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Ironhorse Chicago Common - Argus Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 21.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Argus Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
With the re-release of our Common beer, Argus Brewery offers a very unique American beer. This type of beer was brewed in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid 1800′s to the mid 1900′s, A hybrid style, it uses a lager yeast but is fermented at warmer temperatures typical of ale. Copper colored and medium bodied, Argus Ironhorse has full malt & spicy herbal hop flavors, producing a very unique character unlike any ale or lager.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-08-2011)
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3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of yeast and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the malt flavors are a little stronger. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite the malty taste, this beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. It has a good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 01:18:47 | More by metter98
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Ironhorse Common Steam Beer from Argus is decent steam beer. The beer poured a nice rich amber with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent carries a slight yeast like spice...so does the taste....I want to say rye....but not sure. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Landed this bottle from the local beer store for 99 cents. My first encounter with this brewery, and my second encounter with a California steam beer. My bottle's label is slightly different and says Argus California Style Steam.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours four giant fingers of towering pillowy off-white head. Massive column of carbonation bubbles streaming topside. Body is a brassy orange color with some clarity. Big fat sheets of lace.

S - Smell is a lot different than expected. Very yeasty, almost funky, lemon peels, and little else. Smell seems to imply more of Belgium than it does California, to me at least. As it warms, bananas and coffee grounds begin to creep out.

T - Taste follows the nose. Slight hint of grassy lemony hops, tons of funky yeast, lightly earthy coffee grounds, and some toasted malt presence. Light bitterness and malty char. Very different from what I expected, but interesting enough.

M - Feel ends quick and clean, with some slight bitterness but otherwise no lingering flavors of any kind. Dry on the finish. Carbonation is a bit coarse and could definitely be toned down a bit.

Overall, not a style I am too familiar with, so I can't really say how it fares to the others. Definitely nowhere near as good as the Furthermore Oscura I've had before, but this beer at least has me intrigued enough to want to try some of the other beers being brewed by Argus. A light drinkable beer with a moderate 5.40% abv, worth a try.

Argus California Style Steam ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 16:13:46 | More by mfnmbvp
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Ironhorse Chicago Common from Argus Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.