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
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting murky Belgian.

A little hazy in the chalice. Medium amber. Very fruity aroma, like peaches. Initial taste is sweet and spicy followed by surprising bitterness. Quite a load of orange flavor. Maybe the peel adds to the bitterness. Good carbonation in the mouth, leaves its trace on the glass. Hops are hard to pin down with all the spiciness, but are strong without any of the usual Pale Ale profiles.

Good drink with food, which was spicy sausage and bitter radicchio with brown rice. Kind of over-spiced for casual drinking but well worth a taste if you like interesting takes on Belgian styles.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

I apologize to IF for giving this a "false" bad review, but after careful consideration, I concluded that the bartender mixed this beer up with another one (Victory Saison du BUFF) when my wife and I ordered our drinks.

Anyway, this one was served in a ball-stem goblet, a hazy darker amber color with a small, fizzy, white head. Nose of citrus zest, caramel, spice, and barnyard funk. Taste is markedly Belgian in nature, notes of dried citrus rind, coriander and peppery spice--I'm familiar with the flavor of grains of paradise, and it was clearly present here--yeasty, and decently funky. Medium body, decently flavored and pretty nice overall, though admittedly by the time I got to this, my palate was still recovering from the terrible beer that preceded it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a dark golden-amber color with a nice white head.

S: Lots of orange, especially in terms of the peel. The amount of orange aroma is actually impressive. There's also a fair amount of coriander. Strangely enough, I also pick up some fennel and dill, don't ask me why.

T: A good earthy and grassy flavor with plenty of sweet oranges. The orange peel provides a bit of a bitterness and some more citrus flavor. A decent maltiness and some strangely warming flavors.

M: the body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really expecting to like this one, but it was one of my favorite beers at this brewery. A nice blend of spice notes and the base beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a half finger of head leaving some good lacing sticking to the head.

S: huge orange citrus aroma upfront on the nose with belgian yeast character, some spices like corinader are nocticeable and various grains.

T: the orange character also dominated the flavor but had coriander spice accents with belgian yeast notes and a touch of underlying grains.

M; the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had sweet, citrusy, yeasty, and grainy finish.

D: it honestly drank pretty damn good but was just too over the top with the citrus orange character.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed brassy amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is fruity and spicy with a honey like malt aroma. Orange, grains of paradise, mild ginger. Finally mild coriander.

Starts out semi dry and spicy, grains of paradise mostly. Apples and some orange flavor. Coriander is in here but it isn't a strong flavor. Overall this is tame for the style and that is a good thing Bière de Garde can get quite funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. This beer is nothing if not easy to drink.

I REALLY wish the fad with grains of paradise would go away I'm not that fond of it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11/21/10

On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Amber with a white head.

S: Quite floral, with strong coriander notes and some grains of paradise. Lots of orange

T: Lightly sweet with bitter orange peel notes. I detect coriander, grains of paradise, and some alcohol. The finish is lightly spicy, with orange and coriander lingering.

M: Lower high carbonation with a creamy and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A spiced Belgian Ale. Not a super drinkable style. There was nothing wrong with this beer, but it's nothing I would drink again.

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

Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Vylo
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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 InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Corson
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Spice Of Life from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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