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

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BA SCORE
82
good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.1%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
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 RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay ipa. It could stand to have a bit more of a mature flavor profile. It seems a little too bright and boisterous and not pulling enough character from the hops. Decent enough though, and not too bad. Just needs to be bringing some more muscle if it wants to compete against all the other great IPAs out there.

RblWthACoz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Zaphog, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, sweet malt, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. The bitterness level is very high. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus, and sweet malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and aroma.

Tone, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is Brownish amber. Forms a thin off-white head that reduces to a very thin surface coating. No lacing.

S: Light caramel malts and pine. Some very light citrus notes.

T: Caramel malts. Light sweetness and a slightly nutty quality. Moderate piney hops and a mild-moderate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a mild-moderate bitterness.

O: A fairly typical IPA. Drinkable, but rather ordinary and not particularly exciting.

Florida9, Oct 07, 2011
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 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 hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

hilgart1, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

CoryR, May 25, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at Erbelli’s Pizzeria in Kalamazoo. It was sold under the label “Iron Maiden IPA” and listed as their house IPA but the server said that it was the Iron Horse IPA from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company. Figured it was worth a shot and I wasn’t disappointed.

This pours a clear amber gold color with nice tight foam. It has an orange citrus aroma and light pine spice. The flavor has a fun spirited bitterness. It’s sharply bitter upfront with a long lingering bitter finish with orange & pine hop flavor. I get a real pleasant piney resin flavor with a hint of a botanical finish. It’s a surprising enjoyable brew.

elNopalero, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with ni streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The head is splotchy, thin, and white.

S- Some banana and other assorted fruits, caramel, and some flowers. Very appealing, but maybe just a tad on the sweet side.

T- Fruits, caramel, and flowers. Pretty sweet and buttery for my tastes.

M- Slightly undercarbonated and has a buttery aspect to it. Lacks that typical IPA kick.

D- An average take on the style. It drinks okay, but is quickly forgettable. With a market flooded in IPA's, I will probably not purchase this again.

david131, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange-gold with a massive and rocky off-white head. Thick and sticky lacing all around the glass on this one.

Aroma of juicy oranges, faint pine, and sweet caramel malts.

The taste reminds me of Baby aspirin with lots of orange upfront, followed by some piney notes, saltine crackers, and caramel malts. The finish has a light hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A nice little IPA from Mt. Pleasant Brewing and a pleasure to drink.

Monkeyknife, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Wildman
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy light copper color and formed a foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it quickly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and pepper. The flavor was of malt, hops and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish bitter and slightly burnt. A fairly pedestrian IPA.

Wildman, Oct 14, 2010
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 scott2269
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

scott2269, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

stortore, May 21, 2014
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +11.1%

BrewtalHonesty, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange color with a small foamy white head and good lacing.

Scent of citrus, hops, caramel, and some sugars. Mild and well balanced, a quality smelling IPA.

Taste of caramel, grapefruit, citrus, some hops, and grain. Balanced and tasty, but more along the lines of a Pale Ale in terms of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a small amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

wtkphoto, Aug 29, 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 soupyman10
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard IPA color, copper with a small head. Aromas are grainy fruity hops and caramel, and they show up again in the flavors. Reminds me of a Red Hook IPA. Body's fine. One of the few just mediocre brews I had while back in MI. Not awful, but when there are so many better local IPAs (Bells, Founders, Short, Dark Horse, etc.) out there, why bother?

soupyman10, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Agentveba
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Agentveba, Feb 24, 2013
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Iron Horse I.P.A. from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.