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Black Iron India Pale Ale - Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Black Iron India Pale AleBlack Iron India Pale Ale

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 08-06-2010)
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Sorcerer

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Aluminum can poured into glass produced no head and only the tiniest hint of frothy excitation. Very few bubbles preciptiating anywhere. Clear watered down whiskey color; dusk through amber lens. Smells sweet, scotch pine, something about a salty ocean in the mist out there (not considering the Grand Canyon here; but you could substitute "a hint of mud flats from deep in the canyons"), a slight note of freshly mown hay as well. Quaffed eagerly based upon good looks and smell, and did not disappoint, with an immediate delicious full malt-floral flavor of piney grapes and barley crackers. Delicious flavor. Reflex was for gulping. Not at all bitter. Sweet. After taste is pleasant but did not linger for more than a few seconds.

Too low on carbonation. The beer was flat by the end. Would be better to drink straight from the can (was this intentional for field ingestion?), and will try to remember this fact.

Delicious and very drinkable. It would be very easy to drink 4 of these within ten minutes. Not bitter at all: is not representative of the style. Not hoppy. However, I like it a lot. I would recommend this to try, but not a medal winner.

Perhaps this is best as a picnic beer.

Serving type: can

12-08-2010 04:24:20 | More by Sorcerer
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DRTBrewster

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

06-29-2014 22:43:20 | More by TheSamKuehn
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DoubleJ

California

3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

With a name like Black Iron, you would think that this was an India Dark Ale, not the traditional pale variety. Another lesson towards reading beer labels. Coming from a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

The head forms thick initially, at over an inch ad a half, and it backs it up a good dose of lacing. Below is a toasted orange color. So much for a dark ale that I expected when I read the label. The aroma is raw, green, with melon rind and a faint aroma of juicy hops. Okay aroma, however it doesn't smell like the hops were worked to their potential.

Ok, so it tastes a few threads better. It starts clean with a little sweetness from the malt. Bits of grapefruit and bittersweet orange make much of the hop flavor provided. There's a raw bit of hops at the end. It's a medium bodied beer that isn't very bitter, and while a decent overall beer, doesn't quite hit the head on the style.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 03:01:07 | More by DoubleJ
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date on the can.

Appearance: Opaque orange (they must dry-hop the hell out of this, or not consider leaving the sludge out when they can) with a huge off-white head that filled the entire pint glass with only about an ounce of beer at the bottom.

Aroma: Strange. Sweet citrus with a chemical edge to it. Grainy sawdust.

Taste: Very sweet tangerine hop character up front with a bit of spice underneath. Some caramel malt flavor and good grain taste but not much malt presence considering the moderate 7.2% ABV. Decently balanced, I'd guess about 70-80 IBUs. Honestly, the appearance and aroma had me worried but the flavor is actually pretty good though a tad on the sweet side which gets cloying about halfway through. I intend on leaving the appearance and aroma scores as I originally graded them but needless to say the flavor is much better than they would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with surprisingly normal levels of carbonation considering the near explosion when I opened the can (it had been sitting in the fridge undisturbed for almost a week). Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: With a name like Black Iron IPA, I was half expecting a Black IPA. Though it wasn't dated, I'm thinking this one's pretty fresh because the sweet hop character hasn't morphed into something astringent yet. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever in AZ I'll give it another go on-tap.

Serving type: can

11-07-2013 22:56:57 | More by JamesMN
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

10-23-2013 03:43:44 | More by Pinche_Oso
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +7%

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CesarLopes

Illinois

4/5  rDev +22.3%

08-18-2013 17:52:04 | More by CesarLopes
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45nDown

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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grubefresh

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +7%

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JISurfer

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -8.3%

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Florida

3/5  rDev -8.3%

06-18-2013 05:22:38 | More by BeerBeast
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ckollias

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish hue with a nice white head that quicjly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a slight caramel hint.

T: Malty and hoppy flavor blended together leaning more towards the malt. Has a citrus background and finishes slightly bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent IPA – more on the malty side then I usually like for the style.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:03:19 | More by ckollias
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber capped by an inch of foam; the retention was acceptable but there wasn't much lacing

Smell: More malt than hops; earthy, somewhat fruity with grass and pine

Taste: Tastes like the aroma, with the sugary malt forward and grassy/piney hops picking up the middle; a touch metallic in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the most exciting IPA out there - more of a slightly hoppy amber or an ESB than an IPA; drinkable, but not something to seek out

Thanks, mikedR (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: can

04-19-2013 21:05:30 | More by brentk56
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Black Iron India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.