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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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Photo of CraftBeerBarney
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deadlift is one of my top 5 favorite Imperial IPAs!!! Widmer brothers really nailed this one. The imported Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand really gives it a unique berry-like taste that really finishes nicely! The tap handle for Deadlift is also my favorite!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass on 'pint night' at the Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC

A: Beautiful, clear, golden-orange amber color with a nice thick 2-1/2 finger, off-white head. Fluffy, heavy, thick lacing.

S: Citrus, piney hops. Really nice! Some mild sweetness from the malts.

T&M: Full bodied. You can tell it's thickness when you pour. Well-balanced with hops and malts. Earthy, piney, citrusy taste that explodes as it fades to a semi-dry, oily hop finish. The hop bitterness is definitely there, but subdued perfectly with the malt sweetness.

Great stuff. They better keep it as a 'regular' pour at the Saucer or I'll have to cease and desist as a regular. ;)

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into my Duvel tulip. Growler from Piney Grove Green's.

A - Orange amber with a small white head

S - Like fresh pineapple and mangoes. Seriously this smells so juicy and amazing. Most tropical aroma'd DIPA I've ever smelt.

T - Big tropical blast followed by a nice sweetness. Ends with a nice bitter bite.

M - Medium body with very little carbonation. I think I let this growler sit a little longer than it should have.

D - Easy drinking amazingly delicious DIPA. Enough bitterness to scratch the bitter itch and amazing tropical fruit flavors. This is one of the better DIPA's around. I have no clue how this beer doesn't have a much higher rating.

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Photo of BeerEndevour14
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hop aroma and taste upfront that sticks around for the ride, fruity and citrusy in a great way, 8.6% alcohol and would surely session. Tasted GREAT out of a snifter, one of my personal favorite IPAs and would surely like taste out of a keg. Recommended for a hopped flavorful treat.

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Photo of oldcrustacean
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

QUESTION: WWRCD: What would Ronnie Coleman drink?

On tap at Elis... ugh. I've been drinking much less and hitting the gym hard. I didn't even want to go -- but decided on the Deadlift IPA for my one mug of the night. Good choice. Notes of pine, citrus with a strong floral aroma. Very pleasant IPA. Big bold flavors.

Almost as impressive as my 395# deadlift ...almost.

Ended up with a headache anyway. Every. single. time. It's the Elis standard.

This winter, I'll stick to homebrew and lifting heavy ass weight.

ANSWER: Protein. Beer doesn't get you swole.

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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 Onslow
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

.. first off is the smell, fresh green pine needles, fresh cut outta the tree resin and sugar covered hops .. .

Oh my God...you can talk! ..

. deep tan colour.. . awesome white sturdy head ..

. that's the smallest fuckin potato i've ever seen ma .. .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw .

. pretty sweet, nice and sticky with a very pure non cloying feel ..

. an absolute winner! and a class act! ..

most definitely recommended for the hop lover ..

. sir i need a decision.. uh uh.., uh salad, no soup, soup!!! .. . but it was to late.. . and to this day i lay awake thinking about the soup that got away . ..'i've taken you for granted'.. oh, get a room!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red orange body with soft bubbly white head. Hazy yet incandescent. Lace is quite substantial. Aroma is hoppy and juicy. Bubblegum mixes with tangerine, citrus and spice. Great flavor. A lot of hop flavor and minimal hop bitterness. Juicy hoppines bursting with tropical fruits. Malt base is just there for balance...nothing more. Bitterness is not huge for a DIPA, but that's o.k. The great hop flavor makes up for it. Fairly hefty body. Just a hint of alcoholic heat. Smooth body and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a firm finger of white head, good lacing, but light for the style.

S: Pineapple/tropical fruit - clear Nelson Sauvin, hint of onions which was odd but intriguing. Very green - in fact it does smell a bit like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc after which the hop was named.

T: Lots of tropical fruit with a bit of rye like spice. Good amount of cracked barley/biscuity malt akin to 90 Minute. Finish reminds me of spearmint. Very floral hoppiness, not bitter at all.

M: Medium/full-bodied, off-dry, resinous/chewy aftertaste, vibrant on the palate.

D: This is nowhere near a CA hop bomb DIPA, in terms of bitterness it is clearly more like a regular IPA or even an English IPA. Nevertheless, the flavours are very good and intriguing. One of the more unique DIPAs I've come across; don't expect San Diego.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with a slight haze. Short lived head, but copious lacing. Pine and fruit aroma. Piney and aromatic in the upper palate with some alcohol sweetness. Subdued caramel sweetness in the middle. Bitter on the back end with a bit of a burn from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks to be about the same color as motor oil.
Lots of foam for you foam freaks.
This pretty much sums up the visual experience, now on to the smell...
Smells like citrus.
Well, that wraps up the smell category..was Appearance and Smell really worth 40% of this beer's score?
No way, a blind man could love this beer just as much as I do. This IPA has the most of everything, out of all the IPAs I've tried so far.
It is an outstanding beer if you love bold citrus hops. The ABV is masterfully hidden, I find it hard to believe that this is stronger than many malt liquors.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Muddy Pin. 5 oz sample at the Hopfest 2010. The bartender said it was the only keg in the US presently.

A - pretty standard light gold. Minimal head and retention.

S - Strong hoppy smell - a little bit spicy, not much citrus aroma.

T & M - This is very hop forward - pretty intense. Slightly citrus, and a well balanced malt backbone.

D - I could have a lot more. Very well balanced and 9.5% was not very obvious.

