Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
BEER AVG
3.85/5
Based on:
376 Beers
1,557 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 34
Visits: 54
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

30 E State St
Media, Pennsylvania, 19063-2904
United States
phone: (610) 627-9000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ironhillmedia

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Reviews: 34 | Visits: 54
Reviews by Dennycurr:
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2.55/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

OVER-FRIGGIN-HYPED!!

I was so revved to go to this joint, after reading the website.

I am basically only a drinker of Belg/Germ, beers, but these Belg-Style beers nowadays, made in the good ol',U-S of A, have expanded my horizon. Because of such things---I look forward, now, when I experience a new place with good American micro-brews. There have been great steps to make the usual bs American beers into great Belg/Style beers. Many times----succeeding.

Let me tell ya about the Iron Hill Brewery/Restaurant...

What is offered...and what is presented, (at least on my occasion), were 2 diff things.
The website boasted so much.
The actual result was not close to the promise.
In March, one was promised in the Iron Hill seasonals---2 Belgian Style Saison's.
Was only 1 and it was a Budweiser-ish 5%. Was also supposed to be a Belg/Triple, there, but that was not there either,, (On tap that is--More on that later). I had a few of their standard micro brew beers...but....none of which I had hoped for. The website lied.
Had to settle for a "Real Boy" and had "Hopilicious". They sort of tasted the same and had that very, micro-brewed taste and after taste, if you get my drift. They, were....OK. Weren't anything to write home about. BUT...were opk.
Also had a India Pale Ale. That also...was a boringly---ok.

Now----the service...

I looked at the beer menu....and was astounded they only had about 15 choices.
With only a half a handful over the B/M/C, Alc %'s, of 5%. I lump the 5.2%, 5.3%, etc...in with that.
I asked the waiter, "Is this, really----all you have in beers?. He said..."Yes".
Then---I asked..."On the website it said you have a bunch of other beers---on reserve. Was that wrong?" The waiter said---"Oh yeah..., we have reserves but...they are in bottles".

????!!!!...Wtf...!!!???

Not only were they on reserve---but they were actually on another menu! A menu, I wasn't privy to, until I asked. In fact---if I didn't ask---I would never have known they even had this reserve. Not only that---but..THAT particular menu had the beers I wanted. 1 in particular, was, the Russian Imperial Stout. I never had one and was seeking one out.
I'm thankful I read the website 1st.
Well....the Iron Hill, had the Russian Imperial..
But...
It was warm!
I told the guy I didn't want it warm & had another choice ...and that was the Belg/Triple that was supposed to be one of the March, Belg-Seasonal choices on draft. I was ok with it in the bottled reserve tho.
They told me---it ALSO was warm.

Amazing!

In any case---I had the Real Boy and the similar Hopilicious and a India Pale Ale. As I said above, they were all...sigh...fine.

What this place had going for it was, fresh beer but nothing on draft that was, of good Belg stock. Then....when I went to the, "secret", reserves, (so to speak)....none there that were cold. I went away very let down.

Words to the wise---
Do not go expecting to have a bunch of beers to choose from. Diff beers?---yes.
GOOD diff beers?----it looks like it's a crapshoot.
And---if you want the reserves---beware. Unless---you like warm.

Den (3,114 characters)

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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Large restaurant, brewery on a city street with a small parking lot beside. Large bar and lots of tables & booths. Very large & varied menu & a dozen beers on tap ( six house & six seasonal). Large screen TVs with local sports on. Loud room, but didn't interfere with conversation. Very busy. I'd imagine it could be tough to get a seat once everyone is back from the shore!

Food was good - much better than typical pub grub. Enjoyed two ultimate warrior ipas & my friend did a Belgian dubbel followed by a black ipa (Hey, Henry). We both finished with a white ipa (American wheat ipa with Belgian witbier yeast). Beer was quite good, properly served and thoroughly enjoyed. Service was very attentive and quick. A very pleasant dinner.

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Photo of Dcunicelli
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

This is a nice place to drink a few while with the family. Food is chainy fare with a ton of salt. The Media site is friendly and always super busy. Prices are reasonable. Burgers are your best bet.

The beer can be very good to fair. The brews brewed specifically for this location / by this location outshine the beers brewed at any of their other locations. Their head brewer is a gregarious and knowledgable man who, when given enough leeway, can brew a great and tasty brew. (480 characters)

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, PA
90 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.