Deadlift Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Deadlift Imperial IPADeadlift Imperial IPA

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231 Ratings

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 5
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:
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(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-08-2010)
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Photo of RoyalT
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.

Photo of augiebeerfan
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, it has a gold color and is very clear. The head wasn't that great it was dull and almost non existent but didn't take away from its body. The suds look great and go with the beer perfectly.
The smell has a citrus aroma to it and has a that great hop smell one would expect from an IPA.
The taste is crisp clean and a great citrus taste that is great with meals as well. its not overpowering and light for a beer with a higher ABV.
The drinkability is easy and refreshing. It feels good on the palate and has a great after taste.
The mouthfeel is bubbly and lighter than some other Imperial IPAs.
i like everything about this beer and i believe its the best widmer beer with the Brr a close second. Thanks Widmer.

Photo of Mdog
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold, ok head.

Smell: Not a lot, mild citrus.

Taste: Solid grapefruit flavor, sweetened enough to not be overly bitter.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, not too heavy, hides the alcohol.

A pretty nice DIPA from Widmer here, the grapefruit flavor smacks you pretty good-usually I get pink grapefruit but this is more like yellow grapefruit but without being too bitter. Worth a try, and nicely priced.

Photo of madtappers
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap at Brick House in Vancouver, WA, poured into a standard pint glass.

Nice orange hue with a 2 inch white head, a big aroma of citrus hops.

This beer has all the great hop flavor on the tongue while not being overpowering. For a DIPA this is on the lighter side, but does make it a very sessionable beer. For the price not a beer you can pass up either.

Overall, great job by Widmer...maybe we'll see a 22oz bottle of this???

Photo of Tone
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.

Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tri-Cities area bar 3.26.10, $4.50 a pint.

1/4 finger minimal head, hard to judge dissipation, pretty good lacing. Deep gold cloudy body, some rising carbonation. Nose is a big fruit hit, mango, guava, dryish malts for balance. Taste is pretty sweet, dryish in the middle, slight hoppy bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but fairly dry finish for the style. Drinkability is a bit boozy, noticeable alcohol. To be honest, I believe I like the bottled version better.

Photo of vacax
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-copper color with half a finger or so of white head, decent retention and lacing. The aroma is peachy with some tropical fruit to it such as pineapple or passion fruit, and a plentiful dosing of caramel malts. The flavor begins with a nice floral sweetness, lots of caramel on the midpalate and some resin and pine in the peak of the full bitterness that comes. The finish has bitter geranium hoppiness and an excess of cookielike sweetness.

I am happy to see such a large brewer putting an Imperial IPA out there, but this could tone down the sweetness and up the level of aromatic hops for some easy improvement. Appropriately medium-thick body for a DIPA with a moderated carbonation, maybe could use a bit more prickly carbonation to help with the bitterness. Overall this is a decent attempt at a DIPA, especially from a larger brewery, but falls terribly short from the high mark.

Photo of BDJake
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I tried this mainly after hearing about the batch that was lost during Portland's power outages, when I made a comment on a thread about it that got some backlash from other BA's due to my hef-bashing, so I was curious to see what the finished product was like, being an aspiring hophead as I am.

A- clear golden copper with creamy eggshell head that retained well and left a sticky lace

S- very hoppy and floral, yet well balanced

T- didn't live up to the taste, as it wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping for, but the added malt presence still balanced it very well

M- medium body with surprisingly bready finish and decent carbonation

D- meant to be savored, somewhere between a sipper and a thirst quencher

Photo of ZAP
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, 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.

Photo of Bfarr
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not usually swayed too much by the appearance of a beer but this oneis very pretty. A nice clear burnt orange with sunny edges and thick light tan head. It makes you smile just to lookat it. It has a pleasant grapefruit hop aroma leading into a very distinctive and unfortunately 1 dimensional similar taste. It's very light on hops despite being a DIPA with little to no sweetness to counter balance the hops. With no real challenge, it is certainly easy drinking and an inexpensive beer to relax with.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours golden amber body with a creamy two finger head. Hangs on very well and leaves very nice sticky webbed lacing.

S: Very floral and grassy, hint of citrus and some nice malt in the background. Expected a bigger nose out of a DIPA.

T: First of all, it doesn't really come across like a DIPA, kind of in-between. It has a nice floral/citrus hops profile balanced nicely with some malt and a faint yeast profile. Pretty balanced, just not big enough for the style.

M: Medium light body with active carbonation that is pretty smooth overall. Hops linger just enough in the finish, nice and dry.

D: Pretty drinkable for the abv. Overall a nice offering from Widmer.

Photo of froghop
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of citrus, floral, malt, and caramel.

taste is creamy, caramel, malt, citrus, and some spice, ends a little dry and bitter.

overall a good IPA i wouldn't call it a bouble IPA.

Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

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

A Portland blackout forced Widmer to dump 62,000 pints of this beer halfway through their first brew. What a shame! Coppery orange with a lovely nose of citrus, honey and pine. Packed with Nelson Sauvin hops, it's flavorful, fruity and bold, very drinkable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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.


Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single purchased today. I wasn't ready to take the risk on a $9 4-pack. I loved Brrr so I'm hoping for an imperial version.

Dated Jan. 2010.

Served cold into a pint glass. Deadlift has a redish amber color with great clarity for the style. The head is short-lived and not very tight.

Aroma is like citrus candy - honey dipped grapefuit and sugar-crusted orange peel.

Flavor is intense but fairly balanced. It is like a big Brrr with lots of citrus hoppy-ness and honey/caramel sweetness. It's very bitter but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little over carbonated. I would like it a little softer because I find that carbonation enhances bitter flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall a good DIPA but not of the best. It's worth a try but I don't think I'll go back for the 4-pack.

