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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 Beglane
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tastes not quite as good as it smells, which is a bit of problem since it didn't smell all that great. Nothing is off, really, but it's not coherent. Starts bitter and piney, gets syrupy and biscuity, ends with strong nodes of booze. Totally okay, meh.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color. Just under a finger worth of head on the pour which left sticky rings behind. Normal amount of active carbonation for the style, present but kept in check.

Smell: Orange peel, medium bodied fruits, and sweet toffee on the front. There is a peculiar oily, syrupy aroma that is very noticeable on the body and lingers throughout. Solid pine bite on the back end.

Taste: Light to medium bodied tropical fruits hit the palate first. Solid caramel and nutty malt backbone make you believe this is still a pale ale. Malt heaviness pulls up on the back end and a lighter sweetness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable for what it is. Hops and malt take it easy on the palate. Carbonation is on the lower end.

Overall: A pretty solid beer but nothing really stands out and makes you want to keep coming back. A double pale ale is an interesting style but they pull it off here with a big malt forward beer. Okay but Revolution has many other hop options I would go with before this.

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Photo of smanson56
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orangey tan color, The pour pretty much says it all. A west coast style heavily malt forward type DIPA. Thee is little to no flavor here except from the malts. there is a little bit of piney resin taste in the finish. I'll admit I'm not a fan of this type of DIPA but for this style it is an acceptable beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty orange with an off-whitecreamy, two-finger head. Lots of action with the carbonation. Already leaving lacing from the head dissipation. Smells of piney citrus funk with much malt. Very Carmely and sweet taste. The bitterness is not overpowering. Kind of a honey-carmel taste coming through. A medium body in which there are two separate finishes of sweet and bitter. A beer in which the elements do not quite come together to compliment one, organized taste.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber-gold in color, with a moderate-to-short head of off-white foam
Aroma-Juicy, citrus hops
Taste-Toasted malt, white grapefruit, plenty of hop flavor and bitterness throughout.
All in all, a nice offering. Worth a try.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Drucifer for this bottle off my wants, dropped on me at an in-person trade at Darkness Day. If I hadn't been so drunk, I'd probably remember doing the trade. What was is, 8PM? Whatever. I think I've finally recovered. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The big reveal is orange. With moderate carbonation. Looks like like a beer with hops. Nose dials up the interest level, with quarter-tons of tropical the papaya? Lots of malts sweetness. Certainly distinctive.

Double Fist doesn't quite deliver the tittering thrills the name promises. Caramel malt sweetness sweeps outwards from the point of contact with only a moderate level of hop bitterness. That strange, attractive fruit stranger rises again in middle of the beer. Toffee, mango, slight spiciness show themselves briefly. Malt reasserts itself on the end. Pretty heavy for the ABV. A half bomber is plenty.

Intriguing, but ultimately too heavy on the malt to really shine. Good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a medium copper color with a single-finger white head. Little bit of lacing and a nice collar as it eventually falls down. The nose brings forward a good dose of citrus as well as some mild pine. Nothing too exceptional, but pretty good. The taste is along the same lines, though quite a bit more malt comes out in the taste than in the feel. The feel is pretty good with nice bitterness. Drinks pretty well for the ABV, but I didn't like this nearly as well as the Anti-Hero.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber purchased, consumed, & reviewed on 9/25/12. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Listed as a "double pale ale", this piqued my curiousity. Pours a nice medium amber color: generous amount of pillowy white head. On the nose: a bit of booze, and a bit of a yeast-like smell, and a touch of earthy hops. The taste leads with carmel malts, and finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness on the back of the palate.

I can see that DF is not DIPA: it lacks a true hop punch at any particular point. It is pleasant & smooth: only booziness is detected on the nose. Glad that I gave it a go, and would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bombers on sale around Massachusetts. Reasonably priced and easy to find.

Pours limp and dark amber, a small white head that dissipates quickly with pretty minimal carbonation. Maybe I've been inured by the recent preponderance of high ABV beers, but this is seems pretty gull darn flat for only 8%.

Smells thick, hoppy, bitter, and alcoholic. Like an old-school DIPA. Malt smells syrupy, hops are piney. Intense but pretty decently balanced.

Tastes not quite as good as it smells, which is a bit of problem since it didn't smell all that great. Nothing is off, really, but it doesn't fully cohere. Starts bitter and piney, gets syrupy and biscuity, ends with strong nodes of booze. Totally okay.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Small creamy white collar on a light copper/burnt orange. Slight chill haze. Minor carbonation.

Smell: Orange marmalade. Vague peppery spice coupled with a mellow tropical aroma. Some pithy bitterness. Oily pine. Sweet caramel malts. Bready, slightly toasted. Some pale malt sweetness. Hints of mint and alcohol.

