Iron Spike Blonde Ale from Railway City Brewing Company in St. Thomas, Ontario pours a nice, deep golden colour with a tinge of amber and a medium sized soapy white head that gets retained as a collar without leaving much lace behind. This light American blonde ale smells of honey sweetened grains, corn and has a mild fruit juice tone along with a lemony accent.
Grains come through in the taste of Iron Spike Blonde Ale as well and are accented here by a light chocolate notes and a mildly acidic fruity tone. This ale is rather thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. A yeast flavour imparts a biscuit-like sensation on the tongue. The finish is dry and the aftertaste has a hint of bitterness before giving way to a lingering mild sweetness and a buttery diacetyl note.
The black can that houses Iron Spike Blonde Ale has a yellow fist holding a spike logo that evokes the cold war era and a silver wordmark. The back of the can has an “Iron Spike Declaration” that touts quality, but fails to actually describe the beer or brewery. There is a freshness date stamped near the top of the can that is unfortunately printed in black, so it can be difficult to see.
Iron Spike Blonde Ale is a tasty and satisfying ale given its style and ABV and would make a decent barbecue or session beer, though I find it a bit too bland to consider buying regularly and that it leaves my mouth feeling dry. You can find Iron Spike Blonde listed at many LCBO stores, as well as at bars and pubs across southwestern and eastern Ontario.
Type: American Blonde Ale
Region: Ontario, St. Thomas
Brewery: Railway City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 473 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.3%