Dubbel Fisted
Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Belgian Dubbel
Ranked #167
Ranked #33,409
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States
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Notes: A dubbel with a "California Twist", which is that this beer is brewed without candi sugar.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This very nice dubbel
pours a murky reddish brown with a nice head of fluffy off white foam that
lingers long and settles to a thick 1/4 inch layer with nice lacing. Nose of
biscuits, orange zest, light notes of cinnamon and coriander, and rich brown
sugars. Flavors follow but are exceed by sheer volume and heft of the usual
suspects. Rich brown sugars and biscuit malts mingle with yeasty goodness
and come to rest on the middle and back of the taste with orange zest, light
cinnamon, white pepper notes, and a dash of coriander. Very nice mouth feel,
smooth, medium body, nice carbonation, lightly coating, and near perfect for the
style. Also it was a BARGAIN for 7.99 a bottle. The is of note a herbal note that seems
to be from the orange zest which almost makes it have a triple sec effect leaving a light warming
on the back. Very nice.

If this was put in front of me and I was told it was from Belgium I would never know
without seeing the bottle. Very nice.


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Photo of Biggiekrock627
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glass. There was something off putting with the smell and taste of this beer. I will not be going back to this beer

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Photo of peensteen
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ruby brown colour, two fingers of off white head with some lace. Smell is incredibly spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg, orange liquor, yeasty with a bit of orange juice like points, a bit odd but not off putting. Taste is a little better, spicy and malty, orange, brown sugar, raisin and dark bread are all present throughout, medium carbonation, medium body, pretty good feel. Overall this is OK, the serving size is a bit much but I finished the bottle over the course of an hour or so, something I am glad to have tried but nothing I will actively seek out.

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Photo of rawfish
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber with just a tinge of red and dusty clarity. Small off white head of half a finger with minimal retention and flakes of lacing.

Malt forward molasses and toffee not too syrupy or cloying. Rich candied dates and plum with a bready pie crust and Belgian yeast adds a tinge of powder and attic must.

The same as the nose, fairly malty without being overly sweet. Tightly wound caramel and brown sugar, not a hint of graininess. Dried red fruit, cherries and plums with a spice bill including coriander and a steely powdery twinge. Lingering phenols.

Medium carbonation and a slightly hefty body, the malt sticks to the palate like glue. Alcohol is warming and occasionally rears up.

As an American Dubbel this is pretty good, a tasty and not cloying malt bill with enough dark fruit esters to keep things lively. Not something that can compete with a Trappist brew but my Belgian itch has been stated.

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Photo of watermelon
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Mahogany body with an off-white head. Minimal lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Nose is dominated by dark fruit.

T: Heavy carmel malt, and dark fruit flavors.

M: Malty body with very low carbonation.

O: Its decent, but not for the price. I would drink again if offered or If I saw it on sale.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, grape, clove, pepper, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of yeast notes with a fair amount of malt presence; and good strength. A bit too fruity on the nose. Taste of caramel, plum, fig, pear, apple, toast, brown sugar, clove, herbal, light chocolate, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, brown bread, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity yeast and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall the is a very good Dubbel style. Good balance and robustness of malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt with light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plum notes is not as rich and enticing as I had expected. Taste is also dominated by dry caramelized malt with some light fruity ester and some dry raisins and plums notes. Residual sugar is quite lower then I would have expected for the style. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but not as rich and sweet as I was expecting.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.31/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, quite iced tea like, malty and sweet. In the taste, a small dry hop presence in sweet tea is the best way to describe it. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry lemon like citrus and tea in the aftertaste. Like sweet tea, notes of lemon, and different with a hop presence.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed brown colored beer with a very small white head. Very certain that this is a beer clean glass so the missing head is surprising.

Smells spicy with a strong brown sugar aroma. Mild coriander and cinnamon scent. Very faint apple aroma.

Starts off mildly sweet with some plum and cake flavor. Mild coriander and a chocolate cake flavor. Strong warming sensation in the chest but no flavor of alcohol. Mild brown sugar flavor. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Would score higher if the missing head could be found.

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Photo of charlzm
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Consumed at the brewery tasting room, March 22nd, 2013.

Beer is a clear hue somewhere between caramel and amber. Nice beige/tan head quickly subsides to a thin skin of foam.

Not much aroma; just indistinct roasted malt.

Flavor is melanoidin-y amber malts, plums and a modest finishing bitterness. Lacking many of the traditional flavors associated with the guidelines of the style. Thick and chewy tasting, if that makes sense, though the mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A little under-carbonated, I thought,.

Nothing bad here, though nothing especially outstanding, either.

