Friday, April 26, 2013

Iron Fist Imperial Rebellion

Type: Saison/Farmhouse Ale (Imperialized)
Origin: Vista, CA
Price: $11.50/750mL
ABV: 9.3%
NSP: 6.07
website (can't seem to find anything specifically discussion Imperial Rebellion)

I think I speak for all of the Non-Snobbers when I say that we have a soft spot for Iron Fist because they were nice and classy to us when we had our 1-year anniversary brewery trip and stormed their place with about 35 people at once.  It helps that they make a bunch of kick-ass beer too, and in beautiful 750mL bottles to kick.  So when they come out with something new, I tend to seek it out.

This smells...odd.  A lot of citrus (hop-driven and otherwise) and a bunch of yeasty funk up front.  There's a healthy layer of a slightly odd scent in there, something sharply sour...the bottle says it's brewed with kaffir lime, so maybe that's it.  I can't quite figure out if I like it or not.  It's definitely unique.

The flavor's undeniably more pleasant than the smell.  It's nicely saisony, but hopped up on...hops.  It's extremely citrusy, and the kaffir lime (which is far more obvious in the flavor than in the smell) puts a nice twist on typical saison flavors.  The hops are nicely potent and bring a good level of complexity to the show.  I kind of wish the yeast was a bit more potent because after drinking Dupont's work I crave yeasty flavor in my saisons, and in this case it's sort of hidden behind the hops and citrus.  

I'm not sure about this one.  I like the flavor a lot, but in the end I don't think I like the nose very much.  Which is unfortunate, because it's not really possible to avoid the nose when you're taking a sip.  That weird sour smell kind of throws it out of whack for me because it keeps making me think of pineapple juice that's been left out for too long or something.   Oh well.  You're still my boy, Iron Fist. 

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