Double Fist | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
668
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
8.66%
 
 
Wants:
62
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94
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking orange yellow color with a decent looking head on top. The retention thins out and leaves a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a nice hoppy aroma with some sweet malts in there as well. The taste of the beer gives off a subtle citrusy orange flavor with some sweetness blending in there from the malts. The mouthfeel is lighter, very drinkable and refreshing too. Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. I would enjoy having this one again someday.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Distorting the notions of what is both Pale Ale and Imperial IPA, Revolution grows a Frankenstein-type ale that retains the even-keel balance of American Pale Ale but elevates the proportions of taste and strength to near imperial greatness.

Double Fist pours with a deep amber, approaching chestnut and mahogany hues. It's beautiful coloration is cast through a mostly clear elixir, albeing the slight gaze of cloudiness persists. Solid white in its foam stance, the beer's froth is steady, creamy, and shows good longevity. Intermittent lacing is yet another testament to well made ale.

The beer's aroma is that of standard pale ale- caramel scented malts and citrusy Pacific Northwest hops remain even, not allowing one set of aromas to pull ahead of the other; but the overall intensity is greater than is expected, suggesting that higher rates of both are employed. A tinge of alcohol lurks on while fruit stresses of tropical varieties pull from the sweetness.

Medium caramel sweetness saturates the taste buds early- giving a light cashew nuttiness, estery character of apple, apricot, and mango. But the middle palate draws upon hop flavors of grapefruit and orange peels, light pine, and an overall taste of gently muddled grass. As the beer turns to finish, it recedes in its sweetness and favors a hop-balance that develops deep resinous bitterness to close.

Medium-full in balance, the mouth registers IPA, but the lingering malt weight and residual sweetness hangs onto the palate to prevent premature dryness, crispness, or heat. But alas, the hop dryness wins out as the gripping bitterness outlasts the sweetness in its extended aftertaste.

It's interesting to see how Imperial IPAs begin to resemble the balance of standard American Pale Ale in most versions, where the IPA is stuck in the middle and become the most hop balanced and driest of the three. Revolutions off-centric thinking about elevated Pale Ale kinda flirts with the lines that separate these styles. But shouldn't a beer called "Double Fist" have more than one fist on the label?

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with an impressive head that delivers the lace

Smell: Bold aromatics, with caramel and orange tones forward; there is a grainy/grassy/piney character in the back, however

Taste: Caramel forward, with the powerful malt base building as the hops emerge; orange tones start the parade but there is a grassy/piney character that builds to a resinous bitterness in the middle and through the finish, though the malts never recede

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A big, balanced beer that is straddles a fine line into DIPA territory; I prefer my beers in this genre a bit dryer but having had a few Revolution beers now I suspect that their brewers might not not agree with my preferences

Thanks, Sammy, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/15/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pale ale. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

Pours a white head. Leaves some lace rings. Color is a clear dark gold.

Aroma: Lots of juicy hops and fruits. Floral and grapefruit citrus with orange. A bit of pineapple. Light caramel sweetness.

Taste: More juicy hops. Fresh, floral, and earthy. Tons of citrus. Grapefruit and blood-orange. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a very tasty beer. Reminded me a little of shorts blood orange wheatwine. I like this one.

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Photo of DrBier
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 Kurmaraja
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color with a short off- white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and caramel. Then a subdued grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good milder representation of style, while this was far from the hop-bomb that I was expecting, it’s still a solid 2IPA to drink for a long time especially if you want one that is on the less harsh side.

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -1%

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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Double Fist from Revolution Brewing
4.04 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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