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Fistmas | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,526
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
643
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With the overwhelming need to beat beer drinkers over the head with abhorrent amounts of spices, it seems that beer makers underestimate our ability or appreciation for subdued taste- opting rather for the effect as if a Yankee Candle store just threw up. However, Revolution Brewing says, "we'll have none of that..."

With a light crimson pour, the beer's reddish tone is bright as only the faintest of haze lifts the abundance of bubbles to the top. There, an arid and fluffy off-white bead builds into a lather. Long lasting in its stubbornness, it laces the glass with well-defined rings at each sip.

Bright and juicy aromas are unmistakably of ripe Ruby Red grapefruit. Its plumb and vibrant scent rests just ahead of toasty malt notes of fresh-baked bread crust. Light nuttiness rises along with spicy scents that are reminiscent of cinnamon and freshly zested orange peels.

The fresh-toasted malt taste greets the early palate with short-lived toffee sweetness before its ginger-snaps dry malt taste carries forward. Juicy with grapefruit and orange pulp, the middle is all hop flavor to appease the taste buds of hop-heads. But the ale trails with a spicy zip- again light cinnamon, ginger and alcohol spices ensure a clean and refreshed palate.

Effortless on the palate, the ale is as dry as you'd want an IPA. But first its light sweetness and lightened carbonation provides a dry creaminess that wisps away in order to prefer a malty-dry finish with spicy warmth that's hard to quite put your finger on.

Fistmas is what well-spiced beers should be. The base "beer" flavor is easily understood and brewed to perfection, while the spices add intrigue and complexity without overwhelming the beer. "Fistmas"- isn't that also a name in the adult films industry?

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Low B- (3.28)

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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

12 ounce can in to pint glass, canned on 11/8/2013. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of bright hop and moderate malt/spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, light ginger, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced pale ale style. All around good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a fairly-large head that sticks around for awhile before fading down into a thin cap. The nose is intriguing, blending spices and hops quite well. Really enjoy how the spices mix in with the Chinook hops. The taste does this really well also, though it is a bit of a step down from the nose, which is reflected in the mouthfeel, where everything doesn't meld quite as well. Drinkability was pretty good, but not something I'd want a full pint of.

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Photo of smithj4
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

---WARNING - THIS REVIEW IS DEEMED NSFW!---

A little background is in order here. This was a gift to me from the fine folks at @pinbeer Pinocchio's Pizza & Bottle Shop who know how dedicated I am to The CANQuest (TM), but what a gift! I love Chicago, I have been to Revolution B.C.'s taproom many times, I get that their logo is a raised left fist in homage to the revolution, but that is NOT how my mind works. Local friends hold and annual party for our mutual friend, Mitch, that they call "Mitchmas" and this CAN be the beer for the December 2014 event. Flash back to Portland, ME, 1990. An exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe photos was on display in Boston, having been kicked out of Cincinnati weeks before. I tried, to no avail, to get my drinking buddies at Amigo's B&G to take the bus down to see it with me and so I set out on my own. The really shocking (for some) pics were tiny prints, under glass, and behind a velvet rope with clear signage designating the subject matter as potentially disturbing. Pour moi? Non! B&W photos of (an especially) homoerotic nature do not bother me. I am as straight as an arrow, despite having been described as "the gayest straight guy [he had] ever met” by an old shipmate. The best (?) pics were those involving a very darkly complected person and a pasty white guy engaged in various sexual positions, but especially that of fisting. Upon return to Amigo's that evening, everyone was curious as to what had caused the uproar. I tried to describe what I had seen in couched terms, but there is no way to dance around fisting. The young, fresh-faced server asked me what I was referring to, to raucous applause and laughter, leaving me to have to describe a VERY naughty act. Listen, if you feel compelled to engage in such, do not take it literally. Bodily orifices are NOT designed to receive a fist. Instead, extend the fingers, fold the thumb underneath them, and SLOWLY begin insertion, using LOADS of lubricant. Once engaged, if the recipient is down with it, SLOWLY ball your hand into a fist, but if not, GENTLY remove the hand as originally positioned. Even if the green light is given, remember to unclench the fist before removal. Also, be sure to visit the Joe Louis Statue in Detroit, which is a monument to fisting, in and of itself. Dr. WoodySavageRuthLove has spoken!

Think that was twisted? On the CAN, Santa is wearing a barrel and boots and apparently not much else. He holds a bag of presents over his right shoulder and a mug of beer in his left fist. From the CAN: "Fresh Beer"; "Brewed in Chicago"; "Keep Cold".

The loud Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and as is tradition at Chez Woody, an inverted Glug was CANducted. The pseudo-cascade formed two-plus fingers of thick, tawny head with excellent retention. When I demonstrated this technique at Garage (PHL), a young woman crinkled her nose and remarked, "Nicely done. Look at all of that head! It's going to take forever to settle!" My response? "Baby, when did you ever meet a guy that doesn't like head?" BTW, most of it fell in the time that it took me to type that, so there. Color was a mahogany-brown (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of dried dark fruits commingled with a pleasant mustiness. Mouthfeel was big, full, thick and creamy. The taste was spicy, but I was having a tough time discerning precisely what was involved. Cinnamon, almost certainly, but with it, maybe nutmeg or allspice. I jut am not sure. What I CAN definitively say, however, is that it was not applied in a heavy-handed/fisted manner. It was just enough spice to dry it out nicely without blowing the bready malts out of the water. It had a sort of gingerbread-like flavor to it, in total. The finish was semi-dry, again, striking a nice balance between the malt and spices. Would I want a whole lot of this? No, but it would certainly have a time and place around the holidays.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

I like the Fistmas...its probably one of the best Xmas ales I have had. The beer pours a rich clear amber with thin creamy head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carries fresh hops that lean towards a pine with slight citrus. The taste follows the scent and is well balanced. There is a subtle hint of Belgium malt/sugar in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I like it...nice job Revolution!

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