Spice Of Life
Iron Fist Brewing Company

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From:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Bière de Garde
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 15.32%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
50
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 09, 2016
Added:
Nov 14, 2010
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  12
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Brewed with bitter orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise.
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Rated: 3.5 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
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Reviewed by MAB from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A hit-and-miss beer-- the color was nice but the head didn't stick around.
The aroma was spicy but the flavors didn't match. I didn't get any orange or coriander (spice) notes on the tongue, just bitterness. Not that I mind bitterness, but I wanted something else.
The mouthfeel was about the only thing that met my expectation.

This reminded me of a homebrew, mainly because of the sediment-- a blast from the past!

Not a bad beer, but others are better.
Dec 21, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by sherpahigh from Canada (AB)

Dec 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Day 9 from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: A Hazy yellow brown colour kinda looks gross :/ hahah

S: Super citrusy smelling with a slight amount of coriander. But super orangey smelling.

T: Orange strait off the tip, then there is a slight coriander taste followed by a slight bit of spice almost like a pepper spice.

F: Super light mouth feel bit it does have a nice amount of carbination.

O: Actually a super nice beer from tis brewery!!
Dec 10, 2015
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Reviewed by L0GlC from Canada (AB)

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A hazy orange colour with a medium frothy head. Smells of malt, coriander, citrus and hops. This beer is loaded with malt flavour and the slightest hint of citrus. Mouth feel is spicy and light. Overall a good beer and while I had it in the winter I think it would be really enjoyable in the summer heat.
Dec 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Dec 10, 2015
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is an extremely interesting beer - thank you to the Craft Beer Advent Calendar folks for pulling a very interesting selection out of the pile. I have not previously encountered this style, but I am glad I got the opportunity. This beer pours copper and organge, with little in the way of foam or head. The nose is subtle - a bit of yeasty spice and faint fruit. The flavour is truly enjoyable - caramel malt, orange zest and coriander all play a role in the taste profile. I am thrilled to have the chance to try this style of beer!
Dec 09, 2015
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle, day 9 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - nice to see a new offering from this Cali brewery available as such around here.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a few instances of ice shelf lace around the glass as things slowly recede.

It smells of grainy, bready pale and caramel malt, an orange pith fruitiness, some zesty coriander and earthy rainbow peppercorn spice, brown sugar, and further leafy, herbal, and grassy bittering notes. The taste is grainy, kind of doughy caramel malt, blood orange rind, well delineated earthy white pepper and coriander seed spice, some consistent free-range dark sugars, and more zingy leafy, dead grassy, and herbal hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their supportive and occasionally playful frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the spice and fruit here of the kid gloves school of engagement. It finishes off-dry, the base malt putting down roots, while the guest citrus and spicy elements carry on flitting about.

A pleasantly spiced, um, spiced ale, the grains of paradise working well, as expected, with their typical comrades in arms - orange and coriander. Some left-of-center holiday warming ale for the newbies and veterans alike who are wading their way through this Advent 'experience', circa 2015.
Dec 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Nov 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by Shadman from Canada (AB)

Oct 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by BDeibs from Colorado

Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by brycevolk from Ohio

Sep 01, 2015
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Basin 141 in Montrose, CA.

Pours a clear dark golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is straightforward but solid all around.

Serving type: on tap.
Aug 09, 2015
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Rated by Vylo from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A spiced ale with light head and decent lacing. Smooth taste.
Jul 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by ClavisAurea from New York

May 20, 2015
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Rated by Jacobkarbin from Sweden

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
excellent, best in a long time
Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by MEO89 from California

Dec 24, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by NotDarkEnough from California

Dec 05, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by ImperialStout from California

Oct 10, 2014
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
From 750 mL bottle to Lost Abbey tulip glass

Amber in color, super-frothy head. The nose is sweet, toffee-malts, oak, fresh garden herbs, citrus zest. The added cilantro comes out on the palate, adding zest and harmonizing with the brew's funky undertones. Flavors are nicely reigned-in given the added spices, with malty sweetness at the front of the palate. The finish is relatively short, with lively phenols lingering.

This was a lot better than expected, given the reviews. We've been sitting on this bottle for six months or so, I wonder if it just needs some time.
Oct 01, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by brianmandell from California

Sep 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3.16 by Tonka from Virginia

Sep 22, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by UlfAndreas from District of Columbia

Sep 17, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by retry4z from California

Jul 19, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by watchnerd from California

Jul 04, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by madtrixter787 from North Carolina

Jun 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Mrose78 from Arizona

Jun 14, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

Apr 30, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Bonsall_Phil from California

Apr 16, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by tbeq00 from California

Dec 11, 2013
 
Rated: 2.5 by bvlaminck from Pennsylvania

Dec 08, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by speedvagen from Ohio

Dec 06, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by StoutSnob40 from California

Nov 30, 2013
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander, orange peel and paradise grain is quite sublime with light caramel malt notes and some residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by grain of paradise with some orange peel and some light coriander with light caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and probably the best I tried from this brewery with great balance between all ingredients.
Nov 23, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by InfernoBoss from California

Oct 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Strega007 from California

Jun 30, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by Skrypt from Florida

Jun 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by jsmith6051 from California

Jun 04, 2013
Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 72 ratings