Surprisingly has a chill haze with a two inch white foam that is tightly packed with medium sized bubbles while the top is thick. Retention has nice staying power, leaving a few sticky track behind. Effervescent at first but gets used up in short time.
Aroma is spice, herbal, and earthy hops trying to cover the large sweetness from caramel and bread malt scents. There is a slight fruitiness that tends toward the dark side, maybe raisins.
Taste is sweetness from toffee, caramel, and bread malts. Raisins are a definite in the flavor adding a nice push against the other malt flavors, while getting more help from spice and herbal hop peppiness that carries into the finish.
Light end of medium body with a fairly stiff carbonation that lends itself. The finish does dry the palate.
A nice delicate balance to this beer. Probably a bit malt forward for some but not even close to cloying. Refreshing and easy to drink. Good anytime of the year and when you want a break from west coast style beers. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Friday, December 23, 2011 at 20:03:18
Tasted: Friday, December 23, 2011
$1.50 for 12 oz. bottle
310 beers rated with a
A: 7.0 |
T: 8.0 |
L: 8.0 |
M: 8.0 |
Color: Medium Amber
Awesome label....love the robot!
Pours a nice deep amber with a solid two inch head. Head settles quickly but a quarter inch head stays during the whole beer. Nice lacing.
Aroma is rich in malt, yeast, bread and a hint of raisin.
Taste is malt with a mild hop that leaves a mild bitterness on the palette. The malt gives it a hint of sweetness, but not over the top. A dry beer with nice balance between the malts and the hops.
An enjoyable brew, well balanced and an easy drinker.
Brewed in homage to the beer of Düsseldorf, Iron Works Alt style beer features a Munich malt richness with hints of raisin. Mt. Hood and Vanguard hops provide a spicy backbone. And as you might hope, this beer finishes clean and dry. Iron Works Alt style beer is an assertively hoppy brown ale, polished by the wisdom and patience of lagering.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers