Nelson The Impaler | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Nelson The ImpalerNelson The Impaler

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-29-2012

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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 jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey and grapefruit finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tasty and easy to drink.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of bright citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, cracker, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice pale ale style. All around good complexity and robustness of bright citrus/fruity hops and light-moderate pale malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Extremely light body. Pale golden color with a fine, lacy foam. Pleasant flowery aroma with a whiff of not-unpleasant skunk and plenty of grapefruit.

This is so trifingly light and yet so bitter. It's like no Pale Ale I've ever encountered, but who's a slave to style? So sharp it's almost sour. I keep getting a brettanomyces flavor and a seriously dry finish, like a Belgian yeast got mixed up here.

Quite bitter aftertaste that lingers too long. Needs the Trader Joe's golden bock for a mixer to mellow this out. It's just so dry and thin. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Stump's Market in Point Loma.

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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy light straw amber with gold highlights and a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and apple family fruit, citrus and grassy hops, grapefruit. Interesting. Flavor is biscuit malt, slightly sweet orange and lemon citrus, grapefruit finishing with fairly intense grapefruit rind and resiny hop bitterness that is much drier. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. Quite flavorful for a pale ale. I wanted to favor the fruity Nelson hop flavors a bit longer, finding the finish a bit abrupt, but I did like both phases of flavor. A well done and tasty pale ale. Not one of my go-to styles, but ales like this could change my habits.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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 JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came out a yellowish beer with a good amount of clarity for how malty the taste was (not so much appearance) and the use of nelson hops which seem to usually impart a cloudier brew. Aroma was mildly citrusy, I thought it was gonna make a stronger impression on my nasal cavity, as it was described as nelson w/ citra, but here the citrus was present, but mild.

Taste, I guess for this being a pale ale, versus an india pale ale, the soft touches with the hops, citrus and carbonation make a little sense. For my preference, I would have preferred more carbonation. I wanted the funkiness of the nelson hop to be more pronounced, I wanted a bigger citra contribution. Its like everything was good in this beer, but it was just like that little bit of KFC gravy they gave Cartman at the methadone like clinic to hold him over from going into withdrawals. You want more. More citra, more nelson, more hop bite. Just more. Take the same recipe, up it by 25% in the hop department. It came off as a little too malty, so maybe if they cut back a little bit in that department, I'd get a little more of what I'm looking for from those two of my favorite hops.

Overall, a good beer, but one that could be excellent with a few tweaks and no new ingredients. Just an increase/decrease in what is already there.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 gtermi
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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