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Black Iron India Pale Ale - Grand Canyon Brewing Company

Black Iron India Pale AleBlack Iron India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 14.72%

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:
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(Beer added by: tpd975 on 08-06-2010)
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Reviews by kevanb:
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3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This IPA from Arizona pours a hazy copper straw color, a fair amount of sediment floats in the glass while a nice 2 finger head sits atop the beer. The head has pretty decent retention and ample lacing on the glass. The nose is pleasant, a bit weak, lots of lemongrass in the nose with some slight biscuity malt backing, not much in the way of bitter hops, more of a lighter sweeter nose. The flavors match well, mild hop profile which is earthy and hazy, some bright citrus come through that leads to some light bready malt. The flavors and aroma are very simple, but still pleasant and well done. The body is nice, a bit bigger than I anticipated, can definitely notice the sediment, which isn’t a bad thing by any stretch.

Verdict: Simple but good IPA from Grand Canyon. I could definitely do with a 6 pack of these on a warm summer day.

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 05:32:31 | More by kevanb
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3.26/5  rDev 0%
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 -0.3%

03-16-2014 02:50:46 | More by RMelyon
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-06-2014 21:57:38 | More by Kmlund
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

01-13-2014 03:11:35 | More by thereal_adam
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-11-2014 05:01:24 | More by apf
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

12-27-2013 18:22:04 | More by trevorpost
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3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +7.4%

10-23-2013 03:43:44 | More by Pinche_Oso
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3/5  rDev -8%

10-21-2013 16:23:20 | More by FrankHammer
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

09-22-2013 04:28:16 | More by constantine_272
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

08-18-2013 17:52:04 | More by CesarLopes
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3.75/5  rDev +15%

08-05-2013 18:45:45 | More by 45nDown
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-29-2013 04:58:16 | More by grubefresh
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -8%

06-29-2013 05:25:02 | More by JISurfer
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3/5  rDev -8%

06-18-2013 05:22:38 | More by BeerBeast
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3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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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4/5  rDev +22.7%

05-31-2013 04:17:12 | More by tbone1384
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

05-23-2013 22:54:32 | More by throwback
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
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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New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 23:44:39 | More by LXIXME
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3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange with a solid two-finger head that slowly settles
S: A touch muted but overall very typical IPA with some grain, hop (pine/citrus rind) and caramel notes
T: This is fairly tame for an IPA - malts take the forefront with hops taking a back seat role. No flaws just not the profile I expected.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice smoothness from the malt and a hint of hop bitterness, but I expected more bite/bitterness
O: Not bad just not quite typical for the style. I don't quite get the bad reviews here but would love to see future batches have more hops.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 02:42:39 | More by ONUMello
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3/5  rDev -8%

03-11-2013 23:17:57 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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2.29/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. can poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a fluffy, three-finger head. May have poured this one with a little too much vigor. Head recedes a bit over the course of a minute or two, leaving half a finger of rocky froth. Decent lacing, although the bubbles appears a bit coarse.

S: Hoppy aroma of lemon and pine. A little bread and grain hide in the back with a slight trace of alcohol.

T: Malt is a little one dimensional - sweet, grainy caramel, followed by a quick juicy hop note of pine and resin that is actually a bit abrasive, with some copper/nickel in there. Finishes bitter with a sharp, astringent green apple flavor. All sorts of yeastiness coming back up in the burp.

M&D: Medium bodied and moderate alcohol, this would be rather drinkable if not for the offputting taste. I really can't enjoy this one...reminds me of a homebrewed IPA I made last spring. I think the yeast is the real culprit here (reminds me of Safale-05), responsible for most of the unpleasant notes. However, I'll also give some credit to the hops which are flavorful but harsh. Don't think I'll be having more than one of these.

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 00:22:58 | More by deciding39
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2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 21:08:41 | More by mactrail
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Black Iron India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
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