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Nelson Imperial IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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 DoctorDog


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "MAR 03 11" stamped on bottom of label, and presumably a bottled on date.

A- Clear amber/copper. Pours with ~1 finger of off-white head, which fades into a thin cap.

S- Hints of pine/citrus hopiness, and sweet tropical fruits...pineapple and mango....

T- Lots of mango / citrus / tropical fruit notes....moderate level of hop bitterness. A bit of caramel sweetness to go along with the fruity sweetness.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation and a medium full feel.

O- Good. Interesting and enjoyable. Very easy drinking DIPA. A bit more head and carbonation and this one might really pop.

Future outlook: Good beer that might warrant another trial down the road to see how it fares.

05-08-2011 02:49:18 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of julian


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

A: exceptionally clear copper color with a thick lasting fluffy white head. very, very nice!

S: definitely some Citra hops in this one. Smells of strong citrus, mango and peaches in the background. Kind of muted in aroma compared to the X-114 IPA but similar.

T&M: Very smooth...medium bodied...wasn't expecting that. This is by no means a dry IIPA like Pliny...this is considerably thicker bodied and richer. The backbone is that of a sweet malty caramel variety. Very smooth, but also a lot sweeter than I was expecting. I'd compare it at least in sweetness to Hopslam. Carbonation is about average...could be slightly better. On the tail end, this finishes with a nice hoppy bite. Clean aftertaste.

O: Overall, this is a solid IIPA, but not world class. It's a little too sweet for my liking, though it does hold up for the style, and to other beers in it's class. Great offering from Widmer. I'd buy 6 packs of it if it were cheaper (this 1 12oz bottle cost me $2.29+tax)

05-06-2011 04:26:08 | More by julian
Photo of jera1350


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Date of March 3rd, 2011.

Golden orange in color with a one finger cap of dirty white foam. Fair lacing and nice retention.

Really nice tropical fruity and citrusy hop scent. Some malt sweetness as well. It is a little bit on the light side overall on the nose however.

A well balanced DIPA. The hops are citrusy and tropical, but not real strong and not very bitter. Some sweet malt for balance along with some diacetyl. The taste is pretty short, but leaves a little bitterness on the end.

Smooth with creamy soft carbonation and a juicier finish.

A nice DIPA for the price, but with so many awesome ones out there now, I can't see myself revisiting this one again. It is a nice brew though.

05-04-2011 02:07:12 | More by jera1350
Photo of theopholis


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Body is a clear, orangey-amber color; reminds me of old honey. The head is small. white, with some nice lacing. Very little head retention.

Smell: Somewhat subdued. Hints of malt sweetness and floral hops. Maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste: Not as powerful as you'd expect a DIPA to by, but quite nice. LEts call it an IPA and a half. Nice, simple malt profile with a hint of malt sweetness. Blends well with bittering and flavoring hops. Just the barest hint of caramel in the after-taste, and the after-taste is quite nice.

Mouthfell: Perfect mixture of carbonation and body. It needs to be a bit oily for a DIPA tho.

Drinkability: Not a true DIPA, but very nice and drinkable.

05-01-2011 01:42:40 | More by theopholis
Photo of biggred1


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Clear, dark honey colored with a dense creamy alabaster head that leaves fine sparkling lace on the glass. Mint and tropical fruity hop notes in the aroma. Mango, pineapple and a touch of tobacco leaf with mild caramel malt and some alcoholic heat in the finish. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Pretty good beer from Widmer, I like the new flavor direction.

05-01-2011 01:40:48 | More by biggred1
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Crystal clear butterscotch orange with an off white light filmy head. The nose is all citrus all the time! Mandrin and tropical fruits explode from the glass. Very nice, refreshing and inviting. The taste is mandrin orange and tangerine with a touch of pine. This is definitely a North West IPA. The mouthfeel is semi dry with a slight tang and a bit of an oily feel. This is a really nice ale and I find myself enjoying it immensely. Very bright, very fresh, very good.

04-27-2011 01:51:51 | More by LazyL
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

12 ounce bottle, from a $8.99 four pack, purchased at Anconia's, Ridgefield Ct.

"Mar. 29 11" printed on front label. Bottling date?

Pours clear, lighter honey amber. Medium khaki head, stays nicely, tightly knit, then a thicker film, collar and respectable scattered fine lace.

Nose is full of tropical fruits and sniffs, like lime and ginger.

Flavorful and enjoyable DIPA, more lime, mint, ginger, gin picked up. Easy drinking, hops crushing but not overpowering the fruity goodness abounding here. Well done, well worth a try.

04-25-2011 18:09:25 | More by Billolick
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Bottled on March 3, 2011, consumed on April 23, 2011.

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear, orangey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves behind some decent lace.

S: Tropical fruity hops, ripe apricots & peaches.

