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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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344 Beers
3,615 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 18
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3 W Gay St
West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19380-3010
United States
phone: (610) 738-9600

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillwc

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 30
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

What a hassle getting to this place! I won’t bore you with too many specifics, but we encountered some heavy traffic on the PA Turnpike due to the pouring rain and windy conditions. When we finally arrived in West Chester, we found that three of the main streets were closed due to a Christmas parade (on December 1). A parade on a Friday night? Yup, that’s what I thought too! It literally took us an extra hour to get to Iron Hill due to the traffic and weather.

My wife and I sat at the bar. The place was completely packed, and we were told that there was an hour wait for a table. I watched the bar like a hawk, and we grabbed two spots within two or three minutes. This brewpub boasts a British pub style décor with a nice horseshoe-shaped bar. The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly, but a little forgetful. Had to remind him about drinks twice, but it was extremely busy, so I’ll let it slide. He also gave us free samples of some of the beer we were unsure about, so that was cool.

My first selection was Iron Hill’s seasonal Hopilicious Holiday APA, which was on draught and served in a 16oz. pint glass. It was a nice, hazy orange/rust colored hue with a creamy white head that mostly diminished halfway through. The aroma was fantastic, with a moderate malty aroma combined with nice hoppy notes of grapefruit, perfume and spices. It went well with our cheese plate appetizer. My wife had the Raspberry Wheat, which was excellent as well. It had a nice, light fruity aroma and finish.

As for the food, the cheese plate was fantastic, and included three kinds of cheese, toasted bread wafers, roasted almonds, honey, and a cranberry marmalade spread that was incredibly tasty. Well worth the $12.50, in my opinion. For dinner, I got the hummus, which was also excellent. It included a generous portion of hummus with roasted red pepper garnish, and was served with Calamata olives, cucumbers, diced tomatoes, feta cheese and pita bread. My wife chose their sarsaparilla pizza, which included chicken, bacon, sweet onions, and a tangy root beer flavored barbecue sauce. Both selections were served with good portions and were above average in both taste and value for money.

For our second beer selections, I decided to go with another 16-oz. draught, this time the Ironbound Ale. This very tasty, lightly hopped pale ale was definitely more quaffable than the Hopilicious, and was extremely fresh. While it had only a faint hop aroma, it did have a good balance of malt and hop flavors. The head quickly vanished, but was replaced with beautiful lacing around the glass. My wife went with the Pig Iron Porter, which was a heavy, robust porter with a smoky flavor and finish.

Overall, it was too busy for me to really enjoy and savor the atmosphere. I’d also like to note that the restrooms were very clean and spacious, which was nice. The beer was quite good and the food was fantastic, so I would definitely like to return during a time when they are not quite as busy.

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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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3.96/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

West Chester is not my favorite place in the world. If you like insufferable college hipsters, ditsy biddies, and business lunchers, you won't have a problem, but it's not really my scene. But if you're going to drink some good beer and have some good food, ignore the crowd and come to Iron Hill. In case you didn't know, IH is a mini-chain, but they still make some good quality beer, and each site tends to have something different to offer.

Of the IHs I've been to (not many), I can say the WC location definitely has the best beer selection. I mean, there is a lot of stuff on tap here, and they keep the seasonal selections rotating quite well. Their year-round offerings may not be anything extraordinary to the extreme beer geek, but they're all generally solid, and the seasonals keep things interesting.

Service is fine. Bartenders seem used to very busy crowds, so the bar is well-staffed and everyone is generally on the ball. They do a good job with the food menu here too, and I've never had a bad meal at an IH. Your wallet might be a little on the thin side when you finally leave the place, so just keep track of what you're ordering.

Iron Hill is not so much a "destination," but it's worth checking out for drinks and a bite to eat if you're in town.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.16/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here on a mini bar crawl in West Chester since I've never been here in my 30 years in SEPA.

Iron Hill West Chester is big, just like all the other Iron Hill's out there. I think the Phoenixville location is the smallest by far. Anyway this location has a nice outside large seating area with plenty of room. You don't get that at the Philadelphia location. Inside it;s large and the bar is to the right, with the brewing equipment to the right of that. In view of all the fermenters, vats, barrels and other brewing equipment, nice views. A large u shaped bar with an island of booze within, taps towards the actual bar wood area. 15 taps or so, 2 cask offerings I believe, 1 nitro, No sign of any reserve bottles lying around, and the list confirms that only one is available at the time of this writing, FE15 it's called.

Going forward and to the left a huge dining area with some nice art on the wall. A lot of wooden interior with a modern and semi dark look, outlined with white. The dining area must seat at least 150 easy. To the right of the dining area, a smaller bar, which I guess is reserved for private parties or something. The bathrooms are nice, clean, private and spacey.

The beer list is nice and covers a lot of styles. I went with the Saison Melange, which was so good and I ordered another. Had a IPA as well and that was decent. Iron Hill wins mad awards for it's brewing year round, and with the beer they are serving, it's apparent why. could of went with some of the other offerings although the house beers are all the same from location to location. They offer growlers to go as well, with some reasonable pricing for the bigger and bolder beers.

All in all, I will come back here, every beer I had was great and the bartenderess was friendly and informative. Clean and spacious all around. Never been a fan of Iron Hill's food, so maybe I'll give it a go next time I stop into one.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, PA
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.