Queen Nina's Imperial IPA | Water Street Brewing & Ale House

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Water Street Brewing & Ale House
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 07-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had several of these recently, at the breweries closing day party. Not quite the beer I remember but still a decent example of the style.

Coppery-gold color, with just a thin cap of soap bubble head. Nice, but not overpowering, hop aroma. Solid citrus and pine hop flavors, with some malt backbone to support it. Body was a bit thinner than it should have been. Nicely drinkable, had several.

I'm going to miss visiting the pub, I hope they find a new location to reopen in soon.

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Photo of blackc5
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Water Street itself over the Memorial Day weekend. It seemed to be served a bit too cold as it improved in taste after it warmed.

A - A somewhat hazy orange/amber with some head retention and moderate lacing.

S - Lots of piney and floral hops, a touch of citrus as well, backed by some biscuit maltiness.

T - This one heavily favors the hop-side of the equation, and is mainly dominated by earthy, grassy and piney hops flavors. The malts are subtle, but provide some balance. Definitely a NW IPA/DIPA in bitterness, the hops are nevertheless somewhat one dimensional. I enjoyed this but it stands in the middle as far as flavor profiles go.

M - Light to medium body, perhaps a bit thin overall. The right level of carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Despite the beers flaws, it was quite drinkable if you like a bitter IPA. I do, and this one fit the bill nicely even if it did not amaze.

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Photo of ccrida
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, Queen Nina is a hazy pale orange with a small, off-white head that leaves lice lace.

Smell is orange, citrusy hops accentuated by sweet crystal malt that really opens up massively, like opening a big bag of hops. Ummm, fresh!

Taste is very aggressive and overly bitter for my taste, with a bit of an earthy, almost peanut butter note, similar to Alpha Dog. There's a nice hoppy flavor behind the pungent bitterness, very resinous, up there as one of the most over-hopped IPAs, there's undoubtedly a love or hate it reaction to this. I started out not loving it at all, but as my palate adjusted, by the end of the pint, a romance was blooming...

Mouthfeel is creamy but bone dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is tough at first due to the blistering bitterness, but I really changed my mind as it opened up and I adjusted. Big NW IPA, obviously super fresh judging by the previous reviews.

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Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.

A - Amber with a small head but good lacing.

S - Floral hops balanced by some malt sweetness.

T - Floral hops with a nice citrusy, grapefruit bite. A real hop lover's dream but it does have a decent malt foundation as well. Doesn't seem quite strong enough to be an Imperial IPA though.

M - A bit thin in the mouth for the style. Moderate carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex for sending this one my way!

Poured a medium and hazy/cloudy golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral ('husky') hops, citrus, and very light maltiness. Tastes of the same floral ('green hop') with lighter citrus and lighter malts. Medium bitter with a lighter sweetness.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Collins pub the other day.

The beer pours your pretty much archtypical orange peach color with good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some citrus from hops and a touch of pine. The beer doesn't smell like an over the top DIPA, and it doesn't come across on the palate as one either. However, what it does come across as is a very well balanced, very nicely hopped DIPA with everything in the right proportion. The beer reminds me a bit of Walking Man's homo erectus, albeit a smaller, somewhat more fruity (from the hops) version. Still, there is a nice dry bitterness in the finish, and this DIPA is very easy to drink and enjoy by this particular hophead. Abv. is very well disguised, though I don't think the beer would ever qualify as a session beer.

A very nice effort from Water Street.

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy-bronze, off-white head, some retention, excellent lace.

S: Some pine & grapefruit, but there's not a lot of nose.

T: Pine, grapefruit, assertive bitterness, underlying biscuity American pale malt flavour.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, moderate carbonation, acidic.

D: Good.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brouwer's this is a real nice Imperial IPA from Skip that does not go over the top. This is actually on the light side with little indication that the alcohol is high. The hops come through after awhile ( let it warm up). The balance is spot on with a slight English take on the style. Worth searching out this fall as The two breweries in Port Townsend are doing good stuff.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Makes a pretty presentation with a white velvet head trailing sustained lace. Everything else comes across nicely as well. The texture is elegantly relaxed as though it were cask-conditioned. It is not. But Queen Nina would make an excellent cask candidate.

A breezy floral aroma drifts upwards from a body of strong balances. The malts are robust and plush while floral hops prevail overall. Everything about this beer is mellow and good-natured. Recommended.

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Queen Nina's Imperial IPA from Water Street Brewing & Ale House
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 9 ratings