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India Pale Ale - Iron Horse Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2005

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Reviews by flagmantho:
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is minimal and not very long lasing, but the lacing is good.

Smell: citrusy hops, not terribly strong. The overall effect is a little muddled. Not bad, but it's not as enticing as I'd like.

Taste: citrusy hops with some added dankness over a lightly bready malt character. Decent enough.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a decent carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style.

Overall: unremarkable, but despite that a darn drinkable IPA. I might have another.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This AIPA is a light, clear orange in color with some nice orangish coloring in the head as well.

Smell – This nose has a mild, even citrus hop aroma with some delicate pine. The malts are well-toasted if a bit on the grainy side.

Taste – The pine takes over at the taste, leaving the fruits and citrus in its wake. I like the rather heavy approach to this PacNW hop profile but cringed a bit at the grainy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – This one is just shy of medium-bodied but is dry as a bone.

Drinkability – This IPA lacks balance for sure, but it makes for a nice hoppy fix.

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Photo of chossboss
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Yakima fresh hop festival. Copper and yellow color, ordinary for an ipa. Aroma was missing a bit of hop character, but bitterness and caramel represented.

Moderate hop flavor, not exactly exuding fresh hops (seemed like lots of regular ipas at a fresh hop festival). Not balanced, in that there was too much bitterness and not enough hop mouthfeel (I'm a broken record on that but dammit). Couldn't really pick up much in the way of flavor over the bitterness. Couldn't say pine or grapefruit, guess I'd lean grapefruit since it was all bitter.

Middle of the pack stuff since there weren't any true off flavors or anything, but I dunno. The standard is pretty high for ipa's these days.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is honey and pine, a bit faint overall.
The taste is malty start, mild bitter middle and a longer pine bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of joelparker
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of RenzoD
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Edit: Did Iron Horse tweak with this IPA or something? Tried it again tonight, May 27 2015, and it was completely different experience. Beautiful aromas. Beautiful colors. Perfect head retention and carbonation. Amazing taste and mouthfeel. So glad I gave it another go because it was very good.

Hazy look. Thin, quickly dissipated head. Not too much to the aroma. Scent picks up pretty standard ipa. Medium mouth feel. Excellent taste; piney, citrus northwest hop flavor. Enjoyable, tasty sweetness balances it out nicely.
I've been a fan of Iron Horse for a while and have been putting off trying this IPA. All that wasted time I could have been enjoying this very nice beer. Sure it may not blow you away but I cant see many people not enjoying this.

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Spikester
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper with two fingers of off white head. Lacings traveled from top to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is piney fruity hops. Taste is full Northwest IPA with just a bit better malt character than most. Good mouthfeel with a bitter dry finish. This IPA is quite satisfying especially given the low 5% alcohol.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Out of the bottle a rich, nice eggshell off white head is made, but just far too large in appearance, just overtaking the pint on first pour. Does settle a bit, with lots of retention though. Body is murky and looks unfiltered, Light muddy brown, with some rising tan carbonation bubbles which rise pretty quickly. Not the most attractive looking brew here, some decent lacing saves it.

Nose is filled with a nice chocolate malt sense, and some density. Some faint hop angle of citrus orange comes out. This smells considerably more malt forward but it's a nice scent, but the hop angle here is a little bit buried. Orangey juicy chocolate malt and wet.

After first sip the palate comes out with a bit orange juice character, but it's quite weak. A light bodied almost wet palate with a mild malt backbone. Some earthy character is just wanting to peak out here. Fleeting aftertaste, almost herbal finish. Light pine sensations but subdued.

Overall though the label calls, crisp, hoppy and danktastic. Unfortunately it is non of these things or else this bottle is old. The boom here is just not coming, and while it does have a somewhat unique profile, it's totally hammered down. Just not impressive, I don't feel the urge to be having this. It really feels like something here is missing, and that this has the ability to be so much better.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of nicoga3000
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Redneckwine
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into cold pint glass

Appearance - Dark golden, very hazy, little chunky bits swirling about. Nice sticky lacing, solid head retention.

Smell - Dank, piney, fusel, big citrus character. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Taste - Medium body with gentle carbonation. Taste follows the nose with bigtime citrus, pine tree action, fusel notes are present but not unpleasant. Trails off with a nice bitter kick.

Overall - Super enjoyable IPA, the look is a bit rough with the floaties and haze, but it probably adds to the delicious flavor. Honestly, one of the better IPAs I've had so far.

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Photo of BrandonZp5
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Paincane
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber body that is hazy and topped by a creamy off-white head. Good lacing and head retention.
S: Dank, hoppy pine and floral nose.
T: Malt backbone is hefty and balances the hop flavors quite well.
M: Smooth, crisp body with a clean dry finish.
O: Excellent IPA that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive orangey amber color with a veil of lacing in the Kasteel chalice. Pleasant tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. Flowery and piney aroma with a whiff of leaf mold.

Fruity, peach flavor. Rather sweet and acidic. A little dank and woodsy. Grapefruit peel bitterness for the finish. Very bitter aftertaste. This has some interesting melon flavors but all to soon inundated by the woody bitterness. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggens Market in Burlington.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery.
Amber, diaphanous with a little white surface foam. Some grapefruit and yeast smells on the nose,a little sweet. Bitter with solid hops and a bit of muddy hops on the sweet malts. Medium bodied with assertive carb and semi dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of tbeck
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear reddish-brown with a good brown/white head. Aroma was of hops but a hint of malt. Taste was hoppy that fizzled quickly into more of an ale type taste. A lot of malt and sweetness. Very smooth but light, a lot thinner than most IPA's I have had. Somewhat dissapointed as the hops come up short. Overall not terrible, but low on the IPA scale.

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India Pale Ale from Iron Horse Brewery
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