Kryptonite | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by woodychandler on 05-29-2008

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my first big trip to iron hill this place gets a ton of awards for their beers i had to go check it out

this one came highly recommended so i ordered it up, it came out with a little head on it seemed kind of flat at first

aroma was outstanding though huge citrus nose and also lots of spices and pine trees and big flower aroma real yummy and persuasive

taste was a disappointment though it just lacked that extra character i felt it fell short at the end it was a let down in that sense it starts out with a huge citrus entry then in the end no malt to back anything up

overall a good beer still but i feel the captain larry one i had was much better looking forward to some of their other beers

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the drawbacks of this mug club is not being able to see what you're drinking. The top of this beer looked good, though. Aroma is very similar to regular Krypto; big hop nose, maybe a little more flowery. The soft, wonderful mouthfeel of this beer is remarkable; alone worth the price of admission. Flavor is very nice, maybe with better balance than the tap version. A great product and indicative of what a handpull beer can be. Folks, this one won't be around very long - check it out !

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had Saturday evening at Iron Hill in Newark, DE. Poured into a shaped glass, it comes out a clear amber color with a smallish white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is intensely hoppy, nice pine and citrus here, very typical DIPA aroma. Flavor wise it is very solid, big blast of bitterness all around, this is definitely a higher IBU beverage. Hops are pretty citrusy, bitter, slight earth, decent amount of pine. Solid 9% malt backbone tries to bring in some sweetness but it's no use.

Overall I was expecting a malt bomb, but this is a really nice hop-forward DIPA from this brew pub. Recommend!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prdstmnky
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of mikey711
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alan for hooking me up with this growler!

A: Deep orange with a fluffy white head, good carbonation levels and nice lacing left behind.

S: Very big hop presence, some sweet melon and mango notes very prominent upfront. also some hints of mango and pineapple as well. minimal sweetness

T: Sweet mango, citrus and melon notes upfront, mild bitterness with a bit of a pine note in the finish. A mild sweetess is present provided a slight amount of balance

M: No alcohol present and it has a nice googy feel

D: This is a really nice DIPA overall with a ton og citrus notes which is what i prefer. the hops burst mostly in the nose and while very present in the taste they do not pop as much in the taste. Still one of the better overall DIPAs out there that i am extremely please to have tried.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on cask via handpump at the brewpub on 8/21/08. This was a special cask reserved just for members of the Mug Club.

Pours a hazy dark orange/amber with a couple fingers of huge, foamy vanilla colored head. Retains nicely with at least a 1/2 finger of thick froth that naturally leaves big, sticky, hop lacing all down the sides of the mug. Much like the draft version, the aroma is once again OMG! Huge resinous pine in the nose, along with tangy citrus notes, spice, and some sturdy sweetness behind it. Maybe also just the tiniest waft of heat in the nose as well.

The taste is much more mellow than it is on draft but still provides a pungent mix of resinous pine, juicy citrus, and just enough caramel malts to help reel things in before they become too much. The bitterness and citrus just puckers the tongue and lingers. I love it! The mouthfeel is mellow and creamy with a carbonation that is much smoother than it was on draft, where it had a bit of a prickle to it.

I didn't think that it was possible to love this beer anymore but I was glad to be proven wrong! The cask conditioning just softens the overall profile in almost every aspect, allowing an amazingly drinkable beer to become smoother and even more quaffable. This was a real treat for us Mug Clubbers and I thank head brewer Paul Rutherford for providing it to us.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of dfclav
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at iron hill maple shade 7/2. This batch was listed at 9% ABV.

A - poured a very deep copper/orange with a fairly small 1 finger head. Lacing wasn't as much as i'd hoped for as it just left very thin patchy spots throughout the glass.

S - this is an intensely hop-forward beer. An almost overwhelming amount of citrusy hops combine with rich pine. Very rich caramel smell sits on my tongue and makes my mouth water even before taking a sip.

T - rich tropical fruits with candi sugar and pine all the way throughout this beer with a very aggressive hop bite. This beer isn't for rookies. A complex breakdown of flavors the longer it sits. The beer is held together very well by the malt character, which in no way becomes a mess at any point even though it seems like it'd break down faster then it did.

M - not a heavy mouthfeel for a dipa but not light. I'd put it at medium bodied, slightly on the heavier side. Carbonation level is perfect. Hop resins provide a very pleasing, sticky finish.

O - reading the menu and seeing they had this on tap was an awesome bonus from getting a day off while family watched my twins. The menu noted that 5 pounds of hops were added per barrel so I knew I was going to be in for a palate assault. I was not disappointed in any way. This beer is the best thing to come out of iron hill that I have tried and fans of dipa's need to track this one down.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the release. From a mug club mug.

A: The DIPA, thanks to the plethora of pints around me, is a golden brown color, the sheen of a slightly worn penny. Translucent with a steady stream of bubbles supporting a a white head. Lacing, even in my mug, is apparent.

