Saturday, May 28, 2011

OCB Series - Railway City Brewing Company - Iron Spike Amber

4.6% ABV

30 IBU's

"A deep garnet, this ale pours a frothy beige cap. In the nose, deeply rooted dark fruits give way to a perfume, bubblegum, banana, and some yeasty esters. Lots of toasty notes with dark bread, caramel malts.

Flavour profile initially is sweet with dark fruit and caramel. This leads to toasty spicy flavours with a hint of smoke and fall fruits. The hops come through to balance the sweetness perfectly. Very nice dense head with good lacing and retention.

This is a full bodied amber ale with a nice balance of creamy grainy fruitiness, and sharp hops bitterness."

The Pour

Pours a wonderful dark maple colour. One finger of head nice creamy bubble. Steady coronation, while not vigorous.

Aroma

Malt sweetness, bisuity nuttiness. Some light grassy earthiness. Very slight hint of spice and dark fruit.

Taste

Big taste up front compared to other Railway City offerings. Hints of caramel with a light hint of mocha. There is a nice hop bitterness with some dark fruity esters. Not overly carbonated, with a pleasant yet light mouth feel. A tasty offering indeed.

Overall Impression

Bought in the breweries retail shop, this is probably my favourite beer from Railway City Brewing Co. Poured from a grower, this is a pleasing offering that isn't heavy but has decent flavour. With a lower ABV, this a beer you could enjoy all night. Interestingly, this beer won Gold at the Ontario Craft Beer Awards a few weeks ago. This is a B+ for sure. It is nice to have a craft brewer close to where you live.

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