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Wedge Iron Rail IPA - Wedge Brewing Company

Wedge Iron Rail IPA
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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%


Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the brewery website:
English Style India Pale Ale, Maris Otter 2-row, Canadian Honey Malt and Belgian Crystal.

Centennial, Kent Golding, and Cascade are added Five times during the process, including Dry Hopping.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-21-2008)
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drperm

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American IPA I've had in a very long time, and the best IPA in North Carolina, hands-down.

In the glass, it is lovely to behold: glistening orange, with a nice thin white head. A slight haze speaks of dry-hopping.

On the nose, I am given a carnival-ride of citrus, bountiful dry-hopping, and a bit of pine and floral to round it out.

The taste is perfectly bitter and hop-citrusy, with a faint metallic twang that I find desirable and noteworthy. There's a nice malt presence here as well.

On the palate, it just hits the spot. Love those snappy bubbles and I've love to pair this one with anything from spicy Indian curry to a fat home-grilled beefalo burger.

Go to the Wedge Brewery on a sunny late afternoon. Sit outside. Order a pitcher, or perhaps two. They go quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 19:02:18 | More by drperm
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blackie

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy, glowing orange-amber in color with a lighter but persistent head

s: biscuity malt structure with a nice dose of sweet caramel supports hop aromas of tropical citrus and dark pine, a touch musty

m: moderate carbonation and a medium body in great balance makes for an easy sip

t: caramel and biscuit backbone with a pleasantly grainy flavor, hops moderate in strength and bitterness with flavors of pine and tropical fruit

d: just fine

standard pint at the brewery on a lovely June afternoon post-camping

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 23:53:55 | More by blackie
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep murky orange amber color.Good carbonation with some cascading.

S - light pear with citrus, bread

T -Fruitisweet bread with an intense earthy/herbal hop that lingers, peppery.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

O - Very good beer. There are so many good IPAs out there. This one is unique and highly drinkable, The peppery/hoppy flavor really is a treat for hop heads. I recommend this beer and brewery!

Serving type: growler

10-07-2012 20:25:47 | More by jtd1969
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brewingnewbie

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this off tap. Not much to look at but has a great taste. Aroma is of citrus and flower and the taste follows. Mouthfeel is hard to quantify.

Overall a very solid IPA which I will seek out whenever I'm in town.

Will be picking up a growler before I head out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 22:31:47 | More by brewingnewbie
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden-orange color with a bit of amber in the center. A nice 2cm head sits on top, fades to about .5cm and never disappears. Leaves the most incredible lacing, there were dried bubbles creating a wall stuck to the side of my glass. I could see right through it, and watched little bubbles floating to the top of the liquid. Wonderful to look at. The smell was nice. Lots of resinous, floral hops, a tiny bit of citrus. You can smell the sweet, aromatic malts underneath. The taste is immediately lemony sweet, with a little bit of a nutty, bready malt backbone. Notes of floral, herbal hops, very pleasant. A bit mild for an American IPA, a bit bitter for a British IPA, but not off the mark for either really. The beer isn't completely full. The carbonation is nice and pleasant, but I think it could just be a bit chewier from the malts used, especially with the flavors they lend to the beer. This one drinks really well. Everything comes together well here, and I couldn't pull myself away from the beer, and I thought I could drink this for days. Really worth a shot if you get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 01:20:46 | More by taylorhamrick
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery served in a standard pint-glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a mild amount of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste blows the aroma out of the water, loads of hops and sweet caramel malts for a great balance. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable IPA, I can't wait to try more of their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 21:08:11 | More by atsprings
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber pour with medium white head, some lacing down the glass. Smell is very nice. Quite floral up front giving way to citrus scents. Mostly I get grapefruit and big bright orange citrus. A touch of caramel malt in there as well. Taste doesn't bring the floral touch but is still spot on and pretty delicious. Citrus hops dominate, very fresh and crisp on the tongue. Light caramel malt and a light biscuity touch as well, though the hops do win easily in this IPA. Lightly creamy in the mouth but quickly slapped down by a big hop bitterness that finishes with a lingering dryness and tingle on the tongue. This is a nice brew that I can enjoy a couple pints of. Not the most drinkable in the world but still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 02:53:24 | More by ncvbc
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery during our weekend in Asheville. Wedge is always one of our favorite haunts in Asheville

A - A cloudy reddish orange, with lots of head and lace retention. Beautiful. This is what an IPA should look like!

