Bearded Iris Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
4 | pDev: 4.75%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: DIPA hopped with Denali, Azacca, Mosaic, and Columbus
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 5/1:
Pours a hazy yellow orange that fuzzies my fingers on the other side of the glass. Head doesn't grow too large, but settles into a similar haze across the surface as the body does in the glass, with a thin white ring surrounding the surface bubbles.

Nose has a spicy hop note to it - one that could become onion-like if the smell were more potent. This note influences the following tropical notes, turning them into spicy mango and pineapple. There's a light herbal mist surrounding the core aromas.

A nicely not quite medium feel makes this quite easy to take a swig of. A slightly sweet cereal-tasting malt is likely more noticeable due to the tropical notes not being too powerful. There is more of a tangy tartness in the flavor - like some passionfruit was added between my sniffs and my sips. It pushes the pineapple out of the way, though the mango still came through, along with its rind.

This is a nice, straightforward beer. I might like the flavor to have a little more lasting power, as the taste comes on and leaves quite quickly. It does have me wanting another sip, but I'd rather enjoy each sip a little longer, especially at 8+%.

Jun 04, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Maybe just my palette, but not digging Wabash as much as other BI IPA/IIPA offerings. Still solid, but not a standout, especially if IIPA is the appropriate categorization. Right off the bat you're dealing with something different than most of their beers, as this one is more traditional IPA (versus NE IPA). Almost totally clear golden body with a whispy white head that laces quite well. Smell is a little muted (served too cold?), but tropical fruit, pine resin, some berry notes, and yeasty cracker come through as the primary aromas. Taste has some wonderful sweet notes in the background -- berry, burnt sugar, cracked wheat, and citrus -- but that's almost totally overwhelmed by the pine and citrus rind bitterness that dominates. Some sips I enjoyed it and found it invigorating. Others I found a little abrasive and longed for more balanced sweetness. Bitter aftertaste that coats the tongue, but sugary-sweet burps that taste delicious. Feel is medium-bodied and slick and quite crisp (at least for a BI beer).

May 11, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter. Not a typical BI IPA - only mildly hazy and golden in color with a frothy white head that slowly settled leaving sheets of laces. Tropical fruit on the nose, with pineapple, berries, mango, and enough resin to make it interesting. The taste followed the nose with plenty of fruity flavors. There was some earthy resin and some pine which balanced it nicely. A slightly sweet but bready malt provided a nice backbone. Tangerine on the finish with a ringing bitterness. A soft mouthfeel but half way between the NEIPA and the old school IPAs. Delicious.

May 10, 2017
Wabash from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 17 ratings