Catalyst
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #442
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,307
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 5.88%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
66
From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Imperial IPA hopped with Vic Secret, Citra, & Simcoe
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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lucius10 from California

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
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
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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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TheGent from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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
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Tommo from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
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
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big tropical fruits. Pineapple, peach, honeydew. With a subtle citrus note. Sweet honey malt, sourdough bread, earthy, dusty fruit skin. Floral and grassy to add a touch of bitterness. Thick and chewy with a hint of alcohol. Overall this is damn good beer.

Mar 27, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Buck 89 for this beauty.
Yellow to golden, turbid. Fluffy head.
Smell is bright citrus. Orange, tangerine, and then some smooth hop bitterness.
Taste follows the nose, but some pineapple comes in, and then a spicy, herbal, warming bitterness that almost hints at, no it does hint at, onion. But not enough to scare me off. Complex.
Mouthfeel is soft, a bit creamy, and somewhat active in carbonation.

Mar 26, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3,6,18

“Hold on to your butts”

Hazy orange capped by a one finger white foam cap, settles to a foamy layer with good lacings

Aroma of orange citrus, tangerine, grapefruit

Citrus orange hop taste, hint of peach

Good sudsing , hop taste not too ugh of a bite

Good beer

Mar 24, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 09/25/17

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, with a very nice citrus complex (orange, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango), really nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very tasty brew and another from BI. Addictive! Orange Julius! Thanks John!

Nov 23, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 9/25:
Pours with a pulpy and dirty grapefruit juice body. Head doesn't start too strong, but does last with a thin frothy film over the beer for a decent part of the pour. There is moderate lacing.

The nose is a slightly spicy or hot pineapple orange juice - though not as fruity as the actual juice. There is a lightly herbal bitterness that is helping accomplish this more balanced nose.

Taste has less bite than the nose foretold, though a little heat come in late. A smooth opening has a little more tropical flavor, guava, pineapple, perhaps just a splash of peach or nectarine. The bitterness is more clean, with those light herbal notes from the nose not coming through distinctly in the taste. A light tickling carbonation carries through the late to end taste, even through that little heat in back (this heat gains a little spice aspect as the beer warms).

A juicy beer that isn't over the top fruity, though the countering notes to the juice aren't coming out to me as definable as the opening fruit notes. The fruit notes win the day, but don't dominate it.

Oct 22, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 9/25/17! Pour was a beautiful hazed orange with a finger of white head leaving lacing behind. The smell was tropical fruits, soft bread, and sweet honey. The taste was candied mangoes, oranges, and nice pine notes in the back! Feel was medium but soft and creamy. Overall I thought this was delicious.

Oct 15, 2017
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at the brewery and out of a can dated 9/25/17. Both very similar experiences. This is a big boy and truly fantastic. A little green this fresh, which makes me think (based on other BI offerings, but also experiences with giant Trillium offerings) that a little bit of mellowing in a can or growler will make this beer even better.

Body is a hazy pale orange with a foamy, 2-finger white head that dissipated pretty quickly and laced just a little. Pretty standard BI look.

Smell is big, dank, sweet, and fruity. Peach and other stone fruit, orange juice, wet grass, huge berry notes, lemon, tropical fruit that's been left in the sun and caramelized just a little bit, pine, just a little boozy vapor, and a not-insignificant amount of green astringency. I get the size of this beer more on he smell than the taste, which is potentially dangerous.

Taste characteristics are large, and not necessarily harmonious, but I'm digging it. I get grapefruit and citrus pith first, then dark berry, then lemon/lime, then pine resin, then some dank, earthy malts, followed by lemongrass, peppery cracker, green onion, and a touch of sourdough. The waves of different flavors is really wonderful, but the aftertaste is a bit of a mishmash, which is where the non-harmoniousness comes in. Doesn't take too much away from the drinking experience for me, but it's not as tight as other BI offerings. I'm thinking this is where some mellowing may do the beer a lot of good.

Feel is pillowy soft, silky, and smooth. The body is soft and relatively thin, but the carbonation and microscopic floaties give it a medium-plus mouthfeel. Semi-sticky and coating, which makes that multi-faceted aftertaste linger even longer.

Big isn't always better, and "big" in the NE IPA world seems to be ridiculously over-hyped. But this is a good one for those that love a punch in the nose and taste buds, and I'm very interested to revisit it in a week or two to see how the flavor profile changes with a little age (a la Trillium Big Bird back in July).

Oct 01, 2017
Catalyst from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 66 ratings