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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
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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Photo of socon67
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

socon67, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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

dpodratsky3, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Joel12
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Joel12, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ddulek
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ddulek, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +5%

stortore, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

chanokokoro, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of trstar87
3/5  rDev -21.3%

trstar87, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

nheinzie57, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

BeerOps, May 30, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ccozzi, May 15, 2012
Photo of StevieDavie
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

StevieDavie, May 13, 2012
Photo of prisoner1572
5/5  rDev +31.2%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

spamages, May 04, 2012
Photo of Star80
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Star80, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of gamecock74
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

gamecock74, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

imperialking, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

BFro, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

enelson, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

qwertyiop, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

TMoney2591, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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

russpowell, Jan 21, 2012
Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.