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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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97 Ratings

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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:
Beer added by: whoneeds8 on 08-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Photo of Jchristmore34
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of FrizWhiz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of stumac
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of trebbates
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Described on the can as an "English style pale ale".

A: Poured aggressively into a pint glass. Deep copper, thick oatmeal colored head. Lives a nice lace on the glass.

S: Funky, but in a good way. Malty, slightly hoppy, hint of malt.

T: Malty sweet with a tiny bit of hop spice. Very balanced. The alcohol, such as it is, is hidden. The hops stay n play briefly.

M: Nice, semi-light. Doesn't linger but does leave some hop bitterness.

O: Solid execution, sessionable. I could see a sixer of this going down entirely too easily and quickly.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JMad
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a caramel , burnt orange color with a thick off white head.

The aroma is filled with earthy hop notes, toffee and a hint of buttery sweetness.

Tastes like an English pale ale but a little hoppier, I tastes some lemon, caramel, bread, and herbal hops.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

I thought this was one of the better EPA's that I've ever had.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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