Belgian Pale Ale | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied, copper colored Belgian session ale, brewed with a large dose of English Stryian Golding hops for flavor and aroma.

24 IBU

Added by akorsak on 04-12-2008

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 38
Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tap at the Lancaster Brew pub.

Lighter fizzy head, faint touch of lacing, dark copper brown color.

Nose copper malts, toasty grainy, light Belgian yeast esters, sweet light candy syrup.

Taste some light grassy hops, Belgian yeast light spices and esters, little pale blond malt, little grainy and yeasty.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, smallish head, so-so retention and lacing. Mostly sweet aroma, brown sugar and fruitcake spices, lightly toasted malt, subtle floral aspect. Flavor mostly follows the nose, on the sweet side; malty, again with noticeable spices, clove in particular, and a Belgian candi sugar note. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, lingering sweet aftertaste. Not much in the way of a hop presence, save the very faint floral note experienced in the aroma. Decent enough but lacking in overall depth and interest for me.

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Photo of MsRif
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Iron Hill in Media, PA. Poured a clear orange/yellow color with a nice white head. Had an aroma of yeast, sweet malts and floral/earthy notes. Taste followed the nose for the most part, though I also noticed a bit of a spicy bite to it...definitely a complex and well-balanced brew especially for the style. Incredibly smooth!

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I didn't find this one to be dry...I could definitely stick with this for a session.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured a brassy yellow color, clear, with a small cap of foamy white head that left a bit of patchy lacing on the glass. Smells of pale malts, light yeast and spice, and floral hops. A solid pale malt base in the taste, overlain with a generous amount of floral hops--perhaps more than you'd expect--lemony zest, and a light sensation of yeast. Light-medium body, crisp, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Iron Hill Media.

Poured into a chalice. Pours a coppery, amber color with the omnipotent Belgian yeast aroma leaping out of the glass. The smell also had a hint of sweetness...almost like bubble gum. This masked the underlying maltiness of the beer. Even though the tasting notes mentioned a healthy dose of Styrian hops, I could not detect any hops aroma.

The taste is fruity. Apple, perhaps. It has a little spiciness to it. The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation holds up quite well. I enjoyed a few glasses from the growler and could see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light amber in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: light malt sweetness, some floral bitterness, and yeast are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: mild malt presence with distinct belgian yeast flavor. Some lemon zest, red apple sweetness, and a moderate bitterness make up a nicely balanced ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crispt throughout with some dryness late. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: I found this to be very quaffable. Flavor wise this has enough to keep you interested for a glass or two. Lower alcohol levels make this a nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color. It was served to me with a thin, frothy white cap.

s: Yeasty aromas of fruit, pears and apples, dominate. I also found some herbal, slightly citric hops.

t: Mirrors the smell for the most part. This was quite dry, with strong yeasty flavors and a pleasant hop tickle.

m: Refreshing with a long, dry finish.

d: Really good stuff, this would be even better on a warmer evening.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with a good, foamy finger of slightly off-white head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep amber. Nose was faint with dark fruits - plum, raisin, even some apple. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid dryness in the mouth, like biting into an apple or a pear. Finish was really dry with the pear/apple flavor creating a breathtaking dryness on the finish. An excellent summer beer!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brass-golden orange with a compact creamy bright white head that was ½ fingers high. A virtually silent carbonation appearance makes me wonder how this would affect the nose and flavor hop wise. A nice full sheet lacing coats the glass wall second to none.

S: The nose was as silent as the visible carbonation factor. Light fresh lemon grass was barely distinguishable as well semi-dry citrus that was mostly under appreciated and underpowered. Light scents of caramelized sweet grains dominate here while the citrusy hops are on vacation.

T: The flavor was mostly caramelized sweet grains, evident from the darker nature, absent was the pale grains and citrusy hop nature. More malty sweet then hoppy, and lacked crispness per the silent carbonation. Pale grains would of let the hoppiness shine a bit more here and be more suited per style. Also the yeast strain was from chimay but really didn't add much to the drink. Good for the masses though the discriminatory drinker may find this a bit off and light per style.

m: light, as with most their beers, leaving this stripped off flavor and substance. Ok but more suited for the casual drinker with some light watery aspect here.

D: Easy drinkability only average enjoyment. Not particular to style, lacked the pale crisp and hoppy nature that I have come to expect. More carbonation, pale grains, crispness and hops are needed here.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank on 3.27.09 at Iron Hill in Lancaster.

