Hired Hand | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
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0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Kplummer82
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timjg14
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 750ml bottle as a gift. I don't usually like saisons. Generally I find them a bit too sweet and after one or two I'm done. With this, I found myself wanting more. Good carbonation and sharp flavor. Cloudier than most. Unique enough to be good.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep amber ale with large head on it. Light smell, malty deep taste with good carbonation.

This drinks more like a belgian pale or dark ale, which is probably why it isn't liked as a saison, but is a great beer. If you like belgian beers, this is great, if you like saisons, you might be disappointed. If you like both like me you will just be surprised.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taologic
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmoen
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mtooman
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nickgiraud
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madtrixter787
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Ashleenicole901
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of sillyhed8
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Idrankitall
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Something of a beauty, this brew is a brightly shining orange gold. It begins with a light haze that clears up to give a very polished brightness and clarity, all the better with its unusual shade. The off-white head is foamy and rocky, coming close to one finger while keeping it up pretty well, falling pretty slowly, and leaving more than a modicum of patches and webbing.
The smell shows off a bit of the sour before the sweetness comes in, a bit of earthy yeast and some pale notes of very gentle spices coming in with pear, tropical fruits and sour apricot along with a bit of tanginess along with citrus, herb and a very light dose of white pepper.
It's pretty much the same in the taste, a really easy drinking brew, with a touch more funk to it, but very slight. The sour, bitter and sweet notes balance well. This is a brew that doesn't show off the complete mastery of the style and its complexities, but is by no means shallow.
The body is light to medium, a little soft and easing off at the end. It flashes between sweet and dry and finds a middle ground. Ultimately, it could use a little more bite in the finish.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle poured into Wicked Weed tulip glass. No bottle on/enjoy by date.

A-Burnt orange hazy body. Huge and dense foamy white head. Good lacing and retention.

S-Peach, pear and papaya fruitiness in the nose with mild pepper notes and a damp dankness smell throughout it.

T-The fruitiness in the nose is more subdued in the flavor. A slight tartness is present with the dank, musty spice flavor coming through in the back and leaving a after taste I am not crazy about.

M-Pretty full bodied for being a saison with a nice dry finish. Like the high carbonation. Very effervescent.

O-A good rounded saison. The flavor and taste are good but gets old and does not bring me back for a second round. As the beer warms that dankness becomes more pronounced into something that just lacks appeal. I would love to try this from the source and grab another bottle and see how it ages.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Hired Hand from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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