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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

547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 24
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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Photo of wagenvolks
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

wagenvolks, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of bnelly855
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

bnelly855, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Thisisjosh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Thisisjosh, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Massbmx, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

HoistinBrews, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of inrodwetrust
4/5  rDev +1.3%

inrodwetrust, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of BrewtalAlement
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Shooter1960
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Shooter1960, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a single for 3 dollars at my local shop. If I enjoy it I can find it for 8.99 a four pack.

A - A slightly hazy amber brown with slow moving carbonation but resulted in a half inch of sticky opaque head.

S - Hops and more hops this one has a great smell with some bread cracker malts in the base.

T - A nice blast of pineapple like hops, bitter but mostly sweet with a solid honey like malt base. Hops do not linger on the finish.

M - Best part a nice high ABV but no noticeable alcohol flavor. DIPA done right.

Overall as others stated it's pretty much like ST 2XIPA only a touch sweeter. Recommended for fans of the style. May get it again but it could use more bitterness...

DrDemento456, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

rxthree, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Mdodge8837
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mdodge8837, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BrokenStones
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell was very hoppy with strong citrus and caramel malt on the back end. The taste went right with the smell- lots of hoppy grapefruit. It had a nice carbonation and medium to heavy mouth feel, which I really like. This beer was very refreshing as I've been drinking a lot of winter ales as of late.

An everyday 2XIPA worthy of keeping around.

BrokenStones, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer was a light copper color and appeared not to be filtered. It had a nice white head an really nice lacing.

The smell was very hoppy with strong citrus (grapefruit) and caramel malt on the back end. The taste went right with the smell- lots of hoppy grapefruit. It had a nice carbonation and heavier mouth feel, which I really like. This beer was very refreshing as I've been drinking a lot of winter ales as of late.

I wouldn't say this is the best DIPA I've had, but it's very good and worth a try.

BuzzLitebier, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev +1.3%

TenHornsProud, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of rapayn01
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a glass from a 22 ounce bottle -- meaning that I got to pour it more than once. The initial attempt yielded a deep golden-colored brew that smelled fairly strongly of orange and produced a nice once inch head.

The beer is a very good double IPA. It has terrific hoppy bitterness and the taste is not harmed by the high alcohol content. Some double IPAs are overwhelmed by the higher alcohol, which undermines the drinking experience for me. Not a problem here.

In short, this is a terrific beer.

rapayn01, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +1.3%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of kchannel9
3/5  rDev -24.1%

kchannel9, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Kips
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kips, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

twelveinches, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of HopHeadRyan
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a belgian snifter

A - Nice moderately hazy orange, excellent 1 1/2 inch head, exceptional lacing and head retention

S - Subtle tropical hoppy notes, sweet carmel, faint alcohol

T - Tropical citrus, some piney/herbal notes, sweet caramels nearly balanced by the bitterness

M - Creamy, slight dryness, medium to low carbonation, full bodied, slightly syrupy but not too the point of cloying

Overall - This is a very nice DIPA. I've had it on tap several times and enjoyed it more than from the bottle. The bomber I purchased is from Aug 2011...only a little over 4 months old...but those dry hop aromas and late hop flavors don't hang around very long...which make the beer turn into a more malty experience. I like all pale ales YOUNG! So I highly recommend this from a tap...but if you are buying in bottles make sure it is fresh! Unfortunately I have to take what I can get from the West Coast! Give it a try.


HopHeadRyan, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jak, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Shows a bright golden with a just a hint of hazed golden. Sports a half inch of fairly dense eggshell foam, which does sink in a few minutes to a light film yet drops some bubbly lace.

Nice hop aroma with some tangerine citrus and strong floral notes along with a touch of hop oil muskiness. A good swirl brings up some more earthy hops.

Solid flavor which is not too sweet and offers a moderate bitterness. An oily citrus/tangerine flavor is easy on the palate. Offers a moderate feel with a well balanced carbonation level. Fruity up front with a pleasant but never obtrusive hop aroma or bitterness. Better than a single, this brew is a double off the left field wall, though not a home run by any means. Not stellar but solid and quite approachable, and a good value to boot.

HalfFull, Dec 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of OTB
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, picked this up at WF tonight. Pours a nice amber orange with nice two finger head that leaves gorgeous lacing as I drink down. The nose is muted, more malt sweetness than the citrus I would expect in a DIPA, not bad but not like a Alpine Nelson nose.
The flavor profile is where this kicks it in gear. Really nice initial hit of sweet malt perfectly balanced with the beautiful Nelson hop profile opens onto even more sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit and bitter lemon. The mouthfeel is resinous and cull, departing quite dry and demanding another quaff. A really nice DIPA that I would definitely go to again.

OTB, Dec 14, 2011
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.