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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Active Beers: 368
Beer Ratings: 3,637
Beer Avg: 3.79
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1460 Bethlehem Pike
North Wales, Pennsylvania, 19454-2159
United States
phone: (267) 708-2000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillnw

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EFR94, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

This was my first visit to an Iron Hill. It was close to the hotel I was crashing at, so it seemed like I might as well.

Nice interior. If you've seen one, you've seen them all really. I have passed by many at this point and seen what they looked like, though never went in. There is definitely a formula and system to everything, which is fine. I am glad they've kept a bit of an air of refinement to things. Selection was okay.

I honestly could have dealt with more choices on-tap. Bottles were in the house. I picked up an RIS to take with me.

Food was good enough. About what I'd expect to match the decor.

Service was fine. It was the end of the night, so I think the bartender was wrapping up and ready to get the hell out of there. He didn't seem to care too much about what was going on.

A pleasant enough experience.

RblWthACoz, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Been to this place several times before and wasn't much impressed with the beer quality. Its been maybe two years since my last visit and the beer as far as selection and quality are much better.
Took the wife and fam after church there for dinner and while the wife and kids scoped out the stores I stayed back and seeked out a booth in the bar area. Ten minutes later score, see it pays to be a beer drinker.

Sevice from the staff was good, but it wasn,t too crowded either.

Food was good kids got the standard. Thier meals came with maybe 10 french fries, seriously 10.

Had three beers thier house porter, pils, and a seasonal rojo grande( imp. red) all were very good inquality and taste hovering in the 4pt area.
I think in the future we'll be going back.

micromaniac129, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

I am a huge fan of the Iron Hill chain but this is my least favorite outpost, though the beer was much improved on my last visit here on 3/18/11.

Layout is quite similar to the Media location, with a large u-shaped bar in the middle and dining areas behind and to the side. The beer definitely took a step backward during the transition to the latest head brewer. Not enough seasonals, and mostly underwhelming. My last visit featured Ramrod, the best beer I have had there in the last couple of years. So I am hopeful this is a sign of good things to come.

I find the bartenders here to be generally douchey and slow moving. On my most recent visit, more than half of the bar patrons had either empty uncleared plates, empty unfilled beer glasses or both, while the staff did not appear to be breaking a sweat.

Food is very good, as at all IH branches, but a bit pricey for a brewpub. I love the chain and I am glad there are four other locations that are closer to my house.

sholland119, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

This is the only Iron Hill I have ever been to, but I stop here quite a bit since my wife and I frequent some of the stores in this area.

The restaurant itself is warm and inviting with a very nice U shaped bar in the center. Brewing equipment is visible from along the one wall. Bathrooms are always immaculate.

Service has always been prompt and friendly, but now and then you get a server/bartender who does not know a whole lot about the beers. That is pretty standard for this type of brewpub though.

They have your usual roundup of chain pub styles, a lot of them are pretty boring, but all fairly well made. The special brews can range from "meh" to really cool, and occasionally are exceptional.

My real issue with this place is the food. I know a lot of people love it, but I have eaten here quite a few times and though everything is decent, I find that for the price it is really lacking. It has gotten to the point that I now just sit at the bar and have a couple pints and get my growler filled, getting food somewhere else.

Still, this is one of the better chain pubs I have been to and if you are in the area I would definitely stop by.

zoso1967, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +3%

North Wales, off PA-309.

Atmosphere: This Iron Hill feels a lot like the other IH locations: plenty of wood. On entrance, the bar is straight ahead. To the left and right are dining areas. Beyond the left dining area is the brewhaus. A nice feel, especially around the bar.

Quality: Iron Hill may be the best chain around. Consistent quality and cleanliness.

Service: Service is generally efficient, visiting often. I've never had a bad experience. The bar does get a little busy at times.

Selection: I'm no fan of the regular IH line-up. It's the brewer specialties that keep me coming back. A few Belgians, a few barrel-aged offerings. North Wales has a few big notches under its belt (that bourbon RIS from a few years back still gets me pumped up).

Food: Better-than-average food. Sandwiches and entrees run the gamut from decent to very good. I'm partial to the jambalaya and burgers.

akorsak, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%

Wanted to try this place out, went there on my birthday from 8/25.

