Iron Rail IPA
Wedge Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #13
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,169
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
150
From:
Wedge Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  8
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: English Style India Pale Ale with Maris Otter 2-row, Canadian Honey Malt and Belgian Crystal. Centennial, Kent Golding, and Cascade are added five times during the process, including Dry Hopping.
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling cold 16 oz can poured into a snifter. A gift my mom picked up during a recent visit to Asheville. Thanks! My can says 7.0% not the 6.2% listed here. Maybe a new recipe?
The beer pours a bright copper hue with large white globs of sediment suspended in the beer and then settling to the bottom of my glass. A very minimal bleached white head foams up and fades to a sturdy edge layer with a large wispy island in the center. Some lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
The aroma is some sweet caramel and bready notes but then this rolls to some pithy citrus rind and pine sap hits. Not a huge aroma but some complexity which makes it interesting.
The first sip reveals a smooth and crisp textured body with mild carbonation that gently rolls across my palate.
Flavor is similar to the nose with a bit of caramel and sweet malt up front that rolls to some rindy grapefruit and a bit of grassy hop character. This grassiness lingers for a bit after the swallow with a bit of bitterness, but I dont get any alcohol burn or black pepper. The beer is pretty drinkable and balanced, but I think it could use a little more hops on the nose for a boost of my ratings. Still solid, but could be better IMO.

Aug 13, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Iron Rail is a great-looking example of the modern turbid IPA: a giant, pebbly off-white head tops a medium-turbid, effervescent pale amber body; head retention is modest and lacing is excellent, consisting of thick, sticky bands and slabs. The aroma is medium-big; it is fronted by bright pineapple juice, backed by cannabis-like florals and more subtle grapefruit notes, with modest alcohol overtones riding atop it all. Up front, the flavor is modestly bitter melon with hints of a more vinous character and a bit of grassiness. Mid-palate the melon sweetens a bit, rolling back the perceived bitterness, and tea-like notes emerge, subtly, as do the florals from the nose. The malt manifests as a subtle bittersweet nutty character and a very visible, slightly caramelish bready malt foundation. The finish is a modest hit of nutty caramel, and the linger is a modest, slightly yeasty, slightly grassy pine bitterness that lasts for a while. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium body and is slightly astringent; the texture is medium creamy and medium peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (16 oz can, 35 days after pkg)

Oct 02, 2016
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from Trevor thank you very much!
A: Pours a nice 1 finger white foam head that slowly fades, deep burnt orange golden body, some carbonation, stringy lacing
S: sweet citrus, orange, malt
M: medium body with a slight syrupy resin on the tongue
T: hints of citrus up front, heavy malt that lingers awhile, some biscuit, earthy green hops, piney resin, kind of reminds me of a seasonal fall ipa brew...
O: Solid brew and glad I was able to try!

Sep 15, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From fresh 16oz 4-pack can just released at brewery. 3 finger off white head. Slightly cloudy light Amber color. Nice retention and thick lacing. Smells very malty some citrus hoppy aroma but nothing too tangy. Taste pretty standard, ok malt to hop balance. Nothing really stands out here, more of a Pale Ale feel. Not bad though very drinkable and refreshing. 4.00

Mar 15, 2016
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Miles_in_beer_city from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A good drinkable IPA, very drinkable and my typical choice when visiting the brewery. They don't can or bottle, so it is on tap only, which is a shame.

Dec 26, 2015
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willic from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Come to daddy! I like a good IPA, but I love a great IPA. This is an incredible balancing of delishioso hops... My mouth want s more!!! Fight the crowds to get to this IPA! Centennial, Kent Golding, and Cascade hops are some of my favorites and Wedge has found a way to balance them all together!

Jul 11, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-copper coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of caramel and tropical fruit sweetness, with a subtle hops bitterness. Flavors are roasted caramel forward, with a wet hops resinous character to follow. Dank and resinous throughout, with a sugary and darkly sweet aftertaste. The body is slightly dry and slick, with a tangy sweet and peppery hopped finish. Very solid and very balanced.

Aug 09, 2014
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charlzm from California

3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on December 30th, 2013 at the brewery. Menu notes 6.9% ABV.

Appearance: slightly cloudy medium orange/yellow. Fine white head.

Citrusy, resiny aroma.

Flavor is surprisingly sweet: malty with orange notes. The big hop flavor promised by the nose is muted.

Some carbonation tingle. Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Not especially memorable.

