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Belgian Pale Ale - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 04-12-2008

A medium-bodied, copper colored Belgian session ale, brewed with a large dose of English Stryian Golding hops for flavor and aroma.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 18
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the Lancaster Brew pub.

Lighter fizzy head, faint touch of lacing, dark copper brown color.

Nose copper malts, toasty grainy, light Belgian yeast esters, sweet light candy syrup.

Taste some light grassy hops, Belgian yeast light spices and esters, little pale blond malt, little grainy and yeasty.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, smallish head, so-so retention and lacing. Mostly sweet aroma, brown sugar and fruitcake spices, lightly toasted malt, subtle floral aspect. Flavor mostly follows the nose, on the sweet side; malty, again with noticeable spices, clove in particular, and a Belgian candi sugar note. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, lingering sweet aftertaste. Not much in the way of a hop presence, save the very faint floral note experienced in the aroma. Decent enough but lacking in overall depth and interest for me.

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3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Iron Hill in Media, PA. Poured a clear orange/yellow color with a nice white head. Had an aroma of yeast, sweet malts and floral/earthy notes. Taste followed the nose for the most part, though I also noticed a bit of a spicy bite to it...definitely a complex and well-balanced brew especially for the style. Incredibly smooth!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I didn't find this one to be dry...I could definitely stick with this for a session.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured a brassy yellow color, clear, with a small cap of foamy white head that left a bit of patchy lacing on the glass. Smells of pale malts, light yeast and spice, and floral hops. A solid pale malt base in the taste, overlain with a generous amount of floral hops--perhaps more than you'd expect--lemony zest, and a light sensation of yeast. Light-medium body, crisp, and quite drinkable.

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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Iron Hill Media.

Poured into a chalice. Pours a coppery, amber color with the omnipotent Belgian yeast aroma leaping out of the glass. The smell also had a hint of sweetness...almost like bubble gum. This masked the underlying maltiness of the beer. Even though the tasting notes mentioned a healthy dose of Styrian hops, I could not detect any hops aroma.

The taste is fruity. Apple, perhaps. It has a little spiciness to it. The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation holds up quite well. I enjoyed a few glasses from the growler and could see myself drinking this again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light amber in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: light malt sweetness, some floral bitterness, and yeast are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: mild malt presence with distinct belgian yeast flavor. Some lemon zest, red apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness make up a nicely balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crispt throughout with some dryness late. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: I found this to be very quaffable. Flavor wise this has enough to keep you interested for a glass or two. Lower alcohol levels make this a nice sessionable beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color. It was served to me with a thin, frothy white cap.

s: Yeasty aromas of fruit, pears and apples, dominate. I also found some herbal, slightly citric hops.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. This was quite dry, with strong yeasty flavors and a pleasant hop tickle.

m: Refreshing with a long, dry finish.

d: Really good stuff, this would be even better on a warmer evening.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with a good, foamy finger of slightly off-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep amber. Nose was faint with dark fruits - plum, raisin, even some apple. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid dryness in the mouth, like biting into an apple or a pear. Finish was really dry with the pear/apple flavor creating a breathtaking dryness on the finish. An excellent summer beer!

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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brass-golden orange with a compact creamy bright white head that was ½ fingers high. A virtually silent carbonation appearance makes me wonder how this would affect the nose and flavor hop wise. A nice full sheet lacing coats the glass wall second to none.

S: The nose was as silent as the visible carbonation factor. Light fresh lemon grass was barely distinguishable as well semi-dry citrus that was mostly under appreciated and underpowered. Light scents of caramelized sweet grains dominate here while the citrusy hops are on vacation.

T: The flavor was mostly caramelized sweet grains, evident from the darker nature, absent was the pale grains and citrusy hop nature. More malty sweet then hoppy, and lacked crispness per the silent carbonation. Pale grains would of let the hoppiness shine a bit more here and be more suited per style. Also the yeast strain was from chimay but really didn't add much to the drink. Good for the masses though the discriminatory drinker may find this a bit off and light per style.

m: light, as with most their beers, leaving this stripped off flavor and substance. Ok but more suited for the casual drinker with some light watery aspect here.

D: Easy drinkability only average enjoyment. Not particular to style, lacked the pale crisp and hoppy nature that I have come to expect. More carbonation, pale grains, crispness and hops are needed here.

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Belgian Pale Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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