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Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

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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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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-24-2013 23:40:04 | More by Sparky44
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

03-05-2013 04:03:07 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s in a stange! Just sitting there staring at me like I’m some crazy beer knurd…and its got a beautiful semi-dark copper color that just gets darker towards its center, its mildly hazy and filled with some good carbonation. The head is thick and fluffy and just will not go away, did I mention that its in an off white color, maybe even tan. Medium lacing; nothing else to say here. Weak fruit aromas like apple, banana, raisins and mild malts. Crisp and sharp when it first hits your tongue, it mellows out into a slightly tangy beer over all. The malts are well represented here, herbs and mild citrus fruits also come through, very interesting taste. It warms up in the aftertaste and the tanginess wanes just a bit as well, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:43:06 | More by vickersspitfire
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Darker orange with impressive cream colored head of 2 fingers that lasted a good minute.

S=More malt than hops; also citrus and maple.

T=Honey-like, but with a smokiness; reminiscent of "German" beers I've had an Essen Haus.

M=Nice medium body with slight carbonation...very drinkable.

O=I'm not too familiar with the style, but this was enjoyable...will definitely try the style again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:25:16 | More by dhannes
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-09-2013 02:32:09 | More by ssimpson89
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crytion

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

01-29-2013 12:10:07 | More by crytion
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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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beersvh23

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-29-2012 19:24:17 | More by DMB
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-29-2012 04:21:44 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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dna1964dna

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-20-2012 03:05:39 | More by dna1964dna
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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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NeutroMan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2012 23:08:34 | More by NeutroMan
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-04-2012 02:01:03 | More by ruckus232
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Aeroscorp

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5%

11-27-2012 12:25:16 | More by Aeroscorp
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2012 02:34:51 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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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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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

09-21-2012 02:49:37 | More by moshmont
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KJabo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

08-19-2012 06:55:32 | More by KJabo
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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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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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Joel12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

07-17-2012 01:38:53 | More by Joel12
Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.