DDH Ever Clever
Bearded Iris Brewing

DDH Ever CleverDDH Ever Clever
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,102
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,059
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
123
From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
DDH Ever CleverDDH Ever Clever
Notes: It's the cleverest of the ever-ests. Your favorite banter-slinging, foxy DIPA now bursts with a wicked double dry hop that will keep your taste buds as nimble as your wits.

Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Motueka, Centennial.
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 123 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy yellow-gold body with minimal head and lace. Something like citric and peach and/or papaya in the aroma. Semi-sticky body yet crisp and clean with a citric, almost apple snap crispness underneath something like a fluffy fruit sweetness and finishes crisp and sweet.

Mar 27, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 2/9/20, into GITM Fatty.
Had this on tap a couple years ago and didn't care for it as much as the other options, but figured I'd give it another chance. I think they were having tap troubles.

Hazy light straw gold, tall creamy cap of 2 fingers, receding gradually to 1 leaving lace behind destroying the glass.

Ripe melon and citrus on the nose, with hints of pine, peach ice cream, and apricots.

Flavor brings juicy nectarine and some interesting peach yogurt flavors. There's a bit of hay, black pepper, and lemon as well. When it gets beyond ice cold some stiff pine creeps in. It's definitely not your standard citra-mosaic-galaxy type of IPA, but that's what makes it "clever".

Feel is juicy AF, very carbonated, and slightly stony. No alcohol heat that I can detect.

Overall, this one falls somewhere between Spare Change and Boomerang for me. Better than Boomerang but not as good as Spare Change. Both of them being below most of the better BIBCO IPAs, but still pretty dang tasty. As a side note, I may be missing the glaring flaws that my Minnesota neighbors seem to be finding, and as far as the price being exorbitant, I think we can agree that North Dakota and Wisconsin are pulling the lead in the market on that front. Tennessee at least gets their shit right and if you're paying $5 a can you won't get kicked in the nuts. Maybe I just need to move south already, because I can't get enough of these amazing beers.

Price paid : $14.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : abso-toot-ly

Mar 15, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DDH Ever Clever is as cloudy as any beer I've ever had. The color is a deep, almost jammy yellow color. The head is dense, bone white, and lasting.
Taking a sniff, DDH is intensely hoppy.Hop aroma is juicy and citrussy, smelling like ripe navel oranges coupled with the orange's pith as well. Citrus hop aroma is supported by what smells to me like yeast. Yeast aromas couple with bready, biscuity malt aromas, giving nice support to the overall profile. Beneath all this, I'm noting a sort of fruitiness that gives DDH's nose a hint of something pleasantly vinous.
On the tongue, DDH Ever Clever is full bodied, bordering on chewy. Flavors of freshly risen bread dough and overall yeastiness lead the charge, making themselves responsible for the beer's assertive mouthfeel. As the flavors move across my tongue the center is sweet in an almost earthy way as I get flavors that remind me of ripe gooseberries. The finish is crisp and assertively hoppy without being aggressive.
Overall this is a pretty decent New England style IPA. It's full bodied, hazy, and well hopped. My only real complaint is that it's maybe a little more full bodied than I would prefer. I also tend to enjoy a more caramel oriented malt profile in this type of beer. But apart from those two minor notes, good stuff. Well worth a try.

Mar 12, 2021
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Paradox1000 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent DIPA!!! I see it listed as New England style, but it is not how I would list it. I would definitely drink this again and find it very enjoyable.

Feb 25, 2021
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Griffin2 from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 12/17/2020 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head.
S - Smell of tropical fruit.
T - Tastes of stone fruit.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Really nice IPA.

Jan 19, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020-12-19
16oz can served in a big snifter. The only part of the date stamp on the bottom that I can read is "Flipadelphia," which is *super* useful for determining whether this is fresh or not. Bought it at Tavour.

Pours super hazy with a fairly small head. Smell is super juicy, very tropical, a little pithy bitterness.

Taste is not so sweet, although some sweetness is there. Lots of the pithy bitterness. Booze comes through loud and clear.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, dry. Overall, nice beer.

