Illusion
Bearded Iris Brewing

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From:
Bearded Iris Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,523
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #8,100
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 4.36%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
18
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 05, 2022
Added:
Jul 06, 2020
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  2
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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Ratings by BEERchitect:
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours out with a short white head and a body of pale golden-orange, opaque. The head fades down to a thin bubble cap, with clumpy ropes of lacing down the glass.

S - Front is mango and orange zest, a slightly funkier orange flesh hit beneath, and a resin element riding over the top.

T - Follows the nose, with citrus in the open, an orange juice spritz that coasts into mango and passionfruit tropical notes, a malt core present mostly as a subtle sweetness, leading into an acidic and slightly bitter bite in the finish.

M - Brisk carbonation and moderate weight, but there's a touch of silt, and a bit of resin build over time.

O - Quite tasty, a pleasant, drinkable double NEIPA that delivers as Bearded Iris often does. Solid.
Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Zonian1 from Ohio

May 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by craigbelly from Iowa

Feb 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Nov 21, 2021
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another solid NE DIPA from Bearded Iris! Very enjoyable!
Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by WDJersey from Colorado

Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by blevinsaj from Ohio

Sep 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 05, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on September 2, 2021.
Sep 03, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
hoppy refreshing ipa smooth hop taste in every sip pass one on to a friend
Aug 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by richj1970 from Alabama

Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
 
Rated: 4 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

May 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by warnerry from Michigan

May 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by MesaDan from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.34 by rangerred from Tennessee

Jul 13, 2020
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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 23 ratings