“ Brand: Iron Press / Brand: Halewood International Ltd / Type: Alcohol-free beer / Type: Ale „
I was walking around Home Bargains having an idle browse when I saw, on a shelf, bottles of what I thought was beer, but in the soft drinks section. Taking a closer look, I saw they were 'Iron Press', a soft drink 'for men' which is non alcoholic, but brewed with hops to give it a beery taste. They had two options, Lime or Apple. I went for Lime as I love a nice Lager and Lime and bought two bottles at 59p each for hubby and I.
I got home and stuck them in the fridge (you have to chill beer, alcoholic or not!) and promptly forgot all about them. Then hubby came home and went in the fridge.. 'what on Earthbh's this?' He was a bit dubious when I told him. I think men, at birth, are installed with a small brain chip to be scared of non alcoholic or flavoured beers (or both). But, never scared of a challenge, he got two pint glasses, some ice (it's best served over ice apparently - well, it is a soft drink) and opened it. You need a bottle opener - it takes this beer masquerading very seriously.
There is exactly one pint in the bottles, and by goodness, it looks like beer! It pours like beer! It even smells a bit like beer (with limes in, obviously!). There's no way anyone would be able to tell it *wasn't* beer. How refreshing. I wish I'd known this existed when I was pregnant, given that I got sick of orange juice and cola in the pub.
Well, we both loved it. It tastes like a (slightly weak but in a nice way) lime beer, with that distinctive beer aftertaste. It's really nice! Don't be put off by the other review, maybe they got a duff bottle, because this is really very nice indeed. Hubby was converted! 'Get some more of this', he said. Blimey.
The next day I went for a walk and purchased two more of the Lime, but also two of the Apple Iron Press to try. Although nice, the Apple tastes slightly less beery and ever so slightly like Appletise (if you like Appletise give it a try as it's a lot cheaper). Out of the two I prefer the Lime but the Apple is more than drinkable, it's a very nice apple flavour.
For 59p a pint it's a great bargain, I've never seen it anywhere else and suspect that Home Bargains only get it in now and again so I'm going to buy a few more bottles to put away! It would be great to take to a BBQ or a party where you can't drive, as it looks and to an extent tastes like beer and it makes a lovely change to the usual non alcoholic choices. I highly recommend it if you can get hold of it - it was a bit of a random impulse buy for me, like many things can be in Home Bargains, but I'm glad I purchased it because it genuinely is nice and despite what the bottle says - it's for women too!!
Whilst browsing the shelves of my beloved Home Bargains I came across a bottle of this Iron Press apple beer having not seen this brand of drink before I picked up a couple of bottles to give it ago, it also comes in lime as well (review to follow if its on here).
First off this drink is not an actual beer nor is it advertised as a non alcoholic beer but it is actually labelled as a 'soft drink for real men'. The back of the bottle tells me it is 'Forged from apples with a carbonated malted barley base, iron press is the soft drink that is big on taste, big on refreshment......... and pours like a beer. A real alternative for real men' well sexist comments aside I poured myself a glass the bottle contains 500ml which is about 2 average size glasses worth of pop. You have to remove the lid with a bottle opener and I could smell a hint of beer as I did this alongside apples. Pouring the apple beer it does fizz like a pop with a light froth like a beer has when poured. This soon settles and you are then left with an apple juice coloured liquid which has a light fizz.
As for the taste I would describe this as a mix of a fizzy apple drink mixed with shandy which I found to be very refreshing not too fizzy and just right for a hot summers day. I can also say it is lovely poured over ice in this hot weather we are having at the moment. Bottles of apple beer in Home Bargains cost 59p and I will be going back for more to keep me going over the summer.
5 stars from me.
Tried the lime version at home, whilst on medication, after getting bored with tea, and in place of a real beer. Firstly this is not a non alcoholic beer, but a soft drink, and it's wise to take the claim of 'beer' on the bottle the same way as ginger 'beer'. Having said that, it does clearly state on the bottle that it is a soft drink. I chose to drink from the bottle, as opposed to a glass, so I am not sure whether it resembles a pint or not when poured, but alcohol and taste aside, the texture is not much different to drinking a real ale from a bottle. The first sip reveals quite a sharp lime taste, however after a few more sips, I started to really enjoy it. I can however see that due to the sharpness of the taste that it could become a 'marmite' product - i.e. a love / hate thing. The drink does have a lot of body which is good, as the main critcism I have of non alcoholic lagers, is that they can be a bit watery.
The manufacturers claim that the drink is aimed as a non alcoholic alternative in pubs. I've never actually seen this drink in pubs, but I think as an alternative to coke, it is something I'd certainly go for. Due to the nature of my work, I cannot always drink alcohol when I go out. The 500ml bottle is a good amount, and I found I could sip it quite happily and make it last for a fair amount of time, something I have a problem doing with just coke.
Ultimately could I sit and enjoy this drink when in company of friends, the answer would indeed be yes.
In an attempt to create a soft drink for men Halewood International who brought us Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer came up with a new creation - Iron Press.
Iron Press is a bottled soft drink which has been designed to have the look and feel of a real bottle of beer, therefore disguising the fact that it is a soft drink.
Iron Press was launched back in July 2010 and according to their website (www.ironpress.com) comes in two flavours;
Lemon & Lime
Yet the bottle I have in front of me is 'Iron Press - Lime Beer so I am not sure if they have decided to ditch the lemon or to introduce a third flavour. However it has come about it is on Lime Beer that this review is based.
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My husband came home from the pub one evening clutching a bottle of Iron Press saying "Look, I've got you a present..." At first glance I must admit I thought it was a bottle of real ale and was a tad disappointed when I took hold of the bottle to discover that it was in fact a soft drink. The bottle got stuck in the fridge where it languished for a few weeks before I finally decided to give it a try.
The drink comes in a dark brown 500ml 'beer' bottle with a white and green label. On this label in large black writing is the brand name Iron Press, underneath this in a blue ribbon with white writing is the flavour - Lime Beer. Also written on the top of the label in quite small print is the slogan 'The soft drink for real men'. On the label on the back of the bottle are the words 'Forged from limes with a carbonated malted barley base. Iron Press is the soft drink that is big on taste, big on refreshment and pours like a beer'. It also advises that it best served well chilled.
I would not normally include a list of ingredients but thought I would make an exception in this case as I was myself quite interested to see what this stuff actually contained so thought some of you may also be interested.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sucrose, lime Juice from concentrate (5%), barley malt extract, glucose syrup flavouring, citrus acid, lactic acid, preservative (potassium sorbate), colour (caramel E150c), antioxidant (vitamin C).
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My bottle had been languishing in the fridge for a few weeks so it was definitely well chilled. I opened bottle, poured into a pint glass and stood back to check its visual effect. I would not exactly agree that it looks like a real beer, more like a watery looking shandy - it did however have some semblance of a head so I do have to give a little credit for that. In a dark bar, from a distance at a casual glance it may just pass off as a real pint.
Personally I am not in the slightest concerned as to whether people can tell that I am not drinking a real pint, the most important factor to me with any drink is the taste. This drink certainly has a 'taste' but it is a very strange and quite unpleasant one. Whilst drinking it tastes a bit like a very weak shandy with a hint of a lime. After swallowing you are left with a rather unpleasant artificial lime after taste which seems to linger in your mouth long after you have finished drinking. It really is not at all a pleasant taste, so bad I find myself pulling faces just recalling the taste let alone drinking it.
I guess you will not be surprised when I say that I will not be recommending this product. It is a poor attempt at creating an alcoholic alternative to beer.