Fistmas | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cadaugherty on 12-02-2010

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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lovef111
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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

Photo of Berknerj
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of briandgilbert
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Red-ish golden look. Nice smells. Taste was a touch sweet that does indeed make you feel like it’s a holiday brew.

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Photo of RollDamnTide
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mpolewan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kayakguy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pirateclem
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not much for ales or red ales, but this was actually very good. Lighter than I like normally but would drink again, good flavors.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of Raime
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of TH28
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of Muss42
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbadger55
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of probert
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antg8989
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fistmas from Revolution Brewing
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