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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale - Railway City Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Iron Spike Blonde introduces itself with an antique gold colour accentuated with a generous white foam. Nose of honey, spicy, lemon zest and citric hops, some biscuit malt, a nice peach/tropical fruit profile as well.

On the pallet the beer enters with a hint of sweet fruit upfront (peach, pear mostly), followed by lemon, some mild hops, and sweet grains. It has a floral aftertaste, similar to that of rose petals. Lots of pretty spider web lace left behind from the head, and good retention.

Medium body with a sweet fruit finish, nicely balanced by moderate thoughtful hopping.

15.9 IBU

(Beer added by: mrmanning on 06-06-2008)
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

08-07-2014 14:11:55 | More by dcbeers
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev +1.9%

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a ton of white head that stays for a couple of minutes

S- Not much here at all.

T- Malty! Pretty interesting beer. Not complex at all.

M- Dry and light

O- Pretty good blonde beer. Not Belgium by any means but a nice rendition from here in Canada

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with... Tourtiere

Enjoy!

07-12-2014 22:40:13 | More by DaveBar
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-29-2014 02:26:54 | More by KrisDLSmith
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DarrenBrule

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +23.8%

06-15-2014 23:41:30 | More by DarrenBrule
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patre_tim

China

4.26/5  rDev +31.9%

A: Golden filtered with virtually no carbonation, 4 fingers of yellowish head that are fairly well sustained.

S: Fruity apples, peaches, watermelon, a sort of candy fruit flavor you’d find in Jolly Ranchers for example.

T: The same fruitiness comes through, actually its more of a watermelon or cantelope candy taste as it is in the nose, like a Jolly Rancher. Little bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really great brew. Would definitely like to drink it again.

05-26-2014 02:21:00 | More by patre_tim
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EvanHarper

Ontario (Canada)

2.84/5  rDev -12.1%

473 mL can from LCBO, best before two months hence.

Pale gold, totally clear. Decent sized, very white head that quickly diminshed to a foam cap without disappearing. Large, slow-moving bubbles.

Light-smelling, mostly pale malt with some faint citrus notes.

Very light flavour, well-attenuated pale malt with faint lemony hops and a yeasty note on the finish - you can at least tell it's an ale, anyway. A very light caramel sweetness is perceptible after multiple gulps. IBUs in the "green bottle macro lager" range. No diacetyl, DMS, or other notable flavours of any kind. Pretty bland stuff.

Very light mouthfeel, not too much carbonation.

Beers like this are not easy to brew; any fault would stand out like a sore thumb. I could see this being a Molson drinker's entrée into the world of craft ales. On the other hand, when I tried it many years ago in my Molson drinker phase, I was totally put off by the ale yeast notes, so who knows.

Anyway, today this is just not for me. I like more character in a session beer.

05-06-2014 18:27:36 | More by EvanHarper
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hunterjames

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

04-10-2014 23:06:47 | More by hunterjames
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev +9.6%

Clear gold with a short, off-white cap that left a thin layer of bubbles coating the top of the beer for quite some time. Lots of lacing too, sheets at the top of the glass followed by streaks later on. Mild aroma, with lemon and spicy hop notes and some fruitiness. The flavour was basic fruity sweetness with little bitterness or hop character up front. The finish saw a bit of hop spice, lemon and lingering bitterness, all fairly light and delicate. Medium/light bodied with low carbonation, smooth texture with just a bit of dryness in the finish. A decent beer if you're not looking for something challenging for your palate. It was balanced and had a pleasant character overall.

12-24-2013 00:38:03 | More by DrJay
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.96/5  rDev -8.4%

473 ml can poured into a pint glass. can purchased from LCBO for $2.40 CDN.

Appearance - Effervescent, 1 finger of head is poured dissipating at only moderate pace, a bit surprising for a lower ABV beer. Creamy looking head over nice golden body. Transparent.

Smell - Light citrus from hops, bit of sweetness like cooked sugar, malts like vanilla, toffee and also an overripe fruit smell. Really surprised but the overripe fruits are a bit of a turn off for me. Otherwise extremely fragrant and good smelling beer.

Taste - Surprisingly bold malt flavors , coffee and vanilla in here which was totally unexpected for a blonde beer. Slightly bitter hops throughout. While the flavors are potent, to me it's a bit of a strange combination that doesn't quite come together to make this something I thoroughly enjoy. Unique though.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich body that maybe is almost to heavy and a bit syrupy, especially since I was expecting something lighter and crisper. In my mind it's slightly misguided and not terribly refreshing but nonetheless unique. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Definitely something new and different, but for me it just didn't quite come together. Not sure about the overripe fruits, if they weren't there the smell would be a major plus, since I haven't come across to many beers with 4-5% ABV with that big of a nose. I recommend trying one, since it's different and you may just love it.