S: Oh the hoppiness! Won't someone think of the children? Citrusy and oily, the hops are ample and long-lasting. Carrying a decent amount of boozy head, they don't run amok. Instead, the aroma is reasonably balanced with caramel malts in support. Oh, the oils are good though.

T: More oily hops backed by a well-balanced caramel malt base. The hops lead off, as they are wont to do, with a bang. Thick, oily citrus with grapefruit and pineapple signifies the strength of the hops. They coat my mouth with zesty heat (truth be told, the stuffed jalapenos were too much for even this beer), bitter and syrupy. The caramel malts shocked me by standing up to the hops, resulting in a well-balanced ale that still manages to pack a punch. Delightfully bitter with a citric oily taste that remains forceful throughout.

M: The mouthfeel is lush and tropical, a focus on the resiny goodness of citrus-flavored hops. Plenty of malt (and booze) follow in the wake of the hops. A very engaging DIPA, worth camping out (figuratively) at IH Lancaster for the release.

O: Plenty hoppy and oh so sweet. I'm gonna need some more soon.

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Photo of naproxen
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a growler of this from HopHead101 for Growling at the Moon and killed it without issue last night all myself. I may feel like ass this morning, but I also won $10 from BeerTruth who said I couldn't kill it solo and make it in to work on time. Sucker.

The pour was beautiful, the head was big and white atop a clear, medium amber/orange body. I haven't had a beer look that nice in a glass in a bit. The smell made me shout out "Pliny!", it was almost exactly the same profile with the sticky pine of the hops hitting first, followed by a heavy dose of citrus that makes your mouth pucker before even taking a sip.

Kryptonite is a hop bomb with class. The hops attack your pallet and coat the mouth, yet the slightly sweet caramel of the malt comes to save the day at the finish. It is dry without causing cotton mouth. Also, 9% what? You know it is 9% at the end of the first pint only by your buzz, it is not present at all in the taste. That is an awesome.

Iron Hill always exceeds my expectations, at all of their locations. This DIPA is no exception, it may become my new favorite DIPA and definitely my favorite Iron Hill brew. It is exactly what I look for in a DIPA, hop overload with character. That is a combo not easily achieved in a successful fashion by many who attempt it.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler to snifter. Thanks to LIVEFAST for securing this one for me at the Lancaster location. Sampled 6/2/11.

A: Audible on the opening of the plastic, twist off lid of the growler. Filled to the top. Literally. A long lasting, 2 finger frothy/foamy head, off-white in color. The body has a slightly hazed mid-value orange hue.

S: Absolutely bursting with hop goodness. Resin, pine and tangerine. A small touch of caramel from the malts. A wonderful yeast selection, rather neutral to let the hops shine, but maybe a hint of soapiness.

T: Citrus flavor is present, but tropical fruit flavor is the theme. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine & lime zest. Long lasting flavor. The non-descript malt foundation provides the right amount of sweetness and is matched perfectly by the firm bitterness at the back end.

M: Medium-full, approaching thick. A minerally quality to the texture, yet the mouthfeel manages to remain smooth. I suspect this score would have been even higher if it were a draft serving. (The growler sat for several days before I was able to tackle this monster by myself. If there was ANY drop-off in other departments, I'd be surprised since, as you can see, there is very little room for improvement here.)

O: This beer is dangerously drinkable and good enough to be an everyday double IPA. There is nothing tiresome about this one at all, a rare quality for this style in my opinion. Already awaiting next years release...

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Photo of ububru
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from my most recent growlin at the moon. I cracked this one open on Easter to share with the fam, but killed most of it myself. Served cold, this one was consumed on 04/12/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber in color with lots of orange highlights. This was a beer drinkers DIPA for sure. Big head of white towered over the top and only settled down slightly into a thin film across the top. The aroma was loaded with piney hops. Huge notes here of deep resin and hints at a buttery, biscuit like mid palate were prominant. Full medium body here with a lots of carbonation and a smooth mellow like coating on the tongue. Long drawn out finish here with the most mellow of touches on the final taste.

Overall a very solid and very big IPA. I would have no issue at all with serving this one all the time. Rich, full and loaded with flavor we have a winner here.

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Photo of largadeer
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Centennial. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours a shade of pale gold, surprisingly light and clear, decidedly West Coast style. Two fingers of lasting, frothy head cap the body.

Smell: A ton of citrus, primarily pineapple and tangerine. There are lesser notes of marijuana, cut grass and pine. The sugar cookie malt backbone becomes more noticeable as it warms, though it remains faint. This smells great.

Palate: Juicy, ripe tangerines and pineapples up front. Lightly sweet and sugary, with a clean and crisp light body. Becomes a bit more herbal and resinous mid-palate. The finish is wonderfully biting and bitter, certainly more intense than most West Coast DIPAs, but it never feels excessive. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all beyond a bit of warmth in the swallow.

Overall: Such an excellent beer. I can't believe this stuff is coming out of PA - it tastes like a Pizza Port DIPA. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster, this past Friday 5/27 on the official Kryptonite release day. Half mug (12 oz) poured into a mini chalice type of glass.

