Brewer: Moat Mountain Craft: Iron Mike ABV: 5.6%
Can I tell you I so enjoy receiving gifts? Yes? Ok. I so enjoy receiving gifts. And frankly, who doesn’t? Well, I’m an only child, so I’ve been slightly spoiled in my life and I like getting things. Especially when those things are craft beer!
I’m guessing you’re guessing that I was given this craft. I in fact was and am ever thankful to Uncle David for thinking of me. People who know me know I have a thing for craft beer. So every once in a while I’ll get a present from someone who is traveling somewhere and thinks “Hey, I’m in a place that Ed might not have been. Let’s get him some beer.” And how awesome is that!
This pale ale from Moat Mountain is a great introduction to craft beer from New Hampshire. A solid malt backbone gives this craft a full body, and a warmth and subtle sweetness as well. The bitterness I would expect in a pale ale is present throughout and balances the malts. I even pick up on some very subtle floral and dried fruit notes.
With a name like Iron Mike, I kind of expected a knockout punch of a beer. But instead I got a softly sweet and hoppy balanced, almost creamy drinkable jab to the gut. I could pound a few of these jabs to my gut and be a happy man. You can be sure, if I’m ever in NH, I’m making my way up to Moat Mountain. See what I did there? Can? And it’s a pounder!
Rating: Road trip your way up there and enjoy!