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Double FistDouble Fist

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as the 100th beer at our brewpub, this strong pale ale packs a serious punch with massive hop flavor. Intense dry-hopping brings a deep, resinous, citrus blast reminiscent of cutting into a fresh bag of hop pellets.

90 IBU

Added by cadaugherty on 12-21-2010

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nicely balanced offering from Revolution. There is a nice mix of copper/bronze/red on the pour - it looks outstanding. Juicy citrus forward hops meet a stellar malt backbone - honey and caramel notes allow the hops to stay mellow rather than take over here. Mouthfeel is full but not sticky or slick.

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Photo of smbslt
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Think globally - drinking locally

A - very clear, copper colored, very fine carbonation generating and sustaining a finger and a half of dense fluffy head.

S - Hops for sure with grassy/vegetation making it more interesting

T - The fists' bitter hoppy sweetness grabs hold and alcohol pulls you down. Malt completes the triumvirate (should it be named Triple Fist) and keeps it from becoming completely ephemeral.

M - adhesive but not cloying. It decides when you have had enough.

O - Well done 2x.

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Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper and clear.

Juicy...tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Big hop presence.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium.

Very drinkable, I would buy this again.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bought for $9 at The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL. Bottled 4/12/13 ... a touch old, since it's 7/9, but I'll make it work. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Clear, and dark amber in color. There's a great finger or two of sand colored head that lasts for quite awhile. Sticky lacing only lasts near the top of the glass.

Smell: Just bursting with hops, as I'd expect given the style. Massive tropical fruit-esque aromas sit on top of a slight alcohol note. Caramel malts seem to be buried in the background. Smells awesome.

Taste/feel: Rather than tropical fruits, the flavor has a pretty huge pine flavor with some sticky resin. The front is a lot of pine, then it's grassy, then spicy for just a moment, and then the finish is of rich (and somewhat "dirty" or "dusty") tasting malt to balance it all out almost perfectly. The alcohol that I pick up in the smell only comes through *slightly* as a warmth in the mouth. As I was expecting with this brew, there's a solid body to it with just a slight prickly carbonation that makes the taste buds come alive.

I think I'm in love. This is outstanding stuff. I notice some people say that this is overly sweet, but I don't get that vibe at all. If anything, it's maybe a *touch* unbalanced because of BITTERNESS and not sweetness. IIPAs that I've had tend to be sweeter than bitter, so this is actually sort of unusual for me.

Double Fist is my second and last beer from Revolution that I brought home from Chicago over the weekend... I need more. I fucking NEED MORE. Anti-Hero is a fantastic, sessionable IPA, and this is basically a "World Class" Imperial, in my opinion. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to pops for the assist!

A: Pours a beautiful brassy gold. Decent cloudiness underneath two fingers of off-white foam. Retention was very good, but not too much lace was left behind.

S: Major hops. We could smell this sitting on the kitchen counter right after we took the cap off. Loads of citrus and spicy pine. Lurking underneath all of the hoppiness was a faint whiff of brown sugar.

T: See above. Pine and citrus hops permeate every single taste bud on m'tongue.

M: Big bitter blast of hops that is kept in line by the aforementioned brown sugar sweetness. That sweetness does a great job of making the alcohol absolutely transparent.

O: An excellent and supremely drinkable DIPA. They hit the ground running with this one.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. No freshness date marked on the bottle. Thank you Wes.

A: Golden-orange in color with great clarity. Two inch white head settles after a short time, but a thin slip of head always remains. Spidery lacing sticks to the glass.

S: An explosion of citrus fruits on the nose. Lots of tangerine and clementine. Wet leaves, cannabis. Melon and grapefruit rind. Smells like citra. Slight pepper and tropical esters. Malt backbone is toasty, bready, and a touch crusty. Slight caramel as well.

