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Ironhorse Chicago Common - Argus Brewery

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 20.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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metter98

New York

3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:45:30 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 00:14:05 | More by emerge077
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 15:39:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:10:05 | More by scruffwhor
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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

10-15-2013 22:46:23 | More by WoodBrew
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 21:15:05 | More by homebrew311
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

07-15-2014 01:41:48 | More by smithj4
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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

01-27-2014 17:52:15 | More by krome
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.4%

04-12-2013 04:19:13 | More by cadaugherty
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

02-26-2014 01:30:29 | More by jrohrbacher
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

07-22-2014 18:18:55 | More by GeoffreyM
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pin

Australia

2/5  rDev -36.9%

05-27-2013 04:31:21 | More by pin
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 16:13:46 | More by mfnmbvp
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match1112

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:38:32 | More by match1112
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-08-2013 01:42:26 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 06:06:40 | More by Lemke10
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -36.9%

06-21-2014 11:16:13 | More by jaswilson2
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-18-2014 14:58:32 | More by Kubrickx
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 18:14:43 | More by tjsdomer2
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Rihup

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-09-2013 23:36:48 | More by Rihup
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +26.2%

11-22-2011 22:33:41 | More by KC9LDB
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.4%

08-06-2012 16:21:22 | More by nheinzie57
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

06-24-2014 18:25:53 | More by dtivp
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ChicagoShakeAndBake26

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

08-29-2013 04:57:06 | More by ChicagoShakeAndBake26
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Ironhorse Chicago Common from Argus Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.