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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: the beer pours a nice clear copper/amber but has almost no head, just ring of white bubbles; there is some light, lazy movement in the glass.

s: light fruity, citrusy hop in the front of the nose but the dominant smell is that sort of thick sweet hoppy smell;

t: no surprise that the taste has hops some earthy/spicy hops, but the main taste for me is that sort of muddled syrupy hops/malt blend that too many IPAs have; the beer is not bad for me, but i really dislike it when IPAs favor this sort of muddled thick hop taste over a crisp refreshing one -- common for the style, but not required.

m: medium mouthfeel that is slick and a little oily, and a bit mouthcoating - moderate-faint carb, but tight tiny bubbles.

d: to me this beer gets lost as another sort of OK IPA that s too sweet and does not make the best of its substantial ABV and hops. missed opportunity.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Nelson Sauvin hops impart light to moderate aromas of gooseberries and tropical fruits to the nose; hints of grapefruit from the Cascade hops are also noticeable.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of gooseberries along with notes of passionfruit and grapefruit. While only a light amount of bitterness is perceptible, only hints of the underlying malts are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable because the taste masks any traces of alcohol. There's a very good balance between the malts and bitterness, but there's hardly much of any of them in the taste to make you believe that this beer is an Imperial IPA. The variety of different hops used in this beer result in an interesting flavor profile.

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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

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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