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Ironbound Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Ironbound Ale
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85
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-24-2013 15:56:51 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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

08-12-2008 01:25:37 | More by brentk56
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-20-2013 22:10:18 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Not too bad. Poured golden-amber with a nice finger of well retaining white head. Piney aroma mixed with toasty malts. Good balance in the taste: pine hops with slight citrus, and toasted malts. Pretty cut and dry. Medium-light body and nicely drinkable.

05-12-2011 13:18:19 | More by Rifugium
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

01-31-2006 13:07:15 | More by Gavage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a very pale golden orange color that has more of a yellowish tint with golden yellow hues when held t a light sour e and a one finger foam white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lastig ring.

Slightly earth hop aroma with very subtle pine notes and a prominent biscuit malt backbone. Not much of a citrus presence and doesn't smell as hoppy as the description had me hoping for.

Pretty hop forward for a pale ale and much more than the aroma suggested. Nice amount of dry bitterness with hints of earthy pine which is quickly balanced by a nice malt back bone with a prominent biscuit flavor. Slightly floral with a slight earthy straw presence. Well balanced, fuller bodiedtuan expected and a very drinkable session beer. Just don't tell the English!

02-20-2010 02:10:34 | More by corby112
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-02-2012 01:17:31 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

This came with a bubbly, rocky finger of off-tan head with decent retention. Its color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a lightly hoppy bite, very much marking this as an APA. Mouthfeel was medium with the faintly hoppy tang of the style on the tongue. Finish was lightly bitter, but nothing terribly exciting. This could be a good introductory beer for the hops-shy people, but for me, it was fairly pedestrian. Call this review damning with faint praise. Sorry.

07-11-2009 13:58:42 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-16-2011 06:11:54 | More by orangesol
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-17-2013 22:39:09 | More by duceswild
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-03-2013 16:41:15 | More by LXIXME
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

08-04-2007 20:03:33 | More by DrJay
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-03-2012 20:35:38 | More by rolltide8425
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-27-2014 18:46:53 | More by DrBier
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA.

Pours a shimmering, dark gold/amber color with a small, slowly settling off-white head that comes to rest as a thin band on top of the beer. Nicely creamy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass in sheets. Lovely floral and pine hop nose; some lightly toasted malts underneath but mainly a hop-forward aroma.

Taste follows suit; a bready, toasty malt base serves to support and balance the hops without stepping on them at all. Lots of floral and pine notes take center stage, hints of citrus as well but not the predominant grapefruit character noted by drinkers in past years. Perhaps a slight change of hop variety? Finish is dry with a bit of pleasantly lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium body and carbonation; maybe a touch fizzy, but that's being nitpicky. I thought this was an excellent, flavorful pale ale and I'd gladly return to this one in the future.

11-01-2012 04:00:22 | More by tobelerone
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-14-2012 18:49:32 | More by Rhettroactive
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

11-15-2004 21:23:38 | More by francisweizen
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-17-2011 07:48:24 | More by ROGUE16
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

02-18-2013 14:38:04 | More by IPAchris
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blackie

California

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
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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
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Ironbound Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.