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Deadlift Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Deadlift Imperial IPADeadlift Imperial IPA

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very good

224 Ratings

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2010)
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Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear copper with a loose white head that settles quickly to a razor thin blanketing. Tight bubbles build a modest white halo of lacing. The nose is intensely tropical and citrusy with an expected amount of sugar to build the beer's medium mouthfeel and help balance out the beer's biting alcohol and lingering bitterness. Candied pineapple is the first thing that comes to mind...
This is a relatively straight forward DIPA with easy drinkability and a reserved bitterness. The beer's alcoholic bite intensifies as the beer warms making it harder to continue drinking. Overall it's good, but doesn't blow me away.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 21:54:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of otispdriftwood

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was traveling when I tried this beer and almost didn't even bother trying it based on the Bros. rating. There was another IPA I wanted to try at the same bar but they were out so I figured why not try this. Just goes to show that everybody's tastes are different. I didn't find this beer to be too different from most other DIPAs in terms of smell, taste or drinkability. It had that hop forward presence, good fruity/citrusy aroma and the alcohol didn't feel like an 8.6% ABV. In fact, once I tried it, I went back to it instead of going to a tried and true selection. All in all, I would have this beer again, in fact, I may seek it out now that I'm home.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 15:28:40 | More by otispdriftwood
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer notes from March 2011: pours clear orange amber color with a creamy 1 finger off white fluffy head that faded quickly, leaving decent lacing.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, sweet malt, light alcohol, grains, caramel and more fruit…very hoppy nose overall.

Tastes of big citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, sweet malt, grains, caramel, herbs, and alcohol; the alcohol is not shy and almost over the top, so it is not a session beer. The burn made it hard to throw back quickly, but still tasted OK.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, with a medium body, average carbonation, but a tad too much alcohol which almost negates the bitterness. It was an OK DIPA, but not one I would run back to try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 03:42:06 | More by CHickman
Photo of philbe311


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of light airy pillow-like egg shell colored head... A vibrant pale amber color... Brisk carbonation... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass after each and every sip...

S - Citrus... Bready malts... Canned peaches...

T - A light malt base... Orange zest... A kiss of grapefruit... Pineapple... A light artificial sweetness throughout...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... A bit sticky... Sleek... Slightly chewy...

D - A respectable American Double / Imperial IPA, but far from the head of the class... Hides the 8.6% abv well... Even and consistent...

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 01:38:19 | More by philbe311
Photo of illidurit


3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Ruddy bronze color with a nice lacy white head. Muted aroma, some grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Flavor is boozy and sweet, with tendrils of candied pineapple and crystal malt snaking across the tongue. Also a bit of moldy apricot and flabby caramel. Tastes better than what I’ve described but it doesn’t come together real well. An entirely average concept boosted up to ’decent’ solely by virtue of having Nelson hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 10:06:39 | More by illidurit
Photo of Ryan011235


3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Hal & Al's on 10/1/11

Clear, scorched amber. One finger head. Thin, smooth retention. Impressive swaths of thick, drippy lace.

Hop oils abound in the aroma; slick and juicy. Dank and tropical; seems like Simcoe. Pineapple, peach, tangerine, mango. Smells catty, too. Not much malt, just a dry, grainy offset.

Tastes just as oily and slick. Not very boozy, though. Some pine notes and compacted tropical hops. Pretty good hop flavor without being too bitter. Grainy malts add body but don't influence the flavor too much. Bitterness builds over time.

Juicy upfront with each sip. Medium-full, slick feel. Carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum. Finishes oily with residual cattiness.

Not too shabby. Good, but not captivating. 10-12oz would have been enough.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 16:08:56 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the saloon at the music factory in Charlotte. Poured into a sam Adams perfect pint glass. Sticky lacing affixes itself to the glass. Aroma is grapefruit and pine mainly. Taste is biting bitterness. This one is nicely out of balance, delivering on the promise suggested by the tap handle. No letdown. Nice flavor and fairly easy to drink considering the high abv.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 03:13:13 | More by KickbacksSteve
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice amber color wit a 1 finger off white head

S- Has nie citrus notes up front followed by some hops and malts, also has some hints of peach and bread

T- Has a nice sweet hoppiness up front has alittle bit of a grassiness flavor in the middle and finishes with a bready bitterness

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall this was a decent IPA. it was alittle hoppy and the other flavors took a back seat. Still a decent brew and would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 16:54:42 | More by zrab11
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: This one pours amber in color with a finger of slightly off-white head. Minimal lacing is present.

