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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

547 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MacStinson, Jan 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Carpentiere, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of delta490
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- poured a cloudy orange gold with a big creamy tan head. Slight retention and some lacing

S-aroma is strongly robust caramel and citrus hops in the background

T-mirrors the aroma. Big malt backbone and more subtle hops than most imperials

M- full with a slight resinous slickness

O-not a real hop bomb but well crafted and tasty

delta490, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of anarchia
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Transparent orange/gold beer with a thin head with good retention. Citrus & floral hops in the nose, thick on the tongue, maybe a tad too "syrupy" for my tastes. Sweet but not quite too sweet. Hops don't kick in immediately, they're much more noticeable in the finish. Individual hop flavors stand out, hitting the tongue one after the other: super fruity, almost like jolly ranchers! Intense orange/grapefruit and other citrusy flavors, slightly bitter finish, fairly dry. I think I would like this beer more if it weren't so "big". There is a lot of amazing flavor squeezed out of the hops without any heavy bitterness.

anarchia, Dec 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

trytoketchup, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Flathead_Monster, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

spicyvelveetas, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bschinelli, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

sweetlou25, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

smutty33, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

buckyp, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

hayesjw, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MacarthurParker, Oct 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Chimpadink, Oct 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

schnarr84, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

OKCNittany, Oct 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Falcone, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Icedogs, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Asics, Sep 26, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into a wine glass, comparing it head to head with Green Flash Green Bullet Triple IPA and New Belgium Imperial IPA.

I've heard of Widmer Brothers, but didn't think of them as a "craft" beer brewer until today. I read about this IPA and was anxious to try it. It did not disappoint...

Lovely dark amber color, and subtle hop aroma and flavor. Subtle... nice, but not overwhelming. You can taste the malted barley with the hop flavor balancing it.

this is a beer I will come back to again... not a bargain, but a well crafted IPA that I will look forward to enjoying again

joeworrall, Sep 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

bcuz7, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Jameswoody, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

MorganH, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MeganandDana, Sep 02, 2013
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.