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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 6.55%
Active Beers: 370
Beer Ratings: 3,651
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 10
Bottles: 16
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

710 Justison St
Wilmington, Delaware, 19801-5141
United States
phone: (302) 658-8200

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillwilm

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Photo of greyghost86
3.5/5  rDev -15%

greyghost86, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of squaremile
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

In case you didn't know this already, Wilmington is dead for beer culture. Iron Horse is on the river and despite being a chain, they do brew some nice house stuff. I have never been able to get the quad, but the maibock I had this time was really good. One of those places that brews right to the style but amps it up more than other places like it. The food is quite good as well and the service was always fine. It's a good kind of place to take some family to get a decent burger and salad and a solid beer that won't scare anyone off.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
Photo of Boppar
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

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).

Boppar, May 14, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -9%

kylehay2004, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.75/5  rDev -9%

BeerThursdays, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Iron Hill Wilmington is corporate but oh-so-nice. I really enjoy it there. The "riverfront" ain't much (small river, silly views) but the patio is beautiful in the summer.

The wife and I sat at the bar, which I recommend. The tables seem to be too busy on peak hours and weekends, and overrun with children. Prompt, nice service at the bar, she sure knew her beers and food menus.

Seven seasonal beers on tap, including a winter warmer and a German-style weiss, plus the usual Iron Hill lineup. We tried the Scrooge DIPA (weak) and the Big Red DIPA (fantastic). Too bad they didn't have the Imperial Stout...

The food menu is gigantic, like a diner's menu but better quality and more imaginative food. I loved their small plates: eared scallop with corn relish, fried goat cheese on arugula salad. Their pizza, made with malted-barley dough, is delicious as well.

There is a bottle menu, as in other Iron Hill locations, with cool vintage bottles, but way too pricey.

While far from outstanding, this place delivers. No complaints.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ecoboy
3.83/5  rDev -7%

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.

ecoboy, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

woodychandler, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

neat little spot near the river front. big wooden bar with the tanks visible as you walk in. huge facility/restaurant. good selection of brews, all the standard stuff a light, a red, a porter, an ipa, etc etc etc. they also has a rotating belgian selection (tripel), and 4 or 5 excellent seasonals, including a maple coffee winter warmer in a cask with a cinnamon rim glass (an experiance to say the least). all beers were above average and the appetizer i has was excellent (lamb meatballs). good service. patrons tended to be city suit types, on the stuffy side, but not dicks to me in any way, just not a blues bar where everyone is baked. good spot to bring a date maybe. excellent bottled selections for purchase and reasonable prices all around. will be here again

StonedTrippin, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Stopped in here with DarkerTheBetter and also was hanging out with Imstillthegman.

Very nice looking exterior and interior, although the bar area seemed pretty small to me. It seemed like when they built it they just ran out of room. On tap that day aside from their house beers were the Black Forest Lager, Saison, and the Hopkowski. All were very good, and the Hopkowski, a Double IPA was a notch better than the DIPA brewed at the Iron Hill in North Wales.

Food was awesome as always. We shared (well sort of, I pigged out) the Nachos and Hummus platters, and both were spectacular. Overall, a very enjoyable afternoon hanging with two other BA's, I think all three of us left happy that we stopped in.

leftmindedrighty, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cask Conditioned: Browntown Brown (6.4%) - Creamy smooth, light carbonation and big chocolate malt flavors - outstanding.

On Tap: Iron Hill Light Lager (4.0%, 10 IBU), Vienna Red Lager (4.4%, 22 IBU), Rasberry Wheat (4%, 20 IBU), Ironbound Ale (APA, 4.7%, 30 IBU ), Pig Iron Porter (5.0% 40 IBU), Schwarzbier (5.4%), Browntown Brown and Abbey Dubbel (7%)

A chalkboard in the downstairs bar area identifies what's in fermentation (an Oktoberfest and an Imperial American Red), when brewed, when due and upcoming specials (Pumkin Ale).

There's a medium sized bar area to your left when you first walk in with booth seating, a number of tall bar tables (for 2 or 4) and a U-shaped bar that might fit about 18.

Decent music plays softly, but is easily drowned out by conversation around the bar. Clientele is an urban mix of mostly professionals.

86sportster883, Oct 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

JohnParadee, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -2.9%

building looks pretty cool from the outside - rectangular brick industrial style with a few strategically placed windows, huge Iron Hill mural, and a shadowy crane looming on the riverfront behind, brewing equipment visible at the entrance, through the front door and straight to the downstairs barroom - apparently I should've explored the upstairs but it didn't occur to me at the time, all wood and metal with big windows overlooking the river though it's hardly visible, pretty tame crowd on this Wednesday night

around ten house beers on tap, including one cask and a few seasonals, good range of styles but nothing really edgy or outside the ordinary save for the Hopkowski double red, leaving me to choose a cask pour of the Ironbound APA followed by a Hopkowski, both seemed fresh and tasted quality, standard glassware

for dinner I had the Brasserie burger that was pretty tasty - ordered medium and served medium-well with gruyere and a sour red onion "jam", the bun was crisp on the outside and warm, disappointingly the fries were limp and probably not very fresh

though my Victory visit the night before would be a tough act to follow, overall I had a nice experience and would certainly stop through again in hopes that there'd be some more interesting beers on tap

blackie, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -2.9%

nickfl, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of beernbbq
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Having been to the Newark location and been impressed with the beer and the food, I was interested to try the new location on the Wilmington waterfront. This is much different from the Newark location in that it is very large but the restaurant was tastefully done. As usual the food is good, solid and fairly priced. I sat at the bar and the tender was a friendly guy and a good server. My only disappointment was that their were no seasonals available. The Oatmeal Stout is coming up in a few weeks and I would look forward to that. Overall, a nice experience.