T: Light honey malt foundation, then tropical fruit hops with a touch of apricot - pretty much follows the nose. Finishes with a touch of spice. Lingering sticky hop juice.

M: Thicker than expected, slight oily slickness to it.

O: A nice DIPA, though one that's on the lighter side of the style. It's good to see a DIPA with a hop profile that differs from the typical citrusy C-hops - this one leans more towards tropical fruit salad and apricots/peaches than the citrus/pine side of the hop equation. This gives it an overall lighter impression, and enhances drinkability.

04-24-2011 01:23:56 | More by Kendo
Photo of bluejacket74


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 3, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is mostly citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, and it has a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, I'd buy this again in the future.

04-23-2011 22:06:50 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of allengarvin


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Into a normal pint glass, this pours a clear amber color, with a very small, and quickly dissipating head. The nose reminds me pretty much of the other Widmer hoppy beers, with a light malt backed by resinous hops. Taste follows the aroma, with moderately high bitterness, piney hop flavor, and medium malt. Mouthfeel is about average.

Actually... does this differ in any way from their Deadlift IPA? It's drinkable, but nothing stands out about it. Maybe they wanted to repackage Deadlift into a 4-bottle carrier, and keep the same price, but thought a new name would fool consumers into thinking they're getting something new and special.

04-23-2011 21:33:06 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Jason


4/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

Shiny pale brass color with a great clarity, the suds do their job to keep the beer appearance up. Minty, mango, peppery, lime zest and mandarin orange come from the hops and light biscuity grain and alcohol round out the hoppy nose. Smooth and slick with a moderate sized creamy body. Bitterness might not be massive which is fine, the hop flavor is the real showcase here. Peppery, mint and exotic fruit hop flavor though I am sure some of that fruitiness is coming from the alcohol. Star fruit, ripe pineapple and papaya comes to mind. Faint caramel and cake malt flavors, alcohol is very noticeable but does not distract from any other flavor.

Looks like the complete re-vamp of Deadlift ends up being a win now.

04-17-2011 04:17:23 | More by Jason
Photo of PicoPapa


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

12oz bottle with Mar 03 11 on the far right corner of the label. Pours a translucent light golden color with a half inch of head. Tons of lacing throughout. Smells great. Big hoppy citrus nose. Almost tropical. Taste is more of the tropical fruit and citrus hops but a bit more subdued. Some pine as well. Tastes kind of like its watered down. Still, pretty tasty. Good level of bitterness. Its actually a really drinkable Imperial IPA. Between this and Deadlift I may have not been giving Widmer Bros. a fair shake. Overall, I like this beer and although I like Deadlift better this is a very comparable brew. Next time I may grab a 4 pack.

04-13-2011 04:08:18 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of velosuds


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on Mar 03 11, 2010. Paid $6.99 for a 4-pack on sale at local grocer. Normally $8.99.

A-Pours a very clear golden-amber hue with a two finger, egg shell-white head with good retention and copious lacing.

S-Very fragrant piney and citrus hops are nicely balanced by a pleasant foundation of biscuit like malt. This is a great improvement over Deadlift.

T-Taste is a very satisfying blend of piney, resinous hops and sweet and bready malts. This is better than I expected, and may be my favorite from Widmer.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. The 8.6% ABV is nicely masked.

O-This is a very good DIPA, surprisingly so. I don't know how much is attributable to the Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, and this is the first beer I have had that includes this hop, but this is good beer. I have had two and am ready for a third. Well done, Widmer. Overall, I would give this a 4.25.

04-10-2011 01:09:42 | More by velosuds
Photo of 12vman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I agree with Olmatty on much of his review. The only other thing that I would add is that I found there was a big pine cone scent, and to a lesser degree, taste. Very appealing. First tasted this at the Glens Falls Brewfest this past weekend, then finally found it in Saratoga Springs.

04-08-2011 00:22:51 | More by 12vman
Photo of olmatty


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

According to the "Not So Professional Beer Blog" this beer is the new incarnation of Widmer's Deadlift recipe which will now be retired. One of the series 924 beers.

Appearance-Pours a deep golden amber beer that is absolutely unclouded. There's a big foamy cap that settled down to a creamy one finger head which creates lots of lacing in the glass.

Smell- Significant toasted malt biscuit bits first, balanced with deep hop bitterness in the form of orange peel, mild citrus and spice. More bittering hop than finishing hop.

Taste-Citrus peel bitter followed by malts which have been bittered significantly lots of early addition hops. Some light pine and a little candy sweetness. Lots of residual sugar and a long lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Think and sticky IPA. Lots of body. Quite palate coating.

Overall-A very pleasant and drinkable Imperial IPA. Somewhat one dimensional, but what's there is enjoyable.

04-06-2011 00:07:42 | More by olmatty
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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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