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Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 27 | 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:
70 IBU
8.6%
Original Gravity : 21 Plato
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10-L
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette

(Beer added by: olmatty on 04-06-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 547 | Reviews: 181 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Birdmarg741:
Photo of Birdmarg741
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a solid head but low retention. Melts away quickly into a clumpy layer of mid sized bubbles. A nice golden yellow-orange color

S: Incredible. One of the best smells I have encountered in a while. Such a unique IPA. The traditional spicy smell of "hops" is there, but quite subtle. Smells of grapes, peaches, floral grass, honey - but amazingly not all that sweet. Clean

T: A bit muted in comparison to the smell. Not so bright, but full and rich. Tastes like heavy wine; dried raisins and spice add to the heaviness. Interesting how the hop spice tastes like wine pairing spices.

M: Lighter in the mouthfeel than in the whole sip experience.

O: A very interesting and lovely beer. A different experience from your typical IPA. Absolutely worth trying. I would certainly drink more.

Birdmarg741, Aug 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter the beer was copper colored with a medium tan head. There was some lacing.

Mostly a piney/herbal aroma. A little bit of citrus. Some sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by piney hops. There was a little bit of citrus and tropical fruit. Fairly strong malt background.

I thought this was kind of a "meh" beer. Nothing too damning to say about it, but more on the average side.

lordofthewiens, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Lazaro
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Lazaro, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been seeing alot of the Widmer line in my area since they started brewing the beers @ Redhook in Portsmouth, NH so decided to give this a try. $9.49 per 4-pack.

Pours and looks like a good DIPA should. Bright orange with a little head that disappears quickly. Sure smells like a DIPA too, it's got a nice nose.

Strong hop presence in the taste. A bit of hot alcohol too. Both these characters become more evident as it warms up, not in a good way. Last few sips to finish the glass are tough.

An OK, not bad DIPA, but the bar has been set pretty high with this style and this beer doesn't quite measure up.

SunDevilBeer, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

TimoP, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Shiny pale brass color with a great clarity, the suds do their job to keep the beer appearance up. Minty, mango, peppery, lime zest and mandarin orange come from the hops and light biscuity grain and alcohol round out the hoppy nose. Smooth and slick with a moderate sized creamy body. Bitterness might not be massive which is fine, the hop flavor is the real showcase here. Peppery, mint and exotic fruit hop flavor though I am sure some of that fruitiness is coming from the alcohol. Star fruit, ripe pineapple and papaya comes to mind. Faint caramel and cake malt flavors, alcohol is very noticeable but does not distract from any other flavor.

Looks like the complete re-vamp of Deadlift ends up being a win now.

Jason, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, from a $8.99 four pack, purchased at Anconia's, Ridgefield Ct.

"Mar. 29 11" printed on front label. Bottling date?

Pours clear, lighter honey amber. Medium khaki head, stays nicely, tightly knit, then a thicker film, collar and respectable scattered fine lace.

Nose is full of tropical fruits and sniffs, like lime and ginger.

Flavorful and enjoyable DIPA, more lime, mint, ginger, gin picked up. Easy drinking, hops crushing but not overpowering the fruity goodness abounding here. Well done, well worth a try.

Billolick, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of JupiterJesus
3/5  rDev -24.1%

JupiterJesus, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

HoptimusPrimal00, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +26.6%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

innominat, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

virinow, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

fionn13, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +1.3%

juicebox, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of joeworrall
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into a wine glass, comparing it head to head with Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA and New Belgium Imperial IPA.

I've heard of Widmer Brothers, but didn't think of them as a "craft" beer brewer until today. I read about this IPA and was anxious to try it. It did not disappoint...

Lovely dark amber color, and subtle hop aroma and flavor. Subtle... nice, but not overwhelming. You can taste the malted barley with the hop flavor balancing it.

this is a beer I will come back to again... not a bargain, but a well crafted IPA that I will look forward to enjoying again

joeworrall, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of ufmj
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ufmj, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jminch, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of MPinDC
4/5  rDev +1.3%

MPinDC, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange color, 1" of white head on it, great small bubbles, decent lace, excellent retention. Aroma, when fresh, very nice and Nelson hoppy. Really did a good job with the nelson sauvin hop, one of my favorites, really comes across tropical and citrus wise in the nose.

Taste, effortless to drink, covers alcohol amazingly well, tons of hop flavor to it. Gets some of the funky white grape nelson kind of mouthfeel to it. Just really excellent beer, at an excellent price, with excellent production numbers and availability.

Widmer has really been knocking it out of the park hoppy wise the last 2 years.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A true DIPA, as advertised, particularly in the tasting where a strong, hoppy flavor hits mid-taste and then lasts a long time.

Aroma is excellent if a bit subdued for style.

Hops are mainly piney, but also have a notable citrus component.
The malts are definitely present, but the balance favors the hops. Nicely strong, bitter, and hoppy without being challenging (at least for a fan of IPAs).

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Oelschlager
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Oelschlager, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of JohnLynch
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

JohnLynch, May 24, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Jaagup, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 07, 2012
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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.