Iron Range Amber Lager | James Page Brewing Company

Iron Range Amber LagerIron Range Amber Lager
66 Ratings
Iron Range Amber LagerIron Range Amber Lager

Brewed by:
James Page Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.48%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of RBorsato
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap 09/14/05 at Brit's Pub in Minneapolis, MN.

Striking amber color with a low off-white head that didn't last for long. Almost no aroma but had a slight malty character. Mellow caramel flavored malts with just a touch of Munich malt character. Fairly light bodied in my book but a very clean lager.

Nothing really stood out enough in this one to be memorable... surprised about the Gold medal...

Per JPBC website:
Gold - GABF
A smooth, malty Vienna Lager. This beer is a true European red with 100% two-row malted barley, Spalter hops and Munich malts, German lager yeast and a minimum six weeks of cool cellaring.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little hoppy, but not much depth, seems thin. Aroma lacks, but has smooth and malty tones throughout. Excellent complex finish with a sweet aftertaste. Warm. These guys are out of business now, but the Stevens Point Brewery seems to be picking them up, although I haven't seen anything new on the shelves in this label.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Crystal clear light copper color, big white head dissipates to a solid layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Smell is carmel malt through and through. Maybe a little biscuit and alcohol scent also. Flavor is also carmel malt and a solid hops backing. Flavorful, and a thicker mouthfeel for a lager. Very good.

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Photo of PCaravan
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like a previous post, I too was introduced to this brew courtesy of Northwest Airlines. I was told by the flight attendant that the beers available were Bud, Bud Light, and James Page. I said "What's that?" and I was told it was a Minnisota Ale. Well when I got the can I saw that it said amber lager so I knew she lied to me but to me it resembled a cleaner version of an American Brown Ale. There's way more hop character than in an Oktoberfest/Marzen as this website has it classified.

Overall, it's good boot not great, worth a try... particularly if you like the clean taste of lagers and the hopy yet sweet balance of an American Brown Ale (Pete's Wicked Ale for example).

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Photo of Gump
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

James Page
Iron Range Amber - bottle

A simple lager. Pours simple, looks simple, tastes simple.
Clear, light amber color with good carbonation and adequate head.
Nothing in this beer stood out to catch my senses. It was neither spectacular, nor offensive.
In Minnesota, you might find this beer offered at weddings, or other open bars, and it's a fine choice for the masses. But I need something more.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, slight coppery hue, with a frothy white head. Not too big, but enough. The head dies away to a thick ring about 1/4 through the glass.
Aroma is rich and malty, with a light woody and egg bagel aroma. No hop presence. Possibly a touch of alcohol.
Flavor is full bodied and malty. Some caramel and woody flavors, mild hopping in the finish, giving it a crisp dryness. Medium carbonation. Very slight alcoholic sweetness in the finish, much like a single malt. A rather nice beer, and a good marzen with a lot of character.

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Photo of budgood1
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear amberish/copper colour. medium foamy head dies down to very thin wispy lace. light toasted caramel malts on the nose...smells vienna in style. earth and grass hoppiness is detected also. tastes sort of bockish in dimensional without a real flavor that sticks out. i can detect the munich malts, but it's thin. in fact the whole mouthfeel seems thin...not watery thin, but flavorless thin. a bit of earthy hoppiness can be found too. i'm sorry to say that jp iron range amber lager is nothing but a crossover beer and nothing more. i'd drink it if it was offered, but i won't be spending my $$$ on this again....good thing it was on sale.

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Photo of jackndan
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

James page iron range: twelve ounce bottle. Amber color (duh). Very little head, no lace whatsoever. Sweet, unpleasant cidery taste, way too much cloying malts. Some hops help to clean up the finish. Carmel aftertaste, long after the last swallow. Not worth one’s while.

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Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish-gold with no head....mouthfeel is low on carbonation and oversweet for this style...smell is good...big time bockish malt on the nostrils...taste is average at best...too sweet, and an odd sweet flavor..there are some spicy hops on the finish, but they don't work well with the malt....not a good complement(the hops to the malt)...overall I wouldn't buy this one again, but would drink it if someone offered to me out of their fridge.....

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Photo of Bighuge
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This clear amber beer throws out a hefty white head that is well retained. Nice malty aroma tainted with some slight spicy hop notes. Taste is a nice blend of hops and malt, but nothing above the norm. Some vienna malt notes are noticeable. Some munich malt notes as well if I'm not mistaken. Noble hops make their presence slightly throughout the beer. This medium bodied beer is drinkable, but not one of my favorites. Pretty average.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brown with odd grayish head. Light hops on the nose on thick malt backbone. Taste is good malt with hint of caramel. Floral hops play in the background. Good match with pretzels; brings out the malt.

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of this beer until a stewardess recommended I try one. Had 4 cans on a flight to Detroit from St. Louis.. Its caramelly, malt flavor produced quite a surprise. Since this is a "canned beer", I was shocked to see a a nice frothy foam when poured and a steady stream of bubbles. This brew is perhaps the tastiest "canned" brew I have tried in many years.

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Photo of ADR
2.94/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The most available Page product, usually available on Northwest Airlines. Very malt dominated to my tastes but lacking in aroma. Nice color and decent head. Nice sweetness in mid sip but needs more hoppiness for me. Decent, but the Burly Brown is better.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a full frothy head. Mixed aroma that is pleasant with more malt than hops. Flavor starts quite mild which contrasts a strong middle and finish. Malt is strong in middle and end, but finish includes hop presence. Beer closes with a long dry finish that is present especially in front, but noticeable in the back as well. Fairly high in carbonation. Has a lager crispness.

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Photo of Mark
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer at all really just nothing special. A decent Vienna style lager that I had with some Mexican food at a family gathering. I would buy it again though probably not regularly

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Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz can

Appearance: Medium amber in colour with a thin semi-clingy white head.

Smell: Smells of sweet grain.

Taste: Smooth with a nice rich malty mouthfeel. Semi-rind hop twang flavour with a well balanced leafy bitterness. The carbonation amplifies the hop and adds a dryness to this brew. Finishes with a slight husk/malt character.

Notes: Purchased and consumed on Northwest Airlines (Detroit to Boston). Not so bad for a canned beer on a plane.

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Iron Range Amber Lager from James Page Brewing Company
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