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

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BA SCORE
84
good

71 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 221
Photo of caseymconley
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this beer on tap on Dec. 12 in the brew pub in North Conway, N.H. Used to live in town and sought out the pub while visiting. Iron Mike IPA is in my opinion their signature brew -- at times it's so popular the place runs out until a new batch is ready.

In any case, the beer is extremely smooth, but with a nice hoppy kick. It's well-balanced and not overwhelming and mildly citrusy.

On par, I believe with any of the big boys in the IPA market -- (Sierra Nevada nationally, Shipyard, Geary's, locally) but has a uniqueness that sets it apart.

Wish they were big enough to bottle it so I could buy it in Portland, Maine. I love this beer and strongly recommend it. (676 characters)

Photo of brunop
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz can. for a "pale ale" as opposed to an "india" pale ale? well i wonder why moat doesn't just go ahead and append "india" to this brew. it's damn near as hoppy as any IPA out there. more hoppy than say sierra nevada green for sure. this is between SN green and torpedo (leaning nearer to torpedo). and because moat has gone to cans? well now, that has pushed it right up there as a good walkaround and hiking backcountry brew. no more compromising with glass. this is a righteous brew to stand up with any bottled IPA. highly recommended. v. highly. (554 characters)

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting for this day for so long. I first had Moat Mountain on-tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, and I've been going up to North Conway for a weekend every summer since 2007 to enjoy the beers at the source. For the past five years, I've been hoping to be able to bring Moat Mountain home more than once a year in a growler, and the big 24 oz. cans have finally delivered on the dream!

A: Pours with a big, fluffy but airy white head; color is golden, slightly amber, clear with a dash of carbonation evident; reasonably attractive, but not the reason behind this beer's eminent beauty

S: The can pops open with a big juicy burst of fresh hops. The smell begins citrusy, then slightly piney, with the hops dominant and the malt only presenting itself in the shadows later. Overall, the smell is wonderful, fresh, crisp and hoppy.

T: Taste follows nose with an extremely crisp, fresh hoppiness that begins juicy citrus and ends dry piney. It is exquisitely balanced by a malt backbone while letting the hops do all the talking.

M: Medium; not as chewy as expected from smell or taste, but pleasant just the same

D: Extremely high; this is one of the most drinkable beers around. It is delicious easy-gong, crisp, low ABV; throwing back a 24 oz. can solo would be as easy and enjoyable as ordering a second pint of Iron Mike at the brewpub.

Hosanna! (1,368 characters)

Photo of DrewKid4
4.4/5  rDev +18%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of BillyBrew
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very solid pale. Deep golden colour with a sticky, tight head that laces and swirls throughout. Strong hop oil nose and lesser citrus-fruit scents. Strong oily hops with balancing crystal malts. Great bite and body combination. Also a bit o' citrus. Solid medium body with a rough carbonated edge and dry hopping.

A great American plae with its bite and body matchup. Dry, clean finish. Very solid. Cheers! (424 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of MrMonkey
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of snowflake
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (270 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy JD for this growler! I'm trying to convert him from macros and it might be working!

Pours a nice coppery-amber color with a solid one finger head of off-white bubbles. Leaves some good lacing.

The aroma was at first faint, but improved as the beer warmed. Nice citrus hop smell with some bready malts and a light caramel.

The flavor was a well balanced blend of citrus and floral hops with a good backbone slightly sweet malts.

Medium body, good carbonation...even though I was a bit worried when I first saw the growler. It was a short pour and I was afraid that maybe the cap had come loose during its travels. Very enjoyable, solid APA. (662 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz Iron Mike can poured into a Sebago Tulip.

Pristine honey auburn ale with a frothy off white head that leaves moderate lace. Earthy, herbal hop nose, followed by a similar hop bitterness. Grainy and dry, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Lingering vegetable aftertaste, with a powdery malt finish.

I really like this pale ale, but they're $5/can. I think $15 a six pack is overpriced. I'll stick to filling growlers in the future, but the big cans are cool. (470 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 8 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served at room tempertaure. This is an absolutely huge can. Labelled as "Iron Mike Pale Ale."

Appearance: Golden orange in color with a one finger white head that recedes into a nice thin lacing. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Some light malt sweetness, a touch of caramel, and some herbal hop bitterness. Light and nicely balanced.

Taste: A touch of light grain sweetness and some caramel. Balanced perfectly with some nice hop bitterness, slightly herbal and slightly piney. '

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth, with just enough bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Light balanced flavors make this really easy to drink. The alcohol is spot on for the style, but a price hurts it here a little.