10-21-2013 14:23:22 | More by DenisKolkin
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -7.1%

07-13-2013 06:50:01 | More by rab53
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-01-2013 23:18:00 | More by WillAndSarah
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

06-16-2013 10:51:50 | More by TheBeeraholic
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dmadsen

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

05-26-2013 05:23:47 | More by dmadsen
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Ammon

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

02-07-2013 03:11:22 | More by Ammon
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-06-2012 19:54:30 | More by cfalovo97
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MaxwellSchaefer

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%

5th Review on BA
473mL can to bolleke globlet

Purchased at a downtown Toronto LCBO for $2.40

App-A good and substantial head with a nice pale amber color settling underneath. The beer is crisp and clear and looks nice in a glass.

Smell- bright citrus notes hit you first and upon further examination subtle grain or malt characteristics break through. Hops are present but probably placed in early in the boiling process as they don't seem to shine so bright in the aroma. Also, there is something else I can't quite put my finger on but its appetizing even if I can't place it.

Taste-cereal grains with citrus notes (noteably lemons, especially in the aftertaste) and a floral after-taste. It's fairly simple drinking and the taste doesn't leave too much to ponder.

Mouth-There is a certain spicy characteristic that excites the palette but doesn't sing loudly on the taste buds. You would think it might be the carbonation but you know that can't be it (the beer doesn't appear super carbonated or bubbly). All in all it is rather quite light with little--yet present-- oily nature. The most intriguing thing about this beer overall would have to be that tasteless but spicey character on the palette.

Drink-I enjoyed this beer, and at $2.40 a can for a local-provincial beer I'm rather excited about it. I find that the greatest parts of this beer are better exemplified elsewhere in the local craft market but this one so far seems to be beating them on price and maybe even drinkability. It would probably impress at a beer pong tournament for the younger folk, your game partner would definitely be excited about it.

Serving type: 473mL can

10-31-2012 00:00:59 | More by MaxwellSchaefer
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-07-2012 01:51:03 | More by bigox420
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-24-2012 23:29:02 | More by RedAleMan
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -7.7%

Can to pint glass.

A - Pale yellow with a lot of visible carbonation. Half a finger of white head formed with good retention

S - Very dull nose. Some bready malts with a touch of sweetness and a very light hop presence.

T - Sweet bready malts and light to moderate hopping for the style. Some floral notes present from the hops. The sweetness seems to grow with every sip. Not bad, but nothing that would make me come back.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

06-03-2012 22:20:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -18%

Can: Poured a bright golden color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of unrefined cereal notes with lightly sweet notes. Taste is also a mix between some grainy cereal with light unrefined notes with a lightly sweet finish. Body is above average for style with good carbonation. Fairly middle of the road offering though the beer description is a bit over the top compared to the results.

05-08-2012 20:15:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -4%

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of corn and grains with citrusy and caramelly notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy and bready taste with some citrusy and grassy hops. I don't know if it's just me but i'm getting this light eggnog like flavor too.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a somewhat light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent yet bland flavors and aromas.

04-17-2012 19:35:12 | More by SebD
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Seanont

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -21.7%

Had out of the tall boy can did not see a date stamp

Poured into a pint glass a very orange blond color.

Smell was very wheat and hops.

Flavor was mostly wheat and hops and malt with some honey.

Over all I did not really enjoy it much perhaps I had an old can but I'm not a huge blonde fan to begin with but I really enjoy ironspike copper so I though I would try.

04-13-2012 17:35:47 | More by Seanont
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Can from the LCBO, no best by/canned on dating evident. 473ml into a stange.

Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head; light retention and some okay lacing. Nose is sweet, bready/biscuity, some faint hops. A bit sugary, some yeast character but something feels either off here or just plain old doesn't smell good. A bit stinky, for lack of a better term. Flavour has some pale malts, bread, grainy and some grassy hops. Again, a stinkiness or off-flavour that I can't pin down. Medium body, but has a peculiar thickness to it at points. Either this is an off can, or the brew just plain old blows. Drain pour.

03-28-2012 00:47:18 | More by liamt07
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.1%

03-17-2012 04:23:41 | More by kelvarnsen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -7.7%

473ml Can - from the LCBO

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 1 or 2 minutes.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with grains, light hops, and an apple/corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a grainy and grassy aftertaste that is lightly bittersweet.

Overall – Nothing to write home about here. Just a notch above marco and the appearance of the beer left a lot to be desired. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I have yet to be impressed by anything from this brewer.

03-14-2012 19:59:18 | More by spinrsx
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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.