Jan 02, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Cloudy copper brown with a head head and lacing. Piney hops, caramel malts, citrus zest and sight resin in the nose. Taste dries out in comparison, but same flavors involved, good bitterness and pith to finish. Feel is actually driven by the hops for the entire back half, up front is smooth and toasty. A nice EIPA, though admittedly a new age take

Oct 19, 2013
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber in color with a slight orange hue. Thin half finger white frothy head that has good retention.

Smell is surprisingly malty in a good way. Malt is grainy with notes of honey and caramel and is followed by a nice moderate herbal hop presence.

Taste is really nice some floral hop flavor are forward. Malt follows and has bold grainy flavors along with a nice honey like sweetness and more floral residual hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good light and crisp. Very drinkable and medium bitterness and a light stickiness.

Sep 21, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Wedge Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

A: This beer is very hazy amber-orange in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down and left swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops - grapefruit and orange seem to stand out in particular. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness along with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a well-balanced IPA. It's neither too citrusy nor too bitter making it very drinkable.

May 29, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop atop a flight caramel malt.

The taste consisted of citrus and pine with a solid light caramel backbone.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced IPA.

Nov 11, 2012
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery during our weekend in Asheville. Wedge is always one of our favorite haunts in Asheville

A - A cloudy reddish orange, with lots of head and lace retention. Beautiful. This is what an IPA should look like!

S - Spicy and hoppy. Bitter piny hops present

T - Big hoppy flavor with a huge sweet malty backbone. Piny hops dominate. A touch of citrus as well. Bitter, but not too much. Very well balanced. Love it

M - Medium bodied, and goes down the hatchett just right

O - An amazing IPA, no doubt. I wish they would bottle it so I can bring alot of it back to Atlanta. If you are in Asheville, got to check out Wedge. Always a good time!

Oct 27, 2012
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jtd1969 from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep murky orange amber color.Good carbonation with some cascading.

S - light pear with citrus, bread

T -Fruitisweet bread with an intense earthy/herbal hop that lingers, peppery.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

O - Very good beer. There are so many good IPAs out there. This one is unique and highly drinkable, The peppery/hoppy flavor really is a treat for hop heads. I recommend this beer and brewery!

Oct 07, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing me a growler back from his travels.

A - dark hazy orange with a thick, pure white, foamy head that has great retention

S - faint bread, faint cake batter, grapefruit, very faint spicyness

T - opens with some sweet malt and then is completely dominated by big, piney, resinous, incredibly bitter hops; there is also some faint citrus throughout; the bitterness from the hops lingers on the palate for what seems like forever

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a very warm alcohol finish

This is a nice IPA. It's intensely hoppy with the Cascade hops really making their presence known. The piney, bitter hop character reminded me briefly of SN Celebration. The malt is sweet which I like and does its best to lend balance. I really enjoyed this, and I think any hop head that finds themselves in Asheville needs to stop into Wedge and try this one.

Oct 05, 2012
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DCon from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Growler of this from The Wedge Brewing Co in Asheville, NC for $15 (Growler included). Tapped from one of the Bright Handles w/ "WEDGE" on it into the Growler with Neon Blue Writing on it. Shared w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends from Nashville, TN.

Aroma- A surprisingly strong malty and sweet aroma hits the nose before the hops... Hops are in the background here but not dominant.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has nice head life. Has a dark orange colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has tons of hop and sweetness from the beginning of the drink. Whew, not at all like the Malt dominant aroma! Stays hoppy throughout the drink and finishes with a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and finishes with a nice citric flavor.

Overall Impression- A great American IPA minus the aroma. For some reason, the sweetness of the malt came out strong but not in the flavor. Would DEFINITELY recommend this one and if your @ the Wedge, I would suggest drinking others on-tap and then taking this one to go in a Growler (its the only option in Growler anyways). Thanks again for the great brews Wedge Brewing!

Jan 18, 2012
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Mississipping from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice copper color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. 

S: Citrusy hops up front with some grapefruit and tangerine coming out immediately.  Caramel malt and some vanilla provide a bit of a sweetness.  A pretty good malty backbone adds a bit of complexity and a nice feel. 

T: Follows the aroma very well.  Citrusy up front with grapefruit, tangerine, and some apricot.  Really nice, yet subtle, sweetness provided by the caramel malts.  Just a touch of some earthiness on the back end that is very pleasant. 

M: Medium bodied with a pretty good bit of carbonation.  Smooth and tingly on the palate.  Great drying effect after each sip. 

D: Very nice little IPA.  Goes down easily, nice complexity, and nice balance.  I had no experience with Wedge before today, and they impressed with all three beers I tried from them.

