Nelson The Impaler - Iron Fist Brewing Company
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 00:20:23 | More by fourstringer
3.86/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours the same color as an adjunct lager from the bottle, pale straw, yellow. Stirring up the yeast adds a finger high frothy white head and a solid haze. Good lacing and retention.
White grapes, floral with some citrus zest, lemon and grassy notes. Yeast adds some bread dough and pepper. Very floral and bright aroma.
Pale straw and thin malt with some bread dough and Belgian spice flavors of pepper and clove from the yeast. Hops add a more muted white grape and citrus zest flavor than in the nose but overall very consistent. Balancing bitterness on the finish.
Moderate body that could use a bit more carbonation to liven up the floral and bright qualities of this beer. No alcohol presence and very drinkable.
A fine beer showcasing the Nelson hops, Belgian yeast adds a unique quality in the blending of spice flavors. A bit more of the bright hop flavors and carbonation would definitely push this one over the top.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2014 08:00:07 | More by rawfish
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey and grapefruit finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tasty and easy to drink.
Serving type: on-tap
09-29-2012 09:19:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-27-2012 17:49:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Nelson The Impaler from Iron Fist Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.