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Hired Hand - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010)
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Photo of vande


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

06-25-2012 16:05:54 | More by vande
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-25-2012 03:30:52 | More by Irrationalist
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grain, spices, and yeast with a slight fruity aroma. Taste is of malt/grain, fruits, yeast and some spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with very crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 01:01:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-18-2012 21:33:13 | More by mrelizabeth
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-27-2011 15:05:46 | More by marqoid
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-17-2011 19:02:25 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-16-2011 00:54:41 | More by mozim
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-25-2011 20:42:47 | More by Exiled
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 00:55:45 | More by nmann08
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:21:36 | More by MrTopher
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never heard of these guys before, but seeing some of their beers at K&L Wine Merchants, who I trust to make good beer decisions, I decided to pick one up.

This one pours a hazy copper colour, perhaps more golden when held to the light, with a frothy and rather vivid head of pure white. Actually, the head seems a little too light and bright compared to the body, but that's one of its charms, I suppose. Lacing is spidery and webbing. Nice static carbonation when tilted. Pretty good looking beer, all up.

Nose is mild, with slight Belgian spice and just the hint of acidity. It also has a dry, biscuity savoury character to it, which is a little odd, but certainly not unpleasant, giving it a little more depth and strangely a bit of refreshing twang. Interesting.

Taste is also mild, but it fits nicely in style without being over the top. Slight appleskin acidity streaks throughout, but it is tempered and balanced with light haylike grain notes, and a touch of pepper on the back. It's crisp and refreshing.

While it doesn't have the classic "funk" of a traditional Saison, it has the essence of it down nicely—the simple characters, the refreshment and the bright, rustic genesis. It's not going to stand up to the brilliance of the most complex and refined Belgian examples, but I'd say this is an excellent new world interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:12:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just popped the bottle, split with a few friends.

A: The beer pours a cloudy orange copper, with a half inch of white head, that slowly settled leaving a nice coating of lace on the glass.

S: Coriander, orange peel, clove spice, mild hops, kiss of banana peel.

T: Citrus, bread or wheat malt, orange peel, mild dark fruits in the middle, coriander. Medium sweetness, and with a light belgian yeast finish.

M: Fairly well carbonated, though most bottle conditioned Belgian style beers are, and this one is no exception. Creamy, and smooth.

O: I like it. Another pretty solid beer from Iron Fist. I've visited the tasting room in the Brewery, and had this before, but waited to pop the bottle to actually post a review. I see good things from this brewery in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 04:25:58 | More by Retsinis
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3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 20:32:56 | More by augustgarage
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3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The beer is an amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of honey-like malt, some musty, spicy and quite fruity fermentation derived notes that suggest of white pepper, honeydew melon, floral pear and a touch of phenolic character in the finish. The fruit & sweet malt character plays the biggest role in the nose, which means this is quite a bit different than the archetypal Saison Dupont.

Perhaps not quite as sweet as I was expecting, but it definitely has a sweetness to it, especially towards the finish where it tastes of honey, floral fruit nectar, pears, honey-dew melon and tart, floral apples. There actually is a touch of tartness to the finish, this is definitely not a sour beer, but the hint of tartness helps to balance the chewy body and sweetness; though truthfully there is not enough of it to really balance this beer out. The finish has a spiciness that suggest of pickled ginger, black pepper, some turpene like clove and an ample earthy spiciness that has hints of grassy coriander to it. While this beer is not overly heavy, it is definitely chewy and viscous for a Saison. The finish has a touch of hop bitterness to it that adds a hint of a bite that lingers just a bit on the palate.

This is definitely not my type of Saison, I prefer dry, spritzy and light. This beer does have a complex spiciness and yeast character, but it just seems to be overtaken by the chewy malt body and sweetness. For some reason I was expecting quite a bit from this beer (given that I have never had anything from this brewery and it is a style that American brewers seem to mess up so often), but this definitely didn't scratch my Saison itch. Having said that, I am a completely stickler for Saison's, and because I love the style (in all its breadth) so much, I often can be a bit hard on examples; this really isn't a bad beer and I can definitely see that many will enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:09:32 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 20:02:02 | More by djaeon
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 06:33:49 | More by mactrail
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2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:21:45 | More by Dijeriduster
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2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with a short lived, fizzy whitish head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, tons of fruity esters. More like a Belgian triple, with tons of bubblegum (weird).

F/M - Sweet bready malts, spicy and earthy hops. Fruity esters increase as the beer warms. medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. A little thick for a saison, with too little carbonation.

D - Okay, but a bit thick with too little carbonation. A little out of whack, and a little challenging to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 06:10:29 | More by domtronzero
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/02/11 notes. Shared by argo0 (RB) at a local tasting; thanks Aaron.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, citrus, and some slight metallic notes, which bring it down in my opinion.

t - Tastes of bananas, spice, wheat, fruity malts, and citrus. A step up from the taste.

m- Medium body and low carbonation, smooth body.

d - A decent saison. Something seemed off in the smell, but the taste was pretty good. Would give another shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:54:39 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:06:17 | More by Mora2000
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3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 17:08:12 | More by HopHead84
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 08:56:30 | More by womencantsail
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Hired Hand from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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