Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-15-2011

An assertively hoppy top-fermented beer, polished by the wisdom and patience of lagering. Think of it as an octogenarian with a punk rock attitude. Slightly dry, this beer pairs well with hearty cuisine. We also suggest sipping it on its own; the complexity will keep you entertained and happy.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by mfnmbvp:
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.66/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky red amber colored body with a giant fluffy three finger cream colored head with nice retention. Steady column of bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smells of pale malts and dusty adjuncts. A little bit of raisins creeps out also.

T - Pale dusty malts again with a bit of hop bitterness clinging on for dear life in the end swallow. Maybe some sort of a caramelized raisin taste, but it isn't dark or pleasant, just adds the tiniest bit of sweetness. Maybe some kind of a grape aftertaste lingering.

M - Mouthfeel is dry, sticky and resinous, but again, not a very pleasant taste to me. Feels a little too carbonated, but not terrible.

Overall, not impressed, and probably not a beer I would try again. Modest 5.8% abv, better than mass produced Bud Light / Miller Lite swill, but still not my favorite.

Metropolitan Iron Works Alt ---3/5

More User Reviews:
Photo of shaggydog
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Just got back from Duesseldorf and this is very close to All Bier. At little hoppy compared to, but darn near best found. Let it go a little warm and flat, and you'd swear you were in bar near the Rhine in D.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a footed strange)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but crystal clear auburn hued body with a relaxed carbonation of microbubbles. There is a rocky off-white head that pulls away from the glass but last as a cloud.

S- The flinty dry toasted malt aroma is clean with a some dried leave notes as it warms and a soft dry green snap in the finish.

T- The nice toasted grain note has some toasted biscuit qualities in the background with a soft green Noble hop character in the finish. There is just a touch of sweetness to the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice clean crisp Alt has a very fresh malt flavor with some good depth to the toasted malts and a hint of darker malt comes through as another subtle layer. This is well lagered with a nice hop snap to finish the taste.

Photo of socon67
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hopleaf in Chicago.

A - Copper pour, high tan foam. Cloudy look to it. Some lacing.

S - Sweet malt smell, with a bit of hops and spice. Scent is muted though; doesn't linger at all.

T - Decent drinking altbier that gets marks for the balance, but seems to take the safe approach; it is not rich in malt nor is the bitterness of fresh hops anything that seems strong.

M - Well balanced and easily sessionable. Soem carbonation is there. Finishes with a slight raspy bite.

O - Wasn't impressed, but didn't feel like it was a bad beer. Felt like Metropolitan rounded out their portfolio. Nice to try, but if you are a diehard altbier fan I'd pass.

Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped and poured into a Hop Leaf shaker pint.

Iron Works Alt pours a brilliant, burnt amber. It's extremely clear and there's a finger of chunky white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass. It looks great!

The nose is sweet and spicy. Notes of caramel, bread crust, pretzel dough, noble hop floralness, and some slight hints of brown sugar. I remember I-Beam being heavier on the doughy bread notes and less hoppy.

The taste follows the nose with doughy pretzel and bread crust. There's an underlined caramel sweetness, but it's far from cloying. The hops bring up the tail and lend a nice lingering bitterness to cut the sweet malts. It finishes dry and leaves me wanting to take sip after sip.

Medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

A great addition to Metro's line-up. I look forward to grabbing a sixer of this. The fat robot on the label is pretty gnarly too.

Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Monsone, cheers Eric!

Pours a bright copper with 2+ fingers of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grainy & pear scents, plus a little metallic hop

T: Pear, bready sweatness & caramel up front, along with some dryness & a little herbal hoppyness. More pear fruittyness, woody dryness, & more herbal hops as this drys. Finishes grainy, dry, herbal, with some butterscotch & bready sweetness

MF: Light/Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

A pretty good example of the style, pretty darn drinkable

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mini pint glass.

Nice and hoppy, surprisingly so for an Alt. A great balance between hops and malts and a great beer to transition or turn someone to Alts. Seriously this is a great beer to wean people who have been suckling on IPAs for too long.

Photo of dhannes
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Darker orange with impressive cream colored head of 2 fingers that lasted a good minute.

S=More malt than hops; also citrus and maple.

T=Honey-like, but with a smokiness; reminiscent of "German" beers I've had an Essen Haus.

M=Nice medium body with slight carbonation...very drinkable.

O=I'm not too familiar with the style, but this was enjoyable...will definitely try the style again.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an 0,3l stange glass, Iron Works pours a bright, saturated copper with some rusty orange tones. Sticky cap of foam, a fingers width rises to the rim, leaving some ghostly lacing inside the glass. Nice retention, the head lasts for the duration of the glass.

