Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Iron Works Alt - Metropolitan Brewing

Not Rated.
Iron Works AltIron Works Alt

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

52 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 52
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 21.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-15-2011

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
View: Beers (22) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 52 | Hads: 138
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

 964 characters

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!

 508 characters

Photo of AgentZero
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

 716 characters

Photo of Retail1LO
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 510 characters

Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 415 characters

Photo of jwinship83
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

 777 characters

Photo of KBomb
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 725 characters

Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll be up front: Alt beers are not my specialty. In fact, this may only be my 4th or 5th of the style.
If you're reading up about this beer, skip this review.

I will do my best to describe what I'm tasting and compare it tote style guidelines.

Served in tulip pint glass.

Amber body has some hints of orange with a tan head of two finger. Really nice retention and lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, some standard sweet malt that I always associate with darker German lagers. A spicy noble hop bite has a light floral quality and an enjoyable bitterness. Pretty dry finish-- crisp and clean lager yeast helps out here no doubt.

Body is nice-- medium and well carbed.

One odd thing is coming up as this beer warms slightly: a strange tart cherry note starting to make an appearance. It isn't bad, but I can't imagine it is intentional. Bad bottle? Infection? I don't think so. I may just be mistaking the flavor, but I don't think it hurts the beer's score too much.

Overall- this is nice. Not a beer I'd drink very often, but not a beer I'll pass up if it's offered. I love Metropolitan, especially Krankshaft. This is another of their well-made beers.

 1,171 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber with lots of visisble carbonation and amazing clarity. A big three inch fluffy white pilow head on top faded quickly leaving behind just a hint of lace. The aroma was very malty. Lots of cereal and bread smells, along with a touch of banana. The flavor was light and very good. Lots of grains and bready like flavors, bit very nice balance, with a touch of banana of pear like fruit and a hint of spice as well. A nice strong finish left the mouth ddry and begging for another sip. The carbonation was great and mixed with a smooth subtle feel made this extremmely drinkable. Overall a very nice offering and definitly a quality session beer. I would look forward to trying this one again in the future

 708 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a footed strange)

A- This beer has a slightly dense but crystal clear auburn hued body with a relaxed carbonation of microbubbles. There is a rocky off-white head that pulls away from the glass but last as a cloud.

S- The flinty dry toasted malt aroma is clean with a some dried leave notes as it warms and a soft dry green snap in the finish.

T- The nice toasted grain note has some toasted biscuit qualities in the background with a soft green Noble hop character in the finish. There is just a touch of sweetness to the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and no alcohol heat.

O- The nice clean crisp Alt has a very fresh malt flavor with some good depth to the toasted malts and a hint of darker malt comes through as another subtle layer. This is well lagered with a nice hop snap to finish the taste.

 851 characters

Photo of jrallen34
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark orange with some copper in the center, a light tope head provides some great sponge pattern lace to observe... nose is tough, pungent caramel, wet hops, and a bit skunky, not a fan of this at all... taste is a bit better as the sweet toffee notes are more tolerable but still a wet grain, bitter skunk finish... not my thing

 337 characters

Photo of Satchboogie
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Thanks Mike!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a slightly burnt caramel color, just a little hazy, with nearly 2 fingers of very light brown head. Very creamy looking with lots of bubbling action. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Lots of Munich malt, toasted grains, nuts, floral and spicy hops, caramel covered raisons. Like raison brown bread in liquid form.

T: A fairly big flavor of nuts, a myriad of toasted grains and bread, caramel/toffee, raisins, slightly spicy hop character that zings right up front and comes back nicely (and more earthy) in the finish. It's a specific flavor profile, but there really is a lot going on in here. Reminds me a lot of Hazelnut brown Nectar, but with a little more depth and cleaner.

M: Medium to slightly light bodied, clean and crisp dry finish. Theres a touch of bitterness on the finish.

O: I admit I was expecting a bit more of a hop kick as the label claimed "assertively hoppy", but what's here is certainly not a disappointment. A really solid brown ale that's as clean as it gets. The only downside is it does seem a little thin and watery (taste wise) at times. Still good stuff.

 1,146 characters

Photo of neorunner
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kirk (Florida9) for sending me this beer in Round #5 of the Blind Beer BIF.

