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Spice Of Life - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 17.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010)
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CBaker350

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +36.6%

12-07-2011 21:38:20 | More by CBaker350
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jdmandel

California

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

12-26-2011 10:52:17 | More by jdmandel
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

06-24-2012 12:02:05 | More by brendaniel
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Douglas14

California

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

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!

01-12-2011 02:35:33 | More by Douglas14
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BrlyHpsWtrYst

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

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

01-20-2011 01:16:45 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light orange with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Spicy notes, nice sour malt, with a hint of hops.

T: Great spicy flavours, grains of paradise stand out particularly. Lemon and oranges with a Belgian flair, great flavour.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp, easy going and refreshing.

O: Really good beer, very impressive from Iron Fist, looks like I'll have to look into the rest of their lineup.

05-04-2011 00:50:21 | More by Halcyondays
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speedvagen

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-06-2013 04:03:06 | More by speedvagen
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

06-30-2014 17:02:37 | More by madtrixter787
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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

03-14-2011 00:48:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2012 22:23:03 | More by djaeon
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BigLittleHokis

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-15-2012 10:14:50 | More by BigLittleHokis
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Irrationalist

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-25-2012 03:31:01 | More by Irrationalist
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jsmith6051

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-04-2013 03:27:19 | More by jsmith6051
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larsenju

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Thank you DearthVader for the obscure extra (the best kind).

A-Crystal clear light amber body with very little head, and very thin lacing.

S-Light phenolics lead with a little citrus and crisp biscuit malt. I cannot decide if the citrus is a yeast product, or the result of the addition of spices, either way it is pretty well balanced in and refreshing. Lately I have been seeing an influx of beers using grains of paradise, I think this beer may have been a little better without them.

T-Again, light phenolics dropping off to smooth citrus and some hop like spice. I would really call this closer to a Saison than belgian pale. It is a little watery both in flavor and texture, I would suggest finding a way to fill out the body a little bit.

M-Thin with a lower carb than expected. Again, the beer just needs to be filled out a little.

D-Refreshing and light, I hear it really shines on tap and I could see how that might work out. A very generous extra from a very generous trader, I would gladly pick one up should I see one on the shelf.

06-21-2011 04:28:07 | More by larsenju
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mithrascruor

California

3.88/5  rDev +6%

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/peach color with light, bubbly head. Not much retention, but a fair amount of bubbles stay around at the edges.

Smell: Yeasty with some fruity undertones. Lots of orange, but not in a typical spicy citrus way.

Taste: Cool, fruit flavors, particularly orange peel (so without the usual citrus acidity and spice), together with a bit of sugar. Coriander is quite apparent, and there's some hints of black pepper too (particularly towards the finish). The yeast comes out particularly in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with very mild carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Pleasant and easy to drink. Low ABV.

Enjoyable, but I think the sweetness could be a bit much for some; I'd rather share this bottle with someone, I think. Nice work from this brand-new brewery; I'll be sure to try out some of their other beers.

03-12-2011 19:03:01 | More by mithrascruor
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

11-23-2013 03:58:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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badboyrsl84

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

05-31-2011 02:42:53 | More by badboyrsl84
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Gobzilla

California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the head.

S: huge orange citrus aroma upfront on the nose with belgian yeast character, some spices like corinader are nocticeable and various grains.

T: the orange character also dominated the flavor but had coriander spice accents with belgian yeast notes and a touch of underlying grains.

M; the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had sweet, citrusy, yeasty, and grainy finish.

D: it honestly drank pretty damn good but was just too over the top with the citrus orange character.

02-10-2011 06:55:01 | More by Gobzilla
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-01-2012 20:25:39 | More by xdefeatsy
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2013 16:51:45 | More by claspada
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womencantsail

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

11-14-2010 09:02:00 | More by womencantsail
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-21-2013 06:56:39 | More by SocalKicks
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-26-2012 10:28:35 | More by fluidmotion
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Strega007

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-30-2013 06:22:48 | More by Strega007
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watchnerd

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-04-2014 20:34:28 | More by watchnerd
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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.