Wedge Iron Rail IPA | Wedge Brewing Company

BA SCORE
3.92/5
145 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
wedgebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the brewery website:
English Style India Pale Ale, 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.

Added by mikesgroove on 09-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,788
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
145
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KingEdward
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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Photo of italianstallion
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a one finger cap that leaves strands of lace as it descends

Smell: Balanced between the caramel and the pine

Taste: Loads of caramel are joined by a piney hop presence with a bit of a pithy edge; after the swallow the bitterness remains pronounced but the lack of attenuation provides for a very sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, woth moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I wish thid beer were a bit less sweet as the piney hop presence is dramatic, along with the pithy edge

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtylou
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap, barleys taproom in asheville

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, hazy copper-amber body, fluffy white cap

smell: floral hops, chewy caramel, fresh citrus

taste: nice IPA - though pretty sure the menu said it was the english varietal. had kind of an awkward aftertaste - some say metal, but i'm not convinced there wasnt an oyster lost in the tapline. noticeably dry hopped, complimented well by some smooth caramel

mouthfeel: nice -fluffy ipa feel

drinkability: hindered by some bizarre aftertaste

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Photo of Thur123
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.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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

Photo of tdm168
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.

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Photo of CBlack85
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

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Photo of cnealc
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
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

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Photo of NCJEFF77
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
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.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
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!

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of mtpHokie
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Al_Garrison
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MCDub
4/5  rDev +2%

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

As I continue on my voyage through the wedge, I next land myself onto the IPA. Served on tap and consumed on 09/20/2008.

The pour was nice, a lightly hazed amber with a good inch of frothy white head on the top. Decent retention left a good bit of lace down the sides of the glass as well. Nice carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom throughout the session.

The aroma was of citrus floral hops. Hints of tangerine, orange, and a touch of pineapple are coming across the nose. Some hints at a malt filled middle to balance it out as it warms up. The flavor was more of the same. Started off with that bite of tangerine, orange peel like flavor in the front, but this slowly gave way to an almost biscuit like presence the further into the glass you go. Earthy, nice bitter finish dried you out just enough to come forward for another sip at the end. Over 6% but very easy to session, I had no issues at all taking this one down and going back for another after it was done.

Overall a very solid effort here from wedge. IPA's are a dime a dozen anymore and this one would fall in at above average, though out of the reach of some of the best. Still a more then solid effort I would have no issue with repeating.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of plaid75
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.

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Photo of ImpactDan
4/5  rDev +2%

Wedge Iron Rail IPA from Wedge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 145 ratings
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