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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Active Beers: 299
Beer Ratings: 2,847
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1460 Bethlehem Pike
phone: (267) 708-2000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Right when this place opened I thought, YES, we finally have a great microbrew house in the backyard. After a while the feeling has subsided and I don't go much anymore.
The decor is nice. Gives a good upscale impression. The beers they have are generally good. I am a fan of both the Russian Imperial and the porter when they are fresh. The growlers are a bit pricy, but they give a fairly decent fill and they last for a while when you need them to. The Pizzas are decent and they have enough variety that you can get one to go with what your drinking.
It is extremely crowded. It is loud. The fish can be a bit iffy sometimes. The beer list doesn't change much.
Would I go back:
Yeah. Probably. The noise makes the wife feel comfortable taking the family there for a meal and letting the kids be kids. And, for me, the beer selection is adequate if you aren't going to often and getting bored with it.
05-21-2008 16:13:43 |
More by Gilgemesh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
the atmosphere was ok, much like a chain restaurant, but that's what it is, so it's ok. the quality of the beers and the food were all spot on. The serves was good. The waitress explained each beer as she put them down. I got the sampler so there was alot of explaining going on. It sounded like she just memorized the dicriptions of the beers but it was helpfull. She did have some of her own input as to what she liked the most an why. There was a large selection of beers and I really liked that they had some belgian tripples and saisons and some other non typical beers. All together I sampled about 14 beers...it was a lot. The menue did not say how many beers were in the sample. I wish I hadn't sampled that much cause I couldn't drink a full pint after the large sample. Food was good but a little expensive. I had an italian sausage pizza that was pretty good. It was a good time and the place is much like SBC, for those of you in Connecticut.
05-15-2008 15:09:26 |
More by pittvkyle7
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is another IH location that I've been frequenting lately, especially since it's down the road from Keystone HBS. It seems to be one of the larger IH locations, compared to Phoenixville at least, with a large bar area and plenty of dining room space. The standard IH beer line-up is always available and they've had at least two seasonals on each time I've stopped by. The beer is always fresh and clean tasting. Prices on seasonals seem just a little higher than I remember from other locations, though I could have just hit a bunch of higher octant (read higher $) brews by chance. Vintage bottles are available as well. Food is solid with good-sized portions and the service has been great.
I've never been disappointed by an IH location and this one is no different. It's a solid experience all around and an example of the quality a chain can be capable of.
05-06-2008 00:34:16 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1 | $$
The reason for my visit on 2/17/08 was because the nearby Drafting Room was closed for flooring work. A fact not realized until pulling into their drive-way.
I wanted to take my Girlfriend to a beer bar that had better than pub food. That pretty much narrows the choices down unless you are ready to drive some distance from Horsham area. It was pouring rain and now we were getting hungry. I had been to the Hill several times but it had been over a year since my last visit. I have always had mixed feelings about this location.
I will just cut to the chase. The place wants to be a chain and they succeed. It is an attrative place (not kitschy like Applebees)full of attractive singles and hungry families. No crime in either but I think it is that segment of patrons that results in the very average beer. They have a full bar and many folks were taking advantage of that fact by getting 'tinis and other girl drinks that masquerade as Cocktails.
The beers they offer every day are a Light lager, Raspberry Wheat, Pale Ale and Porter. Light beer? Why? Couldn't they have at least brewed a Dortmunder lager? In my visit we tried the APA and the wheat plus a special ESB offering.
My Girlfriend asked, "where's the wheat?". It was rather inoffensive brew with a nice raspberry flavor in the end. However, it had 0 carbonation and was very thin bodied.
Now I don't know about you but the gold standard of APAs is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The Ironbound Ale (Iron Hills' attempt @ APA) claims to have 4 varieties of American hops but it ended up tasting like a British bitter. It just missed what makes a Pale Ale...well...American. It wasn't even on par with the Phoenix Ale.
The ESB was a good example of that style...though it would have been better served on cask as the pint was too cold for an ESB.
Some will say that I could have tried their specialty bottles but why should I have to pay $19 for a bomber of beer taht I have no way of sampling. If they can't deliver a decent APA why would I trust them to deliver on far more complex styles?
Since the beer failed to WOW me, perhaps the place has placed their focus on delivering great food to the suburban masses. Strike TWO! My lamb chops had more salt than a bag of Walker's Crisps. The saltiness was confirmed by the Girlfriend's taste buds. She joked that the salt that ended up in my lamb should have been in the Humus appetizer. I will take her word as I am no expert on Mediterranean cuisine. Oh the menu said I would get Haricots Verts with my lamb. Now my French is on the same level as maybe a 3 year old Frenchie but I am pretty sure those are thin green beans. What I received was cold asparagus. If it had been at least hot I wouldn't have cared but it was cold. Not to beat a dead culinary horse but they then screwed up February's special Entree...Jambalaya. Now I am pretty sure the Creole folk down in LA never intended this New World version of paella to resemble Campbells soup but Iron Hill must have been paying homage to Camden with this concoction. The bright spot of the meal was the salad and the solid service from arrival to our departing. Am I harsh? Well as a disciple of Chef & Author, Anthony Bourdain, I refuse to sugar coat piss poor food. I cannot understand how this place earned an A rating on BA.com.
02-19-2008 21:55:14 |
More by carlosd74
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I like the inside of this place, classy yet not to overdone. Service here has been a little better then at Phoenixville in my experiences at both. Attentive wait staff, and they've managed to answer questions about the beer when I've asked. Food's been a little iffy - not quite up to the standards I've had at the Phoenixville location.
