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The Sword - Iron Swan Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.88% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Real Ale partners with band The Sword to create Iron Swan Ale. Our newest canned offering is a tribute to the song that first introduced us to a packaging hall favorite, The Sword. Iron Swan pours a deep copper color and has an enticing intro of fruit and caramel with subtle hints of earth and spice. This medium bodied ale showcases the fruitiness of our house ale strain, along with the rich toffee flavors of English crystal malt. Added complexity is provided by generous amounts of English hops. Iron Swan finishes slightly dry with a mild spiciness that beckons another can. Fire up your turntable and audition Iron Swan yourself.

(Beer added by: whoneeds8 on 08-01-2013)
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The Sword - Iron Swan Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.