Iron Horse
Fargo Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #936
Ranked #21,084
3.85 | pDev: 8.05%
Fargo Brewing Company
North Dakota, United States
Very Good
Notes: Get on board the flavor train! Our Northwest style American Pale Ale is bursting with hop flavor with a rush of tropical fruit aromatics. The malt character perfectly compliments hop additions of Horizon, Falconers Flight, and 7C’s with crisp flavor. All aboard Iron Horse: a great, sessionable, hoppy pale ale that makes hop lovers go crazy!

32 IBU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

June 2019...dirty bronze, white foam with lacing. Fruity malt nose. Slightly sweet. Lemony malt flavor. Straw flavors. Faint vanilla deeply embedded. Bitter sticks around nicely.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a fresh and tasty pale ale, sturdy and hearty like the fine state of north dakota itself. the can says falconers flight hops, and although i may not have been able to pick that out before reading it, now that i know its in here, i really do smell and taste this unique strain. pine punch and bitterness is what i always get from them, and they are there here for sure. the other cool thing in here is that it sort of tastes like sprite in the middle. i get that odd artificial lemon and lime soda flavor, and its pretty good with the more aggressive hop edges. the grain is unique too, the oats give it plenty of body and the vienna just a touch of color and sweetness. its well layered and proportioned, well carbonated and perhaps just a little filling. i liked their woodchipper ipa too, but this has been my favorite of the fargo beers ive had the opportunity to drink this week. very distinct for an american pale ale, really well constructed grain base, and an affordable six pack price are all good reasons to seek this one out.

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Photo of matcris
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A hazy, tangerine orange/amber. Small amount of tiny bubbles rising. Finger + of off white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a ring.
AROMA: Tropical, citrus/grapefruit, some caramel malt, a little astringency.
TASTE: Right away I get a mild bitterness and a caramel sweetness doing a nice balancing act. Some tropical and citrus notes round things out.
FEEL: Moderate, good carbonation, medium thin body, A little slick right off the bat, but drying on the finish.
OVERALL: Pretty decent building bitterness, mild citrus and tropical fruits, good level of carbonation. Decent pale, but nothing outrageous.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, purchased at the brewery on 11/13/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, papaya, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, papaya, lemon/orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. No obvious dating.

Peach yellow to orange body, slightly cloudy but you can see through it easily. Just a bit of hair of carbonation, quite fine but not much. Head manages classic white, slightly bright colored head and standing three fingers tall. Soapy retention, settles at a good speed slowly, even a little pock marked. Quite light body colored but solid looker.

Hops seem to be the dominant aroma, with a little bit of off kilter quality. Slight hints of earth, but also a real strange soapy quality that does at least manage some perfume nice like sweetness. Big florality too, but also mixing with a bit of malt sweetness that makes it a bit odd and weird. Really hard to describe… soapy? Detergent? Not horrific but pushing it.

Palate maintains a bit of that odd flavor but some decent qualities. Good solid malt sweetness and backbone with a simple depth. Some hop orange citrus seems to squeak through nicely, but also gets into a bit of light Tang breakfast like flavors and quality. Chewy body slightly even a hint of possible biscuit kicking in. Mild citrus orange, slightly juiced.

Overall, a mix of solid and weird experiences but it's somewhere in between.

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Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can into an Irish pub-style imperial pint glass. Light golden color, hazy, light carbonation. 1/4 inch white head, leaving disconnected lacing. Bready & citrusy aroma. The aroma is pleasant and inviting as you take each sip. Nicely balanced all the way through, initial taste, middle, and finish. Initial taste has a good malt foundation, with tasty citrus and pine hops. Mouth feel is substantial for a pale ale. Bitterness asserts quickly and maintains though the middle and a moderately bitter finish. The bitterness is mostly pine. While the bittering hops are not extreme, it does taste a bit bigger than the IBU rating of 32 for this beer. This is a very good pale ale, with nice balance, plenty of malt underneath the flavorful hops with just the right amount of piney bittering.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip.

Beautiful beer! Streams of carbonation show some superb radiance in this golden-bodied brew. Foamy white head dissipates leaving a ring of lace that creeps up the sides of the glass. The carbonation definitely gives this beer a champagne quality. 5

Fruity and floral aroma is there with light lemony notes. Citrus is faint and there's a bit of resinous spice. It's a nice enough aroma but doesn't pop or have any definitive and attractive aroma. 3.5

Surprisingly lemony! Citrus is there but it's not necessarily on the sweet side, at least not initially. Mid-palate takes a sweeter orange juice like turn and the finish is earthy and grassy. A lingering combination of earthiness and citrusy sweet flavors summarize the beer pretty well. I think this is pretty good, actually. 4

I appreciate the lightness, the carbonation is spot on and it still has plenty of body---no watery session ale here. It's refreshing too. One slight ding is the earthy feel is a bit of a nuisance after a while, clinging to the mouth when I'd just as soon see it away. 3.75

This beer met my expectations and then some. Quite a pleasant surprise for my first North Dakota beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Fargo Brewing Co. can glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- nice juicy hop bouquet with aromas of citrus peels, grapefruit juice, pine & a hint of floral and fresh cut grass, just a touch of malty sweetness

T- lots of tropical juicy hop bitterness follows the aroma up front, followed by some orange zest & pith. The bitterness drops off mid-palate, bringing in just a hint of malty sweetness. The finish is dry with a linger of pine resin & citrus

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- a wonderful pale ale, packed with plenty of juicy hops, but not overbearing, allowing it to be super drinkable. A very nice introduction to ND beer

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Photo of humuloner22
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra on trade, thanks man!

