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
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev, courtesy of MrManning. Pours hazy amber (yep, amber), smallish head. Sweet bready aroma, hint of floral hops and graham crackers. Very fresh-tasting, doughy sweet caramel malt, mildly roasty, quick sweet finish. Average chewy body; refreshing, quite sessionable --- not really a "blonde"
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first offering from this brand new southern Ontario brewery. From the growler, this ale pours a deep gold with a frothy white cap. The nose is quite hop forward and is complimented with floral notes, along with fruity malts (mango, peach), and leads into bread crust and caramel. The flavour profile is upfront with floral hops alongside caramel malts, and is complimented by fruity lemony sweetness. This is the perfect summer golden ale. I am glad it is only a 15 minute drive from my place to the brewery, as I will be visiting often. The finish in this is bitter and quenching. Great session beer. An excellent start! Right on AL and team!
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