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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
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
153
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
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Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy bubbling carbonation quickly rising to the top of a bread crust copper colored beer. The head is two fingers after the pour, and leaves an off-white film after each sip, as well as some lacing.

Great malty aroma full of toast, bread crust, caramel, and biscuits from the malt. The hops add a nice earthy spritz to the nose.

True to teh real McCoy from Germany, lots of malty, with a spritz of hops to balance everything out. Toasted white bread, biscuits, illed grain, crumpets, and the earthiness from the hops. Very well rounded and sessionable. Thank you sir may I have another!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish-brown body, 1 finger head, delightful lacing for a lighter ABV brew

S: malt, rye, mild whiff of raisin or dates

T: mild rye and malt up front, firm earthy semi bitter finish, hint of spices.

M: med/light body, semi-dry finish, mild tongue prick upfront. Very refreshing.

O: Scrumptious lighter style brew! My first ALT, that I can remember, and I'm glad I gave it a go.

Nice to see good beers don't always have to have 10-15% ABV. Well done, Metropolitan. Very nice session beer, glad I grabbed a 6 pack of this liquid yummy goodness.

PICK THIS ONE UP!

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into an 0,3l stange glass, Iron Works pours a bright, saturated copper with some rusty orange tones. Sticky cap of foam, a fingers width rises to the rim, leaving some ghostly lacing inside the glass. Nice retention, the head lasts for the duration of the glass.

Yeast driven aroma, very clean with light banana esters at first, followed by some toasted husky grains and light nuttiness peeking through. Swirling it as it warms brings out a grassy floral hint of hops.

Dry toasted malt, sunflower seeds, caramel, multigrain bread. Hazelnut mingles with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Very clean and somewhat dry, only a touch of sweetness. Definitely a well crafted malt bomb. Easy feel, quaffable, but with a substantial fullness that ironically isn't filling.

Glad to see Metro branching out, can't wait to see what else they have up their sleeves...

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Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beautiful, caramel-orange body with not a trace of haze under a sticky, just yellow-tinged head that's leaving some webby lacing. No carbonation up through the body of the beer. A little more retention would be good.

S: Slightly sweet, a bit like candy, and with plenty of risen bread and yeast notes. Some orange scent, even, and with some mustiness that I like about alt biers.

T: Fairly dry, and bitter for the style, and very much tasting of brown bread. Still, towards the end there are some fruity notes that eventually succumb to the bittering hops. Well executed.

M: Low carbonation and a relatively thin body--sessionable, for certain, but could use some more oomph, methinks.

O: Metro has a beer to be proud of in this one. It's a very solid rendition of an alt, something that Uerige or Kutscher would be happy to call their own. At just under ten bucks for the sixer, this is a great pick-up if you're into German styles or just some easy drinking.

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Photo of GusDom
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to make this quick. The beer looks good, lightly reddish copper color with pretty good head and even better lacing.

The smell is slightly "bready". You can also get some notes of dried apricot, very slight pine, and molasses. The taste is very refreshing, it doesn't overwhelm the palate but it certainly leaves its mark. It has a slight wheat bread after taste reminiscence of 3 Floyd's Gumball wheat ale.

Overall, I seriously enjoyed this beer and plan on buying again for sure. Worth trying if you have access to Metropolitan Brewing beers.

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Photo of haveaduff2
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best Alts you'll find in the US. An immensely drinkable beer with loads of flavor, just the right bitter backbone, and a touch of hop bite. Nice, full mouthfeel. Creamy head with a ton of lace. I had it on tap at Hopleaf. Can't wait to compare it to the bottled version.

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Photo of beertooth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped and poured into a Hop Leaf shaker pint.

Iron Works Alt pours a brilliant, burnt amber. It's extremely clear and there's a finger of chunky white head that leaves thick lacing down the glass. It looks great!

The nose is sweet and spicy. Notes of caramel, bread crust, pretzel dough, noble hop floralness, and some slight hints of brown sugar. I remember I-Beam being heavier on the doughy bread notes and less hoppy.

The taste follows the nose with doughy pretzel and bread crust. There's an underlined caramel sweetness, but it's far from cloying. The hops bring up the tail and lend a nice lingering bitterness to cut the sweet malts. It finishes dry and leaves me wanting to take sip after sip.

Medium to full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

A great addition to Metro's line-up. I look forward to grabbing a sixer of this. The fat robot on the label is pretty gnarly too.

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Iron Works Alt from Metropolitan Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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