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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Based on:
350 Beers
3,873 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 24
Visits: 36
Avg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 24
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

124 E Kings Hwy
Maple Shade, New Jersey, 08052-5405
United States
phone: (856) 273-0300 | map

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 36
Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A: Quite possibly the largest of the brewpubs in NJ; the capacity of this place was tremendous. As such, despite the freshly new and clean decor, it felt more like TGIF rather than a brewpub. If you didn't know beforehand, you could deduce that it was part of a brewpub chain.

Q: The brews were definitely above average. Some of the standouts were the Ironbound pale ale (A), Raspberry Wheat (A-), the Pig Iron Porter (B+), and the Light Lager (B+). However, most of the other brews were on the other side of the ratings spectrum. Not much of a middle ground here; they either knock it out of the park, or strike out.

SRv: I can't stress how many waitresses/hostesses approached us and offered us friendly service upon our arrival. Very impressive. The only dent in this was that our server didn't know much about the beer that she was serving.

Sel: An impressive array of beer styles on hand, covering American, British, Belgian, and German styles.

F: The food was great, which I found to be surprising, given the fact that it was in essence a chain restaurant. I had the salmon/bacon burger...fantastic.

Solid place. Now I see why Iron Hill has so many locations. NJ is lucky to have them now!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of meat-hook27
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great selection of craft beer and their own beer. Great food and great service. Can't wait to go there again.

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Photo of stevoj
4.04/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Nice place, food was good but pricey. Good service, free samples. Offers growler fills and combo specials. Convenient location. Lots of rotating handles, so check back often

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Photo of Kyjobe
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +25%

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2/5  rDev -50%

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3.56/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Navysqurl
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Great Food and even better beer. Chris LaPierre(Head Brewer) and the staff have it figured out.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Tconroy
3.48/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I visit this Iron Hill location on a monthly basis. The food is consistently good but the beer selection is top notch. I always like to try the cask selection and this past time it did not disappoint. The McMaster is always a favorite but recently I have been engrossed in their IPA varieties. I have waited for a full year of visits to rate this establishment and their beer selection is enough of a reason to go back again and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Odd little industrial park like building, unassuming from the outside. Enter to a large bar area to the right, the bar itself is moderately sized but lots of high top seating, somewhat cramped. Were sat in a non-nondescript center room at a four-top, despite lots of available booth seating along the entire left side. Some of the tables were actually plastic folding tables with black table cloths - I may have walked out if that's what i was seated at. Lots brick, dark wood, copper, metal and overall industrial feel. Brew house in the rear and long open kitchen on the right hand side behind the bar.

Iron Hill always has a nice mix of styles between their regular and seasonal beers. Regular beers tend to be a bit lighter for the masses, while some bolder options exist on the season side. Some seasonals this time included 2-3 big IPAs, an Oatmeal Stout, and a pilsner. All beers very fresh and constructed well. $5 for a regular brewpub pint is about a $1 higher than expected, $6-$7 for a seasonal also seams pricey. Did not check the bottle list this time.

Food was fantastic, great appetizers and burgers this time around. Expansive menu for a bar, so most is probably massed produced, but done perfectly.

Service was a bit off. Took 10+ minutes to place a drink order. Pacing of order was slightly off and server kept clearing unfinished plates. Server was friendly though.

All in all, have visited a few of these locations and have noted how each new location becomes bigger in size than the others, but the emphasis always shifts from the size of the bar area to the size dining room. Still solid - would recommend. While the beers were a bit better, overall id rank it right behind the Chestnut Hill and Wilmington locations.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Dinner at the bewpub while staying in nearby Cherry Hill, NJ. Very nice set up and experience.

Bright, airy, open room with lots of tables and a long bar. Lively ambience, fun vibe in the room for a Tuesday night. Lots of tables, but didn't feel like I was on top of anyone.

Great selection of beers. A standard 5 that seemed to be always on draft, along with several seasonals. Overall i think I had 10 to choose from. Sampler was available. I had an amber ale and a the porter - both very good. Also a board in the main room detailing what is on the way (fermenting, aging, etc)

Food was very good. Extensive menu, lots of choices, big and small. I went simple, but certainly had lots to choose from. All were pleased with their food.

Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a big place, but still gives a commitment to service. Largest Iron Hill I have seen. Tons of special edition bottles to bring home. I was impressed. Local offerings on tap were OK, including the seasonals, though the seasonals are often interesting and plentiful. Decent prices for taps. Bottles are on the pricier side, that’s PA, and Iron Hill. Growler fills available. It was lunchtime so it was busy. Normally I prefer a smaller place, but this is a good stop and certainly the best in the area.

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Photo of staticmaneuver
4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went on a Wednesday at around 4pm. It was very slow when I got there which gave the server a lot of time to describe all of the different characteristics of the beers available. He was very knowledgeable about what they had by name without reference. Like he honestly enjoyed the beer there or just had a great memory. If you haven't been there the sampler is definitely worth getting. As of this review the sample is 'house' or 'seasonal.' House will get you everything from the house menu + 2 seasonal and seasonal will get you everything on the seasonal menu.

The beers have a wide variety of flavor and the names are almost useless. You just have to taste them. I was disappointed they didn't have any stouts because of the warm seasons, but the Pig Iron Porter was great.

The food was outstanding. Everything tasted fresh. We were remarking at how even the sauces that came with the appetizers were amazing. Try the 'eggroll sample' perfect size for two people. The sheer variety on the menu is astounding, it will take you a while to choose. Can go from simple burgers to charred beef tartar to pacu fish ribs.

It gets very very busy after 5 every day. Get there early or make a reservation.

This may be my new favorite place.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

On the way to Philadelphia, the wife and I stopped at Iron Hill Maple Shade. What a cool place this is!

Busy on a Saturday at noon sharp, with all the booths taken by large groups of large people drinking beer... NOT. WTF! I guess they're here for the food.

We sat at the high-top tables between the bar and the booths and I was amazed by all the beers listed on the wall. This is how I like a brewpub to be! Lots of seasonals and one-offs, not just the regular lineup. Here you'll find 5 house brews plus 6 seasonals, a nitro and a cask.

The nitro (which I had) was "Half Caff", their "Luca Brassi" stout aged on Sumatran coffee beans minus the cold-press coffee. Their cask was "Decaff", or "Luca Brassi" minus the coffee.

Also St Modestus (a Weizenbock), Belgo Black (a Belgian porter), Bravo! (single hop), Quadfather, Kamizake (Sorachi hops, 7.2%) and Luca Brassi, of course (a 3.8% stout).

This place is pretty small compared to the other Iron Hill I visited in Wilmington, DE. Service was nice but a little slow because the girl had too many tables! But she was so cute, describing all the beers and the hops. And she didn't charge me for all the samples I ordered.

The food menu is pretty average, but the one "cool" item we ordered (Alsatian flatbread with bacon and gruyere) was damn delicious (if small at $8).

I didn't think it was expensive... $17 bucks for the appetizer, one 10-oz beer, one coffee and all those free samples.

I will go back, can't wait to see what's in store next...

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Photo of fltmedic
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We didn't have a reservation and we waited about 20 minutes on a Sunday night for a table for 6. The brewery equipment is easily viewed through the large windows in the back. The bar is a nice wide open space with a couple of friendly bar tenders pulling the house make brews. The beer board is full of interesting names for the seasonal offerings and even lists upcoming releases.

We get seated and the server is quick to get us started on some samples of their offerings. She is knowledgeable about the brews and can make suggestions to taste for the less beer savvy folks at the table. My sampler of 6 seasonals leaves me with a dilemma, but I ultimately decided on a pint of the Hopweissen and am not a bit disappointed. Others at the table enjoy the Wit and the Irish.

Soups and salads arrive to a salivating crew and they look and smell great. My seafood bisque was rich and absolutely delicious. I also stole a bit of the mushroom soup which was excellent as well. The pizza was enough to share and met all expectations. Even though desserts were tempting, we were stuffed and passed.

We dropped in to Iron Hill as a suggestion from our local hosts. It is definitely a place to take visitors regardless of their appreciation of beer. If they happen to be beer lovers you will get that many more high fives for the choice. Overall this is an excellent place to have dinner and a flight of good beer. If I lived locally, I would have my own barstool at the bar to keep up to date on the fresh beers and collaborations.

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Photo of roan22
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was a little familiar with Head Brewer Chris L.'s style of brewing when he worked at the IH West Chester location, I frequented the place when I had a studio there. I think he is talented because he has expanded on his style range with success.

Maple Shade offers a wide range of beer types on tap at any given time..from his award winning, very traditional Belgians, Germans and barleywine styles; to more experimental beers I love like the yummy Oatmeal Stout, Black IPA, #100 and Rising Sun IPA.

