Iron Fist Brewing Company
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 823
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
3.45/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I had high expectations for Iron Fist, even though I've only had a few of their beers, they seem like a brewery that their stuff together and is on a very professional level. The tasting room is nice and open, with plenty of seating, which was good because there was a decent sized crowd, the space is nicely themed, albeit with moderation.
The beers available were their regular line up plus three special brewery only beers, which was excellent to see AND drink; I had Nelson the Impaler with Citra infused from a Randall, and also their Velvet Glove Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Brandy. Both were excellent beers.
My point in praise departure begins with service issues. The first beer I waited about fifteen minutes for, with three servers staffed. I just didn't get the impression that they were moving very fast to keep up with the demand. Later on, there were far fewer patrons at the bar and my girlfriend stood there for about five minutes and was never acknowledged, so gave up and decided that she didn't want a beer after all. The second beer took me forever to get... There was one server in particular who seemed clueless. The patron in front of me asked for a Velvet Glove and she seemed confused as to what that was, even though it's a regular beer for them. I thought, "great, and I want the special version." Sure enough, I asked for the special version of the stout and she was very confused. I figured out what tap it was on by looking at post it notes above them, so I had to point it out for her. I decided immediately to close my tab rather than wait for another ordeal. Then my bill was wrong, by double! I had to talk to another server to correct the mistake, and at least she was very nice.
02-09-2014 16:10:17 | More by fox227
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Visited as part of a North County brewery tour, Iron Fist is a friendly place. There was plenty of space on a Friday afternoon at about 4pm, but the tasting area had filled significantly by the time we left an hour later. Iron Fist offers 4 oz tasters as well as full pours, with a good roster of selections to chose from. Having been a fan of their Velvet Glove, I now add Uprising, a Belgian IPA, to my list of favorites.
As do many other breweries in SD County, Iron Fist will have either a food truck or a tent to provide patrons with food. Grab a plate and make an afternoon of it!
10-28-2013 04:29:38 | More by InfernoBoss
3.84/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Two room tasting room/bar that was really really crowded when I was there.
I got the sampler and I was pretty disappointed. I only sampled beers that they don't bottle because why would I buy those at the tasting room.
All the beers were really Belgian yeast forward and muddled to be honest. I like how they try new ingredients but some were just plain bad. I don't think I finished any of the sampler beers which says a lot considering how much I love beer.
I think they need to dial it in a bit more or make some more concise decisions. Also they have a credit card minimum which is a joke.
Service was spotty because of the business so I can't judge there.
06-20-2013 22:44:42 | More by claspada
4.87/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my favorite place in San Diego North County, and that is saying something because there are a ton of micro-breweries here. The beer is fantastic, the people are always friendly, and I have never been disappointed.
They have the best selection of Belgian style brews along with some other standard craft brews like their stout and blonde, but the best are the Belgians. Saisons, double IPAs, golden ales, dubbles, tripples, farmhouse. The only thing missing is a kriek or sour.
02-27-2013 22:20:23 | More by ostey
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Sizeable warehouse space with plenty of room for social gatherings, or to quietly enjoy a decent beer. Not a great layout, nor particularly warming, but the friendly and likable staff more than makes up for impersonal setting. Vibrant Friday night scene, and surprisingly crowded during the Sunday game as well.
01-28-2013 06:54:43 | More by ALBuff
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'll start off by saying that after 3 days of visiting SoCal microbrews recently, Iron Fist has suddenly jumped into my top 5 brewery list. All-round amazing stuff from what I assume is the youngest commercial brewer in the country.
Poured concrete floor, warehouse-style environment. This is definately a brewery and not a bar, club, or restaurant. In fact, the only food is from a different food truck that parks out in the lot each day.
The good part of that is it means they are concentrating on the beer and not the other crap. I loved the beer here and wholeheartedly encourage folks to go. I would spend a lot of time if I lived in San Diego.
01-11-2013 13:44:38 | More by captaincoffee
4.3/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Iron Fist is a good place to get a fresh draft in the Vista-Carlsbad area of North County San Diego. On tap is a decent selection of house beers. Average prices of about $5/pint as of December 2012. Beer is served in a plain glass at about 55 degrees (my guess).
Typical micro brewery ambiance. Standing room with stools and round tables. About 5 well-behaved patrons were there on Christmas Eve (weekday afternoon).
Limited parking is available in the industrial park's lot. It's easy to get there off Sycamore from either 78 of Palomar Airport Road and to find with GPS.
12-27-2012 21:06:18 | More by John_Deas
4.75/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
I love this place. I've always had a great experience. They actually have some seating which is rare for these roll up door warehouse breweries. Family run, which always is better. And have and interesting story to boot. Basically a young kid is the brewer (early 20's I think) and he eschews some traditional approaches to brewing with excellent results IMHO. Family decided to not only back him but work there too!. quality is very good and they have a good selection of strong traditional flavors. Good taster deal at $5 for 4 decent little pours of high test if you want. Often have a gourmet food truck of some kind outside. Highly recommended.
07-10-2012 02:53:24 | More by Luke42179
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited Iron Fist since we were doing a brewery crawl of sorts in the area. Again, this is another tasting room in a warehouse where they do the brewing. There is a small bar area where you can order and sit plus a bunch of barrel tables and chairs around the space as well. They had big sheets of paper on the wall for people to graffiti if you so wish. Service was pretty good but it was pretty busy due to a bus tour of local breweries. They had 8 or so offerings on tap and the quality of all the beers I tried was very good. They offer bottles for sale to go as well. Overall, this is a pretty cool place to check out if you are in search for some good beer in the area.
03-05-2012 17:14:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited yesterday with my wife and brother and sister in-law. Located in Vista almost on the border of Carlsbad.
Walking in there is a small bar to the left and the brewing operation to the right.
Atmosphere was very good. We arrived at a little after 3pm when they opened and by the time we left at 4pm they were packed.
IF brews mostly Belgian Style beers (3 on tap when we were there), but they had a a crazy good Saison, Imperial Stout, Koosch, and double IPA on when we were there.
Service was very good considering how many folks were there.
1 sampler, 5 large pours, a bottle of Saison to go, and a pint glass for less than $40.
Next time we are down to visit family we will stop by.
04-09-2011 12:10:49 | More by bradybeer
Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista, CA
91 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.