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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tasted 10/20/11. 12oz Bottle from the Northdown Cafe in Chicago. Pours filtered with a dark amber hue. Dense bone white head. Aromas of caramel and mild ginger. A touch cocoa and smoke. Medium bodied with a bitter bite. Bready malts and a bright citrus blast. Mild bubblegum nuance. Tart, sweet and tangy. Good effervescence and astringency. Solid Alt!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
[Tap] Pours a light brown color with a nice pillow of off white foam on top. Nuts, grass, mild cocoa and light hop notes in the nose. The taste is sweet. A mix of caramel, fruits, toasted biscuits, sweet rolls and crisp hops throughout. Average body for the style. Good looking lacing. An easy drinker. No complaints here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle shared at freetail release, thanks! Pours a clear golden amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of grains and hay with a bit of light fruit underneath. Flavor is full of sweet grains that mellow in to a bread and hay finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Hd this again, deep golden color, hoppy with breadlike malts. This is prob my new go-to summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Newk (299) - - SEP 15, 2011
Pours a dark copper color with some head. Complex nose of malts, cinnamon, navel oranges, hops, and cardamon medium bodied and really smooth feel. Pretty good complexity as with a real nice christmas spice finish along with a lot of malty tones as well this is really good. The feel is very good though the taste is lacking a slight bit. This is a real enjoyable beer on the whole

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
What? how did I not rate this before? Thoroughly enjoy this beer. Nice hybrid style here, green hops, smooth malt character with plenty of depth, easy to drink, just as a German beer should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
The presentation is solid: great golden beer with good bubbles. The best aspect of this was the huge mouth feel. It wasn’t watery at all; it really grabbed a hold of your taste buds. Even though it only clocked in at just under 6 percent alcohol, it felt like more. The hops were well balanced and it went great with the schnitzel I picked up for dinner. This is a great dinner beer and probably not something you’ll pound back a sixer of (mine lasted two days). About $10 for a six pack, which in Chicago is about normal and only works out to under $2 a beer, which is a great value. Looking forward to having again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12 ounce bottle

A decent altbier I couldn’t really get into this. At the same time I could not find anything particularly wrong with it. Ultimately, as with most alts, it just kind of is. The ideal session beer for when you just don’t want something heavy it does a competent job.

Aroma and appearance - The plush head was large and billowing. Underneath formed a red coppery base the color of light trickling through a red panel of stained glass at high noon. Chocolate malt balls, gentle hops, and a touch of Lipton iced tea waft across the table.

Flavor and palate - Malt, tea leaves, and slightly bittered hops are soft and gentle on the palate. Easy to drink and quick to finish this has a remarkably light aftertaste. It is hard to get truly excited about an alt and this is no exception. I could drink it again but I think for day to day consumption saisons or IPAs work better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a brown-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor of very sweet fruits, honey, pale malts, apple. Sweet and easy drinking. 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pours a copper brown with a talk white head. Malty aroma dominated by wet grains with a touch of herbs. Light Malty flavors somewhat bitter and earthy. There’s a toasty almost roasty note to the malts. Drying finish. Not bad but nothing too great here. 7/3/7/3/14

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