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Iron Fist | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped American ale featuring Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo hop varieties.

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub. Citrus aroma invites me in. Lacey, fresh looks, smell, and taste. A good citrus bitterness, this would be an IPA in the old days. Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo provides complexity for each sip leading to very good drinkability.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this pale ale is pushing an ipa, kept as just a pale ale only by its malt base, which has some decidedly English caramel and biscuit flare. I love the hops here, bitter and fruity both, with some pine resins too. I get orange and pineapple in here, which goes expertly with that bigger denser English pale malt base. it has an almost amber ale malt taste, but the hops keep it drinkable and prevent any sweetness from coming to the fore. centennial for sure, maybe some other higher alpha C varietals, the finish is long and luscious, plenty of bitterness, but not quite ipa status. I liked this as much or better than the ipas I had at revolution. good bubbles, but again, a little filling from the grains, denser than normal for the genre. overall a more than passable pale ale on the hoppy end of the spectrum. good glug here.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a hop-forward demeanor, Iron Fist lays down the hammer by shifting the balance from even-keel to "hops first" in this Revolution house pale ale.

Like many, many other pale ales, the beer pours with a medium copper hue that's laden with a foamy cap of off white foam with sticky lace that grips the glass. If it seems like I've written this description of appearance a thousand times, its because I've drank a thousand beers that look like this.

Hops showcase the aromatics with varying scents of grapefruit, orange, fresh cut grass, pine, and tropical fruit. A supporting role of caramel, graham cracker, and fresh kilned barley balance the beer nicely but allows the hops to stay firmly in command.

Flavors are more balanced, at least up front. Light caramel, bread crust, graham crackers, and toasted grain give a dry malt taste to the beer with a hint of biscuity starch. Hop flavors arrive shortly after with more delicate but zesty taste of white grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, muddled grasses, pine, and herbs, with a lightly resinous bitterness to finish. Although the finish certainly favors the hop bitterness, the early malt impression stay with the palate throughout.

Medium-light in body, the early malt sweetness and starch is rounded into a creamy texture by elevated carbonation, but that's all quick to fade as the mid palate is quick and dry leaving the beer somewhat empty going into the finish. But a closure of citrusy and piney bitterness causes refreshment and a cleansing feel with alcohol warmth that extends well into the next sip.

With it's caramel upstart and refreshing bitterness late, this is a beer well suited to accompany those burgers, pizzas, and drummies at Revolution. It's a beer that seems to pair with everything on the menu.

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to drfabulous for sharing this growler.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, off-white head of thick foam. Good head retention eventually receded to leave rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of grapefruit, orange peel and a strong dose of burnt toast malt.

T - The taste differs very little from the aroma. Good burnt toast maltiness with a grapefruit/ orange citrus presence from the hops that provided a solid bitter kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that is exceptionally easy drinking.

D - This was a good growler of beer. We opened it about 3 days after it was filled and it tasted as if it had been poured from the tap that night. Good brew!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice reddish-copper color with a one-finger white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. THe nose has an odd blend of hops that I can't say I really like all that much. Some citrus, grass, and floral character all together without really melding. The taste falls victim to the same problem and offers a bit of biscuit-esque malt in the background. Light to medium body with a good backbone of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Enjoyable and certainly drinkable but I'd alter the hop bill.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a ½ finger of creamy eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin, yet frothy, layer which coats the sides of the glass with a sticky smattering of lace. The aroma is floral with bitter grapefruit notes, while a more dank and earthy hop tones sit underneath. Tropical smelling pineapple and mango character mixes with some gentle feeling breadiness from the malts to sweeten the profile up some. The hops really shine here though, blowing fresh flavor up the nostrils with each sniff.

The taste really packs in the hop flavors, being bright with grapefruit, earth, and citrus rind, with just the right amount of spice and bitter fruit left over in the finish. Grainy sweetness from the Pale malts mixes with some sweeter fruit to balance the hops out while still letting them sit at the forefront of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an easy feeling creamy slickness that just allows this to move effortlessly around in the mouth. Very quaffable overall feel.

Very easydrinking Pale here with a full hop profile that brings the flavor but without overdoing the bitterness. A tasty thrist quencher here for sure. Another solid brew from Revolution.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/13 notes. Had on tap at the brewpub in Chicago.

a - Pours a clear orange-amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, some fruity malts, citrus hops, and bready malts. Some nice fruit and citrus, though not overly hoppy or flavorful.

t - Tastes of wheat, bready malts, pale malts, light fruity malts, citrus, and light vanilla. Light tasting than the nose, something interesting in the backend of the taste, almost like vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and no bitterness, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pale ale. Not my favorite beer from Revolution but easy to drink and some decent fruit in the nose. Would have it again but there were better beers on tap.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #5 in my great Illinois Brew Hunt.

This is very much like the Double Fist - surprise! Earthy hoppy base, but this one has a more peppery and spicy tone to it from the hops. Fruity tones are pretty high as well. Carbonation is quite biting; could be toned down a good bit.

I'm not quite sure which I like better: this or the Double Fist. I think I'll have to go with the Double Fist, but this is still pretty tasty!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a deep copper body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a perfectly smooth creamy head of light tan that sticks to the glass in sheets with each sip.

S- The juicy green cascade citrus hops have a dry slightly buttery (diacetyl) caramel malt note that gives it a nice British lean.

T- There is some dry but juicy citrus hops that have a minty hint to them with a slightly woody hop finish that lingers just a moment after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight crisp fizz in the finish that compliments the hops.

O- The nice deep hop profile has no bitterness just great hop flavor and the buttery character adds nicely to the malt notes.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Iron Fist from Revolution Brewing
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