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Ironhorse Chicago Common - Argus Brewery

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

metter98, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Hoping this beer, unlike its two predecessors, won't sully my glass too much. It pours a clear wan bronze topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, sweet flowers, light honey, wheat, and light buttery biscuits. The taste doesn't change much of this up, but the sweetness and the graininess are both increased together, making for an interesting flavor combination, not unlike lightly sweetened Corn Flakes. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay brew, one that doesn't impress, but also one that doesn't necessarily disappoint, either. It's a nice easy-drinker, something some might call a good lawnmower beer (I could drink anything after/during yardwork, so this term has little meaning to me).

TMoney2591, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saturated copper orange, with a layer of white foam up top. Clarity is bright, and there's a healthy skim that remains on the surface. Some spotty sea foam lace, but nothing substantial.

Grassy, floral aroma, very soft and mild.

Mellow feel, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Grassy and floral again, some mild hop bitterness in the middle, lingering into the finish. A bit of smooth maltiness, husks and all, a simple flavor. With a bigger sip, there is more residual bitterness that builds in the aftertaste. Overall it's a simple, utilitarian session beer. Clean with no flaws, it just may not hold interest for everyone.

emerge077, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep bright copper body with a racing carbonation of microbubbles and a thick bubbly light beige head that turns rocky but last for a good bit.

S- The bright woody green hops of the NW coast come through with a flinty earthy quality that grows in the finish.

T- The smooth pale malt flavor has a touch off toasted malt to it and a spicy green woody hop flavor in the dry finish. There is a touch of fruity character and some dandelion greens in the hops and the hops linger a bit.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full scrubbing fizz that is a bit overpowering but compliments the hops flavor.

O- The crisp hoppy lagered beer is very sessionable with some bright hop flavors that are nice. The fizz could be a bit softer but even with the full fizz the mouthfeel is a bit to big to be crisp and refreshing, but that is fine with me.

rhoadsrage, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, pale, and bronze in color. Quick head, no foam, and OK bubbling.

Clean hops, along with the bubbling carbonation enahnce a cracker like malt aroma of lightly toasted malts.

Tastes like lightly toasted water crackers meat very mineral rich water. There is a metallic twang I don't like. Crackers meets cut grass that was left out in the rain.

scruffwhor, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

smithj4, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: slightly hazy gold, some head, minimal retention

S: mild hop character up front, big time bread and caramel

T: watery and bland, faint grains, herbal hops, finish is hoppy, decent balance

Mf: light body, high carbonation

O: decent drinkability, decent amount of flavor

homebrew311, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

krome, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -7.1%

cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

jrohrbacher, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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

mfnmbvp, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

GeoffreyM, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Brams17
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bigbluebeerguy, May 08, 2013
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -38.1%

pin, May 27, 2013
Photo of jaswilson2
2/5  rDev -38.1%

jaswilson2, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of match1112
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: clear copper body. finger of white foam sits on top, quickly settles to a thin film leaving some sticky lacing.

s: hops, grains, floral, caramel.

t: caramel malts and hops.

m: medium body with so-so carbonation. goes down easy but has a bitter burnt grain aftertaste that sorta comes out of nowhere.

o: easy drinkin decent beer. falls way short of anchor's .

match1112, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Dizzy242, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Lemke10
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a 12oz bottle of this as part of a M&M 6pk from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in early 2012.

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a bubbly head. Not too much of a strong scent but there are malts and hops present. Starts off smooth and semi-bold with malty flavor but finishes dry and slightly bitter. Drinks rather smooth and fast as I found myself not wanting to make the dry after taste last long. A nice find and a slightly better than average brew.

Lemke10, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick syrupy appearance. Thick, crystalline carbonation that I really like. Solid brown in color. Similar to Anchor Steam.

Smell: Not much from what I remember. A bit of hops and a heavy maltiness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fermented sweetness that seemed to come from brown sugar or molasses. A bit thin in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: I would like to give this another shot.

tjsdomer2, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Rihup
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Rihup, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +23.8%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of nheinzie57
3/5  rDev -7.1%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
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Ironhorse Chicago Common from Argus Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.