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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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An Alt-style beer. Our Alt-style beer is assertively hoppy with a restrained malt richness, as per the tradition born in Düsseldorf. Slightly dry, this beer pairs well with hearty, buttery German cuisine. We also suggest sipping it on its own; the complexity will keep you entertained and happy.

Editor’s Note: Ironworks is the new incarnation of I-Beam Alt. Ironworks includes a larger proportion of Dark Munich malt and Mt Hood hops rather than Santiam for aroma. I-beam was a spring seasonal available from March through June of 2010. Ironworks was released March 2011 and will be available year round. Abv is 5.8 (compared to I-Beam 5.3).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a clear, darker red with a thinner off white head. The aroma consists of caramel, herbal hops, biscuit, lighter spices, and mild lemony impressions. The is mostly malty, although there is a citrus flavor noticed throughout. Upfront, it is bready with some caramel and cereal. The citrus undertones consist of mostly lemon with some minor orange. The aftertaste is those citrus notes. The body is light to medium, while having a smooth texture, and being average in carbonation. This one is alright, but nothing here jumps out as particularly special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light fruittiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a lightly cloudy medium orange with a half finger of bright white head. Aroma of herbal and earthy hops with some caramel, brown sugar and citrusy sweetness. Taste is medium sweet. Bready with caramel and sugar and a little herbal hops at the end. Light bodied with a sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1051) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle from ck1, thanks bro! Pours an amber color with an off-white head leaving a lot of spotty lacing. Aroma has sweet caramel, fruit and tangy spices. Taste is of hoppy fruits, sweet caramel and spices. Light to medium bodied, which felt somewhat thin. Finishes sweetly fruity. Very likeable and drinkable, but not a lot to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10091) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy tan head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted caramel and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdleigh (53) - - MAR 25, 2013
The malt-forward aromas and frothy head of this top-fermented bitter give way to a balanced taste of biscuit and hops, and a lingering creamy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ccex (891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
12 oz bottle pours an amber/copper color with a decent off-white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma has toffee, caramel, and herbal,grassy hops. Flavor starts smooth with notes of caramel, notes of apple and pear join in the midpalate and has a clean dry finish. Body is medium . Easily drinkable, and fairly interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (651) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-gold (the haze I attribute to being from chill seeing as this was in my trunk for 24 hours in January, in Chicago)with substantial white head (great retention) and mad lacing. Nose is malt and light hops. Mouth is medium bodied, malt forward, but drier than the aroma would indicate. Some lemon peel, and bready notes. Then a slightly bitter (but overall clean) finish. This would go very well with some spaetzle and pork chops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7002) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Tap at Haymarket pub and brewery, Chicago - 04/11/12. Clear pale amber with a thin off white head that soon thins to a pond and the edges. Malty nose with background toffee and dark sugars. Taste is malt forward, toffee, light diacetyl tones but not so much as to impair the taste. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, crisp and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Not as much a fan of this as I was hoping, being a fan of the alt. The toffee and caramel were a bit off, with a syrupy sweetness that, while not unpleasant, isn’t truly satisfying. Oh well. Pretty good regardless. Tried with Dave and Breanna at the Hopleaf in Chicago in Aug. 2012.

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