Swagger IPA
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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American Imperial IPA
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4.22 | pDev: 5.69%
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
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Reviews by Durandal_777:
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served on-tap at the Lancaster brewpub.

A: The DIPA is a golden orange color, hazy but bright nonetheless. A moderate-sized head, white as snow, comes along for the ride.

S: Citrus and pine, a powerful duo, is matched by spicy rye. A great ale to sniff on; it knocked my socks off (especially on cask).

T: A solid IPA, one that benefits from the cask though. The caramel malts, aided by a touch of rye, are spicy and chewy. They support the rich hoppiness that the ale imparts. Citrus and pine, more of the former than the latter, are bitter but sweet. A bold IPA, well worth a stop. If it's on cask, give that one a run.

M: A rich DIPA, a little too boozy on the regular tap (that hurts the mouthfeel and drinkability equally). A whopper of a nose though.

D: This regular version is boozier than the cask, limiting the drinkability. Vibrant nonetheless, if you love hops and rye give it a try.

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Photo of DIM
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rye DIPA? Sounds great to me!

a: This was a hazy golden color. It was served to me with a small, whispy cap.

s: Spicy rye and copious, earthy citrus rind. Lots of hops and some spice, minimal sweet balance.

t: Spicy and pungent as hell, just what I was hoping for. I tasted some pine, lots of bitter citrus, and a long, peppery rye finish. Spot on.

m: Incredibly chewy and viscous, with gentle carbonation.

d: I love it when a beer I'm excited to try is exactly what I hope it will be. Awesome beer from Paul at my local Iron Hill.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Iron Hill Lancaster- served in a pils glass.

The color is a slightly tarnished golden with great clarity and orange highlights with thick rocky cap of white with tight beading and thick lace with visible carbonation. The smell is very fragrant with hop dominance and subtle fruity aspects with light citrus and floral attributes. The hop centered aroma has a malty sweet accent with hardly any alcohol apparent. The feel is thick with creamy tinged and slight acidic and astringent edges with moderate drying and gentle alcohol with a smooth creamy herbal finish.

This Rye has nice bright flavor with plenty of hop acidity and gentle herbal and spice notes with some mild lemony and other hop flavors but borders on medicinal with mild fruit and hints of pine with a bitter yeasty smooth flavor that is somewhat caramel balanced with the rind-like taste in the hops. I enjoy the solid rye base but the cask comes off as sweeter and the hops are somewhat muted with the yeast leaving a smoother IPA, I did enjoy every bit of this - great aroma and overall a solid drinkable Imperial IPA

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on 1/30/10.

A - Cloudy sunset orange with deep golden hues around the edges and a creamy white head that reduced to a bubbly patch but yielded lots of thin, mesh-like lacing around the glass.

S - West Coast nose with juicy citrus and tropical fruit akin to papaya, mango, pineapple and grapefruit. Can't wait to take a sip. Aroma is sweet and fruit with a slight spicy rye presence.

T - Flavor is dripping wet with hop juice. Swagger is fruity yet complet with lots of tropical fruit flavor as well as a spicy rye presence and faint hint of pepper. However, the DIPA gets quite floral midway through, which came as a surprise. Finishes sweet but hoppy with a slight dry, spicy rye presence.

M - Creamy, dry and bitter with a medium to full body for the style. Texture is smooth and mildly carbonated. Finishes very bitter and dry on the palate with mild alcohol warmth.

D - 9.2% ABV is virtually undetectable. While Swagger isn't necessarily a hop bomb, the fruity character keeps this DIPA quite accessible and very drinkable. The rye character is subtle but noticeable, and offers another facet to the flavor, adding to the complexity.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 1/29/11. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin covering of thin covering of frothy bright-white head. This stay rich on the edges, with some filmy wisps in the center, leaving back some soapy lacing that slowly slides down the sides of the mug. The aroma smells fresh, floral, spicy, and piney up front. This is quickly followed up by a blast of juicy tropical fruit that carries the whole way through the nose and is matched by an equally pungent wave of fresh bitter grapefruit. The rye definitely has a presence here, as it mixes with the base malts to achieve a thick bready tanginess across the back of the nostrils. Wow, this is robust and powerful in the nose.

The hops have some attitude here in the taste, with bitter grapefruit, resins, and spice all assaulting the tongue. This is nicely balanced by the malts, which drenches the back of the palate a sticky twang of sweetness. The rye comes out in what amounts to a VERY dry finish, along with some leftover pithy bitterness and spice. The mouthfeel bodied and initially fairly creamy feeling in the mouth but then firms up and gets sharper as things near the back of the throat. The alcohol is VERY well hit here, as this feels much more like it's in the 7% range instead of the posted 9.2%. The only alcohol presence I am getting it just the overall intensity of the flavors.

Wow, just another well done and bad-ass hoppy concoction from Paul & Co. and I think that I have yet to be let down with one of their IPAs here. Full hop flavors are present, with an emphasis on the fruitier character that matched up well with the extra twang that the rye brought to the table. Drinkibility can't be beat for such a big DIPA as well. This one didn't quite blow me away as much as the Kryptonite and Hop Stinger from here from it's pretty darn good in it's own right!

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Photo of thain709
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hop Attack

A - Deep copper body with one fingers worth of white head...the head showed nice retention, but became bubbly...nice lacing was left

S - The nose is a balanced combination of sweet caramel, spicy rye, and citrusy hops

T - Caramel stands out more in the flavor department...it doesn't overpower everything else but it does shine through more than the other players...the rye is lingering in the background providing an underlying spiciness...the hops are there seeing as there is an abundance of them...they provide a nice citrus characteristic...they aren't as bitter as the 100 IBUs would suggest

M - Medium bodied...leafy hops...the bitterness is quite mild for 100 IBUs

O - This was my first beer of the day and it started off nice...this was a decent IIPA with a nice rye addition

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Swagger IPA from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 8 ratings