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Brewed by Railway City Brewing Company
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
St. Thomas, Canada

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Iron Spike Blonde introduces itself with an antique gold colour accentuated with a generous white foam. Nose of honey, spicy, lemon zest and citric hops, some biscuit malt, a nice peach/tropical fruit profile as well. On the pallet the beer enters with a hint of sweet fruit upfront (peach, pear mostly), followed by lemon, some mild hops, and sweet grains. It has a floral aftertaste, similar to that of rose petals. Lots of pretty spider web lace left behind from the head, and good retention. Medium body with a sweet fruit finish, nicely balanced by moderate thoughtful hopping."

4.3 % alcohol by volume, IBU’s 15.9

Food Pairings: Pasta, Pizza, Fajitas, Lasagna, Mussels, Peas, Salads, Salmon, Squid, Thai Food, Sweetbreads


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheJester (1860) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
500 mL bottle. Smells like popcorn kernels. Tastes like popcorn kernels. Diacetyl is a flaw, people! Why do breweries keep releasing flawed beer? How can they not notice? I don’t get it.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Illuminatus (92) - Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2011
500mL bottle from the LCBO. Pours a pleasant light amber with a large (but disappearing) white head. Aroma is mild fruit and diacetyl. Flavour is light hops, light malt, some diacetyl. Innocuous and would probably make a very nice warm-weather beer if it weren’t for the diacetyl - given the LCBO’s poor beer storage practices, I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Will try to get another bottle and re-rate.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
Kind of a blah colour... Nice creamy mouthfeel. My cousins claim it has a toffee flavor and a sweet aroma that I can’t find in my glass. After some crackers (had had a IIPA before this), the sweetness came out. very nice! Pretty good aroma too... Subtle, low on the hops... Quite light and refreshing. Worth giving a chance.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6645) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
Bottle,  brought & shared by Robbie from Kingston. Hazy golden, medium white head. Aroma and palate of ripe pears and soft melon, lightly phenolic. Very nicely fruity, lighter palate without being thin. Nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalchopz (2261) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
Brown 500ml bottle with a best before date on the side of the label, 09 May 2011. Pours a golden colour with a very slight amber hue and a big soapy head that lasts a very long time leaving a little lace. Notes of fresh apples aromas with hints of citrus and malt. Soap-tasting hops with some more apples and a little grain in the aftertaste. Gets pretty murky near the last pour, with lots of tiny sediments floating everywhere (almost looking like mildly unfiltered apple juice). A decent blond ale that is interesting in all aspect.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
Pour yellow murky with white short lived head with average lacing. Aroma of lemon zest, honey, with light floral and grassy hops. Taste sour and bitter. Lemon off sour with a lingering taste, floral/grassy hops. MF thin medium carbonation. This isn’t very good.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Hammy78 (732) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
Draught sample in St. Thomas. Pours a golden yellow/ blonde white head, decent lacing. Aroma is of hops. Taste is also of hops and a little grassy. Not bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
500ml bottle
4.3% ABV
I tried this beer on November 10, 2010 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent red-hued golden colour with almost no head. A white ring and heavy effervescence persisted throughout. The aroma was milky sugar, grains, and floral hops. The flavour was grainy malt and some weak hoppy tones. An alright beer, but nothing spectacular.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GonZoBeeR (2916) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
Aroma:sweet citrus aroma... Appearance:clear gold,ligh head.. Flavor:sweet citrus-fruity flavor...

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle from the LCBO. Pale golden pour. The nose is slightly grainy with loads of green apple. Acetaldehyde, DMS and little but flaws. Wow - this is truly awful.


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