Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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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 marc77
2.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear straw hue topped by a typically meager head indicative of ample adjunct use. The relatively clean, but unenticing aroma is comprised of sweet corn, a touch of DMS, and a barely perceptible floral hop nose. The bland flavor is dominated by corn, but corn sweetness and cooked cabbage thankfully aren't as overbearing as other American lagers. Husky 6 - row notes are assertive, but aren't astringent & provide the only noteable malt character of this brew. The hop bitterness is above the norm compared to the mundane American lager, & when coupled with the sharp carbonation, this beer is almost biting in mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet from corny sweetness and light hop bitterness. Iron City is bland and expectedly adjunct - laden, but is perhaps a notch above other domestics.

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Photo of Jason
2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist off bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale golden and very clear with large bubbles racing to the top that struggle to hold a thin white lace.

Smell: Cooked veggie aroma, some husky grain and that is all in the nose.

Taste: Mild crispness from a medium level of carbonation in a light body. Very slim on the malt, lots of grain and husky flavours with vague astringencies. Hops are brash but small and only help to enhance the astringent flavours. Light lemony hop seems out of place. Touch of cooked veggie and corn grit flavour, finishes dry with a lingering faded veggie flavour.

Notes: Not very clean at all, better off just sticking with a Bud, Miller or Coors than tangling with this brew. A sub-premium American Lager that is not worth my time.

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Photo of Wildman
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a verly pale yellow color and formed no head and no lace. An aroma of hops and grain. A flavor of grain and some dough aspects. Finish was extremely light and some bite present. I am not a big fan of this beer, but have had a chance to try it on many occasions. I find it to be no better than the other smaller macrobrews like Rolling Rock. But the cult following of this is amazing. I went to a party in college and all the people who lived there were Iron City drinkers. We were all drinking the usual keg swill and they were walking around with bottles of Iron City. Went upstairs and they had filled the bathtub with ice and filled it with Iron City.

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Photo of psugrad98
1.4/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer focuses on marketing and promotions but should instead change their recipe. First glimpse is of a pale, sickly yellow brew. What little head there is is weak and artificial. Smell is weak and not fresh, and is reminiscent of cooked corn. Slight sweet malty overtones with too little hops. Corn and rice adjuncts are almost overpowering and get worse as the brew warms up. Tastes chemical like. Must almost be drunk at near freezing temperatures to remain palatable.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
2.23/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hmmm, seems like fdoosey has a point, as our sample of Iron City wasn't particularly metallic. Pours with a small white head. Has a clear bright yellow color. Smells faintly salty, sour, but not much. Tastes watery malty, slightly salty. Sour aftertaste. Surprisingly medium-light body. Might be a good lawnmower beer, but not much else.

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Photo of inebrius
2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light to medium yellow. Mildly grainy nose. Almost discernible hop bitterness. A slightly sweet underlying flavor makes what would be a typical american lager actually taste like something other than carbonated water.

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Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I will say this beer sux ass,but one of my good buddies it P-town took me to a Steelers game and I tailgated all day drinkin this stuff,not good but drank at least 16 and I cheeredon the Steelers (even though Iam Lions fan).Better than AB products,a classic in the Iron city.

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Photo of ADR
1.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

VERY metallic to the point of distracting the assessment of what little flavor the lager would have anyway...color clear straw, smells lightly of pine...bars that tend to have this on tap also tend to maintain their tap system very poorly, not adding to the beer's appeal...and Pittsburgh Brewing contract brews Samual Adams...historically, I think Iron City was one of the first canned beers (I think with pull-off tabs?)...

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Photo of John
1.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There haven't been many beers that I didn't care to finish, however this was one of them. Had this from a 12 oz. long leck bottle. The flavor was astringent and metallic to the point that I felt it was stripping the enamel off my teeth.

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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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