The Gauntlet | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SDHoffers on 01-09-2011

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by Dijeriduster:
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at small bar into a 10oz? pint glass (an Iron Fist glass at their Small Bar event)

A - Very nice looking with thick off white head and deep red to amber liquid.

S - Whoa there are some dry hops/hop back stuff happening here. Not terribly sweet but nice (smells like the 3 C's to me) and a little malt backbone too.

T - Great beer from a brewery that I wasn't sure had it in them. How they came out with a IIPA before even a pale ale is strange to me but yeah this is great. Nice balance of hops to malt to booze with plenty of hops for the hophead without being too bitter.

M - Actually pretty good for the style. Sometimes they get thin and boozy but this stayed nice and robust throughout.

D - While you wouldn't want 10 of them in a row this is a nice little beer...on tap. Not sure how it would be in the bottle where dry hopping etc aren't as prevalent.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A dark amber. Thin white head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Citrus elements in the nose along with caramel maltiness. Seems well balanced.

Bitter, pungent, citrus notes. Not overly complex. Balanced well by caramel malts. Some alcohol heat, but understandable at this ABV.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. A touch heavy and syrupy.

A tasty, pungent DIPA from just up the road. Certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light brown? colored appearance. Good pine aroma, largely bitter.

Alcohol well hidden, but its a massive bitter bomb without enough hop mouthfeel. Pretty easy to drink, nice touch there, but its just so hard to be an impressive dipa, much less from CA these days. A little bit of citrus flavor comes in the more you drink of it, dull valencia orange.

A peculiar yeast taste to it. A little sweeter, definitely not a 'dry' ipa. Would drink it again, I dunno what it costs, was drank at a festival.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WillDavis707
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a bottle of this off the dry shelf at a local BevMo. Opened it up took one sip and drain poured the rest. Must have been a very old bottle, but couldn't find any date on it SMH.

I think it was my only drain pour of the year, wish i didn't waste that $12, thanks again BevMo

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of aepb1
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a tasting hosted by vapodge, many thanks my friend!

A- Hazy brown body with a generous but airy white head

S- Fruity hops, some caramel malts carrying underneath too.

T- The fruity malts are up front, a fairly typical assortment for an IPA but the nice balance of caramel malts is what sets this apart. The sweetness from the caramel gives a nice balance to the bitterness from some of the hops and then the finish is a bit of alcohol burn.

M- Medium body with a good level of carbonation. Smooth with just a little burn

D- Good DIPA and I will see it out again but can't sit for more than one, but the one does go down easy!

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

I'm really glad I came across this bottle. Split with my brother into two Bruery tulips.

Appearance is a murky, rusted orange that you cannot see through. A big 3 finger white, tight, fluffy head that nellies out to a half finger and holds until the end. Incredible lacing from this beer.

Smell is very subtle citrus, grapefruit, pear, caramel malt, and notes of pine.

Taste is primarily grapefruit and citrus with a slight refreshing, dry pine finish.

Very refreshing beer even with the ABV. relatively low carbonation for an IIPA, and almost a creamy coating on the mouth. Very interesting, but enjoyable.

I'm glad Iron Fist is starting to get some buzz. They make some great brews. The only problem is the price. With this 750 ml bottle at $11.99, I don't know how often I'll have this in my fridge.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy reddish amber color with a dense, eggshell head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing. It has that nice sticky look which is always a good start.

The aromas begin with lemon and pineapple fruitiness, also some blood oranges and grapefruit smells all coming from the hops. There is a mildly sweet caramel malt undertone but it takes a backseat to the hop aromas.

The tastes begin with mildly bitter and grassy hops. I get a little of the pale and biscuity malt flavors as well. A decent amount of blood orange and lemon and lesser grapefruit dominate the flavor profile. Not overly bitter, but not a walk in the park either if you get my drift.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish is semi-crisp but really ends up kind of sticky. Bitterness lingers ever so slightly.

Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it was not spectacular in any category. More bitter and flavor hops than aroma hops. Reminds me of a Pliny that is past it's prime. I would not refuse this beer but I don't NEED to have it again anytime soon. Worth a go if you can easily acquire for sure but don't break you back to find it.

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The Gauntlet from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 123 ratings