Fistmas | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. can into a pint glass.
The beer pours a medium-brown with ruby highlights in the light and a thin, tan head.
The aroma is really nice, full of orange and spice.
The taste follow the nose, I pick up plenty of citrus, a bit of ginger and holiday spices but nothing overwhelming. A nice blend. A very nice, lightly bitter finish. As it warms, I picked up a few chocolate notes.
The mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, a very nice beer for in front of the fire or sitting by the Christmas tree. Well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice easy drinking amber. Nothing overly crazy going on here. Just an even keeled and well made brew. Don't see too many examples of this style out there being done well, so it's nice to come across one that comes off right.

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

Deep brown, with mahogany hue in the light. Nice. Smells of fresh, resiny hops and just a hint of lemon peel. Bright and refreshing tastes... some interesting spices (won't lie, can't pinpoint them)... I do like them though. Not the traditional Xmas spices from my experience. This is nice... I would say it is a very unique Xmas! Nice, clean mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer. Haven't had a subpar Revolution brew yet!

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. A beautiful slightly dark amber color. Quite a bit of haze. 1 finger khaki head.

S. I get some cracker or biscuit hair aroma with caramel and a nice amount of spice. Notes of nutmeg.

T. Backing up the nose big nutmeg and ginger with caramel and a sweet make character. Some piney hop flavor that finishes just a little bitter. Very enjoyable.

M. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for the style that slowly subsides on there swallow and finishes a little chewy.

O. This beer really surprised me. Easily one of my favorite Christmas beers that really takes notes for the season and puts them on full display. Very well done.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A beautiful looking nut brown beer. Scent is fairly understated, a bit of ginger,cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is similar, with a well balanced touch of hops and a solid malt backbone. I am wary of holiday beers but will definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hopped up take on Anchor's Christmas Ale, basically. Better balanced than you might assume, but it doesn't quite come together.

Smells of chinook along with cinnamon and ginger. Tastes like it smells only with more pronounced malt toastiness: starting with a medium-strength hops, moving into a middle and finish that's basically like liquid gingerbread. The two stages are each good, but they're plainly separated from one another and even as the can comes to its end, there's still a marked lack of cohesion.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Now this is good. My first sip of any Christmas beer is always tentative - you never know what the spice load is going to be. This is a warm, soft on the tongue, drinkable Christmas Ale. That 12 oz. went down as easy as anything I've had in the last month.

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

Pours a light amber brown color with a white head. The aroma smelled of hops, caramel, toffee and citrus (more hops). The taste had a solid sugary caramel malt base but also a big dose of piney, citrusy hops. Solid bitterness and a nice well rounded beer. Reminds me of hopped up american amber ale which I guess is what this is. I didn't get any spices or anything, just a straight ahead hoppy winter seasonal and pretty good. Worth snagging, I got to try it ontap.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can into my tulip, from my man Kevinpitts. Thanks Kevin.
A – Poured out a caramel brown with a full two fingers of foamy, off white head that stuck around and left a nice lace on the glass.
S – Super fragrant brew. Floral hops, pine, orange, grapefruit. Very nice.
T – Immediately tastes like an IPA light with a nice burst of grapefruit and orange. Transitions to more of the holiday spice palate with some flavoring of Grandma’s fruit cake…except this is good and Grandma’s fruitcake sucked. I would describe the overall taste as odd but good.
M - Light and easy on the palate and leaves a residual sweetness. Lightly carbonated.
O – I dug this brew. Easy drinker and tasty. What more can you ask?

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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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