Revolution Brewing

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #73
Ranked #23,426
3.83 | pDev: 11.23%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Red ale brewed for the holiday season with specialty malts to achieve a beautiful deep red hue and the aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. Steeped with ginger root and orange peel.

31 IBU
Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 697 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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phishgator from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Being a holiday beer it did have a great spicy nose with the traditional holiday spice taste. The body was full much like if you were eating a dark holiday cookie or bread. Medium carbonation with a nice copper hue made it an easy brew to drink.

Jan 03, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can FILLED 10-22-19 (2.5 months ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright amber / red with plenty of khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thick ring and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is mild caramel malt and vague spicy hops. The taste is semisweet caramel with mild ginger & orange spice before a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good. A well done, mildly spiced and hopped red ale.

Jan 03, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Around average body and carbonation
Aroma is malt,lot of pune,grapefruit peel,lemon,
Taste is grapefruit peel and pine upfront which delivers a bitterness that lingers. Citrus and malt follow

Dec 25, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft poured into a pint glass shines a bright golden-orange crystal clear body that floats a proud 1/2in head of white fluffy bubbles, leaving sheets of stepped lacing.

Aroma is a strong flowery, pine hop focus but not to the point of extending much past the rim of the glass.

Flavors of piney, flowery hops are joined by a subtle spice and caramel malt and a pleasant fruit finish.

Mouthfeel leans a fuller medium and falls just short of sticky, with a clean finish.

Overall a solid red that might have a slight holiday reference, but not much. This should be available all year long.

Dec 07, 2019
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Lovef111 from Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has a crispness that belies even its moderate ABV. It's not overly spicy, sweet and thick, which a lot of holiday ales are. The taste reminds me a bit of champagne--clean, refreshing but still appropriately festive. Nicely done.

Dec 15, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Clear, deep amber body with a one and a half finger head.

Aroma – Caramel, toffee, citrus hops, a little floral. Nice combination.

Taste – Initially a bitter flash, then caramel, with citrus and floral hops coming in. Long bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Nice body, not too heavy.

Overall – Very nice amber ale. A solid example of the style.

Apr 10, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark cherry red in color and has some fine particles visible floating in suspension along with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of ginger are present in the nose along with notes of stone fruits.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of underlying caramel malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer starts out with a strong punch of ginger, but becomes much more balanced out as the beer warms up. It's not a bad choice for a spiced holiday ale.

Serving type: can

Mar 25, 2018
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Raime from Greenland

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mix a six from Kroger. Had a few beers outta these guys and wasn't all that impressed. But hey I figured why not toss this one in because Kroger usually doesn't have a huge selection anyway.

Look - Popped the top on the can. Immediate force. Had this been a bottle it would have overflowed. Only three months old and in a CAN so I don't suspect anything foul. Amber coloration as you'd expect with a surprisingly low finger of off white head for all the shite talking this beer did. High carbonation with a touch of stick upon a finished glass.

Smell - Big huge pithy hops with a heavy malt backbone and ginger spices to join in an unbalanced and very mixed fray assault on the nose. Whew. Wonder what that flavor holds.

Taste - Again, big, pithy hop destruction and bitter as all get out. Ripe fruity hop levels with an assload of ginger root and malt and a touch of clove. Not balanced but assaultive like a swat team busting through your door at five in the morning suspecting that you're a drug dealer.

Feel - Slightly creamy with a low to moderate body. Carbonation is rather high and it swallows thicker than average.

Overall - Definitely different. My biggest problem here is that the beer is not balanced at all. They all assault you on seemingly random tangents. Sometimes you get more hop, sometimes more malt, ginger deflect or attack. This brew can't make up it's mind. BUT this is a good beer and I will not knock it. Could drink six of these and continue to figure it out, yet I've only one can. So I'll rate accordingly. Try it. It's very unique.

Feb 24, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber red with a soft hue, no carbonation and 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells of biscuit, bread, a very light hint of fruitiness, and thats all I'm getting.

