Revolution Brewing’s Fist City: Chicago Pale Ale, My Kinda Beer by Brandon C. Hovey

Ole Blue Eyes used to belt out this tune about Chicago. If he drank this beer, I’d bet it would make him sing too.

Brewery: Revolution

Country of Origin: United States of America (Chicago,IL)

Beer: Fist City, Chicago Pale Ale

Beer Style: Pale Ale

Abv: 5.5%

Background: Earlier this month, I was in Chicago on a business trip. I picked up this beer while I was up north. I’m so glad I did, folks.

Taste & Aroma: This is a pale ale with character. The aroma reminds me of northwoods pines before an excursion to Labrador City’s Cabin Bar. The flavor is where this beer shines. Woody pine is the first volley of flavor musketry. A sharp bite is the second volley. A third volley of hop is there, and then a malt backbone is the bayonet charge.  Fist City is a hammering fist of flavor. The secret is the hop variety employed in this beer: Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Crystal. Do not ask me to describe each hop flavor to you. I’m not an advanced enough beer sommelier to tell you that. I can tell you though that this is a most excellent brew.

Final Analysis: I would adore trying this beer on tap. I can still say though that this is a five star beer. It would be foolish to say otherwise. I love pale ales, and this is a perfect example of the style.

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