Bearded Iris Denali Vision IPA

I'm not sure if it's just my perception, but I feel like I didn't have any Bearded Iris beers for the longest time, and now I have a bunch of new varieties that I wasn't expecting, so now I'm just overjoyed. These guys are headquartered right in Nashville proper. They're not just on the outskirts of Nashville where I lump them all together - these guys are the real deal. But, geography isn't what you came here for. Let's drink some beer.

This beer is more translucent than most of the beers that I get from these guys. I can see a lot more light coming through the center of the orange-gold beer with the relatively small head. I can't even tell you if there's going to be lacing or not, as there just wasn't much of a head to start with, and what there was at the beginning sticks around a long time. The aroma is grapefruit, orange, melon, and maybe some yeast.

First sip is a tad underwhelming. This has flavor, and it's citrus in nature with pineapple up front, but the light tartness added with the corresponding sweetness and those light fruits make it feel like it's a much more mild beer than I had expected. I could almost mistake this for a more flavorful version of an all day IPA.

Tip-in is very mild carbonation burn with grapefruit and orange filling in the gaps. The middle hits with a little more carbonation at the back of the throat, but it's not overwhelming. Instead, the mouth has more of a dull pineapple with honeydew and orange and maybe a little nectarine tossed into the mix. The finish is a quick twist of tartness that eventually migrates into bitterness while the fruits slink off to where they came from.

Bottom Line: An impressively mediocre beer from a great brewery.

2.5/5

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