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Iron Horse I.P.A. - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

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82
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 04-29-2003)
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Reviews by JamesShoemaker:
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3/5  rDev -16.7%

JamesShoemaker, Jun 05, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say this beer is getting better from a year ago when I was here last,pours a deep copper color with medium head that dissapates pretty quickly.Smell of some hops but not to much aroma,taste is somewhat bitter with a decent malty background.Highly drinkable though and went well with the scottish eggs I had.Still a work in progress here but its getting better.

oberon, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of bishopdc0
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer presents as a nice amber cloudy, withe very nice head. Pleanty of lacing hangs on the glass.
Sweet pale malts are the most prevelant but a citrus aroma is present and lingers, nice.
The taste is sweet to start with a smooth carbonation to start. The finish is full of carbonation it is a little weak in the hops deparent, that said it does taste good, call it a pale and I would by it.

bishopdc0, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Fusion_Pirate
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured cold from a refrigerated bottle into a weizen glass, Iron Horse IPA had zero head to speak of, with minimal lacing and decent retention. The color is a rich, cloudy amber-orange. Very inviting to the eyes!

S: Rich, citrus hops hit the nose immediately, with a floral, rosy finish. This is a really refined-smelling beer.

T: The generous hops hit the tastebuds up front, coupled with notes of spruce and malts, even a hint of caramel. The carbonation is extremely mild, allowing for the flavors to make their mark on the tongue uninterrupted. Not the best IPA I've ever tasted, but definitely better than average.

M: One of the things I appreciate most about a good IPA is when the brewer keeps the carbonation under control. This expertise is exemplified in Iron Horse IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, quick and dry, just it should be!

O: No pun intended, but this beer "Pleasant-ly" surprised me! At 6.6% abv, Iron Horse falls within typical IPA gravity standards, but the rich flavor and mild carbonation make it a very sessionable beer (as long as you're walking to your next destination)! I could easily see myself grabbing a sixer of this at some point.

Fusion_Pirate, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of prototypic
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Iron Horse pours a deep copper color. It’s hazier than I expected. Looks a little orange with light behind it. Perhaps a little red too. The head is off-white and stands about a finger tall. It dissipates quickly. Lacing was a little sticky, but definitely on the light side.

The nose is underwhelming. It kicks off with a pretty strong, sweet caramel/toffee scent. Eh. Not my favorite thing in an American IPA. Hops are easily noted and add citrus orange and strong piney notes. A toasted malt scent kicks in late. I’m not a big fan of that in American IPAs either. Smells pretty balanced. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t smell too strong. Eh. Not that great.

The flavor is rather average. It does have a caramel malt base that is sweet. It’s too prominent for an American IPA. Toasted malts are also in the mix. Hops finally emerge. They are quite piney. Citrus orange is also noted. There’s a slight hint of bitterness, but it’s quickly lost in the avalanche of malt. It’s fair to say that it’s quite balanced. Alcohol is blended fairly well. It’s a little noticeable, but isn’t too prominent. Finishes sweet with a piney hop flavor.

Iron Horse has a medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and soft. For what it’s worth, it feels pretty smooth. If I liked the flavor more, it’d be even more satisfying. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

Iron Horse I.P.A. is my first experience with Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company. I was really hoping for more. Frankly, it’s just too malty and balanced for an American IPA. At least as far as my preferences go. Less malt and more hops would immediately improve this one. All in all, it’s very average for the style. It doesn’t do much to distinguish itself. It might be worth a try, but that’s about it.

prototypic, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber body with thick white head. Decent lacing.

Smell is light, but is piney hops and toffee malt.

Taste is watery. Piney hops with a bit of grapefruit. The sweet malt is too much for the hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick.

Just an ok beer. A fine IPA, but in a world of great IPAs this doesn't stand up.

Vonerichs, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of CMUbeerenthusiast
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

CMUbeerenthusiast, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Mark4prez20
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Mark4prez20, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin tan head. Hazy amber body. Definitely darker than most beers of this style.

Smell: Real nice fruity/hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, orange rind, and a little minty.

Taste: Grapefruit and mint at first. Big pop of pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thick.

BierFan, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty orange with a frothy white head that sticks around. Smell is hoppy, subtle malt, and a tart citrus. Taste is subtler then I expected. The hops stay throughout with the malt upfront. A slight bitter at the end, the hops get stronger in the aftertaste. Could pass as a strong pale ale. Good beer, could have stronger hop. Smooth mouthfeel, a redeeming quality.

wingman14, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bob_d_j
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

bob_d_j, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of beer4brian331
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

beer4brian331, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of radiofish
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

radiofish, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

HardyA, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Bluescooter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Bluescooter, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

stortore, May 21, 2014
Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Dark bronze with a good 1.5" foamy latte colored head

S - Strong grassy, earth hop smells

T - Immediate bitter punch that falls off into a rather malty backbone. Little bit of dandelion in the bitter hop part of the taste with a tiny touch of molasses in the malty side of it.

M - Thin with lots of carbonation. Lots of bitterness on the tongue and in the aftertaste

O - Good but lacks a little depth.

gopens44, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Zaphog, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jpmclaug
1.63/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - Pale orange with a white head on top

S - A lightly toasted malt smell... umm where is the hops? Where is the aroma? I am struggling to get what I listed.

T - The toasted malt comes through followed by a hint of what tastes like soap

M - light to medium with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Awful beer. I don't even think I can finish this one. Aftertaste on this reminds me of vomit. Oh well... you live you learn I won't be picking this one up again. Hopefully the other beer I have from this brewery is better.

jpmclaug, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ScottyG
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ScottyG, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ROBSTARR
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

ROBSTARR, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a cloudy, bright shiny copper penny color with a thick and creamy off-white head that features excellent retention and leaves an unbelievable amount of gorgeous looking lace in the glass. Lazily carbonated.

S: Very fruity IPA. Peach, apricot, mango, and grapefruit. Also along for the ride is some fresh cut grass, pine, tangerine, crackery malt, sweet orange, and a dallop of molassas.

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. The only addition would be a bit of white pepper in the finish. Tastes extremely fresh!

M: Juicy and sticky. Sweet and fruity with just the right amounts of dry, spicy, and peppery.

D: I totally was not expecting an AIPA of this caliber from this (unknown to me) brewery. Judging by the previous reviews I have a feeling that they either changed their recipe or people reviewed this way past its' prime, or both. Another excellent MI IPA. This commands you to drink it!

GbVDave, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of nicoga3000
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

nicoga3000, May 19, 2012
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Iron Horse I.P.A. from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.