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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (10050) - 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 (1783) - 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 (3345) - Clevelandish, 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 (3567) - 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 (2100) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a ruby color with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, nuts, and some citrus. Definitely smells earthy. Taste is very malty with a sweet caramel taste. It also tastes fairly nutty. Very grassy, with a nice toasted malt taste. Lingering sugary taste. Very light, but very drinkable. I’m not big on this style, but I really enjoyed this beer. It tasted good, and was easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle from MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours a handsome red-tinged amber with a creamy light tan head. It says it’s assertively hoppy, but I don’t get that on the nose. Instead there’s a creamy, buttery maltiness, reminiscent of lightly boozy raisins and fruit. The taste is covered with a metallic sheen for the first couple sips, and that never fully goes away, but thankfully it recedes to the far background. Lots of sweet lightly bready/yeasty malt with a lot of doughiness and a light herbal hop finish. Just a small bite, but again, I wouldn’t call this assertively hoppy. Definitely loses points for the metal, but I suppose with a name like Iron Works, I should have known.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
At Hopleaf, Chicago pours a hazy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing white head. Nose is malty, wet bread, crackers, a little citrus, lightly metallic. Nice malty flavor, caramel, a little cookie dough, bread. Medium bodied, sweet, lightly dry finish. Good malt flavor, very drinkable.

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