beernbbq, Nov 12, 2003
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jwjon1, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Seanibus
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Not a bad place - the atmosphere is a little spare and cold (sometime literally), but the beer is pretty good, the service is quite good, and the food is decent. Plus it is in a place that is not crawling with great brewpubs and bars, so it has that going for it.

The building is large and modern - steel, wood, and openness. It feels sort of disorienting, particularly upstairs (the downstairs dining room is a bit more intimate). There is also a nice outdoor seating area, both upstairs and down, though the Wilmington waterfront is not a thing of beauty.

The food is straight-up pub food - burgers, sandwiches, and soups and so forth. All are decently executed, but I find there is a tendency toward thickness - it doesn't feel fresh and zippy.

The beer is up and down. The Pale Ales are quite good - hoppy and crisp, but the lagers tend toward the bland. The Belgians and specialty beers (like the wee heavy) are forgettable.

The standout is the service - the staff knows the beer and is quote friendly and helpful. They don't move particularly quickly, but their fun and fairly efficient.

Seanibus, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

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...

slander, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of hopdog
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Inside appears like all the other Iron Hills. This one has a nice location - right on the water front. The inside is also larger than the other Iron Hills (with a bar upstairs too). Typical Iron Hill food (which isn't a bad thing). Beers rotate fairly often with some gems on at times (last time I was there, they had the BA Old Tom and Cassis de Hill tasting). Selection of beer can change from mediocre to outstanding (call ahead and see what is on tap first). I would come to this location more if it weren't so far from where I live.

hopdog, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Beertroop
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%

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, it’s 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.

Beertroop, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Stopped here on a Saturday afternoon with fredandboboflo.

Atmosphere: This is a large brewpub...lots of tables and decent bar space too. Nice and roomy. We arrived soon after the pub opened so it was pretty empty. They have a couple TVs up too.

Quality: Of the beers I tried, most were very good with just a couple that I did not enjoy. On the whole though, this is a quality brewpub.

Service: Excellent service, although there weren't many competing customers for our waiter. However, when the nitrogen ran out for the RIS on tap, the bartender gave a glass to fredandboboflo for free!

Selection: They have 5 house beers and 4 rotating beers. Definitely an interesting assortment of beers (light lager, vienna, pale ale, raspberry wheat, porter, cask porter, tripel, bourbon imperial stout, doppelbock)

Food: The food was quite good. I had the chicken pot pie, which was one of the best pot pies I've ever had. It was luscious.

Value: I can't quite remember the prices, but I think they were reasonable. Well except for the to-go bottles. The cheapest one was $16.50 (for a rauchbier that was bottled at least a year ago), with most running around $20 and the lambics going for $24.50.

Overall: I enjoyed the peacefullness of my visit here and the beers were good too. Definitely try to stop here if you can!

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Really enjoyed our visit to this modern, large and lively brewing establishment. Located down by the river. Downtown Wilmington. Lots of large windows and darkish modern furnature. Staff was very friendly and the service was good from start to finish. Sampled 2 brews ( a nice Belgian dubbel and the Pale ale) which were obviously high quality and quite tasty. The food (American eclectic) was also very high quality and well put together. I would definatly go back and also would like to visit the other locations.

Billolick, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of jockstrappy
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Upon entering, the brewhouse is visible to the right. The warm modern atmosphere is evident throughout the downstairs level. On this night, 11 of there beers were available, I know this because the three friends I was with ordered the sampler, with a 4 oz. serving of each brew on tap(a steal for $7). The server was very thorough in his description of each beer, which was nice to see. The food was very good, I had the Brewskie Burger paired with an Ironbound Ale. Other menu items included woodfired pizza, steak, chicken, and seafood, all of which seem to be flavored a little differently than what you may be used to, but in a good way. Worth a stop if you're in the area.

jockstrappy, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of jgasparine
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Atmosphere- Clearly a beer-oriented establishment. Nice bar, fantastic riverfront deck... and a beer-centric focus. Out of all the brewpub chains I have been to, this one definitely offers the best atmosphere.

Quality- Commitment to quality shows through in every aspect of Iron Hill... clean facilities, clean utensils, clean draft lines, solid information on their beer and brewing process. Kudos to the staff and management at Iron Hill.

Service- Very good service. Our server was very knowledgable about beer and the craft beer industry as a whole, which was a plus.

Selection- Given the fact that you'll only have Iron Hill's beer here, the selection was impressive... with a range of American, English, Belgian and German styles.

Food- The food ranged from good to very good, depending on the dish. The menu was diverse, and some dishes were even prepared with beer. The high food prices, however, kept the food rating from being a 4.5.

jgasparine, Jul 11, 2010
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, DE
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.