Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 343
Beer Ratings: 3,374
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 16
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Between the bar, the booths, the tables in the next room, the patio outside, and the 2nd-story deck above the patio, this place has a wide selection of seating for whatever type of ambiance you're going for. I generally like to sit outside and look at the river and the cranes along the walkway, but that's just me. The inside is nice, too.
I've had six of their beers at this point. A few of them were from before I became a BA, so I won't review them here, but I will give you my general impression here, which is that they were about dead average for a microbrew pub. The Lager and the Porter are both about exactly what you'd expect (which isn't a bad thing). I recently enjoyed their Tripel, and remembered why I steer clear of their Raspberry Wheat.
Service is generally friendly, and surprisingly knowledgeable about beer. They train their staff well. The only problem, is that the seating in this restaurant is fairly spread-out, and sometimes it's hard to flag down your server. But like I said, it's spread out, and they get busy.
I will say, however, that they have a decent selection of beer at Iron Hill. The current seasonals are the Tripel and a Maibock brewed with a Belgian yeast strain. This is in addition to the eight or so standard brews they have year-round.
Awesome food. I actually like the food more than the beer. A couple really good pizzas. Once, I had a monkfish that was off the proverbial hook. Some decadent desserts, and a respectable collection of single malts for afterwards.
Standard prices for a a place like this. You do get what you pay for (especially for the food).
05-14-2007 14:20:40 | More by Boppar
3.84/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Holy Beer, Batman! If Victory has become Victory on Steroids, then this location was Iron Hill Eats a Can of Popeye's Spinach. It was on two levels, plus the facade facing the expansive parking lot had a huge Hop Barley Bird above the entryway, plus "I-R-O-N H-I-L-L" was writ large along the side of the building. The brewhouse was visible on the first floor and the fermenters were in the windows on the second floor.
Entering, there was a short vestibule and the m.d.s. was just inside the door, on the right. Continuing aft, on the left was the bar area with the signature squarish/rectangular bar and the central back bar with the HopBarleyBird compass as its centerpiece. Along the left wall was an entryway onto a tented patio area, but the weather was too raw on the day of my visit for me to venture out for an exploration. Beyond the bar, still on the left, was the restaurant area with a highly arched ceiling that put me in mind of a train's passenger car. To the right of the bar were the washrooms and a glass case full of wearables, including embroidered hoodies. There was also a nifty Warhol-esque mural along the back wall behind the high tables and chairs in the bar area.
By wandering upstairs, I had an "Oh my!" moment. The view of the Brew House and the FVs was much more pronounced from up there, plus they had a separate bar along the left wall, as well as its own canopied deck area. Up there, the back bar was more standard, but it showcased their bottled beer selection. The centerline was dominated by high tables and chairs with booths along the right wall. All of the way aft, transferred onto the wall, was their rendition of the brewing process. All of the way to the right was a private dining facility. The washrooms were at a hard right upon reaching the top of the stairs and a Golden tee game was also nearby.
I was not as taken with the beers at this location, the way I was in Newark. Here, they just seemed sweeter than their counterparts and sweet is just not my bag. Sorry.
02-19-2007 12:50:03 | More by woodychandler
4.09/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited this great place on 1/17/2007 thanks to my good friend Colleen. The atmosphere of this place is hip and earthy. It gives you a great sense of the brewery with all of the brewing equipment behind glass for all to see. The bartender, Wayne, helped me pick out a great beer. I tried The Iron Hill 10th anniversary, its a dark Belgium with a well balance taste. They even have a beer sampler. you can get to try 4oz of all their original beers on tap for only around $7. Didn't get to try the sampler this time around, I sure will next time. I did not try the food in this place, but after taking a peek at the menu it sure shows they even take extra care with the food.
One of the features I enjoyed the most was the chalkboard they have stating when the brew date on each batch is and when it will be on tap. If you are in the are you must stop.
01-20-2007 07:14:19 | More by Beertroop
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I went there because I was in town on business. I looked it up in BeerFly and since it was the highest rated in Wilmington I had to go there.
I've turned into somewhat of a hop-head and was dissappointed that they didn't have anything like a 90 minute. I did get the Cannibal, which I believe to be a Belgian Triple but was told by the bar keep that it was a Belgian Strong light ale. Tasted like a triple to me. It was good.
I also had the Ironbound Ale, which dissappointed somewhat because of the lack of hops. I thought that an American Pale Ale should have a little more bravado.
Now the food was out of this world. I had a NY strip with potatos and green beans that rocked my world.
I would go back, but I believe that I liked Washington Street Alehouse better. More my style.
10-13-2006 02:01:10 | More by SSGPat
4.04/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A very nice location in an upscale area, easy to get to. A good deck, very friendly service, and trendy restaurant. The tap list was well laid out, you could take a business or family person here and not have them cringe. The brewmaster came right over when he saw I was asking technical questions. Everyone has been trained. The bottled stuff is very expensive, in the $20 per 750 ml. range, but I am ranking everything else really. The samplers of 4 ounces were generous and I got a good idea of the beer. Lots of parking.
08-29-2006 15:11:36 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I finally visited this location while my son was at a birthday party next door at Kahunaville. The atmosphere was pretty nice, with a good mix of couples, groups of friends, and some families. The location could be better. It is hard to ignore the outrageousness of it's neighbors but Iron Hill looks like a classy place from the outside. Very nicely done interior....the bar area reminds me of the Newark location with the dark woods. I must have caught the chefs on a down day. My wife raves about the food there every time she stops with co-workers for happy hour, but I wasn't overly impressed. The beer selection was good, with six of their brews on tap. The server was very knowledgeable about the beers and very helpful.
