Fist City
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #128
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,911
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 7.84%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
715
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Illinois, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 715 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by FBarber:
Photo of FBarber
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +1.5%
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 youporn.com (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 Mehinaman
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 handmuffin
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from can into glass at home.

Look: Pours deep gold in color, very high clarity, with bright white head with good retention. No visible floating particulates or yeast sediment. Streamers of small bubbles continue to slowly rise.

Smell: Good hoppy aroma: earthy, spicy, floral, zesty. A little fruity too, with a clean cereal malt underneath. No alcohol aroma detectable.

Taste: Nice hoppy flavor that follows the aroma: earthy, herbaceous, spicy, a little citrus. Classic pale ale malt flavor. Low sweetness. Medium bitterness. No detectable alcohol flavor.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel. Not heavy or slick. Easy to drink. Medium carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: A very good pale ale. "Supremely drinkable" is a fitting description for this beer. The hops provide an interesting aroma and flavor that is not overwhelming in complexity or depth. The body is light enough to drink easily but not feel watery. It is very reminiscent to me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and I think that is praise enough.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint at Revolution,Thanks to Thomas for this one!

Pale gold, compact cap of foam on the surface. Spotty lace around the edges.

Dank pungent hop aroma, citrus peel and fresh greens.

Flavors of citrus peel, pale malt, dandelion bitterness, all well balanced and in harmony. Light bodied and extremely drinkable. Fist City nails the prototypical west coast style, even giving Half Acre a run for the money.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Wsherry1
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of nyoung
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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 ravger
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ronin926
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayYonush
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PBIU
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dedbeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kschoh00
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am a big Revolution guy and I can say this my favorite Revolution IPA. Even ahead of my second favorite A Little Crazy.

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Photo of Hopfist
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Golden, light orange, bright. White mildly rocky foam.
S- American hops galore. Potent citrus and floral hops.
T- Dryness subdues much of the malt and allows hop flavor to really announce itself. Again, tons of American hops. Appropriate clean bitterness.
M- Quite easy drinking for a big pale ale. Low finishing gravity keeps it light. Standard carbonation.
O- Highly drinkable West coast style APA. Loads of American hops dominate the aroma and taste, but without the huge body, bitterness, or ABV of some of it's sister styles. Not a reinvention of the wheel here, just a great example of the style.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nhirsch04
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robdansmi
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great pale ale with lots of floral noted

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Photo of Duff27
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fist City from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 715 ratings