Red Handed
Bearded Iris Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #340
Ranked #2,800
4.29 | pDev: 10.96%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Red HandedRed Handed
Notes: Double IPA w/ Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, & Chinook. (Rumor has it, when Habit was "retired," this beer took its place.)
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can dated 1/16/2018. I’m Mary Poppins y’all inscribed on the bottom.

A: Cloudy golden yellow with one finger white head. Nice retention and moderate lacing.

S: Soft tropical citrus mixed with dank resinous hops. Mango, passion fruit, and tangerine.

T: Mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, and resinous pine. Tons of hop flavor without being overly bitter.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Slight lingering hop bite.

O: Another outstanding beer from BI.

Feb 01, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 06/19/17

My second from this brewery.

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a very nice cloudy orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-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, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, very nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pine note. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Addictive! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks John!

Aug 01, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark hazy orange, a touch of lace. Piney aroma. Fruity and piney flavor with something odd on the finish. A bit prickly on the mouthfeel. A decent IPA but not one I'd seek out unless I was inTennessee.

Jul 12, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy in color, very hazy. The nose is heavy of hops. The taste has way less juicy than other Bearded Iris beers and has more bitterness...which is ok too. I like this as a more typical IPA than the New England style....but still prefer Tunnel Vision

Jul 09, 2017
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Maestro0708 from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, dated 4/7/17

Pours a murky golden orange, generating a pleasant white head
Nice lacing coats the glass.

Lots of tropical notes on the nose: mango and pineapple meet with a piney, resinous hop aroma.

Hop flavors dominate here, more tropical mango and pineapple balanced well by dank, resinous, and pine character. There is a slight sweetness.

Mouth feel is smooth and fuller in body. Alcohol is warming.

Very nice DIPA here. Appearance is through the roof and the stage is set for a really good juicy, hoppy, tropical DIPA with a smooth mouth feel.

May 07, 2017
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johnwesley2001 from Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It was tough to decide between this and Attention Please for best DIPA by Bearded Iris.

Very different than AP though. Much more pine and grassy flavor. Still incredibly smooth.

Apr 18, 2017
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cavedave from New York

1.21/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Could be this is an off can since this experience doesn't match others, though butter appears in reviews here and on other sites. YMMV

Some there are who likely think this beer a murky mess, but I am not one of those I must in truth confess. This chunky monkey turbid beauty looks to me like gold, and in its cloudy depths a hoppy future is foretold. A sniff reveals a hit of diacetyl's butter smell. This isn't a good sign, I guess. What does it foretell? Buttered popcorn strongly smelled is not just in my mind. Diacetyl beer is not a happy thing to find. Ugh, the taste confirms it, this is not a decent beer, and soon I shall dispose it in the sink, I sadly fear. More sips confirm the verdict, diacetyl is at play, no matter how I wish that it would simply go away. And so beware all those who seek Red Handed IPA. I think you won't enjoy it is 'bout all there's left to say. But that's how beer is sometimes, and ya know, I am not vexed. And now the only thought I have is hmmm, what beer is next?

Apr 08, 2017
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 16 oz can date 2-20-2017 poured into a TH Teku glass.

Look- A murky orangish color with about half a finger of foamy white head. Definitely see the mango texture. Little lacing

Smell- A mango and pine mix with some other tropical fruits in there. The mango really pops.

Taste- Wow! Mango and pine resin mixed to a sweetness and just enough alcohol to remind me it's a DIPA. The finish really showcases the piney notes. The hops and fruit mix perfectly.

Feel- More carbonation than I expected but definitely not too much. The juicy flavors make this so drinkable.

Overall- A fantastic new addition to the local beer scene. The fruity notes say NE IPA and the pine says west coast. I can't wait to have this again. Love the NE juicy style.

Mar 18, 2017
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brunsojw from Tennessee

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic DIPA.

Grassy, mango nose.

Very juicy taste with a piney finish.

Just so smooth for 7.5%.

Great beer, although I think Attention Please is my favorite from Bearded Iris.

Mar 16, 2017
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16oz can canned 2/20/2017 into a Veil Brewing house glass while on vaca in Knoxville.

Holy shit. This beer is outta control. This is a great great example of hazy juice bombs. I got bad news TN hop heads once the word gets out people are gonna buy this out even faster than I hear. The shop keeper I talked to said this batch is subpar. You kidding me? This beer is awesome damn near perfect.

Mar 14, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a hazy orange/gold with a half finger of white head propping itself up. This really looks like a mango juice with carbonation.

Smell: The first whiff I gather has a piney fruity smell akin to mango or overripe pineapple. I get a bit of sweetness coming in as well, possibly melon or candied fruit, and papaya and more mango.

Taste: I'm hit with that candied sweetness up front that brings some raw mango, papaya juice, and that pineapple, but the sweetness really helps balance out the hops. The finish brings that piney quality and really reminds me of mango that isn't quite ripe, but on the cusp.

Feel: Well carbonated, Red Handed offers a medium to full body, with almost no bitterness compared to traditional IPA. Slightly juicy, and easy to drink.

