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Iron Horse I.P.A. - Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 04-29-2003

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 92
Photo of kegger22
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Horse is amber/orange in color with a 3/4" fragile head. The aroma was all about the citrus hops with just a slight malt presence. The taste followed aroma's suit. There was a little malt but is was pushed way into the background by the hops. The feel was medium bodied, oily and sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was above average, mainly due to the moderate ABV.

A respectable APA, though not as balanced as I would prefer. It's difficult to be average in a tough market like this one.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey good lookin'... Pours a very attractive dark, veiled copper with luxuriously thick head.

The smell is sweet peach and pine and a pretty good whiff of both considering that this is not a double or a "tweener."

The mouthfeel is just a bit too thick and undercarbonated for the style. It's the mouthfeel that I would expect from a bolder beer.

The taste is fine, but doesn't fulfill the promise of the appearance or the smell. You get a very brief taste of the citrus and peach flavors, but those quickly fade to a one-note bitterness. This is worth a try, and is a pleasant drink, but it isn't something that you're going to remember for long afterwards.

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Photo of david131
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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Photo of Tylergross1
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very fruity IPA, I usually really enjoy IPA's and this one was fairly good. The initial aroma was very fruity and the taste followed that profile as well. I thought it was a pretty good blend of fruit flavors and the natural hops flavoring of a typical IPA.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch # on the label says 100246, but could not find any information on their website about codes or bottling dates. But, my local guy recommended this as new arrival and expected it to be fresh. Pours a slightly hazy amber colored body with a hint of yellow. Nice two-finger head that leaves some stickly lacing.

Smells fresh. Nice hop aroma, mostly citrus, sweet orange and a hint of grapefruit. Nice floral hop notes complete a favorable hop aroma. A little biscuity malt follows.

The flavor is a little underwhelming. The hops do not come through as much as I would have expected from the aroma. More malt forward with a stronger caramel and bready malt taste up front. Some hop bitterness accompanies the malt, and leans more toward the grapefruit and pine side.

Medium mouthfeel, no real notice of the alcohol. Would have much prefered a reversal on the flavor profile with the hops up front and coming on strong. Not the case here, so not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ModemMisuser
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - light cloudy amber. Very little head - though I shared the bottle with my wife, poured into sample glasses. Usually though, heady beers show their head in these glasses.

Scent - very little. Perhaps a slight non-specific "bitter" scent.

Taste - moderate hop bitterness. A slight alcohol/medicinal taste. Very little malt; though slightly more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin. Not quite water, but not "medium" either. Medium carbonation.

Overall, the beer isn't terrible, but I wouldn't seek it out or choose it over any other craft IPA.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
2.11/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased bottled in Michigan.

Appearance is a medium cloudy amber, with slight white head (this was poured into a sample glass, so head is usually compromised in that case)

Scent: I got almost no scent from this when cold, just minimal malty grains. A bitter caramel malty scent came through as it warmed.

Medium carbonation, I'm going to describe it around 2 minutes off of the cold-bottle pour as more flavors were noticed then. Bitter hops to alcohol-burn/medicinal herb flavor to a citrus/herb body. Effervescence lingers on the palate a bit, along with a lingering bitterness that I don't really care for and can't describe the notes of throughly enough.

I did not finish my sample glass of this, which is rare for me, as the scent of the beer was giving me an immediate and massive headache.

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Photo of jpmclaug
1.66/5  rDev -53.9%
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.

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Iron Horse I.P.A. from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.