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Alloy | Tin Man Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tin Man Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Chaney on 01-12-2013

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz single can, and the start of my All-American night of beer appreciation, in deference to our southern neighbour's Independence Day (and the reason why Colbert and the Daily Show are off for two whole weeks).

This beer pours a hazy medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, honeycombed off-white lace, which leaves a decent array of layered storm cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides. Hey, good lookin'...

It smells of biscuity, grainy caramel malt, mild orange and grapefruit bitters, a hint of dry pine resin, and a further tame floral, earthy hoppiness. The taste is once again malt forward - grainy, lightly bready, and weakly caramelized - with some timid muddled citrus 'zinginess', forest floor after a few days of rain, so musty and piney, I guess, with a bit floral, somewhat perfume-like heat rising as it barely warms.

The carbonation is decently non-provocative, with a wee frothiness here and there, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually pretty smooth - no hop overreach here, boyos. It finishes off-dry, the malt barely desirous of taking advantage of the hop anemia here.

Not a bad 'beer', by any stretch, if said beer was a simple Yankee amber ale. But Tin Man had to go and plaster IPA-isms all over this product, so they are fair game. A wan, rather underwhelming IPA, this is - the hops just too restrained, wall-hugging, and uninteresting when they do venture forth.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was just going to give it a number score (3.75), but having read reviews...thought I'd throw in my two bits.

First, despite a number of earlier reviews. and I know the can says IPA. I think this is a good American version of Pale Ale. So I'm looking for hops, but not that big. Much more about malt and hops balance. I'm also found a more Pale Ale smooth draft mouth feel for a good session beer.

Also, I had fresh on tap at Tin Man vs can. So it might be my expectations are different than others.

I liked it. Didn't change my world...but on tap, this is a really nice APA. I'd be happy to grab a pint anytime.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into tulip 26/7/13

A clear orange amber that gets darker towards the center pf the glass, thumbs width of tan foam doesn't last that long and only leaves a few patches of lace

S faint orange peel, brown sugar, musty leaves, and earthy notes, not a very "American" IPA, pretty lame even if it was labeled from across the pond

T more rind and just a hint of pine but shes still pretty weak, orange creamsicle and lots of malty toffee, meh

M medium bodied, slightly creamy from the bubbles, not very bitter for the style with a faint herbal rind finish

O nothing remarkable going on here, nowhere near the hops needed for the style and its rather boring, too mellow for my liking

another beer that's not really worth seeking out, pretty lame IPA that's unlikely to excite you

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Photo of barczar
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Think the stamp says pull by 112914, so it's definitely got some age on it. Didn't realize when purchasing.

Aroma is floral and fairly skunky, with a sweet, lightly bready malt backbone. That skunk character really starts to dominate. Almost gives it a metallic note. Becomes much more citrusy as it warms.

Flavor reveals fairly bready malt at the base, with an initial punch of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango that fades to bitter, resiny, earthy hops that linger in the aftertaste.

I like the fruity hop character, but the bitterness overwhelms. That harsh character lingers and really outweighs the decent flavor.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Jamison85
3.62/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of homebrew311
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is hazy gold with fluffy head and heavy lacing. The pour yields mostly head which requires some settling time. Aroma is piney and bitter with harsh hoppy bitterness. Smelling something off, smells like an off batch of home brew IPA I made one. Taste is deep and earthy with heavy unpleasant bitterness. Finish leaves a earthy herbal taste. Mouthfeel is over carbonated. Overall, this is a poor example of an IPA. Not a fan.

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Photo of Chaney
1.27/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

After suffering through the sampler platter here, I chose "Alloy" simply because I feel that trying the IPA is the best was to sample the actual brewery.

Served in the appropriate glassware.

A: Poured out a slightly chill-hazed orange color, with a head that was in line with what I think an IPA should look like.

S: Can I rate this lower than "1"? If I could, I would. Even the citrus I got on this smelled peppery and moldy, not to mention almost non-existent. Not good.

T: Not much better. As a matter of fact, it's worse. Once the hops made an appearance, it was like kerosene with a bit of orange. Nothing fresh or bright in this one. As a matter of fact, the whole hop profile tasted diluted.

M: Thin and diluted. The carbonation was actually okay here, but everything else was absolutely subpar. Some lacing left on the glass, but not much. Still, if the experience is bad, why come back?

O: Not the worst beer I've ever had, but it was certainly the worst IPA I've had in the past 10 year. I'll take any first time homebrewer's IPA effort over this one any day of the week.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours from the pint can a cloudy amber, with a huge and frothy head. Beautiful and heavy lace.

Nose is pleasingly grapefruit-lemon citrus hops. Yum!

Taste is...mild. The hops are dialed way back here, subdued to well below normal American IPA levels. The body here is light, too, even bordering on watery. I get very little hop snap or bitterness here. I understand that this is meant to be a "gateway" or starter IPA (and not meant for serious hop-heads), but this is weak even for a standard pale ale. Disappointing.

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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Hop_God
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden to light orange

S: not much on the nose, faint hops

T: bitter with more bitter, hop water. nothing special.

F: rather harsh from the bitterness with no malt backbone.

O: not a fan

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of heysuz
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of LJWalker
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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Alloy from Tin Man Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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