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Ironbound Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Ironbound Ale
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%


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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Ironbound Ale at Iron Hill Brewery in North Wales, PA is an exceptional example of an APA. The pour is smooth with a average head that stays from pour to mug bottom. A strong hop nose is immediately detectable in this amber beer. The citrus aroma makes this beer as refreshing as it is satisfying. The Pale Ale serving of hops is balanced well with a good malt body. The mouthfeel of this beer is crisp and clean, leaving a great citrus aftertaste. A very drinkable beer, crisp in the mouth and smooth going down. This brew does not leave you feeling stuffed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 15:58:47 | More by DevilDogBeer
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mophie

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding American ale! Amber color with a thick, white head. Floral hoppy aroma and taste, with a touch of grapefruit. Nice, dry finish, which makes you want to drink more and more. Very well done, and a real treat if you find yourself in the Delaware Valley.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2002 20:46:35 | More by mophie
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear amber / orange in color with a 1" head that slowly fades away. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up strong hop bitterness, which almost hides the lighter citrus tones.

Taste: typical west coast APA with a well balanced combination of caramel, oranges, and strong bittereness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. The bitterness lingers softly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Superb. If I had to drink only one beer on the menu, this would be it. When I think of Iron Hill beers, this one usually comes to mind first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2006 13:07:15 | More by Gavage
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SteveTheDragon

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a full to medium bodied head.

S - Smells of fruity-light floral hops.

T - Well balanced of hops and malts. Nothing is over powering. The flavor is great, a perfect dinner beer.

M - Smooth, well hopped. Slightly carbonated.

D - Clean finish. A perfect beer to relax and drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 23:42:17 | More by SteveTheDragon
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +16%
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!...:)

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 18:09:07 | More by mempath
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at their brewpub in Newark, Delaware. This one was a deep copper in color. No head, very clear. Beautifully distinct piney resin hop aroma. There’s no mistaking these hops - Pacific NW varieties, like Cascade. The taste is full of flavor, has a decent body of sweet malt, and finishes with the common grapefruit rind bitter tang that is common to many an American Pale. Becomes even more flavorful as the beer warms, and intensely so. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 14:56:32 | More by pezoids
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2010 16:56:06 | More by Stigs
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear and nicely carbonated genuine amber, the color of bug-embedded resin, and that's by no means a bad thing. A finger of sticky off-white head swells and sustains. And that stickiness delivers some fine lacing.

The aroma is hops first, with citrus joining a raw evergreen presence, and lending an especially spicy air to the mix. The malt is there with just a touch of berry fruitiness that's promptly cleaned and crisped by the resurgent hops.

Upon tasting, the malt is more apparent here, giving a caramel and berry sweet impression. The hops are again citrus, but here more mandarin orange, and the pine is a slight bit more subdued. The grain and hops join into a brewed tea swell that is soon crisped by a dry bitterness. This same bitterness lingers at the finish and ends up in a clean way. It's unique with a couple interesting turns enroute.

Between light and medium bodied, the feel is lightly creamy and glowing at the close.

This is a case of the end result being more than just the sum of the components. Everything is good and very enjoyable, but combine them and you end up with a very smooth, easy drinking pale ale that, despite its label, hints a little at IPA status. And with the truly moderate ABV, it's got session beer written all over it. This is what's known as a go-to beer, and I'll go to it again, as soon as I can.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 18:27:01 | More by Foxman
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught in a 16oz. pint glass at the West Chester, PA location on 12/1/06.

A - Hazy amber body with a small white head that quickly vanished but left very nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nice blend of malt and hops in the nose. Light hoppy aroma introduced some nice pine and citrus notes with a hint of grapefruit. Smelled very fresh!

T - Mild hop flavor with light bitter initial flavor and finish. Nice balance of malt and hop flavors. This is a very tasty APA!

M - Dry texture, medium body with soft carbonation and slightly bitter finish.

D - More quaffable than the Hopilicious. This would make a very nice session beer. There is a mild hop presence that shouldn't offend most beer drinkers who generally don't like hoppy ales, yet there is a nice, balanced flavor with some bitterness that hopheads can likely appreciate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2006 14:28:06 | More by ffejherb
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12%
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...
Recommended...

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 22:29:53 | More by dsa7783
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask version in Phoenixville: This one poured a clear amber color with a big, thick off-white head. It leaves a lot of lacing. There was a bit of grapefruit to the nose, as well as a bit of spice. It is served at the proper temperature for a cask. The taste was medium bitter, with a bit of the grapefruit coming through. Decent body. Nice.

