Uprising | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with quite a bit of residual sugar with light spicy notes. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light spicy yeast notes and an overly sweet aftertaste. Body is quite full with carbonation that is a bit too low for style and no apparent alcohol. Original concept of this beer appears interesting but lack of attenuation and overly sweet finish ruins it for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Pours a slightly hazy honey brown with a tan head that settles to a an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is somewhat fruity along with some notes of vinegar and nail polish remover. Taste is really just a mixture of fruity flavors. There is a medium bitter finish after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer and the smell is a bit weird. When I tried this one there is no way I would have guessed it is supposed to be a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of travolta
3/5  rDev -22.3%

A: very nice crusty head, opaque apricot, great retention, spotted lacing.

N: Apricots, plum, crisp yeast, sour mash, lemon.

T: belgian bitterness, crispness with a dry middle and dry finish. hides all of it's alcohol. not much hops going on.

N: who knows what this is? How do you review something like this?

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Photo of augustgarage
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Little Bear - a 25cL pour served in a large tulip; brief review from notes:

Faintly cloudy burnt orange liquid with a beige half-finger of soft foam. Delicate lacing and good retention.

Spicy hop-oil aromatics - floral with winter fruit.

Moderately bitter, earthy, husky, and fruity flavor profile. The variety of flavors is good, but they are poorly integrated. Alcohol is well hidden throughout, there being additional body and flavor but no solvent-y notes in the nose or on the palate.

Lightly carbonated, creamy, and warming mouth-feel.

A decent ale, though it comes up lacking compared to the best examples of the style. Worth re-visiting in the bottle, as I find most Belgian styles better with bottle conditioning.

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Photo of Ego
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slowly crackling head, a white mist that retreats quickly, semi lazy carbonation meanders to the top in loosely organized columns, burnt orange hue with slight murk, certainly looks the part of the style mash up

immediate bready banana notes, some mango and lemon notes under the main fruit blanket, the bottle brags they hopped the F out of this...
but those euro hops are hard to detect here in the nose

taste etc...
very thin carbonation, very sweet like most tripels but the hops help to bend this trend as to not overwhelm you, the hops are kind of in the front and then leave slipping you into the sweeter sugar flavors, of course like the nose there is a banana flavor here as well, it has
good weight in the mouth even if the carbonation is a bit lacking in bite, the ABV is very well concealed here...

still a bit too sweet for me to love but a nice beer, nothing really ground breaking, in fact some of the belgians that dabble in more hops have produced better efforts (la chouffe ?)

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey in DC, served in a snifter, beer is amber and clear with a thin white head some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, mildly solvent, mildly hoppy, smells fine.

Not the best Belgian IPA i've had but decent, it is strong with a nice floral yeast / hop profile, a little dry on the finish but there's nothing wrong with it. I dont' think I'd have it again though.

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Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a hazy dark gold verging on amber with a soft whitish head between one and two fingers tall that holds itself together well and leaves nice, thick patches of lacing in good quantity.
The aroma displays both the Tripel and the IPA aspects, with a leafy and somewhat fruity hops bitterness alongside the sweet candi sugar-like notes and the clove, earthy and lightly spicy Belgian yeast notes. It's pretty well-integrated all in all on the nose. Alcohol is interestingly not too much of a factor.
The flavor gives much the same, but adds something the aroma conceals. There's a bit of a solvent-like or medicinal flavor underneath each sip that mars an otherwise good beer. As such, it also gives off a sort of misplaced sourness in the finish.
The feel is pretty good, a firm medium body holding it all together that could use a little more carbonation to provide a little more of both crispness and smoothness.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Billed as a triple IPA. Poured from a 22 into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber with a decent head depending on the pour
S- Sweet malts. Where is the HOPS?
T- Roasted Malt. Sweetness of brown sugar.
M- Smooth and well rounded
O- Overall I get sweet malts. Even though it is high ABV, it isn't boozy.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Iron Fist. They call this a Belgian Tripel/IPA. I guess it's a strong Tripel that's heavily hopped.

A: The beer is a sort of dull and cloudy orange in the snifter. There is almost no head. There is one tiny piece of foam clinging to the glass, and it doesn't look like it will last much longer. The beer looks forlorn.

S: Sugary bread with caramel and ripe apple. Caramel apple!? Notes of grapefruit and orange are evident, as well as light floral notes. A light clove-like spiciness is apparent. 12%? I don't smell any alcohol. This is very interesting, and I dig it.

T: Similar to the aroma, with sweet bread and sugar as well as apple, grapefruit, and orange flesh. Alcohol is very well hidden, surprisingly so. There's a little spicy clove and a moderate bitterness. The finish is dry, fruity, and bitter.

M: Upper medium body with very low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with alcohol warming.

Overall: A nice Tripel with a little more hop character than a traditional example of the style would have. This would be better with a lot more carbonation.

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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear amber gold color with a finger of white fizzy head that dissipates really fast.
S - Big belgian yeasts banana, clove, coriander, potent alcohol scents, some pine, a little pineapple.
T - Very sweet caramel malt, some orange and pineapple a touch of pear, banana, clove, pepper, pine. Very strong.
M - Alcohol burn, sweet chewy, cloying.
O - Ok, as I'm not a fan of this style, definitely a sipper.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit, light banana, clove, pepper, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toast, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, grape, caramel, honey, candi sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, citrus, citrus peel, caramel, toast, honey, candi sugar, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice balance and complexity of citrus hop, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and minimal cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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