Rising Sun | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
ironhillbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beerthulhu on 07-05-2010

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9
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3.96
pDev:
5.56%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Maple Shade location. Orange bodied, orange flavour mostly Complex, with lots of coconut and some tropical fruit, grapefruit. Smooth drinker, the best beer I had here, being near my hotel. Wasn't getting the lemon I would anticipate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, "Rising Sun IPA"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 04/18/17 14:00:45" and sampled on 05/01/17

Rising Sun IPA is brewed exclusively with Japanese Sorachi Ace hops that give it its unique flavor profile.

It's a slightly hazy medium gold beneath a frothy head of bright white. The head retention is good, perhaps even very good, and it settles into a creamy surface covering surrounded by rising mountains of lace.

The aroma expresses golden, grainy malt with a touch of woodiness, some floral notes, and fruit.

The flavor, however, is quite different, although the woodiness remains in the finish. It's got a pronounced coconut note that's usually not found in golden beers, and that's coming directly from the hops. There's some fruitiness to it as well, perhaps some peach, mango, orange and lemon, but they're fairly muddled and don't 'pop' like the coconut. Apart from that it's got a solid bitterness, but not to the point that it interrupts the flavor as it crosses the palate, it mainly shows its girth in the finish. Some spicy, almost Cedar-like woodiness lingers in the finish with just a touch of residual coconut.

Medium bodied and moderately crisp in the mouth, it's an easy to drink IPA that's interesting and pleasant. One might argue that it's not as complex as some other very hoppy IPAs can be, and that's probably true, but the trade off for the uniqueness of the coconut is well worth it; and although some additional tropical fruit might mix very well with that, it's also nice to see the Sorachi Ace hops displayed exclusively.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Maple Shade (Maple Shade, NJ) on 12/4/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with about a ½ finger of bright-white head that skims the surface. This stays rich on the edges, leaving back a foamy cascade that quickly slides down the sides of the mug. The aroma smells of lemon zest right of the bat, but this is also spicy and airy feeling as it mixes with fresh floral tones in the nostrils. I'm picking up some light herbal tones and green citrus underneath as well, along with just enough of a malt presence to add a slight tang to this. Those Sorachi Ace hops really get to shine here though.

The taste is mostly bitter with a lot of green citrus rind, backed by a tight feeling backbone of toasted and bready feeling malt sweetness. A splash of bright and zesty lemon splashes across the backend and really makes the profile. This finishes bitter with some dry and leafy lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mouth filling creamy crispness that rides along nicely with a touch of slick smoothness that really keeps this flowing nicely.

Nice display here for this particular hop varietal, being flavorful with lemon and spice character and the feel of this was impressive for a 7-8% IPA. I haven't had the pleasure of too many hoppy offerings at this location but this was a welcome find. I hope to see more on future visits here.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 100% Sorachi hops from Sapporo brewing, Japan, from what I understand is a pedigree of Brewers gold and saaz? (But not sure.)

A: A bright, glowing sunset orange illuminates the glass quite nicely showcasing a dozen or so steady streams of carbonation bubbles that were both evenly spaced and evenly paced. The frothy capping sits atop only moderately until dissipating to a patchwork covering.

S: Spicy oranges first come to mind with light dried lemony hints. Sweet grains are present with a dryness of what I thought might have been some wheat infusion but unsure. There is some typical saaz spicy character and orange citrus of moderate intentions rounding things out.

T: The flavor delivered definite tones of spicy hops and dried oranges with peppery and floral highlights. In the middle of the palate lied dried oranges mixed in with some dried lemony hints and dried coconut flakes which were very brief, and vague but still distinguishable. The finish was dry of orange grinds and peppery notes (im wondering if paradise seeds were used of if this is a natural contribution from the hops, which was most likely). Toasty grains try as the may to balance the mighty bitterness of the drink to no avail. Coming in right behind their #100, IHMS has decided to "free the hops" and let their juicy bitterness runneth over into their drinks. A very good level of bitterness is here with an interesting choice of hops that breaks free from the traditional IPA MO.

M: The mouthful was a bit edgy from the carbonation and texture giving a nice little grip on the tongue. Bitter, dry with a fade of lemony-pepper.

D: Following in the footsteps of their #100, hopheads will surely be pleasantly surprised at how IHMS has amped up their hops in their beers. Dry and bitter with a unique clean high alpha hop bitterness will keep the tongue wanting more abuse. Bitterly good.

end musings: listed at 80ibu's and at 7.5% this probably borders on DIPA standards. None the less the hops certainly get respect here.

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Photo of akorsak
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lancaster.

A: The IPA is a darker amber color. The spry lively Sorachi Ace had me expecing a golden yellow brew. A thin white head, little lacing.

S: Sorachi ace comes through, the lemony hop standing out against darker caramel aromas. The hops have a thicker, plodding body, as though the ale has some age to it.

T: Again, the hops linger as a forboding flavor, delivering just enough lemony sweetness. They are subdued though, as though age has taken its toll, to a degree. Caramel is evident, a strong counterbalance to the hops. The lemon is strong up front and again midsip after a brief respite. I'd love to try it freshly kegged.

M: The mouthfeel brings enough lemon to keep me happy. The sorachi ale, though, doesn't shine as best as it could.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Iron Hill produces many competent, albeit slightly thin on substance and or flavor, brews at each of their locations. Saw this one recently and had to try it. Best Iron Hill offering I've had to date.

Brought to me with an enormous fresh-looking(?) foamy head. Tanned pumpkin orange in color with a vague haze. Attractive drapes of lacing top-to-bottom.

If you've had a beer with Sorachi hops, like Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace for example, you know what they smell like. Sorachi aroma very well represented here - dominating the smell with some orange creme or custard notes underneath. Not a typical hop smell for sure. Citrusy, flroal? Perhaps. Piney, earthy, rustic?...Eh, not really.

Solid, but not bold malt presence in the taste with orange rind, mild spice, creme, and a touch of tartness. Refreshing in a tropical fruit juice sense. Quite creamy and smooth feel with a slight carbonate wash at the back.

The majority of Iron Hill's beers are "drinkable" I've always thought - due to the way they filter them I suppose - clean look and feel though I feel it does leech out some flavor perhaps...This is not your typical IPA due to the unique character of the hops but it's easily the most drinkable and best tasting brew I've had from any of Iron Hill's locations

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of pburland23
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

My first experience with Sorachi hops. Pours an orange amber with a thick, off-white head which created some wonderful lacing.

The aroma was certainly interesting. At first, it comes across as your typical hoppy IPA, but the generic citrus flavor melts away to a strong lemony aroma with a spicy, black peppery bite around the edges. An interesting and intriguing smelling beers.

Taste is quite good. The hoppiness is upfront and delicious. There is a strong citrus taste combined with some peppery edges which was an interesting taste combination.

The mouthfeel was adequate...perhaps a touch thin for an IPA. Otherwise, Rising Sun was an interesting take on the IPA and I'm hopeful to see it on Iron Hill Media's tap list again in the future.

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