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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
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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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Binnys - Willowbrook

Ironworks is the copperest of coppers. When backlit picture of one of those fresh pennies you always end up dropping in the 'Leave on, take one" jar, it looks like that. The dirty white head is frothy and steadies at a thick cap leaving behind fading lace with each successive drink.

The malt is assertive but the hop profile outweighs even that. Light caramel and brown bread are the core of the malt profile along with a decent dose of toast. The hop profile is mostly floral but shows good depth. There is a slight green apple note I'm not all that crazy about but it takes some work to pick out.

Rich caramel maltiness hits immediately. It's not overly sweet but it is deep. There's a note of soft toast mid-palate before floral, and a good helping, of spicy hops take over. Brown bread maltiness is back in the middle and when combined with the spicy hop profile is reminiscent of rye. The apple note in the nose is no where to be found, I appreciate that.

The body rides sturdily in the middle of the weight spectrum. There's a welcomed velvety smoothness. Carbonation is fairly active with a moderate bitterness that dries up the finish and lingers. The finish dries out slowly to eventually become Death Valley. The dryness keeps the glass raised much more than usual.

Metro brews some great German styles. While I've never been a huge Alt guy I do love me some Ironworks. It's malty sweet but with an assertive bitterness and dryness that keep things flowing. The pints per sitting ratio is high with this beer.An easy drinker to put away one after the other.

joe1510, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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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.

BEERchitect, Jun 25, 2013
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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.