Dec 20, 2020
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BenDorigan from Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The DIPA is my favorite class of beer. They're like sex: even when they're bad they're still pretty good. I play beer roulette about every weekend, buying a new beer I know nothing about and hoping for the best. I bought a single, 16 oz. can of Ever Clever tonight after work with fingers crossed. I saw that it was brewed in Tennessee which intrigued me even more. Most of the beers available in the stores here in Bend, OR are PNW beers, with the occasional Midwestern selection and very seldomly something from the eastern United States. So I decided to see what Tennessee was doing. When I opened the can and poured it into my pint glass I was instantly concerned that I would hate it. It's hazy, which usually means orange juice, which I hate (in beer). Then I smelled it and became more hopeful: not the standard Citra/Mosaic profile I usually get with beers that look like this. The taste was even better, but I was grading it from a place of fear that I would hate it and have to pour it down the drain. I like it, but only averagely so. It surpasses my expectations based on look and aroma. Still, as DIPAs go, this registers as only average for me. I prefer a little more malt/pine/spice in my DIPAs, and less haze and fruit. There is still some definite citrus to the hops, but it isn't cloudy beer-orange juice like so many IPAs and DIPAs can be. I won't buy it again, but having just finished the whole brew I can say that I'm not too full-feeling (which is good), and that it is a nice start to the Friday night buzz I'm currently crafting. Nice, different, but not exceptional to my palate.

Dec 19, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours fairly clear bright straw yellow with a huge pillow of white foamy head. Retention is good with nice lacing. Aroma is full of bright citrus and tropical fruit. Flavor not as bold as the nose, add in some melon. Feel is soft and lightly carbonated. Overall a very nice beer.

Nov 09, 2020
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ChipChaight from New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Vinyl Beer on the UES NYC. Pours opaque light amber with two fingers of fluffy white head and nice lacing, smell is mild grapefruit zest, pine, and bready malts, hints of honey, taste follows the nose with bitter grapefruit zest, honey, and bready malts, pithy bitter finish, feel is medium bodied and creamy. A grapefruit forward treat.

Nov 04, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy pale golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate bright yellow + pale golden yellow + bright orange + pale burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense soapy sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a handful of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy tropical/mango + citrus/lime + citrus/lemon + gooseberry + tropical/papaya hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + pale + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy + sugary sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit + pale + toasted malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy + sugary sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy tropical/mango + citrus/lime + citrus/lemon + gooseberry + tropical/papaya hops which impart minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving moderate lingering gooseberry + lime hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly crisp initially with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with exceptionally well hidden alcohol and a crisp mouthfeel .Very enjoyable and I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

Oct 11, 2020
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a can, at 4 weeks of age.

Look: These days when I see anything DDH, my mind automatically goes to exclusively hazy IPAs, but here is one that is actually not hazy (at least not completely hazy)... What initially appears to be a slight chill haze is in fact a moderate cloudiness that lasts even after the beer warms up. Nice 1-inch head that lasts about a minute or so...

Nose: The aroma is not all that appealing, even though it improves as the beer warms up. There is nothing hoppy about the nose at first, with a nuttiness and a not-so-pleasant chalkiness dominating. However, this subsequently gives way to some more fruity and tropical notes, albeit not as strong as you would expect from a DDH product.

Taste: This beer sits on the sweeter side of the spectrum, with a distinctive honey-like sweetness, accompanied by resinous notes. The bitterness levels are pretty restricted and can be detected as an aftertaste. Not a bad taste profile by any means but I am biased and usually prefer drier and more bitter DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, even for the style, and with mild carbonation.

Overall this is not a bad beer at all, but I suspect that the DDH effects are not evident due to being a month removed from canning and possibly the effects of transportation. A hoppier nose can alter the profile of this beer quite a bit.

Many thanks to brentk56 for this beer

Oct 04, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeareance: Pours just slightly hazy; honey colored with a thin cap; spots here and there

Smell: Rather pithy, with a vinous white wine aspect; starfruit and pomelo

Taste: Tempered sweetness, at the outset, with the starfruit and pomelo flavors joining in the vinous element; pithy bitterness builds in the middle but it still rather modest; the finish dries out the fruit, leaving the bitterness to linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More austere than the other Bearded Iris IPAs I have tasted

Sep 12, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a one finger creamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is guava, orange and dank hops.

T - The taste is orange, mango, guava, white wine and resinous hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Pretty solid NEPA. Nice mix of tropical fruits and dank hops. I like what Bearded Iris is doing.

Aug 16, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really beginning to fall in love with BI ipa crafting, always well done, and this is yet another example. Golden hazy body with a sudsy white head. Nectarine, grapefruit, lime, mango, pineapple, white grape, and grassy dry hops in the nose. Taste is very fruity, hops are more mellow than expected, get some melon and star fruit now too, but nose as vibrant as it smells. Feel is juicy, bright, full and so smooth, but that's just it I want a little more hop texture and dryness to bring it home. Like I said, still another quality ipa

Jul 24, 2020
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear lemon hue with very active carbonation jets fueling a 1 inch bubbly white head with good retention.
S: Citrus, grape juice, white wine, and maybe a hint of white pepper.
T: Orange, mango, white wine, and soft pine resin.
M: Light-medium body with light citrus and wine sweetness. Delicate and mildly effervescent. Soft mouthfeel. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable DIPA. Superb summer brew.

