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Wedge Iron Rail IPA - Wedge Brewing Company

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88
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
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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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, May 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a one finger cap that leaves strands of lace as it descends

Smell: Balanced between the caramel and the pine

Taste: Loads of caramel are joined by a piney hop presence with a bit of a pithy edge; after the swallow the bitterness remains pronounced but the lack of attenuation provides for a very sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, woth moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I wish thid beer were a bit less sweet as the piney hop presence is dramatic, along with the pithy edge

brentk56, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kylehay2004, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nickfl, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

The beer pours a solid amber color with OK head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light earth and malt. Not very impressed by what I smell, but fortunately this beer tastes better then it smells. The beer has a nice balance of moderate sweetness from the malt, that counters the decent bitterness well in this IPA. It's still ultimately on the hoppy side, and the flavors are attractive with some nice citrus and pine. Unfortunately, along with the bitterness, I got some noticeable alcohol in the finish as well, leading to a fairly hot finish. As I drank this IPA after the incredibly boozy 3rd rail, I took my time with this beer, and had a glass of water. While that helped, undeniably, this beer has some noticeable heat on the finish that detracts a bit from its drinkability. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but with the beer delivering plenty of flavor.

A nice enough IPA, and God knows it was plenty popular the day I visited, but the noticeable alcoholic heat in the finish would probably have me looking for a different IPA most of the time.

John_M, May 31, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tdm168, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

plaid75, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of caramel and tropical fruit sweetness, with a subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are roasted caramel forward, with a wet hops resinous character to follow. Dank and resinous throughout, with a sugary and darkly sweet aftertaste. The body is slightly dry and slick, with a tangy sweet and peppery hopped finish. Very solid and very balanced.

GarthDanielson, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

atrocity, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap, barleys taproom in asheville

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper-amber body, fluffy white cap

smell: floral hops, chewy caramel, fresh citrus

taste: nice IPA - though pretty sure the menu said it was the english varietal. had kind of an awkward aftertaste - some say metal, but i'm not convinced there wasnt an oyster lost in the tapline. noticeably dry hopped, complimented well by some smooth caramel

mouthfeel: nice -fluffy ipa feel

drinkability: hindered by some bizarre aftertaste

dirtylou, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Axnjxn, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZEB89, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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

blackie, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

AngusOg, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

thatoneguymike, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Deuane, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Gatordaddy, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.5%

smithj4, May 28, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Lovely85, Sep 29, 2012
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Wedge Iron Rail IPA from Wedge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.