Chief Of Chiefs
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #658
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,796
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.28%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
38
From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  3
Gots
  4
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Chief Of ChiefsChief Of Chiefs
Notes: DIPA dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, & Simcoe
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to Knapp85 for this can. Canned on 9/18/17.

A - Hazy medium orange color with dense, moderately thin lacing.

S - Melon, tangerine, grapefruit.

T - Some tangerine and pithy, spicy grapefruit.

M - Medium body.

O - I don't understand what all the hype is about this beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy and apricot nectar colored with a one finger head; decent stickage and lacing

Smell: Tangerine and lime with a hint of grapefruit

Taste: Tangerine and lime forward, with a pithy lemon and grapefruit bitterness developing; moderately bitter, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not as juicy as the other beers I have tried from this brewery, this is still a quality DIPA

Thanks, WPZY, for the opportunity

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Seven and a half never tasted so good. Notes of Lebanon, grapefruit, and oranges carry this beer. Unbelievable taste in such a cloudy look. Bearded iris has the New England style figured out!

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Photo of Chizzlethespeez
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very juicy. Cloudy orange. Fresh as it comes. Most Ipas are bitter and happy. This one has all the flavor of the hops but mellow bitterness. So easily drank that you wish it came on 6 packs. One of the better Ipas I've had. Best thing I've had from bearded iris to date.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Staying the hoppy path, Bearded Iris slathers an imperial IPA with the honorable Simcoe hops and then aromatic Citra varieties before pulling together the taste with Mosaic variety. Pile all that onto a high gravity taste and effects and we have a hop monster in the making.

Chief of Chiefs pours the same turbid goldenrod austere as many other New England-style IPA. Cast with a frothy, dense cap, the beer leads to an absolute juicy tropical, citrus and orchard fruit bouquet. Herbal and grassy, the nose precedes a taste of biscuit, shortcake and caramel-like batter.

As the bitter ale tramples the middle palate, it starts off with the bright and tangy flavor of tangerine, pink grapefruit, lemon and lime. Fold in the tropical medley of pineapple, mango and kiwi- all of the dehydrated yet succulent variety. Just when the fruitiness takes on creamsicle proportions, the grassy and peppery nature of Simcoe hops apply a dank, herbaceous and highly vegetal closure.

Medium bodied, but registering fuller and less dry due to the beer's immense up front creamy texture, but the tannic spice of hop leaf and stem contribute as much spice as it does bitterness as the texture finishes malty dry and dankly grassy.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 4/17/17. A murky, turbid golden-yellow color with a modest head despite a vigorous pour. Minimal lacing in the glass. Moderate-intensity aromas - tropical fruit, blueberry, grapefruit, and some piney/resiny notes. Loads of fruit on the first sip - grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, and berries. The fruit was balanced nicely with piney and earthy notes, as well as a crackery and bready malt. There was a fair amount of grassiness and a slightly harsh aspect to the bitterness, which I suspect was from the dry hops. Different than the harshness of early boil hops if that makes sense. On the plus side, a soft pillowy mouthfeel and a clean finish. I'm going to revisit this one in 1-2 weeks.

Update: the grassiness and harshness have faded 2 weeks later. Much better at this point.

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Chief Of Chiefs from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 38 ratings