Wintergreen, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel come in like an unexpected holiday visit from a good friend. Fruity and almost bubblegum like as well.

Medium body, medium to low carbonation. Light tannic or tea like finish.

Got this in Agawam, MA, drinking in Muskoka, ON. Pleasantly surprised by this holiday treat. Would enjoy having it again next Christmas.

Jan 10, 2018
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TH28 from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. 11/1/17 can date. Appearance: Brown/ruby red in color, mostly clear, with a thick pillowy off white head and decent lacing. Aroma: Toasted bread and caramel maltiness with a strong herbal and resinous pine hop aroma. Taste: Rich bread crust, a touch of caramel, then a strong pine flavor followed by some ginger and a moderately strong bitterness Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a light to moderate carbonation Finish: Lingering toasted bread with a bit of ginger Overall: A standard hoppy American Amber ale with the added complexity of ginger and strong pine character. Nice little twist for the winter season

Jan 07, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean deep amber, with a lovely head of light khaki bubbles and a wisp of ghostly lace.

Aroma: Unexpectedly hoppy, with some spice underneath. Promising!

Taste: Wow! Hoppy and also fruity, with a touch of cinnamon spice at finish. I get red fruits and berries alongside a nicely hopped, highly-drinkable brew. Really impressive that this is a subtly spiced, balanced holiday ale. Really impressive.

Jan 01, 2018
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Revolution's Fistmas last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I've been trying more beers from these guys since they showed up in Michigan and I thought I would take a chance on their holiday ale, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz can into an Imperial pint glass.

A_ The can looks good, it's god a good design to it that goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice red color which took on more of an amber red color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of creamy very light tan/off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart some old school IPA hop aromas with some candied citrus rinds, floral, green hops and light herbal hop aromas with a slightly soapy hop aromas showing up in the background and that goes into the fruits which impart a light stone fruit like aroma and there's some doughy yeast showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which show up a good amount and impart some toasted malt, caramel malt, bread crust, lightly grainy and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, there's a good balance between the malts and the hops.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most and that goes into the stonefruits which are just little lighter than they were in the aroma and they blend into the hops this time. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that goes into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they are a little less toasted this time with the caramel malts seeming to stick out the most and there's a nutty flavor right at the end. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a hoppy, slightly malty and slightly watery aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting old beer, it's got some nice balance and that old school IPA hop profile.

M- Fairly smooth, not overly bitter, a little crisp, slightly watery, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was a little less watery with a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and it's a nice example of the style, I didn't really know what to expect with this beer and it turned out to be a nice and hoppy red ale that reminded me of a slightly lighter version of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple without getting bored with it. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the balance in the taste and aroma, to me those were the high lights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is the mouthfeel, I think it need just a little more body and carbonation. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it as a nicel Holiday time beer. All in all I liked this beer, it wasn't fully what I expected, but it turned out nicely. It's one of the better beers that I've had from this brewery and it's a good example of the style. Nice job guys, this is tasty beer, keep it up.

Dec 28, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

It's alright. Spices and malt are a little much, but that's holiday ales for you. Worth a try, but I wouldn't purchase again. I prefer Sam Adams winter warmer to this.

Dec 26, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this on Christmas Day. From the can it pours a dark amber and reddish Santa Claus color. A fingernail length head quickly dissipates and leaves a thin ring of lace.
Dark stone fruit and the sweetness of amber malts hit the nose first. I then detect more of a modest herbal dank from the hops, rather than Christmas spices. Light citrus and toasted malt round out the aromas.
Piny bitterness and dryness up front suggest a hops forward brew. However, a caramel sweetness soon sets in, highlighting the rich malt base. Then, hints of Christmas spices, perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg, add a nice touch without overwhelming.
Medium bodied, well balanced and easy to drink. A subtly spiced ale. Decent for the style.

