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Wedge Iron Rail IPA - Wedge Brewing Company

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Wedge Iron Rail IPA
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88
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
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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Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Growler of this from The Wedge Brewing Co in Asheville, NC for $15 (Growler included). Tapped from one of the Bright Handles w/ "WEDGE" on it into the Growler with Neon Blue Writing on it. Shared w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends from Nashville, TN.

Aroma- A surprisingly strong malty and sweet aroma hits the nose before the hops... Hops are in the background here but not dominant.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has nice head life. Has a dark orange colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has tons of hop and sweetness from the beginning of the drink. Whew, not at all like the Malt dominant aroma! Stays hoppy throughout the drink and finishes with a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes with a nice citric flavor.

Overall Impression- A great American IPA minus the aroma. For some reason, the sweetness of the malt came out strong but not in the flavor. Would DEFINITELY recommend this one and if your @ the Wedge, I would suggest drinking others on-tap and then taking this one to go in a Growler (its the only option in Growler anyways). Thanks again for the great brews Wedge Brewing!

DCon, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Mississipping
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Mississipping, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of brewingnewbie
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

brewingnewbie, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of planbee
5/5  rDev +26.6%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +1.3%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

ncfranklin, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in a shaker pint. Turbid orange brown, no head, ring of sparse lace. Smell: caramel, whiff of grapefruit, mildly spicy, very fruity. Taste: caramel, earthy, grapefruit, mild tropical fruit. Balanced. Drying leafy, sweet finish. Not really an English IPA, but a good NC style IPA.

babaracas, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of CBlack85
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

CBlack85, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 theWrkncacnter
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

theWrkncacnter, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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

sholland119, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of drunkboxer1
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the brewery. Golden color with a slight haze. Smells like pale malt and american hops. Decent balance for a AIPA, a fair about of malty sweetness to off set the the piney hops. Moderate to low carbonation. Kinda a heavy moutfeel. Pretty decent.

drunkboxer1, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Thur123, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes a bit like a moldy wooden bucket...too many flavors going on here and none of them are particularly good. Calling this an IPA is also stretching it quite a bit.

Appearance: Deep golden amber, almost orange, cloudy

Smell: Very faint citrus

Taste: Grilled orange, smokey, earthy, weird unidentifiable funk

Mouthfeel: Smooth enough

Drinkability: Sippable if you prefer the strange and the experimental. This seems to be a trend from the Asheville Breweries.

Norfawkers, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 blackie
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 drperm
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

drperm, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Bartrob6
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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%.

Bartrob6, May 25, 2009
Photo of ncvbc
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

ncvbc, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

atsprings, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

John1985, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

taylorhamrick, Mar 04, 2009
Wedge Iron Rail IPA from Wedge Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.