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Iron Hill Holiday Ale (IPA)

Iron Hill Holiday Ale (IPA)
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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
An American-style IPA, full-bodied malt flavor supports a ridiculous amount of hops, giving it pronounced bitterness and overwhelming hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Growler pour, courtesy of Pedro, from the Media brewpub. Pours a hazy deep amber with thin, dense, khaki head, with think rings of lace. Hoppy nose - stone fruit, pine, citrus, lots of dry hop - grassy/vegetal aroma; and caramel malt as well. Medium body, assertive bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (751) - Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 looks like they have amped this one up to a double ipa for this year and it is so much better..nowhere near the watered down bleh of years past..copper color with a good circular head that clings to sides throughout..nose is solid fresh hop with some slight spice as well..mouthfeel is what makes this a winner from iron hill..by far one of the better offerings I can remember from this outfit..similar to their godzilla? hopzilla dipa with a bit less alcohol..citrus blast from the hop bite at first is rounded out with nice malt presence.hops are not too intensive or weak..overall quite smooth and a solid dipa that I would like to have again..worth a try if you like dipa....good all around!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a clear golden/lt amber with a medium lt tan head. Aroma has some stone fruits and mild pine with a bit of sweet caramel maltiness. Flavor leans more towards pine...still sweet caramel maltiness...almost buttery before getting a bit medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium and resinous with a dry bitter pine/medicinal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at IH Newark. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet tropical fruits and citrus. Flavor is lots of banana, a hint of pineapple and other citrus fruits and sweet caramel malt. Interesting ipa! Easy drinking too. Yummy fruit-centric ipa! 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Tap - Newark. Pours clear copper with a medium, creamy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy dank, floral and fruity hops with fruity esters, caramel and biscuit malt with light alcohol notes. Flavor is heavy bitterness and hops, medium malt, earthy, fruity esters, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (5077) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Draft @ brewpub. Pours copper with with head; some initial lacing. Aroma reflects the amount of hops with floral and citrus notes. Flavor is very hoppy upfront, but dissipates quickly with not much left after the initial taste. Would have preferred a more balanced taste throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1994) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Okay, the one I had at the Media location had the exact same description, but said "American Double Red" in the description. I’m going with it - Beauty red pour, centennial hop aroma...floral and citrusy. Huge malty sweetness and a nice bitterness. Sticky. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Growler taken home this year, solid IPA, I think this is an effort to clone sierra nevada celebration, and I have to say, its well done, I actually think the reduced amount of spices make it very good, you can taste the hops and beer more, I actually think this is excellent. Glad I have 64 oz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2010
20100104 Tap at Newark location. Maybe they tweaked the recipe a bit because the abv is up .2% from what’s listed and the menu calls it double ipa, although the description is otherwise just about identical. Pretty standard strong IPA or mild IIPA. Lots of citrus, tropical, resinous hops. Not sweet, which is nice. Nothing too exciting, but a solid strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Draft at Media. Slightly hazy orange with a good head and nifty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, floral and citrus hops and a bit of honey. Medium body and fairly clean finish.

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