Fistmas | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

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

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark caramel amber color with calm and minimal foam. Dies down to leave a light lacing ring around the glass. Swirling the glass creates a light, but sticky leftover resin that oozes down the sides of the glass.

S - Juniper, roasted caramel, honey, cloves?, nutmeg?. Overall aroma is light.

T - Juniper, toasted caramel, malt forward, light pine bittering.

M - Thin medium body.

O - Meh

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

1/23/16 Chicago (16 oz draft at Mo Dailey's in standard pint glass). Dark orange pour, mild carbonation and quickly dissipating thin tan head with minimal lacing. Strong nutmeg and cinnamon sweet aroma and taste. Nice texture, easy going down. Good dessert beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this at the Revolution Brewpub in Chicago. They ran out of their Oktoberfest beer a week ago and broke out the Christmas ale the first week of November, so I tried this instead. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer had a brick red/brownish hue to it and was pretty clear for being so dark. 1-finger off-white head that lasted awhile with good lacing.

Not as spicy as expected for a Christmas ale. Instead I got some bready malt, caramel, plum, and citrus.

My waitress told me that this isn't made with the traditional holiday spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Instead they added ginger root and orange peel to it. It mostly has a bready malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. A pretty good dose of piny hops add bitterness and the orange peel adds a citrus touch along with more bitterness. Plums add a fruity component and he ginger root accounts for the mild spice flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Although it seems well thought out with plenty of complexity, I really didn't care for the overall flavor of this one. Maybe I just miss the traditional spices. In any case, I won't be ordering it or looking for it again.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a goblet glass. The fourth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark red color with off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Lots of big spruce notes and piney hops, some minty notes.

T- Tons of spruce, pine needles, and minty flavors dominate the flavor profile of this beer. Some cinnamon and potpourri flavors.

M- Lighter bodied, slightly watery, and pretty high carbonation.

O- This is a truly unique beer that does capture the flavor of the season without being as big on the traditional Christmas ale spices. . Not a bad beer, but not anything I would pick up again. It hits you over the head with the spruce, pine, and mint flavors, so you better be a fan of those flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Brew33 for the opportunity to try this. 12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a lovely translucent mahogany hue with a loose, cream-colored head that sizzles and pops and gradually recedes into a fairly consistent slick. Nose expresses ginger, orange peel and something reminiscent of the spices you find in Chinese food - weird. Taste consistent with nose; fortunately the characteristics in the nose are muted by the malt profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body, perhaps a little watery, with a light carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, this is a strange beer - I'd classify it as an asian-inspired winter warmer. Not something I need to revisit.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Faint hop and toasted malt note
Taste-Toasted malt, oakey, spicy, good dose of fruity hops. A bit muddled and unbalanced but not bad overall. Nice portability and conveniece in the can. A can makes for a nice "adult" stocking stuffer.

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Photo of mecummins
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fistmas poured a semi clear light brown color with hints of orange amber to it. An off white, one finger head rose quickly and gave a reasonable amount of light lacing. I took a sniff and my first thought was of a freshly cut pine tree. I could also detect some cardamom and ginger scents.

The first taste was very similar to the aroma. There was also a bit of malty sweetness and a back note of orange peel under the pine and spices. This balanced out the earthiness of the beer nicely.

It sported a well carbonated light to moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish, but I think anything heavier would have felt very out of place.

It was a decent spiced ale and showed some well thought out work by the brewers. I'd drink it again.

Bottled date was 11/19/12 and I consumed it on 12/16/12

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Photo of jsulko
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a reddish brown color with a decent sized off white head.

Smell is sweet with carmel and spices. Very strong fragance.

Taste is a bit of a let down after the smell. Slight sweetness and spices but not as much going on as the smell would lead you to believe.

A bit of a letdown, the first beer from Revolution that was not a hit for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Oct 24,2012
(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense reddish-brown body with a thin bubbly ring of foam and a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The slightly tart lemon hops has a strange bitterness to it with a soft clean toasted malt note in the finish.

T- The soft tart flavor has some orange zest notes that come through when it opens and some lemony hop in the finish. There is a hint of taste and malt sweetness that grows with a soft pungent hop bitterness that lingers with a ginger spice warmth aswell.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a finish that coast the mouth and not enough fizz or alcohol to cut it.

O- There was an interesting blend of tart hops and toast notes but the aroma was really clean and the flavor was pretty light. I didn’t really get any of the spice flavor that was in the beers description.

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Photo of beertooth
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the hand pull into a branded Imperial pint glass.

This beer is absolutely stunning, sharp ruby red. There's a finger of billowy khaki head that leaves thick lacing after every sip. It's a really great looking winter brew.

Those nose is a bit faint. I'm picking out orange pith, flat cherry cola, sweet malt, slight cinnamon, some pine from the chinook hops, and alcohol. The cherry notes are really poking out now that I keep smelling it.

The taste doesn't quite give me what I picked up in the nose. I'm getting those flat cherry soda notes, some bitter citrus, a little heat from the ginger. The pine flavors from the chinook are not showing up. The overly sweet, oxidized cherry soda notes are making themselves known and I'm not digging it as much.

Sticky, slick mouthfeel.

This beer was much better on draft than this cask version. Not terrible, but not something I'd get again.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours Amber with white head

Smell- floral and allspice

Taste- malty and allspice up front but there is a bitter after taste that was medicinal. Tasted like cough syrup. Not pleasant.

Mf- smooth and medium bodied

Overall- Bit of a letdown due to the aftertaste. Nobody seemed to have mentioned that cough syrup flavor so I'm assuming my palate was way off or (way less likely) a bad can.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz. can, with canned on date 11/26/2013 printed on the bottom of the can. A new holiday beer to me from Revolution Brewing, out of Chicago. I haven't had too much from these guys in the past, and I can't remember ever really being wowed by them, but here we go.