Overall: Red Handed definitely borrows its style from a NE IPA, but also shows some nice west coast pine to help out. This is a juicy, awesome IPA that I recommend all trying.

Mar 09, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Loving what the Nashville beer scene has become, our neighbors in the south conjure an imperial IPA with the savory, succulent, fruity upstart without missing out on the bitter finish that brings the hop heads coming near and far. Bearded Iris nails the style with a blend of new and exotic hops along with tried and true varieties for a fan friendly taste for all bitter beer appreciators.

Red Handed pours a hazy gold austere with a creamy off white froth that spills into the nose with those prized tropical, citrus, herbal and sprucy notes that trend much more fruity than earthy. One sip reveals a fruit filled sweetness that circulates around caramel, poundcake, toasty, savory and nutty properties even is mild.

Yet once the sweetness relaxes and the hops take command, the flavors of pink grapefruit, blood orange, and lemon rises to prominence. Growing fruit flavors then stem into the tropical worlds of mango, apricot, pineapple and mild passionfruit before trending piney, grassy, herbal and tea-like in bitterness.

Peppery and with a kiss of butterscotch, the finish trends dry but reveals the rougher edges of hops and grain before trailing into an earthy, woodsy and herbal taste that's of over extended teas, toast and lemon pepper before an extended finish of grassiness, pine and pepper.

Mar 06, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On 01/09/17.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Pretty juicy aroma but a bit muted for the style.

T- Interestingly sweet flavor reminds me of fruity candy. Moderate bitterness and some resinous hop character keeps the sweetness in check. Can't tell if it's the malt or the hops but it's almost vanilla-like. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Very soft but with a dry afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A good stab at the NE DIPA. While I'd like a bit more intensity, it's plenty tasty and I'd revisit it if given the chance.

Feb 27, 2017
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ItsRONman from Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Near perfection to my palate.

Mango, Dank resin, soft. Separated, even layered, flavor profiles. Almost perfect brew. One of the best beers I've ever had. And I've had 7 of them now.

Jan 28, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another winner from Bearded Iris. Certainly the biggest and boldest from a taste perspective. But the quality remains extremely high, not just bigger for bigger sake.

Poured from a 10-day-old can into a tulip, look is a hazy, briny golden-orange with a good three fingers of fluffy, dirty-white head that dissipated to a thin froth on the surface as I started sipping but hung on from there. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is phenomenal, and the freshness was noticeable. Deep dankness is the first strong wave. Then tropical fruit, bright pine, and sweet grapefruit. The malt is there because there are distinct biscuit and cracker notes. But the citrus and mango and piney hops are dominant. The aromas are so rich you want to start pounding this one. But if you're patient and let it warm a bit, the dankness becomes even richer and more pronounced. Phenomenal.

Taste follows suit with a sharp bite of citrusy bitterness followed by a huge wave of musty, heavy darkness. Carmelized sugar, mango, papaya, grapefruit, orange, onion, and citrus rind pith. Very sweet, very bitter. Has that NE IPA juiciness like Homestyle, but the flavors around it are much more in your face and much less subtle. Love it.

Feel is luscious and pulpy and full without being syrupy. (Though if you let it warm and sit some light syrupy characteristics enter the picture.)

There are beers that I love to sip and savor and beers that I love to gulp and have multiple of. This is one that fits both categories. Really, really good in general, and a top flight IPA/IIPA. I will have this in my fridge whenever possible going forward.

Jan 21, 2017
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mattmarch from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This better help put Bearded Iris and Nashville on the map. One of the many up and coming highly sought after NE style IPAs coming from the south.
Look - cloudy, hazy, thick, and fruity as hell.
Smell - dank of course, lovely citrus, grapefruit and orange rind. Also sitting in a forest.
Taste - more grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pine. Without that awful green chemical piny burn of some of those overrated IPAs out there.
Feel - perfectly soft, smooth, crushable.
Overall - this is the beer people would line up for at Tired Hands, Other Half, Bissel Brothers, etc.

Jan 21, 2017
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/9/17. Served at 40-42 degrees. Poured into Bearded Iris Tulip glass.

Hazy/turbid golden-orange with one inch slightly off-white fluffy head that fades over 7-8 minutes to nice ring and foam layer. Good amount of lacing.

Aromas of tropical fruit (mostly mango) with some dank, piney, and resinous notes as well.

Taste follows the nose with fruity flavors followed by dank, resin, and pine.

Soft feel with mild-moderate bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Light malt presence with hops being the predominant feature.

Another great IPA/DIPA from Bearded Iris.

Jan 21, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4 days ago. Poured into a snifter. A turbid golden-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The foam slowly settled into a wispy cap, leaving nice tracks in the glass. Bright tropical fruit on the nose with mango as billed. Also some dank earthy notes with faint pine and white bread. The fruit flavors appeared first on the palate, followed by the dank resiny notes and some pine. Moderately bitter with an overall soft feel. A subtle crackery and dry malt presence that allowed the hops to shine. Medium carbed. Tasting great.

Jan 14, 2017
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