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: 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 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 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 jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ale in a tall boy can, gotta love that.

Pours a huge 3 finger head that forces a short pour, and then fades at a medium pace with bubbled pot marked lacing, over a clear pale orange color.

Nose is light grassy and spicy hops, bit of aromatic hops, touch of citrus, but mostly lighter on the nose.

Taste starts with some light hops, light spicy and citrus hops, then some toasty malt flavors, almost pilsner like, then the hops build up a bit and get fairly bitter with a slight spicy and grassy kick, bit of a sweet malt but not much. Finishes fairly bitter still, dries a bit, with some lingering spicy and light citrus hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, a light sessionable pale, some decent hops but could have used a lot more aroma and maybe a bit more hop flavor, but a decent beer overall. (841 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 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 johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Newly available in 24 oz cans, very cool.
Pours a deep golden color with a good sized fluffy white head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, lightly toasted malt, a little bready maybe a hint of earthy. Smells like a nicely balanced pale ale. Crisp bitterness right up front followed by some grapefruit and a bit of biscuit. Leaves a long lingering citric tartness after every sip. Very nicely balanced brew. Medium level of carbonation and body. Great little pale ale, I could see lots of these easy drinkers in my future. Now if you could just bring down the price of the Imperial Stouts that you bottled.... (636 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (717 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 Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent golden color with a one finger head into my glass. Huge fucking can too!

The aroma is about more malt, less hops. The quintessential pale ale.

Grassy hops with an emphasis on the malt. More of a traditional pale ale? The taste reflects the aroma. An easygoing pale ale.

Not much in the aftertaste. Light and crisp.

Nothing bad to say about this. Check it (375 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Iron Mike Pale Ale poured from the 20oz can is amber in the glass with a small, frothy white head on top. as the foam fades spots and lines of lace remain on the glass. a flurry of tiny bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom.

The aroma is malty and sweet with some floral notes blended in. caramel and toasted malt, tropical fruit, grass and a touch of citrus are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly creamy, dry with moderate carbonation. The flavor is much like the aroma. Bready, caramel malt and toast are balanced with tangerine citrus, a touch of mango and grass. It finishes dry and mildly bitter. Once gone the toasted malt and citrus flavors linger on the palate.

This is a very drinkable, well balanced beer is a huge can. I brought another can on a kayak trip recently and sipped on it a couple miles down the river. (859 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 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 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 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 OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well well well. Moat in a 1 pt., 8 oz. can! Outstanding! Pours pale orange with a good foamy head. Some retention, a little spotty lace.

Medium toasted malt and some hoppy notes in the nose.

Grainy and a bit bready, but there is something muscular in this one. Some toasted grain, a little husk, some minerals and hop leaf. Good balance of malt and bitterness. Drinkable.

Decent carbonation, medium body, nice strength of flavor.

Good pale ale. Nothing overdone, and made to be easy drinking. Worth a shot. So glad I found this in this gigantic can. (553 characters)

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