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Photo of t420o
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Iron Fist Dubbel Fisted

A-pour produces a 1-1/2 finger tan head resting on a deep amber body that is cloudy. Head recedes quick leaving little in the way of lacing 3.5 

S- brown sugar, ripe dark fruits like plum and fig, light chocolate, caramel, Belgian yeast 4

T- a little muted for my tastes. Similar to the nose it leads off with brown sugar and Belgian yeast. This is followed by ripe dark fruits, caramel, milk chocoalte, spices and molasses. There are also subtle notes of pear and green grapes which is surprising. It's good and the muted flavor makes this a very easy beer for gulping down given the abv, but I prefer to sip my dubbels anyways so this doesn't matter. 3.5 

M- light on carbonation and slightly syrupy mouthfeel 3.5

O- a good dubbel and easy drinking. It is pretty complex but muted at the same time. A good dubbel but nothing amazing 4


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Photo of drewone
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Totally disapointing -this is the third iron fist beer I've had and all of them remind me of mediocre home brew.

A lot of carbonation, large bubbles over flow glass. Sickly sweet/alcohol smell. Nice fruit spiceness.

Thin stale taste - very disapointing ,some fruity plum,not so good astringency


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Taste is of malt and brown sugar with a dark fruit finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good dubbel with some nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a murky amber copper that had light head that ran away quickly

S: Deep intriguing spices mixed with light fruits and hint of cinnamon. Prolly not cinnamon but that's the best way i could describe it.

T: This did not resemble any type of dubbel that i have had previously. Maybe they introduced their own spin on style that included more bread and doughy flavors then actual blend of fruits and caramel. Herbal spices gently kick in at the end of the palate.

M: High carbonation for the bottle that i received that lay on the sweet side rather then the dry in which i prefer.

O: A decent spin on the dubbel but definitely nothing special and worth going out of your way to pick up.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Amanda for lugging these beers back from LA!

Reddish brown, transparent with ample off white foam on the surface, sticking around for a good while. Spotty lace in the glass.

Sweet caramel and dry yeast phenolics, mellow and pleasant.

Caramel, brown sugar, spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Mellow body and smooth light carbonation gives it a slightly nectar-like feel. Overall pretty balanced and easy drinking for the style, though best shared.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Tapestry in South Philly, Glad to see some new beer in Philly, which here, is a daily thing.

A- Dubble Fisted is a dark ass brown ale, mahagony even, dirty tap water, but an elegant look that's calming. A healthy burnt sugar white/slightly tan cap stays on top forever, leaving no lace.

S- For a dubbel, fisted comes off like a quad and alot of them. The sugar is just pumped up to the max and there are more candi like scents. Dark fruits with plums and grapes. A nice malt backing and a bit of yeast. Nuts and some roast.

T- The sugars dont come up as much in smell, so fist does not taste like a quad but there is some sweetness though. The roast and nuts are more up front competing with the dark dried fruit basket. A little bit of raisins and a whole lot of taste. A Belgian dubbel that does not tackle you with bready yeast. A slight twang on the finish.

M- Smooth and livelt at the same time, although this is above medium. Carb is nice and sparkling. The alcohol is not here but there is a warming effect near room temp.

D- I tried it, I enjoyed it and will try more from this brewery, if it's on tap.

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Photo of The3rdbeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery Tulip

A- very pretty red/orange color, red in the middle and orange where the light bends around the sides. almost no head and a little bit of foam around the edge lasting for a long time.

S- A lot of malt with some spice, with peanuts and a lot of peanuts in the smell, very strange but enticing.

T- Malt, almost pumpkin spice mixed with peanut butter and some hop bitterness that runs away fast. no booze here very lite and a refreshing new flavor.

M- Lite mouthfeel it has very lite carbonation and leaves a slight coating but its very thin, leaving soon.

O- Good and lite, I could drink this again, its interesting and a different from the norm for me. Its good enough to drink again.

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Photo of vande
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a deep, dark brownness that begs to be drank... although my wife doesn't like beer, this is by far her favorite color

S: some darker fruits, hint of chocolate, with a bit of carmel going on... mellow malt-hop blend that makes this a very pleasant botle to open..

T: where the nose leads, the palate follows. A great tasting dubble..some caremal w/ a hint of chocolate...blended with raisny-plum fruit notes... a nice little complex sipper!!

M: My mouth said yes! A great bodied beer here.

O: Although I can't buy it in Illinois, I'm glad I was able to get one out here -- Thanks Chris! Looking forward to trying the other Iron Fist offerings that were waiting for me on the doorstep after work... A beer, and brewery, it appears to keep an eye out for as I'm sure you'll enjoy-

** Sidenote: Each of my colleagues whom I've shared the bottle with today has enjoyed a new brew from the Westcoast... witha smile!

