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Spice Of Life - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 30.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010

Brewed with bitter orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise.
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 64
Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Amber with a white head.

S: Quite floral, with strong coriander notes and some grains of paradise. Lots of orange

T: Lightly sweet with bitter orange peel notes. I detect coriander, grains of paradise, and some alcohol. The finish is lightly spicy, with orange and coriander lingering.

M: Lower high carbonation with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A spiced Belgian Ale. Not a super drinkable style. There was nothing wrong with this beer, but it's nothing I would drink again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting murky Belgian.

A little hazy in the chalice. Medium amber. Very fruity aroma, like peaches. Initial taste is sweet and spicy followed by surprising bitterness. Quite a load of orange flavor. Maybe the peel adds to the bitterness. Good carbonation in the mouth, leaves its trace on the glass. Hops are hard to pin down with all the spiciness, but are strong without any of the usual Pale Ale profiles.

Good drink with food, which was spicy sausage and bitter radicchio with brown rice. Kind of over-spiced for casual drinking but well worth a taste if you like interesting takes on Belgian styles.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Retsinis
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had this as part of a tasting flight at Iron Fist a few weeks back, but have since had it again from the bottle, enough that I am comfortable posting a review of the beer.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass, shared with 2 others.

A: The beer pours a dark and hazy orange amber color, and a nice half inch of white head rose and settled leaving some lacing.

S: I some citrus, sweet malts, light tropical fruits, peaches, mild tangerine, yeast and clove.

T: Orange peel and coriander is quite prevalent in Iron Fist beers it would seem, and this one is no exception. Citrus notes upfront, and in the middle, some mild spice and herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, smooth, and dry on the finish.

O: Light and refreshing, with the alcohol well intergrated. Good summer beer for hot weather, as a number of Iron Fists offerings are so far.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Basin 141 in Montrose, CA.

Pours a clear dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is straightforward but solid all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of larsenju
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 rand
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Douglas14
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.