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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 yokken
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

yokken, Mar 18, 2012
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


drewone, Mar 17, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

justintcoons, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mrelizabeth
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mrelizabeth, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%

A: Poured a murky amber copper that had light head that ran away quickly

S: Deep intriguing spices mixed with light fruits and hint of cinnamon. Prolly not cinnamon but that's the best way i could describe it.

T: This did not resemble any type of dubbel that i have had previously. Maybe they introduced their own spin on style that included more bread and doughy flavors then actual blend of fruits and caramel. Herbal spices gently kick in at the end of the palate.

M: High carbonation for the bottle that i received that lay on the sweet side rather then the dry in which i prefer.

O: A decent spin on the dubbel but definitely nothing special and worth going out of your way to pick up.

PatrickSwayze, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of msarver16
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

msarver16, Feb 18, 2012
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.

emerge077, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of EddieG28
5/5  rDev +36.6%

EddieG28, Feb 01, 2012
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.

BARFLYB, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +9.3%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

jdmandel, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Snellgg5, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of The3rdbeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into Bruery Tulip

A- very pretty red/orange color, red in the middle and orange where the light bends around the sides. almost no head and a little bit of foam around the edge lasting for a long time.

S- A lot of malt with some spice, with peanuts and a lot of peanuts in the smell, very strange but enticing.

T- Malt, almost pumpkin spice mixed with peanut butter and some hop bitterness that runs away fast. no booze here very lite and a refreshing new flavor.

M- Lite mouthfeel it has very lite carbonation and leaves a slight coating but its very thin, leaving soon.

O- Good and lite, I could drink this again, its interesting and a different from the norm for me. Its good enough to drink again.

The3rdbeer, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of vande
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

A: a deep, dark brownness that begs to be drank... although my wife doesn't like beer, this is by far her favorite color

S: some darker fruits, hint of chocolate, with a bit of carmel going on... mellow malt-hop blend that makes this a very pleasant botle to open..

T: where the nose leads, the palate follows. A great tasting dubble..some caremal w/ a hint of chocolate...blended with raisny-plum fruit notes... a nice little complex sipper!!

M: My mouth said yes! A great bodied beer here.

O: Although I can't buy it in Illinois, I'm glad I was able to get one out here -- Thanks Chris! Looking forward to trying the other Iron Fist offerings that were waiting for me on the doorstep after work... A beer, and brewery, it appears to keep an eye out for as I'm sure you'll enjoy-

** Sidenote: Each of my colleagues whom I've shared the bottle with today has enjoyed a new brew from the Westcoast... witha smile!

vande, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Had this on tap at Iron Fist Brewery.

Review is from notes

A: The beer pours a dark mahogany brown with a ruby red hue. A half inch of off white head rose, then quickly settled, leaving light mild lacing.

S: I get whiffs of dark fruits, figs, dates, earthy hops, mild dark cacao, and Belgian yeast.

T: A bit more bread and caramel malts here upfront then the nose, but the dark fruit characters, plums, raisins, and yeast qualities come through in the middle, along with a slight dry hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well melded in the flavors as well.

M: Light to medium carbonation, with medium to creamy mouth feel.

O: Pretty good. I enjoyed this style from their offerings, personally, bit more going here then some of the lighter sytles I've had from Iron fist, although those were soild as well. The yeast flavors are pretty consistent in their beers, but that's a good thing to me, since it provides a unique flavor profile, that is recognizable.

Retsinis, Apr 19, 2011
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.

mactrail, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Machinehead
5/5  rDev +36.6%

I tried this beer at the brewery on tap, and thought it was good, but not necessarily exceptional. Nonetheless, I bought a bottle and took it home and kept it in the fridge for a few months for an occasion to share the big bottle. Much to my surprise, upon crackin it open, the taste and feel seem to have been much improved. I'm usually a dark Belgian fan, but this is a golden that I would definitely get again. Very rich, complex taste the second time around, much more akin to what you would expect from a true belgain style brew. Taste is sweet and nutty, but not overpowering. Feel is very nice, at least from the bottle. Not much head, but still well balanced. Very pleased with the improvement of a little bottle conditioning.

Machinehead, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Dijeriduster
3.55/5  rDev -3%

Served at the brewery into a thick Belgian tulip.

A - Dark amber to brown with foamy head. Lacing present, head didn't last long.

S - Chocolate and brown ale malts coming thru along with the Iron Fist belgian yeast (pretty sure its a house strain and not diff from one to the next).

T - Pretty nice actually, more brown ale like then most dubbels but the yeast character was quite nice here vs their other beers.
Still sweet but not over powering and seemed pretty well attenuated.

M - Thick start to a thinner finish. Slightly creamy.

D - This was a nice beer. I generally tend to not like dubbels so this was a surprise.

Dijeriduster, Feb 11, 2011
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.

HalfFull, Jan 10, 2011
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.

HopHead84, Nov 22, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Nov 14, 2010
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Dubbel Fisted from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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