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Railway City Iron Spike Copper Ale

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Brewed by Railway City Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
St. Thomas, Canada

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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A decidedly rusty copper, pours a thick and frothy cream coloured head. In the nose, caramel malts meet toasty spices. Notes of chestnut here with a nice fruity component leaning towards plum. Tastes of sweet caramel, some butterscotch. A good level of biscuit graininess follows with fruit, some vanilla/rye/spices. Nice hop bite comes mid-palate and lasts. Medium/Full body, creamy with marked lasting fruity and a lingering hoppy aftertaste.

4.4 % alcohol by volume, IBU’s 15.9

Food Pairings: Fajitas, Baked Ham, Fried Chicken, Steak, Lentils, Meatloaf, Monk Fish, Nuts


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (794) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2014
bottle. Poured clear dark amber with an average white head. Nice buscuity malt aroma. Medium body, creamy carbonation with a slight metallic dry finish. Sweet caramel malt flavour with an oaky note, some vanilla and hop spice.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppybeerlover (42) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
Growler sample at 2008 Golden Tap Awards. Aside from being more copper-red in colour, this beer is pretty close to their Amber in character - similar caramel, fruit and grain notes; similar mild hops; similar simple, balanced, pleasant flavour. Makes me wonder why they’re making both of them, to be honest.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samzim (103) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Slight ginger aroma. Clear copper colour. Caramel flavour with a bit of a nutmeg spice. Medium-light body with mild carbonation. Solid beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shaynsawchuk (364) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
500 mL bottle. Pours copper with a white cap. Caramel toffee, biscuit and marzipan notes with a touch of herbal hop and black tea. Light bodied with a clean finish. Moderately sweet with full carbonation. Quaffable.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neuromatt (1020) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
500 mL can from the brewery, served in a branded glass. Pours clear copper with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant. The nose has toasty caramel and brown sugar with herbs and flowers. The flavour is medium sweet with herbal hops. There are nutty malts, herbs, subtle yeast and earth. The finish is medium subtle malts and yeast with soft hops. On the palate, it is medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a passable amber ale with grainy notes and subtle yeast. 2012-09-02

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
probstblueribbon (2766) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Pint at Loon. Clear deep amber with a small off-white head. Sour, metallic, awful. Fail.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2012
A hazed amber ale with a thick mocha head. In aroma, a rather grassy malt with light iron notes. In mouth, a rather watery nutty malt with herbal notes, faint hops, astringent notes, so-so. On tap at Arrow and Loon, July 18, 2012.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
Copper (duh) colour pour with a fairly sticky white head. The aroma is fairly sweet with notes of toasted malt, caramel and a little bit of brown sugar. A touch of light biscuit character and some light fruitiness. Fairly clean although there is a touch of estery flavour. There is an odd sort of salty component that fades a little bit as the beer warms up. A touch of minerally hoppiness and a little bit of light spice as well. It’s pretty nice, if quite simple.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
terrybail (515) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Bottle from the brewrey Pours a nice orangey copper with an off white frothy head The aroma is wet hay The taste is subdued and a touch watery just ok

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 March 9 2012, pint bottle. Aroma is of hops, hint of butterscotch very sweet malt. Medium, frothy white head. Beautiful copper orange colour and carbonation through to the end. Sticky lacing clings to glass, not very smooth or attractive. Watery palate, easy to drink. Sweet taste of butterscotch, hint of malt apple and spice with slight bready aftertaste. Refreshing, light and easily the most drinkable offering from Railway City I have tasted.


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