Blind Beer #4
Light / Low / Stange

First of all, we had to look up what the hell a Stange is. Turns out it's a highball glass or a glass with straight edges.

Appearance is a fairly transparent orange color with good carbonation and a thin lingering head.

Aroma is some noble hops and a bit of Marris Otter or biscuit malt.

Flavor comes through mineraly with the Marris Otter and EKG comming through. Slightly vegetal and overly boring on the palette. This beer is well constructed and probably around 5-6% ABV.

Guessing a English style pale ale on this one.

The reveal is Metropolitan Brewing Co. Iron Works Alt.

 705 characters

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pours a clean, translucent brown with a fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves lacing.

S: Nutty and caramel aromas rise from the beer; there is also the unmistakable aroma of fresh hops.

T: Nutty and toffee flavours which are associated with English brown ales are clear and present. Hops are in the background and it finishes with a metallic twang. With most beers this would be unpleasant, but it adds just the right crisp finish to this one.

D: Alcohol is completely hidden and the beer is refreshing and quaffable.

Overall: This is an excellent beer from a rising brewery. This, like all of Metropolitan's offerings is a great, crisp, and refreshing session beer. Really solid stuff here!

 757 characters

Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks fatso.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized off-white head.

S: Starts off with a nice toffee and bready aroma and a slightly toasty character. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws, particularly saw dust and metal. A light white grape aroma is also present.

T: The flavor is less enjoyable than the aroma. The beer is fairly watery with a lot of metallic notes to it. Mild amounts of toffee, bread, toast, and grape, and maybe a little bit of yeast. It's also fairly watery.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too many flaws for this beer to be any good.

 612 characters

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with lurchingbeast. Thanks again Frank!

Pours a dark golden copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with subtle spiciness and a good amount of floral/earthy hops. Slightly toasted with hints of caramel, hazelnut and biscuit as well as some subtle pine.

Full boded and slightly roasted with much more of a hop forward flavor than I expected. Dry, earthy hop notes give off some pine needle flavor and faint bitterness that linger throughout over the sweet malt profile into a slightly dry finish. The bitterness compliments the toasted/roasted malt character nicely, giving the beer good balance. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee, biscuit and nut. I'm also picking up some faint fruit, especially apricot. Pretty complex and easy to drink. Decent interpretation of the style.

 973 characters

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear deep copper color. Two fingers of off white head recedes slowly and leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. You can see the bubbles dancing up the sides. Looks fantastic.

Smell is some light sweet malts and a small hop presence. The smell is light, clean, and crisp.

The taste is similar to the smell. Slightly sweet malts, slight spice, and a nice, slightly bitter hop finish. The taste is clean and fresh, with a nice dry, crisp finish. Very good.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Clean, smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinks very easy.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. Great taste, clean and crisp, great mouthfeel and carbonation, very easy to drink. Highly recommend picking this one up.

 738 characters

Photo of BasementBer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the four standards from this shop floor brewery. I Liked this most of the four while on tour. Just gotta say I love a brewcrew that is open about their star trek geekdom. Here's to you!

A: Has a similar copper tone as the copper ale but slightly more reddish. Nice off white head with mild lacing.

S: Sweetmalts, nothing deep roasty here as the style would have.

T: Malt forward but still with a hoppiness that keeps my hop-heart intrigued. Refreshingly light despite its near 6 abv.

M: Mild carbonation doesnt really play on the tongue (as i prefer), but the flavor hangs around.

D: I would go back to this alt as a change from the far too oft brown ales that rest in the pits of faux Britannia.

 709 characters

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great experience with the Metro Dynamo -- hoping for another with Iron Works.

A -- Clear, deep brown-copper with a dense, sudsy (noisy) light tan head.

S -- Light, sweet and nutty malt with hints of spicy hops.

T -- Nutty, sweet malts up front that blend into spicy hops that form the backbone and finishes with a bready malt character and a lightly spicy, bitter hop note. There is the lightest citrus character in the aftertaste, but it's all very well balanced.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp to dry with a light-medium to medium body.

