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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

560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 27
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:
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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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 182
Photo of goldbot
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, copper-orange beer with short, white, foamy head. Good head retention with a fair amount of active carbonation visible. The aroma is of earthy, peppery hops with a bit of pine sap. The hopping seems stale or flat. The favor features sweet caramel malt with a spicy hop zing packing decent bitterness but not very much real flavor. A slight touch of acidic grapefruit and sharp pine. Medium-full body with a fairly strong ethanol bite.

Photo of baybassboy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of aanakinskywalker
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bastardface
2.69/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell is not overwhelming even though there is a sweetness to the aroma which is a bit hoppy. The color is lighter than I thought considering the heavy taste. It's a dark golden color. The taste surprised me considering it tasted so rich and hoppy. It's a strong beer at 8.6%. It's not the best beer but it is one of the most intriguing beer I've had.

Photo of goldie2828
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours with just the slightest bit of haze a golden amber color with a pretty thin white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Fairly mild citrus and piney hops with a fairly strong malt back bone.

T- A lot more malts than I expected or wanted. Fairly sweet, a touch of a peppery spice, citrus and piney hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- Nothing terrible here but this would be far from my first choice.

Photo of ely2000k
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few others beers by this brewery, and none of them ever seemed very memorable. This beer is one I will come back to however. Pours a great hazy looking amber orange color with a good head, and a nice amount of it sticking to the glass. Smell is very hop strong... smell some pine and spruce in there. I like the taste a lot. Strong hops, but with some faint sweetness that helps balance it out well. I think this is exactly the taste I look for in an IPA/Double IPA. Body is good for the style, and though slightly dry, it strikes a good balance.

Photo of pdoran10
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Nelson pours out a super clear amber color into a Delerium Tremens snifter. I get a finger and a half of white head that leaves decent lacing.

The smell is slight fresh citrus fruit and a hint of breadiness. Not very fragrant, but the sniffs I get are pleasant.

Slight caramel malt up front, with big resin and citrus flavor. I get a cetain catty substance from the hops that I find present mostly only in citra and nelson savingon beers so far, but I am impressed by the flavor, but let down by the amount of flavor and amount of specialty grain in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly thin with a moderate but well dialed in carbonation level.

Overall a nice flavor, but the malt does not let the hops shine as much as I would like it to. Solid.

Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bold and sweet, a great sipping beer. Very aromatic with a long nose of resin and flowers. Amazing aroma is both spicy and reminds me of fragrant orchids. Malt is very forward but after the explosion of hops there is a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Hard to find fault anywhere as it is totally drinkable, unlike so many zombie mega-IPAs.

While this is very rich, it is an interesting example of using big hops with a strong beer. Cheers to Widmer for yet another user-friendly but intriguing beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of grassy, floral, and herbal hops with some nice tangerine in the background. This is a very nice smelling beer. The taste is similar to the aroma which is nice. However, the bitterness is quite mild for the style. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again.

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear light amber/orange color with a small head but a fresh staying collar with adequate lacing

S- was tropical fruit with citrus hops,pine and sweet malts

T- very good,tropical fruit like mango ,with a nice citrus array of hops some bread and malts

M- sweet and creamy smooth with a great hop taste

O- a great 2ipa sweet and hoppy with loads of tropical flavor

Photo of homersimpson67
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first somewhat unsure about Widmer Brothers stuff but this Imperial Ipa is pretty damn special.
Nice two fingers of lacing in the Tulip glass I like to use, golden cooper color very inviting.
Smells incredible floral and enticing, pine and hoppie very frickin nice!
Taste is great, just keeps me wanting more.
In my quest for best ipa this is top five.
Feels good nothing out of the ordinary but really very good.
Overall excedllent imperial IPA will look forward to sampling again sometime soon.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Light amber almost dark honey in color, some haziness, slight white head, nice glass lacing.

S - Get some slight sweet malts and a lot of grapefruit maybe some slight pine notes.

T - Lots of hops on this bad boy but with a nice malty backbone, get a almost toasty pine taste, nicely balanced good depth.

M - Medium bodied medium carbonation.

D - As with all the Widmer Brothers brews I've had, a good beer, good depth, very tasty, good balance

Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's (from notes). Of interest, this was listed as "Full Nelson" with a 9.7% ABV instead of the 8.6% listed here.

A - Clear amber with a 1/2-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Mild fruit/citrus and pale malt

T - "Safe" tasting for those not looking for the boldest DIPA. Semi-sweet (like a Troegs Perpetual IPA). A little spicy. Moderate grapefruit bitterness. Doesn't completly dry out.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. A bit syrupy.

O - OK but not an explosion of flavors.

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

Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice amber ale and an off-white foamy head with nice lacing. The aroma is malty up front with nice whiffs of grapefruit and sweet passion fruit. Nice and hoppy taste. Great bitterness throughout the sip. Slight malt on the swallow with more lingering bitterness on the aftertaste. A lot of great big white grapefruit characteristics. Overall I liked this beer. Not the greatest Double IPA on the planet but well worth a find a tossing back a couple.

Photo of Stockfan42
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent gold body with a chunky white head that sticks to the glass.

Smell is mostly floral hops and citrus fruits with a nice malty undertone.

Taste is just like the smell in that floral hops is mostly upfront with citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges and sweet malts linger in the back. This taste balance seems to be a little off.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, a bit creamy and pretty well carbonated. Drinks pretty well and leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Taste needs to be a little more well balanced, its hard to pin point the fruits or anything else thats really in the beer over the hoppy bitterness thats right up front. And its really not all that overly hoppy or bitter, but still seems like its falling short over all.

Photo of dcook11
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter. Bottled Aug 17th. Pours a golden honey color with a thick white head and generous lacing. Looks very much how a great double IPA should.

S- Brings to mind Ruination. An initial sweetness followed by a strong punch of citrus hop, tropical fruit, and malt. As it warms the beer takes on a more Simcoe hop side.

T- Strong hop punch, stronger than the aroma lets on. Alcohol slightly noticeable. Much more pine dominant than the nose, but still possessing an ample amount of citrus character. Nice malt backbone.

M- Medium bodied.

O- One of my all time favorite DIPAS.

Photo of Retail1LO
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft into 13 oz tulip. Pours a golden hue that's hazy and translucent. The Nelson hops are pretty strong in the nose with some fruit and pine. The taste also puts the hops on display. This is real smooth where mouthfeel is concerned with a slight bitterness in the finish. Overall, a nice offering.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a white head that faded into a ring around the glass. Nice lacing around the glass.

Grapefruit, citrus and pine -- that seems to be the main attraction here. Also a slight hint of caramel.

Citrus and grapefruit with a bready yeast taste. Sweet caramel comes in at the very end. Quite tasty with a slight booze taste.

Light to approaching medium body -- same with the carbonation. Feels pretty nice.

This is a tasty brew for sure. Definitely a worthy and easy drinking Imperial IPA.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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