Ironbound Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as a medium-bodied American pale ale with significant hop additions. This celebration of American hop varieties includes Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops.

30 IBU

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came a crystal clear brown amber with a frothy, uneven, slightly tan head.

Smelled of pine and nectarines with a light and airy wheat bread dough behind it.

Tasted of a light molasses with a dry note-book paper. Seriously, the taste that kept coming to my mind was that of making spit balls in middle school. Could it be bleach? Who knows. There was some distant pine hop trying to fight it’s way through this, but the note-book paper really drew my attention.

The mouth feel was light and almost watery.

I really doubt this is supposed to taste this way. What happened?

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden orange color that has more of a yellowish tint with golden yellow hues when held t a light sour e and a one finger foam white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lastig ring.

Slightly earth hop aroma with very subtle pine notes and a prominent biscuit malt backbone. Not much of a citrus presence and doesn't smell as hoppy as the description had me hoping for.

Pretty hop forward for a pale ale and much more than the aroma suggested. Nice amount of dry bitterness with hints of earthy pine which is quickly balanced by a nice malt back bone with a prominent biscuit flavor. Slightly floral with a slight earthy straw presence. Well balanced, fuller bodiedtuan expected and a very drinkable session beer. Just don't tell the English!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came with a bubbly, rocky finger of off-tan head with decent retention. Its color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a lightly hoppy bite, very much marking this as an APA. Mouthfeel was medium with the faintly hoppy tang of the style on the tongue. Finish was lightly bitter, but nothing terribly exciting. This could be a good introductory beer for the hops-shy people, but for me, it was fairly pedestrian. Call this review damning with faint praise. Sorry.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

Not too bad. Poured golden-amber with a nice finger of well retaining white head. Piney aroma mixed with toasty malts. Good balance in the taste: pine hops with slight citrus, and toasted malts. Pretty cut and dry. Medium-light body and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Harrisburg brewfest. Appearance: clear, orange-amber, huge, off-white head. Aroma: resin, but not much citrus, but a little bit of grapefruit. Bitter taste and dry, short finish. Pine through the finish. Big carbonation. OK, but not great.

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Photo of afksports
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nothing to improve on the appearance honestly. Amber, crisp, cleanly clear, lovely lacing and nice head. Smell is hoppy, probably 4 c's in here. Nothing special though and some basic malts involved.

Taste is hoppy, pale, and biting. Nice or thestyle, really well composed. Pale ale all the way.

Just not my thing. Drinkable, smooth taste, just... Ordinary.

Uninspired review ends here.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill in Phoenixville, PA. Pours amber with short-lived fluffy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma and taste is of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Finish is long and bitter. On the whole it is a good, well made brew.

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Photo of BigMike
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16oz pint glass. Pretty dark for a pale ale. Dark orange copper. Very clear with about an inch of soapy white head that doesn't linger.
On the nose there's a slight amount of citrus and pine. The aroma is mostly dominated by a bread like caramel maltiness.
Light citrus in flavor a small amount of grapefruit. An almost sugar cookie like doughy taste that finish on the bitter side.
Light bodied and smooth with a bitter finish.
This is an average pale ale. Nothing noteworthy or earth shattering.

Notes: This review is from notes taken on 4-14-10

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored body with a white patch in the center of my beer.Cascade hops are what I smell.Nice and refreshing.Cool lacing left on my glass.Little bitter,very floral tasting,creamy head,nice body.The hop flavor lingers.The malt is very well balanced with this beer and that makes it even more drinkable.I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of praufs01
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper ale with a creamy off white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma - Mild grassy aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Taste - Light citrusy hop flavor with a tart orange zest middle that smoothes out nicely.

Overall - A very sessionable ale that's clean finishing and refreshing.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft Wilmington brewpub on 5/25/14

A-Pours amber with short-lived white head and nice lacing.

S-Aroma is of citrusy hops and caramel malt.

T-Taste is of the aroma but being a little better.

M-Body is medium and crisp. Finish is long and bitter. Good carbonation.

O-Overall an average APA.

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Photo of AltBock
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Media, PA Iron Hill was serving this one on their nitro tap on 5/17/2008 during their beer festival. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

Ironbound Ale poured a lightly hazy golden tangerine orange color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1/2 inch head of white foam. It was one of the creamiest head of foams I've seen on a beer. This creamy head of foam had excellent retention. This head of foam never receded pass the 1/2 inch mark. It stayed the same height the whole time and when I took a sip of the beer, the head of foam would leave behind streaks of white lace. The appearance was eye candy to me! The aroma was light with some pucker grapefruit, a drop of lemon, and ended with a hint of lightly bitter citrus hops. The taste too was light, but not lacking in flavor. The taste featured a slice of grapefruit, a splash of lemon, a subtle hint of toasted malts, and then it finished up with some dried and slightly bitter citrus hops. The mouthfeel was on the light side with a soft aftertaste of grapefruit and lightly bitter citrus hops. I could see myself ordering another one of these. Hell, I would order another one just for the appearance itself.

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Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden amber in color, capped with a dense layer of carbonation that leaves progressive rings of lace down the side of my glass

s: lightly caramelized grain with some subtle toast and biscuit, rounded off with a mild hop aroma of dried citrus peel and pine tea

m: smooth, delicate, and creamy...typically satisfying cask mouthfeel, such a given it almost seems like cheating

t: pale and light caramel malt body, mild earthy hop flavors that impart a brief stroke of grapefruit pith bitterness to the finish, maybe a little uninspiring - but it's got enough flavor to keep me happy and exhibits a great balance

d: could easily put down a few imperial pints of this, just not interesting enough to make a regular choice

10 oz. cask pour, served in a glass skinny at the bottom with a wide flare at the top, at the Wilmington brewpub

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a soft caramel-orange with a bright clarity and a compact creamy smooth ½ finger head, once again despite its small statue was well lasting while leaving a thick full sheet coating down the glass walls. Visible carbonation was extremely soft.

