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Iron Fist The Gauntlet Imperial IPA

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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THAT’S IT! We’re throwing down the gauntlet. Literally. If you haven’t tried craft brewed beer before, put the bottle you’re current-ly holding down and start somewhere else. This is not a good place to start. The Gauntlet is one seriously intense beer that should be reserved for only the boldest beer revolutionaries in the world. The inordinate amount of hop flavor and aroma that radiates from this creamy, froth covered liquid is enough to make this Brewmaster blush. If that sounds good to you, you can safely break your time on this earth down into 2 categories; the time before you tried The Gauntlet, and the time after. If not, the $5.00 50 packs are on the left


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4253) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Location: 750 ml bottle from State Line, 1/24/15, Rating #4250

Aroma: It has a fruity aroma, a bit of astringency/cleaner, with resin and pine coming through later
Appearance: It pours an unclear orange color with a small beige head and some spotty, coating lace
Flavor: Flavor-wise, there’s a decent hop bitterness, slightly astringent, with a mild sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a soft-to-average carbonation, and a rather dry, astringent finish
Overall Impression: This is an alright DIPA, but it falls short for me. The hops and hop flavors are not all that well rounded. I found it a bit too flawed. Too much astringency. Still, its a decent beer, but in this style, it is on the lower end for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (57) - - NOV 28, 2014
Pours a pale, hazy orange with a good lasting head and a Sweet malty aroma. It has a velvet texture on the tongue and has massive hop finish with big hints of pine accompanied with slight roasty characters. Get a fist in ya!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2842) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2014
It poured a cloudy brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was moderate to heavy earthy hops. The taste was medium to heavy hoppy bittersweet with a good bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Not bad, but not up to SoCal double ipa standards either. Lots of pine and spice, with the citrus taking a back seat on this drive. Covers the abv well for 9+, but also isn’t quite big enough elsewhere either... Good sessionable beer. surprisingly."

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Glowing ember pour with a fluffy eggshell crown. Rings of lacing remain in the glass. Candied citrus, sugar coated orange slices, resin, caramel, and alcohol. Beautiful beer that doesn’t quite hold up in other areas. A bit sweet for the style and wasn’t expecting the forward alcohol hit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar, thanks! Hazy brown color, thin white head. Aroma of fresh pine, lime. Taste is very bitter pine resin

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (1139) - Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Cloudy orange with a white head. Citrus aroma complimented by bread malt. Toasted malt and hop flavors are fairly mild. There’s a little funk in the finish. Not bad but unusual.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sloth (2550) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2014
Small, off white head with good retention and nice lacing. Murky, orange hued brew. Faintly fruity nose, light peachy notes with some biscuity malts. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, distracting astringency. Metallic notes, minerally, slight pine and that damn astringency just keeps annoying the hell outta me. Dry, astringent finish. Why is this in a 750 anyways? Just too much. Not necessary. Bottle from statelineliquors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (1418) - Røros, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2014
Dark golden with a white head - some malts and a good hop aroma - Malt body With some earthy hops that leaves bitterness - The earthy hops goes into the finish - This was nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle. Nice-looking muddy orange ue. T/he head is but a wisp but hangs on for dear life. The aroma is caged and subtle, but the beer drinks with a distinctly earthy essence, finishing with a very cloying dry-hop bite. In between is a relatively easy-going beer with an organic base, keeping the 9.5% ABV well disguised. (#5419, 11/26/2014)


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