T: Tangerine and clementine on the forefront. Grapefruit rind, pine resin, and toasted hemp seeds. A second wave of tropical fruit hits the palate with passion fruit, kiwi, and honeydew melon. Slightly peppery alcohol. Tea leaves and a hint of tobacco. Firm malt backbone tastes of sweet bread, caramel, and toffee. Malt base is sweeter than the nose suggested. Finishes with bread crust, lingering citrus notes, and hop oils.

M: Firm and thick in body. Velvety smooth and almost chewy. Moderate carbonation pricks at the tongue with a very mild seltzery effect. Light warmth on the swallow from the alcohol.

O: One of the few 'double pale ales' that I've had that actually tastes like a big American pale rather than an IPA/DIPA. The firm, well-textured malt backbone and a distinctly focused and aggressive hop profile set it apart. I guess one could make the argument that it's an 'East Coast' style DIPA. Let's not split hairs. Regardless of what you call it, it's a great beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Double Fist has a striking colour, something like pale mahogany meets orange peel. It is at once transparent and clouded, yet with fiery effulgence. There's nothing remotely "pale" - let alone "Double Pale" - about it. There's not much head either but a fine beading does sit atop.

The bouquet has a super concentrated abundance of laser sharp, high-definition hoppiness. Oceans of pine resin and torrents of festering citrus fruits burst from the glass fast and strong; this is a beer that introduces itself with a bold exclamation point. There's enough pulpy orange and pineapple juice to serve with breakfast (and enough toffee to have as dessert).

As much as I love me the hops - and lords knows I do love them - it's the mellow, dry but sticky caramel flavours that really grab my attention. The hints of brown sugar and walnut are scrumptious, and a perfect contrast to the stinging citrusy zest that concludes the sip.

For a beer that's designed to be formidably bitter, Double Fist goes down as easy and delectably as crème brûlée (in fact, there may be some flavour similarities there). Sure the hops haunt the finish, but it's their voluptuous, plump, borderline syrupy juiciness that have the longevity - and only a few of the 90 bristly IBUs. The 8% alcohol is terribly timid, basically a non-factor.

Nothing beats a Double IPA (or 'Double Pale Ale', as this is branded) that is sizable, serviceable, and sensational - Double Fist is a true triple threat. It is among the smoothest, most expressive, deeply balanced hop-bombs of recent memory. If any one of the Mid-West's DIPAs could be considered better than the others - I said *IF* - Revolution made a strong case for this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured with a ruby amber color. Not quite what I’d expect from a double IPA but it looks good nonetheless. It has a pleasing grassy hop aroma and a chewy pine flavor. There’s a sharp hop bittering that’s every bit as pronounced as you’d expect from a DIPA and a dry, chewy, grassy-pine hop finish.

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Photo of laketang
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured deep amber, dissipating head

scents of citrus (grapefruit)

malts and hops compliment each other well
nice touch of sweetness, almost honey like.

medium body, creamy smooth finishnot chewy.

a little like hopslam(poor mans version)

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep copper and hazy. The head is a finger-and-a-half thick and lasts for about 45 seconds or so. The bubbles seem aggressive as it pours, they almost look like soda bubbles, large and quick to get to the surface.

SMELL: Get your nose in this glass before that head fades, because it is an awesome smelling beer - delightfully piney with a ton of fruit; passion fruit, tangerine, mango, apricot. This smells sweet and inviting, yet still in a hoppy way.

TASTE: Wow. All of the fruit from the nose is here, but with some grapefruit, lemon and grass to balance it out. The tropical fruits really stand out and despite a slightly bitter start a caramel wave washes over the palate mid-sip for a sweeter finish.

MOUTHFEEL: A nice, solid sparkle with a medium to big body, bigger than I expected. The balance leans towards the sweet side, but it is dry enough to make this exceedingly drinkable.

