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Wedge Iron Rail IPA - Wedge Brewing Company

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88
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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!

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

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

09-21-2008 14:35:16 | More by Deuane
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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

02-15-2010 18:54:21 | More by sholland119
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John1985

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

03-18-2009 10:42:08 | More by John1985
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-19-2013 01:14:41 | More by mtpHokie
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Al_Garrison

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-03-2014 00:57:04 | More by Al_Garrison
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MCDub

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-04-2013 20:25:38 | More by MCDub
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-22-2013 13:50:30 | More by FUwolfpacker
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-16-2013 22:32:14 | More by ImpactDan
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SFTBLMOSS2

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-21-2012 14:59:36 | More by SFTBLMOSS2
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Bartrob6

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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%.

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

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-08-2014 02:30:42 | More by memphischas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-28-2013 00:52:06 | More by Rifugium
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TimP2115

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-24-2012 17:30:20 | More by TimP2115
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jn84

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-02-2014 03:35:49 | More by jn84
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navin

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-30-2013 14:16:40 | More by navin
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-23-2012 13:55:59 | More by augie
Wedge Iron Rail IPA from Wedge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.