Bearded Iris Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #251
Ranked #3,942
4.16 | pDev: 6.01%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Notes: 100% Simcoe Oated IPA
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 114 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunset color with a white head. Smell and taste was tropical with oranges and melon with some papaya. A sweet mouth feel with loads of citrus hops,medium carbonation.

Jun 06, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can share courtesy of Torrey. Milky golden body, scant bubbly head. Orangy, citrusy aroma, juicy. Taste brings in a more tropical flavor, decent feel. Lots of dregs at the bottom.

Jan 09, 2020
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argock from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong lemon-line character in the hopping with a soft feel, fitting the NEIPA style but lacking a bit in malt backbone which leaves it coming off a touch thin.

Apr 05, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 01/16/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy yellow/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, passion fruit, apricot, mango), pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, passion fruit, apricot, mango), pretty nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. A little bit different than other's I've had from BI. Addictive! Orange Julius! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks John!

Feb 23, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Canned date is stamped, "HOLY SCHNIKES 10/02/17'.
Can notes include the phrase - "passion fruit + pine + grey matter".
Orange marmalade color body, hazy, with lots of light gray specs that settle to the bottom of the glass. Two finger head settles to creamy, thick cap, with good area coverage of lacing.
Tropical fruit aroma. Sweeter taste of mango, papaya, and grapefruit. Some grassy pine at the back end, some pith. IBUs must be rather low, not very bitter.
Thicker mouth feel, very quaffable.
A tasty IPA in the newer hazy juice bomb style.

Oct 30, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Grizzarky for this
16 oz can, dated 8/15/17, poured into a teku

A- A murky golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Piney, tropical fruits, mango, citrus, some honeydew, faint hints of cotton candy.

T- Tropical fruits, citrus, mango, papaya, honeydew, some oats, finish is slightly piney.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- Breaded Iris's hazy game is on point and this is a great IPA, probably one of the better single hop Simcoe beers I've tried.

Sep 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque orange-tan with a dense white fluff that settles like a concave sponge.

Smell is tropical--pineapple, mango and passionfruit--with biscuit, cracker and hint of cream.

Taste starts with biscuit and cracker quickly shifting to a spicy hop cocktail of papaya, pineapple and lemon lime soda.

It feels like soda too, with a medium-thin body, a fine crispness that's not as overwrought, and a semi-dry finish.

Sep 10, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L) Pours a lovely, hazy, light amber with just a smidge of debris. It has a wonderful white head with great retention and lacing.

S) The nose is fantastic, with tons of citrus, ruby red grapefruit, and pineapple. It is incredibly juicy and inviting.

T) There is loads of tangerine and grapefruit flesh in the taste of this juicy APA, in fact, if I was told it was a grapefruit IPA, I would not have doubted for a second it was brewed with grapefruit flesh, juice, and peels. There is a subtle sweetness from the malt, just a little bit of honey, and the hop profile along with the esters from the yeast simply dominates.

F) Full and wet mouth-feel and a medium-high carbonation.

O) Great APA, thoroughly surprised with the quality for a simple APA, almost comes across as a drinkable DIPA.

Jul 19, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Partytown, USA (Florence, KY). Medium-gold pour with a finger-width of fine white head. Hazy. Lemon, grapefruit, and a little pine on the nose.

Medium-light body with a soft feel. Slight graininess up front, then pleasantly bitter notes of lemon, apricot, a little gooseberry, and cedar. Finishes dry with a pleasant and appetizing lingering stony-dry hop flavor. Very good IPA, but I still prefer their Homestyle IPA.

Jul 14, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Chattanooga.
Cloudy yellow - gold body with a somewhat weak head.
Mildly bitter for style. Complex hoppy flavor with faint malts. Tropical fruits dominate but floral and herbal notes appear too.
Medium body and medium - light carbonation.
Lingering aftertaste of mild hops.

Jul 09, 2017
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Rufus1 from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. One half finger head that dissipates rapidly. Some pretty nice lacing.

The nose is primarily ripe white grapefruit and rind followed by tropical fruit. Mango. Pine. Citrus hops along with some mild floral hops.

