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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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this out of a can into a pint glass. It poured a nice burnt orange color with I slight head that dissipated quickly. The nose was not much. A little hoppy, bread, malt. Taste was headed toward a nice English ale but fell a little short IMHO. Definitely a more hoppy version of an EPA but not excessive. Highly drinkable but not one of my favorites from Real Ale.

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3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can pours a hazed copper color with a dense cap of fine-bubbled off-white head. Pretty good retention and lace.

Nose is surprisingly hoppy with the malts contributing bready caramel and sweet toffee. It actually smells more like an American varietal of hops than a noble one. Fruitiness is surprisingly low for a British style beer. It seems to have more in common with a Scottish Ale than a EPA.

A lot more of the hop bitterness comes out in the flavors and mingles with a toasty malt that offsets most of the sweetness. The malts are quite earthy and remind me of a poor man's 90 Shilling Ale from Odell. I dont think the toast and hops play very nicely in here and the malt does not have much depth. I love most of the English Ales I have had, but this one is not doing it for me. Bummer.

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3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(best by: 10/21/13 ... 204 15:43:18 printed on can)

L: almost 1 1/4-inch head of fluffy thick tan foam on top of brown/amber liquid that's about 60% clear but is clearly going to clear up all the way -- and it does ... as it settles, the brew becomes very easy to see through. loads of stick off the head, some lace as you drink it.

S: grain; slight sweet bread malt; spicy/grassy hops; hops really dominate the rest, but there *is* some malt in the background; it morphs into a tropical fruit/mango American DIPA smell as it warms

T: weirdish mix of tropical fruit hops, grain, malt (sweet?) ... in all honestly, a bit Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-like; there might be some English pale ale malt notes in there somewhere, but the hops dominate ... tastes like an American pale ale/IPA

F: nice carbonation, solid weight

O: thoroughly disappointing from a style point of view -- if this is a true English pale ale, my bank account balance includes 10 numbers. there's VERY LITTLE about it that comes off as a British-made pale ale. so it gets a 0 from me on the style points.

... with that said ...

if you want a solid American pale ale/IPA, this does just fine. it's as good as any of the others, possibly better. the disappointment is that it tastes more or less exactly like all of the other Real Ale pale ale products, and it's frustrating because you wonder how good some of their beers might be if they'd stop dry-hopping the hell out of all of them.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Small white head atop a clear golden orange body. The head retention is poor. Thin, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Caramel malt and herbal hops dominate the aroma.

Taste: Begins with prominent caramel and toffee, earthy hops balance the sweetness. As the taste progresses, the hops dominate, although there is a little apple rind as well. late in the taste, there are some bread malt flavors. Finishes with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example, nothing to write home about, but certainly OK.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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