West Coast Wheat | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by ffejherb on 07-12-2008

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy pale gold with an extremely creamy brite-white head. Solid retention that leaves behind thick, creamy rings of lacing behind. The aroma is an initial medium sized blast of West Coast hops. It's not overly assertive but does give off a lively, fresh feel to the aroma. There are also some notes of citrus and light wheat flowing behind the hops.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a tingling hop profile up front (including a bit of pine resin) that gives way to notes of zesty citrus and wheat. The mouthfeel is an easygoing light-medium with a firm feel and slightly poppy carbonation in the back. Finishes with a slightly bitter and dry feel.

Light and refreshing with enough hops and wheat to keep things interesting. A decent summer beer, I paired this up with a pizza during dinner and it complimented my meal well.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden-sun yellow with a bright clarity and a strong sense of carbonation, showering microbubbles following steady straight lines, almost jet stream in nature, at a rapid rate. The head was chalky white in color, frothy in nature, while standing a single finger high. Retention was excellent, lasting the entire course of the drink leaving no less then a frumpy milk coating for a layering and a modest display of spongey stratified layering for a lacing.

S: A good sense of aromatic hops is easily first detected from a short distance. Fresh wet lemony scents provide a zesty zing along with pine compliments of the west coast hops (perhaps centennial and Amarillo) dry hopping.

T: The flavor was crisp, with dry grains and hops of citrusy dry lemon nature and hay. The flowery citrus hops really come through providing a dry backing while the overall flavor was clean from the house yeast. A dry finish of citrus hops and pale wheat grains ensures with good results.

M: The carbonation remains strong though out the entire drink. Very smooth texture and light playful body that is easily manipulated and slides around the tongue with much ease.

D: A very easy drinking wheat with pale ale proportions of west coast hops keeps things interesting. Another warm weather quencher, with a dry crisp nature that should prove worthy of satisfying ones hops needs and beating the heat rolled into one. Dry, hoppy and sure to please by the growler. And at only 4.0% why stop at one. Easily consumable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Lancaster location.

A: The ale is a hazy orange-brown color, straw with a white head that is fast to recede.

S: The aroma is wheat with a medicinal hop scent throughout. Lemon and herbal hops drive the nose.

T: The ale has a hoppy profile, strong on the medicinal herbal flavors. The wheat body is light and often fails to register. The overall flavor profile is fairly thin, relying too heavily on the hops to bail it out.

M: The mouthfeel is light, wheaty with some hops throughout. Nothing extraordinary.

D: An easy drinker that is low enough to be pounded. I'd place it behind the Braveheart and Biere d'Or though.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redirected here from the master location, which told me to enter under place consumed/purchased. I purchased at Phoenixville although this one was probably brewed at West Chester, or another location...
It took me a minute to figure out what the heck a West Coast Wheat even was until I thought of Widmer. An Americanized Hefe fermented with the Zum Uerige yeast strained.
Appears a very hazy, pale gold with a small white ehad that fizzles out into a soapy cap. Mild amounts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is citrusy, lemony zest, crisp wheat, obvious West Coast Ale yeast with it's signature doughy, pasty yeast aroma, along with hints of fruitiness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with shredded what, mild citrusy hops, along with a bready, doughy yeast and fruit flavor.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing, with a semi-dry finish. Not as dry as Widmer Hefe but similar in overall aromas and flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at the Lancaster brew pub.

Decent creamy foamy head fades slowly with nice lacing and retention, hazy orange wheat colored.

Nose hoppy grassy floral, light wheat grainy grass, toasty

Taste some wheat, fresh grassy hops, floral, fruity, light cracker dough, quite bitter, faint citrus rind and pith.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a 16-oz. goblet (whoops, only supposed to be 12-oz. for Mug Club members when doing a split) and it arrived with a finger of eggshell-white head with notable retention on this smotheringly humid day. Described as "an unfiltered AmeriCAN wheat", it had the hazy yellowish color of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Speaking of grapefruit, the nose was the hoppiest wheat that I had encountered in a long time, perhaps ever. Bravo, Paul! Mouthfeel was medium, but relatively full for what CAN often be a watery style. It was up to billing "with [a] generous amount of AmeriCAN hops for flavor and aroma." Simply hops on the tongue. Finish gave 'way to a pleasant black pepper spiciness. Definitely not to style, but my cuppa tea, I mean, wheat.