Jul 22, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

1/5  rDev -75.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can. White head. Lace. Color is a fairly clear yellow gold. Not hazy at all.

Not sure how they can get away with getting $5-$6 a can for this. Not even close to a NE ipa. This is a solid $2 ipa. Has some hops and citrus fruit showing. A bit tropical. A bit of abv showing. Drinks fairly easily for a double, but a poor showing of a NE style ipa.

Jul 16, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw color. Fruity and dank aroma with berries and herbal hops. Taste is very tropical primary is citrus,papaya,and mango. A soft mouth feel with with a sweet and hoppy finish. Well done.

Jul 10, 2020
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flagmantho from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz tall can into my BeerAdvocate teku. Canned 6/2/20.

Appearance: medium golden-yellow hue with a moderately heavy haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. It looks the part.

Smell: earthy and dank tropical fruits; guava and papaya come to mind. The fruits are fresh and the aroma's a little bit sweet, adding to a candylike character. I dig it.

Taste: fruity, dank, earthy. The fruity flavors emerge later, the palate starting with the earthier character. Fairly sweet and with a mild but present bitterness. I ... think I like this beer more than I want to.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is not quite the flavor profile that I would historically love, but it really, really works for me. I think I'm more into earthy dankness than I previously thought.

Jul 07, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

slightly hazy, almost west coast in color and bitterness. Full and round floral, fruity aroma, lots of citrus, coconut, pineapple. A lot going on in the nose. Nice bitterness on the back end of a creamy fruit smoothie taste, pineapple banana and apple. Very nice hazy that brings a centennial punch.

May 13, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/10/2020. Pours very hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, guava, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, light biscuit/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, guava, citrus peel/zest, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, light biscuit/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, minty, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, guava, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%, or lingering hop burn after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic NEDIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; great soft/silky feel and not aggressive. Fantastic Simcoe, Mosaic, Motueka, Centennial profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a nice sized wheat/oat/malt backbone. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example as expected of the brewery. Loved the hop profile as expected.

May 06, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow with one finger of head that quickly reduced to a thin layer. Spotty lacing. Smell is somewhat nondescript. Taste is hoppy and clean with lingering bitterness, but not too much. Overall a good DIPA.

May 02, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours medium hazy golden, sugar white head dissipates to a lacing.

Aroma of fresh citrus, zest, and bready malts.

Flavor is of orange, passion fruit, lemon drop, citrus zest, and bread malts.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good hazy dipa, flavor is good and it drinks refreshingly. Worth a grab, would have again.

Apr 26, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 3/10/20 so 5 weeks old.

Hazy dull orange/yellow body with a small white head. This diminishes to a thick ring and covering, leaving a little lacing.

Very faint aromas, maybe a little fruit.

On tasting, all flavors are muted. Some fruit notes, a little hoppy. Quite warm, giving it a light "vodka and orange" feel. Nice taste though.

Mouth a little above medium, finish slightly sweet and warm.

Overall, not a bad tasting beer in any way, just not up to the standard I've come to expect from Bearded Iris.

Apr 17, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: A chalky lemon custard yellow with a thin beige head settling down to a sparse cap and specked lacy bands.

S: A touch muted, pine, spirits, orange and tropicals. Pepper. I can also second the dill now that it was mentioned below. Obviously a drier brew.

T: A bit dry and astringent, which I prefer to an extent, but this replaces the fruitiness of a beer that seems to otherwise want it. There is some dankness here too.

F: Medium body and bitter. Very dry to accentuate the bitterness.

O: A well executed dry DDH IPA. If that’s your thing you will probably crave it.

Apr 15, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, vibrant, yet murky, orange tone with two fingers of off-white head. Decent retention and nice rings of lacing.

Restrained aroma of orange citrus, pine and pepper.

Way more punch to the taste: creamy pine, strong black pepper, hints of orange, lime mango and herbs. Clear alcohol. Piney bitterness on the backend.

Full bodied and lightly creamy feel with zippy carbonation.

A rough-around-the-edges, piney, bitter DIPA with lots of pepper. Not bad!

Apr 08, 2020
DDH Ever Clever from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 123 ratings