Iron City Beer - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
60
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484 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 27.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-01-2002

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Ratings: 484 | Reviews: 258
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.46/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Grainy, slightly sweetish, cereal aroma with one single drop of lemon.

Taste: Cereal, corn fleck taste. Medium sweetness. Faintest floral hops and bitterness. More of the same till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: So-so. Much to my surprise, I found I.C Light to be, okay, maybe not better, but more tolerable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brightleafhops
3.25/5  rDev +30.5%

It really only comes into it's own when you drop a shot of Jack Daniels into it and guzzle it down. Cuts through the dirt and dust of a hard day's work and makes you proud to be a Steeler's fan.

Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I will say this beer sux ass,but one of my good buddies it P-town took me to a Steelers game and I tailgated all day drinkin this stuff,not good but drank at least 16 and I cheeredon the Steelers (even though Iam Lions fan).Better than AB products,a classic in the Iron city.

Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one poured a rather thick, cloudy orange with a nice, retentive head.

Smell – Ugh! The rotten orangey grain is repulsive, and the closest thing to a hop was the fruit fly bouncing up and down a couple of times before succumbing to the deadly filth of American macro poison.

Taste – This tastes worse than it smells. I would describe the taste similar to the smell, only not so good.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied loser lacked the carbonation required of the style.

Sinkability – This beer sucks.

Photo of Todd
2.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of an aluminum bottle, this beer pours a pale, clear, and bright yellow colored beer with a fizzy white foam head that snaps down to nothing in seconds. Loads of large carbonation bubbles.

Clean aroma, hints of fresh grains ...

Near medium in body with an even feel on the palate. A tight, crisp fizz strikes the palate with a sharp-ish lemony hop twang. Sweet and even bready and dextriny maltiness offsets and provides some depth. Distinct sweet boiled corn flavors of dimethyl sulfide with a fresh corn grits grainy base. Drying finish with DMS lingers ...

Eh. Better than a macro offering, or just more of the same?

Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale golden and very clear with large bubbles racing to the top that struggle to hold a thin white lace.

Smell: Cooked veggie aroma, some husky grain and that is all in the nose.

Taste: Mild crispness from a medium level of carbonation in a light body. Very slim on the malt, lots of grain and husky flavours with vague astringencies. Hops are brash but small and only help to enhance the astringent flavours. Light lemony hop seems out of place. Touch of cooked veggie and corn grit flavour, finishes dry with a lingering faded veggie flavour.

Notes: Not very clean at all, better off just sticking with a Bud, Miller or Coors than tangling with this brew. A sub-premium American Lager that is not worth my time.

Photo of Byeast
2.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear , pale goldenrod, with pretty much no head and a bunch of fat carbonation rising for a minute or so. Smell is a thin mix of light barley/straw , and a tinge of adjunt aroma. Taste is also kind of thin , some light straw maltiness , very light spicy hop. Mouthfeel is watery. It is a drinkable brew , just nothing to write home about.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.02/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Metal beer, pale yellow appearance, aroma of metal and corn.

Taste is a little sweet. Bonus. No hops, barely cooked malt. Very watery. No mouthfeel, just the same barely there affect going on. Drinkable like water, but a little pricey for what it is. Pretty hard to drink, can't see what you would be doing drinking this unless you wanted a buzz and hated your life.

Photo of ADR
1.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

VERY metallic to the point of distracting the assessment of what little flavor the lager would have anyway...color clear straw, smells lightly of pine...bars that tend to have this on tap also tend to maintain their tap system very poorly, not adding to the beer's appeal...and Pittsburgh Brewing contract brews Samual Adams...historically, I think Iron City was one of the first canned beers (I think with pull-off tabs?)...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.09/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Forty of Iron City, this was and continues to be a staple of my hometown. I have found myself low on cash as of lately, and I figured what better times to go back to my roots. Pours a true golden tone with a highly carbonated thick white head that could be compared to the billowing smoke clouds that that left the steel mills of Pittsburgh's past. Everything about this beer says it's classic, you have to love the old school label. The aroma is a very faint bitterness with some sweet tones hidden in there. The taste however is the true reason to throw back this beer, it is a crisp American lager not too watered down, definitey packs some flavor. The sweetness of corn and rice adjuncts is the backbone with some mild hop bitterness here to form one great summertime lawnmower beer. Not an all grain beer but much better than the adjunct ridden garbage Anhueser Busch throws at us. I will definitely "drink local and think globally" in this situation. A light to medium body that is true to it's American lager profile. I will always keep a place in my heart for this historic beer of the city I was born in.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into plastic cup at spring training home of Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton. Pours gold with minimal head. Grassy aroma. Taste average, pretty much just tasted sprizzly if that makes any sense. Refreshing enough for roasting in the Florida sun at the ballpark but will stick with Budweiser for this sort of scene going forward.

Photo of Brenden
2.12/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a completely clear bright yellow. What white head fights to come out on the pour is almost dead before it has a chance. A very thin foam is what remains of the head, which leaves about 2 spots of lacing behind. Interesting, since there's so much activity.
The aroma gives me what I expect from an adjunct: adjuncts. There is a bit of grains and, to this beers credit, an inkling of hops bitterness, hardly definable in character but there.
And then...not good. The corn is there, a kis of hops, lightly malty. What happens then is like drinking liquified cardboard that's been sitting in sinkwater with some vegetables that were going bad. A bit good, a lot bad.
Body is extremely light, carbonation is fairly high. There's not much to say about the body. There's a light crispness.
Eh.