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Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden yellow with a medium bright white head that reduced into a thin film leaving spotty lacing.

S-Light wheat malt and a citrus zing of lemon zest. A hint of other citrus notes from the "west coast"hop component.

T-Light,bready wheat malt flavour with a fair amount lemon bitterness. Despite the hope for a good west coast hop punch the hop bitterness is quite light and only provide a hint of citrus and grassy notes.

M-Light body with a pleasant, zippy carbonation.

D-Refreshing, but I was hoping for more hop character given the name. Despite this, and only above average scores in S, T and M, I find this a very drinkable, light and pleasant alternative to other light summer brews. Would certainly have this again as my starter beer.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken yesterday at the Lancaster Iron Hill location. Served in a tall sort of goblet it appears a very hazed golden orange color. A finger's worth of creamy off-white head appears and recedes to a thin film across the top leaving a coating of sticky lace all over the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is sweet yet full of hop characteristics like citrus, pine, flowers and fruits. A sweet grainy backing is evident with some spiced notes and grapefruit rind. Quite bold and hoppy in nature for an american wheat ale but enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is bitter herbal hops tasting somewhat rind-like with citrus and fruity alcohol flavors. Some fresh grainy sweetness provides a nice contrast to the bitter aspect of the brew. The highlight throughout is the hops, no complaining here.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable (I had a couple instead of trying other selections on tap) with a pleasant spiced alcohol flavor and bitter rinds. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Hats off to the brewers who have taken the wheat style and seemingly turned it into a hybrid IPA.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Lancaster - served cold in pils glass.

A - mildly hazed light amber w/ a smallish off white cap w/ tiny bead and speckles of lace collect on the glass

S - The aroma of citrus w/ mild floral accent and a light tropical ester and mild grapefruit hop notes w/ light tangerine tinge

M - The feel has a high effervescent quality like seltzer w/ light bitterness and the edge is sharp from the carbonation which retreats leaving a mild resinous and semi dry texture to finish

T - A sweet starting wheat but gently w/ mild tangy taste and mix of citrus w/ lemon and grapefruit notes dominating and mild vegetal tinges come out toward the middle w/ wheat taste secondary. The flavor of the hops has a light baby aspirin-like orangy flavor and slight spice which usurps the wheat taste w/ dry bitter flavor overall like amarillo w/ a bit of pepper in the swallow. The mild lemon note seems to hold til the end with more of a rind taste

D - A better than average drinkable mix of wheat w/ a hop forward west coast style citrus edge and dry grassy effect. I liked it, but felt the hops were overly bitter and the carbonation should be dialed back to increase its quaffability

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Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DIM
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a murky light brown color. It was served to me with a medium sized foamy head.

s: Faint bananas and a little cloves along with a nice lemony hop bite.

t: This one kind of clashed for me. I tasted a wheat beer briefly before the grassy, lemony hop subdued it but did not take over. I was hoping for a much larger hop character.

m: Good body for the style and decent carbonation.

d: This was well balanced to the point of almost being generic. Plenty of other great things at Iron Hill, I'll stick to those.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lancaster location

Poured a hazy golden amber with thin white head, little retention and spotty lacing. Smells of lemon, wheat, yeast, berries, and grass. Tastes of lemon zest, wheat and bready yeast accompanied by a nice honey sweetness. Finishes dry with flavors of grass followed by an aftertaste of raspberries. Medium light in body with good carbonation. Sweet, bready, and fruity with a nice dry finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink, a good beer for the summer.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Lancaster site on 7/11/08.

A - Hazy golden/straw-colored body with whispy white head that receded into a thin film. Head retained very well and left a bit of sparse lacing. Tons of active carbonation bubbles raced through the glass.

S - Light aroma of fresh wheat bread and a bit of lemon zest. There's also a bit of mild American hops with very tame hints of citrus fruit.

T - Mild wheat flavor with plenty of lemon bitterness and a bit of honey sweetness. Hops are pretty mild with hints of citrus fruit and some grassy notes.

M - Light body with watery texture and very lively carbonation. Finishes with a slight hop bite and just a bit of chewiness.

D - Refreshing wheat ale, but I was expecting more of a hop presence given the name. Still, it's a fairly solid offering and nice to see breweries adding a bit of hops to their standard wheat offerings.

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West Coast Wheat from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 15 ratings