Origin: Nashville, TN
Style: New England IPA
Bearded Iris sits at the intersection of craft brewery and art gallery, looking to marry the precision and evocative nature of both into one entity. Brewing since 2014, the menu is geared toward IPA and its derivatives, looking to make the most from a cultivated, sophisticated roster of hop strains that yield the best results. Bearded Iris is dedicated to pulling everything out of the small list of ingredients that they use to make their craft beer. While they seek to keep it bounded, they’re also looking to see what those few materials can ultimately yield. From a small seed, they look to grow a diverse forest. The Homestyle IPA is a New England IPA that relies on a single strain of hops and seeks to pull all the potential in that strain out, into a great beer. Flavourful, punchy, and a beer that evolves on the palate, Homestyle is quite the pint. Serves well at 6°C and should be enjoyed promptly.
Pours a pale golden colour with a clear body and medium carbonation. A small cap of white bubbles makes up the head.
Big fruity aroma leaps out of the pint to your nose. It comes across muddled together but the pineapple and blood orange stand out. The hops are flowery and warm.
There’s a lot more fruit and zest in the flavour than there are hops or bitterness. Overall this has a much less bent flavour profile than you might expect from aggressive hop IPAs. But that sweet, interesting flavour rolls off fast once it hits your tongue, and quite quickly you’re left with a dry mouth and green hop flavour. This is a fast acting IPA, and best enjoyed quite cold.
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New England IPA
Grande Prairie, AB
Retail: $6.49 Club: $4.79