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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 Tidesox28
1.56/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Tidesox28, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, May 06, 2012
Photo of hackomal
2/5  rDev -45.7%

hackomal, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of diverite
2/5  rDev -45.7%

diverite, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of John_Squires
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

John_Squires, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of SenorHops
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

SenorHops, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big ol 24oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz. Into a big ass weizen glass in order to get as much in on one pour.

A: Pours a beautiful amber with excellent clarity, enormous off white head, a good two inches worth that slowly recedes back into the beer. Large clumps of lacing left behind. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Sweet grainy malts, and a slightly floral hop profile. Smells really sweet. Almost smells like a pumpkin beer? Has a sort of brown sugar/vanilla thing going on. Um...not sure what this is.

T: Sweet and bitter. Again a weird sort of sweetness going on here, I can't really place it. Floral hops all over the place with a very pronounced bitterness that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Tastes much better than it smells.

M: Fairly thick for a lower abv beer, carbonation is just right. Finish is fairly dry and the bitterness really shines because of it.

O: I don't really like the odd sweetness in this that I associate more often with a spiced beer or a pumpkin beer. I do like the bitterness and floral hop notes that the beer has though. I also like how dry it is, definitely like the way it looks. Odd beer.

pokesbeerdude, Nov 14, 2011
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.

Sammy, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of jmilo64
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jmilo64, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of ScaryEd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ScaryEd, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Jslay013
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Jslay013, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of bootdown21
3/5  rDev -18.5%

bootdown21, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Rekrule, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.5%

djrn2, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of CreightonSM
3/5  rDev -18.5%

CreightonSM, May 28, 2014
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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of gdrydenc
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light straw color with about 2 fingers of off white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

S - There's a little bit of fruitiness in the nose, but not a ton. There's a bit of bitterness in the smell as well. There's an odd muskiness to it, which I don't think is a result of age. It's slightly off-putting.

T - Much like the smell, the taste is... slightly odd. There's the hint of fruitiness with the bitterness. However, the muskiness or funkiness is still present.

M - The mouthfeel is the closest this beer has to a saving grace, honestly. The mouthfeel is pretty creamy, the carbonation seems spot on.

Overall, this is a disappointing beer. The smell and taste have odd characteristics and the mouthfeel and appearance don't have what it takes to make up for it.

gdrydenc, May 28, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bilco for the can.

Appearance: Bright orange, like a pumpkin orange. Head is white and thin. Some lacing to be had, but it drops pretty quickly. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell: Grainy malts. A touch grassy and biscuity. Straight up two-row malt. Hops add a touch of citrus in the back, but the nose is relatively mild. A subtle blend of hops and malts. A touch of caramel sweetness and a big toasted compliment. Bread crust.

Taste: A kick of minerality starts the whole thing off. Powdery bread crust. A touch of sweetness and a faint earthiness as well. Hops pull grapefruit rind and pith. Smack of straight bitterness in the back. Grassy and grainy. Pilsner malt too. Solid flavor profile, but nothing to break the bank.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. Body feels a little thin overall, but a slightly creamy mouthfeel help bolster it a bit. Drinks on the crisp side, reminds me of a lager at times, especially when warm.

Overall: A completely average take on the style. It's nice to drink something that's not trying to hit with an all out assault. The balance is on point and makes this thing easy to drink. The massive can (24oz) is well worth it and I wouldn't mind having it around for a relaxed night of drinking.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24oz can, no dates.

Pours a hazy amber with a thick off-white head. Great lacing, solid retention.

The aroma is somewhat fruity, though not in a hoppy way. More of a yeasty thing. Otherwise very clean.

Flavor is on the maltier side for an APA, needs more hops. I don't think I'm drinking this beer at its peak, but there's no way of knowing without a date code on the can. Some slightly spicy and fruity hop flavor, but not much. Clean and drinkable, and not terribly exciting. Moutfeel is natural and smooth, medium-low carbonation.

As far as Pale Ales go, this beer is slightly above-average, but I can't really give it above a 3.0 overall. Probably better fresh.

dasenebler, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

angrybabboon, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Foam spews out of the can as it is popped and generates a huge head that eventually settles down in rocky slendor, leaving a curtain of lace over the clear amber liquid

Smell: Lemon and spruce

Taste: Lemony hops appear, at the outset, with just a hint of bready malt underneath; a bit of spruce arrives, after the swallow, though the lemony flavor dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium body, buthe carbonation blew itself out on the opening as the mouthfeel itself is a little flabby

Overall: Just an average APA and I cannot say that I am delighted by the hop bill

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of RobbDogg
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Honey color with a weak head. Very nondescript on the nose. Mild hop fruitiness, and a mild bitter finish. Not much in the way of malt, and really no strong flavors I could pull from it. A very average beer with not much originality....AVERAGE.

RobbDogg, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

alienlifeforcecube, Jul 27, 2013
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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.