Fistmas | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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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

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Grupatre
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingTen144
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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