A: Wow, if there is a picture perfect beer to look at for an IIPA, Kryptonite epitomizes it. A bit of haze probably from the cold but generally clear. A blending of golden/copper/bronze tones in the body all finished with a ridiculously creamy white head. The retention is spot on, as is the sticky lacing all over the glass. Absolutely killer.

S: Citrus, pine and oily hop notes erupt from the glass. Luckily, there is a nice malt base here, smells of a caramel, to balance out this blast of hops. Even for a hop-head like myself this could easily use some more balance rather than being an abuse of hop aromas. Still, very good and what this beer is about, it seems.

T: I was getting really big sappy, piney notes initially in the taste without much backing to showcase any of the other hop flavors. As this warmed a bit, the malt base came through more, as did some citrus hop notes. Pineapple and grapefruit are easy pickers with a slight touch of lemon zest carrying into the finish.

M: Very creamy, sticky though a bit dry in the finish. This doesn't have the through and through mouth feel like other "world class" IIPAs have.

I'm pretty impressed with the one-offs coming out of the Iron Hill Lancaster location as of late. While I don't think this one tops the charts for IIPAs, it definitely is deserving to hang with the big boys. It's not sitting atop the mountain yet but a little more fine tuning could easily set this up for bigger things.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.98/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was at an Iron Hill in Horsham, PA located in a strip mall near some funky-looking apartments. Had to wait forever to get served at the bar, but warmed up to the place. Ordered a growler of "kyptonite" to go and enjoyed it back at the hotel.

Poured into a room temperature highball glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Nice looking beer, better than average head. Golden in color, but with a deeper gold than many mega-beers. Carbonation bubbles popping up all over the beer, lots of little bubbles.

-Smell 2.5: Very little bouquet to this beer. I do smell hops, but also a very pronounced alcohol smell. Intimidated? Not me!

-Taste 3.0: Good, but not exceptional. Hops all over the place, but there is also a pronounced metallic taste that I found off-putting. No amount of ABV could make it go away. Also, that alcohol smell? It heralded an alcohol taste in the finish. However, the beer is tasty. If you let the ABV take you away.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Watery, but with a bubbly, flat champagne type of carbonation. Carbonation in this beer is strange; CO2 perhaps?

-Overall 3.0: Average IPA. Lots of hops and lots of hype from the server, but ultimately not that fantastic. You do need to watch out for the over the top ABV; this is not a brew to tip back and try to drive home. That is, unless, you live in the funky apartments in Horsham and in that case you should just walk home.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler to Portsmouth glass on 5/16/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to IrishColonial for the hook-up --

Filled at the Wilmington, DE location

A: Clean orange amber. A generous pour yields a pale white two finger head. A thick collar and solid lacing follow.

S: Hop pellets. Juicy, tropical hop pellets. A ton of fruit overwhelms the nose. This beer gives off a major West Coast vibe from start to finish.

T: Bitter, juicy and dry as hell. I get a little bit of malt on the mid. The finish is piney, the kind of hop influence that seeps through the pores on your face for hours. Again, it's bone dry even on the finish, moreso then I typically prefer on a DIPA like this.

M: Pleasant stuff. Good, complex texture. A bit too bubbly, but it in no way keeps it from being rich and inviting.

O: Certainly a tasty and extremely fresh DIPA, yet it's not usually the kind I reach for. In the end though, this doesn't hold it back too much, yet it never really reaches the upper echelon of the style. I'm stoked to finally tick this mother, though I feel there is better out there in what's become a fierce hop-forward market.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler tapped today, and tasted today, from the Lancaster PA brewery, into a British Imperial Pint (nonick).

Beautiful deep golden amber color with a two finger head which settles down fairly rapidly to a nice ¼” cap, very attractive “lace” on glass. Picture perfect.

Unbelievable smell, very distinct and intense smell of fresh crushed hops, pine cones, pine oil, and you probably will not print this, fresh crushed sensimilla. Extremely resiny. Very flowery! Nuances of citrus. And after you get over the hop attack you smell the wonderful malt. Quite complex. It is just perfect in every way with no faults, a five easily. World class.

Very full bodied entry in the mouth, followed by incredibly delicious, distinctly hopped flavors. A nice crispness which could be a little more distinct. Some malt that integrates with and nicely balances the very hop forward component of this beer. The 9% ABV is completely hidden by the aggressive hop profile and malt. It is to my taste only slightly sweet, too low medium sweet, though I see several other reviewers feel that it is sweeter than they would like. I still have to state that IMO this is a very well balance brew.

Long finish of resiny hops, with some malt. And yes there is some residual sugar but I feel it is still in line with the overall balance of this beer.

Overall this is one of the best, if not the best, DIPA's I have had. I hate to give anything a perfect rating but this beer comes close. Just incredibly delicious and a joy to drink. Beers like this are why we spend the time and money to search for the best we can have in our locality. I have not had Pliny the Younger, (for reasons us East Coast people all know), but I cannot imagine it being that much better than this brew.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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