Iron Spike Copper | Railway City Brewing Company

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Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With a rusty orange shade, Iron Spike Copper pours a thick and frothy cream coloured head. To the nose, caramel malts meet toasted spices with additional notes of chestnut and plum. Tastes of sweet caramel and butterscotch hit the palate first, followed by biscuit graininess, fruit, vanilla, rye, and spices. A nice hop bite comes forward mid-palate and lasts on the tongue. This medium to full-bodied ale is creamy and sweet with a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Added by mrmanning on 06-06-2008

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Seanont:
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rusty color with a creamy head

Taste of Carmel and butterscotch, nuts and fruits

Very nice and easy drinking and I would say it's more medium to light in flavor and not heavy at all, so it's easy to recommend to a causal beer drinker.

I enjoyed this beer so much that I had to have another pint during dinner

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Plastic bottle, fresh at the brewery. A step up from the blond in colour and malt, but slightly less hop noticed. A malt, viz. caramel job. A little crowning head. Appropriately carbonated. A touch of chocolate, but unremarkable.Average or less mouthfeel.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StormAles
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dipso123
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap
Much better than the Blonde.
Rather bland/weak hopping for an American amber. Much more of an English character - malt forward, a bit low in the carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrmanning
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler- Pours a decidedly deep copper with a short lived beige froth. In the nose, pale malts meet chestnut and dark fruit with a hint of apple and floral hops. Tastes of sweet caramel malts and fig, with a subtle rye component and vanilla. Sweet, somewhat watery finish on this one. Not bad at all, but I think I prefer the Amber and the Blond. That said, this is another solid daily drinker that I am proud to recommend and offer to my guests when they are at my place.

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went to St. Thomas for a tour of the brewery yesterday, and this growler is one of several things I picked up there.

Pours an apt copper-amber colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of frothy, soapy, off-white-coloured head. It manages to hold itself together for a few minutes before thinning out into a filmy cap with some minor lacing. Nice aroma with lots of biscuity malts, caramel, honey and red appleskin. Maybe a few fruity hints of orange and plums.

Pleasant, malty profile with hop dryness counterpoint - pretty much what I expect from an amber, and done properly too. Biscuity, bready malts are prominent alongside toffee, honey and some light orchard fruit notes. I'm also picking up some nuttiness, as well as some much-needed light, floral dryness coming forward in the finish. I get a slight minerally vibe from the water, too. Light bodied, with a slippery mouthfeel. This review was written based on the last bit of the growler's contents - when the carbonation was getting a bit flat - but it had a good bite to it when freshly opened. Smooth drinking, and a great session ale.

Enjoyable stuff, and pretty full flavoured for a 4.4% brew. I have a soft spot for this brewery because their Dead Elephant Ale was the first IPA that I could find reliably in my hometown. Too bad this stuff isn't available around here! Oh well - I'm sure I'll be back to refill the growler before the end of the year, as there are a few brewery-only seasonals I want to try anyway.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Ironspike Copper is a straightforward, no-nonsense session ale, and one of the better OCB ambers I've had in recent memory. It's not going to blow most beer geeks away, but I still found it to be a highly drinkable, quality quaff that I wouldn't hesitate to come back to. Hope to see this one made available at the LCBO some day; in my opinion it's considerably better than the (pretty decent) widely-available blonde.

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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Volo. Cool ass tap handle!

Pours a copper/reddish, bright, thin light tan head forms, drops down quickly to a thin ring, leaves a few lace spots but not much going on. Smell is sweet, bit of tartness at first, almost rotting sour fruit, oranges, honey, some bread, apples, pretty interesting aroma. Taste is sweet and caramelly, bit of metallic/iron, wheat bread, light fruits, with a grainy finish and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing special, a little weird at first but it gets better over time, certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an obvious copper/amber colour with an off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin lacing.

Smells pretty nutty, malty with a hint of floral hops.

A decent tasting beer, nutty, very malty and sweet with some subtle fruitiness and a nice light hoppy aftertaste.

A watery mouthfeel. This is is similar to their other beers, they are not that distinctive but they are tasty and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh growler:

Pours a reddish-copper, clear with a good white rocky cap.

Aroma: toasty, toffee, fruit esters - plums,

Light mouth to this and a wee bit thin.

Toffee-caarmel, some toast, nuts and some ripe fruit in the front short finish goes a bit sweet.

More sweetness than the amber ale and slightly lighter in the finish. Light, fresh and sessionable

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3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint from the brewery on a recent trip through St. Thomas. Had a great time with the staff and took an intimate tour.

P: Pint bottle out of fridge and into Leinie's Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear copper with some deep gold tones. Nice head that hangs for a minute then drops to ring. Slight lacing.

S: Rich maltiness. Not quite straight mash tun, but very full. Maybe a little earthy hops, but I'm a malt-head and just don't register hops well.

T: Again, beautiful, rich malt. Good base malt with some bready/biscuit flavor, light to min caramel. No real hop aroma but light bitterness balances out the malt.

M: Med. light to medium. Very appropriate for style and taste. Not thin but definately not stuffing. Carbonation is moderate and not too prickly but enough to give some acidity to balance malt.

O: Very nice beer. Sampled everything Railway City has out right now and this was for sure my favorite. Nice beer, fun little brewery, and a great staff to talk beer with. If you're on a quest for Jumbo in St. Thomas, stop by.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Iron Spike Copper from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 29 ratings