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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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, IBUs 15.9

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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diogne (1207) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
500 ml bottle. Clear golden with a thick and dense foamy head with good retention. Aroma is sweet malt with honey, floral notes, berries and grapes. Flavor is grainy with sweet malt, fruits, yeast and floral notes, there is also a bit of smoken and wooden notes. Thin body and mouthfeel is on the watery side.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
Clear orangey pour with a nice robust head. Aroma has a - and I hate to use this term - wet cardboard whiff on top of some maltiness. Not a nice scent and one that colours the initial impression. Taste is full of maltiness and a slight peach-like bite. Disconcerting at first, but not too bad. Goes down fairly smoothly considering the heavy carbonation. Interesting, not unpleasant and certainly something a bit different.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
garthicus (2924) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 5, 2010
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange with a medium snow white head. Aroma: Lots of caramel and grass, some odd plasticness to it too with a good deal of grain notes. Flavour: Caramel again with damp cardboard, lots of carbonation, a tiny amount of honey and an afterthought of hops. Not enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Bottlr from the LCBO Pours a nice hazy yellow ith a huge frothy head and tons of lacing The aroma is slight hops and wet grass The taste is mild hops not bad would drink again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robinvboyer (4475) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2010
Aroma is pungent hops, grass and sweet corn and cooked vegetables. Flavor is sharp and tastes alot like stale hood and paper. The sweet corn comes back in the finish. This is not a great beer, its drinkable but I dont see myself having it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GRM (3985) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
Brown bottle, 500 ml, gift from Karl Probst, savoured on January 26 2010; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny layer of tan head, no lacing; nose: light sourness, fruity, light grain; mouth: light sourness, fruity, light grain, lightly sour finale with a good fruity presence, medium-light body, velvety texture, below-average carbonation; overall: out of the ordinary FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, cadeau de Karl Probst, savoure le 26 janvier 2010; il : dore, claire, pas deffervescence, petite couverture de mousse fauve, pas de dentelle; nez : lgre aigreur, fruit, lger grain; bouche : lgre aigreur, fruit, lger grain, finale lgrement aigre avec une bonne prsence fruite, corps moyen-lger, texture veloute, carbonatation sous la moyenne, lgrement aigre et sucre; en rsum : hors de lordinaire

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerWeg (1659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Nice orange-yellow pour, moderate carb and white head. Odd duck aroma of fruit and lactic, some lemon tartness. Flavor replays aroma plus some simple malt sweetness. Finish rolls into some faint lemony hops. Commercial description is bullsh-t and they also spell palate wrong. Drinkable but kinda unpleasant sweetness and slight metallic-lactic note would stay me from drinking a few.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served cold in a hotel rocks glass.

App.: Clear golden with a rim of white. Aroma: Mainly just crystal malt, some biscuit and fruitiness, a bit of old apple juice and a woody note, no hop notes to speak of, kinda bland. Palate: Medium body, fairly sparse carbonation. Flav.: A floral note for sure, a fair bit of non-descript malt, some light fruitiness and biscuit; dry with a wee touch of bitterness.

Not objectionable, certainly forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strangebrewer (1283) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 bottle & tap. Poured clear amber with a lasting thin white head. Delicious bready malt aroma with some citrus. Medium-light body, crisp mouthfeel with a tart dry finish. Flavour is sweet and malty, grainy with herbal hop note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
Pours your typical fizzy yellow beer. The aroma is interesting, tropical fruits, peach, lemon, hay, floral, more or less the description of the beer. The flavour follows suit, with pear and peach, seriously the description is pretty accurate, all and all its a decent beer, with lots of flavors to be tasted, just none I particularly want to taste in a beer.

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