Iron Horse - Fargo Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 4
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hermy221 on 02-10-2014

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 10
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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of humuloner22
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra on trade, thanks man!

Appearance: Hazy darker straw/hay gold. Lots of nice pillowy white head sitting on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty hops, this one has a tartness to it, I don't know if that was intended. No canning date that I can detect, nevertheless I like the way it smells, kind of tropical fruit and sour green apple aromas, but not estery like a Belgian beer.

Taste: This beer isn't really bitter it just washes over your tongue and I could see this one being very sessionable. Its flavorful but not overpowering. The tart notes are in the taste as well but not as dominant as in the nose. Overall this is a pretty decent pale.

Overall: I don't know if I have drank too many sours lately or what but I kind of like the tart aspect to this beer. It could be old because there is not canning date on it, but I am going to take the high road and say its fresh and that was how it was intended by the brewer. It doesn't taste off it just tastes different and maybe that is a good thing!

Photo of Phocion
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no date code poured into a glass with a dark golden body and a massive, rocky white head. Excellent retention and big chunks of lacing.

Very juicy nose. Primarily tropical but also citrus fruits; mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Ample amounts of late-additions of both Falconer's blends with a subtle spicy, floral background. As it warms a light resiny aroma plus an ever-so-subtle generic malty aroma begins to come out, but it still remains distinctly hop-forward.

The flavor is strangely thin compared to the huge and hoppy nose. Very complex hoppiness (not surprising considering the use of two different blends) that is a little overwhelming for this beer, but with very little astringent bitterness. Still fruity, but primarily grassy and floral flavors. Light biscuit and just a touch of that distinct Vienna/Munich maltiness. Clean yeast flavors and overall quite well balanced.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Mouthfeel gets a slight boost from the oats. Creamier than I typically expect from an APA, but pleasant.

Hop-forward on the nose but well-balanced flavor. If you prefer juicier hops you will enjoy this one. It's not an award-winner, but it is very sessionable and clean.

Photo of ZAP
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep bronze color

S-Very fragrant aroma....very fruity....berries...tropical fruits...lightly floral

T-Loads of ripe sweet berries....blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, even hints of elderberries....also some notes of peaches, and tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Toasty malt lets the hops shine but lends a nice dimension as well.

M-Carbonation...body....close to spot on for the style...maybe a bit thin on the finish even for an APA but splitting hairs..

O-This is a great pale ale loaded with flavor. Highly drinkable and at 5.0% it carries the same booziness as a Bud. Great sessionable beer with flavor.

Photo of Mdog
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation, ok head.

Smell: Piney, with decent strength.

Taste: Moderate caramel malt sweetness, then piney hops. Tingly feel. Easy drinker.

Overall: This was on discount for $7 for a 6er so I picked it up since they were out of Wood Chipper. Iron Horse is a solidly average pale ale, balanced flavor and easy drinking.

Iron Horse from Fargo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.