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Deadlift Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Deadlift Imperial IPADeadlift Imperial IPA

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very good

229 Ratings

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wierd DIPA, like wine and beer thrown together as when you are disposing of beer and wine at a party tossing it in one cup and someone comes along and drinks it. Very piney,minty, grassy, weedy. Big hop aroma. Cloudy grapefruit and one quarter inch of retained head. Loads of lace. Full mouthfeel,and yet palate shredder.Very drinkable but unique hop juice.Good white winey finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:50:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-07-2013 12:26:51 | More by t0rin0
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 ChainGangGuy


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, clean copper ("Did you put dark gold?" -TheLibrarianGirl) body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Pudgy-pithed grapefruit, resinous pine, and a small hint of grape. Malts are somewhat downplayed, bringing meager notes of lightly kilned barely. A few beads of acetone. For me, not the most prolific Nelson Sauvin aroma. However, I will say it is nice to see the hop being utilized more frequently.

Taste: There's a light doughy, grainy breadiness to the pale malts as well as a negligible amount of caramel. Modestly sweet. Though any initial sweetness is overridden by the incoming sharp bitterness and approaching hop flavors of citrus, vinous fruit,and oily pine blossoms. Grows a bit more tropical as it warms. Noted spicy alcohol tones, though it's not overwhelming. The brave, heroic malts fight back against the hops, but fail to retake the taste. Finishes dry, bitter, and resinous.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Small touch of oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The drinkability is, well, acceptable for being a bitter brew. A to the point, decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 17:16:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-13-2011 21:07:58 | More by JAHMUR
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, while there are several other 2IPA's that are better, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 22:58:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Deadlift Imperial IPA

Lightly clouded, pale apricot appearance, 1/4 " of head holds fast on top.

Vibrant, hoppy aroma. Bitter, with a side of sweet. Citrus and pine, with a twist of honey.

Nice hop blast right off the top, boards the palate, then fades a bit, ends sweet and creamy. Very accessible, supremely drinkable. Very juicy, and well-balanced.

A good Imperial IPA, but one I would really only return to due to the price point. Doesn't deliver what I like from my favorite IIPAs, not as much, anyway.
I'd put it just below HopSlam, and well below Maharaja and Hopsickle.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:51:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of pineapple, papaya and pine notes. The flavor is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get some pineapple, mango and papaya. I also get a little bit of pine as well as some bready malt to balance things out slightly. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, widely available Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 07:29:24 | More by Mora2000
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flavorful rich hoppy ale.

Attractive dark amber color in the glass. Big nose and intense aromatic hop flavors. come through as you exhale. Reasonable amount of malt, kind of sweet and almost sticky. Bitterness is kept within decent bounds so it is at least sippable. Better with food, and plenty of it.

I have to say this makes a great "flavoring" beer to add to less well-endowed beers. Does that Trader Joe's Simple Times need a dose of hops?

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:02:50 | More by mactrail
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a firm finger of white head, good lacing, but light for the style.

S: Pineapple/tropical fruit - clear Nelson Sauvin, hint of onions which was odd but intriguing. Very green - in fact it does smell a bit like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc after which the hop was named.

T: Lots of tropical fruit with a bit of rye like spice. Good amount of cracked barley/biscuity malt akin to 90 Minute. Finish reminds me of spearmint. Very floral hoppiness, not bitter at all.

M: Medium/full-bodied, off-dry, resinous/chewy aftertaste, vibrant on the palate.

D: This is nowhere near a CA hop bomb DIPA, in terms of bitterness it is clearly more like a regular IPA or even an English IPA. Nevertheless, the flavours are very good and intriguing. One of the more unique DIPAs I've come across; don't expect San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:46:42 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-03-2014 00:38:02 | More by GClarkage
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I had this beer on Randall and it was pretty damn good.

A: Looked a nice orange color, good carbonation and a small white head

S: Lots of hops, floral, citrus

T: Tasted of sweet and rich hops, floral and cotrus, fresh hops, probably from the Randall. Resinous, hop oils

M: Sweet, lightly bitter, more fresh, resionous hops and hop oil but not like a Union jack resinous, more crisp and not as oily.

D: Oh yeah. On the Randall. It Rocked.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 03:24:02 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Princeton's Liquors. I later noticed the bottled on date was March 2010, but thought this actually aged very nicely. There are big citrus hops up front with a bit of pine and then floral perfume and crushed pepper finish. While most aged DIPA's take on drab and simple malt characters, this instead had a pleasant biscuit and cookie malt taste. Overall, it wasn't too thick, making this a great hop-bomb to get in trouble with. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:11:41 | More by tempest
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red to Caramel colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops with an extra strong grapefruit aroma. Fair aroma of pine, cedar and eucalyptus. Not much going on malt wise just a little sweet smell.