S - Spicy and hoppy. Bitter piny hops present

T - Big hoppy flavor with a huge sweet malty backbone. Piny hops dominate. A touch of citrus as well. Bitter, but not too much. Very well balanced. Love it

M - Medium bodied, and goes down the hatchett just right

O - An amazing IPA, no doubt. I wish they would bottle it so I can bring alot of it back to Atlanta. If you are in Asheville, got to check out Wedge. Always a good time!

Serving type: growler

10-27-2012 22:22:20 | More by BeerDawgs
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Sayson

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this IPA at Barley's in Asheville.
A: dark gold to amber with a half-inch head. Reasonably clear, maybe a bit of haze from hop compounds.
S: Malty and citrusy from hops starting with the letter 'C'
T: Initial maltiness followed by a candied orange flavor I associate with Centenial hops.
M: Fine for an IPA. Not too thin, doesn't stick around longer than necessary
D: Great drinking pint. I could see having several.
Definately worth checking out if you like hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 17:06:23 | More by Sayson
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazy light copper with a medium white head that left decent lace.

S-Spicy citrus and floral hops. The fruity aspects are very nice. Hints of sweet malt helped balanced things out.

T-Citrusy smack up front with a supporting biscuit malt profile backing things up. An underlying musty, earthy tone follows in the background....most likely an English hop addition.

M-Medium bodied with a sharp crispness and easy going attitude.

D-Easy to session, straight forward IPA. This one comes across to me as an American/English hybrid that melds the best of both into one beer. A solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 14:35:16 | More by Deuane
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John1985

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Barley's in Asheville

Nice dark amber with a decent half inch head. The aroma was appropriately hoppy. The taste started bitter but sweet, chewy malts soon came to the front to balance things out. Finish was smooth with a few pine hops at the end. Goes down easy for an IPA. This is a solid effort but not too flashy. Just right after hard day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 10:42:08 | More by John1985
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A-Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Bready malt and earthy hops.

T-Grainy malt with bitter earthy hops in the finish. Tasty.

M-Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

D-Quite tasty and sessionable for a 7% IPA.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 18:54:21 | More by sholland119
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber in color with a slight orange hue. Thin half finger white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell is surprisingly malty in a good way. Malt is grainy with notes of honey and caramel and is followed by a nice moderate herbal hop presence.

Taste is really nice some floral hop flavor are forward. Malt follows and has bold grainy flavors along with a nice honey like sweetness and more floral residual hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good light and crisp. Very drinkable and medium bitterness and a light stickiness.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2013 01:54:06 | More by Fcolle2
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the wedge tasting room.

A - Deep honey color, cloudy, with minimal head.

S - Piney hops with small amount of citrus undertones.

T - Strong pine and citrus hops. Not a lot of malt coming through, but more as it warms. Earthy, slightly toasted background after the hops fade away.

M - Slightly under carbonated but not a problem for me. Lingering hop oils hold on the tongue long after each sip.

D - Alcohol may be a problem for some but if you like a strong IPA this doesn't disappoint. Could have a few easily but I'd be sorry in the morning.

A great IPA for sure. Meets my two criteria for good IPAs: never trust an IPA you can see through and never trust an IPA under 6 percent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 20:11:42 | More by theWrkncacnter
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I continue on my voyage through the wedge, I next land myself onto the IPA. Served on tap and consumed on 09/20/2008.

The pour was nice, a lightly hazed amber with a good inch of frothy white head on the top. Decent retention left a good bit of lace down the sides of the glass as well. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom throughout the session.

The aroma was of citrus floral hops. Hints of tangerine, orange, and a touch of pineapple are coming across the nose. Some hints at a malt filled middle to balance it out as it warms up. The flavor was more of the same. Started off with that bite of tangerine, orange peel like flavor in the front, but this slowly gave way to an almost biscuit like presence the further into the glass you go. Earthy, nice bitter finish dried you out just enough to come forward for another sip at the end. Over 6% but very easy to session, I had no issues at all taking this one down and going back for another after it was done.

Overall a very solid effort here from wedge. IPA's are a dime a dozen anymore and this one would fall in at above average, though out of the reach of some of the best. Still a more then solid effort I would have no issue with repeating.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 13:54:08 | More by mikesgroove
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Bartrob6

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at caramel's in asheville.

hazy looking IPA. the aroma gives away why. definitely dry hopped with some nice american hops and getting some pine mixed in with the citrus. very inviting brew.

tastes sweet with the same mix of hops in the flavor. tastes pretty darn good. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. if anything was different i'd want it to be a little dryer. but still awesome.

very drinkable beer. even at almost 7%.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 22:30:55 | More by Bartrob6
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Tap Room in A-ville.Poured a hazed bronze with a half finger white head,big pine in the nose with citric tones as well,an underlying caramel base comes into play as well.A bigg shot of resiny hop hits hard up front with a softer caramel sweetness coming in to pretty much even it out in the finish.Big pine really hits hard in this IPA, but there is a hefty sweetness that keeps everything in place.A pretty solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 18:42:05 | More by oberon
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a near clear, light coppery body with a standard, sufficient, white head.

