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Uprising | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BrlyHpsWtrYst on 07-10-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
138
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
24.09%
 
 
Wants:
3
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 138
Photo of ckollias
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this out of a growler from Staples Corner Liquor in Crofton, MD

A: Pours a copper hue with a decent white heat that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a hint of lace.

S: Sweet, spicy, and hoppy.

T: Starts out a little tart and sweet followed by a malty smooth middle and finishes hoppy and tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – phenomenal Belgian IPA! Yes Please.

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Photo of pat61
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy amber under a moussey 3” cream colored foam cap.
S: Light sweetness, citrusy, earthy hops. T: Hop, alcohol and yeast flavors are in balance F: rich and creamy with a medium full body and medium low carbonation with a light warming on the finish. Light fruit flavors mellow the hops slightly with malt flavors in the background.
O: This beer has a big Belgian texture with a west coast attitude towards hops that mask a potent alcohol punch.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light grapefruit nose, flavor is well balanced with caramel and grapefruit hops. High ABV is hidden but this triple IPA is warming. 750ml bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle,

A: Pours a deep amber to brown, much darker than I'd expect for a so-called tripel. Nice full white head, with spotty lace.

S: Grapefruit, dark bready malt, lots of green herb, a nice hybrid of styles.

T: Dark bread character with a heavy amount of hops. White grapefruit and melon rind, lemon zest, heavy citrus on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, rich and creamy with a pleasing booziness.

O: A real nice effort from Iron Fist. Tasty as Hell with a lot of flavours. Dominated by the hops but has a great yeast character as well. Balanced as you can get at this strength, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of KTeamLSU
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Nice light brown hazy color with small amount of off white head that dissipated very quickly

S: Holy $%$ the nose on this beer is awesome, can really smell the hops, citrus and floral

T: Good solid Tripel, caramel flavors abound with a little malt, no real hops translate from the nose though...

M: low carbonation, but enough to give this beer a a little zip

O: My second American Belgium hopped Tripel... I'm getting a bit more accustomed to what this style is attempting to do, and while I like this more than Cocodrie... I'm just not a huge fan of all the malt with no hops.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozy and strong, hoppy and classically a West Coast interpretation of the Belgian IPA style. Be aware, that boozy alcohol kick needs some time to mellow out. Good Belgian IPA though.

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Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Iron Fist. Draft only release

Desribed as a "Belgian Trippel IPA"
A: Pours a hazy amber/orange with an off white head
S: An enormous bouquet of Apple, pear and perhaps orange blossom, sweet esters, hardly any booze which is impressive to me
T:Follws the nose. Big sweet fruit flavors dominate which I am told is due to a very unique new hop that was used. Hoppy but not bitter, A very belgian yeast component on the finish. Warming but not hot in any way
M: Medium to full bodied, light carbonation
O: A very unique approach to this "style".. Belgian IPA's tend to taste, to me, like a west coast IPA pitched with a Belgian yeast strain, this is not that way. Unconventional and interesting

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Photo of vande
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

** notes from vacation week...

A: A hazy/cloudy brownish-amber pour with very little head.

S: For a pretty strong beer, the alcohol is not really evident on the nose. Sweeter presence of some fruit and floral notes.

T: Very easy to drink for a big beer. The fruit & floral notes are present; the Belgian yeast are evident. I'd like to drink this side-by-side a Belgian IPA from Belgium sometime. It'd be interesting to compare.

M: Medium to heavier/thicker bodied...little carbonation present. Very smooth pour.

O: Another tasty offering form a small brewery out on the West. I'm thinking Iron Fist will be one that will continue to hit the market with treats that many will continue to enjoy and look for!

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Photo of someguyinohio
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber.
New brand for me - IRON FIST out of Vista, CA.

Not usually a big fan of mixed breed beers, kind of like an El Camino, doesn't do truck or car very well, but this one is surprisingly good and very interesting because of the combination.

On pour:
Froth is excellent on pour, and lacing holds well to the glass.
Color is a very attractive opaque amber.
Smell is XXX Belgian, very little IPA. The sour notes are prominent.

Taste:
Right up front - Very Belgian. The IPA takes the proletariat seat in the back of the bus.
I'm not usually a Belgian fan, since the Belgian to my tastes can be skewed a bit too sour.. Perhaps this is where the malt and IPA hops rescue this genre of Belgians from the usual skew to the left of the revolution. The decidedly alcohol finish (12% ABV) is again prominent but still in line with the Belgian taste profile. It completes the Belgian style.