Jan 09, 2012
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brewingnewbie from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this off tap. Not much to look at but has a great taste. Aroma is of citrus and flower and the taste follows. Mouthfeel is hard to quantify.

Overall a very solid IPA which I will seek out whenever I'm in town.

Will be picking up a growler before I head out.

Dec 18, 2011
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ncfranklin from Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Bright orange, bubbly, small white head that laces nicely.

S: Lots of citrus hops, a biscuity malt layer underneath. Straight forward.

T: Heavy citrus here, orange, grapefruit, lemon, maybe even some pineapple. Big malty backbone keeps it from getting too bitter, and makes it easy to drink. Some pine in the finish.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Highly drinkable in this nature.

D: I'm impressed. Easy to put back (and you don't pay too much a price at 6.2%) and well balanced.

Oct 11, 2011
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babaracas from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery in a shaker pint. Turbid orange brown, no head, ring of sparse lace. Smell: caramel, whiff of grapefruit, mildly spicy, very fruity. Taste: caramel, earthy, grapefruit, mild tropical fruit. Balanced. Drying leafy, sweet finish. Not really an English IPA, but a good NC style IPA.

Mar 19, 2011
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CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution Pizza & Ale house. Served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a light amber/copper color with a generous amount of white head that quickly recedes leaving behind lots of lacing.

The nose is quite balanced and full of caramel malty aromas, as well as piney & citrusy hop aromas. Lots of fruity aromas as well; orange, pineapple, and a bit of apricot. There is also a nice malty, grainy aroma as well.

The flavor is very similar to the smell. A nice mixing of sweet notes along with bitter hoppy notes. Sweet malts and bready, grainy malts pair well with the fruity & piney hops. As the beer warms the sweetness starts to fade and give way to more earthy notes, and the bready malts become more noticable. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated and finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable, easy going IPA. It really seems more like an English IPA than it does and American IPA.

Overall, this is a good, drinkable IPA that is not over the top in the hop profile. Good stuff

Mar 07, 2011
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a near clear, light coppery body with a standard, sufficient, white head.

Smell: A nicely aromatic, playful back-and-forth of honeyish, bready malts and citrus, spicy hops.

Taste: A maltiness of faintly toasted bread given sweet honeyed accents. An opening of fruity citrus with growing flavors of lemon and tangerine, then a bit of earthy spiciness. Medium bitterness. Persistent honey character in the final moments. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of enduring bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, well-balanced India Pale Ale. Stop in and give it a try when in the Asheville area.

Oct 11, 2010
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theWrkncacnter from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the wedge tasting room.

A - Deep honey color, cloudy, with minimal head.

S - Piney hops with small amount of citrus undertones.

T - Strong pine and citrus hops. Not a lot of malt coming through, but more as it warms. Earthy, slightly toasted background after the hops fade away.

M - Slightly under carbonated but not a problem for me. Lingering hop oils hold on the tongue long after each sip.

D - Alcohol may be a problem for some but if you like a strong IPA this doesn't disappoint. Could have a few easily but I'd be sorry in the morning.

A great IPA for sure. Meets my two criteria for good IPAs: never trust an IPA you can see through and never trust an IPA under 6 percent.

Aug 01, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

The beer pours a solid amber color with OK head retention and decent lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light earth and malt. Not very impressed by what I smell, but fortunately this beer tastes better then it smells. The beer has a nice balance of moderate sweetness from the malt, that counters the decent bitterness well in this IPA. It's still ultimately on the hoppy side, and the flavors are attractive with some nice citrus and pine. Unfortunately, along with the bitterness, I got some noticeable alcohol in the finish as well, leading to a fairly hot finish. As I drank this IPA after the incredibly boozy 3rd rail, I took my time with this beer, and had a glass of water. While that helped, undeniably, this beer has some noticeable heat on the finish that detracts a bit from its drinkability. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but with the beer delivering plenty of flavor.

A nice enough IPA, and God knows it was plenty popular the day I visited, but the noticeable alcoholic heat in the finish would probably have me looking for a different IPA most of the time.

May 31, 2010
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oberon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Tap Room in A-ville.Poured a hazed bronze with a half finger white head,big pine in the nose with citric tones as well,an underlying caramel base comes into play as well.A bigg shot of resiny hop hits hard up front with a softer caramel sweetness coming in to pretty much even it out in the finish.Big pine really hits hard in this IPA, but there is a hefty sweetness that keeps everything in place.A pretty solid IPA.

Apr 19, 2010
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