India Pale Ale | Iron Horse Brewery

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and moderate effervescence. Head is minimal and not very long lasing, but the lacing is good.

Smell: citrusy hops, not terribly strong. The overall effect is a little muddled. Not bad, but it's not as enticing as I'd like.

Taste: citrusy hops with some added dankness over a lightly bready malt character. Decent enough.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a decent carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style.

Overall: unremarkable, but despite that a darn drinkable IPA. I might have another.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This AIPA is a light, clear orange in color with some nice orangish coloring in the head as well.

Smell – This nose has a mild, even citrus hop aroma with some delicate pine. The malts are well-toasted if a bit on the grainy side.

Taste – The pine takes over at the taste, leaving the fruits and citrus in its wake. I like the rather heavy approach to this PacNW hop profile but cringed a bit at the grainy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – This one is just shy of medium-bodied but is dry as a bone.

Drinkability – This IPA lacks balance for sure, but it makes for a nice hoppy fix.

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Photo of chossboss
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at the Yakima fresh hop festival. Copper and yellow color, ordinary for an ipa. Aroma was missing a bit of hop character, but bitterness and caramel represented.

Moderate hop flavor, not exactly exuding fresh hops (seemed like lots of regular ipas at a fresh hop festival). Not balanced, in that there was too much bitterness and not enough hop mouthfeel (I'm a broken record on that but dammit). Couldn't really pick up much in the way of flavor over the bitterness. Couldn't say pine or grapefruit, guess I'd lean grapefruit since it was all bitter.

Middle of the pack stuff since there weren't any true off flavors or anything, but I dunno. The standard is pretty high for ipa's these days.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is honey and pine, a bit faint overall.
The taste is malty start, mild bitter middle and a longer pine bitter finish.
The texture is crisp.

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Photo of joelparker
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of RenzoD
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Edit: Did Iron Horse tweak with this IPA or something? Tried it again tonight, May 27 2015, and it was completely different experience. Beautiful aromas. Beautiful colors. Perfect head retention and carbonation. Amazing taste and mouthfeel. So glad I gave it another go because it was very good.

Hazy look. Thin, quickly dissipated head. Not too much to the aroma. Scent picks up pretty standard ipa. Medium mouth feel. Excellent taste; piney, citrus northwest hop flavor. Enjoyable, tasty sweetness balances it out nicely.
I've been a fan of Iron Horse for a while and have been putting off trying this IPA. All that wasted time I could have been enjoying this very nice beer. Sure it may not blow you away but I cant see many people not enjoying this.

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Spikester
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper with two fingers of off white head. Lacings traveled from top to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is piney fruity hops. Taste is full Northwest IPA with just a bit better malt character than most. Good mouthfeel with a bitter dry finish. This IPA is quite satisfying especially given the low 5% alcohol.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. No obvious bottle dating.

Out of the bottle a rich, nice eggshell off white head is made, but just far too large in appearance, just overtaking the pint on first pour. Does settle a bit, with lots of retention though. Body is murky and looks unfiltered, Light muddy brown, with some rising tan carbonation bubbles which rise pretty quickly. Not the most attractive looking brew here, some decent lacing saves it.

Nose is filled with a nice chocolate malt sense, and some density. Some faint hop angle of citrus orange comes out. This smells considerably more malt forward but it's a nice scent, but the hop angle here is a little bit buried. Orangey juicy chocolate malt and wet.

After first sip the palate comes out with a bit orange juice character, but it's quite weak. A light bodied almost wet palate with a mild malt backbone. Some earthy character is just wanting to peak out here. Fleeting aftertaste, almost herbal finish. Light pine sensations but subdued.

Overall though the label calls, crisp, hoppy and danktastic. Unfortunately it is non of these things or else this bottle is old. The boom here is just not coming, and while it does have a somewhat unique profile, it's totally hammered down. Just not impressive, I don't feel the urge to be having this. It really feels like something here is missing, and that this has the ability to be so much better.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Great head leaves a lot of thick lacing. Clear and dark amber colour.

Malt flavor is wonderful. Simply fantastic. The fruity hops enhance the malt sweetness. Ends in a general hop bitterness.

Very smooth. Silly even.

Overall quite good. I suppose it's getting hate for not being as hoppy as some expect pnw IPAs to be.


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Photo of rrock44
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of nicoga3000
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Braz
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of baklo
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Redneckwine
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into cold pint glass

Appearance - Dark golden, very hazy, little chunky bits swirling about. Nice sticky lacing, solid head retention.

Smell - Dank, piney, fusel, big citrus character. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Taste - Medium body with gentle carbonation. Taste follows the nose with bigtime citrus, pine tree action, fusel notes are present but not unpleasant. Trails off with a nice bitter kick.

Overall - Super enjoyable IPA, the look is a bit rough with the floaties and haze, but it probably adds to the delicious flavor. Honestly, one of the better IPAs I've had so far.

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Photo of BrandonZp5
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour, 1/4" white head. Aroma was bitter, crystal malt caramel.

Not exactly hoppy, kind of weird for an ipa. A lot of crystal malt really dominates. The hop flavors are muddled. This is a real average if that beer. Generic.

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Photo of Paincane
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber body that is hazy and topped by a creamy off-white head. Good lacing and head retention.
S: Dank, hoppy pine and floral nose.
T: Malt backbone is hefty and balances the hop flavors quite well.
M: Smooth, crisp body with a clean dry finish.
O: Excellent IPA that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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