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Photo of augiebeerfan
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer, it has a gold color and is very clear. The head wasn't that great it was dull and almost non existent but didn't take away from its body. The suds look great and go with the beer perfectly.
The smell has a citrus aroma to it and has a that great hop smell one would expect from an IPA.
The taste is crisp clean and a great citrus taste that is great with meals as well. its not overpowering and light for a beer with a higher ABV.
The drinkability is easy and refreshing. It feels good on the palate and has a great after taste.
The mouthfeel is bubbly and lighter than some other Imperial IPAs.
i like everything about this beer and i believe its the best widmer beer with the Brr a close second. Thanks Widmer.

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Photo of jamdugan
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I've had from Widmer. Came in a 4-pack for $8.50.

The hops are Widmers Alchemy for bittering, and Cascade for aroma. But the real star here is Nelson Sauvin, which is the predominant hop in this beer. It's a relatively new hop from Australia, with a unique tropical grapefruit / white wine flavor. Not many breweries are using this hop yet, so this is a nice addition in Deadlift.

Flavor and Aroma are wonderful. Peaches, honey & grapefuit. I drink alot of IPA's and this beer reminds me of Hopslam. Which is quite a compliment to Widmer. It's not as bold or flavorful but it is in the same ballpark.

Try this beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small white head, hazy copper-orange body. Nose is all citrus hops. Taste- you got your sweet malt front, then oohdahlolly, howling at the moon citrus hops. Fetch me my toothbrush hops. Damn i wish they made a chew out of these hops. Best IIPA ever? No. But damn good. Howl

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Photo of grittybrews
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruby-tinged copper into a Duvel tulip with a minimal film of white head.

Intense aroma of orange zest and grapefruit. Highly carbonated with a full, intense mouthfeel. The flavor of citrusy hops really bursts forth, followed by a quick period of malty caramel sweetness and then a lingering grapefruit bitterness on the finish. The higher ABV didn't really manifest itself in the taste.

Highly drinkable, though the bitterness does force you to slow down a bit. Was actually reminiscent of Pliny the Elder on the finish, though not as smooth or subtle.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Papago in Scottsdale, served in a pint glass. Light orange in color,3/4" of head. It smells of citrus and leaves rings of lacing all the way down. The first taste is an explosion of orangy citrus, but subsequent sips aren't nearly as intense for some reason. Still a solid DIPA, very drinkable.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a rich copper color with a one finger head, lacing starts to build on glass

Smell - hop forward nose with citrus, malt notes

Taste - hop forward taste with citrus backbone, light malt back as well, tinges the sides of the mouth then finishes smooth

Mouthfeel - medium-light mouthfeel, very smooth feel and finish

Drinkability - very crisp and refreshing for an Imperial IPA, quite drinkable

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Photo of csiewert
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beer. Had this on tap at a hole-in-the wall pub in Dallas and I couldn't resist. Smells strong of pine and hops. Pours a golden amber with a little head. Tastes of sweet malt and lots of fruity hops. Finishes clean and definitely does it's job with it relatively high ABV... not too high though that it overwhelms the flavor. I miss it already.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass

A: pours a nice medium golden/amber color with a nice amount of white foamy head, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: beautiful sweet citrusy scent smells just like grapefruit

T: nice hop notes backed by a distinct depth that lingers on the pallet, slight citrus taste

D/M: nice depth of flavor makes it nice to drink, slight alcohol burn is not overpowering, medium carbonation tingle

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a hazy, dark honey-like golden with a creamy, pale yellow head. There was not much foam, but this was apparently an artifact of the pour. Aroma is strong and mainly evergreen with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is seriously hoppy, mainly evergreen with hints of resin and sour citrus and minimal bitterness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a persistent tingle.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I had this beer on Randall and it was pretty damn good.

A: Looked a nice orange color, good carbonation and a small white head

S: Lots of hops, floral, citrus

T: Tasted of sweet and rich hops, floral and cotrus, fresh hops, probably from the Randall. Resinous, hop oils

M: Sweet, lightly bitter, more fresh, resionous hops and hop oil but not like a Union jack resinous, more crisp and not as oily.

D: Oh yeah. On the Randall. It Rocked.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard shaker, nice rocky head with exceptional lacing. Very nice orange copper hue to this brew.
Loads of hops citrus and nice malty sweet bread.
I am impressed with the flavors in this elixer, HUGE hop citrus fruit of grapefruit pineapple & a hint of mango.All accompanied with a BIG piney reson flavor, nice malty backbone of sweet black bread.
Huge oily hop mouth on this, that holds a very creamy juicy finish.
The only thing that holds this back a little for me is the abv., that said I love this beer.
Had it in Potland loved it, get it on growler station at my local Green's love it.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Dreamy, thick light-tan-orange head, which sustained quite nicely, eventually reducing to a thin layer. Beer appeared as a glowing orb of amber in my snifter.

S-A flood of floral, resiny hops came to my nose as I poured the beer. This beer's aroma was making my mouth water.

T-Floral hops arrive, quickly followed by a super-aggressive bitterness, which was quite welcome. At times, this hoppiness seems almost lip-puckering, surprisingly. he malt is more felt than tasted, with just a hint of something toasty mingling with some estery hints. Finishes bitter, dryish.

M-The body of this beer is a strong medium-full, bolstered by the feel of the near-puckering bitterness. Slight alcoholic warmth adds to the body experience. Carbonation level is acceptable.

M-This beer was a pleasant surprise, recommended to me by an off-duty paramedic at the liquor store on a rainy day. Quite tasty and surprisingly aggressive, I'd certainly recommend this one, too.

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