S: The aroma was of fresh pine needles and citrus. A nice strong showing here with sweet grapefruit pulp.

T: The flavor was fresh pine and citrus backed by a good maltiness. The flavor was crisp with a medium dry hop nature. The finish finds a good dry hop essence of citrus flowers that was just enough to appreciate without being overwhelming. Dry with a good deal of maltiness making for a good all around session ale.

M: light-medium bitterness, good with a nice hop lacing. A fuller body would have been more appreciated her.

D: A good everyday ale, adequately hopped making for a good go to beer here.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a small white head. No carbonation rising.

Aroma of hops is dominant with some citrus and light malts.

Taste is quite hoppy, sweet, fruity and some malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a very nice brew. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden amber, light cap of bone froth, decent retention and lacing. Relatively strong piney, floral and citrus hop notes up front before toasty and lightly caramelized malts. Hops bring a quick pine flavor and bitterness to the beer, strong malt backbone toasty and lightly sweet, finishes clean and floral with a touch of citrus. Medium bodied, good carbonation. A nice pale ale with good hop bite and firm malt backbone.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled hand-pulled at the Iron Hill brewpub in Newark.

Poured with a nice copper body and a light hazy head and a bit of lace. The aroma is nice a sweet, with a lot of malt and some decent hops balancing it out. The taste is nice and bitter, with a pleasant fruitiness from the hops that linger. The mouthfeel is very soft and pleasant as well, making for a nice, drinkable session beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served a medium amber colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows some light fruity malt, with some modest hops in the background.
Taste also blends light malt and hop flavors together to form a nice refreshibng beer.
Easy to drink. Would make a nice crossover for the macro drinker.

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Photo of jackorain
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Was at the brewery last night for dinner.

A-dark amber, or even light brown color, crystal clear. Okay, off-white 1 inch head with some staying power. Lacing was near non-existent.

S-Some pine and green hops and carmel malts.

T- this beer is a pleasnt surprise taste wise. Really well balanced, nice pine and green hops lend a moderate bitterness. Very solid malt backbone comes through in the middle, quite malty, biscuit and caramel are the most prominent.

M-light body, nice carbonation

D-very high, an easy session at the bar.

Overall-A really nice stab at the APA style, definitely east coast version with the big malts.

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Photo of kirkhorse
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Wilmington. Smell is of pine and slight citrus. A slightly roasted malt background. Looks great. Good color for the style. Taste is mostly of piney hops and biscuity malt. Resinous mouthfeel, not too much though. Could definately be a session beer. Good job.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on cask last night. I'm a mug club member so I could not see what it looked like until someone by me ordered one. It was a light copper color with a decent off-white head. The smell was hoppy and had a good malt backbone that came through more as it warmed. Good flavor with the hops showing up more than some other cask APAs I have had. Mouthfeel was what you would expect....lighter carbonation and a little on the thinner side. It was served a bit warmer than usual which didn't help things too much. Overall, a good experience that I would do again.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA.

Pours a shimmering, dark gold/amber color with a small, slowly settling off-white head that comes to rest as a thin band on top of the beer. Nicely creamy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass in sheets. Lovely floral and pine hop nose; some lightly toasted malts underneath but mainly a hop-forward aroma.

Taste follows suit; a bready, toasty malt base serves to support and balance the hops without stepping on them at all. Lots of floral and pine notes take center stage, hints of citrus as well but not the predominant grapefruit character noted by drinkers in past years. Perhaps a slight change of hop variety? Finish is dry with a bit of pleasantly lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium body and carbonation; maybe a touch fizzy, but that's being nitpicky. I thought this was an excellent, flavorful pale ale and I'd gladly return to this one in the future.

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Photo of Jarod
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours into the glass a typical amber color for this style. The head was nice and thick and white in color, light lace was on the sides. The aroma had hops and hints of fruit. The taste was just like it smelled, hoppy and light fruity. Nice dry taste to it made it pleasing. Good beer for the style.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served at the bar and cascaded to a frothy white head that floated on top of the red-amber beer. Lacing the entire way down.

S: Obvious notes of citrus especially grapefruit and some pine.

T: Same as above with less bitterness than expected from the strong nose. Well balanced and the cask serving showed how good this beer can be opposed to off the regular tap. I have not rated this beer off the regular tap but would suppose it is at least a half point better in every category.

M: Creamy and delicious with an aftertaste that lingered the entire ride home.

D: This is a beer that I could have pint after pint of.

I am glad to see that Iron Hill has put beer engines in their bars. This will benefit their beer tremendously.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a cask at the Wilmington location.

A: The ale has a brilliant orange/auburn color, bright but hazy enough to warrant mentioning. A thick hand-pumped head, nearly a finger, dries in layers in the glass. A nice sight.

S: The nose is lively, loaded with citrus hops that are accentuated by dry-hopping in the cask. A nice caramel backbone supports the hops.

T: The hops are strong, not IPA strong mind you. They lend a citrus focus that the regular tap version often neglects. The caramel biscuit malts are still present but they have a restrained element.

M: A solid mouthfeel. Beers, especially pale ales like this one, benefit from a cask.

D: A nice session ale that would have sufficed were it not for some more exotic offerings.

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