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Bearded Iris Brewing

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #226
Ranked #7,315
4.13 | pDev: 6.78%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Notes: East Coast/West Coast Pale hopped at our DIPA rate w/ Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Columbus, & Warrior
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2019
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brutalfarce from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid citrusy smooth light refreshing

Oct 15, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the modest alcohol percentage in this ale fool you. It's a massive hop bomb that could put to shame most of the contemporary IPA at any alcohol content. The Bearded Iris team must have had a schizophrenia moment when putting together this east coast pale ale but with their minds on west coast IPA.

Turbid and almost chunky at first sight, the beer seems to carry extra pulp. Goldenrod in color, the beer's frothy eggshell froth creates a creamy meringue with the aormas of key lime pie, sherbet, geranium and the peels of every fruit found in hawaiian punch. Honey, pastry and light caramel splash the tongue with a host of malt, grain and millet character.

The ale simply blooms on the middle palate, reducing its maltiness to a sweetness that seems natural to vine and branch ripe fruit. Citrusy with white grapefruit, lime, tangerine and a hint of lemon, the ale is much more aromatic and flavorful than tangy or tart. Bold tropical flavors bring the essence of pineapple, kiwi, gooseberry, passionfruit and papaya. Stone fruit and a host of botanical herbs trend grassy, chivy and dark with a kiss of ribes.

Medium bodied, the beer's creamy grain flavor promotes a fuller palate, but the hop bitterness and resinous drying power suggests something lighter and crisper. Bitter with muddled pine needles and fresh grass clippings, this pale ale won't back down from any IPA as it trails equally as long with citrus and tropical peel and gripping yet smooth bitterness.

Mar 21, 2017
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.27/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grizzarky for this one from NBS BIF #5. I dropped the can just before opening, so the beer is a bit more agitated than it should be. My bad. 16oz can poured into 12 ounce Bearded Iris fluted goblet. Poured a very murky and opaque dark orange color, with a lot of rocky white head. Due to the above mentioned droppage? Possibly. Further pours after the can being open for a few minutes still showed a lively and happy beer.

The aroma had a nice fruitiness, with some piney hop notes alongside. No real malt showing through. On the tongue, a soft grain malt aspect was present, alongside the fruit and pine hops. The body was nicely smooth and full, very well rounded. Drinkability was good, I could easily see knock off a 4 pack during a ball game. Overall, pretty nice brew, would be in rotation if local to me.

Mar 19, 2017
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 25, 2017
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cavedave from New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even more big thanks to Buck89 who without knowing me, knew me. This beer/brewery rocks!

Pours orange tinged straw color with a thick, white, two fingers of lathery foam that finally kicked back to island and ring leaving some bas relief of the lace variety. Nice.

Full aroma that is well blended, hard to break down. I get orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, with the lightest crackery sweet backing it, but truth told it is its own blended bouquet that is astoundingly sweet and alluring.

Ah, here come the Warrior hops, really righteous bitter backing, clean and strong, combines perfectly with the other components identified in the aroma. They play very well together. This pale ale thinks it's a IIPA, and yet it has a delicate touch. Quite delicious.

Very light in mouth, and despite the copious amounts of hops in this baby it clears well, so it is refreshing in the way a pale ale needs to be. Still, full bodied for style. Med. carb, and killer finish.

I'm a Bearded Iris believer! Was hesitant after Red Handed, but these subseqent three, Homestyle, Scatterbrain, and this one, the best of the 3 for my money, have been clean as a whistle and delicious

Mar 22, 2017
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ncelauro from New York

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 24, 2017
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AlexFields from Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 15, 2017
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paresis from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 27, 2017
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elkinbrown from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best out of the 13 Bearded Iris I've had and only one I've found to be a true New England IPA.

Mar 12, 2017
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ScottP from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 19, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 03, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can dated 5/8/2017

A: Hazy orange juice with one finger dense white head. Lasting retention and moderate lacing.

S: Wonderful fruity aroma with oranges, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Subtle cracker malts.

T: Flavors follow suit with nice fruits with a complentary malt backbone. Bursts of flavor that makes you think DIPA but in an APA ABV.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Soft and creamy texture that leads to a highly drinkable APA.

O: Another excellent brew from Bearded Iris. Very well done.

May 22, 2017
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 31, 2017
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South2NW from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 31, 2017
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GDawgs34 from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 24, 2017
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Grizzarky from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 10, 2017
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khargro2 from Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 20, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure whether the pale ale categorization is appropriate given the clear NE IPA style, pronounced hop profile, and self-proclaimed "hopping at a DIPA rate," but so be it. For an IPA it's very solid, and for a pale ale it's fantastic, as long as you're not looking for any kind of balance between malt and hops (which again makes me question the pale ale categorization).

Pours a briny, turbid pale-orange with considerable haze and a fluffy, soapy white head that holds well but laces only slightly. Juicy and inviting.

Smell is large (for an APA) with huge dankness and massive notes of pine, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, and cracker. Additional grassy and minty notes in the background. Huge citrus fruit salad. Certainly a lot of overlap with their other NE IPA offerings, but they've made good with their promise of some West Coast IPA characteristics from the Centennial and Columbus hops.

Flavor follows suit, but isn't nearly as big and bold as the smell, except for the bitterness. Big citrus and berry flavors, some grassy herbalness, lots of resiny pine character, a presence of light, biscuity malt, and an abundance of bitter pith. The aftertaste is certainly bitter and sharp, but also clean and crisp, with some residual berry flavor hiding behind the bitterness. Basically a huge dose of grapefruit, right in the kisser. Very bright and refreshing beer, which is helped by the lower ABV. I actually wish there was a little more sweetness to it, as it’s almost too dry and puckering.

Feel is juicy and medium-bodied, not nearly as pulpy as Homestyle (or the like) but still substantive. Very silky and soft and luscious. Truly outstanding.

I'm starting to run out of room in my beer fridge for Bearded Iris beers, as they keep canning new winners. This one is great, especially for a pale ale.

Mar 11, 2017
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Johntomk from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 07, 2017
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Thedusanmandic from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 31, 2017
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Warren2621 from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 29, 2017
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vitamin_g from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 22, 2017
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2017
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can (canned 02/27/2017) into a Veil Brewing House glass.

Appear: nice golden haze had a nice bit of foamy pillowy head.

Nose: nice pop of citrus juice when I cracked the can. big citrus notes on a deeper smell. We're talking tangerine orange probably cara cara maybe some clementine. there's also berry notes. nice biscuity smell.

Taste: Flavors aren't quite as good as the nose. Definitely the citus and there's piney note that comes in to mix with biscuit malt taste I get. Flavors aren't huge at all.

Mouth: Wow!! so soft and fluffy. I love it. medium feel so soft

Over: Wow!! Bearded Iris is killing it. I can't believe how good every single beer I've had from them has been. Just super yummy. delicious.

Mar 22, 2017
Again & Again from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 47 ratings