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Wedge Iron Rail IPA | Wedge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

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.

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Photo of drperm
4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Thur123
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
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 OldManMetal
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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)

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Photo of Mississipping
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the brewery. Golden color with a slight haze. Smells like pale malt and american hops. Decent balance for a AIPA, a fair about of malty sweetness to off set the the piney hops. Moderate to low carbonation. Kinda a heavy moutfeel. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.11/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of willic
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Sayson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this IPA at Barley's in Asheville.
A: dark gold to amber with a half-inch head. Reasonably clear, maybe a bit of haze from hop compounds.
S: Malty and citrusy from hops starting with the letter 'C'
T: Initial maltiness followed by a candied orange flavor I associate with Centenial hops.
M: Fine for an IPA. Not too thin, doesn't stick around longer than necessary
D: Great drinking pint. I could see having several.
Definately worth checking out if you like hoppy beers.

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Photo of Bartrob6
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at caramel's in asheville.

hazy looking IPA. the aroma gives away why. definitely dry hopped with some nice american hops and getting some pine mixed in with the citrus. very inviting brew.

tastes sweet with the same mix of hops in the flavor. tastes pretty darn good. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. if anything was different i'd want it to be a little dryer. but still awesome.

very drinkable beer. even at almost 7%.

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Photo of brewingnewbie
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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