Overall, a really nice pale ale and I love the big cans. Perfect to take to a party and enjoy or sit back and relax with. I'll definitely pick this up again. (940 characters)

Photo of Thingus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive can into .75L stein thanks to caguiar (Thanks Chris!!)

Appearance; pours a slightly hazy orange copper color, with three fingers of straw colored head... Retention is good, taking several minutes to fall, and lacing is outstanding.

Smell; Peaches, honey and hints of grapefruit

Taste; quite similar to the smell with a bit of a bready quality to balance everything out, just a slight amount of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel; on the full side of light bodied, with mellow carbonation, goes down fairly smooth, this is a very easy drinkin beer...

Overall; this is an exceptionally easy drinkin beer, i can definitely envision myself drinking this one all day at a party or some similar event, and the low ABV makes it a perfect candidate for doing so. Absolutely would seek this one out again!! (813 characters)

Photo of charliedvrs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass. Both consumed and filled on 8/15/10.

A - Golden amber with a nice two finger white head that slowly receeded to a generous amount of sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops dominate. Lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Little bits of sweet malt linger.

T - Taste follows the smell. Citrusy hops that do more in the aromatic and taste departments than they add to the bitterness, though there is a nice amount of residual bitterness at the end of the sip. I'd even go so far to say that this borders on an IPA.

M - The malts lend a nice, smooth creaminess to the beer. Medium bodied with a good level of carbination.

D - A great APA! Well balanced with a very enjoyable hop profile. Could drink this all day! (742 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After today, the tallboy received in a trade from johnnnie! Prosit!

Tall boy poured into a tall Peroni glass.

Pours a golden, um gold color. yes i know that sounds bad, but thats the best i can describe. Very thick white head. definitely full of protein, this one is. Carbonation is really pretty good.

I can smell hops and malt, a very nice balance actually. the hops i get are all aroma, mostly citric hops.

Feels very syrupy sweet and slick, with a candy citrus feeling from the hops. It feels very light, almost to a fault, but it makes is insanely drinkable. Very litte bittering hops, im not so sure I like that part, but I really cant argue with this one. The bitter really comes in on the back end.

Definitely a good candidate for a tall boy. Sits light ont he tongue; it may be one of the more drinkable pale ales. (829 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers fluffy, bubbly, dense head into a snifter that left thick sheeting and nice lacing throughout. the head really billowed nicely. the body was a bright and lively amber color.
s - slightly sweet with a big citrus aroma.
t - oranges, grapefruit, caramel.
m - medium thickness and bubbly.
o - a really nice APA and i really liked the big ass can. (369 characters)

Photo of bbeerman
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A.. A nice golden hue. Minimal/no head or lace

S.. A typical pale ale

T.. Great tasting ale. Light hops with a good amount of malt (good for the type of brew). A little sweetness

M.. Easy drinking beer. Minimal carbonation, could be a session beer

O.. Very good pale ale. On tap or in the can it's worth the time (317 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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... (1,137 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I disconvered this place while reading the Ale Street News. I was up near North Conway to go boarding at Cranmore a few weeks ago and noticed that it was a few minutes from the mountain. This beers at the place were well worth it after a day on the mountain and the 24 oz. Iron Mike and Imperial Stout were available for sale too.

Appearance: The beer pours a big white head and it remains on the glass when drinking it. The color of the beer is a n amber/orange/brown shade. The looks to be a little but of carbonation. The beer is attractive and waiting to be drank. Very inviting.

Smell: The is a slight smell of hops, which bring out some signs of citrus and pine and the sweet smell of malt to finish things off. The smell is wonderful, fresh, crisp, hoppy a little sweet, and not over bearing.

Taste: The beer is slightly crisp, a bit hoppy, with slight notes of citrus and pine. All of this finished off by the sweet flavor produced from the malt. The is a well balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The beer is hanging out in my mouth and feels good. Very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I would purchase and drink this next time driving through North Conway. this is one of the most drinkable beers around and very easy to consume especially since it comes in a 24 oz. can. (1,310 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber/orange hued brew with a huge dense, off-white head that slowly recedes leaving behind spotty lacing.

lots of hops hit the nose first, a bit of pine and juicy citrus, with some light and sweet malt backing that up.

malt starts off sweet and slightly toasty with some lemony and grassy hops. goes bitter in the middle, but then finishes juicy and with plenty of hop flavor.

a touch light bodied, between pilsner and pale ale in terms of viscosity, with plenty of soft carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

checks all the marks for a good, hoppy APA. won't wow everyone, but its solid and drinks easy, which it has to being in a 24oz can. (654 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +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. (597 characters)

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