Bearded Iris Brewing

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Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #815
Ranked #3,118
4.23 | pDev: 5.67%
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 22, 2017
Notes: IPA brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Nelson Motueka.
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4.46 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Dec 01, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very hazy and a bit pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of stone fruit and lime are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of gooseberry, lychee and mango. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA has a nice and smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

Sep 25, 2021
4.15 by WDJersey from Colorado on May 08, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Billolick from New York

3/15/21 dated tall can.

Pours out with about a medium level of haze and cloudiness. Moderate cap and some strands of lace left on the glass.

Sweet pineapple juice sniff.

Tasty and enjoyable take on the style...more pineapple juice notes flowing through the mouth...pleasing and well worth a try.

May 08, 2021
4 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Apr 30, 2021
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 29, 2021
4.28 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Apr 23, 2021
4.27 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 23, 2021
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 18, 2021
4.24 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Apr 17, 2021
4.21 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Apr 17, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ichorNet from Massachusetts

This is my first experience with the vaunted Bearded Iris Brewing Co., and I'm really excited to give it a shot. My local store got a few different IPAs from them in a recent delivery. Not sure who's distributing them around MA, but I must tip my hat to them for a job well-done. Now, granted, this is a month old and just hit shelves here so, maybe not AS fresh as I'd want, but beggars cannot also be choosers, so I shall gratefully accept whatever I can get.

Hotline pours an opaque yet vibrant-looking orange color with a collar of fine foamy bubbles building up to about two fingers upon my initial decanting. The bigger bubbles quickly pop and fade away, but the head itself is retentive and lingers in slightly-smaller form (half-finger) after five or so minutes. Lacing is fairly decent but not amazing, though the legs here follow along with the retention and seem quite solid. Overall, a good pour, but nothing that stands out.

The nose has quite a bit of dankness, resin, and earthy spice mixed with notes of papaya, tangerine, and grapefruit. Hints of berry-like tartness and some slight deviations into grassiness and pine show up here and there as well, which are all things that are happening that make me very much unsurprised to know that Mosaic features here. That said, I do like the Simcoe and Motueka assistance, though I think Nelson gets lost in the shuffle, and Citra feels like it's just along for the ride in its own pungent and effective way. I mean, this is a lot of heavy-hitters in one place, and the combination is about 60% as good as it probably could be, which is still great at the end of the day because, man, this is pretty damn aromatic. I get a hint of creamsicle and marshmallow in here as it opens up, as well, but I don't think there's any sweetening agents or adjuncts in here. Just a note.

Flavor profile is pretty nice, but I think the month this has been canned has probably hit it slightly hard. Flavors of ripe mango, papaya, and mixed berry upfront with hints of clementine and grassy resinous notes in the finish. I do like the balance that the oats/wheat bring here, and there is a light bitterness that lingers just a bit with each sip. Carbonation is on the low side, but the flavors are pretty punchy and manage well despite that fact. Some nectarine and melon as it acclimates to room temperature, which are elements that work well with some of the earthiness and spice that I was picking up, as they provide a good foil to the tropical citrus that I got immediately. Overall, good stuff, but I'm not rushing out to grab a bunch more. Maybe I'm just spoiled by being in New England, but I've had plenty that's better.

Apr 16, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pubscout from New Jersey

There’s a whole lot going on in this excellent 7% DDH IPA besides “bling,” whatever that is. At least four hop varieties make their presence known, but the balance is on the money. Color is a pleasant hazy golden, nose is redolent of pineapples, citrus, mango and even peaches. Mouthfeel is both smooth and chewy. Pineapple and grapefruit linger in the finish. Overall, a winner if you’re a DDH IPA fan—and I am.

Mar 31, 2021
4.44 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 28, 2021
4.25 by crobinso from Colorado on Mar 27, 2021
4.19 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Mar 23, 2021
4.25 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Mar 19, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 01.14.21

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

Feb 27, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ZAP from Minnesota

L-Lightly hazed golden color.

S-Impressive. Juicy tropical fruits and citrus. Pineapple, tangerines, mango...also some apricot and peaches...

T-Relatively balanced...biscuit like malt holds its own and actually complements the aforementioned hop flavors nicely. Hops are more assertive on the nose but fit nicely in this. Getting some green grape hop impression on the taste as well.

F-Love the balance to this. Leans a little sweet on the finish but not hazy IPA sweet.

O-One of the better NE IPA's I've had recently. Very enjoyable.

