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Nelson The Impaler - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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83
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-29-2012)
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Nugganooch, May 08, 2014
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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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Nelson The Impaler from Iron Fist Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.