Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

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555 Ratings

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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of gc4hokies
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lilhoont
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pperrecone
2.17/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

Photo of tylerprince
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a medium amount of bubbling. Off-white one finger head with average retention gives way to frothy rings of lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, and hop oils. A tad grassy. Moderate intensity.

T: Citrus and grapefruit with biscuity malt notes woven throughout. Rolls off the tongue at first, but leaves some lingering alcohol as it warms. Leaves a bitter note at the end, a bit too much bittering hops for me.

M: Smooth and warming. Good level of carbonation. Not at all sheepish; the alcohol is there and not at all hidden.

O: A well-balanced DIPA, although hops are emphasized. BIG alcohol presence, but overall a solid beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of barnzy78
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, pours tangerine-orange with a foamy just off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and fruity - mainly citric grapefruit. Taste is sweet initially with notes of pineapple, mango, orange, honey, and caramel followed by a nice balanced bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied - smooth & creamy. Alcohol is present, but not distracting to the beer's complexity. Overall, great example of the style, and better than expected!

Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.