Hopstinger | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 08-14-2009

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler procured at the brewpub on 8/30/09 and then poured into a tulip glass less than an hour later.

Pours a beautiful clear honey gold, with 2 fingers of delicate looking eggshell colored foamy head. Really neat look to the head, which gives off a cool looking glossy sheen at times. Retains with a creamy dollop that sits in the middle of thin foamy wisps, firing up to a near finger when swirled, and then leaving back a massive cascade of rich lacing, which leaves jagged swathes down the sides of the glass. What a great look here! The aroma is deeply floral and explodes in the nose, with notes of light spice and piney hops. Despite all of this fantastic hop character, it seems to almost play second fiddle to a most scrumptious smelling tangy backing of tropical fruits, biscuits, and sweet honey . Mmmmm.... Alcohol warmth holds the flavors together in a gentle fume.

Hops are quite biting and aggressive in the taste, with a sticky bitterness that lays a steady amount of assertive spice and dryness on the tongue. This is nicely cut, right down the middle, by a combo of toasted grains, tangy citrus, and a bright-tasting honeyed sweetness that just makes the profile pop. The sweeter tones in this possess a silky and soft character that not only helps balance the strong hop presence by pulling it back just enough to even them, but still also letting them shine as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation that mixes with the slickness of the hop oils, imparting a very creamy and easy feel in the mouth. This feel helps to nicely cover up the ABV, as the only place I'm really getting it is on my breath and a warm feel that's slowly growing in my belly. Quite the little dangerous drinker here!

Wow, oh WOW! Another freak'n amazing hoppy creation from Paul & Crew @ Iron Hill Lancaster. I hate to compare, but this was very Bell's Hopslamesque, with it's huge hop character, balancing sweet honey notes, and fantastic drinkibility. Get on down here and check this stuff out pronto!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a orange to amber sort of color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head. Nice looking rings of lace slid down the glass. The aroma had some citrusy smooth sweetness with a subtle honey sweetness. The flavor was mostly the same as the aroma. Aftertaste and finish were the same with a slight stickiness. The feel was almost medium bodied, seemed just a touch under with a decent carbonation about it. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, pretty good AIPA that I could have again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster. Worth a half hour drive.

A: The IPA is a golden yellow color, hazed over but imposing. A thin, wispy head, white in color, comes with the pour but listlessly hangs around. No lacing.

S: The nose is a hoppy delight, citrusy with mint and berries in tow. The honey addition, no sweetness left, has added those sweet diverse aromas. Citrus continues to run rampant through the ale, bittersweet.

T: Bitterness up front, the citrus hops can't be denied. Atop a caramel biscuit flavor, they dominate the breads. The honey, its sweetness sapped, adds flowers, berries and herbs to the flavor. Mint is present as an herbal flavor. Citrus bitterness, never overpowering, is a constant aspect. Alcoholic heat is also present, even if the ale isn't too strong. Pine resins, an oily aspect, provide a constant lubrication. The honey addition has added complexity.

M: The hop bitterness, citrus and pine in tandem, is oily. The honey addition seems to result in herbs and spices as well. All together, the ale zings.

O: A hoppy amusement park, Dutch Wonderland in a glass. Deep and complex, the ale hits the right notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ShanePB
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on release night 4/8/11. Twelve ounce pour.

A - Amber/honey colored body with a nice creamy slightly off-white head. Great foam cap and beautiful lacing.

S - Citrus hop notes, pink grapefruit, cinnamon malt, floral and grassy hops come through more as the beer warms up.

T - Tangy and bitter up-front. The honey added to this beer is evident and plays really well off the hoppy bitter elements present here. Again, some grassy hop notes with some orange and lemon zest are a delicious combination for the palate. I didn't get any hints of alcohol whatsoever, although this beer is (I think) 6.80% ABV and not the 8.00% as listed here.

M - Well carbonated, smooth, bubbly and creamy. Nice coating all around, could be a little bit thicker in the body, though it's not really thin or watery by any means.

Overall, this Imperial Amber Ale (again, listed incorrectly here) is really wonderful. The addition of the honey gives this beer a unique diversity in flavor that is unmatched anywhere else. Definitely worth seeking out and one of the finer beers I've experienced from Iron Hill. Well done!

