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American IPA
Ranked #1,700
Ranked #49,552
4.22 | pDev: 4.5%
Bearded Iris Brewing
Tennessee, United States
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It doesn’t get fresher than a wet hop IPA. Our first one overflows with the vibrant sunlit intensity of heaping, fresh-from-the-bine citra, paired with simcoe and mosaic for a little extra bounce. We were excited to work with the folks at Yakima Chief Hops to pay homage to the tireless work of hop cultivation and farming, and to embody the flexibility and effervescent urgency required for a wet hop brew. While we’re always in pursuit of the freshest hop flavor and seek to infuse it into each offering, we think you’ll enjoy discovering the differences that whole cone wet citra adds to this one in particular.
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with soft, fluffy head.

Smell is dank and juicy with notes of melon. peaches and gummy candy.

Taste follows the nose, adding some hints of citrus and spruce, as well as a fairly strong, hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice IPA, even though mine was probably a little bit too old.

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Photo of Buck89
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The foam left some nice lacing in the glass. The aroma and flavor lined up very well. This was a great Citra showcase, with loads of ripe orange and citrus notes accompanied by a subtle dank undercurrent. There was a slight grassiness as well, perhaps a result of the wet hops. Bitterness was moderate and soft as expected. The feel was also soft and I didn't detect any astringency. The finish was all citrus. Outstanding.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-gold body (a tinge more orange than the usual BI IPA offerings, which is additive) of opaque but not turbid haze, with a finger of bright white head that collapses quickly but provides a thin cap and quite a lot of sticky, soapy lacing.

BI’s familiar yeast and a pungent punch of citrus juice leap out of the glass. Sweet tangerine, lemon, underripe pineapple, and ambiguous tropical notes. Tons of grassiness, a little wheat biscuit, plus some white grape and berry notes. Really good, fairly raw, and a little more mellow than I expected given the fresh hop approach.

Taste follows but BI’s familiar (over the past year or so) green astringency steals a little from the experience. Juicy citrus, lemon-lime, wine grapes, plum and pear, pineapple and mango. Fruit juicy but not sweet. Fairly bitter and green on the backend. Again, very grassy. It’s definitely a BI beer! Very good but not a standout on the tongue. Minimize some of the green hop burn and you have something really special, but I feel like I say that about most BI IPAs at this point.

Feel is soft and silky but a touch thin. Easy drinking, for sure.

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