Friday, March 25, 2011

Iron City Beer

It's been a while since I've done a beer review, so I went out a few days ago and stocked up on several different beers, thanks to my super secret hotspots (also known as a gas station and World Market) that sell individual beers for the self-proclaimed tasters such as myself. It has also been a while since I've had a decent American beer, so I thought I would start my tastings off with Iron City Beer.

I guess I'll start off the review with the primary negative: Iron City Beer is not a perfect match for my tastes. Now, that is not exactly a bad thing, as there are very few things in the world that are. But, I do think that Iron City Beer is a little bit too light for me to recommend to people such as myself who tend to prefer darker and more "flavorful" beers. As a lighter beer, however, Iron City Beer is very interesting. The flavor of Iron City Beer is very subtle, and nothing about the recipe immediately jumps out as prominent. Each element of the beer is very well-balanced, and the flavors come together into a single, mild taste. That taste, however, is fairly faint. At first, I feared that the mildness of the taste would be a bad thing. But the more that I drank of the beer, the more I began to enjoy the subtleness of the flavor. The only word that I can think of to describe the flavor is "pleasant." It is very mild, and risks the offense of nobody's taste buds, but the flavor is friendly and sits very nicely on the back of the throat. One good thing about a milder flavor is the lack of a lingering aftertaste. A lot of my favorite beers tend to leave me with a long-lasting aftertaste that I like to call "beer mouth." While I usually don't mind the aftertaste of darker beers, there are times when it is nice to be able to just drink a beer without the lingering aromatic repercussions.

So while Iron City Beer is not something that I would recommend, per se, to people who like darker brews, it is definitely a decent beer, and I would certainly recommend it to beginning beer drinkers, or people who just generally prefer lighter recipes.

Verdict: Recommended

Purchased: Exxon Mobile Gas Station [Columbia, SC; intersection of Assembly and Elmwood Blvd]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355 mL]
Price: $1.00

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