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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale - Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.

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Moat Iron Mike Pale AleMoat Iron Mike Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
American-style pale ale. This crisp ale has a medium bitterness with a flavor profile dominated by an aroma consisting of a blend of three hops, including Cascade.

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-23-2007)
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Reviews by Tidesox28:
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Tidesox28

Maine

1.56/5  rDev -57.5%

It's tough to really rate this beer because I think I got an old can. It would be nice if they would date their cans so I can make sure I'm not getting another bad one. It tasted fairly flat, lacking carbonation. Flavors was muted, unfortunately. Their imperial stout might be my favorite all time.

07-05-2013 11:52:45 | More by Tidesox28
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Pale amber, thick suds

SMELL: Orange zest, mild caramel, leafy hops, bready, dried grass, faint peppercorn, kumquats

TASTE: Smooth, assertive hop bitterness, citric rind, toasted grain, dusty hay, yeast, faint esters, pear juice, faint mint, crackers; dry, hoppy finish

A solid go at the crowded APA style, and a few steps ahead of the middle of the pack. The 24-ounce can format sets its self apart from all other canned craft beers we know of. A good quaff—pull the big mugs out for this one.

02-14-2013 00:44:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Tallboy poured into a pint glass.
Clear golden color, thick off-white head. A fair amount of lace.
A fresh, outdoors aroma. Some sweet malt and citrus hops.
More of a grapefruit taste, a little more bitter at the end. Still a little bit of sweet malt.
Crisp, medium-bodied.
Nice enough. I imagine this would make for a good session beer.

04-13-2011 21:07:58 | More by lordofthewiens
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-15-2014 12:53:33 | More by Doomcifer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Had on tap at the 1785 Inn—served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch creamy head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: piney hops and some citrus hops

Taste: piney hops with some sweet caramel malt—light citrus hops

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a slightly bitter middle and a more bitter end, moderate-light carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A very good hoppy beer. This ranks right up there with the best pales coming out of New England. It certainly drinks more like an IPA. Not a hophead, but this is refreshing and well balanced. A hoppy beer that everyone can love.

01-10-2012 14:29:37 | More by tigg924
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-27-2013 03:01:03 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

On tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Copper color with a white head.

Smell: Flowery like smell with sweet citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied. Taste was really just some bittersweet hops.

Overall: It was an ok beer, but nothing really special.

10-08-2012 22:36:51 | More by Cavanaghty
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virinow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

05-18-2012 23:34:10 | More by virinow
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-03-2012 17:10:35 | More by richkrull
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Moat Mountain- Iron Mike Pale Ale

A- Very good bright cloudy orange with a thick head. Light lacing.
S- Iced Tea, Grapefruit, and lemon rind.
T- Sweet caramel malt with citrus rind and tea leaves.
M- Creamy malt hits you first with a slight intensifing bitter citrus finish.

Overall- Quite enjoyable and definitely recommended if you're ever up near Mt. Washington.

06-26-2008 20:25:59 | More by NJpadreFan
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

24 oz. can feels good in the hand!

Slight haze to the golden amber with a full-lively white sea foam head, chunky and clumpy foam with sticky lace.

Very sweet fruits in the nose up-front, red and dark berries, mandarin oranges, honey-caramel malty sweet. Tingly spices and big fruity hops.

A tart, citric hop bite with some bitter, dry earthiness, grainy malt with a decent balance but with a bit of conflict with the flavor's and how they mesh.

The feel is medium, crisp but just a bit too relaxed after a short period of time.

A decent beer in a really cool can.

06-23-2011 21:39:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

Fresh can from Maine trip. Golden appearance,with some lasting foam. Neutral at best aroma. The taste a little metallic, minimal hops detected.Average mouthfeel, fair drinkability. A rather plain beer.
I did have this at almost room temperature, but still.

08-26-2012 02:09:22 | More by Sammy
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Kinsman

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Moat Mountain, my local brewpub has now added a canning line for 24oz cans of this, one of their flagship beers.

Pours a crisp clear light copper color with a fizzy white colored head about 2 fingers thick.

Aroma is a delicate balance of toasted biscuty malt and a bit of a floral and herbal hop aroma. Not quite as hoppy in the aroma as I remember on tap at the brewpub but not bad either.

Taste is similar to the aroma but quite a bit hoppier. Plenty of hoppiness to go around for a Pale Ale with a very North American hop character of Cascade and the like. Overall a well balanced character that I quite enjoy for an APA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but a bit light. Overall a very enjoyable and well balanced APA and I'm glad to have this in cans outside the brewery but I wish they would can some of their other offerings (like Square Tail Stout).