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on cask at the Lancaster brewpub, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a reddish tint. There is a finger of off white head with really nice lacing.

Smell: This is the best part of this beer. Sweet citrus hops dominate, I'm picking up pineapple. The hop smell is also mildly herbal.

Taste: I'm not going to lie, the taste is a bit of a let down after the smell. There are bitter citrus peel and herbal hop flavors, but it's not as dominant as it was in the smell. There is a nice sweetness from the malt, but the flavor isn't as strong as I would like. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side. Obviously there isn't much carbonation. Very dry.

Overall: I was a bit let down after smelling this beer. I wouldn't say that it's bad, just didn't live up to it's promise.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sadly, another review awaiting transcription, but without a date. Oh well.

This came to me with a finger of off-white head with mild retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Very BUPGOO-like! Nose was very floral with Cascade hops. Mouthfeel was medium with an immediate hop bite on the tongue, followed by a mild sweetness. Finish was likewise bitter at the beginning, but the extreme finish had a delicate light sweetness. Clover honey? It sure seemed like it on the finish. Smooth, drinkable, but the ABV reduces its drinkability. For us hopheads, it is the eternal trade-off - the hops should be balanced by SOME malt, but the malt causes the gravity to rise. OK, so it is not a session beer, not every beer is. It sure made me feel mellow, though, and mellow is good.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lancaster location

The beer pours a honey amber color (appropriately enough) with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is quite aromatic, showcasing considerable orange citrus, light pine, honey and a hint of dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, except the honey flavor is much more apparent on the palate. The beer is well balanced, with the sweetness held in check very nicely by the hoppy bitterness in the finish. The beer is not overly sweet/malty or boozy, which is how I prefer my IPA's. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, hoppy, lightly honeyed finish. Drinkability is quite good.... I could easily down two or three of these bad boys without much problem.

Very tasty beer and a very nice effort from Iron Hill.

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Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden copper with medium off-white head that reduces to a thin cap and left large deposits of rope like lace.

S-Citrus hops sure but rather muted compared to the draft version. Herbalness and malt are almost as dominant.

T-Grassy citrus hop flavour in the forefront. A grainy toasted biscuit malt pressence is more noticable than in the draft. In fact, things get somewhat muted.

M-Medium bodied and quite smooth with good lingering hop bitterness.

D-Good but, for once a cask version does not one up the draft offering. The hops seemed muted and the brew presented itself as quite balanced overall. Not the in your face, sweet, hop bomb that the draft delivery brings. Honey sweetness also seemed completely lost.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of wanderlust389
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dbot
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster.

A – Pours amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S – Smells of sweet honey, citric hops, dulled citric fruits, and some light booze. The hops are beginning to fade a bit and the honey sweetness is taking over it.

T - Fairly similar to the nose. A mix of honey sweetness and dulled citric hops up front never really giving way throughout. There is still a hint of the bright citric fruits that once called this beer home but they are fading quickly. Finish is a mix of sweetness and hop bitterness. Not as good as it was fresh but still very good.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of it lingering thru the finish.

O - This one was pretty good. It tasted a bit old but it still had plenty of life in it. The hops blended well with the honey sweetness to form a well balanced beer. Good stuff for sure.

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Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Lancaster location on 4/8/11. Served in a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed color of orange with a finger of creamy white head that is fluffy. As the cap recedes, it leaves a curtain of lace all over the glass.

The aroma is bright citrus hops smelling of grapefruit mixed with a hoppy scent of grass and light herbal aspect. It is a very enjoyable aroma that has a backing of sweet smelling malt that comes across like candy.

