The Sword - Iron Swan Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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3.79/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a stemmed glass translucent copper with a one finger white head. Great head retention and lacing. Scent of green hops. Taste is steady with a nice balance of hops with some carameled malts with a hint of spice in the back end. Medium bodied.
08-01-2013 00:29:21 | More by whoneeds8
3.64/5 rDev +3.7%
Big off white head slowly settles to a quarter inch frothy layer above a clear copper to bronze colored beer.
Light sweet caramel grain malts with some light hops characteristics in the aroma.
Caramel malts which lean towards being sweet added with a light almost spiciness in the taste.
Dryish aftertaste with light caramel tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.
Pretty decent and easy drinking beer and with the light spices makes this more than a amber like tasting beer.
10-05-2013 05:12:18 | More by LXIXME
3.99/5 rDev +13.7%
On tap at Freetail in San Antonio, TX.
Pours a nice semi-hazy copper/bronze with a finger of very fine off white head. It smells pretty hoppy for an English Pale Ale, with a bit of sweetness added in. The flavor is not as hoppy, and much more balanced. Tastes of mild citrus hops, caramel, bread, biscuit. This is all rounded out with an exceptional creaminess and smoothness. The extremely fine head provides an awesome mouthfeel. This is well balanced, easy drinking, moderate carbonation and body. This is better than I expected from the style, and one I could drink all day. Good job Real Ale / The Sword.
08-31-2013 22:14:55 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
3.16/5 rDev -10%
12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a dense cap of fine-bubbled off-white head. Pretty good retention and lace.
Nose is surprisingly hoppy with the malts contributing bready caramel and sweet toffee. It actually smells more like an American varietal of hops than a noble one. Fruitiness is surprisingly low for a British style beer. It seems to have more in common with a Scottish Ale than a EPA.
A lot more of the hop bitterness comes out in the flavors and mingles with a toasty malt that offsets most of the sweetness. The malts are quite earthy and remind me of a poor man's 90 Shilling Ale from Odell. I dont think the toast and hops play very nicely in here and the malt does not have much depth. I love most of the English Ales I have had, but this one is not doing it for me. Bummer.
08-07-2013 21:38:30 | More by twiggamortis420
3.76/5 rDev +7.1%
So I'm a huge Sword fan. Got Austin's hottest hot sauce by The Sword. Now I'm drinkin this Sword beer. Pours up a clear bronze color with a huge white head. Great lacing. Aroma is subtle buttery caramel. Subtle citrus hop bitterness. Taste is caramel, honey, bitter hop backdrop. Medium body, medium smooth carbo. Very easy drinkin Amber. I dig it.
08-12-2013 06:35:45 | More by stumac
The Sword - Iron Swan Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.