O -- The nutty character up front in this beer reminds me of some American Oktoberfests; something I don't expect in an Okto, but I find very nice in this beer. The balance between clean and complex flavor characters is outstanding. I don't wonder that having these Metro beers be so fresh isn't the key to their perfection. Another that I may reassess because it may be about perfect.

 922 characters

Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a stange glass. No freshness dating.

A: clear medium amber color, persistent cream-colored head that only very slowly falls into a cap, excellent lacing, and a never-ending stream of effervescent carbonation.

S: Germanic yeast funk, a bit of citrus zest, the hops range from floral to earthy to a little bit herbal.

T: the malt flavor is fairly dry and bread-like with an almost rye-like zestiness, the Germanic earthiness develops in the middle, along with a pleasant citrus crispness and a subtle nutty flavor, the finish is decidedly herbal with hints of floral and earthy hops as well. Let this beer warm a bit and you will fall for its charms.

M: light-bodied, lightly silky texture, abundant carbonation.

O: a very tasty and good-looking offering from my hometown boys, Metropolitan Brewing. This would be a great beer with a plate of Brats and cole slaw.

 899 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy bubbling carbonation quickly rising to the top of a bread crust copper colored beer. The head is two fingers after the pour, and leaves an off-white film after each sip, as well as some lacing.

Great malty aroma full of toast, bread crust, caramel, and biscuits from the malt. The hops add a nice earthy spritz to the nose.

True to teh real McCoy from Germany, lots of malty, with a spritz of hops to balance everything out. Toasted white bread, biscuits, illed grain, crumpets, and the earthiness from the hops. Very well rounded and sessionable. Thank you sir may I have another!

 591 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish-brown body, 1 finger head, delightful lacing for a lighter ABV brew

S: malt, rye, mild whiff of raisin or dates

T: mild rye and malt up front, firm earthy semi bitter finish, hint of spices.

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish, mild tongue prick upfront. Very refreshing.

O: Scrumptious lighter style brew! My first ALT, that I can remember, and I'm glad I gave it a go.

Nice to see good beers don't always have to have 10-15% ABV. Well done, Metropolitan. Very nice session beer, glad I grabbed a 6 pack of this liquid yummy goodness.


 572 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an 0,3l stange glass, Iron Works pours a bright, saturated copper with some rusty orange tones. Sticky cap of foam, a fingers width rises to the rim, leaving some ghostly lacing inside the glass. Nice retention, the head lasts for the duration of the glass.

Yeast driven aroma, very clean with light banana esters at first, followed by some toasted husky grains and light nuttiness peeking through. Swirling it as it warms brings out a grassy floral hint of hops.

Dry toasted malt, sunflower seeds, caramel, multigrain bread. Hazelnut mingles with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and somewhat dry, only a touch of sweetness. Definitely a well crafted malt bomb. Easy feel, quaffable, but with a substantial fullness that ironically isn't filling.

Glad to see Metro branching out, can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves...

 866 characters

Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, caramel-orange body with not a trace of haze under a sticky, just yellow-tinged head that's leaving some webby lacing. No carbonation up through the body of the beer. A little more retention would be good.

S: Slightly sweet, a bit like candy, and with plenty of risen bread and yeast notes. Some orange scent, even, and with some mustiness that I like about alt biers.

T: Fairly dry, and bitter for the style, and very much tasting of brown bread. Still, towards the end there are some fruity notes that eventually succumb to the bittering hops. Well executed.

M: Low carbonation and a relatively thin body--sessionable, for certain, but could use some more oomph, methinks.

O: Metro has a beer to be proud of in this one. It's a very solid rendition of an alt, something that Uerige or Kutscher would be happy to call their own. At just under ten bucks for the sixer, this is a great pick-up if you're into German styles or just some easy drinking.

 1,003 characters

Photo of GusDom
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to make this quick. The beer looks good, lightly reddish copper color with pretty good head and even better lacing.

The smell is slightly "bready". You can also get some notes of dried apricot, very slight pine, and molasses. The taste is very refreshing, it doesn't overwhelm the palate but it certainly leaves its mark. It has a slight wheat bread after taste reminiscence of 3 Floyd's Gumball wheat ale.

Overall, I seriously enjoyed this beer and plan on buying again for sure. Worth trying if you have access to Metropolitan Brewing beers.

 557 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.