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Jack The RIPA | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Tucquan on 06-03-2011

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Roberto11232
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a golden-bronze body that showcased nice red highlights...the head was solid and stood one finger tall...it fell only a few notches throughout the beer...nice lacing

S - Juicy, spicy, and sweet hops are present...there is an extra layer of underlying sweetness as well as a spiciness

T - The flavors do work well together and they come across as nicely balanced...first sip presents a spiciness that comes and goes throughout the beer...the first time I believe is from the rye and as the beer goes on I feel the hops showcase their spiciness...there's a caramel sweetness and juicy hop presence in the middle of the beer...this is where it's interesting because those two players combine with a subtle, underlying yeast component...again a nice balance of flavors

M - Medium bodied...a combination of spicy and sweet with the spicy edge standing out a little more...hops do present a bitterness

O - I liked the attempt on this one...a Rye Belgian IPA...almost sounds better than it comes across...the flavors were well balanced but I think one was good enough for me

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok now we're talking here

jack the ripa come into my glass...and it does looks real nice here almost clear but there are some hazy particles in there so light does not pass through entirely

great smell here the aroma is fantastic real hoppy and spicey no malt on this one just the hops and spice

great taste too this it the ultimate summer ipa drink its refreshing and bitter and spicy its almost like a cocktail to me

night bright carbonation real effervescent and fun, it can just keep going

overall a nice beer really a great beer to pair with food i believe

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at Iron Hill, served chilled in a goblet allowed to warm gradually.

The color is deep crimson almost bronze with translucent clarity and thick white cap with slight copper in the highlights. Lacing clings in a thick sheet on the glass. The smell has some belgian spiciness with subtle stone fruit and moderate amount of caramel w/ some toasted rye and light pine hop notes w/ mild vegetal odor. The feel is good with yeast and hop cohesion holding it w/ strong full feeling chewiness and semi-dry w/ high carbonation and moderate alcohol effect w/ subtle fruity yeast and toasty rye textures.

The flavor is nicely rye oriented with Belgian yeast flavor secondary and subtle spice tinges w/ requisite caramel body with a gentle herbal and bitter hop accent. The toasty rye plays the major role and has mild stone fruit notes with yeast supporting and gentle spiciness therefrom. The mellow gentle alcohol is still present in the taste and adds some complexity with mild warming finish and light accent of red pear with earthy and sweet elements. There is a mild phenolic edge along with toasty breadiness of the rye w/ light pine tinge of the hops w/a semi-dry finish. Overall I enjoyed this however for me I think Belgian IPA can be an overused label. To me the hops aren't the focus so it doesn't really fit. I enjoy the rye flavor and there is some spice from the yeast but I consider this just a good belgian rye since the balance of the hops malt and yeast is a satisfying yet not really imperial blend of flavors.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on 6/14/11.

A - Copper-colored liquid with a creamy beige head that reduced to strands of foamy lace and slim film of retention.

S - Initial aroma combines a spicy rye presence with a toasted grainy malt character. A hint of citrus gives the aroma a small dose of juiciness. However, the Belgian yeast attributes are concealed pretty well here.

T - Pretty dry, bitter flavor with a hint of citrus and a sharp grassy bite. The toasted grainy malt and spicy rye tend to outshine the Belgian characteristics of this brew.

M - Medium bodied with a watery/syrupy mix and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a dry, crisp bite on the palate and moderate bitterness. Quite spicy and dry overall.

D - Nice intro to Iron Hill Lancaster's new brewer, Kevin. Overall, the hops could have been a bit brighter and more pronounced, and I would have liked to have seen a tad more Belgian influence, but otherwise, a fine effort.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled earlier this evening. One glass, maybe two, before I call it a night.

A: The Belgian IPA is a golden brown color, amber or at least a variant thereon. Still translucent, the ale supports a three quarter finger head that laces around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose, when warm, contains rye and Belgian spices. I give the edge to the rye, a dark spicy bread aroma that manages to crowd out the sweeter candi sugars.

T: The first sip brings the IPA back into frame, a citrusy dose that runs smack into rye. The rye, aniseedy and spicy, is chewy and bready. A strong flavor, the rye may be too intense. Belgian spices are in small supply, a few candi sugars and pepper flavors, but not nearly enough to move past the rye. The hops are tricky. After appearing at the front of the sip, they return in the finish, leaving a mild bitterness behind.

M: An interesting combination of flavors, the powerful rye harkens back to the first glass I had. Rye has its place, but I'm not so sure that it belongs in a Belgian IPA; it crowds out the other flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 6/1/11 during the Changing of the Guard party. This is the first beer from new Head Brewer Kevin Walter. Served in a footed 12 oz Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a finger of bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, which leaves back a good bit of
frothy patches of lacing. Sharp yeasty spice (and maybe even just a smidge of bubblegum) jumps out immediately in the aroma, with rye, a splash of caramel, and other sweet grains sitting along the back of the nose. This is all wrapped up in a floral and somewhat herbal package, which helps capture all of that strong spice in it.

The rye is strong in the taste, with a tight dry graininess that spreads out into the mouth and a spiciness to it that mingles with that from the yeast. There is a balancing sweetness here that is made bolder by a soft yeasty fruitiness. A fresh citric bitterness prickles the profile the whole way through, combining with the yeast to leave a dry and bitter finish that seems to stretch forever. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively sharp carbonation that dances around in the mouth, maybe a tad too much at times. It definitely helps pop that spice and bitterness though! There is no alcohol to speak of, besides a little fullness to the body.

The rye definitely came out to play in the one and while it mostly dominated here, it still worked quite nicely with the yeast character and hop profile that was present. Like I said, the body was tad overly sharp but this ultimately ended up being a balanced and relatively smooth drinking experience. This was a nice start here for Kevin.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft 06-06-11 at the Iron Hill Lancaster location, 12 ounce pour. A Belgian-style Rye IPA? Sounds excellent!

A: Amber colored body with some vibrant orange and red hues in the light. Creamy, slightly off-white head sits atop and leaves some wonderful lacing and retention.

S: A nice grainy rye aroma opens things up with some fruity, citrus (lemon) notes following. Pepper spice, traditional Belgian yeast and some flowery aromas all come through towards the finish, strangely though overall is not as powerful of a nose as it could be.

T: Bitter hops wash the palate, quickly balanced by the rye malt that's more evident now than in the nose. It's a truly unique blending of more earthy hops with an almost fruitiness to the rye. This also could be come from the yeast or hops but the Belgian spin on this beer is very welcomed.

M: Pretty carbonated but equally creamy, medium-bodied.

I really enjoyed this one from Iron Hill. Apparently this is one from their new head brewer and if that's the case, the direction seems to be headed in the right way. Another very nice one-off from the Lancaster location. I'm seriously digging these under the radar beers coming out of here lately.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-06-03 as soon as it was tapped for the first time. This is the first beer created by this location's new head brewer.

A - Moderately clear amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head and light lacing.

S - Rye malt, citrus, yeast, floral.

T - Well-balanced mix of spicy rye, flowers, burst of tartness and citrus. I found it quite refreshing and enjoyable. Kudos.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation. Light and spritzy.

O - A very nice take on a belgian rye IPA.

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Jack The RIPA from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 12 ratings
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