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Iron Horse Black IPA


This Black IPA (excuse me, American Black Ale) comes from Ellensburg, WA. Yes, there’s a lousy college there, but I’ll try not to hold it against the brewery. This beer features 2-row, medium Crystal, and de-bittered black malt with Columbus, Amarillo, and Cascade hops. Sounds good.

American Black Ale. 7.0% ABV. Washington.

It’s on the lighter side for the style that I’ve had. Lots of red showing with a nice head.

The nose reminds me of coffee liqueur with a slight coffee and sweetness coming through. It’s also got some tart apples, plums, and strawberries. Notice how I don’t mention the hops…

Mouthfeel is decent, fairly large body.

Again, quite a bit of sweetness and fruit flavors. This has a little bit of hop presence, but I would call this completely out of the style range, despite how new it is. Slight roast on the back with brown sugar, apples, and a hint of smoke.

This is not hoppy enough to be in this style. It’s really more like an American version of a Wee Heavy than anything else. That being said, the sweetness is going to appeal to a lot of palates, especially in a college town that thinks PBR is the good stuff. 84 points.

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