Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 351
Beer Ratings: 3,468
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 16
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
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.
09-20-2004 21:47:32 | More by Billolick
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
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.
01-22-2014 17:08:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Iron Hill is a great boost to the Wilmington waterfront; and this location seems to be their best one yet. From the parking lot it looks a bit like an old warehouse, but once you're inside it's quite warm and welcoming with lots of dark woods, brick walls, and earth tones of moss, olive, and cream. Wrought iron, stainless steel, bronze mesh, and copper accents lend an interesting contrast. The bar and cocktail area is small and comfortable, and the downstairs dining room is quite cozy with large booths on one side and a banquet bench running down the other. There are a half a dozen 4-top tables that run down the center of the room but they're not crowded and you won't feel you're stranded in the middle of traffic if you sit there. The menu is basically the same as it is at the other locations, although the food and service don't seem to be quite up to the high level that Iron Hill normally delivers just yet. Give them time... they just opened! The beers are well done, and not surprisingly so, as they're constantly grooming their brewers to be ready to take on a new location. They offer live music on Tuesdays (Irish) and Wednesdays from 8 to 11 pm; and from 9 to 12 on Wednesday they also run a half-price pizza and $8 pitcher promotion. Stop in for lunch or dinner and give the outlets there a whirl. You won't be disappointed!
12-05-2003 02:47:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The akorsak crew made the trek from Harrisburg to Wilmington for the Lambic Release.
Atmosphere: The place is big! It's gotta be IH's largest facility with lots of dining on two floors. The feel is Iron Hill, wood and metalwork, inviting but not warm. The brewing equipment takes center stage on entrance.
Quality: Service and Manager were friendly and prompt. Food and drinks were nice. Heads were clean.
Service: Efficient and friendly. Our to-go beer order was taken without issue and both the waiter and manager stopped by regularly.
Selection: Approximately 10 beers were on tap or cask. The cask Ironbound is nice! The offerings were diverse, Belgian Dubbel to Munich Dunkel to Porter, and experimental, oak-aged sour barleywine.
Food: The food is good (menus do not vary between locations). This is a chain that has nailed both food and drink.
12-07-2008 02:44:18 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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
09-17-2009 02:20:18 | More by blackie
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
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, DE
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