Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
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ogman from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 14, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant "Bedotter"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 2/28/17 11:11:17 BATCH 1" and sampled on 4/28/17

Notes: Interesting label. It somehow reminds me of Budweiser. And it actually looks a little like Budweiser in the glass with it's golden body and white head that fades readily. The aroma expresses sweetish, sugary golden malt and phenols that are spicy, with a little bit of banana and clove, and just a touch of plastic. The flavor is a bit wider with some wheat and straw to the malt and lots of fruit (red apple, sweetish green apple, soft pear, plum, green banana, apricot, lemon) as well as soft yeast, mineral, a hint of wet-paper mustiness, and a flicker of white pepper passing. It's impressive in its variation, and yet the honeyish sweetness of it kind of holds it back in a bubble rather than letting it out. There's not a lot of bitterness, nor hop flavor, although there is some herbal character to it; and the alcohol presence does lend it something. With that said, it does finish sweetish, but it also dries quickly. The fruit lingers shortly amidst the longer standing honey-herbal mix. Somehow in the end it comes off as a little too soft and smooth at first with lots of sugar and fruit and not enough edge, but if you let it warm a little bit and look for it it's all there. Hmmm... maybe even just a little more carbonation would give it enough of a bite or edge to liven it and thus balance it better? The carb is a little soft, but the body remains at least medium-full if not bigger. Still, a very accessible and enjoyable easy to drink Tripel.

May 02, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

It is Memorial Day weekend and I am trying to get The CANQuest (tm) back on track. I have some prestaged and others that will require triage. This is out of CANtrol! I recently picked up a four-banger of these at IHLNC, my local establishment.

From the CAN: "Brewed naturally with the finest malted barley, hops and yeast. Traditional Belgian-style Golden Ale. The flavor has a unique sweetness that is paired with nuances of fruit and spice attributed to the yeast. 2014 GABF Silver Medal winner. OG: 1.086; Color (Deg L): 39; IBU: 35; Alc.: 9.0% by vol."

I Crack!ed open the pint pounder and CANmenced an inverted Glug that might make others cringe, but I have been doing this for a while. This created two-plus fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course the Gelt Guys - Mammon, Midas, and Croesus showed up for a taste. Thi gives me the opportunity to impart that the stats on the CAN include degrees Lovibond (39), but I do not truck in such measurements. Nose was highly yeasty with notes of black pepper, cotton candy, orchids, old newspaper and peanuts/peanut butter. The latter in no way is meant to suggest diacetyl. Mouthfeel was thin-to medium, light for the style. The taste began like a baseball pitcher's bread and butter: high heat! Phew! Way to bring the booze. Again, the mention of butter should not be CANstrued to suggest diacetyl. This was a very clean ale. It had a very fruity flavor once the initial heat subsided. I was getting green apples, pears, black pepper and a general mustiness that reminded me of a used bookstore. These were all pleasant flavors to me, but I just feel like I am not CANveying it well. Finish was bone-dry. The fruitiness lingered unflinchingly and I was happy about it. However, CAN I recommend it for the beach cooler? Well, if you like being rendered into a stupor so that you CAN fall asleep and awake with a horrifying sunburn, then, yes!

May 24, 2015
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer served in tulip a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a half inch white head. Aroma was of candi sugar, light apricot and banana esters and some touches of clove and spice with a nice semi sweet homemade bread aroma underneath. Some booze on the nose too. Balanced sweet grains and fruit esters with floral and spicy hop notes and more spice from the yeast. Complex in its own right but a easy going beer for its strength which could get one sauced quickly. Light alcohol warmth and a medium body with crisp little bubbles for carbonation. Found this beer to be one of the best I have ever had over the years at this brewpub! Give it a go.

Aug 23, 2016
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

Sep 06, 2014
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oct 18, 2015
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322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 25, 2016
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 01, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 29, 2016
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BigMike from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 01, 2017
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ckollias from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 24, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -9.9%

tap at the Maple Shade location.

Pours a deep clear golden with white suds for a head.

Smells of banana, honey, light grassy malts, and a bit of brett-like yeast.

Honey and rich malts in the flavor, some floral hops with no bitterness.

Full body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Solid effort at a Belgian trippel but ends up being too cloyingly sweet, making it a bit of a chore to drink. It's not bad but it needed more balance, and the hops could have provided this but they are too floral which ends up adding to the overwhelming nature of the beer.

Sep 09, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 21, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, black pepper, yeast. Taste is fruits, malts, spices, a bit on the boozy side. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Sep 03, 2015
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Drknight from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Sep 26, 2014
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mdfb79 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12/23/14 notes. Had on tap at the new location in Ardmore, PA. 4 oz. pour as part of a sampler.

Pours a clear dark golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident. Lots of bananas, cloves, spices, grains, wheat, bread, and apples. Fruity malts. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall one of the better ones I sampled there.

Jan 08, 2015
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mpalestino from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Sep 22, 2014
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George2744 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2015
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Curt3 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 24, 2018
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gr0g from New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Hazy, golden Amber in color. Very poor head formation and retention. Definitely appears under-carbed. Aroma hits all the right notes -- the "slickness" of the Belgian yeast and plenty of fruity esters come through. A bit too much alcohol on the nose spoils things a bit.

Lack of carbonation spoils what could've been a pretty decent tripel. While not flat, the bubbles are so lacking that it detracts from the flavor. And the flavor isn't bad at all -- sweet malty core with super-ripe apple and golden raisins. A bit much in the way of residual sugar and/or not enough hop bitterness.

Iron Hill's Belgian-style offerings are usually very good, but this bottle of Bedotter missed the mark. You might have better luck with carbonation issues by getting this on tap.

Dec 24, 2014
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jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Apr 22, 2017
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 04, 2015
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Bluecrow from New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-clear golden can pour with very little carbonation. Aroma is sugary, ester-y banana and apple. Belgian yeast and sweet fruit (banana, pear, peach) are prominent flavors. The alcohol is detectable but subtle. The finish is more slick than dry.

Jun 21, 2017
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sep 14, 2015
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 18, 2015
Bedotter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 34 ratings