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Iron Works Alt | Metropolitan Brewing

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3.83/5
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157 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#14,078
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
157
pDev:
12.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, dough, sweet malt, caramel malt, slight citrus hops, hint of yeast, hint of pepper, and slight rye. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of rye, slight hops, hint of dough, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend. A slightly sweet and boozy altbier.

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Photo of bnes09
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scootercrabb
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper body, light tan head, plenty of bubbles rise. Nose is toasted grain and faint peppery spice. Taste is toasted malt, rich toffee, slight fruitiness like cherry, and a bit of spiced hop bitterness. Feel is warm and rich, medium-bodied.
A lot of character packed into a seemingly simple but actually very complex beer. Great balance as always, this is another tasty, well crafted brew.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some interesting things here. An American micro specializing in the German tradition interpreting a style that only a metro of 1 million Germans would dare brew. Without the specialized ingredients and equipment of Dusseldorf, this mid-western brewer does pretty well.

Two characteristics seem to be added for the American market: hops and bubbles. I remember the genuine article as mostly malty and creamy. Iron Works Alt has more than enough hops (but Metropolitan needs to sell beer here, so that is OK.) The carbonation is less necessary to sell beer here and, I think, it interferes with enjoying some nicely blended malts. All that said, I had Iron Works with something spicy for lunch and all is forgiven.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body with a big amber hue, one finger white head with short retention time, thin collar and film, no lacing. Smells of crisp pumpernickel bread, a bit of spice, touch of grain, mild pepper and grassy hops. Flavour is similar; grain, mild pepper, bitter grassiness, pumpernickel bread sweetness. A balanced lager for sure, with a decent hop bite. That's solid. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, substantial, good carbonation, crisp and nice bitterness rounds out the mild sweetness. Overall a decent take on the Dusseldorfian take on a lager.

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Photo of Ri0
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass. Brown amber with a big 2.5 finger eggshell colored head and webbed lacing. Aroma of burnt toast, grassy hops, and a touch of caramel. Flavor is very prominent with toasted malt, burnt caramel, and some grassy hops. There is a sweetness to it, a bit of toffee. Seems a tad hoppy, but that is how it is marketed. Feel is medium, with prickly carbonation, and no stickiness. Decent brew and a style I am not familiar with.

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Photo of miggy_smalls
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very compelling and one of the best American altbiers I've had. Pour is on the dark cola end of the spectrum with a rocky head that lingers nicely. Quite fruity - plums, currants - with yeasty spice, caramel malts, and a bit of spicy / herbal hops to balance it all out. Medium body.

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Photo of kodt
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, light copper color with a small, head of foam. It smelled floral and malty. An overall sweet aroma. It tasted of sweet caramel with a malty backbone. It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

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Photo of RMelyon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinobambam
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 157 ratings
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