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

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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, IBUís 15.9

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


1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
gilvanblight (780) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
Uber heady, but fades quickly. Over-carbonated. Very illusive scent. Very faint hopiness. Hard to find. Very unique taste. Taste does not fit the scent. Some malts, though not much. Woody. Sweet. Synthetic. Overall unbalanced, very unbalanced. Could be good if the initial taste fit with the mid and the end.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Tessic (843) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
This ale poured a slightly cloudy, light yellow colour with a nice big, bright white head. To the nose there are scents of orange citrus, cigarettes, grass and hopps. First sip was a little watery with flavours of smoke??? Also a little citrus at the end. Palate is thin and smokey. Whats with the smoke? Sadly disappointed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 I think my previous rating of this was a little harsh. Though the description of what it looks like is the same Iíd like to say that the aroma is very sweet and bready. A lot of what I thought was woody would be just the predominate bready yeast that Iím getting in the flavour. Palate is medium but verging on syrupy. The aftertaste isnít harsh and leaves a sweetness in your mouth. Previous 2009 rating... Bottle LCBO This wasnít there two days ago so Iím assuming it is fresh.. but on the shelf no less. Cloudy golden colour with thin white head. Aroma is dirty with grass and faint sweetness... almost sour. Odd woody flavour as well....... Hmmmmmm

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2009
Growler: Light clear gold with a rich white cap. Aroma: mild and subtle, cereals, light grassiness. Light on the palate, weak malts but the leafy hop resins come forward, fast slightly drying finish. Not my type of drink, too undefined, but properly made and clean tasting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 24, 2009
On tap at Cest What?
Appearance: Carbonated gold with hint of amber , creamy mid plus head.
Nose: Mild nose , hoppy , dusty feel with slight malt underlying.
Flavor/Palate : Medium light bodied. Soft creamy texture , fairly bland. Some hop feel at finish. Forgettable brew with some refreshing qualities.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
On tap @ Cíest What Spring Feat. Nose is a mild malt, hops and wheat? Opaque yellow, tiny white head. Taste is quite malty, bready and biscuity. Light bodied, balanced, slightly sweet, pleasant bitterness,. Fine.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
[1629-20080823] Tap. Bit of grainy plastic aroma. Clear, light orange brown body with quick foamy white bubbles. Grainy flavour has slightly sour notes. Light-medium body is rough. Fair.
(2008 GTA’s @ beerbistro; Toronto, ON)

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
Plastic bottle really. Neutral aroma, a tad malty. A little head. Pale blond colour. A malt storey, fine lightness, with a little local H- hop. Carbonation is there and its appropriate. Caramel. A little lace.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Habman (23) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2008
I sampled three of the plastic bottles poured into a glass on separate occasions over the weekend. The beer pours an orange-amber colour, with little carbonation evident even with a vigorous pour on the second and third sampling. Aroma is a unique mixture of bread, citrus, malt, really not much in the way of hops. Body is medium to full, the finish is almost like a wheatbeer, although with a less than pleasant bite at times. Blond Ale? Nothing like any I have ever tasted. I really wanted to like this one, having been a happy customer of this place for homebrew supplies over the years. And of course any new micro being run by an independent is a good thing. Iím going to put this tasting down to beer that hopefully has some start up issues associated with it. So I will try again another few weeks down the road.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
matt7215 (2190) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2013 growler from a trade with mrmanning. pours light orange with a nice white head and steady carbonation. aromas are yeasty with bready malt underneath. flavours are yeasty and bread maltish with some citrus hops. weird combo here. kinda tastes light a belgian wit / blonde ale hybrid. palatable and enjoyable. a welcomed edition to the ontario craft beer scene///////////////////current canned product is pretty meh. not something ill likely buy again////////////////////////re retry the canned version. fucking massive butter bomb, complete drain pour. terrible stuff.


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