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Nelson The Impaler | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-29-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by Nugganooch:
Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle form the 4-Pack
Notes form 04/25/2014 – FW Nonic style glass

A: Goldenrod body with a yeasty haze. Has some orange tones to it when held up to the light. Thin layer of paper white foam settles out to a thin rim leaving some light drapes of lace sticking to the glass.

S: Smells of sourdough bread, grains, and some musky Belgian yeast traits. I get coriander, lemon peel, and white wine grape, with a touch of earthy minerals. Okay smell. Fairly yeasty to me and more so a Belgian pale.

T: Taste is light and dry with lots of grassy earth notes. The Belgian yeast presents fairly strong in the flavor as well with coriander, peppercorn, and hints of clove. Subtle bits of white grape, lemon, and grapefruit manifest with a moderate to upper level of drying bitterness. Bread is the sourdough kind with a soft honey sweetness. The phenols give a touch of sharpness enhancing some alcohol notes there. This is an okay brew but it’s not really gelling for me.

M: Moderate filling body with a even strength of carbonation giving a nice spritz. Decent tug of bitterness washes up to a drying finish. Fairly crisp and clean in the end.

D: Make no mistake, this is a BPA utilizing the house Belgian Yeast strain. Not bad but doesn’t quite work for me with the Nelson hops and Belgo style combo. One of those things that looked great on paper I guess. I think the yeast would need to be dialed back a bit and hops kicked up a notch but what do I know. My wife is a fan if that is an inclination to anything but I couldn’t give a strong recommendation for this one.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light straw amber with gold highlights and a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and apple family fruit, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit. Interesting. Flavor is biscuit malt, slightly sweet orange and lemon citrus, grapefruit finishing with fairly intense grapefruit rind and resiny hop bitterness that is much drier. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. Quite flavorful for a pale ale. I wanted to favor the fruity Nelson hop flavors a bit longer, finding the finish a bit abrupt, but I did like both phases of flavor. A well done and tasty pale ale. Not one of my go-to styles, but ales like this could change my habits.

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Photo of Omnium
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy almost neon yellow with a finger of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Fresh grass, grains, lemon peel, cracker malt
T - Nice lemon flavor, floral and grassy as well, finishes clean with the malt coming through.
M - Clean and light. Good carbonation.
O - Good and highly drinkable beer. Not mind-blowing but certainly refreshing.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of yhoshijima
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out a yellowish beer with a good amount of clarity for how malty the taste was (not so much appearance) and the use of nelson hops which seem to usually impart a cloudier brew. Aroma was mildly citrusy, I thought it was gonna make a stronger impression on my nasal cavity, as it was described as nelson w/ citra, but here the citrus was present, but mild.

Taste, I guess for this being a pale ale, versus an india pale ale, the soft touches with the hops, citrus and carbonation make a little sense. For my preference, I would have preferred more carbonation. I wanted the funkiness of the nelson hop to be more pronounced, I wanted a bigger citra contribution. Its like everything was good in this beer, but it was just like that little bit of KFC gravy they gave Cartman at the methadone like clinic to hold him over from going into withdrawals. You want more. More citra, more nelson, more hop bite. Just more. Take the same recipe, up it by 25% in the hop department. It came off as a little too malty, so maybe if they cut back a little bit in that department, I'd get a little more of what I'm looking for from those two of my favorite hops.

Overall, a good beer, but one that could be excellent with a few tweaks and no new ingredients. Just an increase/decrease in what is already there.

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Photo of Adkins1203
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is faint lemon and grain.
The taste is mild bitter lemon and mild malty sweet.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's fine.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A standard bomber from Costco vs. the typical 750 from Iron Fist. Poured into a tulip showing a hazed light yellow/green with more of a golden orange in the light. Half inch of cap offered decent retention. Very witbieresque in appearance.

Notable nelson hop profile on the aroma yet with some wheat twang, touch of grapefruit rind. Clean aroma with no maltiness to confuse the palate. Taste follows given the lightness of the delivery. Spritzy carbonation and a bit more citrus on the finish, though more muddled lemon than grapefruit now. Light bitterness works with the pale malts but the finish is a bit hollow and brief.

Overall an interesting take but I find this a bit too dry to engage. There is some yeast notes with warming but a hop profile alone, particularly a mild one, does not make a beer.

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Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilly_E
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Sasquatch_B_Foot
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fourstringer
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a silly Samuel Adams tulip-pint glass. Moderate hand. No date on the label. This one reports 5.0% ABV.

A: Fairly clear, pale golden yellow-green. 1 finger of foamy, white head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Fruity hop aroma with white grape character. Lemon. Pear. Faint grapefruit. Floral notes. Pepper. Reminiscent of white wine varietals. Nice.

T: Good, firm bitterness with a floral character initially and throughout. Light malt notes, grass, make a fleeting appearance, but are dominated. Dry finish. No alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body makes for a satisfying gulper.

O: Very nice showcase for the Nelson Sauvin hop - smells great. Some of that is lost in the flavor, but overall this drinks well. Great session beer and would be very refreshing in warmer weather.


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Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bro_Guy
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Nelson The Impaler from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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