A- Very relaxed and laid back setting. Pretty cool place. Nice sized rectangle bar in the middle of the resturant with booth and table seating.

Q- The beers I tried were pretty decent. Nothing crazy, fairly average for the styles. The standouts were the rasberry wheat, something hoppy, and the oatmeal stout. But for those three I've had better beers of each style, still ok though.

S- The waitor we got was actually fairly helpful. He brought us a sampler to try each individual beer and made recommendations as well.

S- I was less than pleased with their selection. Although I guess I should've expected from a brew pub they might have a few beers to go around, but with limited brewing space theres barely any available at certain times. And they sell out quick. After I was done eating there were 2 750 ML bottles that I was interested in but they were out of course. There was another style they were supposed to have on tap at the time but had already run out too.

F- The food was good, and most of the entree's did sound interesting. I deff wouldn't mind going back for another meal.

haazer, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%

Went here recently

A- A very big building with alot of wood and just bigness. Walk in brewing equiptment to the left, huge bar area in front and dining room area to the right with a host stand as you walk in. I sat at the bar.

Q- This place is clean and I got to say that im really digging the bathroom, i like the plant in it. The saison I had tasted freat and the DIPA I had was even better. There was a infected baltic porter on tap so that really brings the points down though.

S- Service was ok when I was here in the dining area, service at the bar was sub-par because of lengthy wait times in between beers. I was just sitting with a empty glass for a while, scratching my head.

S- Selection is pretty standard for a brew pub, a nice array of styles from light to dark plus a Belgian on tap which was a wheat. Some corked and caged bottles for sale as well. I would just stay away from the dark beer if I was you, who knows what you will get. Liquor as well.

F- I had the 'frites' which were more like boardwalk fries. I had a pulled pork sammich that was dry and lacking in volume. I think I saw on the menu a $10 ham and cheese sandwich, HUH!

It's alright (c)- mikkeller

BARFLYB, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

In general terms, the Iron Hill chain is very consistent location to location... This North Wales location is slightly older so the atmosphere score takes a little bit of a hit... Overall the Iron Hill chain offers excellent quality...

A - A slightly dated version of the standard Iron Hill theme... This isn't a bad thing, but the North Wales location is one of their older...

Q - Iron Hill delivers time after time at all of their locations...

Ser - No complaints in this department... Quick, courteous, and accurate... Can't ask for much more than that, especially during the dinner rush on a weekend...

Sel - Wide variety of beer offerings... Year round standards are supplemented, but a good range of seasonal offerings... The menu selection is mammoth and quite varied...

F - Standard and consistent fare location to location... Wide variety... Solid execution... Love the tuna springrolls...

V - Tap selections are very reasonably priced... Bottled reserves seem a tad pricey... Food is reasonable by Philly suburb standards...

philbe311, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

I've been to several Iron Hill restaurant-breweries on numerous occasions. This is by far the best in terms of service.

The atmosphere is generally not that great; somewhere between family restaurant and usually very crowded sports bar. However once you get past that the selection is as good as every Iron Hill; their rotating offerings (usually Belgian, Big Beer, Barrel Aged, etc...)

Their service at this location is exceptional. Especially once the servers get to know you, you often find yourself bestowed complimentary tastings, suggestions and perhaps even a chance to dip into a 'reserve' stash from the basement. Every server I've had knows their beer very well and time permitting is willing to talk to you about it at length.

The beer has always been high quality and rarely has an advertised tap already been kicked.

The food is generally good quality and well prepared, but is a bit pricey for the area (Philadelphia suburb shopping strip). It is worth it, but not cheap. And while good, the food is not over the top in terms of exceptional merits.

Overall it is worth going to, just be prepared to wait for a bar spot if you go prime time or weekend hours.

Minotaur, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

I recall a disagreement (not an argument) that I had with Trevor Hoffman regarding his reviews at an Old CHI location. He had said (and I paraphrase) "You've seen one Old CHI, you've seen 'em all." My point of disagreement was one of semantics - they are similar but not the result of a cookie cutter. Same with Iron Hill, similar, but different brewers, (slightly) different layouts, different kitchen staffs. How can things be exactly the same when its creators are different???? If stuff came out of a box, a barrel, a can, okay, but everything is produced on station. Maybe it's me, but this is not McDonald's.

