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Spice Of Life - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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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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Photo of t0rin0


2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

10-15-2012 01:04:25 | More by t0rin0
Photo of 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
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of SocalKicks


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-21-2013 06:56:39 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-14-2012 23:31:28 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-26-2011 05:41:43 | More by mactrail
Photo of Halcyondays


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
Photo of Zorro


3.49/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

05-14-2013 01:38:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of ejimhof


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-29-2012 01:00:15 | More by ejimhof
Photo of HopHead84


3.23/5  rDev -11.7%


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.

11-22-2010 17:13:36 | More by HopHead84
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-28-2013 22:37:47 | More by GraduatedCashew
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3/5  rDev -18%

04-30-2014 17:50:31 | More by Evil_Pidde
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2013 16:51:45 | More by claspada
Photo of Gobzilla


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
Photo of djaeon


4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2012 22:23:03 | More by djaeon
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-11-2013 02:35:48 | More by tbeq00
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-16-2013 01:47:35 | More by Dactrius
Photo of dwagner003


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-30-2013 00:03:47 | More by dwagner003
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-28-2013 03:31:11 | More by InfernoBoss
Photo of mithrascruor


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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

04-25-2012 03:31:01 | More by Irrationalist
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

12-06-2013 04:03:06 | More by speedvagen
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-01-2012 20:25:39 | More by xdefeatsy
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


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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3/5  rDev -18%

07-28-2012 23:03:46 | More by leodarko
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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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