Taste follows the nose with upfront pine and ripe white grapefruit juice that combines with some citrus hops. Pineapple. Maybe mango? The hop bitterness is there but well tempered by a good malt backbone. Regrettably there is a touch of soapiness.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is a fast sweet to dry. Quite a feat.

This a a good all around IPA. Perhaps not the best in the world but very good none the less. Very drinkable. You can drink this beer all day.

Jun 27, 2017
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can to a glass. This is a turbid IPA, murky but not bright and milky. The nose is rind-like. The flavor is light and juicy, vanishing off the palate immediately.

Jun 27, 2017
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Sak3 from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: An orange looking beer with a bubbly white head to it. The hefty amount of head that formed quickly dissipated.
Smell: This can be mostly summarized by the smells of grapefruit.
Taste: Following the smell with strong notes of pine along it.
Feeling: There are soft amounts of carbonation to it and the alcohol has a very slight kick to it.
Overall: A good beer that I am thankful that I was able to acquire this.

Jun 07, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky grapefruit juice looking concoction. White head falls to nothing. Would knock it down on looks for lack of lace but the murkiness makes up for it.

Aroma is nice big fruity juicy grapefruit, pineapple, kiwi, mango and pine. Nice big hops.

Taste like the nose big fruity notes that finishes with bitter grapefruit rind and sprinkling of pine needle.

Mouhfeel is medium with more then medium level of carbonation.

Overall a good fruity IPA that I would have again when I see it on tap.

May 26, 2017
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank 5/10. Canned on 5/8.
Pours a hazy, turbid golden yellow. Decent head and not great retention or lacing. Looks like a glass or orange juice. Nose is huge hops. Taste is passion fruit, mango, light papaya, pineapple. A ton of tropical fruit. Light peach. Very light bitterness. Great beer.

May 11, 2017
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thatche2 from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Appearance is a very juicy yellow/orange that makes you want to dive in. Head is white and one finger thick that vanishes fairly quickly. Smell is grapefruit pith/juice, honeysuckle, pine, and slightly sweet orange juice. The aroma is very nice but not that strong. Taste is very similar to the aroma with a good amount of citrus and slightly more bitterness. The balance of flavors is good, but the finish is somewhat muted. Sweetness and bitterness are fairly low. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and effervescent, but I would prefer a softer feel with slightly less carbonation.

Overall this is a very good IPA that is very close to being excellent. I wish the flavors were enhanced a bit and it was a little juicier. Without being picky, the balance of flavors is excellent with good drinkability. I recommend this beer if you have reasonable access.

Apr 17, 2017
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MMP126 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 2/27/17. Poured into a teku.

L: pours slightly hazy with a 3-4in head. Color is light orange/yellow. Head keeps, but falls rather quickly. Lacing is faint while drinking.

S: great. Aromas hit me at a medium level. Not overwhelmingly taken aback by it. Citrus fruit is up front. I get oranges, slight grapefruit. Pine. And hops shine through. I get some malt aroma but not much.

T: a lot like they smell. Pine and citrus. The malts also shine. Biscuit and crackers. Slight lemon. Mild hop bitterness. Not to much. Pretty perfect.

F: lost it for me a bit. Kind of thin and a little dry. Not too bad. Flavor doesn't last too long in the mouth.

O: i was impressed. Great depth and not just a hop bomb. Maltiness shines well. Hops are super well balanced. Good beer.

Apr 02, 2017
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can (canned 02/27/2017) into a Hoof Hearted Teku.

Appear: deep orange golden haze. nice foamy pillowy small bubble head. nice lacing on the glass.

Nose: pretty danky. lots of tropical fruit. like mango guava passionfruit. Nose isn't big slight slight malt note of biscuity sweetness.

Taste: nice and juicy fruits. there's a little candied citrus. I get a resiny quality that's not in alot of these NE style IPAs.

Mouth: awesome and soft with a slight bitter bite on the swallow. I dig it.

Over: I really like this brew. I think I like Red Handed and Homestyle better but this is still really nice. Solid.