S: A nice citrus note up front, mostly tangerine and grapefruit. Sweet tropical fruits are also there, mostly pineapple and a bit of mango. Very mild pine with a hint of peach on the back. Underneath it all, a little bit of bready malts.

T: The fruit character is quite sweet. Big pineapple and peach flavor with some sweeter citrus notes (and some grapefruit to a lesser extent). Just a little bit of grass and some bready malts. Not too much in the way of bitterness, though there is some pine flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've been considering picking this up at the store for awhile, but always passed. Looks like it wouldn't have been a bad choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 17:04:18 | More by womencantsail
Photo of afterforever


1.45/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer on tap at the Green Leaf Cafe in New Towne Williamsburg, VA. The Green Leaf has 64 beers on tap and I was looking forward to trying some fine ales. It looked nice in the glass highball glass? however it had what seemed to be a soapy flavor. It was different but in a bad way. Maybe it is the hops. I am a big IPA fan but I left this one on the table.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 15:51:50 | More by afterforever
Photo of david18

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a seven ounce pour of it as a part of a sampler at Pour 24 at Las Vegas’ New York New York Casino. It was one among two IPA’s in the sampler and definitely the stand out beer among everything.

The color was a hazy orange/amber with a decent amount of carbonation.

Aroma was very hoppy, primarily citrus with some pine and malt coming through.

Flavor was intensely hopped (probably not a good beer to be drinking along side other beers) with some alcohol coming through but not too much.

This is one of the better IPAs/Double IPAs Ive had in a long time and I'll look for it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 19:08:55 | More by david18
Photo of Chizoad


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out at a bar with the usual Bud/BL/Newcastle options, but saw an odd green tap in the mix, so I gave it a go without really knowing what it was. I am happy I did.

Deep amber DIPA and a healthy head which settled to about a half finger layer throughout the drink.

Good aroma of citrusy hops, and clear malt sweetness for backing. Although I wouldn't rate the smell higher than any other attribute, it probably was the best aspect of this beer.

When cold, the malt couldn't stand up to the hops in this. Powerful citrus and bittering hops. After it warmed it was better balanced.

Boozy at first, but a relatively easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 14:09:57 | More by Chizoad
Photo of PicoPapa


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of head. Good amount of lacing. Nice citrus hops aroma. Slighlty sweet. Taste is a nice bitter citrus up front. Bitter aftertaste along with some orange peel. I'm not a big fan of Widmer Bros but this beer is definitely a stand out for them. Overall this is a solid choice for an Imperial Ipa that is somewhat easier to locate on tap. Worth grabbing again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 21:13:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Duckworths, served in a pint glass.

Pours a light amber color with copper highlights. The smallish white head recedes quickly, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing, a little less lacing than I would expect. Appearance is fairly typical for the style.

Lots of fruity notes in the nose; Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and maybe a little orange zest. Some piney and floral hop notes as well, a slightly soapy aroma is present as well. I get just the faintest hint of caramel malts, but not nearly enough to even attempt to balance this beer out.

The flavor is very similar to the nose; lots of sweet fruity and hoppy notes up front and a bit of bitterness and grainy malts in the end. Fortunately the soapy aroma does not translate to the taste. Unfortunately the small malt presence is not enough to stand up to the hoppy and fruity notes that dominate this beer. Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Drinkability suffers from the lack of malt presence to help balance this beer out, this is not a beer that I could drink several of in a sitting.

Overall, this is not a bad beer but it seems to fall short of what it could be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 14:37:00 | More by CBlack85
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a tulip glass.

Look: lightly cloudy, pale golden color, with a decent, two finger head that has good retention and leaves a little bit of lace. Good looking DIPA.

Smell: hoppy with citrus and pine, emphasis on the pine, with a bit of honey sweetness and a bit of malt. Not as pungent in terms of hops as I would like.

Taste: starts citrusy, yields to a heavy hand of pine, but finishes with a big malt flavor of pale malt, biscuit and honey. Not enough hops for me, I'm afraid.

Feel: crisp, fairly smooth, moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

Drink: easy drinking but given the alcohol content and that this isn't an exceptional DIPA, I couldn't see ordering a second glass.