03-20-2006 15:55:22 | More by Imstillthegman
4.58/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I really dig this place. It's in somewhat of a theme-parky area and a bit off the beaten path if your knowledge of Wilmington (or Delaware in general) is minimal, as mine is, but it's well worth the visit. I've not visited any other Iron Hill locations so I've nothing ot compare this one to, but if the rest are like this then they've got a nice little brewpub niche going on.
This place seems to be about two years old from the review that I have read, but it appears as if it could have opened last week. The dark, modern wood scheme is well kept and very clean. I didn't get to check the entire building out, but there's a bar to your left upon walking in (this is where I stopped my tour) with an outdoor deck branching off of it. Indoor dining seemed to be further back and scatered about throught the seemeingly large setup.
The service was excellent. Not only did the bartender know the brews, but was able to list staff and personal favourites, and was able to chat about old school WWF wrestling. What more could you ask for?
The selection was nice, with about 7 or 8 brews available at the time, mostly regulars with a couple of seasonals, one-offs on tap as well. I grabbed a sampler and all brews were good at worst with many being excellent. I didn't have time to grab a bite to eat, although the menu was intriguing and seemed to be fairly priced.
Again, if all Iron Hill locations are like this one then they're all solid. From what I've read, many are actually better. I've got to check out a few more of them apparently.
12-06-2005 03:53:52 | More by guinness33
3.83/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Hey Red Sox fans: now that the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team is the A team other than Lowell, you have your next Beer Works/Fenway proximity must. Park free in the Iron Hill lot, walk to the park, and stop back for a pint or two post-game.
This is the one location of Iron Hill that feels least like the rest. They do their best in the bar area to do the delightful dark-wood contemporary-history feel of the West Chester and Newark locations, but it's pretty much deep sixed by the "party area" vibe of the surrounding area, and the enormous big-box building that houses it. The "party area" is home to bars like "The Big Kahuna" (yes, you've already got your mental picture exactly) and would be the easiest fish-in-a-barrel cop road stop bottleneck. It's filled with huge buildings catering to many partiers.
Beyond that, I respect any place that has an imperial stout. You'll find the selection of beer at each location to be consistent and well done, the no-surprises appeal of the small chain: I place them a touch below John Harvard and a touch above DuClaw for selection and appeal of beer quality. The lodestone is a nice beer for food compliment, and I have never been to an Iron Hill where I didn't eat.
My light-menu carrot and poblano soup was really very good, and while the smoke in the sauce took it away from traditional italian flavors, the grilled vegetable pizza was also tasty.
Avoid if you are looking for a nice cozy pub; rush there for a spirited joint with nice food and a good locally produced beer.
04-27-2005 16:45:45 | More by ecoboy
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
From the road, it looks like a theme park, or at least the makings for an elaborate miniature golf course. Iron Hill is a big brick building that shares a parking lot with The Big Kahuna & Joe's Crab Shack (There's even a giant volcano nestled between the two)...
Entering through, the first thing you see is a large 2 story glass room housing mashers & fermenters to the right, alongside of the stairwell leading upstairs. To the left is a small 15 seat "U" shaped bar with a half dozen bar tables and a handful of booths. A large iron wind vane sits over the bar. Behind the bar lies a large back dining room, with about 20 booths and tables.
Upstairs, there's a long wood bar with seating for upwards of a dozen and a half. The brick back bar has a glass wall cut into it, looking out over the back deck, which overlooks the river. 4 booths and 4 island tables sit forward of the bar. Panelled wood lowers and painter beige uppers, exposed duct work, strung white Xmas lights over spruce line the wall, wreaths over the wall lamps,
TV's in the corners and a big screen over there. A side room holds a pair of pool tables and Phil's golf game.
I think everybody else went with the crabcakes, but I did a bowl of the chicken & sausage gumbo and the offensively hot fiery Chipotle wings. They were as hot as ass. I was pushing them off on everybody else at the table.
Beers available in 10 oz, 16 oz and 23 oz servings, plus sampler glasses, pitchers and growlers, too. 9 taps. 6 regulars (Light Lager, Raspberry Wheat, Ironbound APA, Pig Iron Porter, Lodestone Lager, Anvil Ale) and 3 seasonals (Holiday Hop Monster, Schwarzbier, Bourbon Wee Heavy). The Schwarzbier was thin, but somewhat roasty although it smelled of an unclean glass that recently had the Raspberry Wheat in it. The Bourbon Wee Heavy had a big alcohol bite, was nicely scotchy, pleasantly malty, and had a good bourbon flavor.
Another good Iron Hill location and a very convenient half way meeting point for a Rodenbach exchange...
12-26-2004 22:55:02 | More by slander
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
From the outside this just looks like a big brick factory building with Iron Hill on the top. Once you walk-in on your right is all the brewery fill with all sort of brewing goodies. On the bottom floor there is a bar area and a separate diner area as well. Upstairs is another bar area with a backroom with a few pool tables and video games. Also on the upper floor is an out door patio seating area over looking a river. The décor was modern with lots of dark woods, brick walls and metal details. I had a crab cake sandwich that was pretty good and everyone else I was there with seemed to enjoy their food as well. Server seemed to have some knowledge of the beers, but I never really asked him any details that might test him. They had about 10 different beers when I was their with their seasonals being a bourbon barrel Wee Heavy, IPA ands a Schwarzbier all of which were quite tasty. Unfortunately I missed out on their Triple and a Quad. There were some mentions of other tasty sounding beers to come on their chalkboard. Overall I have no complaints good atmosphere, service, selection and food and beer makes this one place I would definitely recommend.
12-13-2004 14:41:50 | More by meathookjones
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, DE
92 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.