The taste of the brew is sharp with citrus rinds, grapefruit, grass, toasted malt and a light flavor that seems like honey but not quite. There is a peculiar sweetness about this brew that evaporates to a crisp dryness on the tongue. The dryness of the finish coupled with the sharp citrus hop bitter bite makes for a brew that is easy drinking.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is very east drinking with a sharp, enjoyable bitterness. Slightly warming alcohol inclusion and overall a top quality IPA that I would drink regulary.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hop Attack

A - Served with a clear, golden-copper body...the head stood one finger tall and was white in color...it retained to a full cap and left some lacing behind

S - Citrus hops stand out as they are bright and show off some bitterness...lemon is the main citrus I'm picking up...not much honey sweetness in the nose

T - This one is hoppy all around...there's not much sweetness from the honey to be found...the citrus hops once again dominate and send flavors of lemon and grapefruit throughout the beer...they finish bitter but that's where the honey decides to shine...it allows the beer to finish bittersweet on the palate

M - Medium bodied...honey is dominate in the finish but bitter hops are playing too...bittersweet finish

O - I was wanting more from this beer in the aspect of honey...it was pretty subdued to the amount of citrus hops still alive in the beer...a nice bittersweet finish

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap for the release last night -served chilled in a pint.

The color is golden tangerine with light haze and thick rocky pale cream with tight beading tops it off. The lace clings well. I like the scent is good but slightly low in aroma when cool while it has some pineaplle and slight citrus esters with mild yeast giving the smell more of a general fruit and floral ester in the background. I love the way you think you are getting some sweetness out of the honey in the body but in reality it is the caramel malt which leads to a nicely dry and effervescent finish. There is more smooth resinous texture than harsh bitterness from all the hops in this one which is good since you don't really get any alcohol in the feel even though it is 8% abv.

I really enjoy how the hops are smooth and have a decent amount of citrus quality. There is gentle grapefruit backing up some of the light tropical tinges which taste like a pineapple and tangerine combination. The flavor is not really sweet as it has a slight astringency, but it isn't completely dry tasting either it straddles the fence well with some juicy hop flavors and a slight grassy element for the sake of complexity. I enjoyed how easily this Imperial Ipa can fool you into thinking it is a much smaller beer overall it lives up to the original recipe by Colin the former assistant and I think Paul Rutherford may have taken it one step beyond which is great. I am eager to try this on cask.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear honey gold with a huge frothy head and lots of sticky lacing.

S-sweet honey, peach, tangerine and an undertone of sweet malt. Very appealing.

T-sweet maltiness in the front with a ton of flavoring hops and good solid bitterness in the finish. Sweet and juicy hoppiness throughout, very nicely flavorful with great balance.

M-medium bodied, lingering light bitterness.

O-really excellent. one of the best local brewpub IPAs around.


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Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of boralyl
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a creamy white head with excellent retention. It leaves globs of sticky lace all over the inside of the glass. The beer is a pale yellow with orange highlights.

S - The aroma is extremely pungent. There is a little bit of honey and caramel paired with some citrus hops and some tropical notes.

M - Light in body with crisp active carbonation.

T - Light bready notes and caramel up front followed by some floral hops. It's then got a citrus kick with a bit of honey. It finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Absolutely excellent. The hops aroma and flavor on this beer is huge, and the honey works really well with them. Iron Hill makes some truly delicious hoppy beers.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz pint on tap at Lancaster Iron Hill.

From the menu: "our Imperial Amber Ale brewed with loads of classic American hops and 60 pounds of honey from Green Meadow Farms in Gap, PA. ABV 7.0%, $6.75/ 16 oz"

Pours a murky, dark honey amber color with a stale cream colored head. Fades quickly to a streaky cap with thick reams cascading lacing.

Aroma is initially abrasively hoppy and bitter. Trace pine and resiny citrus (pineapple) bitterness. As this warms a strong sweet malt and honey flavor asserts itself.

Strong caramel malt body with honey sweetness before a resiny, pine and citrus (Kryptonite-esque) bitterness dominates the finish. the honey adds more of a smoothness to the bittering hops than an overall sweetness to the flavor. Body is very thick , creamy and smooth with strong, fine carbonation.

Overall an exceptional local DIPA; very similar to Hopslam and Abrasive, but trying this the second day it's on tap buys it some leeway.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Tucquan
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-04-24 in the brew pub in Lancaster, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Hazy gold with a one finger white head and good lacing.

S - Hop floral, light citrus and grain

T - Light caramel malt, orange citrus, decent bitterness with an IBU of 70. The grapefruit taste lingers nicely.

M - Med body med-carb. Bubbly, smooth, not oily.

O - Tastes pretty darn good after an 11-mile hike! I like the residual citrus flavor, which makes it quite refreshing.

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