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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

536 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 19
Gots: 23 | 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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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-21-2014 01:04:46 | More by Oidmoe
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Swaino

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

02-11-2014 03:16:47 | More by Swaino
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-04-2014 14:37:13 | More by jaydoc
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-02-2014 19:11:15 | More by waddellc2
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cherche

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-29-2014 02:32:29 | More by cherche
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Bolivian22

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-22-2014 15:54:57 | More by Bolivian22
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cornchz

Korea (South)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-22-2014 00:59:42 | More by cornchz
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-21-2014 21:22:00 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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tgatort

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-19-2014 20:29:50 | More by tgatort
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-17-2014 23:59:53 | More by TripelMark
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hoegaardenhero

California

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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 09:56:19 | More by hoegaardenhero
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metter98

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:09:02 | More by metter98
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jrand2621

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-13-2014 20:16:02 | More by jrand2621
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wizardjh

Korea (South)

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

01-12-2014 10:51:07 | More by wizardjh
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-06-2014 15:56:53 | More by MacStinson
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-19-2013 21:43:45 | More by Carpentiere
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delta490

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- poured a cloudy orange gold with a big creamy tan head. Slight retention and some lacing

S-aroma is strongly robust caramel and citrus hops in the background

T-mirrors the aroma. Big malt backbone and more subtle hops than most imperials

M- full with a slight resinous slickness

O-not a real hop bomb but well crafted and tasty

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:04:39 | More by delta490
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-15-2013 03:22:41 | More by BillRoth
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anarchia

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Transparent orange/gold beer with a thin head with good retention. Citrus & floral hops in the nose, thick on the tongue, maybe a tad too "syrupy" for my tastes. Sweet but not quite too sweet. Hops don't kick in immediately, they're much more noticeable in the finish. Individual hop flavors stand out, hitting the tongue one after the other: super fruity, almost like jolly ranchers! Intense orange/grapefruit and other citrusy flavors, slightly bitter finish, fairly dry. I think I would like this beer more if it weren't so "big". There is a lot of amazing flavor squeezed out of the hops without any heavy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:56:50 | More by anarchia
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trytoketchup

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

12-06-2013 23:34:09 | More by trytoketchup
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Flathead_Monster

Montana

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-06-2013 22:42:54 | More by Flathead_Monster
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spicyvelveetas

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-03-2013 15:54:57 | More by spicyvelveetas
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bschinelli

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-30-2013 13:19:34 | More by bschinelli
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sweetlou25

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-27-2013 15:51:35 | More by sweetlou25
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-27-2013 05:15:24 | More by smutty33
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.