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Iron Horse - Fargo Brewing Company

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13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 73
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fargo Brewing Company visit their website
North Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Hermy221 on 02-10-2014

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 73
Reviews by LXIXME:
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Fargo Brewing Co. can glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- nice juicy hop bouquet with aromas of citrus peels, grapefruit juice, pine & a hint of floral and fresh cut grass, just a touch of malty sweetness

T- lots of tropical juicy hop bitterness follows the aroma up front, followed by some orange zest & pith. The bitterness drops off mid-palate, bringing in just a hint of malty sweetness. The finish is dry with a linger of pine resin & citrus

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- a wonderful pale ale, packed with plenty of juicy hops, but not overbearing, allowing it to be super drinkable. A very nice introduction to ND beer

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Photo of MrUse
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy burnished orange with decent white heads and lacing rings.

Smell: Some kind of citrusy, tropical aroma that I can't identify, as it is definitely different than other APAs. Good aroma even if I can't pinpoint it.

Taste: The hoppy taste is similar to the aroma - citrusy and tropical. The malts are pretty basic and mostly stay out of the way. Some spicy notes at the finish. There is pretty much zero bitterness despite the hoppiness.

Feel: Very soft body. I can't tell if the carbonation is too low or the body too light but it doesn't work for this beer.

Overall: Unique APA with great hops but the mouthfeel is a distraction. Maybe they can improve it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Upfront scent of citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Floral and grassy hops with hints of grass and slight pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A nicely ripe and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Good presence of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, and mango. Grassy hops along with some floral and piney notes. Pale malt with some backing notes of caramel, cracker, and grains. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ripe, juicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A very solid take on an American Pale Ale. On the hoppier side for the style with nice juicy flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip.

Beautiful beer! Streams of carbonation show some superb radiance in this golden-bodied brew. Foamy white head dissipates leaving a ring of lace that creeps up the sides of the glass. The carbonation definitely gives this beer a champagne quality. 5

Fruity and floral aroma is there with light lemony notes. Citrus is faint and there's a bit of resinous spice. It's a nice enough aroma but doesn't pop or have any definitive and attractive aroma. 3.5

Surprisingly lemony! Citrus is there but it's not necessarily on the sweet side, at least not initially. Mid-palate takes a sweeter orange juice like turn and the finish is earthy and grassy. A lingering combination of earthiness and citrusy sweet flavors summarize the beer pretty well. I think this is pretty good, actually. 4

I appreciate the lightness, the carbonation is spot on and it still has plenty of body---no watery session ale here. It's refreshing too. One slight ding is the earthy feel is a bit of a nuisance after a while, clinging to the mouth when I'd just as soon see it away. 3.75

This beer met my expectations and then some. Quite a pleasant surprise for my first North Dakota beer.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRFresh
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced and bright with medium bitterness and juicier hop flavors balanced with citrus. Easy to drink with a slightly dry finish. This is an all-around fine beer, good for a lawnmower and session, but also worth sipping.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with two fingers of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting hoppy aroma. A combination of tropical fruit, strawberries, and forest floor. A little dankness as well. Not getting anything from the malt.

A little bit of sweetness and toasted notes from the malt that balances the bitterness and the fruity hop flavors. A blast of Juicy Fruit upfront with notes of berries and evergreen. Unfortunately there is an astringent aftertaste that does not leave an appealing departing flavor.

Light body and nicely carbonated that is lively yet giving a creamy mouthfeel that lets the flavors develop.

Other that the odd aftertaste, this is a very solid pale ale. I would have no trouble downing a few cans of this.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I had expected.....soooo many better APAs out there to drink

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TooGood
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. No obvious dating.

Peach yellow to orange body, slightly cloudy but you can see through it easily. Just a bit of hair of carbonation, quite fine but not much. Head manages classic white, slightly bright colored head and standing three fingers tall. Soapy retention, settles at a good speed slowly, even a little pock marked. Quite light body colored but solid looker.

Hops seem to be the dominant aroma, with a little bit of off kilter quality. Slight hints of earth, but also a real strange soapy quality that does at least manage some perfume nice like sweetness. Big florality too, but also mixing with a bit of malt sweetness that makes it a bit odd and weird. Really hard to describe… soapy? Detergent? Not horrific but pushing it.

Palate maintains a bit of that odd flavor but some decent qualities. Good solid malt sweetness and backbone with a simple depth. Some hop orange citrus seems to squeak through nicely, but also gets into a bit of light Tang breakfast like flavors and quality. Chewy body slightly even a hint of possible biscuit kicking in. Mild citrus orange, slightly juiced.

Overall, a mix of solid and weird experiences but it's somewhere in between.

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Photo of DougKapple
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can into an Irish pub-style imperial pint glass. Light golden color, hazy, light carbonation. 1/4 inch white head, leaving disconnected lacing. Bready & citrusy aroma. The aroma is pleasant and inviting as you take each sip. Nicely balanced all the way through, initial taste, middle, and finish. Initial taste has a good malt foundation, with tasty citrus and pine hops. Mouth feel is substantial for a pale ale. Bitterness asserts quickly and maintains though the middle and a moderately bitter finish. The bitterness is mostly pine. While the bittering hops are not extreme, it does taste a bit bigger than the IBU rating of 32 for this beer. This is a very good pale ale, with nice balance, plenty of malt underneath the flavorful hops with just the right amount of piney bittering.

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Photo of viers002
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a sixteen-ounce glass off the taps at Würst in downtown Fargo.

A nice, bitter, grass-hoppy APA. It acquits itself well: just well-executed American Pale, if unexceptional otherwise.

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Photo of CCutch
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Iron Horse from Fargo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.