Summary:
UPRISING caught me by surprise. I have never been a fan of combo beers where you have multiple personalities which often result in a confused palate and a beer by the bureau with no singular attractive personality. UPRISING is a melding of two complementary political parties, that might drink at the same bar, but typically don't drink together. Here they do.

Not a classic Belgian, and certainly not an IPA, this beer like many other of my favorites, such as Dragon's Milk, Night Tripper and Blithering Idiot, "colors outside the lines."

UPRISING is one of the precious few exceptions where the combination of two differing political camps is a better effort together rather than apart.
More importantly, together, the two disparate parties create an UPRISING.

Viva la revolution! Well done IRON FIST.

Cheers!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep caramel malt with a reddish hue.

S - Floral. Juicy fruit all over it. Hops and malt there but WAY in the back.

T - Large malt at first, floral and fruity in the center, nicely bittered at the end.

M - Creamy, well carbed, at bit to the bitter in the end.

D - I like it! Tasty.

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Photo of pkalix
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

only 39 reviews? but I purchased this bottle, like, 3 months ago . . . . it says bottle-conditioned. I wonder if it 'conditioned' anymore in that time?
pours a nice dark-golden honey with a great explosion of bubbles beneath the surface which seem to roll out to the sides. produced a nice head on top which didn't stick around too long but left a nice little layer.
tangy sweet aroma associated with a Belgian styled brew. 12% ? ?
bitterness right off. some sweetness at the end, but bitter at the beginning and all around. the taste is alright, especially for a whopping 12%, but it seems 'rookie'. very easy to swallow, very easy to drink (so far). getting a little heat from the alcohol. the rookie impression comes from the thinness of the brew, or maybe that is some genius in not making it too thick. it does border on 'syrup-y' though, if you can figure out how i'm trying to say all this.
overall, it's pretty good. I think they were trying to manufacture a high-abv brew and make it taste good and use the hops to hide the taste. it has a little delirium tremens in it. a little la chouffe in it....for such a high-abv brew, the taste is relatively accomplished. for tonight, however, I'm feeling like a few lower-abv brews that aren't so 'warm'.... but I feel I still evaluated this one fairly.

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Photo of MHurley
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark dark orange with a good lacing the sicks for quit awhile. Nice head on this beer. Smells of apples and wheats. The taste is throwing me off though... first you get hit woth the fruit flavors and wheats but them the ipa kicks in and destroys the greatness. Decent but not the greatest to me

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the large format bottle into a goblet, shared with a few buddies. A rich peach/apricot hue with an initially imposing creamy white head, this offering smells like a classic Tripel albeit with more hop aroma (as advertized): Donut-like malts, yellow flowers, unripe green orchard fruit, yellow citrus peel, and golden pancake syrup. The palate is similarly malt-forward and richly sweet yet green and floral as well. Its a fairly unique combination. Sour candied apple, popcorn, golden syrup, orange liquor, blackberries, rhubarb, and something almost like maple drift in and out, with the overall impact being "toffee and sour fruit" all day long. Rather dense and heavy/syrupy body, low to moderate carbonation, and some flowery medicinal booze is apparent, with the hops less flavorsome against this backdrop I am sure. Nevertheless, the finish is quite citric, tangy, woody, and bitter, with the hops and/or yeast leaving more sour fruit to linger for quite some time. Not particularly IPA-like in my view, although there beers naturally gravitate towards IPA or Tripel, rarely nailing both. Certainly worth scoping out this brewery's stuff, unlikely to last long on Alberta shelves.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with a back label blurb that seems to contain just a wee bit too much winking self-congratulation, methinks. Anyway, time to dig in, and prepare for the onslaught to come.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with four fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some splotchy, loosely webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of toasted pale malt, a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, big apple, pear, and lesser citrus fruit - of the sugary canned variety - mildly acrid earthy yeast, musty florals, a muddled, sort of peppery spiciness, and an initially quiet, but now growing perfumed booziness. The taste is zesty orange rind and bitter leafy hops, acrid Belgian yeast - more metallic than funky - crackery, dry bready malt, bruised apples, soused sultana raisins, and further musty, slightly dank florals, just the kind to quickly pick up that lecherous, lurking, but somehow innocuous-seeming alcohol warming.

