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I.C. Light - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
I.C. LightI.C. Light

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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 207
Avg: 2.6
pDev: 45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.15% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2001

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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 207
Reviews by ramblinwreck101:
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2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

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Photo of GameOfBeers
2.36/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it was the "first-beer-of-the-day" syndrome (the first beer you have that day never tastes bad) but I really didnt think this was a bad brew at all. What I really liked was that IC light didnt seem to have that typical overcarbonated, burning-mouth sensation that a lot of other Lights have. It also has that interesting grass/hay/etc taste that all light beers have, like you are chewing on a mouthful of something that has been freshly cut from the ground. Goes down smooth and easy. Not bad at all.

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Photo of TheRamie
2.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.99/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a couple of cans left from an outdoor event sponsered by my local bar. It's in WV so my only choices were Macros. Went with a light beer as it was an all day event.

12oz can served in a pub glass.Clear golden with staw-like highlights. 1' white sudsy head fizzley out quick to a slight coating with a white ring. Not much lacing, little spotting with a few bubbles rising.

Sweet malty aroma with breaddy/doughy scents.Slightly toasty with a good bit of fruityness. Clean aromas nothing offensive.

Very clean,sweet maltiness with light toastyness. Grainy/straw-like with fresh fruity tastes,slighly metallic as it warms. Finishes crisp,clean with a fruity fade.

Light mouthfeel,not watery like a lot of light macros, has a grainyness tastes like beer even has a bite to it. My choice for sessioning a light macro, blows away BMC lite beers. Rated this beer compaired to other light beers out there. Can't belive more people don't drink this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +44.2%

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2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden pale straw hue with a white short lived head with no lacing to spare for my enjoyment. Aroma slightly sweet cooked veggie adjunct origin with a mild flowery hop aroma. Taste light refreshing sweetness here not the smoothest beer here, but better than a lot of other mass produced light lagers out there in my opinion a little partial since I was born in Pittsburgh. Only complaint is the slightly metallic tone in the finish of the beer light bodied and highly carbonated easy going lawnmower beer, not meant to think about and breakdown just to enjoy on a hot day in the sun.

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Photo of dsauter
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of FleeVT
3.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz bottle with no date poured into a pint.

A: Pours an extremely pale straw yellow with a thin white head. The head doesn't linger even with the the slow and steady carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty with the faintest of hops. I'm pretty sure there is banana in there.

T/M: Extremely mild tasting brew. Similar to the nose with the faintest hints of banana, hops, and malts. Nicely carbonated, light, and crisp.

D: An all day session beer for Penguins, Pirates, or Steelers games. It is what it is, and I love it for that.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
2.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dacrza1
1.52/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

DATE REVIEWED: August 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: ballpark see-through plastic... OCCASION: perfect night for a ballgame and some beers with brother Jer in State College...APPEARANCE: thick, white creamy head; yellow body with some cascading bubbles...meh... AROMA: vague hints of water hose, hay and malt liquor ping....with a hint of beer pong ball... PALATE: light bodied, with a retreating aftertaste--has peanut-rinsing potential... TASTE: middling malts mingle with water to produce...mostly water, with a warming fuzz not appropriate to its ABV...not much else can be deduced... OVERALL: I went cheaper at the Spikes game and got four more ounces for a dollar less than the Robin Hood IPA...and not surprisingly, I regretted the change.. this beer needs to be chased with an activity that involves strong-tasting fare; otherwise, I wouldn't drink this unless visiting Pittsburgh where the locals embrace its quirks and flaws....

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Basically a slightly more manageable version of regular iron city. More pale yellow look. Smells more grainy and less sweet. Tastes a bit less like antifreeze. More corn juice flavor. More foreward carbonation. Not as bad.

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Photo of asabreed
2.65/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy yellow and typical light beer specs. Not much head or lacing or any stickage going on.

Smell: Corn and adjunct sweetness with enough hops maybe to make it fairly bearable with nothing metallic or off-putting. There's just not a lot there.

Taste: Again, not much to speak of here, but nothing off-putting. A bit of sweetness and beer-flavored water taste, maybe a bit of mild hops and grain.

Mouthfeel: Actually fairly decent carbonation with a lighter bodied beer, which makes it a bit easier to drink.

Drinkability: If I drink light beer at a barbeque or someone's having a party with such a brew, it's not too bad. I'd never really buy it myself, but there are worse light beers out there. Very easy to drink and wash food down, and it's nice they actually have the calories and nutritional information on the can too, since many light beers don't.

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Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very pale gold with 1/4" of soft, bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. There's a great deal of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell is grainy with a nice grassy hop aroma. The taste is also grainy with a slight grassy hop character. There's a hint of an apple-like sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

This is my first IC Light since leaving PA in '07. I can see why I drank so many of them back in the day. It's cheap, sessionable, and unoffensive.

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2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale, straw yellow, and looks watery on pouring. It is a light beer, so no surprise there.

Limited foam, with no head or lace visible.

Scent is decent, malty sweet.

Tastes crisp, like a sweet corn, or maybe a cream corn (which sounds awful). Definitely adjunct here.

No evidence of hops, just a sweet malt presence.

Nothing special here, pretty plain and nothing beyond ordinary.

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Photo of McMatt7
2.57/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WoodBrew
2.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Sunday evening and I need a bottle of healing after my hockey game. Had an Iron City Lite in the fridge....so why not. This beer is a typical light beer, decent flavor. The color is golden clear with thin white head and has a modest lace. There is only a weak grain nose. The taste is typical of this beer style. Mouthfeel is decent....perfect for any lawn mowing issues. Session...easily....but would prefer others...no question.

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2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tempest
3.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected to be disgusted by some DMS (cooked vegetable aroma and flavor)-riden mess, but this was a decent macro light beer, all things considered. Yeah, it was pretty watery, but the mouthfeel wasn't unpleasantly dry, bitter, or astringent light most other light beers. Instead this matched a slight lemon flavor with mild bready malts. Not a lot going on, but it's a light beer, what more do you?

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Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ordybill
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Very weak smelling concoction, it smells like a watered down left over beer from the night before.
Appearance- A very pale golden yellow.
Taste- Non-descript at best, very watery
Palate- A light bodied beer that has some medium carbonation
Overall- Well, this is off my list of beers to try. At least I get the beer credit for drinking one. I will not drink this again.

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3/5  rDev +15.4%

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I.C. Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.