Spice Of Life | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with bitter orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise.

Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 72
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander, orange peel and paradise grain is quite sublime with light caramel malt notes and some residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by grain of paradise with some orange peel and some light coriander with light caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and probably the best I tried from this brewery with great balance between all ingredients.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 9 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - nice to see a new offering from this Cali brewery available as such around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a few instances of ice shelf lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of grainy, bready pale and caramel malt, an orange pith fruitiness, some zesty coriander and earthy rainbow peppercorn spice, brown sugar, and further leafy, herbal, and grassy bittering notes. The taste is grainy, kind of doughy caramel malt, blood orange rind, well delineated earthy white pepper and coriander seed spice, some consistent free-range dark sugars, and more zingy leafy, dead grassy, and herbal hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the spice and fruit here of the kid gloves school of engagement. It finishes off-dry, the base malt putting down roots, while the guest citrus and spicy elements carry on flitting about.

A pleasantly spiced, um, spiced ale, the grains of paradise working well, as expected, with their typical comrades in arms - orange and coriander. Some left-of-center holiday warming ale for the newbies and veterans alike who are wading their way through this Advent 'experience', circa 2015.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro

Pours a honey orange color with a very nice white head and lacing. Kinda cloudy.

Aroma is not strong but pretty much Belgian. Little bit of clove.

Taste is good. Solid pale ale Belgian flavor. Coriander and orange peel is nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Little low carb.

Overall a solid beer. I would try it again and buy a bottle. Glad to try a newer small brewery in the area

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UlfAndreas
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Tonka
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick gold color with a little white head just lacing the top of the glass

Smell - coriander, funky Belgian spices, smells really good.

Taste - very flavorful. Funky Belgian spices with a hint of coriander.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is present but doesn't rule the beer. Finishes clean with no hint of alcohol.

Overall - very likeable beer, not normally my go to style but Iron Fist did this beer justice for me. I would drink this again.

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Photo of jdmandel
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Jacobkarbin
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

excellent, best in a long time

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Photo of L0GlC
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy orange colour with a medium frothy head. Smells of malt, coriander, citrus and hops. This beer is loaded with malt flavour and the slightest hint of citrus. Mouth feel is spicy and light. Overall a good beer and while I had it in the winter I think it would be really enjoyable in the summer heat.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed brassy amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is fruity and spicy with a honey like malt aroma. Orange, grains of paradise, mild ginger. Finally mild coriander.

Starts out semi dry and spicy, grains of paradise mostly. Apples and some orange flavor. Coriander is in here but it isn't a strong flavor. Overall this is tame for the style and that is a good thing Bière de Garde can get quite funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. This beer is nothing if not easy to drink.

I REALLY wish the fad with grains of paradise would go away I'm not that fond of it.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red-amber tight laced white head

S: Orangey spice reminicent of orange pekoe, nice peppery spice, grains of paradise

T: Spice hits the palate first then a big orange, slightly sweet at first then drying quickly, delicous. Spot on for the style

M: Fairly lively, nice carbination feel, this beer has more body than I expected and sits a little oily on the palate after the finish

D: Good, although the heavy spice notes can be a little fatigueing to the palate, it still is inviting and fresh, almost cleansing with every sip.

O: A very nice example for the style, well thought out and balanced

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Photo of yokken
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Mrose78
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of NotDarkEnough
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rand
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to Lost Abbey tulip glass

Amber in color, super-frothy head. The nose is sweet, toffee-malts, oak, fresh garden herbs, citrus zest. The added cilantro comes out on the palate, adding zest and harmonizing with the brew's funky undertones. Flavors are nicely reigned-in given the added spices, with malty sweetness at the front of the palate. The finish is relatively short, with lively phenols lingering.

This was a lot better than expected, given the reviews. We've been sitting on this bottle for six months or so, I wonder if it just needs some time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

I apologize to IF for giving this a "false" bad review, but after careful consideration, I concluded that the bartender mixed this beer up with another one (Victory Saison du BUFF) when my wife and I ordered our drinks.

Anyway, this one was served in a ball-stem goblet, a hazy darker amber color with a small, fizzy, white head. Nose of citrus zest, caramel, spice, and barnyard funk. Taste is markedly Belgian in nature, notes of dried citrus rind, coriander and peppery spice--I'm familiar with the flavor of grains of paradise, and it was clearly present here--yeasty, and decently funky. Medium body, decently flavored and pretty nice overall, though admittedly by the time I got to this, my palate was still recovering from the terrible beer that preceded it.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Douglas14
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a super red-amber color with a nice head that fades away too quickly. The aroma is awesome. Very Belgian-y with very subtle spiciness - sometheing that I unfortuantely rarely experience anymore. The taste is similar. Lot's of fruit and spice, both of which are balanced nicely. The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes dry enough for you to want another sip!

Awesome beer...especially for their first batch. Keep it up IF!

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Photo of Vylo
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A spiced ale with light head and decent lacing. Smooth taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a dark golden-amber color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of orange, especially in terms of the peel. The amount of orange aroma is actually impressive. There's also a fair amount of coriander. Strangely enough, I also pick up some fennel and dill, don't ask me why.

T: A good earthy and grassy flavor with plenty of sweet oranges. The orange peel provides a bit of a bitterness and some more citrus flavor. A decent maltiness and some strangely warming flavors.

M: the body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really expecting to like this one, but it was one of my favorite beers at this brewery. A nice blend of spice notes and the base beer.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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