Chief Of Chiefs
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #614
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,302
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.31%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
49
From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  4
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Chief Of ChiefsChief Of Chiefs
Notes: DIPA dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, & Simcoe
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by BEERchitect:
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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
More User Reviews:
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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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dflo32 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 27, 2020
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Khocolate from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow........Very Good. Enough said.

Feb 28, 2021
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PKasten_OhioBeer from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 02, 2020
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StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 01, 2020
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jschott75 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 11, 2019
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gbiello from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 30, 2020
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mig100 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 01, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 15, 2018
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 09, 2017
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DioS from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 19, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 22, 2017
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2018
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 16, 2017
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elkinbrown from Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 09, 2017
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

May 15, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 04, 2017
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malfunxion from New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 06, 2017
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OUJayhawk1799 from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 12, 2017
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GaToWyo from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2017
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 29, 2017
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OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 01, 2017
Chief Of Chiefs from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 49 ratings