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Plunge IPA | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 02-27-2012

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this during the hop attack event in Lancaster.

The color is golden with red hazed appearance and slightly thick creamy cap with beige coloration and fine bead with thick lace collection. The smell has a nice toffee with strong malt nose and floral hop scent with mildly high alcohol presence and hint of dried fruit/spice. The feel is generally sweet with a spicy secondary texture and pretty firm emphasis on alcohol in this which adds a drying quality with light fruitiness and that adds a little cushion to the impact of the warmth.

I get a lot of sweetness after the swallow but the taste has light fruit up front with hints of currant and pine with moderately high alcohol flavor and pine hop presence with some nice notes of red pear and mild berry from the yeast elements wiht some dry herbal tinges and perhaps pipe tobaccco in the finish. Overall a good English double IPA, but a bit too focused on earthy and spicy hops to please my taste. I find it has a nice hop taste, just a cut above average for drinkability, though.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Lancaster location. This brew appears a clear amber copper color with a finger of off-white head. The cap lasts with some solid retention and paints some spots of lace on the glass.

The smell is initially sweet with a scent of caramel malt. Some fruity and floral tones fill out the middle. This brew was served a bit cold and even after letting it warm up, I felt like the nose was overall quite muted. Dont get me wrong, what this brew offers smells good but it is very tamed.

The taste is sweet with caramel and toffee-like malt flavoring. A tingle of fruity alcohol is noted that mixes with the hops. There is quite a bit of sweetness going on in this. As the experience continues, a bit of buttery biscuit flavor comes out and it lingers into the aftertaste. Once warm, I get a lot of strange spicy character that is reminescent of cinnamon and vanilla. Is someone playing a trick on me? This doesn't seem right.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is easy drinking but not something I would be quick to select again from their menu. I can't help but think something strange was going on with this experience. I'm not one to complain about a beer tasting unique so this is something I plan on trying again if it is available. I'll update this review at that time.

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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill Lancaster on 2/24/12. Served in a 10oz footed glass. This is a 7.8% “Imperialized” version of an English IPA.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a roughly a finger or so of creamy bright-white head. This maintains about a ¼ finger or so of froth, throwing up a sudsy cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides. The aroma smells equal parts floral and herbal feeling, with notes of earth and spice mixed in. The nose is fairly citrusy as well, which melds with a big underlying push of malty caramel and bread character to really give this a ripe twang in the nostrils.

The taste has a fresh and strong feeling earthy and spicy bitterness from the hops but is also well balanced on the palate by a hefty dose of caramel sweetness and doughy sugars. A herbal feel runs throughout the profile, adding some needed sleekness to the proceedings. The finish is dry, pithy, and spicy, with an assertiveness to it that is strengthened by the alcohol a bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and sharp on the tongue which then spreads out into more of a firm creaminess in the mouth. The alcohol presence here has a little heft to it but mostly identifies itself as lingering warmth on the palate that intensifies the flavors some.

This was solid. It definitely came off as a bolder take on the style and I liked the restraint with the alcohol that was shown here, as anything higher may have started to get in the way. As this stands now, it’s a pretty flavorful yet still fairly drinkable beer as well.

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Plunge IPA from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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