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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

71 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | 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: 221
Photo of SpdKilz
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Chris (caguiar) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into my tulip from a massive can with a semi-cloudy dark amber color and over two fingers of massive head that leaves great looking chunky lacing.

Smell – Toasted grainy malts, caramel, slight floral hops, hints of citrus and lemon zest.

Taste – Actually less sweet and abrasive than I was expecting from the nose. Begins a hint caramel sweet mixed with lots of bready and biscuity toasted malts. A small punch of floral and citrus hops shine through in the middle along with pine resin and the sip ends with a slight bitterness though the sweetness almost takes over.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, quite creamy actually, solid mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Overall – A solid APA and one I am glad to try. Extremely quaffable and not overly “grainy” if you know what I mean. (864 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Moat Mountain 10/04.

Appearance was orange gold with a sticky off white head and excellent lace retention.

Scent was grapefruit hops and fresh bread.

Taste was a dominant crisp citrus, primarily grapefruit, hop flavor on a fresh malty bread base. Hints of pine resin. Nice clean finish. Very well balanced.

Prickly on the tip of tongue; creamy medium mouthfeel. Nice bitter finish.

Very good drinkability.

This is a very tasty American Pale Ale. (470 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 mschofield
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper-amber, topped with a one finger light tan head. Rings of lace left behind with wisps of webs connecting them.
Citrus and toffee aroma.
Nice hoppy taste, although the bittering hops aren't as strong as the taste would imply. Citrus - grapefruit, herbs, tea, toffee.
Medium bodied, easy drinking nicely balanced APA. (338 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smelted some ore with this one on 6/19/204 at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 16-oz. pour in a shaker glass.

Small, creamy initial head which set up with huge craters which recessed to a stringy chain as the offer’s level grew increasingly shorter. Mellow gold hue with a slight haze, but mostly clear when held up to the afternoon’s fading sun. Plentiful, strong hop character is pronounced in the bouquet, with some clover aspects slipping their way through the voluminous hop trellises. On taste, this was even-handed in all respects for the profile – not overly hopped and at the same time a fine balance of malt. This is one I would definitely consider for sessioning with friends. (707 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz can purchased at Trader Joe's in Portland, ME. Pours a slightly hazy amber body with a good inch or so of off-white head that persists and leaves great lacing. Smells herbal, minty, with hints of orange and lemon. Tastes malty with a good dose of hops for balance - caramel, butterscotch, apple, mint, graham cracker... Medium in body and carbonation. Balanced and pleasant. The flavors mesh well with each other and the beer's mouth feel. All in all a pretty solid APA. (475 characters)

Photo of vande
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - somewhat clearer than expected, yet strongly goldenrod in color... ahealthy head immediately present that takes some time to dissipate.

s - orange like aromas flowing from the presences of hops...other floral and citrus hops nicely present

t - light presences of hops up front followed by a bit of dryer/ somewhat bitter back...yet the presence of a good malt characteric increases the quaffability :)

m - light and easy to drink....a big tail gater?

0 - pretty good pale ale...lighter on the hops than what I've seen out there, but still quite drinkable. (563 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 Kinsman
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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). (861 characters)

Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery: A good pale ale. Deep golden pour, small white head that laces a little. Aroma is a little citrus, pine, and hops. A well balanced drink, with an initial malty goodness, followed by a nice hop bitterness that lingers on for a bit. (253 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)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz can that was canned on Jun 24 2013 according to the case. Pours a brownish dark amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is somewhat floral with some sweet malts, lemon zest, and bread. The taste is some malts and sweet bread with floral hops. Lemon zest and some dry bitterness towards the end. Hints of pine as well but this one is mainly a floral pale ale. Dry mouthfeel. I have to admit its pretty cool drinking a beer out of a 'Zona-esk can. Overall, decent Pale ale that nicely balances the floral hops and malts. (540 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 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 Bendurgin
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

24 oz can into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber body with two fingers of fluffy white foam. Aroma is heavy on the English hop varietals, floral and sweet caramel malts. Taste is similar with some pine and floral hops and a large caramel malt backbone. Lightly sweet and bitter. Mouth feel is light to medium and easy drinking, which is great given the large size of the can. Probably less of an APA and more of an English style IPA. Overall this was pretty decent. (470 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

24Oz Can > Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear pale gold 1 finger of soapy white head, little head.
S - Some nice dank pine, a little citrus, and a touch of tropical fruits, some big fresh bread malt.
T - Pretty well balanced, a tad heavier on the biscuit and bread malt, mild ripe tropical fruit taste, some mild bitterness as well.
M - Chewy medium feel.
O - Pretty good APA, could just dial down the malt a tad in flavor to help it. (432 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Moderate citrus hops aroma with a light, clean malt aroma.

A medium golden beer with excellent clarity. The persistent head is long lasting, made of compact, off-white foam that leave some lacing.

Medium American citrus hop flavors dominate with flavors of citrus, some pine an bit of pineapple. There is a moderate, clean malt sweetness against a medium-strong hops bitterness making for a balance that is fairly bitter.

A creamy, medium bodied ale with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

A well made Pale Ale showing a very nice hop profile. (552 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 pint 8 oz. can into a Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is an orange/amber with a finger or two of foamy white head that does stay for a short time leaving some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is fruity with some slight citrus aroma mixed with a little sweet pine in the nose. There is a nice freshness here that has a promising hoppy aroma without giving too much away.

The taste is slightly hoppy at first giving off just enough of a bitter pine presence before allowing the sweet malt flavor that really gives this beer it’s backbone. A bit of a bready flavor that balances well with bitterness that comes back toward the end with more pine and touches of tangerine and a slight twang of earthy flavor that is bitter and blunt at the same time.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkable feel Like a more good pale ales this beer is a good standard beer to have, well balanced with the right amount of hops to gives a hit of bitterness over the malt flavor but nothing that will stick out and disturb the harmony of this beer. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (933 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 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 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 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)

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Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.