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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 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 mothman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got this up here in Moorhead relatively quick it appears.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours half finger of beige head. Fades to about a finger. Color is a very clear orange hued gold. The head leaves slight splattered lace.

Aroma: Lots and lots of floral hos. A decent amount of citrus. Both another BA and I agreed that it seemed to have some wet hops in it. Solid aroma.

Taste: There are a little more malts here than in the aroma, but massive floral hops dominate the taste. Has some grassy notes and grapefruit citrus is most evident here. Decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and then some. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but not too sticky for the style.

Overall, not to bad from the Widmer Bros. Probably one of their better beers. Pretty decent for the style and the price for a beer this big is reasonable. Def worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flavorful rich hoppy ale.

Attractive dark amber color in the glass. Big nose and intense aromatic hop flavors. come through as you exhale. Reasonable amount of malt, kind of sweet and almost sticky. Bitterness is kept within decent bounds so it is at least sippable. Better with food, and plenty of it.

I have to say this makes a great "flavoring" beer to add to less well-endowed beers. Does that Trader Joe's Simple Times need a dose of hops?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, while there are several other 2IPA's that are better, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, clean copper ("Did you put dark gold?" -TheLibrarianGirl) body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Pudgy-pithed grapefruit, resinous pine, and a small hint of grape. Malts are somewhat downplayed, bringing meager notes of lightly kilned barely. A few beads of acetone. For me, not the most prolific Nelson Sauvin aroma. However, I will say it is nice to see the hop being utilized more frequently.

Taste: There's a light doughy, grainy breadiness to the pale malts as well as a negligible amount of caramel. Modestly sweet. Though any initial sweetness is overridden by the incoming sharp bitterness and approaching hop flavors of citrus, vinous fruit,and oily pine blossoms. Grows a bit more tropical as it warms. Noted spicy alcohol tones, though it's not overwhelming. The brave, heroic malts fight back against the hops, but fail to retake the taste. Finishes dry, bitter, and resinous.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Small touch of oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The drinkability is, well, acceptable for being a bitter brew. A to the point, decent beer.

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

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: This one pours amber in color with a finger of slightly off-white head. Minimal lacing is present.

S: A nice citrus note up front, mostly tangerine and grapefruit. Sweet tropical fruits are also there, mostly pineapple and a bit of mango. Very mild pine with a hint of peach on the back. Underneath it all, a little bit of bready malts.

T: The fruit character is quite sweet. Big pineapple and peach flavor with some sweeter citrus notes (and some grapefruit to a lesser extent). Just a little bit of grass and some bready malts. Not too much in the way of bitterness, though there is some pine flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've been considering picking this up at the store for awhile, but always passed. Looks like it wouldn't have been a bad choice.

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

Widmer Deadlift Imperial IPA

Lightly clouded, pale apricot appearance, 1/4 " of head holds fast on top.

Vibrant, hoppy aroma. Bitter, with a side of sweet. Citrus and pine, with a twist of honey.

Nice hop blast right off the top, boards the palate, then fades a bit, ends sweet and creamy. Very accessible, supremely drinkable. Very juicy, and well-balanced.

A good Imperial IPA, but one I would really only return to due to the price point. Doesn't deliver what I like from my favorite IIPAs, not as much, anyway.
I'd put it just below HopSlam, and well below Maharaja and Hopsickle.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured an orange brown with yellow highlights with a half finger of head that dissapated quickly and left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the hop aroma isn't as strong as I thought it would be but still had a nice floral sweet hop presence with caramel malt as well and citrus caramel notes.

T: like the nose the hops weren't as potent to be considered a IIPA and was a little on the sweet side. The floral piney hops were decent but had a pretty good caramel malt backbone which had citrus grapefruit accents that made the beer a little bit more bitter.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet piney hop biitter crisp finish; pretty decent MF.

D: overall the beer drank good but was not as dank and punchy on the hops across the board. I'm a west coast hop head so I know a great IIPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong hops, floral aroma, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, yeast, slight earthy malt, and slight grain. Overall, a complex blend, good body, and aroma.

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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 DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had my eye on Deadlift, particularly because of the $7.99 pricetag for 4 bottles (for the DIPA that's a pretty good deal). From a 12 ounce bottle with the date of Dec 21 10 printed on the label (must be a born on date), on to the beer:

This is pale orange in color with a suprisingly clean body. The head on top has a semi-creamy texture and gives good sticking lacing to the glass. The nose is fine, smells like juciy hops with tangerine, mango, and grapefruit. Saltine cracker notes hit the nostrils. The overall intensity does dwindle quickly though.