02-14-2011 02:13:03 | More by Kinsman
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2014 01:12:47 | More by Denzo
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Keene

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-29-2014 00:12:10 | More by Keene
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Drumomatic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

10-28-2013 03:31:41 | More by Drumomatic
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A big thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip from a massive can with a semi-cloudy dark amber color and over two fingers of massive head that leaves great looking chunky lacing.

Smell – Toasted grainy malts, caramel, slight floral hops, hints of citrus and lemon zest.

Taste – Actually less sweet and abrasive than I was expecting from the nose. Begins a hint caramel sweet mixed with lots of bready and biscuity toasted malts. A small punch of floral and citrus hops shine through in the middle along with pine resin and the sip ends with a slight bitterness though the sweetness almost takes over.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, quite creamy actually, solid mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Overall – A solid APA and one I am glad to try. Extremely quaffable and not overly “grainy” if you know what I mean.

03-03-2012 02:35:20 | More by SpdKilz
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

From the 24 fl. oz. can. Sampled on April 4, 2011. The pour is a cloudy pale yellow-orange with a very large, white puffy head. There is a nice grapefruit-citrus on the nose along with a sweet malt character and a backdrop of hops. I found the body to be more impressive than some pales with a creamy abd delicate medium weight. The swett malt character builds up in the favlor at first but it ends with a pleasing biter hopped ending. A well rounded pale ale.

04-04-2011 22:39:44 | More by puboflyons
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

Yet another generous contribution from fellow BA and buddy rfgetz...

A - The can was a bit of gusher... Three plus fingers worth of airy and fluffy light khaki colored head with a bit of a waffled top... Excellent retention is displayed at a bit less than two fingers... Loads of speckled lacing cling to the glass... The color is a pale orange with a bright glow... Unexpectedly still with only a stray carbonation bubble here or there...

S - A subtle but very nice aroma... Orange zest... Golden raisins... A very solid malt base reminiscent of fresh baked biscuits...

T - Some toasted malts... Butter milk biscuits... The hops are subtle and a mix of earthy and floral... Simple, but quite effective...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Smooth... A bit of lushness. Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... A touch of stickiness...

D - Kudos on the vessel - if there's one thing better than a 16oz can, it's a 24 oz can... Insanely quaffable... A simple but very effective offering... Nice in every facet... An excellent example of simplicity in brewing... I would drink this on a regular basis if it were available to me...

11-21-2011 02:08:02 | More by philbe311
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DrewKid4

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

Served: Sampler on tap from the New England BrewFest.

A: Copper in color, with a good white head.

S: Very hoppy and some citrus.

T: Coming from an APA lover, this is one of the best Pale Ale's I've ever had. Not as strong of hops as a Sierra Nevada or Smuttynose, but makes me "hoppy."

M: Great feel. One of the best of any beer I have had to date.

D: Easier to drink than the "best" APAs yet still quite strong and flavorful.

There are two sides for how great this brew is. One side is that it is superb and I would hope it would become more available not only around New Hampshire, but around the country. The other side is it is so good, I would rather it be a well kept secret in the White Mountains so that only few can appreciate it.

06-27-2010 03:31:51 | More by DrewKid4
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-20-2013 00:50:27 | More by mlefebvre7
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-26-2013 11:07:58 | More by nebula1999
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from the gigantic can into a nonic pint glass. Fark is this can huge! Much thanks to Toasterchef! Big enough to share, hell no it's all MINE! (hope it's good).

The head forms off white, foamy, but very large off the pour. Some large bubbles in the head. Body color is a very nice copper and metallic rust brown. Pretty solid looking brew.

Great nose. Faint hop and mild rich malt, biscuity, gharam cracker chewy. Smells like a good baked whole wheat bread. Great stuff!

I grab the glass, take a good sip, and boy I am happy, until the finish. THere's no lasting power, but the mid palate brings all the richness backed from the nose. Soft malts and chew, good mild hop oil sense, but a little weak on the finish, sadly too light on the swallow. Dry biscuit cracker rolls nicely

Overall though it's still very enjoyable and has a great aroma. I would have again.

02-17-2012 00:29:15 | More by smakawhat
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

HUGE can received in a nice surprise box from a fantastic BA... Jrae2424... Thanks a ton Jason!! Pours a hazy lite orange with a good 1" head into my HotD goblet... nice lacing and retention.

Nose is pale malt punctuated by some pronounced toast... bright citrus hoppiness.

Flavor is pretty toasty ... biscuity ... Victory malt?? Still a nice punch of citrus hops put this firmly in pale ale territory... even a hint floral...

The heavier than average malt profile seems to be ramping up the body... but that could be in my head.... the carbonation is spot on and small bubble.

If I had access to this one, I would buy it periodically and certainly every time I go camping.

Thanks again Jason!!

3.5/4/3.5/3.5/4

08-18-2011 06:03:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-16-2013 22:09:44 | More by hockeypuck
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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.