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Dubbel Fisted - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dubbel with a "California Twist", which is that this beer is brewed without candi sugar.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-14-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0


4/5  rDev +9.3%

10-15-2012 01:01:33 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is of malt and brown sugar with a dark fruit finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good dubbel with some nice aromas and flavors.

03-07-2012 00:40:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt with light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plum notes is not as rich and enticing as I had expected. Taste is also dominated by dry caramelized malt with some light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plums notes. Residual sugar is quite lower then I would have expected for the style. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but not as rich and sweet as I was expecting.

09-06-2013 18:15:48 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of womencantsail


3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of dark red notes and a nice off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel malts along with plenty of dark fruits: raisins, plums, and black cherries. For as much sweetness as this exhibits, there's a somewhat dry character to it as well.

T: Raisins and plums continue on the palate providing a nice fruity and sweet base. Bread and caramel are the malt flavors with a bit of alcohol coming through.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Probably not quite as effervescent as a dubbel should be.

D: Sort of uninspiring. I guess it's not a bad beer, but I would have liked a little more complexity out of it and more carbonation could have helped.

11-14-2010 09:17:16 | More by womencantsail
Photo of GRG1313


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-07-2014 10:06:02 | More by GRG1313
Photo of emerge077


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks Amanda for lugging these beers back from LA!

Reddish brown, transparent with ample off white foam on the surface, sticking around for a good while. Spotty lace in the glass.

Sweet caramel and dry yeast phenolics, mellow and pleasant.

Caramel, brown sugar, spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Mellow body and smooth light carbonation gives it a slightly nectar-like feel. Overall pretty balanced and easy drinking for the style, though best shared.

02-18-2012 06:11:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of mactrail


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Rich brown ale with spicy notes.

Clear, coppery color in the chalice. A little roast malt aroma, but more burnt sugar exhaling through the nose. Has the rich, dark, raisiny flavor that seems typical of the style. Body is full but not thick or cloying. Touch of sweetness. Hops are present as a long bitter aftertaste, but there is another funky bitter twang that adds to the interest. Clean and very drinkable.

Thanks to the Belgians for the yeast and the brewing repertoire, but here is another American version that is better than the "real" thing.

04-17-2011 04:10:07 | More by mactrail
Photo of drewone


2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Totally disapointing -this is the third iron fist beer I've had and all of them remind me of mediocre home brew.

A lot of carbonation, large bubbles over flow glass. Sickly sweet/alcohol smell. Nice fruit spiceness.

Thin stale taste - very disapointing ,some fruity plum,not so good astringency


03-17-2012 04:33:13 | More by drewone
Photo of Zorro


3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Chill hazed brown colored beer with a very small white head. Very certain that this is a beer clean glass so the missing head is surprising.

Smells spicy with a strong brown sugar aroma. Mild coriander and cinnamon scent. Very faint apple aroma.

Starts off mildly sweet with some plum and cake flavor. Mild coriander and a chocolate cake flavor. Strong warming sensation in the chest but no flavor of alcohol. Mild brown sugar flavor. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Would score higher if the missing head could be found.

05-31-2013 00:47:32 | More by Zorro
Photo of BARFLYB


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Served on-tap at Tapestry in South Philly, Glad to see some new beer in Philly, which here, is a daily thing.

A- Dubble Fisted is a dark ass brown ale, mahagony even, dirty tap water, but an elegant look that's calming. A healthy burnt sugar white/slightly tan cap stays on top forever, leaving no lace.

S- For a dubbel, fisted comes off like a quad and alot of them. The sugar is just pumped up to the max and there are more candi like scents. Dark fruits with plums and grapes. A nice malt backing and a bit of yeast. Nuts and some roast.

T- The sugars dont come up as much in smell, so fist does not taste like a quad but there is some sweetness though. The roast and nuts are more up front competing with the dark dried fruit basket. A little bit of raisins and a whole lot of taste. A Belgian dubbel that does not tackle you with bready yeast. A slight twang on the finish.

M- Smooth and livelt at the same time, although this is above medium. Carb is nice and sparkling. The alcohol is not here but there is a warming effect near room temp.

D- I tried it, I enjoyed it and will try more from this brewery, if it's on tap.

01-27-2012 05:40:52 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of yeast notes with a fair amount of malt presence; and good strength. A bit too fruity on the nose. Taste of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, light chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity yeast and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall the is a very good Dubbel style. Good balance and robustness of malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

10-11-2013 04:12:36 | More by superspak
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-08-2013 06:54:23 | More by BillRoth
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-12-2014 18:20:41 | More by wrightst
Photo of HopHead84


3.4/5  rDev -7.1%


On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Amber tinged brown with a frothy light brown head.

M: Plum, raisin, fig, earthy hops, dash of chocolate, Belgian yeast, and bready malt. Alcohol is apparent.

T: Prune, plum, raisin, fig. Moderate sweetness. Bread and caramel malt. Moderate bitterness, more bitter than your average Dubbel. Belgian yeast is apparent.

M: Medium carbonation with a sticky, smooth mouthfeel. A touch thin.

Overall: A pretty good Dubbel with more bitterness than is typical.

11-22-2010 17:03:06 | More by HopHead84
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-28-2013 22:37:17 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.29/5  rDev -37.4%

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, quite iced tea like, malty and sweet. In the taste, a small dry hop presence in sweet tea is the best way to describe it. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon like citrus and tea in the aftertaste. Like sweet tea, notes of lemon, and different with a hop presence.

07-10-2013 13:10:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-04-2013 10:51:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2013 16:52:04 | More by claspada
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-23-2012 15:29:22 | More by jbaker67
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-15-2013 01:34:25 | More by Sparky44
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-08-2013 05:08:52 | More by Zbeetleman
Photo of charlzm


2.8/5  rDev -23.5%

Consumed at the brewery tasting room, March 22nd, 2013.

Beer is a clear hue somewhere between caramel and amber. Nice beige/tan head quickly subsides to a thin skin of foam.

Not much aroma; just indistinct roasted malt.

Flavor is melanoidin-y amber malts, plums and a modest finishing bitterness. Lacking many of the traditional flavors associated with the guidelines of the style. Thick and chewy tasting, if that makes sense, though the mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A little under-carbonated, I thought,.

Nothing bad here, though nothing especially outstanding, either.

03-27-2013 21:41:15 | More by charlzm
Photo of HalfFull


3.55/5  rDev -3%

750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet. Dubbel Fisted pours a medium brown in color, being a hazed mahogany in the light. Half an inch of bubbly off white foam builds for a bit then dissipates rather swiftly but does manage to keep a light cap with some agitation.

Malty nose with dark fruits and a bit of chocolate and spice with some agitation. Yeast notes are thin but do reveal themselves slightly with warming along with some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Bit thin largely due to the light carbonation I would assume, otherwise decent.

Taste is a bit thin up front but firms up through the palate. Another victim of carbonation woes as the taste is fuller after a fresh pour. Plum and roasted caramel with a light chocolate/hop bitterness and a hint of berry.

Feel is smooth but light though thankfully not too syrupy like many a stab at the style. Easy drinking as a result though I think a finer carbonation would yield more complexity throughout. This doesn't come across as a bottle conditioned beer, which surprised me given the expectations I carried into this brew and given the style it seeks to emulate, the bottle which contained it, and the price I paid for it. Bottom line, this beer needs more carbonation to kick it up a notch, and a firmer and more robust bottle conditioning is in order.

01-10-2011 04:47:03 | More by HalfFull
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-19-2012 16:25:02 | More by justintcoons
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2012 22:19:35 | More by djaeon
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Dubbel Fisted from Iron Fist Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.