbonation. Opaque.

S: Piney hops shine through. Some citrus. That's the extent.

T: Citrusy hops throughout. Picking up on some grapefruit - maybe some orange and lemon peel as well. Hoppy for the style.

M: Medium-to-heavy in body. Unexpected for the style. Carbonation is fairly heavy as well (expected for the style). On the wetter side.

O: An enjoyable beer. Unexpectedly flavorful. Feels a bit out of season as I sip it in December - feels a little more 4th of July than Christmas. Even thinking it could be a good lawn-mowing beer in the summer. Revolution never disappoints and it didn't this time, either. Solid.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very crisp & drinkable pale ale. It certainly has a hop bite to it - more along the IPA lines than an APA - but it has a good malt backbone to smooth that out & bring it together. Simple but well-made.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a can of this during a trip to Chicago in April. It was a fairly good pale ale, with a reasonable ABV and nice hop profile. I'd buy more of it if available in Kentucky. However, it does not make the cut for Chicago area beers to bring back given the stiff competition.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a clear mug shows a light hazy straw body covered with a 1/2in white head that settles to a light cap and ring with minimal lacing.
Aromas of tangerine and pine flow into the taste with bitter hops stepping in without overpowering.
Feel is light with low carbonation and a not quite wet finish.
Very smooth drinking beer for any outdoor activity.

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Photo of laketang
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz can , canned 5-27 2016
a bit hazy, deep straw, nice white bubble head
floral, citrusy, orange. the orange is prominent
tropical fruit, some lite bitterness, tangy.
could use a little more sweet flavors, just a touch
thin mouthfeel, pleasing bitterness, creamy, zesty

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a little bit of haze. The head of the brew is tiny and fades fast to leave a hint of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of bready and caramel aroma mixed with some fruit sweetness of a tropical fruit nature. Along with these smells comes some notes of a grapefruit hop and a little bit of a doughiness.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready and sweeter taste with the sweeter being mainly of a tropical fruit nature, but also containing some flavors of caramel as well. The sweetness remains strong with some hop flavors later joining the profile. The hop starts out largely as grapefruit, but are joined by some other tastes of a floral and pine nature. IN the end the mix of flavors, leaves one with a rather sweet, and lightly hopped (but smooth) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is thick and chewy for a pale ale and has a lower carbonation. For the sweeter and breadier flavors of the brew the feel is spot on and makes for a quite flavorful and palatable brew.

Overall- This was a tasty, slightly sweeter pale ale. I very much enjoyed this one as it was quite delicious.

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Photo of dleigh
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice lemon-y nose with some bread and caramel malt. The caramel malt is also strong in the taste with some nice hop bitterness. Fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is an nice hop-forward, crushable pale. A great example of the style.

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Photo of nyoung
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Looks like a pale ale should, nothing special to report on that.

Smell: It has a hoppy smell for being a pale ale, but it's not over powering which I appreciate.

Taste: This is where I was surprised, but it took me awhile to decide if it was good or not. It's hoppy, again, for a pale ale, but not overwhelming. I began to like to because it allowed be to drink a good beer without having to be in the mood for an IPA. Tastes great, hoppy flavor with a good crisp finish.

Feel: Feels like what a beer should feel like, nothing more, nothing less.

Overall, this is my go to beer if I'm having company over or just want something to enjoy on a Tuesday after work. I recommend for cookouts and parties. As always, enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of FBarber
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with some haze. Initially a nice white head, quickly dissipating.

Really nice citrusy piney smell - very inviting smell.

Taste was piney, almost woody, with some bitterness towards the end. underlying notes of citrus.

Feels very crisp and light - very drinkable. Overall a nice offering from Revolution. Also, great can design - really like the look.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is New Beer Sunday (Week 575) & I am CANcentrating on Chicago(land) as my CANtribution to the frivolity! Forgive me, but I thought that Detroit was "Fist City", given its statuary as an homage to Joe Lewis. Either that, or a subpage on (or so I've heard). No problem for me, either way. I will gladly raise my left fist in support of the Revolution!

From the CAN: "Chicago Pale Ale"; "Made with Cascade, Citra[,] Centennial & Crystal Hops"; "Crafted for Our City with Our Friends at Big Star."

