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Renegade Blonde - Iron Fist Brewing Company

Renegade BlondeRenegade Blonde

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.24%


Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010)
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A hazy body, slightly dull, but with a darker orange and mostly deep peach yellow color. Some cola carbonation in appearance, most of it rising very quickly. Head barely forms a finger, soapy white, but settles to a thin puck.

Lemon lime scents on the nose in a nice citrus way. Slight grass and crisp malt sensations. Light and a little bit effervescent gas. Fairly alright.

Clean tasting on first sip. A bit of sharp bitterness while finishing but controlled with some clean malt sweetness. Slightly dry. Some nice crisp qualities to this, with a bit of missing malt density.

Overall though not a great kolsch but not a bad one either, certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 00:50:15 | More by smakawhat
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color Kolsch with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean crisp cereal notes with light butter notes. Taste is also dominated by crisp cereal notes with light buttery notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well done for style with limited buttery notes and refreshing taste overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:57:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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Zorro

California

3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mildly chill hazed golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells light and mildly sweet with a little fruitiness and a grassy hop aroma. Nice noble hop with a base of biscuit malt. Toasted grain aroma, it is a good lager scent.

Starts out mild and yeasty. Moderate hop bitterness. Mostly toasted grain with some fruity elements. Hops are grassy.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a pretty decent and refreshing beer. An excellent choice for summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:42:53 | More by Zorro
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augustgarage

California

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Uerige stick.

Faintly hazy sunglow liquid (I suppose this is unfiltered so I won't dock too much for the lack of clarity) topped by a half finger of soft magnolia foam. Light sticky lacing, excellent retention.

Light winter fruit (apples and pears) in the nose - tart and subdued. Faintly floral note, though not much if any malt.

Delicate malt in the palate entry, though this gives way to wave of minerals, white grapes, and apple skins. Slightly grassy, well attenuated, slightly dry finish - some hops peek out from behind the semblance of fruit, though they don't seem to contribute much bitterness.

Light-bodied, yet creamy, with a soft but lasting carbonation.

An easy style to get wrong I think, and Iron Fist presents this one free of off notes. I was sort of expecting more of a blonde ale, with an emphasis on malt, but I'm pleased to report that this beer is about as close to a proper Kölsch as I've had from a domestic producer (excepting 32/50). As others have mentioned this isn't the best value though...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:57:39 | More by augustgarage
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mactrail

California

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Anemic slightly sweet beerish stuff.

Giant stiff beehive of a head in a tall pilsener and a shorter glass. Totally foams up, though it doesn't dissipate like foamers usually do. Very flat in the mouth, though. On the cloudy side. Totally lacks crispness, which is why you would bother with a pale undistinguished sort of ale. Still, after it warms up it has some decent flavors. Faint hint of hops. More malty than a German Kolsch, I would think.

Quite drinkable, but carbonation melts in your glass, not in your mouth. More like decent extract homebrew. Utterly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:49:41 | More by mactrail
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden orange, bright yellow in color with a decent one-inch head that goes down to a thin lacing as it warms up.

Smell: Has that malty "earthy" smell that I refer to as the "barnyard".

Taste & Mouthfeel: If I went on smell alone, I wouldn't expect too much from the taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. Very light in body, smooth in it's execution and crisp. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Malty in character...almost has a bubble gum quality toward the end. Not too shabby.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink, especially on a hot day as the one today. While it's not the most extraordinary Kolsch style that I've tried, it is a very solid beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:46:59 | More by July2Nov
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Retsinis

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Iron fist

Review is from notes

A: The beer pours a semi clear to light hazy golden straw yellow color, with a small quarter of an inch of white head, that pretty much sat on top most for the most part. Light lacing on the glass.

S: I get scents of light apples or pear, light hops, and some sweet bread malt.

T: A light crisp orange citrus flavor up dront, with a solid bready malt undertone in the middle, with a yeasty dry finish.

M: Light to medium mouth, with medium carbonation and a dry finish

O: Clean, refreshing, though I've yet a Kolch that wasnt, (I'm sure their out there) good easily have more than one, but it's not too complex for me. Good start, or palatee cleanser in a tasting flight for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 19:29:39 | More by Retsinis
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notchucknorris

California

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, cloudy golden color with a puffy head that lasts pretty nicely. Good lacing as well.

S: Pale malts, a bit of grassy hops and some pear.

T: This doesn't have fantastic reviews for some reason, but I thought it was pretty decent. It has some nice spiciness along with the pale malts and a pretty good pop from the hops that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. I'd say it's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 20:01:17 | More by notchucknorris
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium gold with a solid white head, some fair lacing.

S: Bready malts, white grapes and pears. Fruity.

T: Dry bready malts dominate with a good fruit flavour. Kolsch "grapes", some light apple and pear, is well made to style.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly smooth.

D: A nice Kolsch, my first from Iron Fist. Well made and to style, not mind-blowing in any way at all. Solid drinking beer, frankly I don't get the bottle prices, glad I got to try it on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 23:32:44 | More by Halcyondays
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Dijeriduster

California

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At Small Bar into a pint glass

A - Very clear yellow with a nice thick head. Pretty much dead on for a kolsh.

S - Bready malts with a little bit of german hops coming thu.

T - Clean and fresh with plenty of bready pale malts. Yeast kinda kills it to me...its like a belgian homebrew (likely WL550 or the like). Still close to being true to style but the yeast was just kinda plain and didn't match the malt profile.

M - Clean and freshing as per the style.

D - While it looks and feels great, I'm not happy with the yeast profile on this one. Its almost like a mail order recipe or something, clearly this is not the result of experimentation and refinement on the part of the brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 19:10:37 | More by Dijeriduster
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HopHead84

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/21/10

On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Appears slightly hazy straw yellow gold with a white head.

S: Light pear and orange notes with some grainy malt and a mild sulfuric quality. Light noble hop bouquet

T: Moderate noble hop bitterness with light pear notes and some yeastiness. There's a little sweetness, but on the whole the beer is quite dry. Malt is grainy and subdued. The finish is crisp and clean.

M: Light bodied with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is at a lower high level.

Overall: This is on the upper end of the ABV spectrum for the style, but it still manages to be light and refreshing. This was the best beer I sampled from Iron Fist.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 17:11:23 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head.

S: A lot of orange notes come through on the nose, both in terms of fruit flesh and the peel. There's a fair amount of yeastiness to this too.

T: Far more bitter than you'd expect for a blonde/kolsch. A moderate amount of bready sweetness along with the same strong orange character exhibited in the nose. Fairly "heavy" for this sort of beer, but I'm not exactly complaining.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: They call this a kolsch, but I don't know if that's necessarily the best classification for it. In any event, nice flavors and pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 08:51:01 | More by womencantsail
Renegade Blonde from Iron Fist Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.