OVERALL: I’m still searching for a bad beer from Rev. and haven’t found it. As I have said with many a hoppy beers in the past, this one pairs quite nicely with a tangy blue cheese like Pt. Reyes. Glad I was able to pick this one up on my last trip to Chicago.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this growler.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of dank hop notes, as well as some piney and resiny hops. This smells like a hop bomb. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dank hop notes, but I also get some grassy hops as well as some biscuit malt and somewhat surprisingly, some very refreshing orange citrus hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer that I could drink several of.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - great Amber color with a big white head
Smell - strong bitter piney citrus hop smell with a good maltiness
Taste - not as strong as it smells but it still is strong with some chewiness to it. Everything else is very similar to smell, great malt backbone.
Feel - medium carbonation with a medium full body
Overall - yummy sticky dipa

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Revolution over lunch

from notes

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, bright straw-orange body, nice fluffy white cap with a sticky lace

smell: nice citrus zest, tropical fruit, a touch of spice, sweet

taste: this was really good - fresh and flavorful, citrus zest, grapefruit, blood orange, sweet sugars, light pine needle, mango, a light alcohol warming. The best beer I had @ revolution on this day

mouthfeel: relatively light with low bitterness but a nice zesty hop profile

overall: solid stuff

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution. Had a 5oz sample glass as well as a tulip a few days later.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind wisps on top and splotchy lace on the sides of the glass. Transparent golden body.

S - Spicy and zesty hops - Amarillo? Pine and citrus combo, with some earthy and herbal notes in the periphery. Light sugary malt backbone.

T - The taste is a tad less sweet, although still with a mild sugar cookie malt bill. Juicy citrus hops combined with earthy bitterness, and perhaps a touch of astringency. Good, but not as nice as the aroma.

M - Super dry, medium body, with medium-low carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the finish contains lots of enamel-coating hop resins.

D - A very nice beer that I look forward to purchasing in cans down the road. Multiple pours would get you pretty drunk, but I can think of worse fates.

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Photo of Etan
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from the first bottling into a tulip..

A: Pours a dark brass with a small head of coarse white bubbles.

S: Aroma of tropical fruit jumps out immediately, just as much as with Anti-Hero. Aggressive pineapple, tangerine, grass, biscuit malts.

T: Earthy bitterness, sweet grapefruit and grass, vanilla, resinous leaf, full bready malt, bit of spicy alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with a brief wave of carbonation.

O: The guys at Revolution really know how to nail a hoppy aroma. Really nice DIPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dirty orange/amber body,
2 finger khaki head, stunning lacing

S: big grapefruit, pine, sweet malt
hint of orange peel

T: orange peel, lemon, sweet biscuit
malt, hint of rock candy, bitter pine
oily finish

M: med body, quite sticky/oily mouth

O: A Real treat! Fine blend of hops
and malt. Share with worthy friends.
This will be a repeat buy for me.


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Photo of SomethingClever
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: light amber color great clarity soapy head that disappears quickly

S: light citrus then a light of piney resin smells like it might be a tad malty too

T: very resiny sticky piney a little bit malty more of a floral hop with a piney bite nice little bitterness on the end

M: medium feel nothing too exciting

O: Pretty classic tasting DIPA resiny piney with a decent malt backbone.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #4 from my DIY Chicago care package.

Bright shinny amber, excellent clarity, multiple carbonation streams, topped by two fingers of fluffy foam.

Big bold fruity aroma with a solid pine undertone.

Tidal wave of sweet malt engulfs the mouth. Some fruity juice squeezes loose. Second tidal wave, this time big bitterness, crashes at he swallow. Fruit fights it way back up in the afterglow.

Solid medium mouthfeel, chewy.

Revolution continues to impress.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Powered from bomber bottle into snifter glass. Bottle dated 2/21/13. Pours copper/amber and leaves a resinous lacing around glass. Head is 1 finger white, creamy settles quickly. Beer is very clear.

Aroma has lots of nice pine and orange rind swept over with some bready sweet notes.

Taste starts off awesome. Has nice kick of bitterness pine that lasts with a finish of caramel, toffee and a bit too sweet of finish with the malts. Can do with a bit less of caramel malt in the beer but has great combo of pines, malmamade, mango, orange rind.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very easy drinking like a regular IPA.

