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Renegade Blonde | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of polloenfuego
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gold color with the thinnest of heads. Essentially it breaks on pour. Zero lacing. Smell is malts -cereals and a touch of yeast. The taste is pretty middle of the road, malty with the tiniest amount of hops and a touch of yeast present. The feel is thinnish and dry.

I am not a Kolsch fan, but this is just not a great beer by any standard. Seems uninspired. By the looks of the other reviews I am not alone in this feeling.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden yellow color with a small white head. the aroma is mild citrus hops.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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 d_kizzle
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with cracker, earth, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WeedWolf
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Acquired this bottle a year and four months ago and let it sit until today -26/8/15- on account of its bottle conditioning.
Has a nice orange, honey color with small, quickly dissipating, head with little retention and some sediment.
Has little aroma other then a bread-y malt ,lager like, quality with a hint of fruity sweetness.
Tastes very different then other Kolsch styles I've had. More complex, almost like a Pilsener Blonde hybrid, with more fruit and honey characteristics with a Lager like body.
The feel left something to be desired. A bit watery with little carbonation.
Overall I enjoyed it though. Not one of my favorite styles to begin with but this one proved interesting.
Wish I'd have let it sit a few more months though. Might have gotten more honey fruit notes. Next time!

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Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at the Hillside in Seattle.

Appearance: nice golden hue with minimal haze and relatively little head. There is a nice lace on the glass, though.

Smell: lightly malty and sweet aroma. There seems to be a hint of toast as well. Light, but not bad.

Taste: a bit of sweet malt flavor with a hint of grain and a dash of lagery yeast character. Bitterness is a tad high for the style, but overall it's quite nice.

Mouthfeel: light body with a nice carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: it's a tad bit on the bitter side but overall it's a highly refreshing and drinkable beer. Good stuff!

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Photo of Dr_Fox
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Ohsdrummer08
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of aquazr1
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Renegade Blonde from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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