Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Hired Hand | Iron Fist Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Hired HandHired Hand
69 Ratings
Hired HandHired Hand

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of DFLB
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed by Iron Fist Brewing Co., Hired Hand is a Belgium style Saison.

The scents of yeast, pear, and apricot are noted as you drink. The beer has a big malt body to it. Grassy hops are felt along with the Belgian yeast used. The Saison is very distant and is discovered in the dry, spicy finish.

The Belgian yeast is the star feature to the ensemble. Pear is tasted right out of the gate and is noticed easily in the familiar pear and Belgian yeast finish. Apricot is present and gives a coriander-esque accent to the flavors we experience.

Banana is tasted and adds a layer of depth to the drink. The taste of citrus - oranges - accompanies the banana flavor. Green apple is noted and brings volume to the pear.

The Belgian yeast used has a spice to it. Pepper is a nice touch to the yeasty body. A sour complexion is felt along with the green apple flavor.

Hired Hand has a lot to offer to the fan of Belgium beer. Loaded with flavor and complexity, this Belgian has everything I love about the style itself. The Saison is very faint in this one. You need to sit on the flavor of the yeast to notice you are getting the Saison at the same time. This Hired Hand is hired for the job and deservedly carries the reputation of a trusted brand.

Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer.

 1,292 characters

Photo of Kplummer82
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beernoobie
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of timjg14
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

 255 characters

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

 358 characters

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taologic
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmoen
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rick778
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mtooman
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nickgiraud
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madtrixter787
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of davegray
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ashleenicole901
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sillyhed8
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Idrankitall
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

 1,128 characters

Photo of mikem0487
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

 884 characters

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hired Hand from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 69 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.