The Cannibal | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Golden Ale brewed in tribute to one of the world’s greatest cyclists, Eddy “The Cannibal” Merckx. Light in color and medium -bodiedy but complex in flavor. Unique Belgian yeast imparts notes of spice and tropical fruit.

30 IBU

Added by NeroFiddled on 07-22-2005

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ByTor2112
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sis and Brother-in-law for this one!
Poured up a slightly hazy pale-yellow, almost gold color.Lots of bubbles rising. Nice rocky off-white head.
Aroma-grassy, yeasty, some tart fruit.
Mouthfeel-Very carbonated with a prickly champagne feel on the palate. This is a solid Belgian, tastes more like a Blonde. Sweeter with some mild hop flavors. This is very tasty. Grassy with some fruit flavors-apple maybe? Finishes clean. This was my first offering from Iron Hill, very enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body with an orange cast is topped by a short head of bright white foam that fades readily to a thin collar and leaves little more than a few spots of lace about the glass.

The nose is limited, but offers fruit, yeast, a touch of spicy alcohol and an occassional whiff of light vanilla.

The body is medium; and it's lightly crisp and alcohol-smooth across the palate.

The flavor is straightforward malty and yeasty, with fruit, spice, and alcohol. It's not quite as tropical as a Piraat or Biere du Bouchaneer; but it's not as hot either. Nor does it have the sweetness or candy character of so many examples. And it's not as yeasty and intense as say, a Heavyweight Lunacy. It's clean and nice, but kind of lack-luster. It finishes as it began... dry, spicy, and alcoholic with some lingering fruit.

It's enjoyable, and recommended, but not one of their best offerings.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12/21...pours very cloudy and murky. Pale white/pink gold. Heavy white foam, quite sticky. Fruity esters, bubblegum notes. Yeasty. Fruity flavors. Some citrus. Bright & floral. Subtle peppery background. Complex Belgian flavors, quite good.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the reigning 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 yeast, light fruits. Taste is malts, alcohol, mild fruits. Feels medium bodied in mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit on the boozy side for my liking.

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

A: Poured an orangey-brass, similar to their saison with a frothy, thin, bubbly covered head resting atop. Visible carbonation was slow and steady, following a slow leisure pace in single file fashion. Retention was short, dissipating in the first minute lapsing to a pathchy covering.

S: Tangerines on the nose are mixed with some Belgian candy sweetness. The hop strength was well refrained with only some spiciness peeking out at times, but really made you work for it.

T: Sweet, dry and alcohol fueled probably best sums this up, perhaps a bit more so then its 7.5% label leads to believe. Things are wrapped up by some dry tropical fruitiness, oranges, Belgian candy sugar and a bit of dry but spicy citra hops.

M: Lax mouthful with only the slightest indication of effervesce. Some spiciness on the fade and swallow of dry oranges and some alcohol mentions.

D: Alcohol seems to be or at least appear to be, a bit higher then advertised, finishing with a dry bite and feel. Definitely worth a gander on your next visit but wouldnt make a special trip.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle that I picked up at the Lancaster restaurant.

A: The ale is very duvel-esque, a pale straw color, not too terribly light, with a crystal clear body. A finger of head has left patches of lace.

S: Candi sugars and pale malts drive the nose, with spices and mild hoppiness along for the ride.

T: The first sip is a bit of a letdown, sweet but not too powerful or deep. Candi sugars mix with anise to create a pungent flavor. Citrus flavors, orange in particular, come through with a sweetness that nearly overpowers. Pepper adds a redeeming flourish near the end of the sip but overall the flavor remains flat and unpleasant.

M: The mouthfeel has it moments, times when the flavor coalesces into a solid Belgian ale. Most of the time though it won't get its act together, too bad.

