Iron Hill Biere de Garde
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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French-style bronze farmhouse beer. Originally a strong, top-fermenting, bottle-conditioned brew intended for laying down. Slight caramel flavors from long boil. Today, bottom-fermented.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Split a growler with afire from Lancaster. Dark amber pour like a plum color with small off-white head. Some fruit aroma with a nice mellow malt character on the pallet. Like a dark plum beer with minimal hops and a smooth dominate bread malt flavor, I would take this farmhouse style over the Biere De Or.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2008
shared a growler of this with The_Captain. Pours dark amber with some off-white head. smell is of sweetened malt, caramel, and plum. Flavor is dominated by plums and malt. good but gets old after a glass of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
machfive55 (355) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Lancaster location. Amber to medium brown in color, on the darker side for Biere de Garde. A nice malty, caramely aroma, little to no hop aroma. The malt definately dominates the flavor, there is a nice sweetness to the beer with little to no hop presence. Just right on the alcohol, it is not hot or over the top. A very well brewed beer, it would definately benefit from the bottle conditioning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2008
Tap at Lancaster location. Amber coloured beer. The aroma is quite fruity up front. Pear and apple along with a bit of green grape. Earthy/herbal yeast note behind a soft chewy caramel character. A bit too sweet for the style and more English pale than BdG, IMO. Light lingering spicey/herbal hop aroma towards the back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2007
on tap at the blind tiger night in NYC. light golden brown body and light tan/offwhite thick foamy head. herbal malty aroma like tarragon with sweetbread and stuffing fruits. flavor is caramel malt but watery-like light spicyness, yes a bit like a fruity sweet tea but with more herbal notes. would go better with food than by itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Thanks to Mark (the guy who sells stuff at Heavyweight) for sharing some of this from his growler (north wales). Pours a very clear light amber/ copper body with a thin lasting white head. Aroma was mostly sweet caramelized malts, with very light hop aroma and flavor all around. Flavor was very straightforward,, with slight fruit, moderate caramel, toffee, and light hoppiness in the end. Overall reminded me of an altbier rather than biere de garde- carbonation was a bit low, no spicy phenols and body was a bit fuller and sweeter than most biere de gardes I have had. SMooth and tasty though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
North Wales. Clear, deep golden body with a tight, foamy beige head. Mild cinnamon notes plus fruity malt characters suggesting apples. Flavor brings an unexpected Jolly Rancher sweetness plus some toffee, toasted malt, and bread crust characters. Flavor has abundant fruity sweetness. Comes across like an oversweet tea in some respects. Fair and clean, but not special. Seems a little under-attenuated and lacking in depth. Not my idea of what a farmhouse beer should be like. La Bavaisienne and Jolly Pumpkin dance circles around this beer.

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