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Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

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very good

540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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
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 hoegaardenhero:
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

d: to me this beer gets lost as another sort of OK IPA that s too sweet and does not make the best of its substantial ABV and hops. missed opportunity.

01-14-2014 09:56:19 | More by hoegaardenhero
More User Reviews:
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2013 01:54:34 | More by Lazaro
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-23-2012 00:27:51 | More by TimoP
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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
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New York

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
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-18-2012 16:03:16 | More by JupiterJesus
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-19-2012 22:03:53 | More by HoptimusPrimal00
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-26-2011 07:11:04 | More by GarrettB714
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-07-2013 15:22:54 | More by innominat
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-08-2012 22:15:21 | More by virinow
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-06-2013 21:53:25 | More by fionn13
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-04-2013 01:14:24 | More by juicebox
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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
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2013 14:38:57 | More by ufmj
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-05-2012 12:30:31 | More by jminch
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-04-2012 17:29:33 | More by MPinDC
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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
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South Carolina

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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-04-2012 17:44:26 | More by jaredseaman77
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North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-30-2013 05:17:25 | More by Oelschlager
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-24-2012 02:52:57 | More by JohnLynch
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

08-20-2014 23:19:39 | More by Jaagup
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-07-2012 00:27:29 | More by WaydeRafnel
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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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