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

71 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 220
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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: 220
Photo of Tidesox28
1.64/5  rDev -56%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of gdrydenc
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 (612 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this can, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a thin layer of white head to go on top.

S: Some piney hops start things off along with a fair amount of floral notes to the beer. Lots of lemon going on, especially the rind. It's got a bit of a lemon oil thing going on, too. Bready malts and candied orange peel are also there.

T: Surprisingly bitter, which dominates and sort of ruins the flavor. More of that lemon peel character along with the pine. The malt is definitely pushed into the background on this beer.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Smelled pretty decent, but the flavor was just far too bitter. Not enough hop (or malt) flavors to this beer. (705 characters)

Photo of Hopilator
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this tall boy into a pint glass, and received an enormous fluffy head, which hung on for quite a while. A copper hue, with a light hop aroma. Balanced malt flavor (caramel) and hop bitterness, well carbonated, good lacing. Good pale ale, for me it really does not separate itself from the pantheon of pales. It's good though. (332 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep and cloudy amber. Maybe a fingers worth of white foam which quickly fizzles out. Leaves streaks of lacing against the glass.

S - strong malt character. Cake, hard caramel candy, and doughy bread. Grassy, floral hop notes while a faint citrus undertone.

T - sort of earthy and grainy flavors up front. toasty flavors along with sweet caramel malt flavors. Sweet citrus peel and some grapefruit pith. Finish is sweet and malty.

M - medium bodied. Creamy. High carb.

O - nice pale ale. Easy drinking and full flavored. The big can is a nice touch as well. (573 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: golden colored body that leaves a two finger foamy white head, there is a nice spider webbed lacing speckling the pint glass. Some light carbonation is seen slowly rising.

S: a good combination between the malts and the hops.

T: balanced between the malts and hops.

M: light to medium with a good crispness lingering about it. There is nothing harsh on the tongue.

O: this is a decent brew, standard and solid, but for the price, I'm not sure if I would have come back to it. (502 characters)

Photo of RSchaeffer
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review #6
Tallboy poured into a pint glass.

A - Light copper with two-fingers of head, good retention, took time to settle.

S - I mostly pick up herbal and piney hops, bit of citrus. Slightly sweet malt, bready.

T - Fairly balanced, slightly sweet background, finishes bitter and dry.

M - Medium bodied and in carbonation, smooth.

O - This is a fairly easy drinking beer and if I were in the North Conway area hiking/camping, would definitely pick this up to drink at camp, love the tallboy format. Won't go out of my way however to pick this up. (556 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy orange-gold color with a huge, frothy, light, white head that starts at an overwhelming 4 inches and settles fairly quickly into a two inch retaining head. Aromas right out of the can strong in malt sweetness and spicy hops, with a leafy green smell as well, helping to balance everything out. Flavors are a little on the watery side initially, but come strong with a peppery spiced hop character riding a weaker, lighter malt that is a little caramel and a little butter. Aftertaste is mostly spice, with a little hops and a little butterscotch sweetness, and the finish is slick and lingers a bit, going back and forth between the pepper and the sweet. Interesting blend of flavors, and pretty well balanced, but just a little off. Tasty, nonetheless. (815 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the can at the pub while heading south through NH. Great brew pub and excellend BBQ, sure stop if your in the area.

Poured from the big can into a tulip pint glass, nice creamy off white head 1/2 inch thick, light lacing. Color is gold to light amber; light carbonation with flecks of yeast about (nice touch from a can).

Smell is biscuit and caramel malt, stronger than I expected, but its backed by some nice hop fruitiness.

Taste is a bitter front mixed with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness, with the bitterness taking over in the finish, more of a mix of hop flavors from light pine to hints of fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is strange, some of the flavors linger strong on the tongue, almost astrigent. It starts creamy, but finishes dry.

Overall, this a nice APA, some there is an interesting mix of flavors with the caramel, biscuit sweetness and hard to pinpoint hop notes. I think I liked it better on draft, the freshness is excellent on site. (964 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A tip o' the wood to rudzud for coming through on a CAN of one of my longtime wants in support of The CANQuest (TM)! I am always up for a trade involving new CANs and he was a solid trader.

From the CAN: "PaLe AlE iN, PaLe YellOw OuT"; "EverYoNe LoVes BiG CaNs"; "All HaiL tHe PaLe aLe"; "CaN You DiG tHe HoPPY New BeeR?"; "An AmeriCan Pale Ale tHat's aLL HoPPed Up and ReaDy To Go."; "FoR 10+ YeARs We'Ve BeeN BriNGing You Handcarfted BeeR aNd BoLd HoMe CooKinG fRom tHe MouNt WasHinGton VaLLey's 1st BrEw PuB and Inn. CoMe in and VisiT Us! BreweD & CaNNed At Moat Mountain SmoKe HouSe & BrewinG Co."; "WHY CANS?: BeCauSe SomeTiMes a Nice CaN is BetteR tHaN Big JuGs; PRoTectS tHe BreW fRoM LiGht DeGradAtioN - GlaSS DoeSn't.; LeSS WeiGht and TwiCe tHe RecYcliNG = LoWer CarBon FootPrint; JuSt DaMn GooD for THe EaRth and tHe Beer"; "BiG EnouGh To SHaRe".

Well, I applaud their use of upper- and lower-case lettering, but I take exception to their use as it applies to the word "CaN" as it should ALWAYS be "CAN". Ya hear me, ya buncha ... ?!?

I know, I know, the usual hue & cry - "CAN we have a review sometime today, ya jagov?" Here goes:

The Crack revealed a CAN filled to the brim and the Glug produced two dense fingers of bubbly tawny head with good retention, as well as releasing some nice aromatics. Nose had the scent of a snowy evening in a pine forest and if they could ever really capture that smell in incense or a candle, I'd have some burning all the time. In the meantime, my mouth began to water and I was slavering like a dog. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. The first sip was pure bliss as my sinuses filled with the scent of minty, piney hops and those selfsame hops acted like a scrub brush on my AAL-deadened palate. I was starting to feel better about myself as a result. CANfound the prevalence of AALs in CANs! Finish was bold and pungent with hops and veddy, veddy dry. My, my, my. I did get a kind of slight sourness in terms of taste which do not know whether or not it was intentional, but it added a citric lemony aspect that I could have done without. Even so, it was enjoyable enough that I would make cooler space for it, especially as Hula in the Coola Day (01 February, annually) approaches. (2,250 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (706 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from trade. No datw. Big thanks for a tall can! Pours hazy orange with a one finger white head and lots of lacing. Floral hop aroma with some grass and light malts in the background. Flavor is a nice combination of floral notes and grapefruit with some toffee coming from the malts in the background. Some dry cracker flavor here and a little on the light side. Somewhat slick mouthfeel with adequate bitter and a relatively smooth finish. Nothing special but at the same time very drinkable and nothing wrong with it. Great cookout brew and in a big enough can to last. (574 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draught in Brewpub: This one poured a clear, golden color. It had a bit of a frothy white head. Some lacing. It has a lighter aroma of piney hops, with possible some floral notes. The taste is very good A mild pine hop bite, with a fairly decent malt body. Clean and easy drinking. (281 characters)

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