The Sword - Iron Swan Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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The Sword - Iron Swan AleThe Sword - Iron Swan Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper/red color. A towering and rocky beige head rises to well over two fingers, with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left all the way down the glass.
S: A fairly neutral nose. Very earthy and green hops with a light fruity aroma. Light apples and pears.
T: Follows the nose with an earthy hop character up front. Caramel malt then takes over with a hint of green apple and pears. Slick and oily hops linger.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Almost a soapy and slick feel in the mouth. Easy to drink. I can put away a few with ease.

Certainly enjoyable. A nice beer to bring to a tailgate or outdoor party. Something I would love to find on cask, cause I think this would really shine with that presentation. As is, enjoyable, but not remarkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for bringing me this treat from the heart of Tejas!

This pours a caramel-amber color with tight foaming.

There’s a sweetish aroma which mixes some caramel notes along with a orangey-orange preserves hop character. It’s a similar flavor profile with what the professionals call balance. The definition of balance, perhaps, with a flavor that’s equal parts orange preserve-hop bittering and a caramelly-malt profile to balance it. I found it delicious.

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4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking, clear and orange-tan monster head that lasted and left sticky lacing.

Citrus hops and a good maltiness come through on the aroma. The flavor has a nice crisp hops bite that compliments a solid malt backbone and plenty of citrusy notes. I also get a little bit of fruitiness, light fruits mainly.

Body is crisp, easy to drink, slightly slick and perfectly carbonated.

Personally, I love this beer. I will be buying it again regularly. I love this brewery in general, and love that it's pretty local to me too.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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The Sword - Iron Swan Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.