Black Iron India Pale Ale | Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Black Iron India Pale AleBlack Iron India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tpd975 on 08-06-2010

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up some AZ cans from Papago while I was there, this was the worst of the worst.

Looked fine, amber colored ipa, carbonated, head etc. . . the aroma, ugh, bitter and soapy, something weird going on, not much in the way of a discernable green hop presence, just there for the bitterness party.

Wow, the flavor was just rough. Like a mix of a bad ipa, with just nothing but bitterness and no hop mouthfeel, in conjunction with some Rodenbach wet wood and sherry type mild sweet and sour infection notes. Thankfully, Corpulent is a trooper/sucker and helped finish this beer off for me.

Cannot recommend, one of the worst ipa's I've had in a long time. Like, almost Kennebunkport bad. Indian Wells etc. . .

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3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A small white to slightly off white head settles into a decent lacing pretty quickly above this clear honey golden colored beer.

Citrus, floral, and light pine in the aroma with just a touch of some light malts.

The taste of this IPA is a little on the lighter side for an American IPA, but it does have some nice hops attributes of pine, citrus fruits, spring grasses, and lighter floral notes.

A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the hops characteristics of the taste with this medium bodied IPA.

Lighter in taste than a lot of IPA but the taste that is here is quite drinkable, if you want to introduce a friend to IPA's you might want to start with this one. The hops here are pleasant and won't blow them away and will let them gradually work their way to stuff like Torpedo from Sierra Nevada.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(12oz can). Pours a hazy dark golden color with off-white head. Decent carbonation and some lacing. Aroma has hard candy, some dank hops, with some cardboard. Taste is very sweet that overpowers the hops. Old can? Medium bodied with a slick texture and smooth finish. I’m quite surprised at how faded the hops are. Not a bad beer at all, but not what I expected from an IPA. Will have to re-rate when I’m at the pub.

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Photo of JamesMN
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date on the can.

Appearance: Opaque orange (they must dry-hop the hell out of this, or not consider leaving the sludge out when they can) with a huge off-white head that filled the entire pint glass with only about an ounce of beer at the bottom.

Aroma: Strange. Sweet citrus with a chemical edge to it. Grainy sawdust.

Taste: Very sweet tangerine hop character up front with a bit of spice underneath. Some caramel malt flavor and good grain taste but not much malt presence considering the moderate 7.2% ABV. Decently balanced, I'd guess about 70-80 IBUs. Honestly, the appearance and aroma had me worried but the flavor is actually pretty good though a tad on the sweet side which gets cloying about halfway through. I intend on leaving the appearance and aroma scores as I originally graded them but needless to say the flavor is much better than they would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with surprisingly normal levels of carbonation considering the near explosion when I opened the can (it had been sitting in the fridge undisturbed for almost a week). Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: With a name like Black Iron IPA, I was half expecting a Black IPA. Though it wasn't dated, I'm thinking this one's pretty fresh because the sweet hop character hasn't morphed into something astringent yet. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever in AZ I'll give it another go on-tap.

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3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A last shout-out for today's New Beer Sunday (Week 339) to bennetj17 whose Arizona CANTrade led the way for a trans-Pacific daylong adventure to China, thanks to boatshoes and his box that had lain like a sleeping dragon for too long. My crew has gone ashore, vowing never to set sail with a scurvy dog like yours truly ever again and I CANnot blame them as even I am feeling the effects of the day's adventures in beer. However, The CANQuest (TM) must forge ahead!

From the CAN: "We encourage you to recycle, pack it in, pack it out."; "Black Iron I.P.A. [-] This is our tribute to the black iron that paved the way to get to the Grand Canyon. Black Iron I.P.A. is a high hopped, fragrant, ale that is as deep and as wide as the Grand Canyon itself!"; "Trains and Beer [-] 1901 was the grand arrival of the first passenger aboard the new railway from Williams Arizona to the majestic south rim of the Grand Canyon. Originally these black iron steam engines hauled ore for mining operations. Now, millions of people have seen this natural wonder by taking the Williams train. This country was founded on trains and beer and apparently the canyon is no different."; "Legendary Brewery [-] The Grand Canyon Brewing Company is located in historic downtown Williams, Arizona. Stop in the next time you're near the southern rim of the Grand Canyon."; "[Undersigned] - The Peasley Brothers John, Josh, Jeremy".

If you hang around male beer enthusiasts long enough, you will find that other commonalities are facial hair and trains. This beer makes a perfect marriage of two sides of that triangle.

The Crack & Glug went well and resulted in a fizzy finger of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an unusual orange zest citrusiness along with a mild grassiness and a slight caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and it tasted of Brach's orange caramels from when I was a kid. I have tasted this combination in other AIPAs and thoroughly enjoyed it and such was the case here. Finish was more orangish than anything else and the flavor lasted well after the swallow. I am of the opinion that there CANnot be enough well-made AIPAs in a CAN. This would definitely rate cooler space and especially if I were going on a train outing, like to Strasburg here in Lancaster County.

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Black Iron India Pale Ale from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 92 ratings