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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

540 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-19-2012 21:50:49 | More by kew
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TrojanWheels

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-19-2012 17:33:00 | More by TrojanWheels
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gkunkle

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-18-2012 19:01:57 | More by gkunkle
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switzer

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-18-2012 00:06:07 | More by switzer
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-17-2012 16:29:08 | More by strongaf
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pperrecone

California

2.17/5  rDev -45.1%

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.

01-17-2012 07:04:29 | More by pperrecone
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tylerprince

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

01-17-2012 02:24:52 | More by tylerprince
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TheDude88888888

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-17-2012 01:20:28 | More by TheDude88888888
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pdxbeerdrinker

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-15-2012 23:42:37 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

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!

01-14-2012 21:40:38 | More by barnzy78
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AgingWarrior

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-12-2012 14:34:47 | More by AgingWarrior
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kornkid8600

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-12-2012 03:35:23 | More by kornkid8600
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StoicBeast

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

served in a 12oz wine glass

a- in between a copper and golden, mild carbonation, bit hazy
s- definitely can smell the nelson hops with a strong citrus aromas, particularly grapefruit. a bit astringent
t- big on the bitter flavor. malt is overpowered by the hops. hints of spice like caramel in the aftertaste
m- medium-bodied. aftertaste lingers a little
overall- good quality. at ~$8 for a 4-pack, it is a modestly affordable imperial ipa

i prefer to eat spicy foods with imperial ipa's. the hops are way to strong for my palate. a widmer representative came to the store i work in. besides the limited brrrbon release, this stood out just because of its big hop flavor. a similar beer, in my opinion, is ninkasi's total domination ipa (which didn't hit a strong note). i'm one of those who have a hard time acquiring a liking to modern ipa's, so i was a little generous in the scoring.

01-11-2012 18:41:41 | More by StoicBeast
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lazy8

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottle poured into glass...
A - slightly cloudy amber with a small head and some lacing
S - excellent fruity and hoppy aroma
T - bitter with strong hop aftertaste. Malt taste is present, but mild as the overriding profile is from the hops
M - slightly creamy mouthfeel
O - fantastic beer with strong flavor and great taste. Excellent beer. I wish it was more widely available.

01-10-2012 02:39:45 | More by lazy8
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alexsergio

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-09-2012 12:02:23 | More by alexsergio
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-06-2012 22:52:16 | More by PthPndr
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jaredseaman77

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-04-2012 17:44:26 | More by jaredseaman77
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-04-2012 14:17:16 | More by ohtheguilt
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

12 oz bottle into a (512) Anniv3rsary tulip.

Pours beautifully with a fiery orange body that's bright with haze. Slight lace left behind on the glass thanks to a cap of bone white foam. Decidedly weak aroma--a small tinge of grapefruity hops and balance from caramel malt. Just not much there for a double IPA.

Flavor picks up the pace with tangy citrus hops and fruity booze esters greeting the top of the tongue. A hearty backing of sweet bread and caramel malt with a lingering alcohol and hop bitterness on the finish. Body is nicely carbonated and medium in thickness. Overall, a serviceable IIPA, but I was hoping for something a little more.

01-04-2012 04:58:20 | More by wagenvolks
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bnelly855

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-03-2012 03:56:29 | More by bnelly855
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Thisisjosh

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-02-2012 01:11:44 | More by Thisisjosh
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Sinewave

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.1%

01-01-2012 23:55:28 | More by Sinewave
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-01-2012 22:31:57 | More by Massbmx
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-31-2011 02:31:03 | More by HoistinBrews
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inrodwetrust

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-29-2011 23:39:41 | More by inrodwetrust
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.