Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Iron City BeerIron City Beer
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Iron City BeerIron City Beer

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 02-01-2002

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Photo of bigred89
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of pogoowner
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of whallgren
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jrutigs
3/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale gold with 1/4" of soft, foamy head. There are a good deal of bubbles rising to the top. The smell is faint grains with a light grassy hop aroma. The taste is grainy and grassy with a faint metallic note in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and smooth.

This is my first Iron City since leaving PA. I can see why I had so many of these in college. For the style, it's better than most.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (not sold in Louisiana). Iron City Beer has an almost nonexistent, white head, and a clear, golden-yellow, fairly bubbly appearance, and very little lacing. The aroma is a subtle grain, and taste is of sweet grain, biscuit, grass, and a touch of hop bitterness at the back end of the sip. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Iron City finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Drinkability is quite high with this. Overall, I think it's a good American-style lager, and I suggest you try it.


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Photo of flagmantho
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: pale straw hue with a bit of haze to the body and a fair amount of effervescence. Head is a thin layer of creamy white foam. Average.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a hint of grain and some light noble hops. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.

Taste: light malt flavor with some grain and a little bit of sourness. Actually not too bad, but not very good either.

Mouthfeel: light texture with an OK level of carbonation. It wasn't insipid, but it wasn't creamy or interesting, either.

Overall: this is a plain-Jane lager. It is better than a lot of adjunct lagers I've had, but it is not a particularly good or exciting beer.

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Photo of soju6
2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden yellow with a big head that fades quickly.

S: Mild aroma of some sweetness and some grain. Not much here.

T: Again a mild sweetness and grain with a trace of bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, a bit crisp and refreshing.

O: Nothing wrong with an old school beer once in a while. Better than most of the BMC offerings.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a very clear, pale golden color with a one finger, loose bright white foamy head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Grainy malt, corn, and slight wet grass. The nose just didn't smell that good at all.

T- Taste was pretty bad, it seemed like a light lager to and didn't really have anything going on in it.

M-Light and thin. Nearly flat after it warms.

D-No thanks, don't have to try this again it is a big beer in Pittsburgh but I can do with out trying this one again.

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Photo of JamesPGH
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apperance: Golden Yellow with a cream colored head that quickly faded.

Smell: Heavy corn syrup, very sweet. Some hints of yeast and stale hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. The corn syrup is the main taste followed by some grains and finishes with a taste of stale hops.

Drinkability: The beer isn't my cup of tee. I normally like a sweeter beer but this tasted too much like corn syrup than malty sweetness. The carbonation was a plus though.

Overall: Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of shealoftus14
1.55/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

seems like this brand is on the downfall. I got it because it was cheap and chose it because it was local but don't really think its Pittsburgh's true beer anymore. Wasn't that fascinated by it and didn't have much of a taste either. Had a bad aftertaste and would prefer many more beers in front of this one.

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Photo of kralmatej
2.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

very clear, bright yellow, with heavy carbonation but no head retention...

aroma - stale and a bit boozey, some hints of grain and hops

taste - tastes like a cheap american beer, but I'd take this over a Bud or Miller any day, if only to drink something regional and local.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.08/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance: Standard golden yellow. Decent carbonation, a bit on the heavy side. Lacing is nice too.

Smell: Pretty clean with a mineral background. A hint of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is same as smell. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well-carbonated.

Drinkability: A prototype of this style.

Overall: Neither bad nor good, but leaning towards the good side.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden pale yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: corn, rice, malts, lager yeast

taste: lager yeast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: just your average run of the mill adjunct lager. nice to finally try this beer.

The cpj

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Photo of Brenden
2.12/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a completely clear bright yellow. What white head fights to come out on the pour is almost dead before it has a chance. A very thin foam is what remains of the head, which leaves about 2 spots of lacing behind. Interesting, since there's so much activity.
The aroma gives me what I expect from an adjunct: adjuncts. There is a bit of grains and, to this beers credit, an inkling of hops bitterness, hardly definable in character but there.
And then...not good. The corn is there, a kis of hops, lightly malty. What happens then is like drinking liquified cardboard that's been sitting in sinkwater with some vegetables that were going bad. A bit good, a lot bad.
Body is extremely light, carbonation is fairly high. There's not much to say about the body. There's a light crispness.

