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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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Photo of CHickman
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy orange color with a foamy off white head that faded very slowly and was full of bubbles, leaving excellent lacing clinging to the sides; a foamy layer stayed on top and kept this looking very inviting.

Smells of huge hops up front, with citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, caramel, herbs, piney hops, light grains, spices like pepper and coriander, and mild alcohol; very hoppy, sweet and fruity, this smells like fresh hops were floating in the beer - just delicious.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, guava, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, caramel, pear, herbs, piney hops, brown sugar, light grains, spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander, mild alcohol like a pina colada; damn this is hoppy and tasty, with a nice citrus pith, mild grains and enough malts to add balance but let the fruity hop sweetness dominate. This reminds me of Cigar City Jai Alai IPA or Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, and that is a major compliment. Very tasty and easy to drink with a slight bitterness that lets you know that this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a medium body, a chewy feel, and a thick overall feel that is slightly bitter with a fruity finish that’s all about the hops.

A great beer that was refreshing and easy to drink for a DIPA, one which I consider highly drinkable and I shall seek out again. Brought a growler of this to a party to share and drank most of it myself – it was that damn good.

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a finger of frothy ivory foam. Body has a touch of haze. Nice.

Smell: rich malt aroma with a nice blend of funky hops with some light citrus notes. The effect is quite rich.

Taste: rich and sticky. Big malt with floral hop flavor, which balances the more citrusy aroma well. Bitterness is pretty mild for a DIPA, but it is still quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium rich body with a good carbonation and creaminess. Nice!

Overall: a tasty and satisfying DIPA. I could see myself having this again.

Photo of mttaylor1066
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, poured from a tap at The Greenwood Grille and Ale House. (My teenage son was embarrassed to be seen with his father making notes on beer!)

I started off with two small tasting glasses of this Widmer versus the Harpoon Leviathan. The Leviathan had a strong hop nose/aroma but I was in the mood for something a little less "in your face." I chose the Widmer.

A dark copper color with an off-white head that dissipated quickly.

There isn't much of a nose to this IPA, other than a malt tone. My experience with the sample of Harpoon might have colored this impression.

The taste is smooth with a balance of malts to hop bitterness. Easy drinking for a 8.6% ABV ale. This is a good one for a cloudy, cool day. If your're in the mood to enjoy a beverage without having to pay complete attention to it, this is for you.

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated November 28, 2011.

Pours a clear deep golden in color, the beer's ample carbonation fuels a fluffy off-white head and allows for moderate lacing.

Aromas begin really hop forward with red grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple and mango. Really tropical fruit forward which is quite nice. The supporting malt character is highlighted by caramel malty sweetness.

The tastes begin with caramel malty sweetness, but with the rise of citrus and tropical fruit zest, the beer turns decidedly fruity. The fruity tone persists through the increased hop bitterness and flavors. Hop intensity remains slightly subdued, allowing for the malt sweetness and alcohol to play a bit more of a role in the overall flavor profile. I am not getting that gooseberry, white vinous notes I expected to get with a beer made with Nelson Sauvin hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Caramel maltiness lingers into the finish and accompanies the spicy alcoholic and hoppy dryness that help to clean the finish to some degree.

Overall this was a tasty beer for sure. I had little expectations so I can gladly say they were met. I am totally pleased, no, not really. Nelson Sauvin hops are amazing and if this beer has them, they are not the only hop variety present. I am getting a lot of citrus like you would find in an Amarillo hop forward beer. Alcohol peaks a little too much in the finish as well. For 5 bucks I cannot complain though. While this can't hold a candle to Nelson from Alpine or Big Barrel DIPA from Karl Strauss which highlight the Nelson Sauvin hop amazingly. Not worth seeking out but definitely a tasty beer if you stumble across it.

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of gallagk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Right out of the bottle this one is a looker with deep orange color and a clear body. The head is thick, tan and bubbly with a nice lacey stickiness.

The nose is an impressive dose of grapefruit and sweet malts. A clean hop bill that doesn't get overly gritty or boozy. I am looking forward to diving my tounge into this one.

Taste falters slightly from the nose. The grapefruit like hops carry over but thin out compared to the scent. The grains offer a nice balance and provide the bones for the hop muscles moving the body of this IIPA. The finish is satisfying and has a pine like taste that lingers.

Mouthfeel is also a solid plus for this brew. It is not overly bitter or astringent but seems to have the perfect balance of hop pinch to grain sweet. The finish gets a little dry and boozy for my taste but other then that a very enjoyable beer. Glad to have tried this and can't wait to get my hands on some more.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper, see through with full inch of thick white foam. Sits and waits. Citrus and grapefruit in there, fights through the foam. Smells fruity. Firm, powerful wall of hop to open, with citrus and a light malt through the close. Scrapes the tongue. Bitterness lingers. Real strong grapefruit.

Flavorful, but not an easy dribker. Lots to chew on.

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of gc4hokies
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light golden copper with a nice thick creamy head. Very nice lacing in the glass.

Aroma is citrus with a fruity note. wonderful. just a terrific hop aroma

Taste is fruity, like mango with citrus note, a hint of sweetness. very balanced. Finishes dry with a nice peppery, spicy hop note. Alcohol is subdued for 8.6%

Mouthfeel is light for this OG, not cloying

Overall. I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger on this one. Easily Widmer's best beer that I've had. I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Truly a very nice DIPA and something that I will purchase again.

Photo of BlakeMatt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Buddybomar
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lilhoont
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruit with some grapefruit notes. It smelled of burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango and some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good Imperial IPA. One of the best beers I've had from Widmer Brothers.

Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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