Iron Works Alt | Metropolitan Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Metropolitan Brewing
Illinois, United States
metrobrewing.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An assertively hoppy top-fermented beer, polished by the wisdom and patience of lagering. Think of it as an octogenarian with a punk rock attitude. Slightly dry, this beer pairs well with hearty cuisine. We also suggest sipping it on its own; the complexity will keep you entertained and happy.

45 IBU

Added by emerge077 on 03-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Hannen Alt glass on 11/4/12

Quite the heady beer with three fingers of fast-rising foam sitting atop a deep, hazy honey-brown colored beer. The head deflates leaving speckled lace. Better lace catches over time.

Aromas of toasted bread, herbal hops, soap, apple butter, raisins and hints of nuts. The flavor doesn't fall far from the aromatic tree, as it were, though there is much more of a hop kick upfront (herbal and pine) before leading into notes of bread and fruits. The finish is odd; kinda papery. The body is a seemingly appropriate medium. However, carbonation is sharp.

Overall, it isn't terrible but I grew tired of it quickly and did not finish the bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer of this over Memorial Day weekend at the Binny’s behind Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a pint glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a decent off-white head. Nose has some bready malt and a touch of nuttiness. Some herbal hops. Flavor is similar but has a metallic twang through the finish. The same appears in the nose as it warms. Body is light-medium with a dry finish. Not a big fan.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks fatso.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized off-white head.

S: Starts off with a nice toffee and bready aroma and a slightly toasty character. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws, particularly saw dust and metal. A light white grape aroma is also present.

T: The flavor is less enjoyable than the aroma. The beer is fairly watery with a lot of metallic notes to it. Mild amounts of toffee, bread, toast, and grape, and maybe a little bit of yeast. It's also fairly watery.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Too many flaws for this beer to be any good.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. My first beer from Metropolitan Brewing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazed dark coppery amber colored body with a giant fluffy three finger cream colored head with very good retention. Steady column of bubbles rushing to the top. Tons of huge fluffy webbed lacing.

S - Smells of pale malts and dusty adjuncts. A little bit of raisins creeps out also. Some yeast.

T - Pale dusty malts again with a bit of hop bitterness clinging on for dear life in the end swallow. Dusty & nutty, with subtle notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and dark dried fruits. Maybe some sort of a caramelized raisin taste, but it isn't dark or pleasant, just adds the tiniest bit of sweetness. Maybe some kind of a grape aftertaste lingering. Lots of carbonation.

M - Mouthfeel is semi-dry, sticky, fruity. Feels a little too carbonated, but not terrible. Nutty at first, but it then becomes a bit medicinal perhaps on the finish.

Overall, not impressed, and probably not a beer I would try again. Modest 5.8% abv, better than mass produced Bud Light / Miller Lite swill, but still not my favorite. Would be interested to try more from this brewery.

Metropolitan Iron Works Alt ---3/5

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Photo of jrallen34
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark orange with some copper in the center, a light tope head provides some great sponge pattern lace to observe... nose is tough, pungent caramel, wet hops, and a bit skunky, not a fan of this at all... taste is a bit better as the sweet toffee notes are more tolerable but still a wet grain, bitter skunk finish... not my thing

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of cvalleskey
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of JellyJacket
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of beersvh23
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of tewaris
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a pint glass. Thanks AgentZero. Pours deep and clear copper with only a small-medium head in spite of a regular pour. The head retention is alright in that the bubbles manage to stay on the surface and lace the glass as it gets emptier.

A very strong malt aroma without the sweetness: quite rare in most beers that I have had. Smells like the inside of a homebrew shop. Very biscuity, and dry. A wee bit of fruitiness at the end. Crisp and biting with a slightly sweet taste profile balanced by light bitterness. The finish is way too sweet for a beer that tastes otherwise clean.

More lager-y feel than an "old-style" beer but it seems to be the norm for Alts. The body is light and the carbonation very high. Overall nothing too impressive going on here... tastes like lagered Fat Tire.