The hoppiness is smooth, which is better than expected. The malt bill , though acceptable, has a few cracks in the foundation. Tangerine and mango flavors are tasted, honey and a snap of saltine cracker head onto the scene. A saltine cracker flavor can work if it's not too salty, here in Deadlift it's pushing it. It stays salty and a little bitter into the aftertaste. The alcohol, at 8.6%, is hidden remarkably well; I feared that it would be messy.

Overall, this is probably what I could have expected from Widmer. Not great, not bad. It certainly has its strenghts, and they're enough to have me put down the rest of the 4-pack with no trouble.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up tonight at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet... nice foamy 1" head... good retention and lace... the brew is a polished orange.

Nose is nice fruity hoppiness... tropical and citrus... a tad floral.. good malt backbone with touches of toast.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aroma with some mango and grapefruit zest thrown into the mix.. a tad maltier than I normally like, but it is certainly within style and never is "sweet".. finishes a bit pithy. Medium body for the style and.. carbonation may be a tad light, but it lends to a lush mouthfeel.

Pretty good... and a good value at only about $2/bottle.


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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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red to Caramel colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops with an extra strong grapefruit aroma. Fair aroma of pine, cedar and eucalyptus. Not much going on malt wise just a little sweet smell.

Starts out medium sweet with lots of grapefruit flavor. Tastes like it smells, strong cedar flavor like salmon cooked on a cedar plank. But that is about it for flavor, not super complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is good. Good beer but not a great one, worth a try.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clearish golden brown with decent caronation and minimal head. Somewhat bland but noticeable aromatic balance between some citric, piney hops and fruity grape notes; touch of sweet caramel malt. A little too juicy for a DIPA as a watery sweet grape/tropical fruit falvor passes my tongue and the bite is muted as the hops are undermined. A tad of grainy dryness from bready malt, dry malt and hop bitterness is apparent and gives a slightly crisp finish but for while I will say this is a decent beer I just don't think it's very representative of style.

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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 jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep copper color with NO carbonation and a very thin white lacing across the top of the glass.

S - Very, very pronounced grapefruit aroma with some orange citrus. Malt aroma is almost totally nill. Grapefruit aroma has a moderately pungent smell.

T - Juicy grapefruitwith some spiciness that's just right. Pineapple and orange on the palette but light compared to other Double IPA's. Malt is carmely and plays a backseat to the hops. Pineapple flavoring and heavy medium body.

M - Heavier side of medium body, slightly frothy, and leaves a sweet grapefruit and pineapple aftertaste with mild lingering bitterness.

D - I cold drink this one all night. When it comes to D-IPA's, it's in the middle of the pack but still, very enjoyable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of citrus, hops, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of hops and grapefruit up front, with a solid malty backbone. Also had a nice element of caramel in it. Wasn't quite as complex as I might have liked, but still a decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, a well done, drinkable beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Widmer beers of all time. Probably the favorite. Nice orange and amber appearance, 1/2" white head. Very good Nelson dry hop aroma, dank, musty, arm-pit like in a good way.

Nice clean yeast profile, deep, dank hop notes still, bitterness not excessive, hides alcohol very well. Still gives off some tropical fruit clusters. If you take away the Widmer name and simply release this in a geographic area that doesn't have a bunch of other breweries or is 'rare' you would see rating inflation by about 25% for this beer. On beeradvocate, you realize how to subjectively adjust a lot of cumulative ratings. Just gotta factor in rarity, geographical remoteness, lines, neckbeards, corporate ownership etc. . .

In Widmer's case, I would venture a guess that their beers are marked down 10-25% based on all those factors.

More for me.

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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 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 champ103
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. A light film of patchy lace is left behind.
S: Resiny and piny hops up front. Lightly herbal and medicinal with a spicy character. Some caramel malt lingers for a bit of balance.
T: Plenty of piny that follows the nose. There is a strong sweetness for balance, but not much else.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Sticky, soapy, and oily. Not hard to drink, but one is more than enough.

Not a bad DIPA at all. Enjoyable and fairly simple. There is a substantial hop presents with a decent balance. Overall, a good beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, golden and clear, head is short but lacing is decent. The smell is fantastic at first but then the alcohol takes over. Its like a real nice west coast floral and tropical fruit with ethanol added, too bad. The flavor is almost exactly the same, too much alcohol. I think they could probably have a fantastic IPA if they took the ABV down a point and let the hops shine.

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

A solid dipa...I get a lot of tropical fruits on the nose...mango, pineapple, papaya...also some basic citrus of oranges and tangerines..the flavor follows suit...sweeter tropical fruits...just a hint of unsweetened grapefruit on the finish...

Nice malt load keeps this balanced but never really enters into the mix...feels like a DIPA body wise....not a real bitter beer...more flavorful than bitter.

Lacks special qualities but is good.

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Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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