The Sword - Iron Swan Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
09-03-2013 18:39:39 | More by elNopalero
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
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
I don't know the song or band to which this beer refers, but I am always game for something new from Real Ale.
Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Sword is a nice copper brown color with a solid two finger head on top. Decent lace. The nose is unassuming and nothing special, but I don't think that's uncommon for proper English style pale ales. Taste is good. Smooth and earthy with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is consistent.
I like this beer. It's not flashy (aside from the artwork on the can), but it is true to the style and it's quite tasty as well. At 5.88% ABV, I'm not sure I'd call it a true session ale, but it goes down easily and I can see myself revisiting this in the future. Good stuff.
08-31-2013 23:02:57 | More by Atlas1
3.99/5 rDev +13.4%
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
3.76/5 rDev +6.8%
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 91 ratings.