Dec 25, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a glass tumbler. Crystal clear deep amber in color, with a thick eggshell-colored head that leaves scads of lacing. Very pretty! Burst of piney hops on the nose, with some dark malt in the background. The flavor profile is quite interesting. This has an almost gin-like quality about it. Juniper is quite prominent, with notes of lemon and herbs. The malts provide some structure while remaining in the background on the palate. The finish is quite dry, allowing a little alcohol warmth to come through. Overall, a very unique and outstanding beer.

Dec 24, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revolution Beer LLC "Fistmas Holiday Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "FILLED: 10-25-2017 16:31:06" and sampled on 12-18-2017
$2.09 @ Wineworks, Marlton, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great label. It pours a slightly hazy deep copper/chestnut brown colored body with crimson-orange highlights beneath a full head of frothy yellowed off-white foam. The aroma is caramelish with pine and a light bit of ginger and orange. I wouldn't have gotten that if I didn't already know they were in there, well maybe the ginger. The flavor follows, and thankfully it's not overdone with the ginger and orange. Nor is it overdone with caramel malt, or bitterness, or hop flavor. In fact, it's really nicely balanced and rounded. Looking back I still have a foamy surface covering and there's some beautiful broken lacing all around the glass. It's got a median bitterness and it finishes spicy and dry despite a little bit of residual malt being there as well. Medium bodied and crisp. Overall, very nice. Very much a holiday ale but without jumping the shark. Nicely done.

Dec 18, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice shade of red. Really thick, frothy reddish head.
Nose has a nice malty aroma. A bit of hops.
Taste somewhat mellow up front, but the hops kick in on the backside.
Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate body.
I like this beer. Easy drinking.

Dec 17, 2017
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KingTen144 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice reddish-amber color. Head is a bit thin and dissipates quickly. The beer smells like a holiday ale, with a hoppy nose. The hops and orange peel work well together for the taste, with a flavor that seems right at home in the holiday season.

Dec 10, 2017
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CaptD from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 11/08/17. Nice amber red color. Small head. Smell is somewhat subdued. Just the right amount of hoppyness for a holiday ale. Some citrus and Carmel malt all the way to the end. Well done

Nov 28, 2017
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DocTombz from Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this one from a recommendation from a friend. It's flavorful and a definite holiday beer. The beer had a strong spicy aftertaste that I wasn't the biggest fan of.

May 18, 2017
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours a nice amber mahogany brown color with a nice head. Nose is sweet and spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Taste is a little hoppy with orange citrus and full of flavor. Finish is fruity and sweet.

May 09, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a nice amber with a little bit of tan head. It leaves a nice film on top which last to the bottom.

S: Some citrus hops, but then the caramel malts and ginger come through.

T: Malty and spicy. A nice amount of ginger but definitley not too much. Earthy.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Revolution is in NY!!!

Jan 15, 2017
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an amber orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank

Smell: Caramel, biscuity, doughy, bready, gingerbread, and orange peel.

Taste: Total gingerbread cookie flavor. Ginger, caramel, doughy, biscuity, orange, and bready malts. Slight bitterness and chewy notes too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little chewy, herbal, festive, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not too shabby for a holiday beer. I do have to say that there is a balance between malts and the ginger and orange peel. I'd grab another before it's gone till next late fall.

Jan 03, 2017
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber/ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A toasty and fairly spicy balanced aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and spice. Toasted malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toast with yeast. Spice hints of ginger. Fruit hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Earthy hops with some grass and pine. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and spicy balanced taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and spice. Upfront toasted malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toast along with some yeast. Spicy notes of ginger. Some notes of orange peel and grapefruit. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine. Sweet notes of brown sugar. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Red Ale. Good caramel malt and hop balance with some nice ginger and orange peel notes.

Dec 18, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color and nearly clear. Decent head which leaves spotty lace.

Lightly toasted malt aroma as the base. There's enough hop to create a beautiful balance to the nose.

The beer starts dry with a bitter kick from the hop. The body is thin and the carbonation is moderate. There's a strong ginger presence. It provides some heat and a bit of a Christmas spirit.

Dec 17, 2016
Fistmas from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 697 ratings