The food at this Iron Hill is different too and simply better than the PA locations. The Prime Rib Sunday Dinner for $20 is delicious. Otherwise I get the Jambalaya.

I'm happy coming here with Bill, its relaxing and comfortable. Plenty of bar seats/tables in the bar area too. Get here before 6 or 6:30pm on a weekday and you never have to wait for a hightop table. They have tons of wait staff and at least two, sometimes three bartenders at this time of day working..they never seem to be overworked and they are just nice people.

I joined the mug club last time I was there.

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Photo of slander
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Oh, shitty early Friday afternoon way western Maryland departure for points equally as shitty rush hour Philly & New Jersey. Post procurement now of some Rodenbach Vintage something at some placery in the No-Libs, I just jumped the bridge to the Jersey side, and rode routes local. There may have been a strip mall. Or two. Hundred. And an Iron Hill tucked in there somewhere on the side of the road, as it should be...

Large open room with vaulted ceilings, seemingly un-IH-like. "L" shaped wood bar seating 20+ with a piping foot rail runs the far wall. 2 towers of 10 each at different points along the bar and a third tower for the service side, similar to Lancaster. Also, a single handpump sunken below further down the bar. The barback wall is a collection wood panel cubed & rectangular sectionals, their backing of windows offering slight views to the room beyond it. A large flatscreen sits on center, with a row of ceramic mugs underneath. Liquor lines the counter space below, and some of the barback wall cubes, and a large 1.21 GW burning growler filling golbi apparatus on the barback. Standard Iron Hill vertical slat boards listing tap selections mounted on both ends, lettered logoing up high above the bar and the obligatory wrought iron weather vane pointing westward.

Panel window walls to the front & side blinded. Otherwise, mostly olive walls with intermingled 2 toned yellow striping and sharp wood trims. Curvy corrugated copper pieces lining the ceiling in rows, with rows of spots in between and drop lantern chandeliers in round mesh holds. 3 rows of push together high tops on the floor, plus a ½ dozen booths in the front windows. Drop lantern singles over the booths and wall mounted lamps throughout. Flatscreens on the end walls and fermentation, cellar & seasonal listing boards.

Nearly a dozen and half booths run the hallway down past the bar leading to a rear brewroom. A pair of side rooms with a dozen or so booths and tables along the way; one done in muralage, the other holding some Partridge Family buslike décor, kind of. Both rooms offer views of a through to the far kitchen thing a-going on and have the same foldy corrugated curviness ceilings as out front but theirs is done to deal the airport hanger effect, which it does.

When I got here, there was just 1 seat at the bar and I took it as my own. Shortly thereafter, it cleared it out some (No, it was not due to my pleasant Eau de road nuances). It filled back in rather quickly and I see people on the benches en waiting, so the tide flows in and out. They do good bui'ness here.

If I could get a menu please. Started with a bowl of Chicken gumbo (andouille, rice & okra and a roll for dippin', a little heat, nicely done), and then the grilled chicky sangwich (served on a soft soft bun that put me at peace and made the world okay again), and a side salad, to boot. Yeah, I ate that. And I'm thinking maybe I'll have a beer. Sampler.

Used to be that the IH sampler got you everything they had on. May still be like that in some locations but here today, the sampler gets you the house 5 (IH Light lager, crisp & lightly easy; Vienna Red Lager, nice maltiness, a consistently good amber; Ironbound Ale, nice hoppiness, kind of grainy in a good way; Pig Iron Porter, chocolatey, always nicely roasty; Raspberry Wheat, not cloying sickly sweet but raspberry as raspberry does), + the seasonal Belgian (Unassisted Tripel, 9% warming alcohol & sugar shock sweetness but finished dry), + your choice of 2 seasonals (Situation, 100 IBU very sweet something doubleIPAbarleywinsque at 10.2%: cask McMaster Wee Heavy, 8%, has a nose of oxidation, I don't know, something's off with this one, it tastes of old beer with a smoky, malty finish).

I then spotted the Abbey Single on the menu card and may have accused my server of holding out. Upon adding, "I see how it is", she offered it up on the house (Hmmn, pours a deep copper color for a single. I was thinking that there's nothing to it, and then noticed it comes in at 3.2%. It is amazingly sessionable. Oh, Westmalle yeast spiciness, oh). And if you could just deal me everything else I haven't had please, thank you (Dry Irish Stout, on nitro, roasty bitter dryness; Irish Red Ale, also grainy, with a light caramel sweetness; RIS, 8.5%, ooh, big beer is actually roasty & nice). Vienna Red Lager, Ironbound Ale, Pig Iron Porter, Abbey Single & RIS were the best of the lot, me thinks. A German Pils, Belgian Pale Ale & India Black Ale upcoming; just not now, when I'm here to confront and drink them.