The bubbles are just a bit edgy, in a pent-up frothy sort of manner, the body a solid medium weight, and while not exactly smooth, the opposite hardly makes a case for itself either. It finishes off-dry, just, the now biscuity pale malt bearing the barbs of the still pushy yeast, lingering "Euro" hops, and more polite than I have any right to expect metallic booze quotient.

Well, at the very least, what we have here is a well-rendered Tripel, ABV not yet a consideration - reservedly malty, yeasty, and fruity when it deigns to be. As for the hops - they do indeed show up to the party, subsequently puke on the host, and then cry in exile in the extra upstairs bedroom for the rest of the evening - they made their dubious mark, and that's it. Anyways, in the end, this does seem to evoke a certain old-school brewing prowess, the malt, yeast, (fruit, maybe), and alcohol all played off well enough against one other.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours a slightly burnt orange amber with a thin head and light ring around the glass, no lacing. Very estery aroma of apple, pear and light stone fruit, bready and caramel malt, a bit boozy. Flavor follows with nice sweet mixed stone fruit and apple juice, caramel malt, grassy, slightly floral hops, Belgian yeast and spicing; warming with a bit of alcohol noticeable under the flavors. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice Belgian hybrid ale, exhibiting the intense fruitiness of triple IPAs with quite a bit of Belgian character. Not as intensely hopped as an IPA and leaning more towards a quadruple than a tripel (the label calls this a "tripel/IPA"; Belgian spicing is present but not as dominant as in a classic tripel). A powerful, but flavorful American take on a Belgian strong ale. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark orange-copper color, with a whooping 3-finger off white head, generous lacing occurs as well

Smell: Citrus and malt resonate with mild yeast, kind of like a lemon tart or similar pastry

Taste: Very classic Belgian-ale taste, sweet and malty, no real sign of hops, but the sweetness hides the 12% ABV well

Feel: Fairly thick with carbonation and head retention, its bottle conditioned so the high carbonation was expected.


Overall: Its a good Tripel, but I'm not getting an indication of an IPA inside. I think the guys at Iron Fist underestimated how overpowering the sweet malt character can be.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

Large. Just the first thing that come to mind is that giant thick head. Four fingers, supper thick and creamy, white tan and banana like yellow to it as well, it just wont quit. Body is a dull brown to red amber with some faint carbonation, but the head is the star as it looks like whip cream.

Nose is fascinating. Giant banana esters, tropical mushy fruit. Hints of vanilla. It's a god darn sundae not a beer I tell you. Spicy hop of spruce like pine action and sharp clove as well, with some of that Belgian candi sugar coming out as well. Quite impressive.

The palate has at first boozy heat. Then the flavors thick and rich overwhelm it. Creamy mouthfeel really exceptional on that, with the matching Belgian sweetness this screams dessert with it's vanilla hint of sweetness, and waffle cone and sundae creamy goodness. THen the hops kick in and everything you though gets turned upside down. Hinted just like from the nose, pine and spruce, huge dry bitterness on the finish. Lots of creamy character, but the hops surprise, even though you know it says tripel IPA on the bottle.

A real interesting creation, impressive. Not my ideal cup of tea, but can't knock that this is very unique and in a way a mad creation that I am sort of attracted to.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear amber gold color with a finger of white fizzy head that dissipates really fast.
S - Big belgian yeasts banana. Maybe strawberry/ banana in the smell.
T - Very sweet caramel malt, some orange and pineapple a touch of pear, banana,
M - Alcohol burn, like mad dog actually.

This was interesting to say the least. Still not sure how I feel about this one.

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thus is an interesting beer, I havent had what is considered a Belgian ipa that is so high in abv. Pours a murky bright orange with a small head that fell to nothing rather quickly, lots of sediment from the bottle conditioning. Lots of hops on the nose, more up front than I though. The Belgian aromas peak through as well with bananas, spices, and a little funk. Taste is pretty darn smooth, sweetness and tropical/stone fruit up front which leads way to some spiciness and bitter hops in the finish. Finish is a little dry, which is nice. Full body with some nice playful carbonation. I like this beer, it's very unique and kinda fun. Nothing I would drink on the regular, but fun to try.

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Photo of yonnie
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into chalice. Dark ruby-reddish brown in color with a finger of cream colored head.

