Renegade Blonde | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States
ironfistbrewing.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
11.21%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With an opaque straw color, this beer can overflow with bubbles, leaning towards the slightly overpowering grassy mulch hops, as the malts sports the cereal malt variety with some toasted biscuit overtones. The spicy bitterness really masks what other flavors are in this beer, but it seems to be like a mix between a kölsch and a hefeweizen. While this is too hoppy for my liking, I can see this is like having a local version of some Czech pilsners. This is a huge change compared to the overly hoppy, even undrinkable, bitter beers that are rampant everywhere in San Diego County. Fortunately, there are a few exceptions, one of them being Ballast Point’s Pale Ale (Now called the California Kölsch, which it isn’t a kölsch!).

On a side note, this bottle really overflowed with the bubbles as soon as I opened it, and it continued to bubble for some time. It must be because it’s bottle conditioned with a lot of yeast, although it’s unusual to have a yeasty beer that can nearly explode after opening it.

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Photo of Kelrel9
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Dijeriduster
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At Small Bar into a pint glass

A - Very clear yellow with a nice thick head. Pretty much dead on for a kolsh.

S - Bready malts with a little bit of german hops coming thu.

T - Clean and fresh with plenty of bready pale malts. Yeast kinda kills it to me...its like a belgian homebrew (likely WL550 or the like). Still close to being true to style but the yeast was just kinda plain and didn't match the malt profile.

M - Clean and freshing as per the style.

D - While it looks and feels great, I'm not happy with the yeast profile on this one. Its almost like a mail order recipe or something, clearly this is not the result of experimentation and refinement on the part of the brewer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Anemic slightly sweet beerish stuff.

Giant stiff beehive of a head in a tall pilsener and a shorter glass. Totally foams up, though it doesn't dissipate like foamers usually do. Very flat in the mouth, though. On the cloudy side. Totally lacks crispness, which is why you would bother with a pale undistinguished sort of ale. Still, after it warms up it has some decent flavors. Faint hint of hops. More malty than a German Kolsch, I would think.

Quite drinkable, but carbonation melts in your glass, not in your mouth. More like decent extract homebrew. Utterly forgettable.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarrettB
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hard to love a blonde (beer) but I keep trying new versions, expecting a powerful, new blonde-based experience around the next corner. And that's what brings me to Iron Fist's Blonde, which I'm pretty sure I originally picked up on a whim at my local no-name grocery store. The blonde, yellow brew props up a frothy white foam, which in spite of a thick head, puts out a steady plume of tangy muscat smell, fresh and herbal. I also get fresh summertime snack smells like celery and apple, garnished with parsley. Herbal, fruity and vegetal, all at once. It must be healthy! The flavor follows-up, with a dry and herbal foretaste, and adding in lots of parsley and parsnip, oddly enough. The carbonation is healthy and hale, though, with hops kind of outlining the whole experience, and generating a long, enjoyable aftertaste. I'm not sure I liked it, but I appreciated it. This is vastly different from the normal blonde offerings, light and airy and sort of flavorless. It's the taste of a summer garden, made drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color Kolsch with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of clean crisp cereal notes with light butter notes. Taste is also dominated by crisp cereal notes with light buttery notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Well done for style with limited buttery notes and refreshing taste overall.

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Renegade Blonde from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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