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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
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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ddulek

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

06-30-2012 04:14:27 | More by stortore
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2012 04:55:31 | More by chanokokoro
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 05:06:29 | More by bluemoonswoon
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trstar87

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-30-2012 00:08:22 | More by BeerOps
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ccozzi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-15-2012 01:22:51 | More by ccozzi
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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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prisoner1572

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-10-2012 19:11:25 | More by prisoner1572
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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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Star80

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A dark reddish-copper color with some hops clinging to my glass but with a quickly dissipated head. The color is rich and attractive.

S - Smell is nice and fruity, but also toasty with some sweet ripe fruit undertones.

T - Beer has an odd oxidized flavor. In fact, does have a bit of an iron flavor. Is that why they call it Iron Works? Once I get past that I get a nice toasty malt with dry bittering hops. The hops are more spicey, herbal in the German Noble hop style. Some alcohol warming and a touch of sweetness on the aftertaste. Malty.

M - Lightly carbonated and fairly smooth.

O - A complex lager for sure if you're in the mood for one. But I am having trouble with the metallic taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 21:52:10 | More by Star80
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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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gamecock74

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-28-2012 13:33:42 | More by gamecock74
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-10-2012 22:25:56 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-07-2012 02:13:44 | More by imperialking
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BFro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-19-2012 03:30:39 | More by BFro
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

02-06-2012 23:55:17 | More by enelson
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 06:17:30 | More by TMoney2591
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:08:13 | More by russpowell
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sneefcity

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

01-17-2012 21:58:40 | More by sneefcity
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-16-2012 03:41:02 | More by jophish17
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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
Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.