Smell: A nicely aromatic, playful back-and-forth of honeyish, bready malts and citrus, spicy hops.

Taste: A maltiness of faintly toasted bread given sweet honeyed accents. An opening of fruity citrus with growing flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a bit of earthy spiciness. Medium bitterness. Persistent honey character in the final moments. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, well-balanced India Pale Ale. Stop in and give it a try when in the Asheville area.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 02:20:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Bright orange, bubbly, small white head that laces nicely.

S: Lots of citrus hops, a biscuity malt layer underneath. Straight forward.

T: Heavy citrus here, orange, grapefruit, lemon, maybe even some pineapple. Big malty backbone keeps it from getting too bitter, and makes it easy to drink. Some pine in the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Highly drinkable in this nature.

D: I'm impressed. Easy to put back (and you don't pay too much a price at 6.2%) and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 17:24:43 | More by ncfranklin
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. 

S: Citrusy hops up front with some grapefruit and tangerine coming out immediately.  Caramel malt and some vanilla provide a bit of a sweetness.  A pretty good malty backbone adds a bit of complexity and a nice feel. 

T: Follows the aroma very well.  Citrusy up front with grapefruit, tangerine, and some apricot.  Really nice, yet subtle, sweetness provided by the caramel malts.  Just a touch of some earthiness on the back end that is very pleasant. 

M: Medium bodied with a pretty good bit of carbonation.  Smooth and tingly on the palate.  Great drying effect after each sip. 

D: Very nice little IPA.  Goes down easily, nice complexity, and nice balance.  I had no experience with Wedge before today, and they impressed with all three beers I tried from them.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 21:14:23 | More by Mississipping
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop atop a flight caramel malt.

The taste consisted of citrus and pine with a solid light caramel backbone.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 01:18:39 | More by plaid75
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CBlack85

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution Pizza & Ale house. Served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a light amber/copper color with a generous amount of white head that quickly recedes leaving behind lots of lacing.

The nose is quite balanced and full of caramel malty aromas, as well as piney & citrusy hop aromas. Lots of fruity aromas as well; orange, pineapple, and a bit of apricot. There is also a nice malty, grainy aroma as well.

The flavor is very similar to the smell. A nice mixing of sweet notes along with bitter hoppy notes. Sweet malts and bready, grainy malts pair well with the fruity & piney hops. As the beer warms the sweetness starts to fade and give way to more earthy notes, and the bready malts become more noticable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated and finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable, easy going IPA. It really seems more like an English IPA than it does and American IPA.

Overall, this is a good, drinkable IPA that is not over the top in the hop profile. Good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 19:20:04 | More by CBlack85
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing me a growler back from his travels.

A - dark hazy orange with a thick, pure white, foamy head that has great retention

S - faint bread, faint cake batter, grapefruit, very faint spicyness

T - opens with some sweet malt and then is completely dominated by big, piney, resinous, incredibly bitter hops; there is also some faint citrus throughout; the bitterness from the hops lingers on the palate for what seems like forever

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a very warm alcohol finish

This is a nice IPA. It's intensely hoppy with the Cascade hops really making their presence known. The piney, bitter hop character reminded me briefly of SN Celebration. The malt is sweet which I like and does its best to lend balance. I really enjoyed this, and I think any hop head that finds themselves in Asheville needs to stop into Wedge and try this one.

Serving type: growler

10-05-2012 08:39:00 | More by tdm168
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Wedge Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

A: This beer is very hazy amber-orange in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange seem to stand out in particular. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-balanced IPA. It's neither too citrusy nor too bitter making it very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 12:15:35 | More by metter98
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Thur123

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color and look of this beer were good, above par for sure. The taste, for what i paid, is amazing. A little sweet for sure but thats the way Im leaning with IPAs right now. Overall wedges IPA is a win, non tradition for sure. The people at the brewpub were great and the other styles I sampled were great as well. Need to get back to asheville soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 04:51:32 | More by Thur123
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