Hired Hand - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010)
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Reviews by Dijeriduster:
Photo of Dijeriduster
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had the bottle with dinner into a tulip

A - Slightly cloudy in the glass with a foamy head. Maybe one finger, not as dense as a real belgian saison

S - Bready malts with the classic funky saison yeast coming thru.

T - While this has an ok malt profile and the yeast is true to style, something is just not quite there. Its somewhat watery and the balance of the malts to yeast are lacking. Spices are there as well, but not as forward as it can be in a saison. This is like a saison lite.

M - Not bad, carbonation could be a little more but more or less right and has a little malt backbone. Like the taste it can also come off as slightly watery.

D - While this is increasingly seen around town (distributed by Stone) I'm not rushing out to but $10 bottles of it. Like their other beers this seems like it was a stock recipe found on the internet with little experimentation on the part of the brewer. With all the new breweries in town I don't see this beer ( their flagship) holding up. I wouldn't be surprised if these guys fade away after the initial buzz...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Schlais
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very spicy and citrusy. I get a lot of yeast notes, but I also get a lot of orange citrus, tropical fruit and white pepper. A nice smelling saison. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of wheat, orange citrus and Belgian yeast. I don't get much spicing in the flavor, but there is a little bit present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Brenden
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Something of a beauty, this brew is a brightly shining orange gold. It begins with a light haze that clears up to give a very polished brightness and clarity, all the better with its unusual shade. The off-white head is foamy and rocky, coming close to one finger while keeping it up pretty well, falling pretty slowly, and leaving more than a modicum of patches and webbing.
The smell shows off a bit of the sour before the sweetness comes in, a bit of earthy yeast and some pale notes of very gentle spices coming in with pear, tropical fruits and sour apricot along with a bit of tanginess along with citrus, herb and a very light dose of white pepper.
It's pretty much the same in the taste, a really easy drinking brew, with a touch more funk to it, but very slight. The sour, bitter and sweet notes balance well. This is a brew that doesn't show off the complete mastery of the style and its complexities, but is by no means shallow.
The body is light to medium, a little soft and easing off at the end. It flashes between sweet and dry and finds a middle ground. Ultimately, it could use a little more bite in the finish.

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TLieu
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of augustgarage
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

App - Cloudy flame body with a gradient of orange to amber highlights. An ivory finger of dense creamy foam rests on top, leaving cakey rings of lacing behind. Excellent retention.

Candy-like fruit aromatics, which while pleasant and light, come across as somewhat artificial. Backlit by a nice floral malty sweetness.

Very malty palate entry with a touch of freshly chilled wort - a dark sweetness suggests Karo syrup, and toasted bread. Mild clean bitterness with hop flavor being light to none. Wet wood (cedar?) in the finish, which dries out fairly well. Some phenolics present as a mix of nutmeg, band-aids, and paper (suggesting some faint off flavors are present). Decent profile over all, but not particularly what I think of when the style comes to mind.

Creamy, soft, effervescent body - with a vague astringency.

A poor value, and a mediocre example of the style, even among domestic examples.

Photo of mozim
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with light citrus notes and some dry hoppy notes. Taste is sweeter than expected with a large dose of caramelized malt with a dry finish which kind of clash with the sweeter malt notes. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Sweeter then I like my saison but the dry finish is quite enjoyable.

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a small white colored head. Seriously dark for the beer style.

Smell is malty with a strong coriander aroma. Herbal hop that is a little soapy. Nice floral scent, but I have smelled better.

Starts out dry and flowery with a decent spice note and a yeasty after taste. A bit extra malt than usual but just a touch. Nice floral flavor. Nice cl;ean basic Saison flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is good. Not quite Hennepin though.

Photo of portmand1ngo
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Idrankitall
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a fairly dark amber color with lots of orange highlights. Not your typical saison appearance.

S: Keeping with the atypical nature, there's a big spice character to the nose. Coriander is the most notable with some white pepper presence as well. Lots of orange peel and a sweet floral note that's almost honey-like.

