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Iron City Beer | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by maxpower on 02-01-2002

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.58/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale, even for an adjunct lager-looks more like a light lager. Looks can be deceiving though, as the aroma is a complex mix of corn and caramel with some bready notes. Taste is heavy on the corn and grain at first, with some apple coming through as the beer gets warmer. Very dry flavor with no noticeable must or bitterness. From what I recall of the canned version, which I had last winter, this one is a lot more pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BrewJohn
3.56/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of Extol
3.56/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - gold in color, typical. Smell - smell is like the typical lager, but a slightly more depth. Taste - same as the nose, not bad. Overall - not bad. Easy drinking. Girlfriend said it tastes like any other beer but no after taste.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Iron City Beer brewed by Pittsburgh Brewing Co., with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color, with a nice a nice white head. This brew has the look of most American Larges on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Iron City is rich with grain, malts and a hit of hops. There is nothing bad so far. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on grains and malts. the mouthfeel of Iron City is smooth and rich. There is nothing bad about this brew, but nothing great. It is a nice drinking brew. Iron City has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Iron city a 3.50 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Pittsburgh Brewing Co., did a nice job with brew. It is not the worst but not the best I have had.

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Photo of ATPete
3.53/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz glass bottle

IC! finally in Jersey!

It pours a transparent yellow with a decent looking foamy white head and some visible rising carbonation. It sports the classic macro-malt nose with a citrusy hop presence, bonus. Its everything you'd expect from a crisp, clean American lager, nothing out of the ordinary here. A great choice if you have to pick a beer to drink all day. Good balance, great drinkability.

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Photo of jayc333
3.51/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark golden yellow with a two finger frothy white head. Tons of tiny bubbles rise to the top, and the head lowers slowly before becoming a nice lace.

Very strong smelling. Hints of citrus present through the hoppy nose. However, it isn't much better then any other macro.

Hmm, not too bad tasting at all. Mellow citrus balanced with some sweet malt. I quite like it.

Watery and a little over-carbonated mouthfeel. In other words, just like your typical macro.

To me, this is just like any other macro but with a better appearance, and a lot better taste. I can see myself buying again as a session brew.

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Photo of dpage27
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a good classic lager

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Photo of TaylorK
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of BDF2000
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Cody552
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Dapperticus
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of drt72
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Yancey82
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tomgossert
3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of flatspin187
3.48/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is coming from a guy that live in Kentucky.. im not saying this because it is a local fav. im saying this b/c its the truth.. This beer is not a bad beer at all.. It was one of the first beers to come in a aluminium bottle.. I tried the beer at a restraunt that served pizza.. and it went well with a good meat me pizza... I cant really describe the color of it cuz it was still in the bottle.. but the smell and taste in my opinion was way better than any bud. coors.. or miller brands.. which i know to a lot of ppl doesnt mean shit.. but to some ppl that means a lot.. i would recommend trying one..

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Photo of Shiloh
3.45/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good session beer.....light to medium golden colour with a matching body....aroma is crisp. The taste and mouthfeel is what really got my attention.....Well balanced and clean....Not a great brew, but a very good brew, and for the money, an exellent value. I could drink gallons of this.....and probobly will....

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a crystal pilsner flute (don't get to use these very often!). It has a very light golden color with a thin head that becomes a thin lace very quickly. It has a faint malt aroma, almost no hop scent. In all honesty, it has almost no aroma at all. Upon tasting though, the hops are evident immediately, followed by the malt. It has a smooth hop finish. The taste is very crisp and sharp overall. The body is light with low carbonation.

I think this is a decent lager and would make an excellent session beer. This one’s smooth and crisp and indicative of the style. Too bad most mass-produced American lagers aren't like this one, definitely worth the purchase.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.43/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look - this is an alright beer but you have to understand Pittsburgh. It is the only city w/ an entrance (ride through the Liberty tubes before you enter the city and you'll know what I mean), but it is not pretty. Sure, it looks great w/ the rivers and bridges on a poster, but real Pittsburgh is cold, dirty and grimy. And it is a steel town. You work in a mill all day and you want a beer that just goes down smooth, fast and is cheap (I have stillmill workers in my family). Or when you want about 12 beers to tailgate for a Stillers game. In that regard, I'll always have a spot for this beer and will tell everyone to give it one try.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this when I went to Scranton, PA for the first time and for a cheap lager, this stuff was actually pretty good!

Appearance is a basic yellow with a tiny amount of head, not too shabby, but average for a typical lager.

Smell was fairly strong, but nothing to write home about. It smelled like a weaker Heineken.

Taste however I thoroughly enjoyed. There's a nice almost buttery aftertaste that follows the first sip and also has a nice sweet bite to it as well. Definitely a good beer to wet your whistle.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, and not too overpowering. It goes down easy without any complaints, much like a light beer without the metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty good with this stuff. What it lacks in appearance and smell does a pretty good job in the aftertaste and feel in the mouth. It's a good cheap Pennsylvania lager and goes well with fish.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I gave this beer an above average not for taste, but because I like to down these during Steeler tailgating. Sometimes a beer must be judged on something other than taste. If this was judged on taste, it would have been given an F.

Drinkability is OK because it is not too bitter, or not to tasty.

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Photo of Mo_fro
3.38/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For some reason I don't think this beer is as bad as its rated. I've drank some amazing beers and some disgusting beers. This is neither.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.36/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a fizzy white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness with some citrus.

Tastes of the grainy malt with a layer of floral and citrus hops. Grainy malt is plenty sweet. Bitterness is low. I like it compared to BMC.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of LucMcD17
3.35/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Iron City Beer from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.51 out of 5 with 538 ratings
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