Starts out medium sweet with lots of grapefruit flavor. Tastes like it smells, strong cedar flavor like salmon cooked on a cedar plank. But that is about it for flavor, not super complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good. Good beer but not a great one, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:59:09 | More by Zorro
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had my eye on Deadlift, particularly because of the $7.99 pricetag for 4 bottles (for the DIPA that's a pretty good deal). From a 12 ounce bottle with the date of Dec 21 10 printed on the label (must be a born on date), on to the beer:

This is pale orange in color with a suprisingly clean body. The head on top has a semi-creamy texture and gives good sticking lacing to the glass. The nose is fine, smells like juciy hops with tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Saltine cracker notes hit the nostrils. The overall intensity does dwindle quickly though.

The hoppiness is smooth, which is better than expected. The malt bill , though acceptable, has a few cracks in the foundation. Tangerine and mango flavors are tasted, honey and a snap of saltine cracker head onto the scene. A saltine cracker flavor can work if it's not too salty, here in Deadlift it's pushing it. It stays salty and a little bitter into the aftertaste. The alcohol, at 8.6%, is hidden remarkably well; I feared that it would be messy.

Overall, this is probably what I could have expected from Widmer. Not great, not bad. It certainly has its strenghts, and they're enough to have me put down the rest of the 4-pack with no trouble.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 06:38:41 | More by DoubleJ
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got this up here in Moorhead relatively quick it appears.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours half finger of beige head. Fades to about a finger. Color is a very clear orange hued gold. The head leaves slight splattered lace.

Aroma: Lots and lots of floral hos. A decent amount of citrus. Both another BA and I agreed that it seemed to have some wet hops in it. Solid aroma.

Taste: There are a little more malts here than in the aroma, but massive floral hops dominate the taste. Has some grassy notes and grapefruit citrus is most evident here. Decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but not too sticky for the style.

Overall, not to bad from the Widmer Bros. Probably one of their better beers. Pretty decent for the style and the price for a beer this big is reasonable. Def worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:15:08 | More by mothman
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red orange body with soft bubbly white head. Hazy yet incandescent. Lace is quite substantial. Aroma is hoppy and juicy. Bubblegum mixes with tangerine, citrus and spice. Great flavor. A lot of hop flavor and minimal hop bitterness. Juicy hoppines bursting with tropical fruits. Malt base is just there for balance...nothing more. Bitterness is not huge for a DIPA, but that's o.k. The great hop flavor makes up for it. Fairly hefty body. Just a hint of alcoholic heat. Smooth body and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 06:14:38 | More by Bighuge
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn, best Widmer I've ever had. Good clean appearance and hop aroma. Not astringent bitter at all.

Great taste, again, very clean. Doesn't weigh heavy on the palate like some in the style will. Great hop feeel, average bitterness, a very drinkable brew. Drank at the Bistro for Hop Rhizome festival. Had it up against Hop 15, PTE, Drake's IPA, competitive with all those great hoppy beers.

Gotta love the use of the Nelson hops here. Done very well. Affordable price. Only likely to offend anti corporate types versus those who actually stress that taste is all that matters.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 22:49:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-28-2014 17:16:02 | More by LXIXME
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet... nice foamy 1" head... good retention and lace... the brew is a polished orange.

Nose is nice fruity hoppiness... tropical and citrus... a tad floral.. good malt backbone with touches of toast.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma with some mango and grapefruit zest thrown into the mix.. a tad maltier than I normally like, but it is certainly within style and never is "sweet".. finishes a bit pithy. Medium body for the style and.. carbonation may be a tad light, but it lends to a lush mouthfeel.

Pretty good... and a good value at only about $2/bottle.


Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:47:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong hops, floral aroma, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, yeast, slight earthy malt, and slight grain. Overall, a complex blend, good body, and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 21:28:04 | More by Tone
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South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of hops and grapefruit up front, with a solid malty backbone. Also had a nice element of caramel in it. Wasn't quite as complex as I might have liked, but still a decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well done, drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2010 12:31:04 | More by avalon07
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid dipa...I get a lot of tropical fruits on the nose...mango, pineapple, papaya...also some basic citrus of oranges and tangerines..the flavor follows suit...sweeter tropical fruits...just a hint of unsweetened grapefruit on the finish...

Nice malt load keeps this balanced but never really enters into the mix...feels like a DIPA body wise....not a real bitter beer...more flavorful than bitter.

Lacks special qualities but is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 04:37:58 | More by ZAP
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Well it looks the part. The body is a bright and deep orange in color and kind of darkish with shades of brown. The head is big, full, and puffy with good retention and filming.

Smell - The malts clearly dominate this show. They are rich and sweet with loads of butter. The hops are light and more floral and definitely take a back seat to this malt base.

Taste - The malts come over terrific at the taste. They are indeed full of butter, probably more so than almost any other DIPA that I've had. This is a rich, rich flavor. The hops come on a bit bigger at the taste but are still confined to floral notes and maybe some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with light but fun carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. This DIPA defines the concept of creamy on the tongue, and the quality feel that you get in the mouth is beyond compare. The hops, which aren't too hoppy, put up a surprisingly bitter bite especially at the finish. This is a class act.

Drinkability - I really enjoyed this beer but the hopheads will be disappointed. I'm willing to forgive the lack of a huge hop bite since the malts were so expertly handled from beginning to end. This was the most impressed I've been with a Widmer offering in years. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 01:21:25 | More by RoyalT
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Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.