T: Smooth with a fairly well balanced spice character. Lots of sweet citrus, a real orange juice kind of thing going on. Some hints of tropical fruit as well as a mild breadiness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate, smooth carbonation to the beer.

D: Very different for what you normally expect from a saison. Not quite as dry and refreshing as I prefer, but still some good flavors.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of djaeon
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Iron Fist on 3/5/11.

A: Pours a honey amber color with a thin head. Decent retention & spotty "lacing", same as the bottle.

S: This pour from the growler has a much richer aroma than out of the bottle. There is a sweet earthiness, much like the smell of spent grain at a brewery, which is very bold right off the bat. In my opinion, this is a wonderful smell. The floral, spicy notes are also there.

T: The heavenly aromas carry through in the flavor. I'm tasting some Belgian style spicing, along with the presence of yeast.

M: Feels smooth in the mouth, and goes down easy. There's a mild floral bitterness in the aftertaste, but not unpleasant in the least.

D: I could drink this all Summer!

Photo of beagle75
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Stone fruit is focused on apricot in the smell that stands above bitter almonds and weak butterscotch.

T: Begins off-dry, with a combination of early flavors that seem mired in chemical diacetyl that is only partly successful in generating fruity flavors when married with the malt and sugar. Drying nuttiness is observed into the middle, still apparently derived from the yeast. Bitterness is mild and stale, with lingering fruit that is clean compared to the rest of the profile.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation that seems to accumulate and lodge in the throat.

D/O: Inconsistent is a fair word to describe this beer, in the way it shows some appealing fruit alongside distracting yeast qualities. It could benefit from a more faithful Belgian yeast presence, rather than whatever it does have.

Photo of davegray
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2011. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2-3 finger foamy and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange peel, pear, apple, grape, light banana, floral, grass, herbal, bread, clove, honey, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of yeast ester notes with moderate malt presence; and good strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apple, grape, light banana, clove, pepper, toast, brown bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of orange peel, light fruits, pepper, clove, toast, brown bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with very balanced malt sweetness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison style. Good balance and complexity of yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit too malty, but a nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of MrTopher
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this for the wife, and she was nice enough to share some with me.

A – Has that nice cloudy orange copper color and a nice off-white head that has amazing retention and appealing lacing. Head sticks around for a good 30-45 seconds.

S – Lots of herbs in the nose; clove, all spice, and some orange with a little funky earth.

T – Nice balances earth notes, some citrus/orange, a little banana, and some of the spice also. This has a mild funk that gets you on the back of the tongue. The yeast they used sure makes this exceptional.

M – A little on the thicker side, but still not too chewy. The carbonation isn’t excessive and I think makes this perfect.

O – For being such a low ABV beer, it is really enjoyable. This is my first Iron Fist beer I have sampled and I have a Gauntlet waiting in the fridge to be enjoyed. Great to see some good Belgian’s coming out of San Diego to compete with Lost Abbey.

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another off-kilter take on the Saison style.

Attractive clear amber in the glass. Not much head retention but pleasant enough in the mouth. Wet cardboard smell. Belgian character very apparent at first sip. Definite candy flavor, thought beer is not too sweet. Has an odd perfumey taste, just a hint of plastic. Some hops, but within my sense of the style. I think it gets better as it warms up.

Seems a little pricey at $8.99. I would definitely try it again if I see it on tap. I have mixed feelings but Hired Hand at least gives you an interesting mix of flavors. A high five to Iron Fist. Ouch.

Photo of HopHead84
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/21/10

On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Dark golden with a creamy white cap.

S: Rich malt with prominent coriander and orange peel notes. I don't detect hops and there's a little alcohol. There might be some clove in there as well. Pretty light on the phenols and not that spicy.

T: Rich and malty with some dark fruit notes. Coriander is noticeable and an upper low bitterness is evident. Alcohol is noticeable in the lightly spicy orange laden finish.  Pretty tame flavor. Lightly sour in the finish.

M: Lower medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A pretty straight forward saison and not that spicy. Iron Fist loves the orange and coriander it would seem.

Photo of NorthSideSean
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of marqoid
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Hired Hand from Iron Fist Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.