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

Added by cadaugherty on 12-02-2010

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
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!!!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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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 DDiFran
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Deep amber with a full head. Slight spiced aroma and taste. Nice full body. Not as strongly spiced as most seasonal ales and that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red amber in color, extremely clear. Ample off white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is excellent, big pine, citrus, spice, sweet malt. The taste follows, malty, citrusy, piney. The orange peel definitely comes through more powerfully on taste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. An excellent red ale and great take on a winter beer. Some spices come through, but well balanced.

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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 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 DJChaseTheBase
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great seasonal beer for that cold winter trip to the bar or when partying. Great amount of hops flavoring. My favorite Christmas beer wouldn't choose any other. Very drinkable/enjoyable.

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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 creepinjeeper
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into Fistmas can glass.
Looks amber reddish brown. Decent head.Unleashed the fragrance of ginger, pine, caramel. As it warmed, I tasted hop, ginger, plum sweetness. A little ginger burn in the finish. Nice body, that of an IPA. Overall, it reminded me of Celebration. I wanna check this one out again next year.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A solid finger of head caps this beer for half a minute then fades into a paper-thin cap that coats the entire surface of the beer. Aside from a small mound of foam in the middle, being fed by the etchings on the bottom of the glass, the cap is a uniform thickness. The color is pretty, a deep, reddish, copper, like an old penny.

SMELL: Pleasantly spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove perfectly with bready aromas and a touch of caramel.

TASTE: Bready notes and the spices from the nose both come through on the palate, but the caramel comes from the back of the pack to the spotlight here. It seems like it’s going to get too sweet, but pulls back just in time.

MOUTHFEEL: The very beginning of the sip feels like it is going to be a little thin, but a wave of big, sweet (but not cloying) malts washes over the palate making this more like medium to big bodied. The Fistmas is also just a tiny, little bit sticky. Carbonation is clearly visible, but less noticeable in terms of feel, just a light tickle.

OVERALL: Someone once used the phrase “it would make a nice glaze for a ham” to insult one of my homebrews (and yes, that was probably all it was good for), and I could say the same about this beer as well. It would make an amazing ham glaze, however, this one is just as good to drink and I bet it’d pair pretty great with that glazed ham.

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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 98green
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Look is a nice deep orange. Smell gives the ginger root. Taste follows that, but not too heavy. I love ginger, so any amount is a plus. Red ale components are there too. This is a nice beer that is a good rotation into a session but I don't want to pound it all night.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark amber with one inch head and high carbonation. Smells like a citrus hop bomb. Taste is not nearly as hoppy--cherry, toasted malt, ginger, and orange peel. Interesting and different take on a holiday ale. Glad I tried it. This will be a yearly holiday must get.

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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 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty copper body, tan/yellowish dense head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is bright with orange peel, ginger, faint spices, moderate malt. The flavor is orange peel, balanced by no-spice ginger which is softened by the crystal malt. A potpourri of spices (clove? mild pepper?) also throws its flavors into the mix, in a small amount. The sweetness is moderate but not the usual malty type, more like high fructose corn syrup. Mouthfeel is medium, lively with carbonation, teensy tiny sugary- dangerously drinkable.
Even though I downed 3 of these with no problem, I feel like the sugary sweetness could easily become cloying. Otherwise this is a delicious, quaffable beer. Tasty, real fruit flavors with accessible spices to keep it interesting, even if nothing balances the sweetness. Oh well!

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Photo of MedMatt
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Is the name sexist, objectionable ? Not sure..don't hate me bro. I know the label! Clear deep copper to red, perfect for the Holiday, Taste is not cloves t/G! Straight good taste, not overly carbonated, we are not by the Seine. Ginger, caramel, slight citrus peel, no real sister pushes through to take over the room. Well done from within a mile of Revolution epicenter right now. Only real gripe... ABV...don't want to suck down a six. Ho!liday means a little more ABV, otherwise just a BarBQ.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a well done and clever take on the holiday ale. no pie spices or brown sugar in this one, just sweet caramelized red and crystal type malts for the sweetness and toasty notes, and simply ginger and a little sweet orange peel as the accents, i really appreciate that. simplicity is the go here, and while the beer is rather complex, without using too much of the usual suspects. totally winning. lots of clarity, reddish amber, great head, warm even in its look. the ginger is almost like a ginger tea, less spicy than the fresh root but still with an authentic taste. the orange is subtle citrus and and balancing bitterness where hops might otherwise kick in on the back end. really enjoy the bigger feel, and the way it lingers in the finish, sweet like candy but not hard on the teeth or the belly. overall a different kind of take on a holiday season beer, and one very well executed. i generally dont get too inspired by red and amber beers, but this sort of blends the best parts of winter warmers in and the fusion is excellent. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/29/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, grassy hops, spices and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, spices, fruit and gingerbread come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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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 Rutager
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extra from one beer bro to another. Cheers, bro. Can. Pretty messed up can that might give me nightmares, to be a bit more precise.

Pours a deep orange-amber with a finger of thick and creamy off-white head. Orange peel and some dark fruits, christmas spices. Smells a little stale but that's probably my fault for leaving it so long. Tastes pretty good. Citrus and dark fruits with light ginger, sweet and (even some savory) spice. Probably the best holiday ale I've had. I kinda hate the style but this is decent.

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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 Barnoloid
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can pour - bought and enjoyed around a mile from the brewery. This is a stellar seasonal ale. Beautiful copper to caramel in tone, pours with a foamy white head. Not overly spiced - the ginger and orange pieces are balanced and joined by an almost minty feel which invokes candy canes and peppermint. Complex and warming. A local favorite

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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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