Quadfather | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerthulhu on 11-14-2009

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chalice 11-14-09 on tap.

A :Poured a beautiful hazy, dark, ruby-orange with a thin creamy beige colored head that was short lived. Simple in execution, yet the coloring was really nice.

S: The nose was light showing no signs of its 9.6% abv with light sweet caramelized grains and candy sugar. Light flashes of apple skins and whole dry pears make a brief appearance on the finishing fade. Very smooth and lightly toned thus far for a quad.

T: The alcohol certainly makes its presence known on the initial sip. Warm spicy alcohol hints of warm cedar and cinnamon along with dry apples provides a dry warming character overall. Dry toasted grains of munich add a subtle sweetness while also complimenting and adding to the overall dry aspect of the drink. The finish finds brief flashes of apples and pears combined with a warm toasted grain dryness. Overall the beer was very warming alcohol wise, clean flavorwise, with a touch of sweetness on the very trail end of the experience.

M: smooth and full bodied, creamy with a thick luscious character. A dry warming experience with a good deal of bubbly sensation rounds out a good feel.

D: Drinkability was fairly good, very warming, would go well on a good blistery winter day. A definite slow sipper that will warm your inner spirits.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL corked bottle purchased at an event at the North Wales location several years ago.

A: The quad is dark, a syrupy brown hue that reveals black cherry red notes when light shines through. The ale has a low carbonation level, barely mustering up a quarter of a finger.

S: The nose is sweet, loaded with treacly fruits, sugars and spices. Brown sugar and raisins are prominent but not the only participants.

T: The ale is quite sweet, especially with the lower level of carbonation. Fruits are prominent with grapes adding a brandy-like depth; raisins offering sun-dried sweetness; cherries add a mild presence. Beyond the fruit, brown sugar, sweet candi sugar and a dash of licorice round of the flavor. A brief warmth from the alcohol kicks up near the end of a sip.

M: The ale is strong on the fruit flavors, sweet but not cloying. The low levels of carbonation add to the sweet body.

D: The ale is appropriately complex, lush and rich with more flavors than a quad should have. Again Iron Hill crafts an intriguing ale that doesn't cut corners.

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Photo of salthemonster
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of goldenmonkeyman
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that I look forward to all year long, since it is only brewed for Father's day.
Robust in color, aroma and taste, I find it to be a very consistent brew if you like the high-powered, large-flavor of a quad.
While it is too strong to make it something you are going to spend a full evening of drinking with, it serves as a great medium for celebrating something or rewarding yourself in a big way.
I could definitely enjoy this at anytime throughout the year!

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Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAXSON
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate:
Bottle. "Rich. Full-Bodied. Malty. Complex." Pours a medium deep chestnut brown with a pretty soapy head. Rich, boozy nose. A lot of the quintessential elements of a good quad like prunes, raisins, rich rum cake, brown sugar, maple syrup. A little bit hot on the nose, keeping the score manageable. Iron Hill is just awesome with this style. Rich and full in the mouth. Sweet with an impressive Belgian yeast, not the least cloying. This bottle is a bit young and hot, other than that a great beer.

2010 bottle:
Not a ton to add here but the new batch seems to be messed up, or I got a bad bottle. Very thin feel, yeast and malt are very muted, there's just this massive orange candy sweetness. Somewhat enjoyable but empty and totally unlike a quad. More like an ulra-sweet dubbel with no malt complexity. Docking the scores on this.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear,dark amber with a ruby hue. A two inch head of dense beige foam receded slowly, leaving behind plenty of smeared lacework.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit, juicy malt, and grape jam. Some dark rum steps forward along with fresh raisins and marmalade.

Creamy and sticky mouthfeel. On the thick side of medium bodied.

Candied grapes and fresh malt start the pallet, with rum-steeped raisins following through. Hints of bubblegum, cherries, and figs step forward.

Finishes with lingering grape jam, sweet malt, and warming alcohol.

A very nice Quad. The alcohol is very well hidden, and does not seem anywhere near 10%.
Plenty of the classic quad fruitiness, and not too sweet.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of audirs4s
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a strong alcohol flavor (which you'd expect from a beer with 10% ABV) but don't let that scare you away. This may sound confusing but even with the strong alcohol flavor this is a very smooth beer. This caught me off guard at first but then I just drank some more and became very happy with this filling beer.

The two other people I was with when I was at Iron Hill were both drinking this and had nothing but rave reviews. This is a hard beer to describe and since I'm not that good with my words, let the beer do the talking and try this on tap the next chance you have. You won't regret it.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quadfather from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 16 ratings