S - Fruity, bubblegum, banana, malts, very subdued hops.

T - Bready, malty, bubblegum, banana, some hop bitterness. Alcohol is quite hidden but still gives some warmth.

M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Not too thick.

O - This is what I would call an "Imperial Belgian IPA", due to its relatively high ABV. Overall its an interesting brew.

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Photo of sublimesipping
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap st EBB in Mt. Airy PA. A beer that is a hybrid of styles. Some Belgian and a definite hop presence. Served in chalice. Brest mouthfeel and balance on this beer. Tasted of butterscotch; the beer had great balance and went down so smooth. Greta finish as well with a warmth and slight alchoholic acidity. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a large tulip glass a menacing looking burnt otange infused tea color with a billowing off white head atop,alot of chunkies and floaties.Alcohol and yeasty notes stand out mostly in the nose,some herbal/leafy hops linger as well,smells like a hot alcohol bomb.A full but mellow feel to the beer makes it go down pretty easily.Flavors of Belgian yeast,tropical fruits,and jet fuel although the jet fuel doesn't bite to overly hard.The hops are big and so is the yeast and alcohol,my first try of Iron Fist and I can see they don't play around.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fellow BA Bigturo brought a growler of this to share. Review is from notes, and one of the earlier tapping of this beer about two months ago. I've had the oppurtunity to taste this again on 8/6, and the beer had improved, so I adjusted my point scores a bit as a result.

A: Poured from the growler into a tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy and hazy dark amber organge, with less than a quarter inch of head, depositing some lacing if swirled.

S: Bread, sugar malts, and mild hops, surprisingly given the style, it's a bit malt heavy. Label says it was tripel hopped, and they are there, but it smells more of an malt heavy imperial IPA to me.

T: Touch of caramel, pepper, orange zest, hops, and sweet malt. Slightly bitter finish, but not too dry. The alcohol barely registers. If this were a blind taste, I'd say it was 7.5%, not 12%, so in that regards a lot of care to balance the beer was done.

M: Lightly carbonated, medium mouth, a little sticky.

O: Interesting, not bad, but just okay for me personally. In my opinion, for what it's worth, the beer might need some tweaking before they bottle this, in my humble opinion, or perhaps it is just not to my tastes. I think there were some unfermented sugars in there, which can of course happen at this high ABV, and when it is unfiltered (A plus, not a ding) If and when it is bottled, the conditioning in the bottle, and some cellaring should round it out just fine. Iron fist just about hit a year, so they are still young for brewery. I do like the fact they are already coming out with some new draft only brews.

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmmm, 12% Tripel IPA hybrid, color me interested. Brought back from San Diego about month ago or so... didn't see the IPA part then but it has been fridged anyways.

A- Poured into a snifter with a hazy, orange body somewhere around an apricot hue. Small, frothy white head forms to about half a finger high. Head retention is decent as the foam recedes to a thick ring around the edges. Pillows and spots of lace combine to make some nice patterns down the glass.

S- Mostly Belgian yeast with some obvious hop character added to compliment. Yeast is quite spicy but not like Saison-spicy. Notes of orange zest, coriander, light fruits and something perfumy.

T- Hops open up just a bit more than in the aroma but the yeast here is quite beastly, as I might guess for a 12% Belgian brew. Massive Belgian yeast spice, apples, spiced raisins, cardamom and a spicy alcohol punch. Hops give hints of citrus zest, pine and some floral character.

MF- Creamy textured and moderately thick overall body. Carbonation at a medium to high level and with agitation it causes the palate to be swallowed up by a blanket of cream and silky foam. Finishes with a lot of alcohol heat on the palate. Medium hoppy bitterness lingers in that warmth.

A sipper for sure and a pretty big hit of alcohol heat but not much actual alcohol flavor to throw off the experience. Massive Belgian yeast spice with a nice compliment of hops in the finish.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed orange with a small off-white colored head.

Smell is slightly sweet and malty. Spicy and hoppy with unmistakable scent of Belgian beer yeast. A bit of coriander with some banana, apple and ginger aromas.

Starts out mildly sweet with a little tobacco taste at first. Mild bittersweet thing going on here. Flavors of wood and strong tea with a considerable alcohol warmth in the chest. Some fruit in the taste but not as distinct as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is good, on the edge of syrup.

Overall pretty tasty and damn strong. On the sweet side not recommended if you like a dry beer.

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