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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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86
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-15-2011)
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prisoner1572

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-10-2012 19:11:25 | More by prisoner1572
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cadaugherty

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-15-2011 17:52:21 | More by cadaugherty
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haveaduff2

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 23:58:58 | More by haveaduff2
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Joel12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

07-17-2012 01:38:53 | More by Joel12
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-13-2012 02:16:03 | More by vbiliyar
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GusDom

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to make this quick. The beer looks good, lightly reddish copper color with pretty good head and even better lacing.

The smell is slightly "bready". You can also get some notes of dried apricot, very slight pine, and molasses. The taste is very refreshing, it doesn't overwhelm the palate but it certainly leaves its mark. It has a slight wheat bread after taste reminiscence of 3 Floyd's Gumball wheat ale.

Overall, I seriously enjoyed this beer and plan on buying again for sure. Worth trying if you have access to Metropolitan Brewing beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:21:29 | More by GusDom
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:18:58 | More by mikesgroove
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qwertyiop

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-28-2012 15:53:27 | More by qwertyiop
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mic718

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-06-2013 15:52:27 | More by mic718
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 20:59:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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rmalinowski4

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color. Two fingers of off white head recedes slowly and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. You can see the bubbles dancing up the sides. Looks fantastic.

Smell is some light sweet malts and a small hop presence. The smell is light, clean, and crisp.

The taste is similar to the smell. Slightly sweet malts, slight spice, and a nice, slightly bitter hop finish. The taste is clean and fresh, with a nice dry, crisp finish. Very good.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Clean, smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinks very easy.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Great taste, clean and crisp, great mouthfeel and carbonation, very easy to drink. Highly recommend picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 01:46:48 | More by rmalinowski4
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beertooth

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 22:31:04 | More by beertooth
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emerge077

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:56:51 | More by emerge077
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steveh

Illinois

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

Great experience with the Metro Dynamo -- hoping for another with Iron Works.

A -- Clear, deep brown-copper with a dense, sudsy (noisy) light tan head.

S -- Light, sweet and nutty malt with hints of spicy hops.

T -- Nutty, sweet malts up front that blend into spicy hops that form the backbone and finishes with a bready malt character and a lightly spicy, bitter hop note. There is the lightest citrus character in the aftertaste, but it's all very well balanced.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp to dry with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- The nutty character up front in this beer reminds me of some American Oktoberfests; something I don't expect in an Okto, but I find very nice in this beer. The balance between clean and complex flavor characters is outstanding. I don't wonder that having these Metro beers be so fresh isn't the key to their perfection. Another that I may reassess because it may be about perfect.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 21:14:28 | More by steveh
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:56:56 | More by JohnnyChicago
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. ====> 16.9 oz. glass.

A: Clear amber with frothing, thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells heavily of caramel, bread, candy, brown sugar, and molasses. Nice...nice.

T: Bready malts up front, followed by a nice sugar/candy sweetness, caramel, and finally a long, grassy, sweet and spicy aftertaste.

M: Creamy, medium...really spreads that sweetness around.

O: Complex, traditional, fresh....overall quite really nice. Another great beer from Metro.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 06:50:08 | More by TTAmod
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with a thin off white head and a few tiny specs of lacing.

S - Bready malts with caramel notes, raisin and herbal hops.

T - Bready, biscuit, little bit of sweet caramel, toffee, a touch of fruitiness and a dry herbal hops finish.

M - Light to medium with just the right amount of carbonation and a lingering dry finish.

D - Very tasty and easy drinking alt. Has all the great sweet malt characteristics while still being dry enough to have several in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:25:35 | More by brewcrew76
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JuniperJesus

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-11-2014 00:21:37 | More by JuniperJesus
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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-24-2013 01:01:21 | More by harrylee773
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StevieDavie

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-13-2012 23:49:52 | More by StevieDavie
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jdlapera

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-03-2014 21:37:44 | More by jdlapera
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AJacob81

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-05-2011 01:27:33 | More by AJacob81
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-02-2013 22:16:48 | More by Zimm
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DMB

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-29-2012 19:24:17 | More by DMB
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:07:07 | More by BasementBer
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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.