Ironbound Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
07-23-2010 16:56:06 | More by Stigs
4.43/5 rDev +16.9%
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!...:)
05-09-2009 18:09:07 | More by mempath
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
08-17-2009 22:56:07 | More by beerthulhu
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-07-2008 01:04:14 | More by akorsak
3.7/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
09-09-2007 12:47:15 | More by MmmIPA
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
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
09-17-2009 02:56:29 | More by blackie
4.13/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-28-2005 04:09:15 | More by BuckSpin
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
07-04-2008 18:49:13 | More by atigerlife
2.78/5 rDev -26.6%
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 its 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?
09-02-2006 22:17:40 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
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...
05-10-2008 22:29:53 | More by dsa7783
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a dark golden amber, light cap of bone froth, decent retention and lacing. Relatively strong piney, floral and citrus hop notes up front before toasty and lightly caramelized malts. Hops bring a quick pine flavor and bitterness to the beer, strong malt backbone toasty and lightly sweet, finishes clean and floral with a touch of citrus. Medium bodied, good carbonation. A nice pale ale with good hop bite and firm malt backbone.
05-21-2012 14:27:10 | More by rfgetz
Ironbound Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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