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Photo of akorsak
2.24/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle at the Harmar, PA Primanti Bros. Can't order a Pitts Burgher without an IC, right?

A: The lager is fizzy and yellow, with a thin band of white head. That head doesn't last for long in my glass.

S: The nose has corn sweetness, light with little in the way of biscuit or hops. Incredibly sweet without no counterbalance.

T: Fizzy and sweet, again the corn a takes center stage. That sweetness is unpleasant, lacking many redeeming qualities. On the bright side, the lack of flavor is surprisingly refreshing - I could easily drink several of these with little ill effect (other than the resultant hydration).

M: The mouthfeel is creamy, quite sweet. In one fell swoop I can cross Primanti Bros. and IC off my bucket list; I wasn't impressed with either.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Shaker glass. Very light looking lager. Light straw color. Clear. Head dissapated fast to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma smells like bud or any other major BMC product.

Taste is also the same as most BMC products. Maybe a bit of malt liquor taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall I will probably never buy this again. Just bought it because I've always seen it and heard of it. I would rather buy a cheaper BMC product.

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Photo of salvo
1.36/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was thrilled when a friend brought one back from Pittsburgh for me and just saddened and depressed when we opened it.

Poured almost clear yellow with big carbonation bubbles with a hard, foamy head that collapsed into a faint ring almost immediately.

Smell was metallic and sharp; corn and sugar. Yup: litter-box adjunct wafting cat-pee smell makes this unpleasant in the nose.

Taste is sharp and strong of adjunct lager. Lightness and astringency from the rice? Sweet and tangy and somehow unbeer like. I've been spoiled by good beer.

Mouthfeel: did I just drink something? Overall: this is what I left behind when I started drinking craft beer, and it's good to be reminded why I won't accept any crap on tap.

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Photo of Beejay
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, and chardonnay in color. Starts with a nice full white head, but it dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Sweet at first with a touch of malt. Perhaps just a kiss of hops and a touch of rice. Some CO2 smells coming out as well. There is a bit of vegetable smell in there as well.

T: Sweet, and classic american adjunct lager flavors. almost a fruity bit in the finish, with a touch of bitterness and an off flavor I can't quite put my finger on. The flavor is very light, which is appropriate for the style, but I have certainly had beer of this style that are more interesting. The warmer this gets the more the off flavor is present, and the more offensive it becomes.

M: Fairly light, the carbonation actually seems a touch low for the style. Fairly clean.

D: Overall not a beer I would buy again, except perhaps for the novelty of it, like if I was in pittsburgh, or wanted to punish someone.

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Photo of iRoy
2.91/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, for a beer of this type it's pretty good. A lot beefier in terms of taste than other Adjunct Lagers. It pours a nice yellow color but the smell I'm not crazy about. Drink is alright, drinkable but not something I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of metter98
2.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear yellow and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly vanished and left some delicate lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of adjuncts--smells of rice and corn stand out in particular.
T: Flavors of adjuncts are also present in the taste, although there are also some notes of grainy malt and sweetness. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied, and somewhat thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't very interesting, but it wasn't a drain pour because it has enough flavors and body to keep it from being watery.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this beer in honer of my team during the super bowl. hopefully the team scores better than the beer!

A-light gold with a lot of bubbles. thin white head

S-smells like honey and buttered corn. smells very malts. fairly strong scent

T-hits with a surprisingly smooth and impressive taste of malted corn. the after-taste has a malted feel to it. unlike how i remember it, this is not a bad beer. its in the "bottom of the barrel" list but that has to be a mistake because i'm enjoying this!

M-medium to high carbonation with a decent smoothness to it. has a crisp, okay finish

D-this goes down easily. i do not regret getting an entire 6-pack for the game, but seeing how this game is progressing...i might need to upgrade to something stronger.

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Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7% out of 100 with 534 ratings
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