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High Five Hefe - Iron Horse Brewery

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RJLarse on 09-21-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

mdavidson, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Braz, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.6%

beefandbean22, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as "unfiltered Hefeweizen brewed with ginger and honey." 6% ABV.
This is slightly spiced and totally drinkable variation on the flavored wheat theme. It pours a little hazy in the Blanche de Chambly glass with a slight mustache of foam. The abundant carbonation in the mouth, however, goes nicely with the tangy mouthfeel.

Plenty of wheat flavors with some malty sweetness. The ginger is not overdone, but it does add a hot taste as well as the spicy aromatics. It's just not so strong as a flavor. The honey seems to play along well with this combination. Plenty of mellow sweet tastes, but the zingy sharpness offers some balance, even without any actual hop flavor. There is a little bitter aftertaste, though I couldn't say if it's the hops or something from the giners.

Quite an outstanding spiced Hefe, but you do need to be in the mood for it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

mactrail, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of Sky2625
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a straight-side pilsner glass.

A - Poured a golden light orange color, with inconsistent swirls of cloudiness within. Head was less than a finger of small bubbles that lasted awhile. A little bit of fluid lacing.

S - A moderate sweet floral and honey scent accentuated by a note of oranges, with a subdued whiff of wheat. Not a powerful scent, surprisingly subdued actually.

T - The sweet floral honey flavor is dominant, complimented by a tiny bit of citrus. The ginger is hard to notice (that might just be me), and there's a subtle wheaty finish.

M - Lighter-side-of-medium body, soft carbonation, a bit of stickiness.

D - A very nice mild, sweet beer if you're into that kind of thing. Good summer evening patio beer. Personally, I tend to like something with a sharper flavor punch, so it's not my favorite, but its still decent...and better than the C average it's earning. Not a hefeweizen, though, important to note.

I think this beer gets a bad rap. Sure the label says "High Five Hefe", but "hefe" simply means "yeast". Perhaps one shouldn't judge this against hefeweizens.

Sky2625, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +17%

Thanks to Donkster46 from Washington State! I get to try one of your home state brews!

Serving style : 12 oz can poured for appearance

Appearance (3.75) : I really like the depth and opacity of this beer. It's got an apricot-mango colored body with depth not unlike a good Wit. The head is nice and more like a crown with a 1 finger topper that's receding at a slow pace. Little licks of lacing left on the sides. It's the body that gets me here.

Smell (4.25) : Beautiful ginger honey aroma that permeates your olfactory. This smells damn good. Almost lemon limey, but more like ginger ale. Some hints of spearmint in there. Aside from that it's clean wheat and light apricot. Wow.

Taste (3.75) : A little funky but I kinda like it. The honey is muted and the ginger is numb. Carbonation/seltzer is quite loud and up front, with wheat dancing around it. That's the best description I can give. I can't muster anything else. The finish is sort of like Ricola Honey throat lozenges. Not exactly what I pine for in a beer, but interesting nonetheless. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Super carbonated and washy, drinks easy though so that gains points. I could pound this like any regular Bud Light or something similar.

Overall (3.85) : I like this beer because you can taste the art and craft that went into it. It has soul. So many beers just taste like, well...beers. This one tastes like an art project and because I'm attracted to that sort of thing, I'd have no problem drinking these regularly if they were available in my area. It may not be the most amazing tasting beer, but I have to say - it's got its own thing going on and that's pretty impressive.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +14%

From a 12 ounce can with no date apparent. Pours cloudy gold with a huge foamy white head that leaves in about five minutes. Spots of lace. Not much aroma. Taste is orange, wheat, and some light heat from the ginger. Medium body with ample carbonation. Could not find any hops to speak of and was not expecting much in this type of beer. An interesting spin on a wheat beer. Not a big fan of flavored beer in general but I did enjoy this one. Good summer refresher.

Spikester, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

rrock44, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

jera1350, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick cap. Aroma of orange citrus, ginger, wheat, hint of clove. Flavor is sweet bready wheat, orange juice, ginger, honey, faintly floral. Medium bodied. A idiosyncratic take on a hefeweizen, much sweeter and with odd flavors like the ginger, but still clearly a wheat ale, and labelled as brewed with honey and ginger, so no surprises there. Not traditional nor following the hefeweisen profile, but an interesting American wheat ale, a bit on the sweet side. I'd get this again. I can see that it might be divisive; don't get this if you don't like moderate sweetness in a beer.

LiquidAmber, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Bookseeb
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a hazy light golden color with a nice crisp fluffy head. Smell of ginger and light fruit. Taste has a lightly tangy sweet ginger flavor thats not overpowering with the wheat. Mouthfeel has good body and carbonation. Not what I expected from this Americanized hefe, it is quite nice and refreshing with a twist of ginger.

Bookseeb, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of kemoarps
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a nice light amber, with a hint of orange to it. Small off white head disappears almost immediately. Minimal retention/lacing.

Smells of straw, as I feel hefes do, but there's certainly some ginger and some oily orange as well.

Surprisingly decent body, the medium thickness pairs with the post-honey flavour well. The ginger isn't as noticeable here as it was on the nose, and the orange is less the sweet oily promise of the nose and more like... dried orange peel, fairly muted.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not one that particularly stands out from the crowd. Refreshing on a hot afternoon. I'd drink it if it was offered, but won't be seeking it out...

kemoarps, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Duff27, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Erik-P, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sark, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Wetpaperbag, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Micros32, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rab53, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sound_Explorer, May 09, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille. Served in a pint glass.

Appears a bright yellow/gold color and is slightly hazy. Chill haze perhaps. A small wispy white head is somewhat sticky and leaves a little lace on the glass/

Smell is a faint fruity aroma.

Taste is a dry sweet bread flavor, with a little citrus taste and a dull hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is light crisp and clean.

A drinkable brew, but IMO more of a wheat ale than an authentic hefe.

RJLarse, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

A pours a cloudy orange with lots of lacing but not much head.

S cloves and a spicy Ginger note. Also a bubble gum note appears

T very strong Ginger bite accompanied by some light Citrusy fruit and more bubble gum.

M the mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent wheat beer, nothing special but its a great beer for a summer in ellensburg.

beerandcycling88, Aug 07, 2011
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3.36/5  rDev +2.1%

Keepnitrl, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

chrisfallon83, Jun 04, 2012
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High Five Hefe from Iron Horse Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.