High Five Hefe | Iron Horse Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States
iron-horse-brewery.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RJLarse on 09-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of trevorjn06
1.32/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazey, golden hue with light foam on the surface.

Aroma is light plastic, lactic sour notes, hint of banana and all around bad. Something is amiss here.

Taste follows the nose with tart lactic flavor with a slight enteric edge, plastic-like phenols and a hint of bready malts. Seriously bad beer.
Mouthfeel is medium/thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is just terrible, I really hope it's bad/dirty tap lines and doesn't taste like this from the brewery. Tastes like an infection and/or terrible fermentation management.

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Photo of eire
1.36/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Sir_Goatman
2/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Growlerchic
2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

I've had this from the 22 oz bottle as well as a taster from tap.

A nice light beer. Yellow in color, no cloudiness, white head

Not like any hefe I've had before. It has a Bite of ginger at the finish, which is a nice twist, honey gives it smoothness, very different style of beer.

Smells a little sweet, not picking up any wheat or Bready notes, no ginger on the nose.

Not for me but could be a refreshing summer drink for the right person.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light golden yellow with a small white cap, some bubbles and light lacing clinging on for dear life

S: Ginger you say? More Ginger and then a measure of wheat and honey.

T: Immediate plastic like taste covered up by way to much ginger. The wheat and light banana sneak in about mid taste but quickly fall off leaving some stickiness, ginger and muted crispness

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated,a bit thin and guess what? Too gingery

O: Not the best in the world

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Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured at Brews on Washington in Spokane, WA.

A: yellow on tannish. Less than single Finger of white head quickly falls to a sheet of the same. Turbid - not as cloudy as I would expect this beer to be. Spotty lacing.

S: bananas, cloves and plastic. Fairly low in intensity all around. The yeast is not as well highlighted as it should be, neither is the wheat.

T: banana, lemons, distant clove. It's like the water was poorly assessed for the style. It has a sharp, chemical flavor. Not good.

M: thin for the style. Carbonation is the right intensity, unfortunately the viscosity does nothing to compliment.

O: man, this is not a good beer. I'm sad as this is a local for me, and I like to see them do well, but this beer is no good.

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Photo of stevoj
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from a friend. Misses on all marks, body thin, head weak, taste and aroma heavy on clove, hints of the banana and bubblegum, but its the cheap bubblegum from a pack of trading cards, and the fake banana from hard candy. Metallic, chalky finish...iron horse can do so much better....

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Photo of Hops_R_us
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice orange wheat smell. Nose is fantastic. As the nose fades away quickly becomes overly skunky.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Quarter-finger white head with low retention. Cloudy orange body, moderate clarity. Some skimpy lacing.

S- Ginger, honey and lime? Strange.

T- Honey, wheat, ginger and some spiciness. Quite watery, actually. Not great.

M- Thin and very wet.

O- Not bad tasting, but thin and pretty unspecial.

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Photo of twelveinches
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of beertunes
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow, seemed to be more of chill haze than true Hefe cloudiness, with a bright white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

A fairly benign, neutral scent is presented to the nose. The dominant flavor is wheat, but the other expected Hefe flavors are subdued or missing.

The body is not as satisfying as most Hefes, a little thin. Drinkability is nice, but the beer is so boring I can't see wanting to have several. Overall, not a bad beer, I'll probably have it again, and worth trying if you see it. Perhaps if this was presented as a Pale Wheat Ale instead of a Hefe the scores would be higher.

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Photo of Zorro
2.77/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly of orange blossom honey. Faint ginger scent.

Starts out tasting of soda crackers. Mild bitterness and the cracker taste gets stronger. Orange is vague at best.

Mouthfeel is OK.

At best just an average wheat beer.

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Photo of EXScotT
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JOPA_FRESH
2.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a cloudy, pale amber with a small hint of a white cap that disappeared before I looked at it twice. Lacing is meager at best.