Yeast driven aroma, very clean with light banana esters at first, followed by some toasted husky grains and light nuttiness peeking through. Swirling it as it warms brings out a grassy floral hint of hops.

Dry toasted malt, sunflower seeds, caramel, multigrain bread. Hazelnut mingles with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and somewhat dry, only a touch of sweetness. Definitely a well crafted malt bomb. Easy feel, quaffable, but with a substantial fullness that ironically isn't filling.

Glad to see Metro branching out, can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves...

Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with some head.

Complex nose of malts, cinnamon, navel oranges, hops, and cardamon

medium bodied and really smooth feel. Pretty good complexity as with a real nice christmas spice finish along with a lot of malty tones as well

this is really good. The feel is very good though the taste is lacking a slight bit. This is a real enjoyable beer on the whole

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s in a stange! Just sitting there staring at me like I’m some crazy beer knurd…and its got a beautiful semi-dark copper color that just gets darker towards its center, its mildly hazy and filled with some good carbonation. The head is thick and fluffy and just will not go away, did I mention that its in an off white color, maybe even tan. Medium lacing; nothing else to say here. Weak fruit aromas like apple, banana, raisins and mild malts. Crisp and sharp when it first hits your tongue, it mellows out into a slightly tangy beer over all. The malts are well represented here, herbs and mild citrus fruits also come through, very interesting taste. It warms up in the aftertaste and the tanginess wanes just a bit as well, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a stange glass. No freshness dating.

A: clear medium amber color, persistent cream-colored head that only very slowly falls into a cap, excellent lacing, and a never-ending stream of effervescent carbonation.

S: Germanic yeast funk, a bit of citrus zest, the hops range from floral to earthy to a little bit herbal.

T: the malt flavor is fairly dry and bread-like with an almost rye-like zestiness, the Germanic earthiness develops in the middle, along with a pleasant citrus crispness and a subtle nutty flavor, the finish is decidedly herbal with hints of floral and earthy hops as well. Let this beer warm a bit and you will fall for its charms.

M: light-bodied, lightly silky texture, abundant carbonation.

O: a very tasty and good-looking offering from my hometown boys, Metropolitan Brewing. This would be a great beer with a plate of Brats and cole slaw.

Photo of matjack85
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. The label says to think of this beer as an octogenarian with a punk rock attitude. We'll see.

The beer pours a brilliantly clear and beautiful burnt amber color, but unfortunately I couldn't get any head out of the pour at all. All I got was a thin white rim on top that left just a few spotty patches of lace on the glass.

Not much of an aroma, but what there was was nice. Light sugary sweetness with some fruit and mild herbal hops in the background.

This is a very well made and mild beer. It has both a caramel and hard candy sweetness to it but it is delicate and not overpowering at all. Hop bitterness is low but you can still taste the mild herbal flavor they give off. A bready yeast flavor helps to make it more dry than sweet, and then at the end a touch of citrus and raisin flavor come through. Nothing is really dominant, but all blended together it makes for a pleasant taste.

Very smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation. This goes down easy without any trace of alcohol at all.

I get the octogenarian part as this is a smooth and mellow beer, but I'm not so sure it has a punk rock attitude. I found it totally pleasant without any harshness at all.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber with lots of visisble carbonation and amazing clarity. A big three inch fluffy white pilow head on top faded quickly leaving behind just a hint of lace. The aroma was very malty. Lots of cereal and bread smells, along with a touch of banana. The flavor was light and very good. Lots of grains and bready like flavors, bit very nice balance, with a touch of banana of pear like fruit and a hint of spice as well. A nice strong finish left the mouth ddry and begging for another sip. The carbonation was great and mixed with a smooth subtle feel made this extremmely drinkable. Overall a very nice offering and definitly a quality session beer. I would look forward to trying this one again in the future

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pours a clean, translucent brown with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves lacing.

S: Nutty and caramel aromas rise from the beer; there is also the unmistakable aroma of fresh hops.

T: Nutty and toffee flavours which are associated with English brown ales are clear and present. Hops are in the background and it finishes with a metallic twang. With most beers this would be unpleasant, but it adds just the right crisp finish to this one.

D: Alcohol is completely hidden and the beer is refreshing and quaffable.

Overall: This is an excellent beer from a rising brewery. This, like all of Metropolitan's offerings is a great, crisp, and refreshing session beer. Really solid stuff here!

Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep copper color with two fingers of off-white/tan head.

S-Dark stone-fruits with some bready and caramel notes and some herbal hops.

T-Bitter herbal hops upfront with some dark stone-fruit and malt backing.

M-Light side of medium-bodied with low carbonation and a certain crispness from the bitterness.