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Photo of Retsinis
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Iron Fist Brewery.

Review is from notes

A: The beer pours a dark mahogany brown with a ruby red hue. A half inch of off white head rose, then quickly settled, leaving light mild lacing.

S: I get whiffs of dark fruits, figs, dates, earthy hops, mild dark cacao, and Belgian yeast.

T: A bit more bread and caramel malts here upfront then the nose, but the dark fruit characters, plums, raisins, and yeast qualities come through in the middle, along with a slight dry hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well melded in the flavors as well.

M: Light to medium carbonation, with medium to creamy mouth feel.

O: Pretty good. I enjoyed this style from their offerings, personally, bit more going here then some of the lighter sytles I've had from Iron fist, although those were soild as well. The yeast flavors are pretty consistent in their beers, but that's a good thing to me, since it provides a unique flavor profile, that is recognizable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich brown ale with spicy notes.

Clear, coppery color in the chalice. A little roast malt aroma, but more burnt sugar exhaling through the nose. Has the rich, dark, raisiny flavor that seems typical of the style. Body is full but not thick or cloying. Touch of sweetness. Hops are present as a long bitter aftertaste, but there is another funky bitter twang that adds to the interest. Clean and very drinkable.

Thanks to the Belgians for the yeast and the brewing repertoire, but here is another American version that is better than the "real" thing.

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Photo of Machinehead
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at the brewery on tap, and thought it was good, but not necessarily exceptional. Nonetheless, I bought a bottle and took it home and kept it in the fridge for a few months for an occasion to share the big bottle. Much to my surprise, upon crackin it open, the taste and feel seem to have been much improved. I'm usually a dark Belgian fan, but this is a golden that I would definitely get again. Very rich, complex taste the second time around, much more akin to what you would expect from a true belgain style brew. Taste is sweet and nutty, but not overpowering. Feel is very nice, at least from the bottle. Not much head, but still well balanced. Very pleased with the improvement of a little bottle conditioning.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at the brewery into a thick Belgian tulip.

A - Dark amber to brown with foamy head. Lacing present, head didn't last long.

S - Chocolate and brown ale malts coming thru along with the Iron Fist belgian yeast (pretty sure its a house strain and not diff from one to the next).

T - Pretty nice actually, more brown ale like then most dubbels but the yeast character was quite nice here vs their other beers.
Still sweet but not over powering and seemed pretty well attenuated.

M - Thick start to a thinner finish. Slightly creamy.

D - This was a nice beer. I generally tend to not like dubbels so this was a surprise.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet. Dubbel Fisted pours a medium brown in color, being a hazed mahogany in the light. Half an inch of bubbly off white foam builds for a bit then dissipates rather swiftly but does manage to keep a light cap with some agitation.

Malty nose with dark fruits and a bit of chocolate and spice with some agitation. Yeast notes are thin but do reveal themselves slightly with warming along with some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Bit thin largely due to the light carbonation I would assume, otherwise decent.

Taste is a bit thin up front but firms up through the palate. Another victim of carbonation woes as the taste is fuller after a fresh pour. Plum and roasted caramel with a light chocolate/hop bitterness and a hint of berry.

Feel is smooth but light though thankfully not too syrupy like many a stab at the style. Easy drinking as a result though I think a finer carbonation would yield more complexity throughout. This doesn't come across as a bottle conditioned beer, which surprised me given the expectations I carried into this brew and given the style it seeks to emulate, the bottle which contained it, and the price I paid for it. Bottom line, this beer needs more carbonation to kick it up a notch, and a firmer and more robust bottle conditioning is in order.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Iron Fist.

A: Amber tinged brown with a frothy light brown head.

M: Plum, raisin, fig, earthy hops, dash of chocolate, Belgian yeast, and bready malt. Alcohol is apparent.

T: Prune, plum, raisin, fig. Moderate sweetness. Bread and caramel malt. Moderate bitterness, more bitter than your average Dubbel. Belgian yeast is apparent.

M: Medium carbonation with a sticky, smooth mouthfeel. A touch thin.

Overall: A pretty good Dubbel with more bitterness than is typical.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Iron Fist

A: The pour is a dark amber color with plenty of dark red notes and a nice off-white head.

S: Sweet caramel malts along with plenty of dark fruits: raisins, plums, and black cherries. For as much sweetness as this exhibits, there's a somewhat dry character to it as well.

T: Raisins and plums continue on the palate providing a nice fruity and sweet base. Bread and caramel are the malt flavors with a bit of alcohol coming through.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Probably not quite as effervescent as a dubbel should be.

D: Sort of uninspiring. I guess it's not a bad beer, but I would have liked a little more complexity out of it and more carbonation could have helped.

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Dubbel Fisted from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 96 ratings