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Ironbound Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

Brewed as a medium-bodied American pale ale with significant hop additions. This celebration of American hop varieties includes Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops.

30 IBU
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Reviews by ZagZagg:
Photo of ZagZagg
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful carbonation that rushes through a rich amber beer producing a white two finger head that sticks around. Lacing is a bit frothy and the viscosity seems light.

S: A lot of hops up front with bitter notes of pine and fresh wood, light citrus fruits are present, but tame. Very similar to an IPA with the hop presence, brings an earthy aroma that is quite pleasant.

T: Good, fresh and refreshing. The taste is floral and a bit like pine or maple wood with muted citrus presence that results in a crisp bite. Picking up a bit of honey with light almost hidden malt/barley profile that plays nicely with the suppressed citrus. Subtle fruit notes lurk in the background and impart desirable sweetness that offsets the initial bitter hoppiness, orange peel, lemon zest, and mango.

M: Light carbonation – medium to light bodied with a suitable viscosity. Boasts the characteristics of a dry finish without the actual manifestation. After taste is a sweet derivative that isn’t over powering

O: A real solid choice for Iron Hill house beer. Light, tasty, and easy drinking – I’ll have no problem drinking this entire growler in one sitting. Drinks like a lighter IPA, but without suffering any flavor dilutions. This is go-to for any visit to Iron Hill.

More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of aengleman
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Iron Hill Media, standard pint glass

A - finger of creamy just off-white foam, falls with a thick coating of lace downt he glass. the beer is on the darker side of gold.

S - pleasant slightly floral, grassy hops with a handful of wet pine needles thrown in...muted grainy and lightly sweet malts.

T - stonr and bitter...hops come out grass-heavy with some more subtle citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes. lightly sweet caramel and toasted malts underneath, but this is hop-heavy and very nice.

M - light body with moderate carbonation, slightly oily and slick

D - really nice, this would get many pours from me if available...great bright fresh hop flavors and everything else to go along with it. drinks like a solid IPA on the lighter side. well done.

Photo of mempath
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

just had a pint at the Media site and decide to get the growler.

of course, i just polished off the massive Hopilicious so this isn't in the same league, nor does it pretend to be.

came to me with a huge head that would settle fast enough...decent lacing. a nice malty aroma that is sharp, perhaps helped by the hops. definitely an APA. taste is actually maltier than expected, but the hop bitterness is really right there, just enough to keep it very balanced. the carbonation is just right, keeping it crisp and creamy all at once. it equals to being an extremely drinkable beer to be done in a session and/or with a burger or about any appetizer at Iron Hill. sippable and quaffable. this is a brew for all tastebuds. it is what it be.

well done! but i prefer the abusive Hopilicious....i don't care that it is almost $20 a growler!...:)

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a soft caramel-orange with a bright clarity and a compact creamy smooth ½ finger head, once again despite its small statue was well lasting while leaving a thick full sheet coating down the glass walls. Visible carbonation was extremely soft.

S: The aroma was of fresh pine needles and citrus. A nice strong showing here with sweet grapefruit pulp.

T: The flavor was fresh pine and citrus backed by a good maltiness. The flavor was crisp with a medium dry hop nature. The finish finds a good dry hop essence of citrus flowers that was just enough to appreciate without being overwhelming. Dry with a good deal of maltiness making for a good all around session ale.

M: light-medium bitterness, good with a nice hop lacing. A fuller body would have been more appreciated her.

D: A good everyday ale, adequately hopped making for a good go to beer here.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a cask at the Wilmington location.

A: The ale has a brilliant orange/auburn color, bright but hazy enough to warrant mentioning. A thick hand-pumped head, nearly a finger, dries in layers in the glass. A nice sight.

S: The nose is lively, loaded with citrus hops that are accentuated by dry-hopping in the cask. A nice caramel backbone supports the hops.

T: The hops are strong, not IPA strong mind you. They lend a citrus focus that the regular tap version often neglects. The caramel biscuit malts are still present but they have a restrained element.

M: A solid mouthfeel. Beers, especially pale ales like this one, benefit from a cask.

D: A nice session ale that would have sufficed were it not for some more exotic offerings.

Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored body with a white patch in the center of my beer.Cascade hops are what I smell.Nice and refreshing.Cool lacing left on my glass.Little bitter,very floral tasting,creamy head,nice body.The hop flavor lingers.The malt is very well balanced with this beer and that makes it even more drinkable.I enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden amber in color, capped with a dense layer of carbonation that leaves progressive rings of lace down the side of my glass

s: lightly caramelized grain with some subtle toast and biscuit, rounded off with a mild hop aroma of dried citrus peel and pine tea

m: smooth, delicate, and creamy...typically satisfying cask mouthfeel, such a given it almost seems like cheating

t: pale and light caramel malt body, mild earthy hop flavors that impart a brief stroke of grapefruit pith bitterness to the finish, maybe a little uninspiring - but it's got enough flavor to keep me happy and exhibits a great balance

d: could easily put down a few imperial pints of this, just not interesting enough to make a regular choice

10 oz. cask pour, served in a glass skinny at the bottom with a wide flare at the top, at the Wilmington brewpub

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beauty to behold, its ruddy orange hue compared very nicely with its white head of tight, clinging lossely to the glass. The nose was sharp, biting, with strong hops and hints of spice (cloves?) - a premonition.

3 words - hops, hops, hops. This is a veritable Easter Rabbit it has so much hop in it. You will definitely want to save this for last if sampling. While there is no mistaking the initial taste, it does segway to a nice malt balance, then finishes with a - surprise - different hop kick. This APA would hold up to the stongest foods well. I enjoyed it, but was glad it was the last beer of the sampler.

Photo of BeerMick
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a small white head. No carbonation rising.

Aroma of hops is dominant with some citrus and light malts.

Taste is quite hoppy, sweet, fruity and some malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a very nice brew. Very drinkable.

Photo of Hoffma79
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came a crystal clear brown amber with a frothy, uneven, slightly tan head.

Smelled of pine and nectarines with a light and airy wheat bread dough behind it.

Tasted of a light molasses with a dry note-book paper. Seriously, the taste that kept coming to my mind was that of making spit balls in middle school. Could it be bleach? Who knows. There was some distant pine hop trying to fight it’s way through this, but the note-book paper really drew my attention.

The mouth feel was light and almost watery.

I really doubt this is supposed to taste this way. What happened?

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of dsa7783
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

May 10, 2008...

Had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on Main Street in Newark, DE...
Presented to me in a serving glass with a foamy and frothy head which was rather impressive for an APA... Deep-copper, bronze appearance with a grainy aroma that hinted of hops and caramel...
Taste was rich and thick, with a nice dose of sweet sugars, well-balanced hops, caramel, slight malts, grains, and a noticeable bread and butter flavor...
Great rich, creamy mouthfeel with an equally great level of drinkability to match...
Good stuff and a great representation of the style...

Photo of anilc
2.5/5  rDev -34%

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Ironbound Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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