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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

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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 ZagZagg
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful carbonation that rushes through a rich amber beer producing a white two finger head that sticks around. Lacing is a bit frothy and the viscosity seems light.

S: A lot of hops up front with bitter notes of pine and fresh wood, light citrus fruits are present, but tame. Very similar to an IPA with the hop presence, brings an earthy aroma that is quite pleasant.

T: Good, fresh and refreshing. The taste is floral and a bit like pine or maple wood with muted citrus presence that results in a crisp bite. Picking up a bit of honey with light almost hidden malt/barley profile that plays nicely with the suppressed citrus. Subtle fruit notes lurk in the background and impart desirable sweetness that offsets the initial bitter hoppiness, orange peel, lemon zest, and mango.

M: Light carbonation – medium to light bodied with a suitable viscosity. Boasts the characteristics of a dry finish without the actual manifestation. After taste is a sweet derivative that isn’t over powering

O: A real solid choice for Iron Hill house beer. Light, tasty, and easy drinking – I’ll have no problem drinking this entire growler in one sitting. Drinks like a lighter IPA, but without suffering any flavor dilutions. This is go-to for any visit to Iron Hill.

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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 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 kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Wilimington, DE location brewpub.

A: single finger head on a golden with amber brown hues clear body.

S: foral hops and caramel malts.

T: vry nice balance with the hops and malt. The hops provide earthy and floral note profile.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: again, a nicely balanced and highly drinkable APA. not an exceptional or particularly memorable beer but still nicely crafted.

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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 Jamesthebrit
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red. Interesting color for an ale I suppose.
S: Floral, light.
T: A great showing of hop bitterness balanced with a subtle sweetness. It was smooth and really a great showing for an ale which I'm usually not a fan of. The amount of bitterness was really present which I appreciated.
M: Sat well. A little bubbly.

Overall a good showing. It was really smooth and showed that it had great attention payed to it. One of the best ales I've ever had.

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

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a golden light hazy color with a bit of head

Nose has some light earthy and floral hops, light sweet malt backbone.

Taste brings more of the floral hops, hint of earthy and fruity hops, a nice hit of cascade and light spicy centennial hops, citrus, light sweet malts. Drier finish with a good kick of bitterness and spicy hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice clean hop forward APA, nice hop profile too and doesn't try to be an IPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Presented in a standard pint glass, nice 1" thick, dense off white head, color is dark straw to golden, nice carbonation. The action during settling from the nitro is great and presents well in this brew.

Smell is solid biscuity malt with just enough hop presence to keep it in check.

Taste is very balanced, nice biscuity bready malt flavor and solid hop bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is just right, I think the nitro tap serves this brew very well to keep it in balance with stronger bready/biscuity malt notes.

Overall, I really enjoyed this brew great malt/biscuit mix and just enough hop presence balance it out. The nitro tap works very well for this type of brew, only downside is it almost seems out of style for APA as the hop aroma is somewhat underdone.

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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 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 Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Iron Hill Media, standard pint glass

A - finger of creamy just off-white foam, falls with a thick coating of lace downt he glass. the beer is on the darker side of gold.

S - pleasant slightly floral, grassy hops with a handful of wet pine needles thrown in...muted grainy and lightly sweet malts.

T - stonr and bitter...hops come out grass-heavy with some more subtle citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes. lightly sweet caramel and toasted malts underneath, but this is hop-heavy and very nice.

M - light body with moderate carbonation, slightly oily and slick

D - really nice, this would get many pours from me if available...great bright fresh hop flavors and everything else to go along with it. drinks like a solid IPA on the lighter side. well done.

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Photo of SteveTheDragon
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber in color with a full to medium bodied head.

S - Smells of fruity-light floral hops.

T - Well balanced of hops and malts. Nothing is over powering. The flavor is great, a perfect dinner beer.

M - Smooth, well hopped. Slightly carbonated.

D - Clean finish. A perfect beer to relax and drink.

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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 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 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 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 mempath
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

just had a pint at the Media site and decide to get the growler.

of course, i just polished off the massive Hopilicious so this isn't in the same league, nor does it pretend to be.

came to me with a huge head that would settle fast enough...decent lacing. a nice malty aroma that is sharp, perhaps helped by the hops. definitely an APA. taste is actually maltier than expected, but the hop bitterness is really right there, just enough to keep it very balanced. the carbonation is just right, keeping it crisp and creamy all at once. it equals to being an extremely drinkable beer to be done in a session and/or with a burger or about any appetizer at Iron Hill. sippable and quaffable. this is a brew for all tastebuds. it is what it be.

well done! but i prefer the abusive Hopilicious....i don't care that it is almost $20 a growler!...:)

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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 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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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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear amber color topped by a modest head that looked great initially, but quickly dissipated without leaving much lace

Smell: Predominantly grapefruit, with a biscuity element underneath

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a growing grapefruit bitterness by mid-palate; very fruity after the swallow with a dry, slightly woody finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very easy to drink APA, which verges on IPA territory; clearly very fresh

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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 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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