Photo of brewQ
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Where's the 'serving type' for their new metal bottle?

I had to try this in the sharp looking aluminum bottle that ALCOA is promoting with PBC. It is both attractive in appearance and feels good in the hand. It would seem that it could keep the brew cold.

The lip is well designed, you can swig right out of the package.

The metal is hefty- I'd guess that any big brewer who uses it would seek to skinny it down to cut costs. If the cost is not too prohibitive, craft beers could be well served in this type container.

As to Iron- hey, no particular aroma, inoffensive, drinkable. Not much to write home about.

The bartender where I picked it up said the package has helped renew local interest.

Could aluminum bottles be the wave of the future?

Photo of BrewMaven
3.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't believe how clear this stuff poured...The most hollow gold I ever saw! Head just up and left quickly. Very mild scented also. The above average taste of malt/grain with a slight hop finish really surprised me after seeing how it looked. The "AlumaBottle" is cool too. Not great but certainly not bad at all.

Photo of ITK4ever
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from the 'Burgh, I grabbed a case for old times sake just for the Super Bowl. I don't drink macros much anymore unless in a pinch, so this was my first in about 6 months. We used to drink this swill with a shot of grain alcohol thrown in the bottle in college. How'd we do that?? Anyway, light golden color, lotsa carbonation rising. Grainy, corny, ricey nose and a hint of lemony light hops. After a couple, I found myself kinda liking it as it brought back "Steel Curtain" memories from 1979. Then, it brought back another memory the following morning...now I remember why I don't drink this shit anymore....but it served its purpose...in its day.

Photo of Magpie14
2.31/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint Can

A: thin bubbly off white head sat atop a bright yellow body. A few floating particles throughout the bubbly body. Just a couple dabs of lace stuck too the glass

S: cooked veggies and grains with a whiff of herbal hops (just a whiff)

T: this beer is mostly of grains and sweet malty dextrose. A few grains of corn in the mix as well. Also I taste leafy hops that are of a light minty tobacco flavor

M: not bad for the style, what you would expect. It has moments of crisp and clean in the mouth...barely

D: okay to drink

Photo of Sammy
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Way too sweet-dextrose? Makes plain lager drinkable though. Artificial candy aroma. Appropriately carbonated.Thin mouthfeel. Not worth finishing bottle or quality ingrediants to cook with - rare drain pourout.Like the aluminum bottle, will bounce! Inexpensive.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with 1/4" of soft, foamy head. There are a good deal of bubbles rising to the top. The smell is faint grains with a light grassy hop aroma. The taste is grainy and grassy with a faint metallic note in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and smooth.

This is my first Iron City since leaving PA. I can see why I had so many of these in college. For the style, it's better than most.

Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear, pale gold complexion, with a medium head. Looks and feels a lot like it's mainstream lager cousins, as the scent and flavor are grainy, with hints of corn and honey. Light-bodied, but crisp nonetheless, with a malty adjunct feel. Not spectacular or memorable, but a solid light lager that more than holds it's own against the corporate beers.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Standard golden yellow. Decent carbonation, a bit on the heavy side. Lacing is nice too.

Smell: Pretty clean with a mineral background. A hint of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is same as smell. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well-carbonated.

Drinkability: A prototype of this style.

Overall: Neither bad nor good, but leaning towards the good side.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, yellow-gold body reveals average-sized bubbles rising quickly beneath a short but frothy head of bright white foam. The retention is as might be expected and it drops readily to a wide collar and whispy surface covering. The nose offers some sweet, lightly grainy malt with a light hint of floral hops mixed in. The body is medium; and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. Sweet, lightly grainy malt dominates the flavor, although the same hint of hops found in the nose also tries to make its way through towards the swallow. Bitterness is kept at a minimum, but there's just enough there to balance it; and it finishes drying with a note of malt who's sweetness fades although its graininess lingers. Average.

Photo of ElGordo
2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent golden hue that has the slightest flourish of a bubbly white head that dissipates immediately. A touch of carbonation continues to rise from the bottom for a while. An almost candyish sweet aroma is immediately noticeable, dominateed by adjunct grain. Very low on flavor, more adjunct malt with a touch of honey sweetness, developing into an almost mediciney astringency towards the finish. Body is thin, even for a macro lager. I guess you could drink a lot of the stuff if you wanted to. Not terrible or anything, just not good.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Iron City Beer pours nicely and generated an ENORMOUS amount of HEAD. A surprisingly pleasant pale amber color appeared as the head slowly gave way to liquid. The surface tension of the head was stout and held the pull tab for a period of time. There was an overabundance of carbonation present....my nose felt as if it was getting rained on as I brought the glass up for a drink. This is what really made Terry Bradshaw go bald.

Photo of CWVegas
3.93/5  rDev +57.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monongahela river water is the secret!

Photo of cjgator3
2.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin lace. The smell is metallic with some grainy malt. The taste is your typical macro lager with malt and very minimal hops. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this beer.

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Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
60 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.