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Bearded Iris Epicenter IPA

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I just... I don't understand the idea behind YET ANOTHER IPA from Bearded Iris. Yes, I am a fan of the style, and I would be the first to say that there are an infinite number of varieties of IPAs in the world today, so they can keep going on as far as I'm concerned. After all, they seem to be very skilled at it.

Another thick, orange beer from the purveyors of thick, inscrutable beers with thin or non-existent heads. The aroma is delightfully citrus above anything else. It's just juice on top of more juice, and it is seriously making me salivate.

First sip is very much like a thick fruit juice concentrate with the citric acid coming from the rind while mangoes, oranges, grapefruit, and a few other fruits are all mixed together in a very interesting and delightful way.

Tip-in is very light carbonation tingle with sweetness like a particularly sweet orange juice with a bit of pulp in it, too. The middle arrives with a strangely smooth mix of fruit juice and cold - it's …

Bearded Iris Entangled Dry Hopped Saison

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Bearded Iris may be the darling of Nashville. When I look at their beers, I can't say they really stand out with respect to how great they are, but they are so damn unique that I keep coming back to them. They may have fundamental flaws, but each one has a character that you won't find in another beer, and that's endearing.

The murky-ish pale yellow beer has a tight white head with no ability to lace whatsoever. The aroma is funky lemon and grains. Yup, this is all pretty standard stuff for a saison, so let's drink.

First sip is delightfully hoppy. I taste citrus, flowers, and then the grains back it all up nicely. There is a slight bitterness, but it upturns toward the end to sweeten out and the balance works just fine, but this is a sip, and a sip is like describing what a road looks like by looking at a still photo shot out the passenger's side window.

Tip-in is flowers and carbonation scraping along the tongue. The yeast and grains make the middle relatively sm…

Wild Heaven Wise Blood IPA

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What the hell is wise blood? Is it blood from someone who was wise? Or is the blood somehow sentient, learning through the ages that we all know blood stays around for, and becoming so wise that it is able to create its own beers? That seems kind of silly. What's also silly is not drinking this beer. So I'm going to stop not drinking it.

The shadowy gold beer has a slightly off white head that has some serious staying power. The foam just floats there on top of the beer, leaving it's lacing trail all over the place like it was invited here and it has decided to make itself comfortable. The aroma is citrus, pine, and fluffy biscuits.

First sip is a pretty hard hit of resin and a metal with citrus smeared on it. There is a meatiness of fruit and pine here that definitely shows me where they came up with the blood part of the name. It's a ... challenging sip, for sure. But this is all for a good cause, isn't it?

Tip-in is very light carbonation tingle with a healthy h…

Nebraska Responsibly Belgian Style Ale

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The only experience I have with Nebraska so far tells me that they are trying some things differently. Belgian ales are fairly traditional, but I kind of assume they are going to throw up some jazz hands and demonstrate that even the most traditional beers might have something that can break the mold.

The beer is a kind of coppery-red-brown, and it is murky as all get-out with no substantial head to speak of. As a result of the minimal head, there's jack squat when it comes to lacing while there is maybe scattering of bubbles kind of tossed around the top of the beer in a kind of wave of barely trying. The aroma is very heavy dark fruit and heavy alcoholic beverage. What is brandy? Smells to me like it's got lots of cherry wood dragging it down.

First sip is a giant WTF? It's a whole mishmash of brandy, cherries, fruit, grains, yeast, alcohol, and possibly more things that I couldn't possibly tease out from the syrupy strong beer. I mean, seriously, this is NOT a sippi…

Tailgate Southeast IPA

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This is my seventh Tailgate beer so far. I think I can make some sweeping statements about Tailgate at this point; they are generally good beers with moderate alcohol content that are not too challenging to the new beer drinker. That said, they all seem to have unique characters that may put some people off. I've tried a bunch of West Coast IPAs, but let's see what a Southeast IPA taste like.

The slightly murky beer is the color of straw with a white head that's sticky enough to leave just a hint of lacing around the sides. The aroma has a bit more malt to it than I would expect from an IPA from the southeast, but it does also have a citrus and floral pine that runs straight through the malt. The should be a good one.

First sip is crisp with a very notable bitter trail off. The flowers are a lot more forward than the citrus, and I can also pick up quite a bit of pine. The malt appears to be having problems taming the hops in this beer, but that's just from a sipping po…

Coney Island Hard Orange Cream Ale

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The problem I had with the Henry's Hard Orange was that it needed vanilla or cream or something to give it a wider flavor profile. Well, Coney Island to the rescue! They added cream to the orange, and I'm going to be better off for it!

The readers who pay attention to details may notice that the beverage before me is not orange. It's got a slight orange hue to the copper color, but that's as close as it comes; I guess we accept what we are given. Carbonation is definitely doing its thing, but this isn't a beer or root beer, so the head isn't going to stay past a second or two. The aroma is very sweet vanilla orange and there is that hint of alcohol around the outside. Immediately, I am reminded of the Seagram's beverages that were... not that great.

First sip is not bad at all. I had been expecting an orange ale that had cream or vanilla added, but this is a cream ale that has had orange added. I'm not sure it needed the orange, but it's definitely …

Little Harpeth Mosaic India Pale Kolsch

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Pretty sure they called this an India Pale Kolsch just to make me add another label over on the side of this blog, but I'm not doing it! You're getting labeled as just a regular old Kolsch, and you're going to be happy with it, Little Harpeth!

The color of this beer would be "beer gold" in the crayola box that I imagine they would make for adults. The fluffy white head is just about right in terms of thickness and stickiness, but I like a lot of lacing, and this doesn't look like it's going to give me any. The aroma is all kinds of tropical fruits just having a good-old time.

First sip is more malty than I expected. The fruits are here, but they are not asserting themselves. It's like there are many different hops fighting for dominance, but they can't get their stuff together before the malt just steps in and does the job of adding flavor.

Tip-in is moderate carbonation burn with the husk of a tropical fruit - like a mango or something - just res…