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

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrmanning on 06-06-2008

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
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Photo of Pmicdee
4.5/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gradually trying everything I can find from this brewery, Gonna make a trip down to see them soon. This is a very good example of a great tasting ale. Mmmm delicious.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cratez
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery in St. Thomas. Golden in colour with a super thin white head. Decent lace. Smell is bright grassy hops and sweet malt. Very flowery and aromatic. Fairly strong yeast and alcohol aromas, despite the low ABV. Tastes of light bitter hops followed by sweet cereal grains and dry, wheaty malt. Traces of bubblegum and cookie dough in the parched aftertaste. Pretty sure this is how a blonde ale is supposed to taste - much like a lager, but better. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Has a bit of a bite to it, with a balanced, dry finish. I was pleasantly surprised by this solid offering from Railway City Brewing. Good drinkability and plenty of interesting flavours.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow/gold colour with thick head that almost instantley vapourizes. No lacing whatsoever.

Nice aroma of floral hops, some citrus and bread.

Very malty, some nice floral hops and finishes sort of nutty and bready, a good beer.

This beer is a lot better on tap, there is actually a head and some carbonation, but overall a decent beer.

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Photo of
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale golden with a small head that doesn't last for long.

Smell - Floral with honey, lemon and fruit. Bready malts beneath.

Taste - A bit of buttered bread, some fruit and citrus. Crisp carbonation makes it refreshing.

Not overly complex or bold, but nice and refreshing.

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Photo of ludachris
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of peensteen
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale blond/orangey colour, one finger of head the settles quickly to a light white ring, no lace at all. Smell is malty and biscuity, light floral hop and lemon, mostly malt though with some graham cracker. Taste has more biscuity/crackery malt, moderate floral hop with some lemony citrus, mild bitterness throughout, some sips have a nice yeasty flavour, clean dry finish with a biscuity and lightly fruity aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lightly prickly and dry, medium body with a decent feel. Better than I remember but it still feels like it missing something, drinkability is ok and low ABV make this a good session beer but that being said I still dont think I will pick this up all that often.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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


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Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know that "Iron Spike" is the best suited name for this sunny, platinum blonde beverage. It's an attractive ale, one that gives radiant invitation for you to take a sip; there's certainly nothing intimidating about this appearance. Its clarity is nearly unruffled and its head is soapy and sudsy and appears to be sticking around for the long haul.

The aroma - now this is well fitted! Biscuit malt and warm corn muffins underscore the scent of this surprisingly pleasant (and profuse) bouquet that touts a very light, but rather lovely, floral component as well as subtle hints of peach, mango and citrus zest. This candied fruitiness makes a strong addition to what is otherwise a plain smelling style.

The taste, unfortunately, lacks that floral/fruit dimension and it persists on a thin and meager platform of biscuit malt and corny tasting grains. It is hardly sweet, but even less bitter. I can't help but note that the taste, and likewise the aroma, would have been well suited to a little extra dose of floral, fruity hops. Something 'English' would accord well.

Anything, really, just to give it a little more character. More casual and less adventurous beer drinkers will surely appreciate this beer's clean, easy drinkability (as do I) and its more conventional, commonplace nature. To really make any kind of splash outside the area it's brewed, however, the beer might need to be a little less indistinguishable.

As it stands, the flavour doesn't detract anything from the drinkability, but it doesn't add any to it either. If the brewery's mission was to design something for thoughtless, continual consumption then they're probably quite pleased with the Iron Spike Blonde. And understandably so. This is a fine beer, for what it's meant to be.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is another item I picked up on a recent trip to Ontario. I tried one while I was there and it was certainly... different.

Pouring it into a glass results in a yellow colored ale with a finger of really fizzy white head. Head quickly evaporated completely, leaving no lacing.

Smell was a nice pear smell, with maybe a hint of honey.

Taste is a mild maltiness with a smooth, almost buttery finish. Nothing too complex. No real carbonation or aftertaste.

Overall it is pretty smooth and drinkable, there just isn't a whole lot of taste involved. Decent, but I would probably give it a pass in the future.

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Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold/straw with a fairly decent head.

S - Nose is sweet. Big honey aroma - the most honey-smelling beer I've had so far. A little bit of underlying berries and fruit with some grass.

T - Light hops and a husky grain. Hint of caramel. Overall lightness pushes the mild bitterness to the forefront.

M - OK carbonation. Smooth enough.

D - Not terribly remarkable. OK drinking beer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the LCBO with a best before Feb 14, 2011 date printed on the label. Pours a golden orange colour with tight white head. Nice head retention, some mild lacing on the glass. Smells of cereal grains with a hint of green apple. Flavour is quite mild, a second after a sip I don't really notice any aftertaste. Smooth carbonation level. Ok beer, but I don't plan on having again.

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Photo of SebD
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy head that dissapeared pretty quickly. No lacing

Aroma was lightly fruity with apples and pears, some slight hop aromas and baked bread

This beer was pretty refreshing with bbqed chicken. The hops are subtle and bitter in the finish, this beer is mostly dominated by the malt profile, which isn't overly complex. Bready, somewhat buttery and finished slightly dry.

Pretty low carbonation with a light to medium body. Not really complex enough to session for me

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Photo of bryehn
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of nokes
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Managed a 1 inch bubbly white head out of this beer, poured moderately aggressively into a pint glass. It dissipated very quickly leaving no lacing at all. The colour is nice; deep amber, minor bubbles rising throughout.

Smell is pretty quiet and unassuming. Some maltiness, maybe a trace of citrus.

Tastes like tangy sweetbread might taste if there is such a thing, with a very faint bitterness around the edges. Pretty good, but not remarkable.

Mouthfeel is where this beer seems to fall down. It seems somehow thin and watery despite the fact that it's definitely got some sticky viscosity that sticks around for a while afterward. Not real fond of that aspect.

Overall, it's fine. Tastes pretty okay, but I don't think I'll be back for another.

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Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Light clear gold with a rich white cap.

Aroma: mild and subtle, cereals, light grassiness hints of fruit.

Light on the palate, weak malts but the leafy hop resins come forward, fast slightly drying finish.

Not my type of drink, too undefined, but properly made and clean tasting.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.