I like the chain. They're clean & comfortable, the beer is consistent and they offer a good range, and the food's always good. This location was no exception, and it's nice to see them moving eastward (now start working north. You keep building 'em, I'll keep visiting 'em, deal). I'm officially all out of IH's to see. As far as I know, anyway.

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've now been here enough that I feel I can be objective. The stars were in my eyes, a new brew pub in South Jersey after all, but now I can see clearly.

Yes, it's in South Jersey, and not too terribly difficult to get to. Folks not familiar with the area might struggle slightly, but that's why they make Google Maps and GPS, right?
Parking is plentiful, which is always nice.

The inside is what one might expect ot Iron Hill, with contemporary touches mixed with dark wood, touching on the occasionaly industrial fundamental. The bar area is up front to the right, with booths, cafe tables, and a bar that could stand to be a bit longer, but so it goes. There are TVs in the bar area, and two dining areas, again with booths, and with various tables. It's warm enough, with just a little hip flair, just what the folks of a town like Moorestown would be drawn to.

Quality is high. It's impeccably clean, everywhere so it seems, and the layout is efficient as well as cozy. The beers are always fresh, and glassware sparkling.

Service leaves a bit to be desired, overall. Hit or miss just doesn't work for a place like Iron Hill, and that's just what it is. Some days the waitstaff and bartenders are friendly and informative, other times they're dismissive or deliver comments like "I can tell you the beer basics, but I'm really more of a wine guy." Cute, huh? And then there was one of the beer dinners. There's 35 people in the dining room, and the General Manager is overheard admonishing, in a rather loud voice, "Sir, these Visa gift cards give us problems, and your credit card was declined, so we need to find another way to pay." Ever wonder what happened to discretion? Anyway, it is good well more often than it's bad, but it could use some work, polishing the soft edges, and firing GMs who obviously care more about the bottom line than caring for the customer (which is really the best way to care for the bottom line as well.)

The beer selection is never disappointing here. You of course have your standard issue Iron Hill regulars, all quite sessionable if you so incline. But it's the seasonal and monthly releases that really help things along. On various occasions I've been impressed by Quadfather, American Triple, German Pilsner, American Brown (a subtle gem in my mind), and India Black Ale. And you'll find one tasty beasty or another in cask as well, often enough, so there's something for everyone, and always something to truly please.

You can get your pub-grub on here, quite capably, or you can upscale it slightly and go with some fine sandwiches or salads. You can also dine, if not in fine fashion, then close enough to not mind it after a couple beers. There's a prime rib night (quite tasty for a Sunday dinner out) and the occasional Brew Dinner event, which gives the chef(s) a chance to stretch out their creative wings, with results that impress well more than disappoint. Iron Hill makes promises and keeps them.

Costs are a bit on the high side, and seemingly higher than other Iron Hills. But when you locate a stone's through from a toney burg like Moorestown, you'd be crazy not to bump pricing a bit to take advantage of the local wealth. And really, if you keep to the beer and some basic grub, your wallet won't be a whole lot lighter than if you went to a nice bar, so it's a destination despite the potential for overspending.

This is what South Jersey needed. Not just a brew-pub, but one that cares enough about quality and community involvement that they make a connection and pretty much ensure not only their survival, but solid success. They invested big financially, and in resources (bringing Chris in was a master-stroke) and it's paying off. And best of all, it is a gem, but not the only gem in South Jersey.

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Photo of LordHammer
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Reviewing based on three separate trips over several months, which gave a consistent enough sample to be constructive.

In all three trips, I was impressed with the variety and quality of the beers available, and the willingness with which the servers were willing to offer samples. In October, my sister and I were brought samples of several of the seasonals without requesting them, which was a nice touch.

The food is also very good, with solid variety. By far the best deal is the Sunday Prime Rib special, where you get salad, sizeable entree, and a beer for $20.

The major drawback here is the price. The beers are overpriced, and there are few inexpensive menu items. Despite this, all my visits have been pleasant, and the establishment remains a nice treat from time to time.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.