Abby's Fault | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by praufs01 on 05-31-2009

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hop Attack. Surprisingly I've never had this one...

A: The BSPA has a tripel's pale hazy hue, golden but light. Haziness, thanks to the cold pour, is removed by a wipe of the glass. A half finger of white head goes quickly.

S: The nose is Belgian candi sugars with earthy noble hops in the background. As the ale warms, the hops take a more prominent aroma, still earthy but stronger. They (the hops) linger just below the Belgian aspect and can easily be overlooked.

T: More Belgian aspects, a full candi sugar sweetness initially. Immediately behind the sugars (and easily mistaken for the sugars) are earthy noble hops. The hops, strong as they are, seemingly get lost behind the full Belgian flavors. When they finally manage to shine through, they are quite strong with an herbal finish. It's not quite a Belgian IPA, but I like the direction it is headed in.

M: Sweet with fleshy fruits and bitter with citric earthiness, the ale is a double threat. The hoppiness bites, but only after it finally emerges from behind the Belgian sweetness.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

City Council was screening "Young Frankenstein" in Binn's Park last night and the name of this beer always puts me in mind of the exchange between Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and Igor (Marty Feldman) after The Monster (Peter Boyle) has gone berserk and run away into the countryside. F: "Whose brain was this?!? Think, Igor, think!" I: "Abby. Abby was her name. Yes, Abby, Abby ... Abby Normal!" F: "Abnormal?!? You brought me an abnormal brain?!? You fool!"

Speaking of fools, I am the resident both here and at LNCBC. It may be Abby's Fault, but it will always (eventually) be blamed on me. Here we go ...

Wayne brought it to me with two fingers of bone-white, bubbly head with solid retention. The color was a deep gold with a slight haze. The nose was reminiscent of an American IPA - very piney. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a slight heat and a pine/hoppy bitterness on the tongue. I am not one to get hung up on style, but if I had been asked to guess, I would have called this a DIPA, rather than a Belgian Golden Strong Ale. No matter, this was right up my alley! The finish was dry, resinous, piney. Call it what you like, blame it on anybody, this was my kind of beer! Drinkability? Not more than two and certainly not if driving afterward will be involved. Phew!

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shertz
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Lancaster location in a tulip.
A- Copper, very little carbonation or foam
S- Strong grapefruit and alcohol
T- Big alcohol and some fruity citus flavor
M- Thick and not very carbonated
D- Good for being a big beer. Don't know ABV, but would speculate around 9% at least. Finished much like an Imperial Stout in its strongness. Not a good beer to start with before dinner as I did. Probably would be better after a few others.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GregStoner
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of praufs01
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy yellow with a small frothy white head.

Aroma - Fresh cut hop spell. Very green and grassy smelling.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated but not overdone.

Taste - Very fruity. Lots of pink grapefruit and big hop flavors.

Overall - Unbelievably good! It's so tasty and easy to drink that you could easily find yourself quite tipsy in short order, if not careful.

According to the bartender the beer was named after a staff member named Abby who assisted with creating the ale.

Note from the Brewer:
Abby's Fault
OG: 1086 Color: 39 IBU: 60 Alc by Vol: 9.0%
American style Belgian golden strong ale. Complex aroma and flavor of grapefruit, spice and bananas with a refreshing hop bitterness. This beer was hopped like an APA. We basically took our Belgian Tripel and added a ton of American hops.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewpub in Lancaster. Poured chilled into a sampler glass.

A - The appearance is golden w/ thick snowy cap w/ plenty of nice lace collecting on the glass

S - Piney hoppy nose w/ a slightly phenolic yeast aroma

M - A slightly astringent and warming feel w/ mildly bitter hop effect on the palate. Phenols are high in the feel w/ modest amount of medicinal elements -the warmth is noted quickly and the hops have a tannic quality

T - A deep citrus pine note w/ mild seed flavor in the bitterness . The hops combine with elements of the tripel which are mainly yeast flavor, but the hops seem to win out with pithy grapefruit notes and herbal qualities. The astringent pine has a lasting flavor which brings to mind leafy hops alongside a sugary malt finish

D- A very good Belgian, plenty of hop flavor, but not thrusting it into Belgian IPA territory. You certainly get the best of both a Pale ale's hoppiness and the Tripel's strong belgian flavor

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Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Tucquan
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-12-01 at the Lancaster brew pub. Served in a 12 oz glass.

A - Clear gold with a 1/2 finger white head and good lacing.

S - Yeast and aging apple cider with some floral hops.

T - Quite good with orange sweetness and grapefruit bitterness, yeasty rising bread, mild cinnamon and caramel. There's plenty of bitterness to enjoy in the lingering flavor, tailing off to a mild sour note.

M - Creamy and a bit resinous with a light-medium body and carbonation.

D - Really enjoyed this and would seek it out again.

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Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A BSPA heavily hopped with American hop goodness? Belgian IPA's are popular, so why not a Belgian DIPA?

a: This was a cloudy golden color. It was served to me with a thin, large bubbled head.

s: Fresh, grassy and garlicy hops clashed with the yeasty esthers in a strange and appealing way. It almost created an aromatic illusion of flowers or heather.

t: Very dry overall. I tasted grassy, lemony hops with notes of garlic up front. The finish was quite dry and added some yeastiness to the hop flavors that never gave up center stage.

m: I'm not sure this was a good candidate for casking. I associate very active carbonation with Belgian styles and I missed that element here.

d: Certainly unique and something I need to try again. Another winner from Paul.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden amber with 1 finger of creamy off-white head. OK retention left nice lacing. Smells of grass, pine, lemon zest, yeast, honey, candy, and spices. Tastes of honey, sweet grain, yeast, wheat, and candied orange and lemon peel, then a big finish of pine, dried grass, and slight alcohol. Medium in body with a nice tingling carbonation. Sweet and very Belgian-like with a strong bitter hop finish. A good twist on a tripel, something a hop lover should enjoy.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Abby's Fault from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 16 ratings