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

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76
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%

Last reviewed July 24th of last year; that was a bottle and this is a tallboy can from the same LCBO. No best before date, but the fact that I have only recently seen this in cans at the store indicates it's probably pretty fresh.

Pours a bright, translucent golden-amber colour. Very effervescent. A little more than a finger of creamy white head sits on top, taking its time to gradually dissipate, over five minutes in fact. Good retention, better than the bottle. Doughy, sweet aroma, mostly malty. A bit muted.

Same malt-forward taste. Sweet biscuits and bread, with a twinge of nutty character. Floral hops provide a bit of balancing bitterness. Medium-thin body, maybe a bit watery, with low carbonation and a very creamy mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.58, a low B. A serviceable option for any blonde ale fan, but not something that is going to impress beer geeks. This is a solid blonde either way and I'm glad I got it again. Good easy drinker, not complex at all but a definite upgrade over macro blondes.

[Updated April 9 2014]

Another can, one of a pair of OCB blonde ales I grabbed for comparison purposes. Iron Spike Blonde is an unremarkable beer built for the warm weather - it's a nice, light, sessionable ale that remains well-balanced throughout, with a light brushing of floral, citrusy hops. My only problem with this beer is that I haven't been able to find a fresh can of the stuff in a while (this serving is technically two weeks past expiry, and is showing signs of age). The stuff I've gotten from the brewery has always been top-notch though.

thehyperduck, Jan 15, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

dcbeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +17%

500ml bottle from the LCBO.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of soapy, filmy white head, which leaves a sloped ring of lace around the glass. It smells of white cracker grain, and some mild general fruitiness. The taste is doughy, bready malt, with some floral essence, and a bit of acidic fruitiness - apple. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and even and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, a small cloying sweetness seeping in.

Most blonde ales kind of (or really) underwhelm me. This is not one of them - a little one-sided, but a decently restrained dose of malt goodness.

biboergosum, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%

Plastic bottle really. Neutral aroma, a tad malty. A little head. Pale blond colour. A malt storey, fine lightness, with a little local H- hop. Carbonation is there and its appropriate. Caramel. A little lace.Below average mouthfeel. Freshly made batch.

Sammy, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%

I picked up a bottle of this beer while browsing the Queen's Quay LCBO a few weeks ago. It's nice to see a beer from this relatively new entry onto the Ontario craft beer scene so quickly on LCBO shelves; in 50cl bottles no less!

Upon being poured into its pint glass it is revealed that this beer certainly lives up to its namesake. A fine clear honey coloured elixir greeted my eyes capped by a fine white head which quickly dissipated.

The nose was very fruity at first, whiffs of cut grass, green apple and grape permeated as well as scents of overripe fruit and wet leaves; perhaps a bit off. Notes of white bread and honey backed up the smell and thankfully subdued the overly fruity sensations.

The taste was more standard, biscuit malts with slight sweetness dominate giving an overall light bready taste. Some strange slightly off fruity notes most reminiscent of over ripe grapes popped up but faded as the beer warmed. Hop balance was good, giving a subtle bitterness in the finish which grew progressively stronger as did the sweet malt notes.
This one goes down very easily with a minimal bite from the carbonation providing an interesting kick. I found the carbonation just right, providing a refreshing drink with slightly viscous body.

All in all a decent beer, unfortunately I think mine was a bit off so I will have to give it another go to see. Regardless it was still very nice and would surly make a good session on a hot summer day.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of DaveBar
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!

DaveBar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, May 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

WillAndSarah, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Seanont
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.

Seanont, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Ammon
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Ammon, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
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

MaxwellSchaefer, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
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.

patre_tim, May 26, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

RedAleMan, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a clear, effervescent glowing golden hue with just over a finger of egg-white suddy head that reduces to a ring rather quickly but then stays in that state for quite awhile.

The nose is predominantly dry with notes of cracker, pepper, grains and some doughy malt but has a nice citrusy zest that backs it up with some faint tropical fruits that go with it, giving the beer a unique edge.

The taste is more faint than the nose would lead you to beleive. The dry crackery aspect is still there but comes at odds with a slightly watery mouthfeel. A subtle floral hop kick and citrus zest make their appearance more towards the back of the palate and those pleasant tropical fruit notes just graze the tongue before they are lost amidst the rest of the beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth, and fluffy. A good weight for a low ABV. Nicely balanced, but a bit watery in the finish.

This beer has its time and its place and fits perfectly as s solid, decently flavourful summertime quaffer, but I'd take their IPA any day of the week. I'd say this is worth a shot, but I can think of a bunch of summertime quaffers off the top of my head that I'd prefer over this.

ludachris, May 18, 2010
Photo of SebD
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.

SebD, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

This is the first offering from this brand new southern Ontario brewery. From the growler, this ale pours a deep gold with a frothy white cap. The nose is quite hop forward and is complimented with floral notes, along with fruity malts (mango, peach), and leads into bread crust and caramel. The flavour profile is upfront with floral hops alongside caramel malts, and is complimented by fruity lemony sweetness. This is the perfect summer golden ale. I am glad it is only a 15 minute drive from my place to the brewery, as I will be visiting often. The finish in this is bitter and quenching. Great session beer. An excellent start! Right on AL and team!

mrmanning, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of DarrenBrule
4/5  rDev +23.8%

DarrenBrule, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of bryehn
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%

Re-branded can found at an Ottawa LCBO. No freshness dating of any kind.

Pours a nice, deep golden colour with a tinge of amber and a medium sized soapy white head that gets retained as a collar without leaving much lace behind.

Smells of grains, corn and a light pear or apple juice. Not much character here at all, but nothing too off-putting either.

More grains in the taste, this time toasted and accented by a light chocolate note and acidic, fruity tone. The finish is dry.

Rather thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Yeast and a biscuit-like sensation on the tongue. Hint of bitterness in the aftertaste and then a lingering sweetness.

Not bad given the ABV, could make a decent BBQ or session beer, but a bit too bland and macro-ish for me to consider buying regularly.

bryehn, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of DenisKolkin
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.

DenisKolkin, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of EvanHarper
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.

EvanHarper, May 06, 2014
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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.