Iron Hill Biere de Garde
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Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
12 oz draft at IH in Lancaster. The stats of this (ABV etc.) seem slightly different from the ones listed on the menu. Pour is a bronze with two fingers of off-white head. Nose is caramel, malt, light spice, light yeast and grapes. Taste is just as the nose indicates, but instead of tasting grape, I pick up slight apples. The finish is really nice on this one as well; it is a tart caramel and earth with just a hint of spice. It has kind of a "dirty" palate, like Scottish ales do. This one was tasty if you’re a malt guy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with my wife. Bottle purchased at the Lancaster, PA location last Summer. Pours a hazy deep reddish amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, sweet caramel and orange peel. The flavor is malt, caramel, apples, peaches, and orange peel. Very fruity and somewhat sweet. Very lively effervescence; I can feel what seems like an abundance of tiny bubbles on my palate, yet there is very little activity in my glass. Not really what I think of in a Biere de Garde, but quite enjoyable as it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Draft at IH Lancaster. Dark amber in color with a sweet malty aroma. Flavor is very smooth and candied, malty with hints of caramel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Out of a 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy plum-tinted amber with a really creamy persistent head. Aroma is first of wild bretty yeast, elvolving in a really interesting way to bready, fruity malt. Strawberries and caramel. Extremely full flavor palate, with lots of red fruits and a really strong bready, cookie like quality. A touch funky for sure, but not particularly sour. Thanks bro for the bottle. A nice experiment, very hearty and a touch wild.

   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 (358) - 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 (9267) - 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 York, 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 (5074) - 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.

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