Overall, nothing really too impressive about this DIPA. Not enough hops. I hate to be overly critical of this one but in a world where you have hundreds of different DIPAs to choose from, I can't see why anyone would ever choose this. Sorry, Widmer. Not impressed by this one. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 13:43:04 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright amber with a thin white foam. The nose however is great. Citrus, marijauna and reminds me of their prickly pear from a while back. There is a sweetness with a bit of spice here too, maybe clove. On the taste there is a sweet honey flavour with a mild bitterness and a bit of heat on the finish. Its dry with little carbonation and leaves a nice malty sweetness on the finish. I must include that I am sitting on Venice Beach during this review and could probably go through three big glasses of this right now as the sun heats my face and I watch the strange characters walk by. The beer fits the location and the ABV isnt hurting either.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 03:36:33 | More by LazyL
Photo of CraftBeerBarney


5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deadlift is one of my top 5 favorite Imperial IPAs!!! Widmer brothers really nailed this one. The imported Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand really gives it a unique berry-like taste that really finishes nicely! The tap handle for Deadlift is also my favorite!

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 19:09:47 | More by CraftBeerBarney
Photo of Durge


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found at My Place in Newtown, CT this DIPA shows a clean clear light copper color with a big off-white colored head and plenty of lace to follow. The aroma is delightfully full of crisp grapefruit bite with a subtle biscuit undertow. The flavor brings an intense fruit blend of orange and pineapple with lots of hop bitterness, but it's mellowed a little bit with a caramel/brown bread sweetness that mixes quite nicely. This is solidly mid-bodied or better with subtle but sufficient carbonation. The feel is smooth and quenching with fair drinkability for the style. A safe choice for any hop lover, fairly balanced while catering to the bitter edge. Nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 07:46:45 | More by Durge
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy, dark honey-like golden with a creamy, pale yellow head. There was not much foam, but this was apparently an artifact of the pour. Aroma is strong and mainly evergreen with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is seriously hoppy, mainly evergreen with hints of resin and sour citrus and minimal bitterness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a persistent tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 00:36:14 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of drinkiusmaximus

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange honey color with a fingers width head that recedes quickly leaving sticky lacing. Smell of slight orange peel and malt. Taste follows the nose. Medium bodied and overall a moderately drinkable DIPA. Good choice if all their is on tap besides is macro swill.


Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 23:33:24 | More by drinkiusmaximus
Photo of HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay.
Appearance was pretty good, a light colored body with thin head, nice but thin lacing.
Smell was citrus
taste - this DIPA was creative and different. nice hop bite with citrus/fruity sweetness.
mouthfeel was good, a bit thin but nice.
Although I only had one the drinkability seems to be high, even though abv is high, it is not a big heavy thick DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 17:36:49 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of Rayek


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yard House in Denver, CO. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Pale amber with nice clarity and light carbonation. A small eggshell cap quickly falls to a patchwork film. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Hop aromas dominate. Citrus, pine and anise interplay well. Alcohol adds a light heat.

T: Again, the hops dominate. Bitterness hits right away with a citrus and pine bite that's strong but not overdone. Malts are in the back with a caramel sweetness. Alcohol adds a fair amount of warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The medium body is slightly oily and has the right fizz.

D: This is a nice Imperial IPA overall. Perhaps not my favorite member of the style, but a worthy beer in its own right.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 04:17:46 | More by Rayek
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber in color, very transparent, good foamy head at the top that leaves a nice lacing around the glass

S: Citrus, with some sweetness, kind of scented like orange soda.

T: Strong taste of citrus and grapefruit up front, with some bitterness at the end.

M: Medium bodied goes down smoothly with a bit of carbonation as well.

D: I would say very drinkable for an Ipa, great job by widmer on this one!

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 17:54:07 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of sacrelicio


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent DIPA. Very tropical, pineapply in flavor and taste. THe mouthfeel is solid, as is the appearance. The drinkability is actually quite high, not bad for a DIPA. The alcohol is not evident in the taste at all really. Overall, not bad, but nothing to seek out. A good bargain option, or something to get if you want a DIPA on tap, and the restaurant only has this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 05:07:55 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of csiewert


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer. Had this on tap at a hole-in-the wall pub in Dallas and I couldn't resist. Smells strong of pine and hops. Pours a golden amber with a little head. Tastes of sweet malt and lots of fruity hops. Finishes clean and definitely does it's job with it relatively high ABV... not too high though that it overwhelms the flavor. I miss it already.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 20:58:55 | More by csiewert
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Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.