Railway City Iron Spike - Blond Ale | Railway City Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
railwaycitybrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Iron Spike Blonde introduces itself with an antique gold colour accentuated with a generous white foam. Nose of honey, spicy, lemon zest and citric hops, some biscuit malt, a nice peach/tropical fruit profile as well.

On the pallet the beer enters with a hint of sweet fruit upfront (peach, pear mostly), followed by lemon, some mild hops, and sweet grains. It has a floral aftertaste, similar to that of rose petals. Lots of pretty spider web lace left behind from the head, and good retention.

Medium body with a sweet fruit finish, nicely balanced by moderate thoughtful hopping.

15.9 IBU

Added by mrmanning on 06-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Boo-urns
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mark_mla
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the greatest when other choices are available

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Photo of dipso123
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap
Not a bad looking beer very clear and a nice - but short lived - head.
Smells and tastes strongly of popcorn butter. Really need to get that diacetyl under control.
Can't recommend at all.

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Photo of Tyler_V2
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nikolai070
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foley67
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boszormeny
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of R_Kole
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nullbort
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gradually trying everything I can find from this brewery, Gonna make a trip down to see them soon. This is a very good example of a great tasting ale. Mmmm delicious.

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Photo of JasonThaler
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mjacquard
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of DaveBar
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a ton of white head that stays for a couple of minutes

S- Not much here at all.

T- Malty! Pretty interesting beer. Not complex at all.

M- Dry and light

O- Pretty good blonde beer. Not Belgium by any means but a nice rendition from here in Canada

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with... Tourtiere

Enjoy!

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DarrenBrule
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of patre_tim
4.27/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden filtered with virtually no carbonation, 4 fingers of yellowish head that are fairly well sustained.

S: Fruity apples, peaches, watermelon, a sort of candy fruit flavor you’d find in Jolly Ranchers for example.

T: The same fruitiness comes through, actually its more of a watermelon or cantelope candy taste as it is in the nose, like a Jolly Rancher. Little bitterness.

M: Medium body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really great brew. Would definitely like to drink it again.

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Photo of EvanHarper
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

473 mL can from LCBO, best before two months hence.

Pale gold, totally clear. Decent sized, very white head that quickly diminshed to a foam cap without disappearing. Large, slow-moving bubbles.

Light-smelling, mostly pale malt with some faint citrus notes.

Very light flavour, well-attenuated pale malt with faint lemony hops and a yeasty note on the finish - you can at least tell it's an ale, anyway. A very light caramel sweetness is perceptible after multiple gulps. IBUs in the "green bottle macro lager" range. No diacetyl, DMS, or other notable flavours of any kind. Pretty bland stuff.

Very light mouthfeel, not too much carbonation.

Beers like this are not easy to brew; any fault would stand out like a sore thumb. I could see this being a Molson drinker's entrée into the world of craft ales. On the other hand, when I tried it many years ago in my Molson drinker phase, I was totally put off by the ale yeast notes, so who knows.

Anyway, today this is just not for me. I like more character in a session beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a short, off-white cap that left a thin layer of bubbles coating the top of the beer for quite some time. Lots of lacing too, sheets at the top of the glass followed by streaks later on. Mild aroma, with lemon and spicy hop notes and some fruitiness. The flavour was basic fruity sweetness with little bitterness or hop character up front. The finish saw a bit of hop spice, lemon and lingering bitterness, all fairly light and delicate. Medium/light bodied with low carbonation, smooth texture with just a bit of dryness in the finish. A decent beer if you're not looking for something challenging for your palate. It was balanced and had a pleasant character overall.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 ml can poured into a pint glass. can purchased from LCBO for $2.40 CDN.

Appearance - Effervescent, 1 finger of head is poured dissipating at only moderate pace, a bit surprising for a lower ABV beer. Creamy looking head over nice golden body. Transparent.

Smell - Light citrus from hops, bit of sweetness like cooked sugar, malts like vanilla, toffee and also an overripe fruit smell. Really surprised but the overripe fruits are a bit of a turn off for me. Otherwise extremely fragrant and good smelling beer.

Taste - Surprisingly bold malt flavors , coffee and vanilla in here which was totally unexpected for a blonde beer. Slightly bitter hops throughout. While the flavors are potent, to me it's a bit of a strange combination that doesn't quite come together to make this something I thoroughly enjoy. Unique though.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, rich body that maybe is almost to heavy and a bit syrupy, especially since I was expecting something lighter and crisper. In my mind it's slightly misguided and not terribly refreshing but nonetheless unique. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Definitely something new and different, but for me it just didn't quite come together. Not sure about the overripe fruits, if they weren't there the smell would be a major plus, since I haven't come across to many beers with 4-5% ABV with that big of a nose. I recommend trying one, since it's different and you may just love it.

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