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Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bump8628
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always nice to find a new DIPA at the local. This one is reasonably priced too. Hazy apricot orange with a thin covering of white foam. Nelsons give a mango, melon fruitiness that seems to accentuate the malt sweetness. As it warms orange peel, pine needles, and some herbalness comes out. The caramelly maltiness hangs on to the palate a tad too long at the end. Certainly a good beer, but more hop "explosiveness" is needed to make it great.

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 JohnKMcC
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dannydetox
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 into a standard pint glass. beer left a thin, bubbly head that dissipated into a ring of foam within a minute or two. nose has tropical fruits up front, maybe a touch of pine under a layer of breadiness and damp grains. mango aromas come through first as the beer goes down. i also taste some malt sweetness before the understated bitterness comes through. seems like a fairly typical double/imperial ipa, but i like the fact that there is no alcohol burn on this one. priced at $3.99 i am in, but i wouldn't want to pay more than that for the Nelson Imperial. for a sublime Nelson hop experience i recommend Alpine Beer Co. Nelson.

Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was pale honey orange. About a finger width of head. Bubbly thin, but good looking lacing on the top. Nice spider webs of film on the sides. Really liked the look.

Smelled citrus hops up front. It seemed to be lemon and tangerine. Also some sweet floral notes. Liked the smell.

Tasted citrus hops, tangerine and orange first, followed by some lemon pine, the latter being light. Pretty bitter that lasted on the tip of the tongue.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Liked this beer a lot. The look and the smell dominated the ratings here. I’d definitely give it another go.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer formerly known as Deadlift. Poured to standard pint glass the beer appears a brilliant amber color with a 1 finger white head, some retention, minimal lacing. The nose is hop forward with citrus tones: tangerine, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits. Mild piney resin. The biscuit character of the caramel malt provides a backdrop. The flavor is fruity in sweetness with a more defined tropical flavor than citrus, which is reverse of the nose in a sense. Hints of earthy piney resin. Oddly I find the beer to be mildly bitter. Finishes clean and crisp with lingering sweetness. Not all that well balanced for the style, in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer in any sense but there are numerous other American IIPA's out there that shine. I'd still come back though, no doubt.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of justintcoons
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours golden amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind tight webbed lacing. Slightly hazed with a moderate carbonation stream from the center of the glass.

N: Mango, papaya, tangerine, pineapple and caramel. Smells good but is rather faded.

T: Faded, tangerine, pineapple and papaya upfront followed by caramel malts, pine, rye and some toffee mid-palate. Finishes with faint pineapple and mango. Also has some kind of lingering rye flavor.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, semi-chewy, bitter and dry.

O: I really wish I checked the date on this at the store: July 7, 2011. This DIPA is 7 months old. I was disappointed before I even tasted it. What could have been an excellent beer was spoiled by a store that doesn't check its inventory. I'm sure this is awesome fresh. Check your bottles! It's still not all that bad but the tropical flavors are really subtle at this point.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours with a nice head and bursting, sticky hop aromatics. The color is light amber with deep golden hues. The flavor is hop, with hop, more hop and topped-off with hop. It shows how briliant this New Zealand hop can be.

To me it is one of the great double IPAs. Not quite Pliny the Elder, but in it's league. It's great to see Widmer putting out a bunch of great new beers, and this might be the best of them all.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amber with a decent white head. Not a lot of retention though for an imperial I'm not surprised.
Smell is rich with citrusy hops hanging out with malt and vanilla.
Taste is, of course, strongly hoppy but not harsh. Citrus and pine notes, alcohol (warming), malt and a hint of vodka.
The ABV is in your face after the liquid hits mid-tongue. Medium bodied with a restrained effervescence. This is more of a sipping IPA. Fairly well balanced throughout

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.