Disclaimer: This is my second Alt ever and the first one was aged in barrels, so I don't know anything about Alts from direct experience.

3, 3, 3, 4, 3

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks fantastic, very large dense head that is over an inch in vertical magnitude. Color is a rich copper that remains clear. Again, the head is super dense and sticky.
The aroma instantly hit me as unique, it seems that the yeast gives a bit of a farmhouse note to it, but buried within caramel and other malts sweetness.
Flavors indeed make me think malty saison, this seems odd since i dont see other reviews thinking this, but some coriander like spices and the yeast type here, albeit they are buried in malt sweetness, caramel, burnt toast, and grains.

Is my palate broken tonight? grab a bottle and find out.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ddulek
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of nheinzie57
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of scottwurst
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of MaximalC
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky, dirty, bronze color with a massive head of coarse, frothy, khaki foam. Aroma smells of caramel, raisins, prunes, earthy hops, and cherries. Broad tracts of lacing adorn the glass as the beer recedes.

Intense carbonation nearly hides the taste. I’m getting earthy hops middle to back, but barely anything on the front end aside from a seltzery mouthfeel... Fast forward 20 minutes and some warmth and flattening allow the malt to come through more appreciably. Caramel and prunes are present, but not potent, while faint hints of cherry emerge in the finish. There’s also a rye-like aspect I was not anticipating. Medium body is appropriate, but the carbonation is just over the top.

Overall, this beer’s sweet aroma belies its spicy, tangy taste. It’s an unusual lager, but not really something I’d seek out again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lighter than pale ale and resembling drier and huskier Amber Ale, the stalwart Altbier- German in design but American in execution; it seems that American homebrewers and a smattering of microbreweries are the only ones intent on keeping the style alive.

Iron Works Alt is easily mistaken for Pale and Amber Ale to the eye. Its coppery hues and golden highlights shine semi-bright through mild unfiltered haze. Its reluctant froth rises to a mid-short stature before receding to a thin vail and simmering with steadfast retention thereafter. Broken lace vaguely resembles the collars left behind with each sip taken.

Caramel and grain greet the nose with herbal, minty undertones. Its more balanced demeanor suggests Northern German inspirations. Its clean scent is delicately lager-like even if a tad sulfury. Its grainy-sweet flavors are stronger than expected- to the point where the spicy and floral hops struggle to meet its intensity or to provide the necessary clean crispness- this leaves the beer comparable to Amber Ale. Lightly nutty and almost brittle-like its fresh-kilned barley taste is of honey and bread crust. Floral in early taste, the hops develop into earthy and herbal middle palate before concluding with a mild stemmy bitterness that reminds me of sassafras.

Medium throughout- the body is slow to relinquish its early malt structure or its creamy carbonation. This keeps the beer sweeter and fuller, deeper into the taste and seems to forbid alcohol dryness or hop crispness from ever taking hold. This limits the beer's drinkability a little and keeps it from pairing as well with those classic German dishes as more authentic versions will.

Iron Works Alt is a common occurrence where an American microbrewery makes a foreign land's style but does so on their regular equipment, with regular ale making techniques, and with as many of the already contracted ingredients that they can reasonably get away with. Although it has glimpses of Northern German Alts, its not a classic or authentic flavor or feel. It does make for a fairly good and clean non-descript ale.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Light copper-orange, a lasting condensed white head, not as dark as I expected from the description of being brown although it does fit the fringes of an altbier style

S: Sweet and grainy up front, although not corn sweet like some cheap lagers, smells full yet crisp, hops comes through too as you begin to get used to the aroma, distinctly spicy

T: Not quite as good as the aroma, a little flat in terms of flavor, it's missing that malty goodness of an alt, light and crisp, slight metallic note of some cheap lagers, hops start dominating your palate

M: Light with crisp carbonation, clears your palate well but isn't too dry

O: To me it seems like Metropolitan went for an easy drinking "different" lager, rather than make a true altbier

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just can't get into Alt-biers, it's like a Brown Ale Lite.

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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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