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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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3.79/5
Iron Hill Brewery & RestaurantIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

30 E State St
Media, Pennsylvania, 19063-2904
United States

(610) 627-9000 | map
www.ironhillbrewery.com

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Place Score:
90
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
58
Avg:
4
pDev:
0%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by Dennycurr:
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2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

OVER-FRIGGIN-HYPED!!

I was so revved to go to this joint, after reading the website.

I am basically only a drinker of Belg/Germ, beers, but these Belg-Style beers nowadays, made in the good ol',U-S of A, have expanded my horizon. Because of such things---I look forward, now, when I experience a new place with good American micro-brews. There have been great steps to make the usual bs American beers into great Belg/Style beers. Many times----succeeding.

Let me tell ya about the Iron Hill Brewery/Restaurant...

What is offered...and what is presented, (at least on my occasion), were 2 diff things.
The website boasted so much.
The actual result was not close to the promise.
In March, one was promised in the Iron Hill seasonals---2 Belgian Style Saison's.
Was only 1 and it was a Budweiser-ish 5%. Was also supposed to be a Belg/Triple, there, but that was not there either,, (On tap that is--More on that later). I had a few of their standard micro brew beers...but....none of which I had hoped for. The website lied.
Had to settle for a "Real Boy" and had "Hopilicious". They sort of tasted the same and had that very, micro-brewed taste and after taste, if you get my drift. They, were....OK. Weren't anything to write home about. BUT...were opk.
Also had a India Pale Ale. That also...was a boringly---ok.

Now----the service...

I looked at the beer menu....and was astounded they only had about 15 choices.
With only a half a handful over the B/M/C, Alc %'s, of 5%. I lump the 5.2%, 5.3%, etc...in with that.
I asked the waiter, "Is this, really----all you have in beers?. He said..."Yes".
Then---I asked..."On the website it said you have a bunch of other beers---on reserve. Was that wrong?" The waiter said---"Oh yeah..., we have reserves but...they are in bottles".

????!!!!...Wtf...!!!???

Not only were they on reserve---but they were actually on another menu! A menu, I wasn't privy to, until I asked. In fact---if I didn't ask---I would never have known they even had this reserve. Not only that---but..THAT particular menu had the beers I wanted. 1 in particular, was, the Russian Imperial Stout. I never had one and was seeking one out.
I'm thankful I read the website 1st.
Well....the Iron Hill, had the Russian Imperial..
But...
It was warm!
I told the guy I didn't want it warm & had another choice ...and that was the Belg/Triple that was supposed to be one of the March, Belg-Seasonal choices on draft. I was ok with it in the bottled reserve tho.
They told me---it ALSO was warm.

Amazing!

In any case---I had the Real Boy and the similar Hopilicious and a India Pale Ale. As I said above, they were all...sigh...fine.

What this place had going for it was, fresh beer but nothing on draft that was, of good Belg stock. Then....when I went to the, "secret", reserves, (so to speak)....none there that were cold. I went away very let down.

Words to the wise---
Do not go expecting to have a bunch of beers to choose from. Diff beers?---yes.
GOOD diff beers?----it looks like it's a crapshoot.
And---if you want the reserves---beware. Unless---you like warm.

Den

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Large, woody facility with brewing operations visible behind glass. Adequate TV’s for sports viewing but unobtrusive if unwanted. 9 seasonal taps + 6 house beers + a RIS available in cans. 4 beer flights [4 oz] available at $6.

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