I am unfamiliar with the CPA style, so this should be an enlightening experience! The Crack! itself was an experience since the CAN was brimful. That is how I know that the people at Revolution are sincere & of the people - they always give us a little extra & never shortchange us! Brothers & Sisters, I CANduct this gentle Glug in your honor. A swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a riot of hops - grassy, citrusy, minty and coupled with a biscuit maltiness so as not to get in their way. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a cool, bitter CANglomeration with tastes of grapefruit, pine tar and a biscuity maltiness. So this is what Chicago tastes like! I CAN dig it. Finish was pleasantly dry, about right for an APA, but perfect for a CPA, apparently. I'm throwing some in a cooler & heading for Fist City, wherever it may be, at my earliest opportunity.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing particularly memorable or special about this one. As might be expected from a pale ale, the color is, well, "pale". Aroma is somewhat muted but you pick up a bit of pine. Taste is similar with some pine and a bit of a bitter finish. Overall, just sort of "meh".

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Photo of Redrover
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a shaker, the beer is a medium gold with a slight chill haze. It has a bone white head.

It has a big C hop aroma. I get citrus, pine and floral notes.
This one impresses right out of the gate. It is nicely bitter with a pine and some tropical notes. The beer has a nice malt base. The malts add a fresh cracker backdrop.

The mouth is oily and coating with a nice feel.

This is a great APA, glad I can easily find it!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 12/2/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste big tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting anything crazy from this beer but I have to say I was really blown away by the way the hops worked for me. To me the Citra hops really kill it here in a way that I enjoy. As an APA goes I would put this one below Zombie Dust as far a hop-centric APA. Be careful to judge this one for what it is, a 5.5% beer. Love how readily available it was for me during the holidays in Chicagoland, I had it on draft at a bowling alley!

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Photo of Brew_Betty
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aroma - orange, pineapple, floral, spice

Taste - orange, pineapple, spice, light brewing salts and minerals.

Overall - good hop flavor and aroma for the style. Low bitterness. A little too flat and sweet for me, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of LAp
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a clear orange-straw color with a quickly receding white head leaving minimal lacing. Clean citrus nose, with a palate that is slight hop and malt. The one-word description of this beer is clean. It's an easy drinking, crisp pale ale (helped to this point by a moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a light body). Overall, a good casual beer, but not that stands out as particularly special.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear to opaque, orange hue with a lot of golden yellow. loose bubble not too thick.

S:very classic APA. hops and citrus, neither overpowering, happy compliment.

T: creamy cantelope. melon, juicy hops, some lemon and orange zest.

F: very smooth and creamy, possible oat addition? finishes clean and crisp.

O: great balance, could drink these all day.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours golden orange with slight haze, head fades quickly. Orange peel, fruit, fresh bread, a touch of yeast in the aroma. Taste follows with all of the above flavors, fairly balanced. Some grassy pine comes out at the end. A little funky yeast in the semi dry finish. Good brew, I don't recall the yeasty funk the last time I had it, will definitely try again.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simple, clean Pale Ale. Gorgeous pour, nice head, huge Citrus notes, good balance of Piney hops and sweet malts. Perfect beer for a hot day or a ball game.

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Photo of itomek
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe i just got a bad keg of this, but none of the tasty hop bill was shining through, tasted oxidized with an unpleasant yeast funk. Usually like Revolution, but this one was disappointing.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this as an extra in a trade and wow, I was blown away. Easily one of the best pale ales I have had in a while. Creamy head, very citrusy without being overly bitter and well carbonated. Just a delicious pale ale

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Photo of matjack85
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$9.99 for a six pack of 12oz cans at the Bloomingdale Walgreen's store. A freshness date can be found on the bottom of the can. My cans say 9/7/2015.

The beer pours a clear golden color with a 1-finger creamy white head. The beer retained its head for a little over a minute but there was very little lacing.

Citrusy nose with hints of pine.

Great balance between malt and hops with plenty of fruit as well. I was picking up grapefruit, tangerine, a bit of mango, and orange. Just enough pine to add a slight bitterness.

Medium bodied and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is a very good pale ale. I can't imagine anyone not liking this.

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