Black Iron
Grand Canyon Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #7,072
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #47,682
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 12.8%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
95
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Grand Canyon Brewing Company
 
Arizona, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  20
SCORE
79
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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in the Grand Canyon National Park. Had lots of good craft brews in the General Store, this one was a new rate for me so I picked it up.

A: Pours rather pale yellow hue with a nice white head. Pretty good retention that dies to a ring. Nice retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of bready malts, hints of cracker, and grassy hops. Mild citric notes round things out.

T: Not aggressive at all. Nice sweet bready malts up front. The citrus hops are there with hints of bitter zest. A touch of herbal hops add some bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium, a hint of bitterness in the finish.

D: Pretty good. An average IPA.

Aug 06, 2010
More User Reviews:
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gefinley from California

3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 30, 2015
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evilkorova from Washington

3/5  rDev -10.7%

May 20, 2012
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throwback from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

May 23, 2013
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cambabeer from New York

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Jul 05, 2016
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ColSanders123 from Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 13, 2015
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Kmlund from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 06, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This IPA from Arizona pours a hazy copper straw color, a fair amount of sediment floats in the glass while a nice 2 finger head sits atop the beer. The head has pretty decent retention and ample lacing on the glass. The nose is pleasant, a bit weak, lots of lemongrass in the nose with some slight biscuity malt backing, not much in the way of bitter hops, more of a lighter sweeter nose. The flavors match well, mild hop profile which is earthy and hazy, some bright citrus come through that leads to some light bready malt. The flavors and aroma are very simple, but still pleasant and well done. The body is nice, a bit bigger than I anticipated, can definitely notice the sediment, which isn’t a bad thing by any stretch.

Verdict: Simple but good IPA from Grand Canyon. I could definitely do with a 6 pack of these on a warm summer day.

Mar 20, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nov 16, 2015
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EyePeeAyBryan from Arizona

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Mar 11, 2013
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Idrankthat from Canada (SK)

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 29, 2016
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MarkyMOD from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Apr 05, 2012
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 09, 2015
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JasonB

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

May 02, 2012
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dorf from Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Sep 04, 2012
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k3ve from Switzerland

3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 29, 2015
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Pinche_Oso from California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 23, 2013
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HoptimusMax1mus from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Jun 30, 2014
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JamesMN from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Nov 07, 2013
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CaptainFleeker from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Jun 29, 2014
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Bagoosh from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Sep 22, 2012
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BeerBeast from Florida

3/5  rDev -10.7%

Jun 18, 2013
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

pours a deep burnt orange with a thick, fluffy off white head with great retention and lacing.
nose is light pine and grapefruit with a touch of malty sweetness.
taste is a slightly twangy, a touch of grapefruit and citrus. medium bitterness
lingering twang

Dec 15, 2018
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apf from Utah

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Jan 11, 2014
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HavasuDG from Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Dec 20, 2012
Black Iron from Grand Canyon Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 95 ratings