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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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Photo of 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
Photo of jlindros


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
Photo of 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
Photo of akorsak


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
Photo of Rifugium


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 13:18:19 | More by Rifugium
Photo of corby112


3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 02:10:34 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 13:58:42 | More by woodychandler
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 22:56:07 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DrJay


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
Photo of kylehay2004


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
Photo of blackie


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: cask

09-17-2009 02:56:29 | More by blackie
Photo of francisweizen


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
Photo of ffejherb


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
Photo of tgbljb


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows some light fruity malt, with some modest hops in the background.
Taste also blends light malt and hop flavors together to form a nice refreshibng beer.
Easy to drink. Would make a nice crossover for the macro drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 23:34:56 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Boto


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
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 14:27:10 | More by rfgetz
Photo of 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...

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 22:29:53 | More by dsa7783
Photo of AltBock


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Media, PA Iron Hill was serving this one on their nitro tap on 5/17/2008 during their beer festival. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

Ironbound Ale poured a lightly hazy golden tangerine orange color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 inch head of white foam. It was one of the creamiest head of foams I've seen on a beer. This creamy head of foam had excellent retention. This head of foam never receded pass the 1/2 inch mark. It stayed the same height the whole time and when I took a sip of the beer, the head of foam would leave behind streaks of white lace. The appearance was eye candy to me! The aroma was light with some pucker grapefruit, a drop of lemon, and ended with a hint of lightly bitter citrus hops. The taste too was light, but not lacking in flavor. The taste featured a slice of grapefruit, a splash of lemon, a subtle hint of toasted malts, and then it finished up with some dried and slightly bitter citrus hops. The mouthfeel was on the light side with a soft aftertaste of grapefruit and lightly bitter citrus hops. I could see myself ordering another one of these. Hell, I would order another one just for the appearance itself.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-18-2008 17:40:25 | More by AltBock
Photo of tobelerone


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 04:00:22 | More by tobelerone
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
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?

Serving type: cask

09-02-2006 22:17:40 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of 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
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill in Phoenixville, PA. Pours amber with short-lived fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma and taste is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Finish is long and bitter. On the whole it is a good, well made brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 21:41:45 | More by mikeg67
Photo of pezoids


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
Photo of mvanaskie13


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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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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Ironbound Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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