Bearded Iris Sky Hopper IPA

When Bearded Iris shows another beer, I pay attention. When it's yet another IPA, I wonder just how different it can be to all of the other IPAs that these guys have put out so far. Admittedly, many of these are very similar to each other, but they all have their own distinct personalities. Let's meet this one.

Another hazy orange-yellow beer that has the opacity of the darkest stout and the head of a good drink of freshly squeezed orange juice. The aroma gives it away with the light citrus hops and dough. The aroma is dull compared to others in the Bearded Iris stable, and I'm not completely sure why, but my curiosity has been piqued.

First sip is pretty freaking good. It's got pineapple, pears, oranges, and a whole bunch of other tropical fruits just dancing around with malt holding the bitter back like a dam holding back a tide. And it's doing a very good job of it, so the sip is juicy and sweet, and I want more. And I shall have it.

Tip-in is moderate carbonation burn with tropical fruits tempered by pine. The middle is more acidic with pineapple, tangerine, and oranges dominating the gentle malt and easy going pears. The finish is a simple exhale of bitter breath and the malt then trails off with it as floury dough.

Bottom Line: Seriously liking the style these guys bring.



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