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Deadlift Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Deadlift Imperial IPADeadlift Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews by surprenant1138:
Photo of surprenant1138
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter. Almost no head, nice slow lacing. Dark amber colored. Aroma is sweet, fruity-like berries, citrusy and some hops. Mouthfeel is of a medium body, and dry. Taste is as the aroma, like berries, slightly citrusy, and hoppy. It tastes like it is building up to something, and the flavor just drops and disappears. Potential for greatness is there, and just fades. Good sipping beer though. Still refreshing.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Well it looks the part. The body is a bright and deep orange in color and kind of darkish with shades of brown. The head is big, full, and puffy with good retention and filming.

Smell - The malts clearly dominate this show. They are rich and sweet with loads of butter. The hops are light and more floral and definitely take a back seat to this malt base.

Taste - The malts come over terrific at the taste. They are indeed full of butter, probably more so than almost any other DIPA that I've had. This is a rich, rich flavor. The hops come on a bit bigger at the taste but are still confined to floral notes and maybe some grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with light but fun carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel. This DIPA defines the concept of creamy on the tongue, and the quality feel that you get in the mouth is beyond compare. The hops, which aren't too hoppy, put up a surprisingly bitter bite especially at the finish. This is a class act.

Drinkability - I really enjoyed this beer but the hopheads will be disappointed. I'm willing to forgive the lack of a huge hop bite since the malts were so expertly handled from beginning to end. This was the most impressed I've been with a Widmer offering in years. Nicely done.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

The beer talk about this beer is that it uses the hops of New Zealand, the elusive Nelson Sauvin hop. And there's lots of talk --even AB-InBev uses it. Brassy amber color, clarity is fine, with a healthy head on top. Fruitiness from the hops and alcohol vary from ripe straw- berries to mangos and pineapple ... and a very fruity nose it is. Sure, it's hoppy, nearly soapy with a fruity wrap. Bitterness is there with a slow but light raking of the palate. Malt back- bone is not nearly enough to handle this fruit, hop and alcohol combo. Too clean. Fruitiness is all up front, and the malt drops dry in the end.

Very polished and clean, and wanting to be drinkable. While the body and crispness tell you to take another sip, the somewhat hollow malt base, fruit-focused hops and alcohol take everything over, and it soon becomes a chore to drink. Widmer is a day late and a dollar short for this style; too many brewers have already defined where it should be, and Deadlift misses its mark.

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Photo of Carissa
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy glowing copper orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is stinky piney resiny hops. It's a bit subdued though.

The flavor is some slightly sweet caramel malts followed by a big resiny, piney earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low smooth carbonation - slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice IIPA. It's pretty one dimensional in the hops. A nice surprise from Widmer.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice creamy egg shell colored 1 and a half finger head. Pale golden color, quite clear. Smells quite big of floral, citrus, fruity hops then quite a bit of carmel sweet malts, some bready notes and some pine. Tastes very sweet and carmel at first, a very complex citrus/pine/floral/honey flavor. Very well put together. Light carbonation, medium/full bodied. The finish is some pine and citrus hops, quite a bit of sweet honey and carmel malts. Quite drinkable for 8.6%, very well hidden. Overall this is an awesome double IPA. The highlights are a plesant hoppy, citrus, fuity smell. Some balancing bitterness mid palate, a medium dry finish with a nice honey flavor. $3.20 a single, even at this price I'd pick this up again any day of the week

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the hops. I get a lot of pineapple, papaya and pine notes. The flavor is very heavy on the tropical fruit. I get some pineapple, mango and papaya. I also get a little bit of pine as well as some bready malt to balance things out slightly. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very nice, widely available Double IPA.

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Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this ale off the tap at McGrath's Pub in Harrisburg, PA.

A= Yellow golden in color and slightly syrupy legs. It has a white lacy head with moderately good retention.

S= Mixture of citrus and pine hop aromas greet the nose. Sweet subtle malt comes through the hops.

T= First I tasted the strongly citrus bittering hops followed by the pine notes and then I was able to distinguish the malt characteristics. Pale and caramel malts intertwine with the hop acidity to give this beer a balanced profile. Alcohol was prevalent but not overwhelming. This beer has a lasting finish.

M= Malty, chewy and heavy on the tongue. Not a turn off though.

D= A good ale to enjoy one glass at a time. This seems like any other IPA, but be warned that the gravity of this big beer can sneak up on you in a hurry.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Damn, best Widmer I've ever had. Good clean appearance and hop aroma. Not astringent bitter at all.

Great taste, again, very clean. Doesn't weigh heavy on the palate like some in the style will. Great hop feeel, average bitterness, a very drinkable brew. Drank at the Bistro for Hop Rhizome festival. Had it up against Hop 15, PTE, Drake's IPA, competitive with all those great hoppy beers.

Gotta love the use of the Nelson hops here. Done very well. Affordable price. Only likely to offend anti corporate types versus those who actually stress that taste is all that matters.

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Photo of brow1901
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep golden orange color with a snow white and small head on top. The head has poor retention but some decent lacing while it lasts.

