The Devil Within
Ironfire Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,563
Ranked #22,128
3.88 | pDev: 10.31%
Ironfire Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Cool artwork

L: Nearly clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Strong notes of grapefruit and citrus. Mild pine and faint grains.

T/F: Light grains give way to a tropical and citrus hop profile. Fruity... lots of grapefruit mixed with pear, apple peel, and citrus rind. Evergreen is in the background... resinous and oily. Slightly medicinal and bitter mid sip. Finish is nice bittersweet tropicals. Medium in body... warming and you feel the ABV more than taste it so balance is there.

O: A solid DIPA. Fruity... tasty... strong. One to sip and savor, and I love the big bitterness.

Sep 08, 2017
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Rogerlb from California

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange, with a fair one-finger fluffy head that quickly turns to lace. Smell is hops, earth, not too strong.

Taste is citrus -- and hops. Mango and apple (not pineapple), woody sticks, turning soon to a boozy, piney, slightly bitter, almost grainy mid-sip. BA user @mactrail says "aspirin", and by god he's right. Double IPAs seem to do this. Something a bit astringent under the surface. It's not horrible -- could be the alcohol, although it's not really "boozy."

I'm also getting green pepper, maybe even some hot pepper spice. Not seeing this on the label. I like that spice aspect, like the malts were cooked too long and got a little wet and spoiled. Dry at the end.

Not world-class but complex enough to be quite enjoyable. If the price is right, so on and so forth.

Feb 10, 2017
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anon from California

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper hue in the glass, nice head standing tall, reducing to a thin layer with some decent retention and patches of lace sticking to the glass. Smell is quite subdued opposed to the stellar appearance; light notes of pineapple, citrus zest, pear, hops and malt.

Pineapple and citrus zest take the forefront on this one, with some bitter pine resin coming through nicely. Pear, peach, dried apple skin, pineapple husk, coconut. A little bit tropical, when meshed with the soft malt backbone and earthiness, gives this one a decent balance, but finishes a bit too try for my liking, with not enough of that juicy bite I live in this style. Alcohol is hidden quite well for it's content, though, which is a plus in this style and the bitterness doesn't linger too long, which is subdued by a slight smoothness from the coconut presence.

Overall, really not bad at all, but a tad off the mark. I've actually been looking forward to trying this one for a while and I wouldn't mind giving it another go.

Jul 01, 2016
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BeerCannuck from California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decently smooth Double IPA. Not sure of the age of the bomber I got in SD stores but it is farily restrained in smell, taste etc. Hints of fruity tropical (mango?) smells linger on the nose and then at first sip, it is decidedly grapefruit and piney. Pretty good at masking the 9.5%. Overall a good DIPA.

Sep 01, 2015
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Totalpackage411 from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this double IPA more than the 5150 IPA from Ironfire. Very soothing taste with a hint of fruity flavors. Looking forward to trying more beers from this brewery. Pair it with something spicy for dinner for an ultimate culinary experience.

Jan 28, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazed dark yellow color with an ample foam in the Tall tulip. Smell is medicinal, a whiff of iodine with a hint of spoiled fruit. Fizzy and harsh on the tongue.

Quite sharp and on the acidic side, though there seems to be plenty of malt. It's even a little sweet. Powerful alcohol taste. Oddly woody and rather astringent. Extremely bitter. I wish I could describe this bitter vegetable taste better. I hesitate to use the word "unique" but this is something like artichoke stems with aspirin for flavoring.

I'm not sure what to make of this, but booze and bitterness seem to be the signature of this brewery. I have had so many tasty DIPAs this last year that the Ironfire concoction DOA. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Dec 31, 2014
The Devil Within from Ironfire Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 40 ratings