Saison | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale; unfiltered, bright and light-bodied. The yeast gives an earthy, fruity and spicy character with a refreshing finish.

35 IBU

Added by Slatetank on 02-23-2008

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by boelker62:
Photo of boelker62
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a deep straw under a thin little white head. Slight haze on this batch.

S - heavy malt base of grains and straws poking through in a teasing manner. Light floral hops punched through the hops and yeast.

T - the initial hint of sweetness is overcome by the complexity of all the aforementioned aromas. Quite nice.

M - nice little alcohol bite with a slower finish to it.

D - surely, I could session this one, it's just the slight dryness without the depth of the complexity is what has it pull a bit short. Still, solid offereing from IH.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the West Chester location on tap and in bomber at home.

L: pale golden yellow, thick long-lasting head

S: yeasty, Bretty, with lemon citrus

T: full-bodied citrus, bready, malty

F: full mouth feel that finishes dry and refreshing; well-balanced funky-ness

O: enjoyable beer in its style, it is a complete offering that represents the style and has characteristics of white, sour, and farmhouse

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy but still sparkling golden body reveals steadily rising bubbles beneath a short but creamy bright white head that holds well and leaves thin, craggy rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity and sweetish with some phenolics, a touch of earth, and hay-like malt.

It's medium bodied with a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation.

The flavor is yeasty, a touch spicy (just enough to be interesting without clouding the palate), a bit sweet/tart, wheatish, lightly phenolic (bubblegum), and even has a light note of cola. It's backed by a firm, drying bitterness that leads to a dry finish.

It's light and refreshing but still flavorfull and complex.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this recently at a Mugger event held at the brewpub. Poured by head brewer Paul Rutherford in a 10 oz glass via a hand bottled jeroboam.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. A nice layer of solid retention that leaves some big chunks of lacing behind. The aroma is very floral and fruity with notes of spice, tartness, and funky smelling yeasty esters.

The taste is a light tart feel that runs through flavors of citrus, spice, and a underlying malt sweetness. Finishes tart with some light, dry, bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly feel that opens up more in a creamy and slick carbonation towards the end.

Light and refreshing for the most part with a funky profile that doesn't beat you over the head. Drinks well for the size but I think that a full goblet of this would be all that I would need.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/13...champagne bottle picked up from Maple Shade. Pours cloudy hazy rusty yellow gold. Small head of white foam on top. Funky yeasty nose, citrus too. Bright floral lemon taste with a belgian like bitter back. Very clean. Damn good saison.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brassy-orange pour is capped off by a thin, frothy, off-white head that soon disperses without much fanfare or lacing. A near silent visible effervesce is observed.

S: The nose was orangey, with a light supporting cast of apricots. Light to medium in strength with some grainy sweetness backing it up.

T: The flavor was even-toned, a bit of sweet fruitiness up front of wet apricots, oranges, and light sweet mentions from the grain. Some light citra hops come through, which finishes off dry along with some alcohol warming, perhaps a bit more then usual per style. Some wet citrusy nature is vaguely hinted upon mixed in with some dry fruitiness, but was not so much tart as expected.

M: The mouthful produced a nice crispness despite the deceiving low visible effervesce. Definite mentions of some bubbly activity appears on the tongue turning frothy on longer holds.

D: Only the slight alcohol indication hinders thins from better drinkability. Not so much a summer time repeat quencher of multiples as it is in limited quantities. Worthy of a pint or two.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Saison Extra at the Lancaster location (I decided that the 'Extra' was just not enough to warrent a separate entry). Served in a goblet.

A: The saison is a hazy goldenrod color, straw in a glass. A small head blanketed the top of the glass but didn't linger long.

S: Nose is anise, pepper and fruity yeast. As it warms, flowers emerge en masse, sweet and lively.

T: The dryness is evident from the first sip, so much so that it is almost compulsory to take an immediate second sip. Licoricey anise mixes with peppery coriander, creating a peppy taste that is sweet and sharp. The yeast strain and hop profile yield a floral flavor, grassy with fruity finish.

M: A very dry saison, be prepared to quaff it or just order a glass of water too. The anise and pepper are a nice pairing that set the table for the fruitiness at the end of each sip.

D: I enjoyed my glass and would have had another were it not for having to return to work.

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Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hoffma79
4.4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of weeare138
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This saison appeared very cloudy and unfiltered. Small amount of white bubbly foam dissipates within a moment. Medium carbonation coming through this viscous brew. Very little lacing is left.
Smells of tart apple, orange peel, citrus, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Very interesting for sure.
Taste all of the above listing with a semi dry finish and a slightly oily and yeasty feel on the middle of the tongue. Mildy sweet and tart at the same time. Overall, this is maybe a few drinks and done. It's interesting but I wouldn't want to drink this one all night long. I know it is supposed to be of the traditional saison style but compared to many others of the same style, it's missing a little something.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a murky straw and lemon with some delicate orange highlights. The creamy egg shell head left some thin strips of lace behind.

Smells of oranges and bananas with an assertive, organic dryness and bit of French bread.

Tastes of sour dough and popcorn with a big sour lime and green apple that falls into a doughy yeast and grapefruit ring hop that tingle the edges of my tongue.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light tingly carbonation.

This one’s just all right for the style. It tasted so much like IH’s hefe, I had to get a sample of the hefe just to make sure. Although mildly ambiguous between these two styles, it’s still pretty good.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Braddeforest
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent fizzy head.

Nose of light Belgian golden malts and light spices, hint of citrus floral aroma.

Taste has more Belgian malts and light slices, light citrus, sweet almost syrupy, bitter finish, light esters herbal flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice clean Saison flavors, nice malts, light spices.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a very cloudy deep-yellow, not unlike fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had a slightly musty scent, like old paper stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin with a taste of black pepper, clove, and honeydew on the tongue. The finish was bone dry with a peppery after taste. Paul really nailed this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden color with a big white head.

S: A nice lemon peel aroma and a subtle fruity tartness. Pale malt and bread with a few spice notes, too. Quite fruity overall, perhaps even a little bit tropical.

T: The flavor opens up with lots of sweet tropical fruits (guava and pineapple) and lots of citrus such as grapefruit and tangerine. Some bread and pale malts, and a bit of pepper and yeast, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was a really nice saison. Great fruit flavors without having too much spice/pepper to it.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of stageseven
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Duvel tulip.

Ap - Pale straw color, very cloudy, with a 1 finger white head. Kind of low retention on the head, not much lacing in the glass.

Ar - Slightly sweet with a good bit of barnyard. Hay, musk, a little horse, wildflowers, some light citrus notes. It's not overwhelmingly funky but there's a good bit there. This is the kind of smell I just love in a saison.

T - Some bretty funk mixed with some grainy sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness in the back of the mouth adds balance, but seems to be more from yeast than hops. Some fruitiness, maybe apricot? Reminiscent of Saison DuPont in some senses. Little bit of grass/hay as well.

M - Pretty light in the mouth, highly carbonated. Very refreshing and easy to drink for 7%, but not really dry.

O - This saison is pretty solid. I could use a bit more funk and a touch more dryness. It's not the best saison I've had, but it's definitely pretty good, especially for a local brewpub. I'll be finishing off this growler no problem. An easy drinking summer saison for sure.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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