The Sword - Iron Swan Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

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The Sword - Iron Swan AleThe Sword - Iron Swan Ale

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.88%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Real Ale partners with band The Sword to create Iron Swan Ale. Our newest canned offering is a tribute to the song that first introduced us to a packaging hall favorite, The Sword. Iron Swan pours a deep copper color and has an enticing intro of fruit and caramel with subtle hints of earth and spice. This medium bodied ale showcases the fruitiness of our house ale strain, along with the rich toffee flavors of English crystal malt. Added complexity is provided by generous amounts of English hops. Iron Swan finishes slightly dry with a mild spiciness that beckons another can. Fire up your turntable and audition Iron Swan yourself.

Added by whoneeds8 on 08-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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Photo of mcparker73
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- big white and thick 1 inch head when poured which settles down to a half/quarter inch. caramel/bronze color. its gorgeous.

s- sweet hoppy and citrusy scent. it's pleasant.

t- sweet bitterness with a citrus accent.

m- light/medium heft. sticks to taste buds initially but does not stick around too long.

o- i think this is one of the better English Pale Ale's i've had in a long time. it's sweet with just the right amount of hoppiness. the beer is very balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @xicanobeerrun for bringing me this treat from the heart of Tejas!

This pours a caramel-amber color with tight foaming.

There’s a sweetish aroma which mixes some caramel notes along with a orangey-orange preserves hop character. It’s a similar flavor profile with what the professionals call balance. The definition of balance, perhaps, with a flavor that’s equal parts orange preserve-hop bittering and a caramelly-malt profile to balance it. I found it delicious.

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Photo of JMad
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a caramel , burnt orange color with a thick off white head.

The aroma is filled with earthy hop notes, toffee and a hint of buttery sweetness.

Tastes like an English pale ale but a little hoppier, I tastes some lemon, caramel, bread, and herbal hops.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

I thought this was one of the better EPA's that I've ever had.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking, clear and orange-tan monster head that lasted and left sticky lacing.

Citrus hops and a good maltiness come through on the aroma. The flavor has a nice crisp hops bite that compliments a solid malt backbone and plenty of citrusy notes. I also get a little bit of fruitiness, light fruits mainly.

Body is crisp, easy to drink, slightly slick and perfectly carbonated.

Personally, I love this beer. I will be buying it again regularly. I love this brewery in general, and love that it's pretty local to me too.

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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Freetail in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a nice semi-hazy copper/bronze with a finger of very fine off white head. It smells pretty hoppy for an English Pale Ale, with a bit of sweetness added in. The flavor is not as hoppy, and much more balanced. Tastes of mild citrus hops, caramel, bread, biscuit. This is all rounded out with an exceptional creaminess and smoothness. The extremely fine head provides an awesome mouthfeel. This is well balanced, easy drinking, moderate carbonation and body. This is better than I expected from the style, and one I could drink all day. Good job Real Ale / The Sword.

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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a stemmed glass translucent copper with a one finger white head. Great head retention and lacing. Scent of green hops. Taste is steady with a nice balance of hops with some carameled malts with a hint of spice in the back end. Medium bodied.

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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

So I'm a huge Sword fan. Got Austin's hottest hot sauce by The Sword. Now I'm drinkin this Sword beer. Pours up a clear bronze color with a huge white head. Great lacing. Aroma is subtle buttery caramel. Subtle citrus hop bitterness. Taste is caramel, honey, bitter hop backdrop. Medium body, medium smooth carbo. Very easy drinkin Amber. I dig it.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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