Escape Artist
Bearded Iris Brewing

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Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,189
Ranked #5,150
4.18 | pDev: 3.83%
Jun 16, 2022
Jun 23, 2019
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Notes: Our newest release isn’t easy to pin down. Strata + Cashmere + Citra hops tie to subtle strands of expressive English yeast for a DIPA that’s smooth and just a bit of a sweet talker. Silky fresh-sliced mango mouthfeel and undaunted notes of lemon squares, clementine rind, and refreshing citrus sorbet leave a lasting impression.
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4.08 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jun 16, 2022
4.15 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana on May 20, 2022
4.1 by brewskis from Indiana on May 12, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Very typical color, nose and taste. Good NE Style beer, would like more bitterness on the front and back of taste.

Apr 21, 2022
4.2 by blevinsaj from Ohio on Apr 13, 2022
4.25 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 19, 2022
4.03 by craigbelly from Iowa on Oct 31, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Tasty New England style DIPA! Bearded Iris does a great job with all their IPAs and did not disappoint here. I purchased a four pack, so will come back and tweak review later.

Oct 30, 2021
4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Oct 27, 2021
3.93 by MJSFS from Florida on Oct 06, 2021
4.06 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Sep 21, 2021
4.18 by MemphisSooner from Tennessee on Sep 11, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a 16 oz single from the Blue Door Bottleshop in Hendersonville 6-28-21 for $5.00. Canned 5-6-21; consumed 8-21-21. Also picked up a single from TW-Greenville 7-19-21 for $4.29. Doubling down on my IPAs today! Both cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a very nice white head that has good hang time.

Nose is citrus and tropical forward but some age and warm shelf storage may have caused deterioration of the hops but still very fragrant nonetheless.

Taste is a decent sized pale malt base with a lovely addition of hops that lend mango, orange, and lemon impressions. Finishes with a nice rind hop; 6/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is soft and light bodied leading to a refreshing finish despite the larger abv.

Overall you can't go wrong with Bearded Iris IPAs!

Aug 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

16oz can. Date stamp on bottom can rim is '07.12.21'.
Hazy, pale gold colored body. Two finger frothy white head, settles back to thick cap. Surprisingly short on lacing. Leaves some white particles in the body.
Aroma is present from the opening of the can. Sweet tropical fruit - mango and papaya, and citrus - orange and pineapple. Light malt undertone.
Taste is candy sweet, and then slightly bitter citrus rind comes in at the end. Has some hop dankness at the very end and into the aftertaste. There is a supporting malt that allows the flavors of pineapple, orange, mango and papaya.
Soft and more than medium mouth feel. Each sip fills the nose with aroma but the mouth is dry by the end. Good carbonation.
Not a thirst quencher because of the dryness left behind, but the nose brings forth the effort to take another sip. More than one would ultimately get too sweet; would rather prefer a little more bitterness that would snap the palate.

Aug 16, 2021
4.12 by BarrelAgedG from California on Aug 15, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Bright orange juice body with a eggshell white head. Tropical fruits abound in the nose, especially pineapple, papaya, and mango, with orange and floral hops in the background. Taste adds an element of dankness to the floral hops binging out lime zest, lemon juice and guava. A little busy but potent, the juicy body makes it work, though hop bitters are very light with the dankness leading on the end. Another well made neipa from BI

Jul 31, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 05.06.21

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus 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, mango, guava, peach), pretty nice little diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, guava, peach), pretty nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. Addictive! Orange Julius! MilkShake!

Jun 30, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

Can from Total Wine Myrtle Beach June 2021

Jun 26, 2021
4.33 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jun 15, 2021
4.35 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Jun 14, 2021
4.09 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jun 14, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at the brewery. What a find! It poured a hazy golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had tropical fruit peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright tropical fruit presence and a fruit peel spice finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Jun 12, 2021
4.18 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee on Jun 03, 2021
4.28 by peabody from Kentucky on Apr 22, 2021
4.09 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 18, 2021
4.12 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Mar 16, 2021
4.16 by richj1970 from Alabama on Mar 15, 2021
4.15 by jak from North Carolina on Jan 16, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a good-sized, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace. It smelled of pineapple, grapefruit, orange and sweet caramel. Great tropical fruit taste with toasted caramel and a sharp, piney bitterness.

