Chief Of Chiefs
Bearded Iris Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #659
Ranked #4,556
4.23 | pDev: 6.86%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Chief Of ChiefsChief Of Chiefs
Notes: DIPA dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, & Simcoe
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mwilbur from Minnesota

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

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a fairly clear yellow hue with active carbonation jets fueling a 1 inch bubbly white head with decent retention.
S: Mango, orange, soft grapefruit, lemon, and soft pine resin.
T: Soft sweet grapefruit, mango cream, mild pine resin, orange, and a hint of lemon and white grape.
M: Light-medium body. Citrus and tropical fruit sweetness with mild hop bitterness. Effervescent. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Lovely hop expression. Hits the sweet spot on the ABV. Refreshing with a bit of complexity.

Sep 13, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Great NE style look: opaque yellow-orange hue with a dense fluffy head on top of it all. Lovely lacing left on the edges after swirling it around.

S: It's weird because this kind of smells like a red ale or some other darker, hoppy ale. There's hops and dankness, and it's very earthy.

T: I'm no hop expert, but to me it seems that either the simcoe or mosaic hops dominate here. It has an earthy taste to it. Pine, malt, and grapefruit show up.

M/F: Consistency is velvety smooth with a good hop bite. Finishes with earthy hops and biscuit.

O: Great beer! This one's not as 'bright' as you'd expect, if that makes any sense. At the same time, the ABV is well-hidden, and it really makes those hops shine.

Sep 03, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright orange juice looking body; thick and creamy white head; sticky sheets of foam cling to the glass. Strong dank and herbal hop aroma; very earthy. Dull tropical fruit and grapefruit flavor; oaty and biscuit-like; intense hop bitterness at the finish. Heavy body; thick and smooth; fairly dry with a stinging undercurrent.

A rock solid DDH DIPA that should satisfy fans of the style.

Aug 18, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Oct 18, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Sep 03, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Aug 14, 2017
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Chizzlethespeez from Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Aug 07, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Apr 27, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Apr 23, 2017
Chief Of Chiefs from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 48 ratings