Full Nelson Organic Imperial IPA | Nelson Brewing Company

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Full Nelson Organic Imperial IPAFull Nelson Organic Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 05-05-2013

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Photo of biboergosum
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. The next in the organically produced big bomber series - hopefully this outdoes that pithy chocolate stout from a few months ago.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two skinny fingers of bulbous, kind of thinly foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few sparse imitations of coral reef lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of warm bready caramel malt, black pepper, stewed oranges, blunted pine needles, and leafy, herbal liqueur. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel/toffee malt, a slightly astringent meatiness, soft white pepper, mild stale orange rind, leafy, weedy forest floor detritus hops, and a well-behaved booziness.

The bubbles are generally rather neutered-seeming, but do all right in their day job, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, the hops not really up for a tussle. It finishes off-dry, the gutted caramel and leafy, herbal hops sailing on a rising sea of booze warmth.

A so-so DIPA, the weight is there, the malt more or less up to the task, but the hops have a great deal of difficulty getting their shit together - herbal, citrusy, and floral, sure, but never in concert, and always manifesting in a rather lackadaisical manner. Just too unfocused, and not nearly worthy of mentioning in the same breath as the best of BC, at the very least.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 28/11/13

A slight haze in a light copper body a few tiny bubbles feeding a dense finger of foam that falls to a thin film after a few sips leaving a couple random patches of lace

S big tropical nose, apricot, peaches, pineapple juice, orange and grapefruit, a little pine, very faint dry cereal, slightly floral, and caramel with just a hint of booze

T more malt, lots of lemon and lime rind, more pine, the tropical notes on the nose are toned down but still there, tasty enough but the nose is a fair bit better

M medium leaning towards full, nice bitter bite, lots of grit, soft carbonation and just a little heat, feels like a DIPA

O I'm pretty happy with my 5$ bomber, the nose didn't quite follow through in the flavor but still a solid DIPA all around

I'm very surprised by this one, I've had lots of crap from Nelson and expected this to be something similar. I rather liked this beer and the price point is hard to beat, this will be the first brew from these guys that I buy a second time.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aaronvanderleek
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle. Pours a clear copper with a head that lingers. Nose is citrus - very strong grapefruit. Taste follows nose with a dry hoppy finish. Very nice and refreshing. I wasn't expecting too much but I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours an orangish brown colour. Nelson brewed one of the first bottled IPAs in BC, so it's interesting that their only now getting into doing a bigger double IAP like this. It was worth the wait, however. This is a fine example of this style that'd stand toe to toe with its US West Coast counterparts. The nose is an exotic array of tropical fruit, melon and citrus notes. The flavours are even more amazing: cannabis, fruit basket/fruit cocktail. There's a big, bitter finish. Excellent carbonation. Great beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KentCstrait
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice citrusy & hoppy DIPA. Bomber is ~ $5 which is very competitive in my market for a DIPA. I keep coming back to this once in a while.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nelson Brewing 'Full Nelson Organic Imperial IPA' @ 8.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a slight hazey amber in the glass with a small off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-some hoppyness to it , more pine than floral
T-some bigness to it , no wow factor , dry finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , big full body
Ov-ok beer , somewhat dissapointing DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Very dank aroma with hints of marmalade and toffee.

T: Very dank hop flavour (Simcoe in the boil), hints of tropical fruit, citrus & pine; Biscuity malt with hints of toffee. Bitterness could be a little more assertive.

M: Smooth, moderate body has a light acidity and an off-dry finish.

O: A nice brew, though perhaps a bit gentle for a DIPA.

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Photo of Albertahab31
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kuno777
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rogerdandy
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of leaddog
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark amber with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Piney hops, caramalts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Predominantly malt flavoured in comparison with the hops, along with tropical fruit essences. Light bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A DIPA that is more dominated by malts than hops. The aromas meet all the requirements, though I'd like to have more hops (perhaps a bit of dry hopping will help out).

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing tangerine with latticed eggshell froth. 4
Guava and overripe melon on the nose. 3.75
Nectarine up front then soft tangelo, cantaloupe, and mango hops. 4
Peachy finish and oily little flash to end.
Almost medium, dead smooth, good chew, no heat. 4

Plenty of tropical fruit, but all of it pretty mellow. None of that sharp and spicy white grape/gooseberry I’d expect from NS, and IBUs don’t turn up. I wonder about a January ‘15 BBD; short-dated or long on the shelf? Less aggressive than promised but silky and way too easy. 4

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Photo of RBryn
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Full Nelson Organic Imperial IPA from Nelson Brewing Company
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