Serving type: cask

11-29-2007 00:44:57 | More by Boto
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently, I have had this brew on two occations. Out of all the beers IHB offers here in Lancaster, this one is my favorite. The color in my pint glass is a beautiful clear-copper. In the aroma, you get a unique boquet of hops, with a dry, cereal malt base to compliment. There is also a slight hint of alcohol and apple ester. Probably due to the fact that no one can smoke in there, I can pick up on these sublties, which makes me wonder about the beers I reviewed in smokey bars and what I missed. Anyway, the flavor is incredibly hoppy. Paul, the head brewer in Lancaster, told me they use four different types of american hops. The beer has a sweet finish giving it amazing balance with the hops. There is also a slight fruity ester throughout the flavor, but it is very faint. All this being said, this is a really good american ale and I look forward to many more pints in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2007 15:18:19 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge headed monster into my Harpoon IPA glass. Yields quite a voluminous head that does not stick around too long. Appears a dark amberish - clear as a bell.

Aromas are piney with maybe a hint of citrus - more orange than lemon. Piney nonetheless, with a bit of sweetness coming in here and there.

Taste is initially malty sweet, hints of light toffee, but quickly transitions into a mildly carbonated bit of hops. No hopmonster here but the hops is there and transitions into a nice dry finish, just the way I like it.

Only complaint here is this one is thin. May be by design but really thin, just made it not so perfect I guess. Other than that, quite a drinkable little guy for sure. Thanks to leftmindedrighty for a gem for me to enjoy watching the Hoyas beat NC to got to the Final 4.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2007 02:13:36 | More by gpcollen1
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BuckSpin

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2005 04:09:15 | More by BuckSpin
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beernbbq

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite at Iron Hill. Strong floral aroma, primarily Cascades but other varieties as well. Very fresh smelling hops. The biscuit malt is present but not assertive till it warms a bit. Nice body and very fresh which I enjoy. A great apertitf and gets my appetite going.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2003 11:34:48 | More by beernbbq
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color topped by a modest head that looked great initially, but quickly dissipated without leaving much lace

Smell: Predominantly grapefruit, with a biscuity element underneath

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a growing grapefruit bitterness by mid-palate; very fruity after the swallow with a dry, slightly woody finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very easy to drink APA, which verges on IPA territory; clearly very fresh

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 01:25:37 | More by brentk56
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Presented in a standard pint glass, nice 1" thick, dense off white head, color is dark straw to golden, nice carbonation. The action during settling from the nitro is great and presents well in this brew.

Smell is solid biscuity malt with just enough hop presence to keep it in check.

Taste is very balanced, nice biscuity bready malt flavor and solid hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is just right, I think the nitro tap serves this brew very well to keep it in balance with stronger bready/biscuity malt notes.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew great malt/biscuit mix and just enough hop presence balance it out. The nitro tap works very well for this type of brew, only downside is it almost seems out of style for APA as the hop aroma is somewhat underdone.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-28-2011 03:03:32 | More by mvanaskie13
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2014 17:51:00 | More by ZagZagg
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Wilimington, DE location brewpub.

A: single finger head on a golden with amber brown hues clear body.

S: foral hops and caramel malts.

T: vry nice balance with the hops and malt. The hops provide earthy and floral note profile.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: again, a nicely balanced and highly drinkable APA. not an exceptional or particularly memorable beer but still nicely crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 14:41:03 | More by kylehay2004
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing copper with a small head of khaki foam. Aromas are of piney hops, citrus fruits, bready malts, and french bread. The taste is hoppy up front with some lovely pine notes in the middle, and a slightly dry, zesty finish laced with citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and to style, and the drinkability is very good. A solid version.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2004 21:23:38 | More by francisweizen
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber and crystal clear, this beer had a fine white head that showed good retention and some nice lacing. Powdery, grapefruit hops dominated the nose, along with floral notes and a mild maltiness. Moderate bitterness, citrusy grapefruit flavour was fairly strong and overshadowed the malty sweetness that's present. The finish remained hoppy, but didn't overstay its welcome. Medium/light bodied with creamy carbonation and a bit of dryness. Overall, a solid beer with some nice hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2007 20:03:33 | More by DrJay
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-07-2008 01:04:14 | More by akorsak
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a golden light hazy color with a bit of head

Nose has some light earthy and floral hops, light sweet malt backbone.

Taste brings more of the floral hops, hint of earthy and fruity hops, a nice hit of cascade and light spicy centennial hops, citrus, light sweet malts. Drier finish with a good kick of bitterness and spicy hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice clean hop forward APA, nice hop profile too and doesn't try to be an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 23:24:49 | More by jlindros
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red. Interesting color for an ale I suppose.
S: Floral, light.
T: A great showing of hop bitterness balanced with a subtle sweetness. It was smooth and really a great showing for an ale which I'm usually not a fan of. The amount of bitterness was really present which I appreciated.
M: Sat well. A little bubbly.

Overall a good showing. It was really smooth and showed that it had great attention payed to it. One of the best ales I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 15:58:15 | More by Jamesthebrit
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours into the glass a typical amber color for this style. The head was nice and thick and white in color, light lace was on the sides. The aroma had hops and hints of fruit. The taste was just like it smelled, hoppy and light fruity. Nice dry taste to it made it pleasing. Good beer for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2002 09:20:01 | More by Jarod
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Ironbound Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.