Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by Philousa:
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Pours a clear sandy brown with one inch head that laces quite well. Floral, citrus, grapefruit aromas hit first, with a little skunky hops, and sweet pale malt. Easy on the tongue at first, I got tart, floral malt flavors, tasty but not substantial enough to be bready.This is all about the hops. I get hop oil taste and feel, and it's not even wet hopped. The oil flavor is still quite floral and easy going, it doesn't stick around too long. Light in feel, this beer is a bit watery and a bit oily with a wet finish.
Maybe it's because I came into this with low expectations, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've had. And yes, that includes Pliny. Nelson is just a showcase for floral, delicate hops. This imperial IPA doesn't hit you hard, but rather takes it easy and lets you explore the complexity in the hop profile. The malt is light enough to get you straight to the hops, and sweet enough to balance the bitterness. This is the first beer I've had that tasted wet hopped but wasn't clearly labeled as a wet hop beer. I don't have the bottling date because I recycled it soon after drinking it, but it had to be fresh to taste this good. This one is a keeper.
12-13-2011 04:05:34 | More by Philousa
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
02-29-2012 17:01:01 | More by lordofthewiens
3.28/5 rDev -17%
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.
06-10-2011 13:37:17 | More by SunDevilBeer
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
04-17-2011 04:17:23 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
04-25-2011 18:09:25 | More by Billolick
4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
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
09-22-2013 02:59:39 | More by joeworrall
4.28/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
07-26-2012 20:51:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5 rDev 0%
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).
09-25-2011 17:02:18 | More by chinchill
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.