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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

542 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | 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)
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sethmcconkey

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-26-2012 01:29:05 | More by sethmcconkey
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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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Lazaro

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-06-2013 01:54:34 | More by Lazaro
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

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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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Massachusetts

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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Billolick

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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JupiterJesus

California

3/5  rDev -24.1%

07-18-2012 16:03:16 | More by JupiterJesus
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HoptimusPrimal00

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-19-2012 22:03:53 | More by HoptimusPrimal00
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +26.6%

11-26-2011 07:11:04 | More by GarrettB714
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innominat

Ireland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12-08-2012 22:15:21 | More by virinow
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

08-06-2013 21:53:25 | More by fionn13
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Arizona

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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ufmj

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-03-2013 14:38:57 | More by ufmj
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-05-2012 12:30:31 | More by jminch
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MPinDC


4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Nevada

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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chinchill

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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jaredseaman77

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-30-2013 05:17:25 | More by Oelschlager
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JohnLynch


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05-24-2012 02:52:57 | More by JohnLynch
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Jaagup

Estonia

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

08-20-2014 23:19:39 | More by Jaagup
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

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
89 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.