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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
84
good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 71 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kered557
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Kered557, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of caseymconley
4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

caseymconley, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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!

FrankLloydMike, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of brunop
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

brunop, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Jay_C
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Jay_C, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of trey66
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

trey66, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of DrewKid4
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

DrewKid4, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of terry33
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

terry33, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of marckobi
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

marckobi, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of bilhelm
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

bilhelm, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of goldenM13
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

goldenM13, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Gregwa, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mikefour77
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

mikefour77, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Kelp, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

rfgetz, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BillyBrew
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

BillyBrew, Oct 06, 2002
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of MrMonkey
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

MrMonkey, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of bmoraymond
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%

bmoraymond, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of bbeerman
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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

bbeerman, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Drumomatic
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Drumomatic, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

philbe311, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

smakawhat, Feb 17, 2012
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

snowflake, Aug 13, 2011
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.

plaid75, Jul 23, 2007
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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.