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Golden Age | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vylo
4.49/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark pale ale (what?) with gobs of head. Smells abrasive, fortunately taste much, much better than it smells. Mouthfeel is awesome.

This tastes (and look) like someone mixed a Belgian pale ale, and a Belgian dark ale. Fortunately I like both, so this was a good beer for me, but if you really like those BPAs, this may throw you off.

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Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orange color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of heavy residual sugars with some Belgian malt notes and some honey and pear notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by heavy Belgian malt with quite a bit of residual sugars with some pears and honey notes. Body is full with limited filtration and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but like most beer from this brewery I think it could do with more attenuation.

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Photo of hayesjw
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - burnt orange with clarity. lacing disipates fairly quickly. served in Palm tulip from 750ml bottle.

S - sweet spices with malt.

T - slight Belgian yiest tang.

M - still with medium body.

O - good. makes your cheeks rosy. would have again. enjoed at the Elks BPOE3 SF, CA.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed burnt orange colored beer with a good sized white head. Far darker than usual for the style.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a soapy herbal scent. Coriander and ginger for spice scents.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a taste that is better than the smell. Alcohol is completely hidden despite there being a lot of it. Coriander and mild ginger with a sweet malt flavor. Mild sensation of salt. Grassy after taste and that is about it for hop taste. Only real off thing about this beer is the unusual amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is good, but this is on the extremes of sweetness for the style. Still this isn't a drain pour and in fact I will buy again.

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Photo of rawfish
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber, dull and cloudy with a one finger net of head. Below average retention and the lacing just vanishes into nothing, look like juice after a good amount of time.

Candy sugar, sweetness with notable yeast esters that come off as white grape juice, banana and plums. Intermingling belgian spices, and alcohol on the finish.

Fruity esters, caramel and sponge cake, white grape juice, lemon zest and dark fruit. More sweet than bright. Finishes boozy and a touch chalky. Easier to drink as the beer warms, malt begins to thin out and gets more balanced.

Slick and adequately carbonated, booze is harsh and a touch astringent.

I was expecting more of a Belgian pale with this beer, dark, malts with plenty of residual sugars pair with sweet fruity esters, pleasant tasting but the rest of this beer shows some tattered edges with it's finish and alcohol. Tiresome brew near the end.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a touch darker than medium amber while yielding a frothy 1" head; modest retention and lacing. nose is primarily fruity/malty with a few muted notes of floral hops in the background. decent aroma.

flavor follows with some fruitiness (notably banana), some light spice and some candi sugar. some booziness to the finish. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a solid if unspectacular offering. for me it falls into that "wouldn't turn it down / wouldn't seek it out" realm.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a tan head that settles to a small cap. Thick chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malty and fruity with some banana and yeast aromas. Taste is the same with a nice spice finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice smell and the taste is quite good too.

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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at tapestry in philly

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow color with some orange hues. Thinner crop of white head dissolves, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Floral hops in the nose with some fruity tones. Touches of bready malt with clove and spice, a few dashes of black pepper. Soft alcohol warmth.

Floral and lightly hoppy up front with some dashes of clove. Somewhat spicy with a decent amount of fruit sweetness driven by banana and lighter hints of apple. Nice malty backbone with sweetness from honey, caramel and bread. Finishes warm and slightly floral.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and slick on the tongue. I thought this was pretty drinkable despite the higher ABV, although I've yet to be wowed by anything from Iron Fist yet.

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3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Tapestry.

Golden Age has a very hazy appearance for the style. Hazy burnt orange with some gold spots with a small but firm off white splotch of foam that leaves tiny lace. Good retention. This one smells different. Not clean like normal BSPA's and without the spicy hop character as Belgians. A nice Belgian yeast strain with some apple and a grassy hop scent coming out strong and floral like. This is going in a different direction than most and I give it credit there. Grassy hops mixed in with apple, some hint of grape, and a hit of alcohol in the end. A departure. Feel is very lively, active carbonation with a medium body. A different beer here that I may visit again in the future. This sparked my interest.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of perrymarcus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

pours a hazy medium-dark amber tone while yielding a solid finger and a half of beige head. decent retention and lacing.

interesting nose, not quite what i was expecting. there are the usual suspects in a belgian strong pale - fruit and spice characters, some candied sugar - but more of a malt presence than i have come to expect.

flavor follows the aroma, offering banana, clove, coriander, some other fruity elements i can't quite place. again, relatively big malty sweetness. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a decent enough beer, just didn't quite bowl me over.

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Photo of vande
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big heady pour...lots of sandy colord foam floatin.... Smells of candy sugar, banana, belgiany yeast, some carmel....taste follows the nose.. very good palate complimenter...medium to heavy bodied. With good carbonation...iron fist seeems to be a hidden gem ive been lucky enough to get my hands on...

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Golden Age from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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