I really liked the layout of this location. It had the standard wide front with a wide vestibule and the m.d.s. to the left of the entry with the brewhouse running down the left 1/6 of the space; 2/6 dedicated to the squarish/rectangular bar; 2/6 to the restaurant area with standard rectangular tables and chairs; and 1/6 to a private meeting/party area and a high dividing wall with a mural of kitchy vintage advertising along the far wall. As at many (but not all) I.H. locations, the kitchen runs most of the length of the back wall. This meant that we carnivorous patrons were treated to all kinds of savory scents including (but not limited to) the open wood-fired pizza oven, the searing steaks, and whatever else was being produced. Unlike Jimmy Johns, they should charge for the smells here.

Beers: IH Light Lager; Raspberry Wheat; Vienna Red Lager; Ironbound Ale; Pig Iron Porter; (Seasonals): Chocolate Bock; Norse Necter (a dry golden made with honey and sweet orange); Wee Heavy; Irish Red Ale; Tripel; Abbey Dubbel and Saison (definitely peppery); (Nitro): Irish Dry Stout.

woodychandler, Dec 09, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Stopped here on a Sunday afternoon on my way back home. A bit confusing to get to but finally found it nestled in the corner of a strip mall. A very large place with a cozy large bar. Service was quick and attentive. Selection was great. Five seasonals on i addition to their standard offerings. The chipotle porter was excellent. The food was also top-notch. I enjoyed the fajita salad and the gumbo and both were outstanding. I reccomend stopping here if you are in the area. Excellent food, beer and service.

mymrnngjckt, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of LabBrewer
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Stopped by on a business trip and had a sampler of the seasonal beers and a burger.

The seasonal sampler had a wit, dunkelwiezen, munich dunkel, IPA, Belgian IPA and a hazelnut brown (really similar to the Rogue version). I was impressed that the place had so many different styles on tap (they also had a number of year-round styles on tap). Not of the beers were dumpers, and a few of them were really good. Plenty of attention from the bartender, no trouble getting beer or dinner.

Had a burger which was really good, and struck up a conversation with one of the mug club members. Nice friendly place and would definitely recommend.

LabBrewer, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.33/5  rDev +8%

This is one of my regular spots and a definite favorite of mine.

ATMOSPHERE: If you've been to 1 Iron Hill, you've pretty much been to them all. Dimly lit with a nouveau gastropub feel. There's a central U-shaped bar with 8-10 tables flanking it. The 2 TVs always have the local game on. On either side of the bar area are 2 dining sections with quite a bit of seating. All in all it's a very chill atmosphere and reasonably comforable to enjoy a beer with friends.

QUALITY: The beer is very well taken care of with correct serving temps and reasonably correct glassware. The Mug Club is a nice perk letting you drink from a 22 oz mug (for the same price as a pint) and giving you various rewards in the form of gift cards.

SERVICE: I've always had good service here with no problems to report. Nothing above and beyond, but I'm usually never waiting with an empty glass.

SELECTION: One of the better brewpubs in terms of quality of their seasonals. Just about every one I've has been good to outstanding. The regular house beers are another story and the Pig Iron Porter may be the only one I'd ever actively choose to order.

FOOD: The food has really been improved with the most recent menu overhaul. It used to feel like you were forced into a fine dining experience whenever you wanted food, but there's something for every occasion - pub grub, sit-down dinner, etc. - and all are done deliciously and creatively.

I'd definitely recommend stopping into an Iron Hill location, especially this one, and grabbing a glass of one of their seasonals. Weekends can get busy sometimes, but the off hours times are a great time to chat with friends over a pint.

jmalex, May 04, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

Finally had the chance to stop at this Iron Hill location prior to needing to be in Philly. The place is fairly easy to find, and parking wasn't a problem, but the strip mall it is located in is a traffic nightmare. Be prepared to wait a while to get out!

Like many other Iron Hills, this one had two dining areas and a nice large bar area with plenty of seats around square U shaped bar and many tables in the bar area. I was surprised how much smaller the dining areas seemed than at other locations.