S: Definite ginger smell, a little sweetness from the honey and a nice golden wheat background.

T: To be blunt, it tastes somewhat...cheap...?...on initial palate. The ginger comes in after to bring it back but seems unbalanced with the honey, kinda like the two are arguing until it fades into....wheat...silence. The finish is decent, all the flavors have figured it out by then and some sort of accord has been met and my palate is relieved to be at that point.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium body, drinks like the beer I had back in the old college days (think MGD 64...maybe less bubblies....definitely less bubblies)

O: Mediocre, at best. It is definitely not what I was hoping for for the price. Would make an excellent beer pong beer for the 1 percenters....I don't plan on on purchasing this again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get the hand! Sampled at the brewery. A mostly hazy lemony yellow color with a coppery hue through out the beer. A soft but fizzy white head with long lasting retention and thick lacing.

The nose is limited, or at the least more of a neutral smell. The malt comes out with more of a generic note but the wheat is there as well. Somewhat spicy aroma but there. Some very light phenols and banana. Definitely could use more for sure. Some minor citrus but closer to a wheat beer than hefe.

The taste is similar. The wheat comes out a bit more versus the nose. But very limited cloves and banana notes. Some hints of rose peddles and a light orange but really could use more. Almost like they fermented this too cold.

The body is light to moderate. Could use a bit more depth. Carbonation is good. Overall a bit disappointing on the yeast character. Would call this more of an American wheat with some hints of German. Still easy to drink though.

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Photo of hreb
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a UFO weizen glass. Beer pours hazy golden amber and forms moderate white head. Aroma is grassy, wheaty, with just a trace of honey sweetness. Flavor is clean and distinctly less wheaty than I'd hoped. German weissbier yeast flavors yield bubblegum and clove. Not a fan of bubblegum in my beer, but at least it's not banana. *Very* thin mouthfeel, watery even, as if all the wheat fermented out leaving 6% pale ale with none of the accompanying Hefe goodness. There's a very subtle sharp flavor in the finish, but I don't think I'd call it ginger (and I love ginger). Very average. Moderately drinkable, but not flavorful enough and a poor example of the style. I appreciate a WA state brewery taking a stab at a brew not overloaded with hops, but I'm going to stick with El Jefe.

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Photo of sam_bliss
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little white head caps the cloudy, light-orange liquid. Sparkling cider and honey smells waft over sweetbread maltiness and golden wheat, touched by a little ginger. The ginger flavor is much more apparent in the taste, along with tart apple. This brew has the light-bodied, clean flavor of the lower-alcohol content American blonde ales, such as Pyramid curveball. No, it is not a hefeweizen by any measure––do not be fooled by the name. When taken as a light pale ale brewed with wheat, however, it is an enjoyable beer. Ignoring my pet peeve of US wheat beers that call themselves "hefe" without conforming to any aspects of the style, I think this drinks alright.

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Photo of adkieffer
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Wijibo
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clean, odd fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of Suptfgv
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice head, smells good. Rather bland.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ElGordo
3.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz glass into a Stella stem glass. Body is a bright golden-orange with nice, zesty carbonation and almost no haze. A small flourish of bright white head appears briefly before receding to a thin ring. Aroma of sweet ginger and orange peel, along with some bubble gum from the yeast.
Palate is a mix of fruity hops and spicy ginger up front. A mildly sweet malt profile holds notes of orange peel and bubble gum. The ginger lingers on the finish, but doesn't impart a huge amount of heat or spice. Body is lively and just a little creamy, which isn't a big plus for a wheat ale. Still, this goes down easily enough, and the fruit and ginger provide more flavor than distraction.

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Photo of froghop
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is of ginger, wheat, and some spice.

taste is a little tangy on the tongue, light ginger, better than most beers with ginger in it, wheat, and some sweetness to it, ends a little tart, and somewhat dry.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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High Five Hefe from Iron Horse Brewery
3.26 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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