Really hit or miss depending on the quality of the food and how busy it gets. The bar area can get really ,really overcrowded and the place can become very loud at times.
10-14-2007 20:49:39 |
More by splat215
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Iron Hill- North Wales
Located in the English Village? shoping center on 309 N on the far left end of the strip mall.
Walked in here after a visit to Vidalia's Market which is about 15 minutes up the road. Very busy for a Thursday evening (6:30pm). Mostly families and couples sitting at tables eating dinner, there were about 3 open seats at the bar.
I had their Hefe and Anvil Ale which I liked both. The bartenders were friendly and quick to serve you. Although I didn't eat I looked at the menu and I noticed their Hummus appetizer was $8.50 and I think the Brushetta was the same also.
Overall- A usual chain brewpub but being busy, getting served/ checked up on promptly, and tasty beer gives them a good score.
06-29-2007 01:09:13 |
More by NJpadreFan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in to see how this locale stacks up against all the others...
Good news - just as good as the others.
Bad news - just like the others.
I guess that's the nature of a chain, consistency. I wasn't looking for anything differentiating from the others, but was hoping. I favor the Phoenixville location for it's layout and atmosphere, but I have to admit, the selection of 11 beers on at the North Wales location has to be the highest number that I have ever seen at once at any location.
The service was very good as well. I would rate this higher overall, due to the ervice and selection. I saw the menu, and it's the same, but I did not sample the preparation.
Still, my local one is my favorite for setting, atmosphere, AND the Maibock in Phoenixville, beats out the Maibock on at North Wales 10 to 1.
06-22-2007 13:30:07 |
More by boelker62
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is my local watering hole, without a doubt, my ass is planted on a stool at this place more than any other beer dispensing establishment.
First off, if you plan on visiting this place more than two or three times, join the Mug Club. You'll get your beer served in a 24oz mug for the same price as the 16oz house serving.
Of their house beers, I find the Ironbound Ale the best. Its a well hopped APA that always tastes sooo fresh. A close second is the Pig Iron Porter. Their seasonals are the reason I keep going back. Their RIS and Oatmeal Stout are excellent, as are their IPA and DIPA.
This place can get a little pricey, but their beers are reasonably priced, especially if your in the Mug Club. Food is excellent, but entrees can go for $12-$30, a little steep for me.
01-14-2007 20:01:41 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I did a little reconnaissance on this place as it is just six miles from my new place in Blue Bell. So, come January of 07, Ill be here far more regularly. I must say that out of the three IH locations Ive been to, this is the best. What warrants this award is that the bar is majestically centered in the middle of the building like some grand beer alter and the unimportant remainder of the brew pub is just pushed off to all of the sides.
I must say that it was a bit disorienting coming through the front door. First, I grabbed what must have been a fake door or something before I found the primary one. Then, through the foyer things veer off to the left. A quick right brought us to a hallway of sorts and our smiley hostess who asked where wed like to sit. Seeing the bar straight ahead, we turned down a table and walked right in. There the U-shaped bar sat, right in the middle of things with plenty of room around it as if to preserve its sanctity. To the right were booths, to the left, high tables and in front were five chairs pulled up to a narrow ledge of a table. Behind the bar was the standard Iron Hill backing with large TVs and the offerings for the day up in chalk. The ceilings were very high with dark wood molding that traced out large rectangles. There were a few strips of black track lighting with two ceiling fans there as well. The walls were made of dark woods that contained a mosaic of square windows that separated the bar from the eating areas on both sides. I presume one side was for smoking and the other for non. Behind the bar too were a strip of booths. On the far right wall was a mural of sorts and the far left consisted of windows peering into the brewing room that was thoroughly explained by my placemat. Its back in this direction that youll find the latrines.
On tap for the night were nine beers and a cask. We tried the Saison, which tasted surprisingly a lot like their hefe. I ordered a sampler of the hefe just to make sure and compare which verified my suspicion. They were in fact different beers, but very similar. I then got a cask Ironbound Ale, which tasted rather off. Not too bad for the night, but the cask beer seemed wrong. I have found this to be atypical of Iron Hill. We also nabbed a few of their big bottles of beer. At just under $20 for a 750mm, I thought they were a bit expensive, but we were curious. So far, the Barleywine turned out all right. Pretty good actually. Im curious to crack the RIS.
For dinner, we got the hummus platter and an order of fries all melted in cheese. The hummus platter tasted just like it did at the Media location (one of the best Ive ever had) and the fries were just all right.
The service seemed kind of screwed up. Our server was the bartender? Whats up with that? That poor over-worked girl was running around frantically the entire time we were there. She was inattentive to our table, but I dont blame her. When she did show up, she had a big smile and kind words for us and she was infinitely helpful and patient with a few beer questions I had for her. She couldnt answer a few, but she went and found answers even in the midst of her busy obligations. My score reflects the managements decision to staff their business in that way and not the heroic efforts of the overworked bartender/server.
Over all, this place seemed all right. Im assuming the cask offering was atypical but Ill be sure to come back and verify this myself. The lay out of the building will also bring me back. Its really beautiful and clearly establishes their priorities. However, on my next visit, if Im eating, Ill get a table to avoid sparse service.
09-03-2006 22:13:09 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
The beautiful thing about Iron Hill is that they always do it right. And this is probably their best looking location. I love the retro-advertising painting in the dining room; and it's much more open and airy with brighter front windows. The beers are pretty much the same, the food is pretty much the same, and the service is pretty much the same - all very good! I'm actually surprised that I haven't reviewed this location because I was going here quite frequently a few months back. Well worth a visit!!!
07-28-2006 00:32:41 |
More by NeroFiddled
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, PA
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