The Gauntlet - Iron Fist Brewing Company
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Reviews by SDHoffers:
4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance is golden with a plenty of haze. Smell is massively hoppy with plenty of citrus and tons of skunk. Taste is outstanding and bitter the way I love my DIPA's. Mouthfeel is similar to Coronado Idiot or Green Flash Imperial IPA...typical for West Coast DIPA's. Drinkability is far easier than expected. A big congrats to a new brewery in San Diego for creating a triple dry-hopped double IPA. Do yourself a favor and get to know this beer.
01-09-2011 23:45:53 | More by SDHoffers
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3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Stone Brew Co.
A dark amber. Thin white head. Decent lacing down the glass.
Citrus elements in the nose along with caramel maltiness. Seems well balanced.
Bitter, pungent, citrus notes. Not overly complex. Balanced well by caramel malts. Some alcohol heat, but understandable at this ABV.
Medium to thick mouthfeel. A touch heavy and syrupy.
A tasty, pungent DIPA from just up the road. Certainly enjoyable.
06-03-2011 04:29:01 | More by ehammond1
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
Light brown? colored appearance. Good pine aroma, largely bitter.
Alcohol well hidden, but its a massive bitter bomb without enough hop mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, nice touch there, but its just so hard to be an impressive dipa, much less from CA these days. A little bit of citrus flavor comes in the more you drink of it, dull valencia orange.
A peculiar yeast taste to it. A little sweeter, definitely not a 'dry' ipa. Would drink it again, I dunno what it costs, was drank at a festival.
06-30-2011 23:58:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!
A- Hazy brown body with a generous but airy white head
S- Fruity hops, some caramel malts carrying underneath too.
T- The fruity malts are up front, a fairly typical assortment for an IPA but the nice balance of caramel malts is what sets this apart. The sweetness from the caramel gives a nice balance to the bitterness from some of the hops and then the finish is a bit of alcohol burn.
M- Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth with just a little burn
D- Good DIPA and I will see it out again but can't sit for more than one, but the one does go down easy!
02-02-2011 20:55:50 | More by aepb1
4.4/5 rDev +18.3%
I'm really glad I came across this bottle. Split with my brother into two Bruery tulips.
Appearance is a murky, rusted orange that you cannot see through. A big 3 finger white, tight, fluffy head that nellies out to a half finger and holds until the end. Incredible lacing from this beer.
Smell is very subtle citrus, grapefruit, pear, caramel malt, and notes of pine.
Taste is primarily grapefruit and citrus with a slight refreshing, dry pine finish.
Very refreshing beer even with the ABV. relatively low carbonation for an IIPA, and almost a creamy coating on the mouth. Very interesting, but enjoyable.
I'm glad Iron Fist is starting to get some buzz. They make some great brews. The only problem is the price. With this 750 ml bottle at $11.99, I don't know how often I'll have this in my fridge.
04-20-2011 22:51:20 | More by DearthVader
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
on tap at small bar into a 10oz? pint glass (an Iron Fist glass at their Small Bar event)
A - Very nice looking with thick off white head and deep red to amber liquid.
S - Whoa there are some dry hops/hop back stuff happening here. Not terribly sweet but nice (smells like the 3 C's to me) and a little malt backbone too.
T - Great beer from a brewery that I wasn't sure had it in them. How they came out with a IIPA before even a pale ale is strange to me but yeah this is great. Nice balance of hops to malt to booze with plenty of hops for the hophead without being too bitter.
M - Actually pretty good for the style. Sometimes they get thin and boozy but this stayed nice and robust throughout.
D - While you wouldn't want 10 of them in a row this is a nice little beer...on tap. Not sure how it would be in the bottle where dry hopping etc aren't as prevalent.
02-11-2011 19:07:12 | More by Dijeriduster
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a mildly hazy reddish amber color with a dense, eggshell head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It has that nice sticky look which is always a good start.
The aromas begin with lemon and pineapple fruitiness, also some blood oranges and grapefruit smells all coming from the hops. There is a mildly sweet caramel malt undertone but it takes a backseat to the hop aromas.
The tastes begin with mildly bitter and grassy hops. I get a little of the pale and biscuity malt flavors as well. A decent amount of blood orange and lemon and lesser grapefruit dominate the flavor profile. Not overly bitter, but not a walk in the park either if you get my drift.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is semi-crisp but really ends up kind of sticky. Bitterness lingers ever so slightly.
Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it was not spectacular in any category. More bitter and flavor hops than aroma hops. Reminds me of a Pliny that is past it's prime. I would not refuse this beer but I don't NEED to have it again anytime soon. Worth a go if you can easily acquire for sure but don't break you back to find it.
08-29-2011 00:46:45 | More by claspada
4.5/5 rDev +21%
Batch dated 5/5/11
A: Pours a beautiful clear deep amber with a big white head. retention is pillowing and merangue-like. Sticky lacing drapes down the whole way.
S: Smell is very hop foward, big notes of whole cone hops, big piney notes marry the malt sweetness that gives off dried apricot and papaya, mango, possibly passionfruit.
T: Taste is deceptively smooth. At 9.5abv this thing barely whispers any booze. Well balanced but an even match of, first sweet then bitter. Definately experience the ol' threshold shift after a couple swigs. Once the palate has adjusted to the onslaught, notes of pear skin and fresh white fir, slightly peppery and woody, reminds me almost of a mountain meadow after a fresh rain in the sierras.
M: Medium bodied and dry, smoothly carbed and slightly oily in the finish.
O: Overall, this is impressive. Almost scratching the ceiling beneath the triple IPA department, this beer has gravity... gravitas even. Very much a big beer, not quaffable, but one that must be experienced... on a side note, I must add that my glass is tiger striped in lace. I think of it as Maharaja as it should be... or what I had expected Hoptimum to taste like... I really love this beer (the whole 750ml consumed... I really love everybody,boy this got right on top of me)
05-30-2011 04:56:28 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.25/5 rDev +14.2%
I got lucky enough to get a 6tl . (had to beg a little)
Out of the tap, into a tulip glass a nice one inch head.
So far so good.
Very clear, nice lacing, and the smell of piney / citrus / cracker, was very pleasant.
I have to say, this ranks up there with the most popular California breweries for double IPAs .
Pretty smooth on the mouthfeel . Expect bitter/sweet, bitter for the experience.
Overall, a very good brew that has me wanting another.
Cheers to the guys that made this!
05-20-2012 06:01:50 | More by nezzen
The Gauntlet from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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