Spice Of Life | Iron Fist Brewing Company

Spice Of LifeSpice Of Life
BA SCORE
3.72/5
72 Ratings
Spice Of LifeSpice Of Life
BEER INFO

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

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with bitter orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise.

Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,864
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
72
pDev:
15.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MAB
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.

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Photo of sherpahigh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trosevear
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!!

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Photo of L0GlC
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.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunman3
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of Corson
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shadman
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brycevolk
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of Vylo
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.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobkarbin
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

excellent, best in a long time

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Photo of MEO89
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotDarkEnough
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ImperialStout
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rand
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.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Tonka
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of UlfAndreas
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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