Dubbel Fisted | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dubbel with a "California Twist", which is that this beer is brewed without candi sugar.

Added by womencantsail on 11-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
14.53%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 mactrail
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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 drewone
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
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

Hmm...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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 HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11/21/10

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 jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Dubbel Fisted from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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