Sayonara IPA | 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 yourefragile on 06-17-2011

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Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster.

A - Pours clear golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a very light film, leaving only small trails f lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut grass, tropical fruit, pine resin, tiny bit of sweetness and some lightly toasted malt. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with plenty of hoppy bitterness - mainly the piney, grassy and fruity variety - slowly giving way to some slightly sweet maltiness. Finish is pretty bitter, not lingering for very long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, bitter feel that is very easy to drink.

O - Damn, this is a pretty killer IPA from Iron Hill. I like the strong hoppiness without being hard to drink.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out at the Lancaster brewpub as a golden color with a sticky white head. The lacing looked wonderful with ea h sip. The smell was hoppy and had a good amount of citrus on the nose. The taste was very hoppy as well with a good sweet to bitter flavor. The mouthfeel I thought was a little thin. Overall its a pretty good strong flavored IPA. Worth a try!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this out at Iron Hill -served chilled in a pint at the Lancaster location.

The color is deep amber with golden hues and good clarity with a thick white rocky cap. The bead is fine and lace clings well. The smell is very citrusy, with a generally high aromatic hop presence.The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and slight grassy herbal hint with nice mellow malt sweetnesss in the nose. The feel is excellent with a resinous and moderately bitter presence with subtle malt backing and a pretty dry finish with moderately high carbonation throughout.

This is a classic american IPA in every way, so flavorful with a nice c-hop presence which has a generous amount of citrus especially grapefruit with slight pine and mild tropical tinges which bring to mind pineapple and light grassy edges with a mellow malt body and very gentle alcohol note. The overall drinkability is very high, this is a testament to the fact Paul makes hoppy beers w/ a west coast style that I love a pure hop delivery vehicle in the best sense. The rice syrup does nothing for the taste, but adds a nice dry body which is exactly how I like them to let the hops shine through. I recommend this as there are few IPA's produced locally to rival how fresh and deeply hop flavored, not just bitter this is.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a couple of growlers. Big thanks go to HopDerek for grabbing this for us the other night.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper, topped with a finger of rich bright-white head. There’s a nice looking creamy retention to this, staying foamy around the edges, and leaving back robust sticky lacing which hangs in thick patches down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, along with a TON of zesty grapefruit character. There is some sweetness along the back but the aroma here is all about the fresh feeling power of those hops in the nose.

The taste is fresh and bitter with a citrus and resinous flavor that cuts straight across the palate. Some balancing sweetness hangs on the edges, seeming to all come from the malts here, with that rice syrup adding an extra grainy dryness to this. This combines with the assertiveness of the hops to completely parch the mouth after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a strong prickly crispness that is undercut by a certain amount of slickness, which helps keep this on the smooth and creamier side as you swallow. Alcohol is extremely well hid for close to 8% alcohol and the overall feel here matches up very nicely with the heady crisp dryness that this provides.

This was a fitting farewell from Paul here, with the same kind of fresh and flavorful hop profile, great balance, easy drinkibility, and a unique twist (this time the use of brown rice syrup) that we’ve come to expect from the fantastic IPAs that he has put out during his tenure at the Lancaster location. Although it took me a bit to get acclimated to it, I loved the overall intense dryness of this, as it literally had me begging for a quenching dose of those crisp hops after each sip. I’m glad that we had a growler of this, as one glass wasn’t nearly enough.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster. Paul's sign-off. Brown rice syrup added.

A: For having a brown rice addition, the ale is pretty damned light, a pale straw color that could pass for a pilsener. A white head comes with the two glasses, leaving lace behind in the goblet but not the mug.

S: The nose is citrusy and vibrant, leafy and bitter. Resiny pine follows the citrus, not enough to overtake it though. The addition of rice lightens the nose up a bit, softening the rough edges of the hops.

T: The IPA is nicely dry, leaving a harsh bitterness behind. Harsh because the hops are so strong and not because of unpleasantness. Citrus and pine, citrus is the key driver, are pungent and bitter, oily smooth. Surprisingly the bitterness is abated as one gets into the ale. The rice syrup has a dampening effect, removing hop bitterness without sacrificing the nose and initial hop kick. The nose had me expecting a hop bomb while the body was, while still hoppy, much more subdued. The drying effect, paired with the hop-muting, is quite nice.

M: The mouthfeel is hoppy and dry, bringing citrus and pine to the fore before backing off. The rice syrup is a very interesting addition, I'd love to know the genesis for it. Regardless, sayonara Paul. The king is dead, long live the king.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at IH Lancaster. From the menu: "Paul's last IPA brewed in Lancaster for all the hop heads. A dry and hugely hoppy IPA made with brown rice syrup lending an extra layer of complexity and bracing dryness."

Looks like a nice, relatively clear dark copper IPA. Frothy off white head and sticky rings of lacing. Aroma is grainy and piney with a strong rice presence; shocking. Medium thick body, highly carbonated and exceedingly bitter and dry. Flavor delivers on the descriptions promise, with any sweetness from the backbone or hops completely masked by the rice and pine. Tastes similar to a rye IPA without the spice. Another great IPA, I'm sad to see Paul leave so close to my home :).

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Sayonara IPA from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 9 ratings