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Spice Of Life | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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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:
#26,283
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
72
pDev:
15.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 22
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 CBaker350
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of jdmandel
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of brendaniel
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

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 Douglas14
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a super red-amber color with a nice head that fades away too quickly. The aroma is awesome. Very Belgian-y with very subtle spiciness - sometheing that I unfortuantely rarely experience anymore. The taste is similar. Lot's of fruit and spice, both of which are balanced nicely. The mouthfeel is medium and it finishes dry enough for you to want another sip!

Awesome beer...especially for their first batch. Keep it up IF!

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red-amber tight laced white head

S: Orangey spice reminicent of orange pekoe, nice peppery spice, grains of paradise

T: Spice hits the palate first then a big orange, slightly sweet at first then drying quickly, delicous. Spot on for the style

M: Fairly lively, nice carbination feel, this beer has more body than I expected and sits a little oily on the palate after the finish

D: Good, although the heavy spice notes can be a little fatigueing to the palate, it still is inviting and fresh, almost cleansing with every sip.

O: A very nice example for the style, well thought out and balanced

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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 Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light orange with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Spicy notes, nice sour malt, with a hint of hops.

T: Great spicy flavours, grains of paradise stand out particularly. Lemon and oranges with a Belgian flair, great flavour.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp, easy going and refreshing.

O: Really good beer, very impressive from Iron Fist, looks like I'll have to look into the rest of their lineup.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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 PeprSprYoFace
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro

Pours a honey orange color with a very nice white head and lacing. Kinda cloudy.

Aroma is not strong but pretty much Belgian. Little bit of clove.

Taste is good. Solid pale ale Belgian flavor. Coriander and orange peel is nice.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Little low carb.

Overall a solid beer. I would try it again and buy a bottle. Glad to try a newer small brewery in the area

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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 NickMunford
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Photo of larsenju
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you DearthVader for the obscure extra (the best kind).

A-Crystal clear light amber body with very little head, and very thin lacing.

S-Light phenolics lead with a little citrus and crisp biscuit malt. I cannot decide if the citrus is a yeast product, or the result of the addition of spices, either way it is pretty well balanced in and refreshing. Lately I have been seeing an influx of beers using grains of paradise, I think this beer may have been a little better without them.

T-Again, light phenolics dropping off to smooth citrus and some hop like spice. I would really call this closer to a Saison than belgian pale. It is a little watery both in flavor and texture, I would suggest finding a way to fill out the body a little bit.

M-Thin with a lower carb than expected. Again, the beer just needs to be filled out a little.

D-Refreshing and light, I hear it really shines on tap and I could see how that might work out. A very generous extra from a very generous trader, I would gladly pick one up should I see one on the shelf.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/peach color with light, bubbly head. Not much retention, but a fair amount of bubbles stay around at the edges.

Smell: Yeasty with some fruity undertones. Lots of orange, but not in a typical spicy citrus way.

Taste: Cool, fruit flavors, particularly orange peel (so without the usual citrus acidity and spice), together with a bit of sugar. Coriander is quite apparent, and there's some hints of black pepper too (particularly towards the finish). The yeast comes out particularly in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with very mild carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: Pleasant and easy to drink. Low ABV.

Enjoyable, but I think the sweetness could be a bit much for some; I'd rather share this bottle with someone, I think. Nice work from this brand-new brewery; I'll be sure to try out some of their other beers.

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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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