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Gahan House Iron Bridge Brown Ale - The Gahan House

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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The Gahan House visit their website
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 05-27-2009

Medium to full bodied, brown ale with a smooth roasted malt flavour and chocolate finish.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 12
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Charlottetown, enjoyed with some brown bag fish and chips.

Poured into Gahan sampler glass. Chestnut ruby-amber brew, clear, good half inch of foam that recedes to a thick ring with swirls and eddies. Some lacing.

Nose is nutty, with mild spiciness and roasted malt. Caramel and dark fruit as well.

Solid brown ale that is firmly in the English camp, with good toasted nuttiness and mild fruit and spices to compliment. Hops are minimal. Drier finish, mild carbonation.

Good, sturdy brown ale that is well-crafted. Nothing out of the ordinary, but certainly worth the effort to seek out. One of their better brews, for certain.

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Not sure why they changed the name from 'Iron Horse' to 'Iron Bridge', but everything else seems identical, save the 5.3% ABV. Thanks once again to the Alberta rep for the sample bottle.

This beer pours a crystal clear, dark ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of poofy, densely foamy, and thus somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent spectrum of spackled lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet nutty malt - almonds and roasted chestnuts - a subtle coffee and dark chocolate coffee shop goodness, and earthy, mildly leafy hops. The taste is chalky caramel malt, with a thin, now indistinct nuttiness, a bit of dry ash, bittersweet cocoa, and more understated earthy, somewhat weedy hops.

The carbonation is again rather subtle and unobtrusive, the body a pleasantly plump medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a mild pithy detracting nothingness. It finishes off-dry, the nutty graininess large and in charge, the other esters readily wafting off, and the hops holding fast in their earth mother steadfastness.

A pleasant enough brown ale, with a more British (duh) bent than any particular American sensibility, so the hops are at a minimum, with the most noticeable asset being the strong nutty maltiness. Not a lot going on here to engender repeat visits, beyond a simple, static generality for the style, one that could be interpreted either way, given prolonged exposure, I'm sure.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this with dinner. Nice dark colour, great toffee taste with nice roasted malted flavours. Very drinkable would order it again and recommend others to give it a try. A good dark ale with nice character and not just another plain english ale.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Iron Horse Brown Ale

The Gahan House, based in Charlottetown, PEI

Appearance - 1/2 finger of yellowish white head. Deep amber-brown, well carbonated. Head dissipated quickly, however it left a whisper of ivory-on-ebony spattering.

Smell - Sweet, hints of caramel and brown sugar. Delicate tones of cinnamon and spice. Some light fragrances of maple as well.

Taste - Starting off, you’re hit with extravagant holiday-esque spices. The caramel smell transfers into the taste as well, with obvious tones of of dark candy. These piquancies are further complimented by the afore-mentioned cinnamon-spice undertones. Decently complex and well-built.

Mouthfeel - Fairly chewy, sits heavily. Aches to be swallowed.

Overview - I’ve had quite a few brown ales in my time, and the Iron Horse is definitely noteworthy. It’s bouquet is well-constructed and reminds me distantly of a holiday season. Three and a Half out of Five Stars.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a dimpled mug. Thanks to my buddy Scott for the beer!

Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Off-white head with a thin cap. Some lacing down the sides.

Aroma is malty and nutty with hints of chocolate.

Malty goodness through and through. Hints of nuts, tobacco, chocolate.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Smooth drinking with lots of flavour.

If you like a good malty brew, grab one of these. You won't be disappointed!

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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Gahan House as part of the sampler.
Pours a fairly clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small off white cap.
Aromas of rich caramel and chocolate with little to no hop.
The flavor is a little sweet with caramel and chocolate and just enough earthy hop to balance.
I enjoyed this its a pretty decent brown.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Thanks to my buddy Chris for bringing this back from Prince Edward Island!

A: Deep mahogany brown color. Clear as far as I can tell. Aggressive pour leads to an off white 1 finger head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Not a big nose but certainly not bad. I can tell that there are a lot of nice flavors laying in wait. From chocolate malts, to some subtle grassy hops to a touch of bready yeast. It's all there, just not all up in yo face.

T: Very nice balance of malt and hops with a big presence of molasses, some honey and a touch of wood flavor somewhere. Certainly not wood aged but somewhere in there it wants to be. Very nice malty beer with lots of subtle nuances dancing about.

M: Nice thick creamy English Brown feel. Continuously reaching for the glass for yet another swig. Perfectly carbonated, nice big finish.

O: The best Gahan offering I've had yet. This is one delicious brown ale and one that I will be seeking out yet again. Bravo, Gahan...nice work!

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint served at brewpub sept30 2010

A almost a deep purple when held to the light nice color but no head or lace

S dark fruit with some toffee and raisin

T not far from the smell but with some very faint chocolate

M a little thin and could use some more carbonation not flat but pretty average in this department

D I drank it happily but moved on to the next after I finished it

not a bad beer but when you have several others to try you may not get stuck on this one

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Ales look as they sound and taste as they smell. It may be the most straightforward of all styles, really. In all cases, think pecan pie. Although brilliantly clear, it has all the same colour as browned-butter and pecans, and with a head that's tan is tinted like pie crust. Gahan Iron Bridge Brown Ale, it should be noted, is especially handsome and striking.

While the aroma showcases little more than a rustic, unornamented roast maltiness, it isn't without subtle, pleasant hints of coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts. Much of its sweetness, however, is lost in the roast (to the extent that it teeters along Dry Stout territory). Although too flavourful to be called pedestrian, this level and brand of malty-sweet aromatics is fairly commonplace with the style.

The flavour, on the other hand, deserves a bit more attention (and deserve it or not, it gets it!) On the palate, only a trickle of sooty, dark chocolate is perceived alongside notes of hazelnut, pecan, and, above all else, the country fair's best toffee brittle. Complexity is induced by a general 'dried dark fruitiness' and tastes of grainy biscuit crumbs. The finish is deliciously chocolatey.

It's tough to know what keeps this nutty, malty flavour from becoming overly sweet. Perhaps it's the sufficient dosage of bitter, black roast malt, or the hefty inclusion of bittering hops, or perhaps heavy-handed water minerals? Whatever the case, all of these components - which are appreciated to a more or lesser extent - do their part to ensure the sweeter, lasting features aren't too sweet, nor last too long.

Knowing a beer's style gives the drinker some idea of what it *should* taste like, but not necessarily what it *does* taste like. In this case, however, putting "brown ale" in bold, capital letters on the label is both fair and correct. And while it is true that all beers share the interchangeability of perspective, I think few would argue Iron Bridge anything other than a terrific, textbook brown ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought back a growler of this, and I got to partake in a few glasses.

Pours a really dark reddish brown color with a small amount of head. Head eventually evaporates down to a small crown and covering. Decent amount of lacing for what is there.

Scent consists of a rich, sweet toffee character.

Toffee follows through in the taste. Also present is a lightly roasted malt and nutty flavoring. Fairly smooth. Wet body, but somewhat dry finish. Nutty flavor stays around for a while.

Overall a very good, solid, drinkable brown ale. Also one of the few growlers I have sampled that travel well off the island. Would not mind stopping by at some point and trying this on tap.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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