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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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Photo of DaveHack
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DaveHack, Nov 22, 2011
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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks J for this big ass 24oz can named after the craziest mofugga to make millions for biting another human. I do infact like big cans.

Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A Big white head billows to the top of my glass that become really foamy. Body is a pale light amber and theres lots of carbonation rushing to the head. As the head slowly comes down lots of rings of lacing are left.

S Mild floral hops with some sweet citrus and some malt. Not too much to pick up on but what I get smells nice.

T Mild citrusy hops come out upfront that becomes slightly bitter toward the middle. The finish is sweeter malts with a tiny bitter lingering. Nice easy to drink beer.

M lighter side of medium feel on the tongue with lots of smaller carbonation bubbles. Feels pretty much how you want a pale to feel, nice and drinkable.

O Nice weekend or all day brew BBQ brew. Not too heavy, easy to drink and a 24oz fan. Pretty good stuff.

Gushue3, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 14, 2011
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 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 donkeyrunner
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

VncentLIFE, Nov 02, 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 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 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 Hopilator
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Hopilator, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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

JohnGalt1, Aug 18, 2011
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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

GPHarris, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

mvanaskie13, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jul 08, 2011
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 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 silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

silentjay, May 14, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounce can spit with my housemate into two pint glasses. Lookin' good here! This one has a nice creamy inch of white head on top of a hazy somewhat orange straw colored body. Nice retention on this with some sticky lace.

Lots of orange citrus hops in the aroma with a solid malt backbone. A small faint bready aroma lingers in the background. The flavor doesn't transilate from the aroma as well as I had hoped. Still get some citrus flavor and it finishes kind of bitter. I'm reminded of sourdough bread a little bit in this.

Nice light body on this soft carboonation. I feel the carbonation could be a little bit more. Overall, a solid brew here. Definatley a neat local one to grab and I really love the 24 ounce can.

Bendurgin, May 13, 2011
Photo of RSchaeffer
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

RSchaeffer, May 07, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

jlindros, Apr 09, 2011
Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.