Taste: Slightly sweet, roasted, caramelized malts. A nice toasted edge. Hops push a big floral component with a solid herbal spiciness. Some grapefruit rind and oily pine needle. Orange marmalade and flaky biscuit. Some mint. Alcohol on the back with some aspirin like bitterness. Pale breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Slightly dry, but clean overall.

Overall: Throw up your Double fist if you're feeling it when I drop this.

A nice imperial pale ale. Hopped in a slightly unique way that works well with the lighter malt body.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, this is a relatively old bottle (bottle date 3/5/12), so I'm guessing the hops have subsided a bit. Therefore I am being a bit more lenient on the aroma/taste portions.

A - Body is caramel colored. 1 finger of off-white head. Decent retention. Tons of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet tropical fruit up front. Undertones of pine trees and sweet orange peel. I also detect just the slightest hint of bubblegum.

T - Rich and caramely up front. Very decadent opening to a DIPA. As I mentioned, the hops are bound to have faded a bit, but nonetheless I still get a hefty dose of mango, bitter grapefruit and lemongrass in the middle all the way through to the finish. Good amount of bitterness, but I could almost stand for more. This beer is smooth and balanced all around, no rough edges.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the hops. Finish is a bit sticky, but overall quite dry and refreshing.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Appearance: Double Fist is a copper-orange color with a very slight haze. It is actually quite clear and almost "shiny" in the glass. The head was about a finger size of an off white color that dissipated quickly. Lacing is evident and sticky in appearance.

Smell: Pine and citrus both jump out. I get grapefruit, tangerine, mango and pineapple. There is grass and also some bready malts to round it out.

Taste: not so much if the citrus on the palate as in the nose. More of the grassy and pine hop bitterness especially at the back end in the form of a puckering bitterness. Up front is a very slight sweet at first but then the beer opens up to its true nature. It's mid palate that the resinous hops kick in and follow through to the swallow. It actually sticks around well after the swallow as well. I'm also getting a spice note here that may be from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A pretty big bitter feel on this one that is somewhat balanced by the initial hint of sweetness. Good amount of carbonation and a medium mouthfeel with a sticky character as well.

Overall: This being my first offering from Revolution I was impressed. I very nice easy drinking DIPA.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, and some caramel malt. Taste is just like the aroma, it's full of pine/citrusy hops and caramel malt. There's also a nice lingering piney bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and sticky with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Copper and filtered with almost no carbonation, 3 fingers of off white beige tinged head with large and small bubbles.

S: Candy, malt, medicine, pine, ripe melon, taffy, fruity with a bit of evergreen.

T: Candy like syrup, then a fruity floral melon and pine mixture hits the tongue, leaving a big bitter hit as well. Numbing Japanese pepper lingers on the tongue. A good amount of sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy with a numbing finish, medium low carbonation.

O: Got this on at Whole Foods in Chicago, drank it in the burbs of Chicago Aug 15, 2014 after a day of shopping at Chicago Premium Outlets. I first saw it on Chicago beer podcasts like Hopcast, where I got interested in it. Glad to have found it.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

2014-09-06: Sample poured at the Kedzie brewery.

Pours clear, bronze-golden with heavy lacing and light carbonation. Smell is very muted, but slightly piney.

Taste is pine and grapefruit, fairly straightforward. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Overall, pretty nice.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Tired Hands

A: Pours a fairly clear amber orange color. No head at all, just a ring of bright white around edges. Not a lot of lacing, if any.

S: Still smells nice and hoppy. Lots of pink grapefruit on this one. Big bitter citrus hints. Minimal maltiness.

T: This might be a little past it's prime but still tasty. Nice hop bitterness up front. More pine than fruit at this point. The malt kicks in more that I assumed in the mid mouth. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Some chew.

O: B

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Photo of hopley
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color, bitter and malty - kinda like a Stone Arrogant Bastard. Not what I was expecting for an IPA, but not in a bad way. Similar to Stone AB, I enjoyed it, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of cnbrown313
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find out that Revolution was releasing their beers in bottles, so I picked one of these up as soon as they came in - $8.99 for a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a orangish golden brown with a good 2 finger head and some nice lacing.

S - I was expecting hops, and that's exactly what it smells like. Citrus and pine aromas that have become familiar with almost all DIPA's.

T - Grapefruit and piney hops up front, with a semi-sweet malt back. Overall it was a very tasty DIPA, but it didn't quite have that "wow" factor or anything that would really differentiate it from the other good DIPAs on the market. The booze is masked nicely however.

M - Medium bodied mouth feel and good carbonation. I prefer the mouth feel on something like a Union Jack or a Ruination more, for the style.

O - I was glad to have tried one of these. After I had this bottle, I sampled a West Coast IPA from Green Flash, and I like that much more. But overall, this was a good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Haymarket.

My little pre-wedding excursion continues with a stop in at Haymarket, presaging the future a bit with a Revolution brew to start things off. It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, orange rind, pine sap, and a swath of sweet caramel in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though with more pine and a touch of rubber, bringing things down a step or so. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda thick feel. Overall, a pretty solid "double pale ale", though certain aspects of the flavor detract ever-so-slightly.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Caramel copper color and clear. Lasting head which leaves a blanket of lace.

