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

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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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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 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 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 biegaman
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

biegaman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -7.1%

rab53, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of DrJay
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.

DrJay, Dec 24, 2013
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 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 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 kwjd
3.1/5  rDev -4%

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.

kwjd, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Molson2000, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -7.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

peensteen, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of pootz
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Growler:

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.

pootz, May 28, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

allergictomacros, Jan 31, 2011
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 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 CAMRAhardliner
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a straw blond with a creamy, but flash in the pan head that dissapears before mustering up much lace. The aroma is doughy and slightly floral. Some tart green apple is present in the background. The taste is malty and lightly fruity. Some anise and tea leaves, perhaps hop characters shining through, and a bit of wet paper show as the flavor develops. The finish is of cereal hunks and light sweetness. The body is fuller than I expected with moderate to light carbonation.

An adaquate, if underwhelming blond ale. the oxidation was a little offputting, but otherwise its drinkable enough.

CAMRAhardliner, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of TerryW
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%

Looks okay. Gold headed towards amber with a chunky white head that settles to a heavy film and surrenders some lace. But looking half decent is as good as it gets, I'm afraid.

Thin-bodied, slightly soapy mouthfeel. Mild malts, some sharp apple fruit. Slightly bitter, dry finish. Aroma is mild malts.

Unremarkable overall.

TerryW, Jan 09, 2012
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
Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

RedAleMan, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -7.1%

kelvarnsen, Mar 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 TheBeeraholic
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
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
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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
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