D-This one is quite a bit hoppier than I'm used to for an Alt, but it's still a very solid beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer of this over Memorial Day weekend at the Binny’s behind Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a pint glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a decent off-white head. Nose has some bready malt and a touch of nuttiness. Some herbal hops. Flavor is similar but has a metallic twang through the finish. The same appears in the nose as it warms. Body is light-medium with a dry finish. Not a big fan.

Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the four standards from this shop floor brewery. I Liked this most of the four while on tour. Just gotta say I love a brewcrew that is open about their star trek geekdom. Here's to you!

A: Has a similar copper tone as the copper ale but slightly more reddish. Nice off white head with mild lacing.

S: Sweetmalts, nothing deep roasty here as the style would have.

T: Malt forward but still with a hoppiness that keeps my hop-heart intrigued. Refreshingly light despite its near 6 abv.

M: Mild carbonation doesnt really play on the tongue (as i prefer), but the flavor hangs around.

D: I would go back to this alt as a change from the far too oft brown ales that rest in the pits of faux Britannia.

Photo of haveaduff2
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best Alts you'll find in the US. An immensely drinkable beer with loads of flavor, just the right bitter backbone, and a touch of hop bite. Nice, full mouthfeel. Creamy head with a ton of lace. I had it on tap at Hopleaf. Can't wait to compare it to the bottled version.

Photo of AgentZero
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange color with next to nothing in the way of head on the pour, although I think that was more due to the inexperienced bartender than anything else. Sides of glass left clean.

S - A lot of yeast, I actually do get the bit of raisin in there as well. Very sweet, with grain and noble hops.

T - It's pretty sweet, with a sort of syrupy sweet grain taste and caramel. Lager yeast adds a bit of body to the flavor and there is a hint of raisins. Noble hops lead to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation than expected.

O - Actually not a bad beer, after looking over some of the reviews I get the feeling this might be considerably better on tap than in the bottle. Easy to drink.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll be up front: Alt beers are not my specialty. In fact, this may only be my 4th or 5th of the style.
If you're reading up about this beer, skip this review.

I will do my best to describe what I'm tasting and compare it tote style guidelines.

Served in tulip pint glass.

Amber body has some hints of orange with a tan head of two finger. Really nice retention and lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, some standard sweet malt that I always associate with darker German lagers. A spicy noble hop bite has a light floral quality and an enjoyable bitterness. Pretty dry finish-- crisp and clean lager yeast helps out here no doubt.

Body is nice-- medium and well carbed.

One odd thing is coming up as this beer warms slightly: a strange tart cherry note starting to make an appearance. It isn't bad, but I can't imagine it is intentional. Bad bottle? Infection? I don't think so. I may just be mistaking the flavor, but I don't think it hurts the beer's score too much.

Overall- this is nice. Not a beer I'd drink very often, but not a beer I'll pass up if it's offered. I love Metropolitan, especially Krankshaft. This is another of their well-made beers.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Hannen Alt glass on 11/4/12

Quite the heady beer with three fingers of fast-rising foam sitting atop a deep, hazy honey-brown colored beer. The head deflates leaving speckled lace. Better lace catches over time.

Aromas of toasted bread, herbal hops, soap, apple butter, raisins and hints of nuts. The flavor doesn't fall far from the aromatic tree, as it were, though there is much more of a hop kick upfront (herbal and pine) before leading into notes of bread and fruits. The finish is odd; kinda papery. The body is a seemingly appropriate medium. However, carbonation is sharp.

Overall, it isn't terrible but I grew tired of it quickly and did not finish the bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally sitting down to try what comes across as the highest-regarded of the Metropolitan beers (which, for whatever reason, I've sorta neglected over the years). It pours a clear amber-copper topped by over a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises caramel, Belgian candi sugar, lightly spicy greens, mandarin orange syrup, and a touch of red apple skin. The taste brings in more of the same, with the candi sugar really taking on a leadership role now. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a very nice brew, one of the better altbiers I've had in a long time.

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Fountainhead in Chicago, IL. Served in a tulip glass.

Displays an amber color with a two finger off-white head. A bit of toffee, caramel, and grassy, herbal hops dominate the nose. Starts smooth with notes of caramel, notes of apple and pear join in the midpalate and finishes somewhat dry and clean. A very tasty locally-brewed altbier. An easy-drinking, yet complex beer for almost any occassion.

Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks fatso.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized off-white head.

S: Starts off with a nice toffee and bready aroma and a slightly toasty character. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws, particularly saw dust and metal. A light white grape aroma is also present.

T: The flavor is less enjoyable than the aroma. The beer is fairly watery with a lot of metallic notes to it. Mild amounts of toffee, bread, toast, and grape, and maybe a little bit of yeast. It's also fairly watery.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too many flaws for this beer to be any good.

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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.