The Sword - Iron Swan Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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2.89/5 rDev -17.9%
I poured this out of a can into a pint glass. It poured a nice burnt orange color with I slight head that dissipated quickly. The nose was not much. A little hoppy, bread, malt. Taste was headed toward a nice English ale but fell a little short IMHO. Definitely a more hoppy version of an EPA but not excessive. Highly drinkable but not one of my favorites from Real Ale.
08-04-2013 03:20:49 | More by trebbates
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
12 oz. can poured into tulip
(best by: 10/21/13 ... 204 15:43:18 printed on can)
L: almost 1 1/4-inch head of fluffy thick tan foam on top of brown/amber liquid that's about 60% clear but is clearly going to clear up all the way -- and it does ... as it settles, the brew becomes very easy to see through. loads of stick off the head, some lace as you drink it.
S: grain; slight sweet bread malt; spicy/grassy hops; hops really dominate the rest, but there *is* some malt in the background; it morphs into a tropical fruit/mango American DIPA smell as it warms
T: weirdish mix of tropical fruit hops, grain, malt (sweet?) ... in all honestly, a bit Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like; there might be some English pale ale malt notes in there somewhere, but the hops dominate ... tastes like an American pale ale/IPA
F: nice carbonation, solid weight
O: thoroughly disappointing from a style point of view -- if this is a true English pale ale, my bank account balance includes 10 numbers. there's VERY LITTLE about it that comes off as a British-made pale ale. so it gets a 0 from me on the style points.
... with that said ...
if you want a solid American pale ale/IPA, this does just fine. it's as good as any of the others, possibly better. the disappointment is that it tastes more or less exactly like all of the other Real Ale pale ale products, and it's frustrating because you wonder how good some of their beers might be if they'd stop dry-hopping the hell out of all of them.
09-01-2013 21:31:53 | More by Premo88
3.16/5 rDev -10.2%
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
The Sword - Iron Swan Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.