Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale - Railway City Brewing Company
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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
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.
03-02-2012 20:33:04 | More by bryehn
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.
01-18-2012 18:27:12 | More by peensteen
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.
01-15-2012 08:05:04 | More by thehyperduck
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.
01-09-2012 02:06:34 | More by TerryW
3.43/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
08-23-2011 22:28:02 | More by
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.
01-31-2011 23:48:39 | More by allergictomacros
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.
01-16-2011 22:40:40 | More by kwjd
3/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
05-28-2010 02:09:22 | More by pootz
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.
05-18-2010 21:21:11 | More by ludachris
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.
03-19-2010 01:49:28 | More by biboergosum
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.
02-25-2010 01:40:41 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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.
11-26-2009 22:11:07 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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.
11-24-2009 23:21:06 | More by biegaman
3.03/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
09-04-2009 23:48:06 | More by nokes
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.2/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
08-14-2009 23:19:31 | More by Seanstoppable
3.6/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
07-01-2009 17:28:59 | More by cratez
3.08/5 rDev -4.6%
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
06-26-2009 22:20:07 | More by EatsTacos
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.
08-22-2008 00:10:16 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-05-2008 20:09:49 | More by GodOfBeer
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!
06-06-2008 17:48:19 | More by mrmanning
Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
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