Jan 02, 2021
4.2 by einman from Minnesota on Dec 25, 2020
4.27 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin on Dec 19, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Among the smoother and fruitier of the Bearded Iris Contengency, they employ the aid of Cashmere, Strata and Citra hops to complete a flavor that fits the haze craze mold perfectly.

Pale goldenrod and held in a firm matte appearance, the pastel Escape Artist builds a creamy white froth that carries the seducing perfume of tropical fruit, citrus and fine herb across the nose. With a light shortcake maltiness, the beer's early impression in taste are of light pastry dough, honey and with a bready density.

Once the ale washes the middle palate, its all about the hops. A full and fruity taste comes in waves with impressions of ripe mango and mandarin oranges. With hints of red grapefruit and a tangy lemon character, a sharper fruitiness is found. But a rounded tropical flavor passionfruit and pawpaw precedes a moderately bitter taste late as the nuances of fresh grasses, tea and hemp come about.

Medium bodied and malty-dry on the palate, the hoppy beer is mildly peppery and with a smooth sprucy finish. A medium length aftertaste of citronella and juicy cantaloup has us reaching for another. Its artistry is simply inescapable.

Dec 13, 2020
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 02, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from pint can into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear yellow hue with 1 inch bubbly white head with excellent retention.
S: Light citrus and floral hops: orange, sweet grapefruit, with subtle mango, white grape, floral, and minty herbal notes.
T: Orange and mango cream, sweet grapefruit and lemon, and white grape with a hint of a floral note.
M: Light-medium body. Delicately sweet. Mildly bitter throughout. Soft and slightly creamy feel. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Very approachable, refreshing, and with good hop complexity. Another solid brew from Bearded Iris!

Oct 20, 2020
4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Oct 13, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a hazy golden color with a fresh white head. Smell is juicy and dank with citrus and berries. Taste has fresh fruit notes of strawberry passion and stone fruit,some herbal dank notes as well . A soft mouth feel with some ripe bitterness in the finish.

Oct 11, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by addiwilliams from Virginia

Tastes like Ruby red grapefruit

Mar 27, 2020
3.63 by rangerred from Tennessee on Feb 21, 2020
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

16 oz can from brewery, canned 1/20/19. FRESHHHHH

Pours a hazy juicy pale blonde with a tall creamy head of 2 fingers.

Aroma is just pure juice. OJ, Grapefruit, and pineapple juices. Some slight herbal dankness. Blueberry. This is straight juice. This is up there with some of the best New England aromas ever.

Flavor brings mineral, plant matter, grapefruit peel, grapefruit flesh, orange juice, blueberries, dank apricot, and slight pipe bowl.

(Edit : 2 months later this beer has opened up wonderfully. I'm getting so much flavor, mostly cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, and papaya. The dankness is still there but less pronounced)

Feel is acidic and juicy. Nice resins. Reminds me of Other Half.

Overall, this beer is like if Other Half decided to do a lighter sessionable pale ale. And that's not any type of slam, because IMO, Other Half is the best there is. This is an incredible beer, and for some reason, Bearded Iris always tastes better from the can than from the tap. I'm glad I bought a pack. I regret not buying packs of the other stuff I tried, because it may have been better from the can, but I just went off of what I was given from the taps. This can here is the Bearded Iris I know and love. I don't know what happened on the tap line the other night. I think a lot of negative reviews are from the tap line which In my opinion even Homestyle came across as mediocre. They get it right in their cans though!

Edit : Escape Artist continues to impress. One of the best IPAs I've ever had. On my third batch from three different trips back to Nashville over the course of 2 years. Incredible. Never, ever change this, guys. This is art.

Jan 31, 2020
4.24 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Nov 03, 2019
Escape Artist from Bearded Iris Brewing
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