S- I quite disappointed in the smell of this beer, some hops mostly earthy but they are really in the background. I would prefer the upfront citrus, in your face DIPA smell. Faint alcohol scent

T- Nice high AA bitterness combines with some smooth hop flavors, too bad these didn't translate into aroma. I heard that the hops used in this beer (Nelson Sauvion) remind people of grapes, I certainly didn't find this in the aroma but perhaps a bit of hoppy sweetness that is reminicent of grapes exists, or it could just be my imagination. Nice clean malt backbone, nothing really interesting.

M- Full bodied and leave the mouth coated and slick.

D- Really drinkable, hides the 8% nicely. The hop flavors aren't super draining on the palate like many super bitter DIPAs, overall a worthy beer especially for the price and it's always worth checking out a different hop variety.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of GilGarp
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. single purchased today. I wasn't ready to take the risk on a $9 4-pack. I loved Brrr so I'm hoping for an imperial version.

Dated Jan. 2010.

Served cold into a pint glass. Deadlift has a redish amber color with great clarity for the style. The head is short-lived and not very tight.

Aroma is like citrus candy - honey dipped grapefuit and sugar-crusted orange peel.

Flavor is intense but fairly balanced. It is like a big Brrr with lots of citrus hoppy-ness and honey/caramel sweetness. It's very bitter but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a little over carbonated. I would like it a little softer because I find that carbonation enhances bitter flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall a good DIPA but not of the best. It's worth a try but I don't think I'll go back for the 4-pack.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange and gold, small head in a big Grimbergen chalice. Smells flowery and with citrus. Taste is strong hop oils, resinous, good hops with some sweetness for balance. Basically, I liked this one because of the selection of the hops, and it has a reasonable lightness for a DIPA which I prefer (relatively speaking).

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Photo of HugePlume
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint...

A- A bronzy gold color, a little yellowish on the edges. Poured with a minimal white head that quickly dissipated and virtually no lacing.

S- The nose is its strong point, very fruity hops. Reminds of a fresh hop ale.

T- Fruity hops up front with a dry bitter aftertaste that comes on too early. After the midway point the aftertaste has built up and masks some of the hop fruitiness. No malt. Aftertaste is not bad, it just dominates.

M- More carbonation than expected. Its the reviewers opinion that the higher than normal carbonation is an effort to keep the fruity hop notes present as the aftertaste builds. Almost as fizzy as a naturtal soda. It works, but its weird.

D- Its a one and done for me. Would work well as a pairing with some spicy food, but I don't think I will be trying this one again. Better strong AIPA's and even stronger IIPA's out there.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear orange/light copper color with a decent slightly off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Nose has a nice piney citrusy hop profile, but it does seem slightly muted. This bottle is about two months old (and its widmer) so that doesn't suprise me too much.

Actually, this is still a pretty nice DIPA! Suprisingly good, and far beyond widmer's usual standards. It has retained its hop profile pretty well. Flavor is very citrusy, more SD style than PNW, but does display attributes of both. The hop profile is much more citrusy than your average more floral PNW IPA. The malt profile REALLY reminds me of 90 minute. That being said the hop profile is quite different. Still has nice bitterness on the finish despite its age, and has accurate dryness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much right where it should be. Carbonation is ideal and viscosity if anything is the slightest bit thick. Great dryness.

Drinkability is also pretty solid. The 8%abv helps with that, and makes for a nice beer without being too hot, could probably do a sixer of these if i had the energy.

Overall, a suprisingly good beer from what is usually a mediocre mAIcro brewery. Between this and the '10 black IPA, widmer has stepped up their game in the first part of this new decade. A good beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wierd DIPA, like wine and beer thrown together as when you are disposing of beer and wine at a party tossing it in one cup and someone comes along and drinks it. Very piney,minty, grassy, weedy. Big hop aroma. Cloudy grapefruit and one quarter inch of retained head. Loads of lace. Full mouthfeel,and yet palate shredder.Very drinkable but unique hop juice.Good white winey finish.

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Photo of aval89
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a semi dark copper color with a decent 1 finger head that eventually went down to a thin film..left a bit of lacing on the walls of my oversized wine glass..

smell was sweet malt, caramel, grapefruit, citrus, pine, orange, maybe some mango.. also a tad bit boozy

taste was sweet up front.. a bit biscuity.. caramel, orange peel bitterness, a bit of pineapple..

mouthfeel is decent...good carbonation...

finishes a bit hoppy, with a burning boozy finish... a little too boozy in my opinion... i liked 90 minute ipa's finish better..

overall an ok DIPA.. Glad I picked it up so I know not to purchase again..


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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Princeton's Liquors. I later noticed the bottled on date was March 2010, but thought this actually aged very nicely. There are big citrus hops up front with a bit of pine and then floral perfume and crushed pepper finish. While most aged DIPA's take on drab and simple malt characters, this instead had a pleasant biscuit and cookie malt taste. Overall, it wasn't too thick, making this a great hop-bomb to get in trouble with. Check it out.

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Photo of BSW
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Deadlift pours a hazed orange amber with a half inch of bubbly white foam. Retention is somewhat brief yet the pour holds a surface film which expands a bit with warming.

Nose is sweet and citric, with orange notes dominant, along with some resinous pine and grapefruit. Intriguing and pleasant yet without obvious hop notes given the malt balance.

Flavor is again strong in the citrus department. Somewhat thick and cloying on the finish though just hoppy enough to pull it off. Touch of hop spice on the finish. Feel is a bit syrupy yet it all hides the ABV easily. Still, this beer is a bit heavy on the palate.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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