A good looking beer with a hazy brownish orange color and a nice thick head. however, the head didn't last long at all, but was nice while it lasted. small subtle streams of bubbles rising up along the sides of the glass. smell was definite belgian citrus - but subtle. bready and malty with very little hints of hops. smell was very subdued.

nice crisp taste, nice belgian yeast flavor with a nice malty flavor surrounded by bitter hops. this is a nice tasting mellow pale ale. mouthfeel is nice and balanced but the drinkability is fantastic.

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Photo of roan22
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light goldish color, and clear. Not much retaining head, but nice lace left on the glass.

Aroma is spicy, kind of fruity, kind of sweet like a belgian blonde.

Taste is great, nice mingling of belgian yeast with a fruity hoppiness..adds balance and a touch of bitterness. Also a rich spiciness, and I'm not sure what that is attributed to.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: finishes clean. Drinkability is very high..not too strong or sweet. I was eating lettuce wraps and the beer went perfectly with them.

This is my second favorite beer Iron Hill brews [behind the saison xtra].

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

On cask at the IH Lancaster

A-Hazy yellowish-copper with lighter amber highlights. A nice fluffy off-white head.

S-Center stage to the Belgian yeast giving that telltale fruity quality. A bit of citrusy hop nose in the background. Nothing is pungent though, a bit muted overall.

T-Lovely dry fruitiness with an afterkick from the citrusy hops. Nothing to aggressive in the hops...this is certainly showcasing the yeast. Just enough hops though to remind you that this is a "pale ale" and to complement the yeast flavours.

M-Medium-light body with a nice dry, crsip astringency. Quite refreshing.

D-Nice take on the style. Good flavour without going over the top. A solid effort for sure. Wont shy away from this if it is on the board again!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with thin white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of yeast, dark fruits, spices, and pine. Taste is sort of weak, of fruit, clove, peppercorn, and a dry pine finish. Only once it warms up does the yeast and biscuit flavors come out. Medium light in body with solid carbonation. Very spicy and dry at first, better when the grain comes out.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold at the brewpub in Lancaster in a standard pint.

A - A medium amber w/ tarnished gold highlights and a 1/2 inch of bone white cap that settles to a sliver of white that attaches streamers of lace to the glass.

S - Nutty and spiced w/ a belgian yeast scent and toasted malt w/ a subtle herbal hop odor

M - Medium light, slight biscuit grainy note w/ a full dry essence and plenty of carbonation - prickly on the tip of the tongue

T - Very subtle malt breadiness w/ a gassy quality from the generous effervescent feel w/ a flavor of red peppercorn and hints of bready yeast w/ a nice accent of herbal tea and slight vegetal hop w/ earthy notes. The crisp malt has a hint of roasted and slight yeast funk, but barely.

D - A very easy ale to enjoy - good for 82 degree weather like today. I am pleased w/ a fine belgian offering from my local Iron Hill, they should add this or another belgian to the lineup full-time. They have a very decent and drinkable BelPale here.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler glass served at the Lancaster location.

A: The ale is a crisp, visually stunning ale. The copper color, muted with some orange highlights. There is no sign of any imperfections.

S: The nose is dry, strong on Belgian yeast strains that impart a pleasant fruitiness.

T: Amazing what yeast can do, those little unicellular beasties. The ale has a pronounced dry fruitiness, showcasing lots of dark alefruits, plums and dates. And to think all those flavors come from the yeast? I am stuck on amazing.

M: The dry taste of the ale does not disappoint, nor does the array of flavors produced within.

D: A pleasant take on the style, lots of flavor packed into the pint glass. Another Belgian notch for Iron Hill Lancaster.

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Photo of DrJay
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tight, creamy, bright white foam that showed great head retention and produced solid lacing, even rings at each sip. The beer itself was a hazy amber colour. Aromas were of cloves, floral hops, lemongrass, and delicate malt. Spicy flavour with clove and lemony citrus, quite fruity with mild malt sweetness and floral hops. Light bodied, especially towards the end, with creamy carbonation that stayed lively until the end. A solid beer, quite easy drinking. Nice work!

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white head that seems to fade out quickly. Little spots of lacing quickly slip back down the glass and into the collar.
Smell is of honey, bubblegum, light caramel, light spice, mild bready yeast.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a definite Belgian strain that is subtle and flavorful.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, gently spiced, and smooth in the finish. Well done.

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Phoenixville: This had almost no head whatsoever. It poured a cloudy, dark caramel color. The nose is caramel, spicy and somewhat sweet. The taste is quite good. There is some smokey peat, caramel and roastiness flavors. The finish is slightly sweet. Very Good!

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Belgian Pale Ale from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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