10 or 11 beers were on tap at the time of our visit; besides the staple 4 beers there was an Irish Dry Stout, Belgian Triple, Oatmeal Stout, American Brown Ale, Biere Noir, and Framboise, possibly others but I cannot be certain. The majority of the special beers were of the darker variety, the IPA was on earlier in the day but kicked around lunchtime.

The food was good as usual, and was a sufficient amount.

The place didn't seem very crowded when we got there, but our service at the bar was less than stellar. The bartenders seemed more interested in talking to their buddies on their laptops surfing the web than actually refilling drinks and paying attention to the other customers. It took about 15 minutes after we had finished our last beers and signified we were done with the coaster on top of the glass for us to get the bill, and I believe someone in my party had actually flagged the bartender down to let him know. That was the only really disappointment of the visit. If it was busier I could understand it better, but with 2 bartenders and only about 15 people in the bar total I would expect better.

HopDerek, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%

I heard a hell of alot about this place and was very excited when we decided to go there. At first glance around this place I said ah shit I am going to be paying an arm and a leg. When I seen the menu there was stuff for all prices and a ridiculous amount of food on the menu.My only complaint which was very little was I asked for the sampler and the waiter brought me out a lager.After I had told him he immediately brought me out the sampler and had the lager taken off the bill even though my wife drank it anyway. Like I said there were thing's for all prices but when I bought the Russian Imperial Stout I noticed it must have been about twenty dollars. Hell I can get a top of the line Belgian beer for that amount of money. Other than that it was very good.I really enjoyed this place and highly recommend it if you are in the neighborhood.

TheFightfan1, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +1%

It's been a bit but I thought that I drop a beerfly on this Iron Hill location, which we visited on 10/25/08 during their annual Pumpkin Ale Festival. First off, this is pretty conveniently located in a pretty upscale looking shopping plaza called The Shoppes at English Village on the Bethlehem Pike. Lot's of ample parking out front, which is always a welcome addition to an Iron Hill experience, since it's sometimes not so easy at some of the other locations. The atmosphere and setup is standard Iron Hill. Large semi-circular bar in the front, with booths on either side and the main dining seating in adjourning rooms to the left and right. The brewery is visible in the left side dining area but I was a little disappointed to see that classic Iron Hill open view kitchen was pretty much obscured from general view by the bar area.

Since this was a special event, the beer selection was a little more ramped up than normal. Besides their normal offerings, they were also pouring a nitro Pumpkin Ale from the Wilmington, DE location, some of Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and a guest keg of Dark O' The Moon, a roasty Pumpkin Porter from Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA. The real highlight though was their new Ichabod Imperial Belgian Pumpkin Ale that was casked conditioned and then served out of a giant pumpkin by head brewer Larry Horwitz. This was a pretty nice touch and really made the event.

The food is always of good quality at an Iron Hill restaurant and they had quite the nice pumpkin infused menu specially created for this event. Both my wife and I started out with cups of pumpkin bisque with roasted pepper and crème fraiche and then for entrés, I had the pan seared filet medallions with pumpkin risotto, wild mushroom saute, and balsamic butter while the wife went with the toasted pumpkin seed crusted salmon with fall vegetable hash, sauteed spinach, and brown butter. Everything was tasty and very well done. Unfortunately, like most of the chain, prices are on the higher side. I think that with us each having some soup, an entrée, a couple of beers, and then splitting a piece of pumpkin pie put our bill somewhere in the mid $80s. Pricey but at least with Iron Hill, you get quality for your money.

Service was very good and prompt. We probably spent about 2 hours there for our meal and even though the place became mobbed, we were never rushed at any time to hurry and finish up. We even had the power go out on us for a few minutes later in our stay (there was a bad storm going on outside) and the servers calmly lit candles and came around to each table to make sure that everyone was OK. A brewpub blackout was a first for us and they handled the situation admirably.

Very solid Iron Hill restaurant here with a good location and a brewing staff that's putting out good beer and seems like they really like to have some fun doing it. We wouldn't hesitate to check out this location again.

Kegatron, Dec 24, 2008
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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, PA
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.