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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
83
good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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 brunop
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
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 +13.9%
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 -16.1%
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 -7.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +9%
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 +9%
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 -1.1%
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.

mvanaskie13, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
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 -16.1%
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 +7.6%
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 +2.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +6.3%
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
Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Flounder57, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
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 johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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....

johnnnniee, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moat Mountain, my local brewpub has now added a canning line for 24oz cans of this, one of their flagship beers.

Pours a crisp clear light copper color with a fizzy white colored head about 2 fingers thick.

Aroma is a delicate balance of toasted biscuty malt and a bit of a floral and herbal hop aroma. Not quite as hoppy in the aroma as I remember on tap at the brewpub but not bad either.

Taste is similar to the aroma but quite a bit hoppier. Plenty of hoppiness to go around for a Pale Ale with a very North American hop character of Cascade and the like. Overall a well balanced character that I quite enjoy for an APA.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but a bit light. Overall a very enjoyable and well balanced APA and I'm glad to have this in cans outside the brewery but I wish they would can some of their other offerings (like Square Tail Stout).

Kinsman, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 8 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Served at room tempertaure. This is an absolutely huge can. Labelled as "Iron Mike Pale Ale."

Appearance: Golden orange in color with a one finger white head that recedes into a nice thin lacing. Pretty good retention.

Aroma: Some light malt sweetness, a touch of caramel, and some herbal hop bitterness. Light and nicely balanced.

Taste: A touch of light grain sweetness and some caramel. Balanced perfectly with some nice hop bitterness, slightly herbal and slightly piney. '

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth, with just enough bite from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Light balanced flavors make this really easy to drink. The alcohol is spot on for the style, but a price hurts it here a little.

Overall, a really nice pale ale and I love the big cans. Perfect to take to a party and enjoy or sit back and relax with. I'll definitely pick this up again.

Gosox8787, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of charliedvrs
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass. Both consumed and filled on 8/15/10.

A - Golden amber with a nice two finger white head that slowly receeded to a generous amount of sticky lacing.

S - Fruity hops dominate. Lots of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Little bits of sweet malt linger.

T - Taste follows the smell. Citrusy hops that do more in the aromatic and taste departments than they add to the bitterness, though there is a nice amount of residual bitterness at the end of the sip. I'd even go so far to say that this borders on an IPA.

M - The malts lend a nice, smooth creaminess to the beer. Medium bodied with a good level of carbination.

D - A great APA! Well balanced with a very enjoyable hop profile. Could drink this all day!

charliedvrs, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of DrewKid4
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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
Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.