Iron Rail IPA
Wedge Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #13
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,579
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
151
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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Reviews by OldManMetal:
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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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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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drperm from Virginia

4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American IPA I've had in a very long time, and the best IPA in North Carolina, hands-down.

In the glass, it is lovely to behold: glistening orange, with a nice thin white head. A slight haze speaks of dry-hopping.

On the nose, I am given a carnival-ride of citrus, bountiful dry-hopping, and a bit of pine and floral to round it out.

The taste is perfectly bitter and hop-citrusy, with a faint metallic twang that I find desirable and noteworthy. There's a nice malt presence here as well.

On the palate, it just hits the spot. Love those snappy bubbles and I've love to pair this one with anything from spicy Indian curry to a fat home-grilled beefalo burger.

Go to the Wedge Brewery on a sunny late afternoon. Sit outside. Order a pitcher, or perhaps two. They go quickly.

Jun 24, 2009
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 14, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 22, 2015
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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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augie from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

Mar 23, 2012
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spycow from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2016
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Lelampp from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 18, 2019
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memphischas from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2%

Aug 08, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 23, 2016
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navin from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

Oct 30, 2013
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taylorhamrick from South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A golden-orange color with a bit of amber in the center. A nice 2cm head sits on top, fades to about .5cm and never disappears. Leaves the most incredible lacing, there were dried bubbles creating a wall stuck to the side of my glass. I could see right through it, and watched little bubbles floating to the top of the liquid. Wonderful to look at. The smell was nice. Lots of resinous, floral hops, a tiny bit of citrus. You can smell the sweet, aromatic malts underneath. The taste is immediately lemony sweet, with a little bit of a nutty, bready malt backbone. Notes of floral, herbal hops, very pleasant. A bit mild for an American IPA, a bit bitter for a British IPA, but not off the mark for either really. The beer isn't completely full. The carbonation is nice and pleasant, but I think it could just be a bit chewier from the malts used, especially with the flavors they lend to the beer. This one drinks really well. Everything comes together well here, and I couldn't pull myself away from the beer, and I thought I could drink this for days. Really worth a shot if you get a chance.

Mar 04, 2009
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Jun 19, 2013
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Jul 07, 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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BeerBuzzGuy from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +2%

May 28, 2013
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seanchai from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

Jun 24, 2014
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planbee from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.6%

Nov 26, 2011
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Norfawkers from Virginia

3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes a bit like a moldy wooden bucket...too many flavors going on here and none of them are particularly good. Calling this an IPA is also stretching it quite a bit.

Appearance: Deep golden amber, almost orange, cloudy

Smell: Very faint citrus

Taste: Grilled orange, smokey, earthy, weird unidentifiable funk

Mouthfeel: Smooth enough

Drinkability: Sippable if you prefer the strange and the experimental. This seems to be a trend from the Asheville Breweries.

Aug 13, 2009
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Thur123 from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color and look of this beer were good, above par for sure. The taste, for what i paid, is amazing. A little sweet for sure but thats the way Im leaning with IPAs right now. Overall wedges IPA is a win, non tradition for sure. The people at the brewpub were great and the other styles I sampled were great as well. Need to get back to asheville soon.

Sep 24, 2009
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Wolberjs from California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Nov 08, 2014
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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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carrollmel7 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mar 18, 2012
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