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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of sneefcity
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TTAmod
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with no freshness date. The label says to think of this beer as an octogenarian with a punk rock attitude. We'll see.

The beer pours a brilliantly clear and beautiful burnt amber color, but unfortunately I couldn't get any head out of the pour at all. All I got was a thin white rim on top that left just a few spotty patches of lace on the glass.

Not much of an aroma, but what there was was nice. Light sugary sweetness with some fruit and mild herbal hops in the background.

This is a very well made and mild beer. It has both a caramel and hard candy sweetness to it but it is delicate and not overpowering at all. Hop bitterness is low but you can still taste the mild herbal flavor they give off. A bready yeast flavor helps to make it more dry than sweet, and then at the end a touch of citrus and raisin flavor come through. Nothing is really dominant, but all blended together it makes for a pleasant taste.

Very smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel with only moderate carbonation. This goes down easy without any trace of alcohol at all.

I get the octogenarian part as this is a smooth and mellow beer, but I'm not so sure it has a punk rock attitude. I found it totally pleasant without any harshness at all.

Photo of JonB1958
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper color with a healthy head on top. If I didn't know better, the look and aroma would have me thinking this was a Märzen or Bock; it's very bready and sweet with some strong caramel overtones.

The flavor also tapers to a soft sweet finish that reminded me of a Bock. This is a very nice and easy drinking beer, that I'd be happy to offer to guests. It would also, in my estimation, be a great gateway beer if you're trying to get a macro fan to try some craft beer; it's straightforward enough, yet very subtle and intriguing personality that makes your points obvious.

Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jamescain
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of KDawg
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with some head.

Complex nose of malts, cinnamon, navel oranges, hops, and cardamon

medium bodied and really smooth feel. Pretty good complexity as with a real nice christmas spice finish along with a lot of malty tones as well

this is really good. The feel is very good though the taste is lacking a slight bit. This is a real enjoyable beer on the whole

Photo of tewaris
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of Redrover
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange color with next to nothing in the way of head on the pour, although I think that was more due to the inexperienced bartender than anything else. Sides of glass left clean.

S - A lot of yeast, I actually do get the bit of raisin in there as well. Very sweet, with grain and noble hops.

T - It's pretty sweet, with a sort of syrupy sweet grain taste and caramel. Lager yeast adds a bit of body to the flavor and there is a hint of raisins. Noble hops lead to a crisp and clean finish.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation than expected.

O - Actually not a bad beer, after looking over some of the reviews I get the feeling this might be considerably better on tap than in the bottle. Easy to drink.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from RC0032. Thanks again!

This review may not be perfect because I drank this sucker straight from the bottle. I can't speak much of the appearance since it's behind a brown bottle, nor the smell, since it's only being channeled out the end of a narrow bottle. However, this is one tasty beer. It comes across to me as almost a Newcastle Brown Ale clone, although it is not a brown ale. Real smooth drinker. I could definitely put a handful of these back in short order. Would recommend.

Photo of samie85
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep copper color with two fingers of off-white/tan head.

S-Dark stone-fruits with some bready and caramel notes and some herbal hops.

T-Bitter herbal hops upfront with some dark stone-fruit and malt backing.

M-Light side of medium-bodied with low carbonation and a certain crispness from the bitterness.

D-This one is quite a bit hoppier than I'm used to for an Alt, but it's still a very solid beer.

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a hearty pour yields a golden orange colored body with copper/amber highlights. a small light beige colored head sits on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the nose is an odd one. biscuit and toasted bread malts with a little bit of sweet caramel. spicy and earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with a variety of malts. toasted bread, sweet caramel, and some biscuit. some spiciness that reminds me of malted rye. lots of floral and spicy hops at the end.

M- the body is on the lighter side. the carbonation is about average. crisp and clean. refreshing.

O- this isnt a style i usually choose, or one that im overly familiar with. it was an enjoyable offering from a local brewery. ill check this one out again.

Photo of KBomb
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark, copper-amber color to the body. Two fingers of fluffy head foam up and leave just a trace of lacing.
Smells of toffee, citrusy-sweetness, and distinct lager yeast. Just a touch of floral, tea-like hops.
Taste is pretty sweet with some in your face caramel malts. Just a little bit of orange rind sweetness and a very subtle note of piney and grapefruit bitterness to contrast (not what I'd call "assertively hoppy" as the label says). The only defect is that a little cloying sweetness is left behind as an aftertaste (not my favorite sensation).
Fairly crisp and light bodied. Enjoyable mouthfeel.
Not my among my top 3 Altbiers, but still a good quality brew perfect for tossing back a few on a summer afternoon.

Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.