Illusion
Bearded Iris Brewing

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From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,429
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,740
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 4.1%
Ratings:
21
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 12, 2022
Added:
Jul 06, 2020
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  3
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Now you see it? An intertwining apparition of Motueka + Enigma that unravels into zingy citrus, ripe raspberries, and smooth peach syrup.
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4.33 by Tsar_Riga from Indiana on Jun 12, 2022
 
4 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 28, 2022
 
4.03 by craigbelly from Iowa on Feb 05, 2022
 
4.21 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Dec 01, 2021
 
4.25 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Nov 21, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Another solid NE DIPA from Bearded Iris! Very enjoyable!

Nov 05, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Implying that there's fruit in their beers, they assure us that no actual fruits were harmed in the making of their beers and that any suggestion is simply an illusion. Built around the unique flavors of Motueka and Enigma hops, this fruit concoction is a mind trick in taste.

Illusion kicks off with a substantial cloudy haze, leaving the appearance opaque with a matte goldenrod and cream. Rounding the nose with a medley of citrus, tropical, stone fruit, berry and wine, the nose is a curious blend of fruits that are seldom seen in beer. Sweeter with initial impressions of cereal, cream of wheat, vanilla and dough, the malt influence is firm and starchy.

As the hops lead the way across the middle palate, the full flavors of lemon, under ripened oranges and grapefruit carry a citrusy start while a more strawberry taste follows soon after. Trending almost tangy with white grape, pineapple, passionfruit and apricot, the complex hop-derived fruitiness is bountiful and seems ongoing. A smooth and creamy finish is very light in bitterness, an herbal taste of lemongrass, green tea and sassafras round out the later portions of taste.

Full, creamy and rich with grain, the framework of malt serves as a dense foundation for the hops to keep those fruit impressions plump, juicy and full in a nearly smoothie-like fashion. Finishing off-clean, malty and almost tangy, the hazy ale trails into a slightly herbal finish of hemp and tea.

Nov 01, 2021
 
4.21 by WDJersey from Colorado on Oct 03, 2021
 
4.19 by blevinsaj from Ohio on Sep 14, 2021
 
4 by smithj4 from New York on Sep 05, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on September 2, 2021.

Sep 03, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

hoppy refreshing ipa smooth hop taste in every sip pass one on to a friend

Aug 27, 2021
 
4.24 by richj1970 from Alabama on Aug 14, 2021
 
4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Aug 06, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Hazy, check. Citrusy, check. The flavor is not as citrusy as the nose, but does have the kick of the Abv. Head is white almost bright. Lacing is decent, but I suspect the ABv cuts that down a bit. Great beer as expected from a World Class brewery!

Jun 04, 2021
 
4 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on May 20, 2021
 
4.1 by warnerry from Michigan on May 13, 2021
 
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Apr 19, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MesaDan from Minnesota

Canned 2/2/21; consumed 3/17/21: Made with Mouteka & Enigma hops and Elusive yeast. Tropical w/ pulp fruit nose; Hazy yellow hue with white lacy head; medium mouthfeel with velvet smooth carbonation; dank & earthy taste with notes of pulp (melon & peach), tropical nuance & a bit of citrus that plays with the medium bitterness and gives some juiciness that carries through to the finish. A complex beer. If, (when) I visit this brewery, I would like to try it side by side with their Wavelength DIPA.

Mar 17, 2021
 
4.34 by rangerred from Tennessee on Jul 13, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

Thank you Buck89 for this
16 oz can, dated 5/28/20, poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy golden copper with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, melons, some tropical fruits, earthy, herbal.

T- Citrus, melons, some tropical fruits, papaya, a little earthy, dank.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, medium body.

O- The nose is a little herbal and earthy right away, but Bearded Iris did a great job with the hops in this one.

Jul 06, 2020
Illusion from Bearded Iris Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 21 ratings