Photo of Bighuge
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and clear, head is short but lacing is decent. The smell is fantastic at first but then the alcohol takes over. Its like a real nice west coast floral and tropical fruit with ethanol added, too bad. The flavor is almost exactly the same, too much alcohol. I think they could probably have a fantastic IPA if they took the ABV down a point and let the hops shine.

Photo of brow1901
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep golden orange color with a snow white and small head on top. The head has poor retention but some decent lacing while it lasts.

S- I quite disappointed in the smell of this beer, some hops mostly earthy but they are really in the background. I would prefer the upfront citrus, in your face DIPA smell. Faint alcohol scent

T- Nice high AA bitterness combines with some smooth hop flavors, too bad these didn't translate into aroma. I heard that the hops used in this beer (Nelson Sauvion) remind people of grapes, I certainly didn't find this in the aroma but perhaps a bit of hoppy sweetness that is reminicent of grapes exists, or it could just be my imagination. Nice clean malt backbone, nothing really interesting.

M- Full bodied and leave the mouth coated and slick.

D- Really drinkable, hides the 8% nicely. The hop flavors aren't super draining on the palate like many super bitter DIPAs, overall a worthy beer especially for the price and it's always worth checking out a different hop variety.

Photo of Docer
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

About time I drank one.... snagged up at The BeerMongers for $2 per bottle. Not 9.5% Alc. like originally stated... but perhaps this means it will taste better now.

- Nice clear amber pour... not much head in my light pour, but it foams up nicely kind of after-the-fact. Very unusual for your typical beer. All fizz seems to drift to one side of the glass...

- Nice citrus pungent hops... liking the variety in this light... a light with caramel scent... cotton candy sweetness which is very light... Drifter which sat out and evaporated off some of the pee-water.

- Smooth, mellow... tasty hops galore.. really a fresh tasting, earthy, grassy, citrus hopping... blanketed and balanced with a light caramel... and mixed with a heavy bubbly yeast.

- Somewhat more thick I think due to the malt and yeast... but not so heavy in sweetness. Little bit chalky like most Widmer beers...

- Overall it's a fantastic stronger version of Drifter. I am pleased with it, and would love to try this on-tap next time. Just a bit thick and carbonated heavily for my taste in a double IPA.

Photo of djbreezy
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a rich copper color with a one finger head, lacing starts to build on glass

Smell - hop forward nose with citrus, malt notes

Taste - hop forward taste with citrus backbone, light malt back as well, tinges the sides of the mouth then finishes smooth

Mouthfeel - medium-light mouthfeel, very smooth feel and finish

Drinkability - very crisp and refreshing for an Imperial IPA, quite drinkable

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Amber orange with a good half inch head that faded quickly leaving a little lacing and some fine bubbles floating on the surface of the beer.

S- Huge grapefruit nose, very huge. That's pretty much all I can smell is a bitter grapefruit.

T- Not too bad, the grapefruit isn't super huge, and the hop bite isn't kick your ass either. This seems less hoppier then most IPA's. Which is surprising considering it is from a brewery on the West Coast, as well as a brewery that seems to over hop their pale ales. This has more of a malt profile for sure but as far as Imperial IPA goes, this one is rather weak. But this does have a clean finish which is a plus.

M- Kinda light bodied with a nice deal of carbination.

D- Easy to drink, but if this had lower ABV this would be a solid IPA.

Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another splendid bottle received from RedBrewer83 in a trade. Thanks, Evan! Consumed as a nice nightcap while reading. Poured into a goblet.

Pours a transparent dark orange with a semi-thick white head on top. This didn't retain the best, but it left some nice sticky globs clinging to the glass. Wonderful scent coming out of this beer. Notes of lemons, pineapple, candy, pine needles, and honey. This smells really good.

The body is very crisp and smooth. The ease with which this is drunk is a little scary. Great hoppy bitterness at the forefront, but not too harsh or scalding. Lots of candy-like sweetness coming through; finishes with a little mealy bread. Wow. Balanced, smooth, tasty. Great beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date stamped Jan 23 10. Really fresh.

Pours an amber golden color with a large, sticky and slimy, off white head. Retention is good, and leaves nice sheets of lacing.

The nose starts out with a strong whiff of citrus hops. I get grapefruit and orange notes among others. A sizeable malt backbone becomes noticeable as it warms. Grapefuit characteristics definitely dominate this one.

Dang...this one started so well. The taste definitely takes a step back, unfortunately. Much more malty than the nose leads on. The bitterness level is next to zero, which is shocking to say the least considering the amount of hops I detect in the nose. It's smooth and sort of bland, and the harshness that I get from it is hardly from the hops, but more from the alcohol. It still tastes great, but my high expectations for this were not met.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Light to medium in body, I would have liked to see a little more body, but the texture is fantastic. Literally no carbonation, but the head is excellent so I know it's there. Drinkability is great.

Overall, a very enjoyable DIPA. Does it stand up to the best in the world? Not a chance. Is it an enjoyable, affordable an easy drinking DIPA that I would gladly have again? Hell yes!

Photo of KeefD
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams sensory pint, copper orange color, large off-white head that was lasting and left some nice lace. West Coast IPA aroma of grapefruit and pine, light peppery notes and lightest touch of toasty notes. Taste is pleasingly bitter, not over the top, good grapefruit and citrus flavor, with a dry bitter finish. Medium body, perfect carbonation which doesn't start heavy and never becomes too light. This is a decent (and affordable) DIPA, but it really is just standard fare for Widmer Bros, as it really just tastes like a beefed up Halo IPA, and really pulled no surprises.

Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.