Nelson The Impaler | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States
ironfistbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.64%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
19
For Trade:
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of stratusjeans
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDBeerGere
2.43/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got the bomber at a local supermarket not far from the brewery. Upon opening, there seemed to be too much carbonation. Every sip turned into foam as soon as it left the bottle. Even pouring into a glass didn't help. Taste was lacking in hop flavor, yet plenty of malty sweetness. Almost had the finish of a sour. I've had this before at the brewery and don't remember it this way.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bought from Times Fujiokas 12oz bottle $2.49
Hazy golden color
Medium carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Sour taste - No date on bottle so don't know if its old or is supposed to be this way
Overall not a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of Jeysun23
4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheimiller
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jj333
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fatehunter
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is faint lemon and grain.
The taste is mild bitter lemon and mild malty sweet.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's fine.

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Photo of d_kizzle
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lbsoutherlandv
5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great hop aroma from southern New Zealand Nelson hops. Great grapefruit taste and very session able. Similar in fruit taste to the great sauv blancs / Pinot Gris of the same region. Under 30 IBU makes for a perfect food pairing beverage, especially wth seafood.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow CA ipa pour, white head, good clarity. A little citrus in the nose, underwhelmed for a name like Impaler. Nelson's should drop hotter than this.

Taste, nuanced citrus, bitterness and caramel. Low carbonation. Could use less malt, more hops.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A standard bomber from Costco vs. the typical 750 from Iron Fist. Poured into a tulip showing a hazed light yellow/green with more of a golden orange in the light. Half inch of cap offered decent retention. Very witbieresque in appearance.

Notable nelson hop profile on the aroma yet with some wheat twang, touch of grapefruit rind. Clean aroma with no maltiness to confuse the palate. Taste follows given the lightness of the delivery. Spritzy carbonation and a bit more citrus on the finish, though more muddled lemon than grapefruit now. Light bitterness works with the pale malts but the finish is a bit hollow and brief.

Overall an interesting take but I find this a bit too dry to engage. There is some yeast notes with warming but a hop profile alone, particularly a mild one, does not make a beer.

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Photo of jlee922
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost like a saison in character and taste. Not at all what I was expecting but it is very satisfying and style bending. Approach this one with no pre-conceived notions and you will enjoy it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kornkid8600
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GMan310
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ok beer. got that extra bitter taste.

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Photo of travolta
2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mobrado
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly bitter. Tons of yeast with a Belgian flavor profile. Nelson dominates the aroma. Grapefruit and white wine lead to a dry finish. A unique take. The only Pale Ale I've had that was remotely similar was Moa Pale Ale from New Zealand that was also bottle conditioned and featured NZ hops.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was an interesting APA to me as it tasted to me more like a lager or specifically a Pils. Maybe it was an off bottle, who knows. Poured a rather clear golden color, again, nearly a Pilsner. Not much in the smell from my two different glasses (got a 22oz bottle) but nothing off putting at all. Taste is crisp when it hits the tongue but runs smooth down the back and I'll tell you what I like it. Finishes well and light, not bitter or sweet, doesn't linger heavy but is always there. Overall I'd say this is almost a Pilsner APA hybrid of some sort and is very tasty, almost sessionable. Listed as an APA I'd like a little more body to it and a bit more hop presence. If it says all this on the bottle, I didn't read it ok, too lazy and I didn't want to use it as a guide, you can read that yourself.

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Photo of nygannon
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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Nelson The Impaler from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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