Poured into a Mr. Punch pint glass.

A - Pours a dark amber orange colored body with some small sediment floating in the glass. Two fingers of thick fluffy doughy tan head. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is alright, but not particularly appealing. Almost an old IPA like aroma at times. Faded pine needles / grapefruit. Earthiness / woodiness. Caramel. Grassy herbal spice rack notes. Some darker licorice / anise notes. Reminds me of how some of the Anchor holiday ales smelled and tasted at times. Some metallics imparted from the can.

T - Taste is of bitter grassy pine / grapefruit hoppiness. Dry bready caramel malt. Some spritzy cola. Ginger / anise / licorice spice. Some herbal spice rack notes.

M - Feel is crisp, lightly bitter, lightly sticky, but mostly clean. Some sticky green apple skin / bready caramel malt on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Easy drinkability.

Overall, it's not very impressive, but it's not bad for what it is. More bitter and herbal than other holiday ales, good carbonation, and easy drinking at 6.10% abv. I might prefer it better from the bottle next time.

Revolution Brewing Fistmas ---3.5/5

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to @Kevinpitts for this.
Can marked 11/2014
Pours a clear amber hue, topped with a medium packed finger of straw colored froth. Smell is very gingery. taste starts with an initial ginger/citrus bite. Kind of an orange zest, like one might top of a fresh batch of cranberry sauce with. Some malt tries to peak through with a little success. But mainly ginger. Not overpowering, more omnipresent. Finish is ginger, with a hint of nutmeg. Pretty good. Definitely unique.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can courtesy of Jakeox pours a lightly hazed crimson color with a large cap of fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is rich caramel and spruce-esque hops. Nutty with a side of fruitcake...quite nice.

Taste is has a nice earthy, nutty and toasted malt presence that is balanced well by piney-citric hops. Not sure what spices are used, but they are pretty subtle - maybe nutmeg. Whatever it is has a husky flavor. Mouthfeel is ok, it feels a little light for a Christmas Ale, but it goes down easy and is refreshing. I liked this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a very large bubbly head and a dark amber appearance. Spiced hops and caramel malts are sensed in the aromas. Taste-wise, the beer is sweet with vanilla malts and a sharp spice flavoring from the ginger in the aftertaste. The beer had a generally creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. Overall, not bad, especially in the taste department.

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Photo of timfc
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bit more carbonated than it should, but it was a nice amber with about a 1" head (white). A little hoppy, but not nearly as much as expected. The little herb notes on the finish added a cool note to what was otherwise a slightly hoppy ESB.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear deep amber with a craggy off white head. Smells reasonably hoppy with an underlying maltiness.

Slightly sweet leftover sugar with a good dose of hoppyness. Burnt caramel, buttered toast and piney hops. I like it. Lingers in the mouth pretty nice. No detectable alcohol.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, caramel malts. Taste is hops, ginger, some malts, but not as much as in the aroma, orange peel is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is tasty and an interesting twist on this style.

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Photo of superdoopersauce
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A holiday beer which isn't over-spiced. Gentle and malty with a bit of bursty back-of-tongue character and a bit of frontward bite courtesy of semi-liberal hopping. Pours smooth and leaves moderate lacing. Scent is floral and spicy, but not representative of the taste.

Excellent bar drinkabiliy. Awesome label. Tastes good with rock-'n'-roll.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, dated 10/30/15
A - red-brown body with a creamy beige head that holds good retention
S - juicy citric hops, orange, caramel, faint ginger
T - juicy hops battle on the palate with the ginger which somewhat takes away from the experience; caramel and bready malt add sweetness, while some bitterness comes through as orange zest
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes bitter with some semi-harsh ginger lingering
O - I seem to have a love-hate feeling about this beer. The flavors are good but don't seem to meld well. That being said, it's pretty good (especially for brewing with ginger root) but nothing I'd get again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber in the glass, one finger head that lingers.

S-Rather malt heavy. Good deal of earthy spices and some nutmeg like flavors.

T-Rather malt forward. not much in the way of hops. The spices do not quite balance out the rest of the beer.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation

O-A decent beer but no where near Revolution's best.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Night before Xmas eve, how about a can fist to the face. 10/23/15

Forced chugging pour only gives a1/2 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly, little bubbly lacing, hazy auburn red color.

Nose brings bright hops, floral grassy bright hops, stone fruit, little citrus, generic fruity which fades fairly quickly to malts, a sweet reddish malt, with baking spices cardamom cinnamon thing.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, toffee caramel reddish malt, little syrupy, with big holiday spices, cardamom allspice clove cinnamon thing, with bitter spicy hops, bitterness also from the bitter spices, mild fruity hops. Finish sticky syrupy a feel of warming booze somehow, lots of mulling spices lingering, bitter earthy hops too.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall eh.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, for the first beer of the day, ..., it should be better. This may be a bit too cold. I'll let it warm...OK, that's better.

I don't have a proper glass in this crappy hotel room, so I am drinking from a plastic cup. It still looks pretty good. The nose developed a bit as it warmed, showing mostly a weak spice aroma. The taste filled out closer to room temperature to something nicely balanced and reserved. Nothing over the top and not a big brew. Just a hint of spice.

The aftertaste is very pleasant and satisfying. Like most Revolutions, I will not go out of my way to buy this again, but I wouldn't refuse one if it were offered.

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Photo of KDawg
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on tap and it was poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown/amber color with a quick head

good aromas of fruitcake, malts and citrus peels. Kind of straightforward and slightly muted as well

Medium bodied with a nice feel and very good flavors of spices, fruitcake and malts

A very good christmas beer. If the aromas were more pungent this would be extremely good. It's enjoyable, but doesn't lend itself to being drunk a lot

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