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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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BA SCORE
76
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 14.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by Sorcerer:
Photo of Sorcerer
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Sorcerer, Dec 08, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.85/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up some AZ cans from Papago while I was there, this was the worst of the worst.

Looked fine, amber colored ipa, carbonated, head etc. . . the aroma, ugh, bitter and soapy, something weird going on, not much in the way of a discernable green hop presence, just there for the bitterness party.

Wow, the flavor was just rough. Like a mix of a bad ipa, with just nothing but bitterness and no hop mouthfeel, in conjunction with some Rodenbach wet wood and sherry type mild sweet and sour infection notes. Thankfully, Corpulent is a trooper/sucker and helped finish this beer off for me.

Cannot recommend, one of the worst ipa's I've had in a long time. Like, almost Kennebunkport bad. Indian Wells etc. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A small white to slightly off white head settles into a decent lacing pretty quickly above this clear honey golden colored beer.

Citrus, floral, and light pine in the aroma with just a touch of some light malts.

The taste of this IPA is a little on the lighter side for an American IPA, but it does have some nice hops attributes of pine, citrus fruits, spring grasses, and lighter floral notes.

A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the hops characteristics of the taste with this medium bodied IPA.

Lighter in taste than a lot of IPA but the taste that is here is quite drinkable, if you want to introduce a friend to IPA's you might want to start with this one. The hops here are pleasant and won't blow them away and will let them gradually work their way to stuff like Torpedo from Sierra Nevada.

LXIXME, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of MrWilliams
3/5  rDev -7.7%

MrWilliams, Aug 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of trappistlover
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(12oz can). Pours a hazy dark golden color with off-white head. Decent carbonation and some lacing. Aroma has hard candy, some dank hops, with some cardboard. Taste is very sweet that overpowers the hops. Old can? Medium bodied with a slick texture and smooth finish. I’m quite surprised at how faded the hops are. Not a bad beer at all, but not what I expected from an IPA. Will have to re-rate when I’m at the pub.

trappistlover, Apr 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

trevorpost, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Chilly_E, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

evilkorova, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Mrose78, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

apf, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of HavasuDG
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

HavasuDG, Dec 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

throwback, May 23, 2013
Photo of constantine_272
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

constantine_272, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

JamesMN, Nov 07, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A last shout-out for today's New Beer Sunday (Week 339) to bennetj17 whose Arizona CANTrade led the way for a trans-Pacific daylong adventure to China, thanks to boatshoes and his box that had lain like a sleeping dragon for too long. My crew has gone ashore, vowing never to set sail with a scurvy dog like yours truly ever again and I CANnot blame them as even I am feeling the effects of the day's adventures in beer. However, The CANQuest (TM) must forge ahead!

From the CAN: "We encourage you to recycle, pack it in, pack it out."; "Black Iron I.P.A. [-] This is our tribute to the black iron that paved the way to get to the Grand Canyon. Black Iron I.P.A. is a high hopped, fragrant, ale that is as deep and as wide as the Grand Canyon itself!"; "Trains and Beer [-] 1901 was the grand arrival of the first passenger aboard the new railway from Williams Arizona to the majestic south rim of the Grand Canyon. Originally these black iron steam engines hauled ore for mining operations. Now, millions of people have seen this natural wonder by taking the Williams train. This country was founded on trains and beer and apparently the canyon is no different."; "Legendary Brewery [-] The Grand Canyon Brewing Company is located in historic downtown Williams, Arizona. Stop in the next time you're near the southern rim of the Grand Canyon."; "[Undersigned] - The Peasley Brothers John, Josh, Jeremy".

If you hang around male beer enthusiasts long enough, you will find that other commonalities are facial hair and trains. This beer makes a perfect marriage of two sides of that triangle.

The Crack & Glug went well and resulted in a fizzy finger of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an unusual orange zest citrusiness along with a mild grassiness and a slight caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted of Brach's orange caramels from when I was a kid. I have tasted this combination in other AIPAs and thoroughly enjoyed it and such was the case here. Finish was more orangish than anything else and the flavor lasted well after the swallow. I am of the opinion that there CANnot be enough well-made AIPAs in a CAN. This would definitely rate cooler space and especially if I were going on a train outing, like to Strasburg here in Lancaster County.

woodychandler, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

ckollias, Jun 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

MilkManX, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

grubefresh, Jul 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

KidsDoc, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a straight chalice (its thanksgiving) - color is dark gold to copper, head poured very dense and thick, bright white.

Smell is citrus and pine hops, grapefruit comes through most light biscuit or toasted malt note.

Taste is a little on the sweeter side, not caramel sweet but maybe some modified malts, hops are citrus and piney blend, pleasant and bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little too cloying for my ipa taste, a little sweet and strong bitterness combined.

Overall, a decent IPA kind of down the middle, but I prefer mine a bit dryer.

mvanaskie13, Nov 22, 2012
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2.45/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Big foam on pouring into the mug. Actually, the suds last well and this stuff is fairly attractive. The smell is slightly piney. Taste of malt with a little spoiled fruit. Soapy and bitter. Some hoppy notes but primarily just the murky earthiness. Aftertaste of burnt toast and plastic. Fair example of how not to brew an IPA.

Not as bad as the Grand Canyon Amber, but this is definitely a brewery to be wary of. From the 12 oz can bought at a store to be wary of, Total Wine in east Tucson.

mactrail, Jan 12, 2013
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Black Iron India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.