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Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

522 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%


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)
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
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StJamesGate

New York

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber edging towards nut brown and clingy taupe froth that speckles.
Wood spice, gooseberry jam, passionfruit and tangerine skin – yummy.
Caramel and orange juice up front then lots of cinnamon, spruce, and sandalwood hops.
Spiced grape and Orange Swedish fish finish and tingly peppermint linger.
Medium, chewy, round, oily, slight burn.

A fair whack of caramel; too much malt for the hops. And it somehow buries the NS (which only comes through at the end) under what tastes to me like a lot of Willamette pepper and blackberry. Interesting, but not really as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 18:00:12 | More by StJamesGate
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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dull amber with a frothy off-white head.

S: Loads of tropical fruit.

T: Big, welcoming tropical fruit and orange peel. Very sharp. Let's allow it to warm up. A suggestion of tea-leaves. Lovely level of sweetness, which is why it's a bit sticky. It's got that strong alcoholic syrupy quality, like a barley wine. Has a nice bitter backbone and while there's enough malt to carry the hops there's no particular malt character.

M: Right amount of carbonation.

O: A very generic tasting American IPA and certainly not the best example I've had. With these fruit bombs I tend to be blown away by the first few glugs and desperately bored by the last few. Overall, a little bit two dimensional but I enjoyed drinking it none the less.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 11:07:52 | More by Hoppsbabo
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: the beer pours a nice clear copper/amber but has almost no head, just ring of white bubbles; there is some light, lazy movement in the glass.

s: light fruity, citrusy hop in the front of the nose but the dominant smell is that sort of thick sweet hoppy smell;

t: no surprise that the taste has hops some earthy/spicy hops, but the main taste for me is that sort of muddled syrupy hops/malt blend that too many IPAs have; the beer is not bad for me, but i really dislike it when IPAs favor this sort of muddled thick hop taste over a crisp refreshing one -- common for the style, but not required.

m: medium mouthfeel that is slick and a little oily, and a bit mouthcoating - moderate-faint carb, but tight tiny bubbles.

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New York

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Nelson Sauvin hops impart light to moderate aromas of gooseberries and tropical fruits to the nose; hints of grapefruit from the Cascade hops are also noticeable.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of gooseberries along with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit. While only a light amount of bitterness is perceptible, only hints of the underlying malts are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because the taste masks any traces of alcohol. There's a very good balance between the malts and bitterness, but there's hardly much of any of them in the taste to make you believe that this beer is an Imperial IPA. The variety of different hops used in this beer result in an interesting flavor profile.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.