Thursday, April 25, 2013

Iron City Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (862) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a mug. There was no decipherable freshness date. It cost $2.45 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Urine-colored gold. Mostly clear with a slight cloudiness. Forms a large, white, sudsy head which evaporate quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Standard adjunct lager aroma of sweet corn and grain. Not too offensive.

Taste: Despite hearing that Iron City Beer is one of the worst beers of all time, I have to admit that this beer is merely mediocre and not horrible. Perhaps my palate is developing a tolerance for these types of beers. Instead of tasting foul and off-putting, I mostly taste nothing at all. Oh sure it tastes like fizzy yellow beer, but that’s a difficult taste to truly describe. But if I must: it’s a flavor of sweet corn followed by a slightly metallic taste on the finish. That’s pretty much it. Had it been as neutral-tasting as say, Sapporo, I could honestly call this beer not bad. But the metallic and corn flavors get stronger and annoying as the beer warms, leading me to give this beer a thumbs down.

Drinkability: I was surprised to find that Iron City Beer was actually a bit refreshing for a few moments. At fridge temp the bland palate makes it rather drinker-friendly and the complete lack of aftertaste makes it highly tolerable. The mouthfeel is of course thin, but not overly spastic. At 4.5% ABV it practically is a "light" beer, but it’s too boring to session. 
Grade: 4/10

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