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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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86
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 18:41:40 | More by Thorpe429
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 06:20:05 | More by Ryan011235
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

10-28-2012 17:05:59 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:37:40 | More by womencantsail
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:37:44 | More by mfnmbvp
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark orange with some copper in the center, a light tope head provides some great sponge pattern lace to observe... nose is tough, pungent caramel, wet hops, and a bit skunky, not a fan of this at all... taste is a bit better as the sweet toffee notes are more tolerable but still a wet grain, bitter skunk finish... not my thing

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 23:06:21 | More by jrallen34
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-29-2012 04:21:44 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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trstar87

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-04-2012 18:07:39 | More by trstar87
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cvalleskey

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-30-2012 04:46:30 | More by cvalleskey
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JellyJacket

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-07-2013 00:37:37 | More by JellyJacket
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beersvh23

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-31-2012 02:23:01 | More by beersvh23
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-28-2011 04:45:34 | More by barnzy78
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a pint glass. Thanks AgentZero. Pours deep and clear copper with only a small-medium head in spite of a regular pour. The head retention is alright in that the bubbles manage to stay on the surface and lace the glass as it gets emptier.

A very strong malt aroma without the sweetness: quite rare in most beers that I have had. Smells like the inside of a homebrew shop. Very biscuity, and dry. A wee bit of fruitiness at the end. Crisp and biting with a slightly sweet taste profile balanced by light bitterness. The finish is way too sweet for a beer that tastes otherwise clean.

More lager-y feel than an "old-style" beer but it seems to be the norm for Alts. The body is light and the carbonation very high. Overall nothing too impressive going on here... tastes like lagered Fat Tire.

Disclaimer: This is my second Alt ever and the first one was aged in barrels, so I don't know anything about Alts from direct experience.

3, 3, 3, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 06:59:54 | More by tewaris
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks fantastic, very large dense head that is over an inch in vertical magnitude. Color is a rich copper that remains clear. Again, the head is super dense and sticky.
The aroma instantly hit me as unique, it seems that the yeast gives a bit of a farmhouse note to it, but buried within caramel and other malts sweetness.
Flavors indeed make me think malty saison, this seems odd since i dont see other reviews thinking this, but some coriander like spices and the yeast type here, albeit they are buried in malt sweetness, caramel, burnt toast, and grains.

Is my palate broken tonight? grab a bottle and find out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:10:47 | More by ChadQuest
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-02-2013 22:21:13 | More by beerhunter13
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ddulek

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-15-2012 00:05:24 | More by ddulek
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-25-2012 04:09:28 | More by mkennedy119
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-03-2012 22:17:30 | More by nheinzie57
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-01-2012 02:23:44 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-15-2013 21:17:02 | More by scottwurst
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lighter than pale ale and resembling drier and huskier Amber Ale, the stalwart Altbier- German in design but American in execution; it seems that American homebrewers and a smattering of microbreweries are the only ones intent on keeping the style alive.

Iron Works Alt is easily mistaken for Pale and Amber Ale to the eye. Its coppery hues and golden highlights shine semi-bright through mild unfiltered haze. Its reluctant froth rises to a mid-short stature before receding to a thin vail and simmering with steadfast retention thereafter. Broken lace vaguely resembles the collars left behind with each sip taken.

Caramel and grain greet the nose with herbal, minty undertones. Its more balanced demeanor suggests Northern German inspirations. Its clean scent is delicately lager-like even if a tad sulfury. Its grainy-sweet flavors are stronger than expected- to the point where the spicy and floral hops struggle to meet its intensity or to provide the necessary clean crispness- this leaves the beer comparable to Amber Ale. Lightly nutty and almost brittle-like its fresh-kilned barley taste is of honey and bread crust. Floral in early taste, the hops develop into earthy and herbal middle palate before concluding with a mild stemmy bitterness that reminds me of sassafras.

Medium throughout- the body is slow to relinquish its early malt structure or its creamy carbonation. This keeps the beer sweeter and fuller, deeper into the taste and seems to forbid alcohol dryness or hop crispness from ever taking hold. This limits the beer's drinkability a little and keeps it from pairing as well with those classic German dishes as more authentic versions will.

Iron Works Alt is a common occurrence where an American microbrewery makes a foreign land's style but does so on their regular equipment, with regular ale making techniques, and with as many of the already contracted ingredients that they can reasonably get away with. Although it has glimpses of Northern German Alts, its not a classic or authentic flavor or feel. It does make for a fairly good and clean non-descript ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 04:38:52 | More by BEERchitect
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Light copper-orange, a lasting condensed white head, not as dark as I expected from the description of being brown although it does fit the fringes of an altbier style

S: Sweet and grainy up front, although not corn sweet like some cheap lagers, smells full yet crisp, hops comes through too as you begin to get used to the aroma, distinctly spicy

T: Not quite as good as the aroma, a little flat in terms of flavor, it's missing that malty goodness of an alt, light and crisp, slight metallic note of some cheap lagers, hops start dominating your palate

M: Light with crisp carbonation, clears your palate well but isn't too dry

O: To me it seems like Metropolitan went for an easy drinking "different" lager, rather than make a true altbier

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:47:46 | More by dpodratsky3
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socon67

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 03:03:49 | More by socon67
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-20-2014 18:42:13 | More by GRG1313
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spamages

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-04-2012 21:59:29 | More by spamages
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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.