Aromatic and floral from an obvious dry hop. On the second whiff, I smelled some brown sugar but I would not describe this one as sweet.

Strong caramel base. The hop provides balance. Semisweet and chewy. Rich body with an elevated carbonation. The body is predictably full. The carbonation is low but creates good balance.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a clear copper color with an ample cap of off-white head.

Nose is piney and fruity with a hefty dose of toffee malts. Little bit of sweetness mixes with some serious hop aroma...think grapefruit Blow Pop....if they existed.

Ohhh, taste is smooth as silk with a minty hop presence and malts that range from caramel to toast to biscuit. I like it, goes down really easy and it has a great flow - in fact, it doesnt really have a beginning, middle and end. It is really just one solid dose of well balanced hop/malt flavors. Its a little thin on the mouthfeel, but other than that I am enjoying this beer quite a bit. The sum is better than the parts I think in this case, as nothing really stands out - but I'll be damned if I wouldnt want this one in my fridge on a regular basis.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This libation was served on tap at Revolution Brewing Company’s brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. It arrived in a generic but highly stemmed tulip showing an amber-honey coloring. It held a brief half finger tall head of eggnog colored foam, leaving etched patterns of lacing down the glass as it went. A chill haze cut clarity without sediment to help it. Carbonation appeared to be active. The first whiff stung the nostrils with pine sap, oily citrics, and floral grassiness. This formally unified with dense and sticky caramel and burnt pale graininess, wheat cracker dryness, light boozy airs, biscuity esters, white rice, rye and pumpernickel breadiness, hardwood varnish, and pineapple syrups throughout the remainder of the aroma. The following taste came on a scathing wave of booziness and vinyl plastics. Beneath this were notes that included bready and biscuity pale and amber malts, choppy and drying caramel tannins, bright enough citric and piney hops, lactic creaminess, oily orange rind bitters, juicy canned mango and peach fruitiness, parchment paper, vegetal scallion zing, cooling banana esters, and black pepper and cinnamon spiciness. The body was fully medium, but a bit chewy around the edges, while carbonation remained as active as it looked. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all present, but slightly hindered by oily and slick the beer was off the top. This left a coating much in the same way as Anti-Hero does, but with more pucker and dryness from the booze that was left to demoisturize the palate. The abv was appropriately strong, and the beer sipped back accordingly.

Overall, this was one big beer. The description of “double pale ale” should be taken only loosely by the wary consumer. The hoppy sting off the nose is huge, setting the stage for an equal punch though the flavoring. This, however, came in the form of harsh and chemically booziness. Although a nice base layer is set for the sweetness and bitterness of the hops to flower from, they do so only partially. The result is a massive beer that is sadly not the most well-blended. As we’ve said numerous times in the past, all of the elements are there for a wildly scrumptious end product, but we just don’t see them coming together through the taste in the way we had hoped for. Very nitpicky, we know. We actually did enjoy this beer very much, that said. It was our second taste of Revolution, and again showcases how much power they can put behind their beers.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy copper/burnt orange color. Thick bleached-khaki head. Lots of lacing. Heavy candied citrus hoppiness along with a powerful malt backing. Caramel malt and a dried, darker malt presence that actually reminds me of a Scotch Ale. Flavor brings an initially zesty hop punch. Hops are less sweet than in the nose. Still, I notice the candied citrus. Some underlying pine. I enjoy the flavor more than the smell. It's less sweet. The malt actually portrays a bit more dryness than I was anticipating. This one packs on the bitterness. 90 IBU, no surprise. Fuller bodied. Underlying citrus aftertaste. Double Pale it's a DPA instead of a DIPA. Pretty good.

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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a very cloudy amber color, nice 1.5 finger of creamy white head. big thick lacing.
S - Big sweet malt is the dominant quality in the aroma, some dried fruits, pine, citrus zest, caramels.
T - Very sweet taste, some overly ripe mango, payapa, big caramel malt presence, some underlying pine.
M - This was the best part, this extremely creamy between the head an the body, almost a silky kinda porter-like quality to it.
O - Not pale by any means and very sweet, while not for everyone, I think its a good try. I fell in love with the velvety texture to this one.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on December 5, 2012, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a clear dark amber / copper color, produces a finger of head that recedes to a wisp, leaves nice lacing.

S- Some bitter, fruity hops, lots of grapefruit and orange, behind it is a big caramel aroma.

T- Some pine and some fruit (mango, orange rind and grapefruit), has a pretty big caramel sweetness that takes over until close to the finish, when some piney bitterness becomes more noticeable.

M- Medium-bodied, low carbonation with a smooth, slightly chewy feel.

O- A solid beer, highly drinkable and with invisible booze for 8.30%, worth a shot, but IMO it could do with a bit less sweetness.

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