Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3 W Gay St
West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19380-3010
United States

(610) 738-9600 | map

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Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

What a hassle getting to this place! I won’t bore you with too many specifics, but we encountered some heavy traffic on the PA Turnpike due to the pouring rain and windy conditions. When we finally arrived in West Chester, we found that three of the main streets were closed due to a Christmas parade (on December 1). A parade on a Friday night? Yup, that’s what I thought too! It literally took us an extra hour to get to Iron Hill due to the traffic and weather.

My wife and I sat at the bar. The place was completely packed, and we were told that there was an hour wait for a table. I watched the bar like a hawk, and we grabbed two spots within two or three minutes. This brewpub boasts a British pub style décor with a nice horseshoe-shaped bar. The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly, but a little forgetful. Had to remind him about drinks twice, but it was extremely busy, so I’ll let it slide. He also gave us free samples of some of the beer we were unsure about, so that was cool.

My first selection was Iron Hill’s seasonal Hopilicious Holiday APA, which was on draught and served in a 16oz. pint glass. It was a nice, hazy orange/rust colored hue with a creamy white head that mostly diminished halfway through. The aroma was fantastic, with a moderate malty aroma combined with nice hoppy notes of grapefruit, perfume and spices. It went well with our cheese plate appetizer. My wife had the Raspberry Wheat, which was excellent as well. It had a nice, light fruity aroma and finish.

As for the food, the cheese plate was fantastic, and included three kinds of cheese, toasted bread wafers, roasted almonds, honey, and a cranberry marmalade spread that was incredibly tasty. Well worth the $12.50, in my opinion. For dinner, I got the hummus, which was also excellent. It included a generous portion of hummus with roasted red pepper garnish, and was served with Calamata olives, cucumbers, diced tomatoes, feta cheese and pita bread. My wife chose their sarsaparilla pizza, which included chicken, bacon, sweet onions, and a tangy root beer flavored barbecue sauce. Both selections were served with good portions and were above average in both taste and value for money.

For our second beer selections, I decided to go with another 16-oz. draught, this time the Ironbound Ale. This very tasty, lightly hopped pale ale was definitely more quaffable than the Hopilicious, and was extremely fresh. While it had only a faint hop aroma, it did have a good balance of malt and hop flavors. The head quickly vanished, but was replaced with beautiful lacing around the glass. My wife went with the Pig Iron Porter, which was a heavy, robust porter with a smoky flavor and finish.

Overall, it was too busy for me to really enjoy and savor the atmosphere. I’d also like to note that the restrooms were very clean and spacious, which was nice. The beer was quite good and the food was fantastic, so I would definitely like to return during a time when they are not quite as busy.

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3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Good food. Beer is alright.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The thing to know about Iron Hill is that each location is well coordinated with the others and so the Food menu is the same from place to place and the basic menu of house beers is the same although brewed and fresh at each location rather than brought in from elsewhere. Where the uniqueness of each location shines is in the liberty they allow each individual brewmaster to put on offer a line of beers of their own choosing. Their "quality control" exends to proper training of each server in what beers are available, etc. So your experience at each location should be pleasant and worth a visit. Plus your stand by beers from the master menu should be available and there should also be a list of beers at each location unique to that location.

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, PA
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 4,252 ratings
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