Mar 23, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love to try new brews from breweries around the country.
This IPA was poured into an oversized tulip. Can dated 1/24/17. It pours like the rest of them, murky dark yellow and a nice head with lacing that sticks sip after sip. I smell light bready malt and citrus, little candy fruit and some orange notes. It tastes pretty solid, subtle tropical fruit and grapefruit pith, I also get a little soapy taste in there. If feels smooth, light resin and a hop bite that quickly fades. Overall another solid IPA, however I would personally like more of a fruity hop presence for higher marks, but I feel like I rated it fair. I've had hundreds of juice bomb IPAs and I feel these guys with time will make a stand. Cheers.

Feb 22, 2017
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fresh 16 oz can into a tulip glass

Look: A thick cloudy yellowish orange. Thin head with little lacing.

Smell: Mango and passion fruit with some other citrus notes. Slight pine smell in there too.

Taste: The hops blend with the fruit for a classic NE IPA taste. More pine than the smell led me to believe.

Feel: Thick chewy feel that sticks with you. Not much bitterness

Overall: A really good NE style IPA. Perfect beer for a hot day on the water.

Feb 20, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

6 oz pour on tap.

A: Murky yellow light body soapy good lacing

S: papaya mango cantaloupe a little bit of a yeast smell

T: mango pineapple a touch of bitterness honeydew

M: chewy body lowish carbonation very little bitterness.

O: This is a great IPA easy drinking, huge juicy fruits and a nice medium chewy body.

Feb 19, 2017
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first beer from this brewery and I am very impressed. There is a uniqueness to this beer that is hard to put my finger on. All I know is that it is delicious. It's damn solid all the way around. It doesn't drive you through the roof with its citrus zing or pound pine resin down your throat... it is just a very well-balanced and tasty IPA.

Feb 14, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Oh, its that hop that tastes like cat pee", or "its the stink weed pot beer", or "its the grassy, earthy hops that they used to use". But none of that is true. The Simcoe hop variety gets a bad rap when handled, harvested or brewed incorrectly. But in the capable hands of Bearded Iris, the pleasantries of the hop come boldly, bright and beautiful.

Yet what's not exactly beautiful is the beer's murky hues of pond water and grapefruit juice. Just off of tapioca, the beer's clumpy retention and sturdy lace is nothing like its scent or taste within. Bright with the tang and succulence of tropical fruit, the nose is appetizing with honey, pine and pleasant grasses. Its taste is equally juicy as the malt taste of fructose, honey and angel food cake offer a firm grain sweetness on the front of the tongue.

As the sweetness drifts, the remaining fruit flavors are bitter, tart and mildly pectin-like. Passionfruit, pineapple, kiwi, cantaloup, grapefruit and orange are just the beginning of the individual fruit impressions that both the notorious hops and the fruit forward yeast strain leaves in their wake. Growing bitterness is smooth like fine English bitters laced with the pep of Curacao liquor, muddled tropical fruit peel and fresh cut chive, wildflower and lemongrass.

What starts creamy and moderately malty sweet finishes bone dry, crisp and cleanly bitter. With a mild grip on the gullet, the calm hop hand strays away from the classic "West Coast" IPA and more toward the flavor and aromatic filled "New England" concepts. With an arid aftertaste of citrus and tropical fruit with fresh tea leaf endures into a medium long series of echoes.

Feb 10, 2017
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can, personally curated by a friend, into nonic pint. I tried Scatterbrain "sight unseen," and guessed it to be a session IPA, belonging at the top of that list. It's actually a 6.00 beer, but still a solid IPA at that ABV.

Jan 31, 2017
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jabergess from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it in a 16 oz can and I never like IPAs from a can but this is my new exception. Guy at my local brew store sold it to me by saying this was Homestyle but with Simcoe instead of Mosaic. Well alright then. It gave me everything I would expect from a New England style IPA except it came from a can and tasted like it was draft. Cloudy, turbid, biggish head and even bigger flavor. I am all over this one if I find it on draft not that it really matters but I really want to see if there is a difference.

Dec 22, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 114 ratings