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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

559 Ratings

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 27
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:
Beer added by: olmatty on 04-06-2011

70 IBU
Original Gravity : 21 Plato
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10-L
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette
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1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
2.16/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottle date MAY 08 12. Hope this is bottled on date and not best by date - either way pretty out of date.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy hazy orange body with a relatively thin white head.

Aroma: Strong caramel malt. Smells like a beer that has aged somewhat. Not much on the hop side.

Taste: Probably one of the maltiest DIPAs I have ever tasted. I don't detect any of the Nelson Sauvin hops I came for. It's a bit of a sugary boozy mess.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: A huge disappointment. I have been loving a lot of the Nelson Sauvin beers I have tasted recently, but this is not representative. I'm guessing it might be the age, but with no plans to revisit, I may never know. In my experience, 7-8 month old DIPAs do not do too well.

Photo of pperrecone
2.26/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured nice and bright golden

Smell was not like most nelson ipas not much grapefruit or passion fruit at all. mostly sweet pale 2 row malt.

tase was the same very low hop flavor dominated by the malt bill. Not up to par with the west coast ipa as I know them.

body was noce no problems with that.

Overall I was let down and did not like this one as much as their cirta hoped ipa.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of C20Percent
2.54/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Interesting color scheme -- a hazy dark tan at the top that gets lighter near the bottom. Good head on this brew.

S: Pepto Bismal? What is that? I'm getting some earthy hoppiness, but an off-putting smell that's like medicine.

T: Dead for me. Weak flavor for any IPA, and this is supposed to be an Imperial. Dry finish. A bit boozy.

M: Medium body that is easy drinking.

O: Pretty disappointing brew. Would not recommend. Not worth the money. Taste was even soapy. Expected more from Widmer.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: In a glass, this beer is presented as a tangerine gold and quite clear

S: This bottle is about 5 months old so defintely past its prime. The smell is almost completely gone. Linegering malt profile remains

T: Lemon and crisp biscuit malt is what comes to mind. Decent flavor remains with the amount of age on this. 

M: Somewhat dry with slight full bodied hint of sweetness

O: Like i said i wish i could of had this fresh. Seems as though it would of tasted wonderful then. But reviewing beer as is, it comes in a tad under par

Photo of tbeckett
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of biboergosum. Thanks. Bottled April 12 2011.

A - Pours a slightly dark orange sorta colour. Originally a one finger white head but gone to a film pretty quick. Slightly hazy with mild to medium carbonation. No retention or lacing.

S - Not your typical aroma for a IIPA. Bubblegum, bread, mint, grass, and alot of tropical fruit. Not the typical grapefruit tropical stuff but it's pushed towards more exotic stuff with a bit of mango and papaya I think, definately alot of orange.

T - Hmmm. Eggs? Tropical fruit is there again but it's got a harsh note to it I can't quite pin down. Orange is there again. Detergent comes to mind with rotten fruits. Maybe sugar as well. It's really harsh and unpleasant.

M - Good carbonation, light to mediumt body with a gross finish and very little bitterness.

O/D - Wow. I wasn't expecting this to be this bad. I'm hoping it's not the age b/c I've had older, but yikes, something happened here. There is something wrong here or I just really don't like the hop profile here. It's been really harsh and has a rotten compost, garage floor taste. Too bad.

Photo of bastardface
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell is not overwhelming even though there is a sweetness to the aroma which is a bit hoppy. The color is lighter than I thought considering the heavy taste. It's a dark golden color. The taste surprised me considering it tasted so rich and hoppy. It's a strong beer at 8.6%. It's not the best beer but it is one of the most intriguing beer I've had.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquried at a local Ralph's market. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. I'm not horribly fond of the style, which I find tends to be brewed incorrectly.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm up over the course of consumption. I like to drink my IPAs cold, though.

Sidepoured with standard vigor; I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair thickness, slight cream, and bad retention (~30 seconds). Colour is a clear yellow-copper. Generally appealing. Nothing unique or special catches my eye.

Sm: A hoppy aroma - more floral than bittering, and not at all overwhelming. Clean malts. No yeast or alcohol. Pleasant. A touch of vinegar perhaps. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with floral notes ending in a vinegar-esque near cider note. Almost a bit piney on the climax. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Some light red apple. No layering of flavours; maybe a bit with the hops. It's fresh but I'd refrain from calling it refreshing. A simple example of the style, but a fairly enjoyable one. The balance isn't perfect, but it's decent. Very clean.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Not too thick or too thin in any broad way, but not perfect by any means. It complements the flavours in a general sense, but isn't remarkable. Too slick on the finish.

Dr: It hides its ABV well. The flavours are usual for the style, and will likely satisfy fans of the style, but there's nothing unique or special about the beer that would make me buy it again. "Hopped to perfection" me arse. A very average imperial IPA. There are far more enjoyable beers in the style.


Photo of popery
2.87/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Rated to style.

Appearance is fine. Mildly cloudy, bright orange. A dissipating head that stuck around for awhile as a thin film of bubbles. The aroma is grassy with tropical fruits - more kiwi/papaya than pineapple, like some hops. A bit grapey, too. Not quite strong enough for my taste but pretty good. On the palate, it starts out with some hop resin flavor with an alright crystal malt backbone, but the finish mars things with a big booze note that goes particularly poorly with the grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is, well, hot. Plus, the beer is a bit sticky. Didn't much like this one, despite the hop choice.

Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at URGE

A: Transparent gold with a creamy white cap.

S: Aromatic floral notes blend with orange and grapefruit. Nice citrus profile. I get some white grape as well. Malt is redolent of bread. Alcohol is well hidden.

T: Strong bread notes with some caramel. Citrus is sweet orange flesh. Alcohol is pretty strong. Bitterness is at a moderate level. The hops were pretty vibrant in the aroma but they're dull in the taste.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid aroma, but the flavor is malty, muted, and boozy.

Photo of Jwaks
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Translucent light copper with thin off-white head, little to no lacing, several columns of small bubbles make their way to the top of the beer.

A - I had to strain with this one, muted with sweetish caramel malt, some white grape, grapefruit with winey notes, peppery spice, hints of tropical fruit like kiwi and mango and perfumy alcohol notes.

T - mirrors the aroma with sweet carmelly, bready malt dominating, winey, fruity and spicy hop flavor throughout with pronounced, slightly hot alcohol in the finish. A light green vegital flavor comes through late in the finish. Pleasant hop bitterness lingers well after the finish.

M - moderate to full bodied with slightly overbearing alcohol, overdone malt with moderate bitterness make it dificult to drink.

O - Malt and hop flavor is awesome, just lacking intensity and follow-through. The reticent nose, distractingly hot alcohol and overdone malt are a dissapoinment. I think this would be better as an IPA with lower alcohol and malt presence than a DIPA.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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