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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

200 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of Baileye3
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of sethmeister
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

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.

Photo of mschofield
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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).

Photo of goz
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Moat Iron Mike Pale Ale from Moat Mountain Smoke House & Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.