Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of haveaduff2
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of GusDom
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 (708 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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... (866 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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! (757 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of shaggydog
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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. (208 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Thanks Mike!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a slightly burnt caramel color, just a little hazy, with nearly 2 fingers of very light brown head. Very creamy looking with lots of bubbling action. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of Munich malt, toasted grains, nuts, floral and spicy hops, caramel covered raisons. Like raison brown bread in liquid form.

T: A fairly big flavor of nuts, a myriad of toasted grains and bread, caramel/toffee, raisins, slightly spicy hop character that zings right up front and comes back nicely (and more earthy) in the finish. It's a specific flavor profile, but there really is a lot going on in here. Reminds me a lot of Hazelnut brown Nectar, but with a little more depth and cleaner.

M: Medium to slightly light bodied, clean and crisp dry finish. Theres a touch of bitterness on the finish.

O: I admit I was expecting a bit more of a hop kick as the label claimed "assertively hoppy", but what's here is certainly not a disappointment. A really solid brown ale that's as clean as it gets. The only downside is it does seem a little thin and watery (taste wise) at times. Still good stuff. (1,146 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, caramel-orange body with not a trace of haze under a sticky, just yellow-tinged head that's leaving some webby lacing. No carbonation up through the body of the beer. A little more retention would be good.

S: Slightly sweet, a bit like candy, and with plenty of risen bread and yeast notes. Some orange scent, even, and with some mustiness that I like about alt biers.

T: Fairly dry, and bitter for the style, and very much tasting of brown bread. Still, towards the end there are some fruity notes that eventually succumb to the bittering hops. Well executed.

M: Low carbonation and a relatively thin body--sessionable, for certain, but could use some more oomph, methinks.

O: Metro has a beer to be proud of in this one. It's a very solid rendition of an alt, something that Uerige or Kutscher would be happy to call their own. At just under ten bucks for the sixer, this is a great pick-up if you're into German styles or just some easy drinking. (1,003 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish-brown body, 1 finger head, delightful lacing for a lighter ABV brew

S: malt, rye, mild whiff of raisin or dates

T: mild rye and malt up front, firm earthy semi bitter finish, hint of spices.

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish, mild tongue prick upfront. Very refreshing.

O: Scrumptious lighter style brew! My first ALT, that I can remember, and I'm glad I gave it a go.

Nice to see good beers don't always have to have 10-15% ABV. Well done, Metropolitan. Very nice session beer, glad I grabbed a 6 pack of this liquid yummy goodness.

PICK THIS ONE UP! (572 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy bubbling carbonation quickly rising to the top of a bread crust copper colored beer. The head is two fingers after the pour, and leaves an off-white film after each sip, as well as some lacing.

Great malty aroma full of toast, bread crust, caramel, and biscuits from the malt. The hops add a nice earthy spritz to the nose.

True to teh real McCoy from Germany, lots of malty, with a spritz of hops to balance everything out. Toasted white bread, biscuits, illed grain, crumpets, and the earthiness from the hops. Very well rounded and sessionable. Thank you sir may I have another! (591 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a standard pint. The beer is a chill hazed brown with a thick beige head. It has nice lacing that leaves multiple rings down the side of the glass.

I like the aroma of lightly roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit and tea.

It is fresh and slightly earthy. Raisins, malts, herbal hops and toffee. It is well integrated and is blessed with a slick mouth with excellent carbonation levels.

This is seriously easy to drink. It has enough facets to keep you engaged. Well done guys! (508 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of neorunner
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this beer in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Blind Beer #4
Light / Low / Stange

First of all, we had to look up what the hell a Stange is. Turns out it's a highball glass or a glass with straight edges.

Appearance is a fairly transparent orange color with good carbonation and a thin lingering head.

Aroma is some noble hops and a bit of Marris Otter or biscuit malt.

Flavor comes through mineraly with the Marris Otter and EKG comming through. Slightly vegetal and overly boring on the palette. This beer is well constructed and probably around 5-6% ABV.

Guessing a English style pale ale on this one.

The reveal is Metropolitan Brewing Co. Iron Works Alt. (705 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of jamescain
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to who shared this at the bottle release.

Appearance: Dark copper-amber with an off white head about a finger thick that fades to a thin ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy, earthy hops, caramel and bready notes.

Taste: Roasty, caramel and bready flavor with a slightly spicy and earthy hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the better alts that I have had, nice complex aroma and taste. (501 characters)

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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.