Catalyst
Bearded Iris Brewing

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From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #576
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,240
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 5.91%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
50
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 29, 2021
Added:
Sep 29, 2017
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  3
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Imperial IPA hopped with Vic Secret, Citra, & Simcoe
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Rated: 4.02 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Sweet pineapple, tropical hoppy, and pungent dank nose on this one! Taste follows with a juicy, grapefruit citrus bitterness with some slight hop burn, initially...this dissipates as it warms and smooths out. This is soft and juicy on the palate. Good stuff!
Jun 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by wilymobastardo from California

Mar 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 08, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Brewery half pour.

Hazy but not juicy or turbid, 1 finger of white head.

Nose : There we go with the mustard/dill thing again. Dill Mustard actually. Slight onion. Petroleum? Maybe Diesel. Tons of it. Very gassy. Sharp pine. Some citrus back there somewhere. Edit : As I'm drunk from the others I smell slight passion fruit. (quarter point increase)

Flavor is piney-bitter to start, with dry grass, wet grass, some various citrus rinds, and pilsner malt.

Feel is nicely juicy/acidic, stays acidic on the palate, and has a mild warming alcohol. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this was on the near side of awful. I'm having a hard time finishing it. I count diesel/petroleum as a flaw. Perhaps it got too hot. Definitely no 4 pack walking out in my hands. This is a far distant cousin to anything else in their lineup.
Jan 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Jan 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by 22Blue from Kansas

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Catalyst has a medium, off-white head, an opaque, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, and splotchy glass lacing. The aroma is of white bread crust & fruit salad, and the flavor is similar, with lots of building bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Catalyst finishes midway sweet to dry.

RJT
Nov 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Oct 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Aug 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by Z_isSleeping from Tennessee

Jul 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by chris826 from Mississippi

Jul 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.59 by addiwilliams from Virginia

Jul 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by crobinso from Colorado

Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
L - 2-finger foamy yellowish head atop a dirty orange body.

S - sweet orange, floral, herb.

T - follows the nose. Sweet orange, caramel, pine, with a floral middle. Moderate-low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - classically crafted.
Jun 19, 2019
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer is exactly what I want in a 9.5% DIPA. It drinks like a beer, and more of an old school one.

Not bursting out of the glass, the aroma is sweet, tropical fruit, citrus and stone fruit. Hints of mango, pineapple, orange, peach and apricot. A bit of dirty onion, earthy and some sweet bready malt. The 9.5% ABV is perfectly noticeable.

The flavor profile is really nice. The fruitiness comes through, but this beer is defined by the earthy, oniony green profile. They call this a NEIPA but this drinks more like a West Coast IPA to me. It reminds me a lot of Enjoy By (which I haven’t had in ages) in terms of flavor profile combo of tropical fruit with some earthy notes, along with the full mouthfeel. The finish is earthy and herbal. Slightly dry and bitter with a touch of warming alcohol.

I love this beer. It’s a heavier feel and has some teeth to it, as opposed to a high ABV IPA that’s as soft as humanely possible. It’s not trying to hide its true colors. A real drinking beer.
Jun 19, 2019
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazed golden-orange with a finger of yellowed head. Decent retention and solid lacing.

Clementine, white pepper, light white wine, a touch of cream and a hint of jungle rot dankness.

The taste follows with some modest piney, peppery bitterness in the finish. A nice kiss of alcohol, too.

On the light side of medium bodied with distinct creaminess and light carbonation.

Solid, drinkable beer that hits the right notes.
Jun 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at Porter Beer bar, Dec 2018

This beer was really average to below-average; by far the worst of all the BI beers I've had to date: Tunnel, D Home, Home, Attention, etc.

Perhaps the keg was skunked? Really shocked at these other reviews
Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Dec 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Dec 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by MJSFS from Florida

Nov 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.08 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Sep 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Aug 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by Muss42 from Michigan

Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by rangerred from Tennessee

Aug 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.54 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Jul 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.53 by mecmd from Tennessee

Jul 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Jul 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Tommo from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
i will never understand the bearded iris hype train. How people are rating this 4.25 is beyond me. This beer is mediocre at best. Low malt content, minimal bitterness, thin body, not much of a hop aroma to speak of. Reminds me of an old school pale ale with a bit of extra hops. would not buy again
Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

May 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by Datdubj1988 from Iowa

Apr 13, 2018
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Canned 3/6/18; drank 4/5/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque bright orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; frothy lace.

Orange soda & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & cane sugar flavors up front; faint dry grass. No booze heat.

Muted flavor here; I realize it's not hyper fresh but this was a disappointment. Not terrible but I'm not sweating this one.
Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by kell50 from North Carolina

Apr 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by TheIPAHunter from California

Apr 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by bobbyhands from California

Apr 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
From a 16 oz can into a snifter. Very hazy bright yellow color with a modest white head. Decent lacing in the glass. Pineapple and tropical fruit aroma - noticeable on the pour. Similar taste with pineapple juice, mango, and then a dank undercurrent with a candied orange on the finish. Constructed will for a 9.5% beer with a restrained malt backbone and little booziness. Well done.
Mar 30, 2018
Catalyst from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 67 ratings