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

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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond AleRailway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 59
Avg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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:
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 Reinheitsgebot71
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 biegaman
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 nokes
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Seanstoppable
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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 cratez
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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 EatsTacos
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Sammy
2.87/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 mrmanning
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale from Railway City Brewing Company
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