D: Pretty hefty for a mediocre brew.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MmmIPA
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden,yellow with a clear body.No head and some nice carbonation.Banana,spice,coriander and belgian yeast in the nose.Taste as it smells,very strong taste,yeasty in all aspects.Goes down smooth,the abv is up there so go easy with this one.I think some age on it would help.Good beer none the less.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as part of a random box the other week. Not sure why I decided to grab it out of the fridge last night, but just went ahead with it. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/27/2009.
The pour was bright, very hazy and cloudy with a golden hay color to it. Large head of white then rose up and over the top, settling down gently but not before depositing a good bit of lacing down the sides of the glass which stayed with it throughout the session. In addition there were very active streams of carbonation that were rippling up towards the surface throughout, giving it a very carbonated and very lively look to it. Aroma is light, hints of pears, light tart apples and loads of grape skins coming at me all at once. Warming brings out light grain notes as well as a nice touch of light grass. Flavor is light, very tight and well put together. Tons of carbonation here as it bubbles up towards the surface, pricking the tongue and rushing across the palate with loads of fine bubbles. Crisp and clean with a nice balance between grainy flavors and light tart fruit notes. Nice dry finish with no hint of ABV at all.
Overall a very solid, and very drinkable Belgian. Reminds me of Duvel at times, but other times just a nice, lightly tart pale ale. Was very enjoyable with dinner and would not mind seeing this one come around again.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Philly BA Gathering...
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head and tiny bits of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary candy sugar, orange peel, with hints of vanilla, caramel, and clove coming through with the Belgian yeast.
Taste is a sugary blast of Belgian yeast with subtle fruit and apple flavors swirling around.
Mouthfeel is mildly thin, with the candy sugar, and orange peel hanging on and making for a dry finish.

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Photo of kernalklink
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew on reserve at the Wilmington location. Poured a light cloudy orange with some yeasty haze, and a bubbly head. Great aromas- fruity belgian yeasts, slightly spicy notes and a good amount of malt. Not as overpowering as pure euro strong ales in the fruity characters, but the sweetness is definately there. Nice spice characteristics, warming allspice and alcoholic vanilla. Very light bodied, making it too easy to drink a growler by yourself. Great stuff.

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Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For a long time, the only way to get Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant beers for takeaway were to fill growlers or buy their massive corked & caged bottles, neither of which were CANducive to my purposes. I am glad to see them beginning to make the CANsition over to CANs & it will be even better if they get a Crowler machine in there.

From the CAN: "A golden Belgian-style ale. Its complex flavors and dry finish are accented by a nose of tropical fruit and dry spice." The label seems inCANgruous since the beer is named for Eddie "The Cannibal" Merycx, a Belgian bicyclist and has nothing to do with scuba diving.

The Crack! produced a light spray across my fingertips and since it came in a pounder 16-fl. oz. CAN, I did not feel like CANducting anything more than a gentle Glug. Once I had acCANplished this, I gave it a swirl to raise a finger of foamy, eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas. Nose was both fruity and musty. It smelled of bananas, tangerines and toasted coconut along with a bundle of old newspapers found up in the attic after many years. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, but the low carbonation made it seem kind of thick and full on the tongue. The taste was an odd admixture of banana, pineapple, tangerine & coconut along with that yeast-driven mustiness that I caught on the nose. It wasn't bad, per se, just very different from what I both expected & remembered. I am sure that I had it on-tap at one point over the years. Finish was very dry, thanks to the yeast having really done its job. Phew! That may be my last for the evening.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden with minimal head that falls to a ring atop the beer and spotty lacing.

S: Sweet and yeasty in the nose with a bit of pepper and orange peel.

T: Pepper and spices, candied orange peel, and some slight yeasty funk and a bit of tartness.

M: A little effervescent tingle with a crisp dry finish.

D: Better than average drinkability but not much. The alcohol is well hidden, however. This is something that I would like to see get oaked.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vickster529 and sholland119 for a 750 ml of this. I have been sitting on it for a little while.

A-Bright, clear, golden yellow with a thin white head. Head hangs on fairly well and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Sharp and spicy yeast notes with hints of black pepper and cedar. Light notes of orange rind and sweet biscuit malt.

T-Blast of spicy Belgian yeast that comes of rather peppery. Pleasant backing of bitter, citrus orange rind and lightly sweet honey malt. Not overly complex but the flavours work well together.

M-Medium-light bodied, quite crisp and dry. Spicy notes linger on and on.

D-A totally solid, light, dry and crisp Belgian spice bomb. A very refreshing and drinkable brew. Will certainly seek this one out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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