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

218 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: BillyBrew on 10-06-2002

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.
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Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Moderate citrus hops aroma with a light, clean malt aroma.

A medium golden beer with excellent clarity. The persistent head is long lasting, made of compact, off-white foam that leave some lacing.

Medium American citrus hop flavors dominate with flavors of citrus, some pine an bit of pineapple. There is a moderate, clean malt sweetness against a medium-strong hops bitterness making for a balance that is fairly bitter.

A creamy, medium bodied ale with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

A well made Pale Ale showing a very nice hop profile.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Hopglow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Very drinkable beer. Impressive lacing.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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).

Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of DrewKid4
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK that;s a big can. 24oz can poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear orange-copper with a dense, creamy white head that settles to a soapy haze, leaving lots of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Sweet grainy caramel malt with some grassy hops, orange peel, and a touch of pineapple. Reminds me quite a bit of Dale's Pale Ale, and not just because of the can.
T - More sweet caramel malt and toasted grains with pine resin, orange peel, and a bit of pineapple from the hops. Very drinkable, with a smooth finish.
M - Medium-thin bodied with a good, refreshing mouthfeel and crisp carbonation.
O - A really solid Pale Ale that I could drink quite a bit of. Love seeing the monster 24oz can, too!

Photo of angrybabboon
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed 8/10/14

Appearance: Copper with some honey and amber highlights - pours with a medium-large head, fades to a solid cap and a nice collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Pale malts with some caramel and grassy hops - not necessarily bad, but a rather strange malt profile and hop profile - pale malts, pale grains, something pilsner-like, some raw, yeasty bread dough - above-average sweetness - hops are grassy, with some pine, and lemon zest

Taste: The odd aromas translate to a similarly odd flavor - pale malts, bread dough, light earthiness - floral, flowery hops with some lemon rind and hints of orange marmalade - lightly bitter - sweet in a lightly malty, almost honey-like way, which does not entirely work

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, nicely carbonated and smooth but finishes with a lemony, earthy strangeness

Overall: At the least, it's better than biting someone's ear off

I bought a four pack of this about a month ago with the assumption that this would be really easy to drink. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. I have been procrastinating reviewing this because I do not have many good things to say. There's nothing particularly offensive about this offering (which would make for a fun review), but it's remarkably bland and average. I would check out other beers from Moat Mountain and skip this one.

Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery: A good pale ale. Deep golden pour, small white head that laces a little. Aroma is a little citrus, pine, and hops. A well balanced drink, with an initial malty goodness, followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on for a bit.

Photo of snowflake
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad everyone enjoys this brew. It is a good brew I paid 4.95 for the 24oz can and if you do the math it comes in at very hefty $15 a six pack which is how I have to look at it. Glad I tried it but I won't be a return customer unless they drop the cost significantly

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a an oily citrus hop with hints of sweet orange.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a juicy hop and a grainy malt. Good residual bitterness.

The mouthfeel wa sofa verage fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a very enjoyable APA. A good example of the style.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a big-ass 24oz can into a 23oz weizen glass, for shits and giggles. Thanks to Valdieu2 for sending this to me.

A: Pours a nice burnt orange with a spongy off-white head. Nasty lacing and retention.

S: Really nice mellow nose of floral yeast, citrus and grassy hops, a bit of perfumy spiciness.

T: Pleasing bready caramel malt infused with mellow floral and piney hops. Mild citrus (lemon, orange) and apricot shows in the middle, with a bit of an herbal note on the end from the yeast and hops. A hint of bitterness lingers.

M: Creamy, nice carbonation.

O: This is a pretty tasty APA - mellow, but interesting.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Because sometimes a nice can is better than big jugs." - Iron Mike can

Amber color with a craggy white head. Lumpy blanket of retention leaves lumpy lil' lace deposits. Poured into an Appalachian Mt. Club pint glass - I though it appropriate. Bonus points for a tallboy.

Smells like a bag o' cascade. Lil' bready.

Tastes fresh. More prickly cascade and a bit o' biscuit. With no malty sweetness at all, Mike comes across as wet and watery.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a thick and creamy two-finger off-white head that fades slowly. Great retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell is rather faint, but it is mostly a blend of floral and citrus hops with some toasted grains and a hint of caramel in the background.

Taste starts with some earthy floral hops with a slight bitterness, and a grainy, slightly sweet malt background. Toasted bread and caramel lead into some citrus flavors before a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a crisp level of carbonation.

The Moat is my local watering hole and this is the beer that I drink 90% of the time I stop in. Near perfect drinkability for me, and a great APA.

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber color with huge cap of soapy white froth, good retention. Scent if full of juicy hop aroma with big notes of grapefruit and splashes of citrus, behind a lightly sweet and clean malt profile comes some resiny and herbally hop notes. Taste follows suit, big bitter tropical and citrus fruit notes on top of a mildly sweet and tofeeish malt backbone with notes of pine. Medium bodied, lingering hop notes on the palate. Overall quite a surprise find and a very good APA.

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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.