LinusStick (2969) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ugh...I support this brewery to no end, but this beer defines the reason Pittsburgh is a steel town....it tastes like metal. Pour was a light gold with a nice one finger white head. Aroma of nothing..Taste was very metallic. Mostly adjunct laden beer with not much to offer. I’ll take an Iron City over this anyday.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Honey malts. Pours a light amber. Very light flavor, cereal grains, hints of honey, crisp lager finish.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
As much as I wanted to love this beer, I was disappointed. I just tried the newly repackaged Augustiner with the big "A" on the label. The new packaging looks great, by the way. However, the beer was very ordinary at a time when Iron City Brewing Company should be striving to be extraordinary. Color was nice, coppery and very appealing. But the head faded quickly and the body was thin. I detected adjuncts in the flavor when this offering ought to be an all malt product if they want to earn credibility with craft drinkers. Flavor was bland with notes of caramel. Very sweet and malty. Not sure what style they were going for here but it’s definitely a light-bodied session lager. If the brewers would give this beer a decent dose of hops to give it at least some perceived bitterness and aroma, it would be a much better beer. Hop it up boys. One word of advice: CASCADES! This brewery still seems stuck in the mentality that all its beers need to be "drinkable" by the masses. When you hear the word "drinkable" used to describe a supposed craft beer, run for the hills. That means they aren’t serious about brewing a really great, flavorful beer. They’re aiming for the Killian’s crowd. For a brewery that has brewed Samuel Adams under contract, they know what they need to do but they aren’t doing it. They’re underestimating their customer base and potential for becoming more appealing. They needed to hit a homerun but ran out a single instead.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5332) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2008
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sampled on draft at Primanti’s this beer poured a dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma was sour, tangy, buttery and quite off. The flavor was sour, tangy and buttery. Awful.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2008
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Rating as Augustiner Amber Lager. Poured into a Sam Adams glass, premium lager, premium glass, right? Well before you can blink, the small head is gone. Dark tan with a corn and caramel aroma. Flavor has a somewhat caramel roasty nose but the beer sucks so bad it’s not worth taking any more of my time. Drainpour.
tommybuckeye (2) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at a Primanti Bros in Pittsburgh (awesome place)!
AR: Sweet corn, caramel and malt
APP: Head was very light brown / white and went quickly. Beer was a clear amber.
FLAV: Malty, caramel with a light sour finish.
PAL: Light thin body with little carbonation
OVRL: I like the original IC better, but this was good beer that I would have again. A good neighborhood drinking beer that goes well with food.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle). Vague malty aroma. Amber colored with a thin white head. Flavor is very mild, smooth, with a touch of malt and caramel. Not much to it.
pet3rman (360) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
22oz. special in Oakland on Tap: Cheap corn flavor with a hint of metal from the inside of the keg. I like to support the burgh, so I’ll drink it or an Iron City over other a macro any day unless there are options.
Beerman6686 (5165) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
ours a nice amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of sweet corn and maybe some caramel. Flavor was very sweet, noot much detectable hops, but smooth at the same time.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
amber body with medium head..aroma of caramel, wheat, and a heavier malt complex than what i expected..flavor is quite sweet, large in caramel, lighter in fruit, and finishes slightly bitter...not bad