Appearance: Hazy darker straw/hay gold. Lots of nice pillowy white head sitting on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty hops, this one has a tartness to it, I don't know if that was intended. No canning date that I can detect, nevertheless I like the way it smells, kind of tropical fruit and sour green apple aromas, but not estery like a Belgian beer.

Taste: This beer isn't really bitter it just washes over your tongue and I could see this one being very sessionable. Its flavorful but not overpowering. The tart notes are in the taste as well but not as dominant as in the nose. Overall this is a pretty decent pale.

Overall: I don't know if I have drank too many sours lately or what but I kind of like the tart aspect to this beer. It could be old because there is not canning date on it, but I am going to take the high road and say its fresh and that was how it was intended by the brewer. It doesn't taste off it just tastes different and maybe that is a good thing!

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Balanced and bright with medium bitterness and juicier hop flavors balanced with citrus. Easy to drink with a slightly dry finish. This is an all-around fine beer, good for a lawnmower and session, but also worth sipping.

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Photo of Mdog
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation, ok head.

Smell: Piney, with decent strength.

Taste: Moderate caramel malt sweetness, then piney hops. Tingly feel. Easy drinker.

Overall: This was on discount for $7 for a 6er so I picked it up since they were out of Wood Chipper. Iron Horse is a solidly average pale ale, balanced flavor and easy drinking.

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Photo of Phocion
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can with no date code poured into a glass with a dark golden body and a massive, rocky white head. Excellent retention and big chunks of lacing.

Very juicy nose. Primarily tropical but also citrus fruits; mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Ample amounts of late-additions of both Falconer's blends with a subtle spicy, floral background. As it warms a light resiny aroma plus an ever-so-subtle generic malty aroma begins to come out, but it still remains distinctly hop-forward.

The flavor is strangely thin compared to the huge and hoppy nose. Very complex hoppiness (not surprising considering the use of two different blends) that is a little overwhelming for this beer, but with very little astringent bitterness. Still fruity, but primarily grassy and floral flavors. Light biscuit and just a touch of that distinct Vienna/Munich maltiness. Clean yeast flavors and overall quite well balanced.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Mouthfeel gets a slight boost from the oats. Creamier than I typically expect from an APA, but pleasant.

Hop-forward on the nose but well-balanced flavor. If you prefer juicier hops you will enjoy this one. It's not an award-winner, but it is very sessionable and clean.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Upfront scent of citrus with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Floral and grassy hops with hints of grass and slight pine. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker. A nicely ripe and juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Good presence of citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pineapple, and mango. Grassy hops along with some floral and piney notes. Pale malt with some backing notes of caramel, cracker, and grains. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ripe, juicy, and pretty drying.

Overall: A very solid take on an American Pale Ale. On the hoppier side for the style with nice juicy flavors.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a sixteen-ounce glass off the taps at Würst in downtown Fargo.

A nice, bitter, grass-hoppy APA. It acquits itself well: just well-executed American Pale, if unexceptional otherwise.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy burnished orange with decent white heads and lacing rings.

Smell: Some kind of citrusy, tropical aroma that I can't identify, as it is definitely different than other APAs. Good aroma even if I can't pinpoint it.

Taste: The hoppy taste is similar to the aroma - citrusy and tropical. The malts are pretty basic and mostly stay out of the way. Some spicy notes at the finish. There is pretty much zero bitterness despite the hoppiness.

Feel: Very soft body. I can't tell if the carbonation is too low or the body too light but it doesn't work for this beer.

Overall: Unique APA with great hops but the mouthfeel is a distraction. Maybe they can improve it.

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Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with two fingers of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Interesting hoppy aroma. A combination of tropical fruit, strawberries, and forest floor. A little dankness as well. Not getting anything from the malt.

A little bit of sweetness and toasted notes from the malt that balances the bitterness and the fruity hop flavors. A blast of Juicy Fruit upfront with notes of berries and evergreen. Unfortunately there is an astringent aftertaste that does not leave an appealing departing flavor.

Light body and nicely carbonated that is lively yet giving a creamy mouthfeel that lets the flavors develop.

Other that the odd aftertaste, this is a very solid pale ale. I would have no trouble downing a few cans of this.

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Photo of ZAP
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep bronze color

S-Very fragrant aroma....very fruity....berries...tropical fruits...lightly floral

T-Loads of ripe sweet berries....blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, even hints of elderberries....also some notes of peaches, and tropical fruits like mango and papaya. Toasty malt lets the hops shine but lends a nice dimension as well.

M-Carbonation...body....close to spot on for the style...maybe a bit thin on the finish even for an APA but splitting hairs..

O-This is a great pale ale loaded with flavor. Highly drinkable and at 5.0% it carries the same booziness as a Bud. Great sessionable beer with flavor.

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