Jan 29, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours a murky medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate bright yellow + bright orange + burnt orange + peach colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a handful of small 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. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit + citrus/orange + tropical/mango + tropical/pineapple + tropical/guava + stone fruit/peach hops over the top of moderate aromas of biscuit + pale + oat malts with a light to moderate amount of sugary sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + pale + oat malts with a light to moderate amount of sugary sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit + citrus/orange + tropical/mango + tropical/pineapple + tropical/guava + stone fruit/peach hops which impart a minimal amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving slightly stronger than moderate lingering citrus + tropical hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Upfront slightly crisp with a light amount of soft/fluffiness mid-body and a very light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a decently soft/fluffy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable hop profile with lots of citrus + tropical + stone fruit flavors and aromas. I could easily have a couple of these.

Dec 25, 2020
4 by jakea from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2020
4.27 by Brianito from Tennessee on Nov 18, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GregDBoston from Massachusetts

Interesting hop bill. Balanced, smooth and more interesting than most.

Nov 12, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a dark yellow color with a white head. Smell has citrus and guava, Taste very citrus forward with mango and tangerine. Mouth feel very sweet and fruity ,not one of my favorites from BI.

Jul 11, 2020
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3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by maximum12 from Minnesota

After two really good experiences I decided to gamble on a full four pack of a new IPA, something I haven’t done in a while, especially with NE IPAs. 16 oz. gamble can.

The pour is dark wheat straw with a head that collapses faster than the Packers offensive line under pressure. The nose brings lots of peach plus some melon & citrus.

Hotline is thicker than peach cobbler & tastes a bit like it too. Lots of peach in this to my palate, with throughputs of melon, citrus, & the swamp water clearly used in the boil. Mid palate brings oranges, sugar that almost overwhelms everything (like in a bad NE IPA), with only a touch of finishing bitterness. Thick. Twelve ounces servings would have been a better choice.

Some nice stuff here but the sugar careens really close to the guard rail of the abyss. Pretty good beer.

Jul 07, 2020
4.29 by peabody from Kentucky on Jun 20, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

"Extra, Extra, Drink all about it!" Hot off the press, Bearded Iris has something to say. With a complex hop blend of Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Nelson and Motueka, this New England-styled IPA speaks volumes.

Pouring with the expected matte golden opaqueness, Its frothy ecru cap releases a plethora of citrus, tropical, orchard, vinous, herb, spruce and grasses. A light and pastry sweetness of honeysuckle, shortcake and vegemite coats the tongue first with cereal grains and a rounded malt taste.

But the real story starts as the hops bounce off the middle palate with grapefruit, orange peel and lime. Bleeding from a citrusy upstart to a succulent tropical taste, its the suggestions of dried pineapple, mango and passionfruit that gives the beer a sherbet-like fruitiness. While pawpaw, peach and grape nuanced evolve, the late palate is moderately bitter with hop spices that resemble gin-like botanicals, green tea and parsley.

Medium light and oddly at risk of resembling thinness, Hotline is surprisingly dry and stemmy as it seems to side slightly with West Coast IPA. A medium long finish of hop spices, spruce and citrus peel extend into grassy, cedar and hemp-like aftertaste.

Jun 15, 2020
4.07 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Jun 04, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can, canned 1/2/20, into Odell Teku.

Gorgeous juicy dark blonde color with a fleeting head, a thin ring here.

Aroma of some sweaty juicy mango, papaya, orange, sawdust, and green melon.

Flavor is orange peel, juicy grapefruit, basil, thyme, and wet grass. Tastes slightly faded already.

Feel is acidic but not particularly juicy, no creaminess, a bit bland comparatively to their other beers, with moderate heat and heavy carbonation. Resins are moderate and compound on the palate at the end.

Overall, kind of a blah beer for me from Bearded Iris, they have done better, but it's not a bad beer by any stretch. If you can pick it up fresh definitely do it, I wish I would have drank it straight out of the gate at 3 weeks old.

Feb 18, 2020
3.93 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jan 26, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Pours a hazy, light orange with a thin, white head.
Super juicy smelll with melon. Tangerine, grapefruit and malt.
You n the bitter side. Slight dank. Pepper and spice. Slightly gritty. Pine resin.
Another good one.

Jan 19, 2020
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Nov 19, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beers-es from Virginia

From a 3-week-old can, pour a very hazy dark orange. Off-white head leaves streaky lacing. Smell is detectable while pouring the beer, with tropical fruits, citrus and some piney dank dominating. Taste follows. Excellent example of a NEIPA.

Nov 17, 2019
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2019
4.38 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Sep 27, 2019
3.92 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Sep 25, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

A: Hazy yellow/orange with rich white foam and thick lacing.
N: Lots of tropical notes and some citrus with minor dank notes.
T: Really creamy tropical hit with fresh lemons and limes and some oranges. A mild dank finish.
M: Very smooth and creamy with minor bite. No ABV, very well hidden.
O: This is a very well done NEIPA, enjoyed it a lot.

Jul 29, 2019
4.13 by Z_isSleeping from Tennessee on Jul 23, 2019
4.29 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jul 16, 2019
3.88 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Jul 01, 2019
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