A great showing. Hop character is outstanding that can be felt throughout the taste. Could be better if the hops were highlighted a bit more with less special malts. More muted for the style, could be an ipa.

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Photo of WreckedPalate
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Granted it is not my favorite beer by any means, this is a superbly balanced ale. Hops are definitely present, but not in a bitter way at all. Caramel malts with a pronounced citrus note, again not bitter at all just tons of hop flavor, juicy Ruby red grapefruit comes to mind, maybe a subtle hint of mango, lemon grass notes towards the finish.
The smell appears to mask the taste almost to a T, it's really good, especially out of the correct glass wear like an IPA glass.

Overall, solid double pale, and I get what they mean by double pale ale too, not agressive, this one is all finesse. Not my best write up, but I only had a minute or two, drove out of state on a limb in hopes to catch a few gems, and this was certainly one of my favs I brought back. Give this stuff a try, it's awesome! I'm glad I have one more.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy medium body. Big floral hop aroma. Taste is a dry resin with a good amount of pineapple. Ended up bringing a bottle of this home since it was pretty good.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured a dark amber color. Very piney on smelling. When tasting, you get Pine, citrus and VERY hoppy. My wife brought me back this brew from Chicago when she went to visit one of our daughters.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8% ABV, Dec05.12

A - Caramel-hued golden amber in color, Double Fist pours quietly, generating very little head despite how increasingly taller I poured. A hearty swirl roused up some tan foam which sank to a thin skim while leaving some wispy lace on the glass.

S - A spicy prick of pine needle and toasted pine cone emerge from behind the modest tropical fruit notes of passion fruit and mango; decidedly hoppy but not quite the monster one might expect from a double IPA...then again, this a double "pale ale" (wouldn't that be an IPA?). The malt backbone is complimentary, adding toffee and caramel notes around the toasted bread sweetness for a round, approachable hoppy beer.

T - Hops continue to shine forwards despite the well-balanced malt backbone. It's reminiscent of a "stronger" IPA though, again, a little less than one might expect from a "double IPA". Mango and passion fruit press beyond the earthy pine notes and are supported nicely by toasted wheat bread, caramel, and toffee undertones.

M - A smooth entry leads the way into a robust and round - though not quite full - body that finishes with a moderately bitter kick, putting a wonderful kibosh on Double Fist.

O - Many brewers I meet seem to have a problem with the designation "Black IPA" as the "P" stands for "pale". I find myself in the same predicament with "Double Pale Ale". Isn't that essentially an IPA, not a double IPA? Nit-picking aside, if one imagines this beer as a "double pale ale" and not double IPA, it's quality is immediately increased. Double Fist doesn't quite fit the mold of a double IPA but it's not bad either. Thinking of a pale ale and doubling it, however absurd that would become, makes this beer make sense. The hoppiness is there, the malt backbone is there, Double Fist is a great beer; brewed very well, showcasing hops with an underlying maltiness for a balanced and moderately bitter brew.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Cow. This is a beauty. Thanks to @Kevinpitts for throwing this in to a trade. One of the best extras I've ever rec'd.
Stright up, hefty malt backbone. Biscuity and even hinting toward caramel. Zesty citrus leaning on the bright side, like tangerine. And a hint of weed. Yay!
Full in the mouth for style. I'm down with that. Finish is almost as glorious as the first sips.
I think this could make my PERMAWANT list.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the leftovers Chris. Poured into a goblet, bright copper orange color, lasting foam that sticks to the sides, leaving a sticky collar of lacing. Super bright jewel tone clarity.

Big citrus peel aroma, papaya, burly caramel malt base in the background. The opposing hop & malt sides of the aroma work well together, intertwining and complimenting one another.

Silky smooth, velvety sticky sweet. Resiny hops, fruity, tropical, and earthy. Some light toffee notes from the malt peek through in the back. Medium bodied, but light enough to easily make it through a couple glasses. Nice work here, hope this falls into regular rotation at the brewpub.

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