Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
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
09-22-2013 02:59:39 | More by joeworrall
3.94/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours with a solid head but low retention. Melts away quickly into a clumpy layer of mid sized bubbles. A nice golden yellow-orange color
S: Incredible. One of the best smells I have encountered in a while. Such a unique IPA. The traditional spicy smell of "hops" is there, but quite subtle. Smells of grapes, peaches, floral grass, honey - but amazingly not all that sweet. Clean
T: A bit muted in comparison to the smell. Not so bright, but full and rich. Tastes like heavy wine; dried raisins and spice add to the heaviness. Interesting how the hop spice tastes like wine pairing spices.
M: Lighter in the mouthfeel than in the whole sip experience.
O: A very interesting and lovely beer. A different experience from your typical IPA. Absolutely worth trying. I would certainly drink more.
08-22-2013 23:48:12 | More by Birdmarg741
3.66/5 rDev -7.3%
Enjoyed in an IPA glass over 25 minutes.
The base has a soft orange glow, as the density if haze is just sufficiently permissive of light. Streams of carbonation are visible through the haze. A generous french-vanilla head holds on rather well, leaving creamy lumps that feed lacing for much of the time one spends with a serving.
The smell is bracing, bright, and bitter. Grapefruit coated in ginger leaps up and seems to grab taste buds through the nose even before a sip. Accompanying must increases with standing, and it morphs into fungal cheese warmth. Sweetness tracks with the funk and brings along other subtle fruit scents like cherry, mango, and a little apricot. It's a marvelous blend, but the fungus begins to overwhelm an earlier grassiness with time.
Right from the first sip, much of the taste profile represents contrast. It's surprisingly sweet. Hops are prominent through their oils and esters that are cut lightly by a squeeze of lime. It's fairly metallic and boozy through the middle. The bitterness that characterized the early nose finally enters the back end of the taste profile along with an aftertaste of earth and pine. Malt holds the center with a touch of allspice all the way through to keep together an otherwise haphazard collection of flavors.
It's nice and slick over the teeth, and could use more carbonation to cut the heavy layering effect over the tongue The beer continues to be chewy long after a swallow, hanging onto the back of the tongue with piney hop-oils.
I think my expectations interfered with the possibility of enjoying this brew more. They were enhanced by the initial sights and smells, but the flavor just doesn't have me reaching for more. Although, my bottle had been sitting too long, and even though I kept it cold, I don't think I had the as good and balanced an experience as I might have, based on what I read in others' fresher reviews.
08-22-2013 23:46:11 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.