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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 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 woemad
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottled on September 7th according to the label.

Poured a hazy, orangey copper color, with a fairly small, white head. "Beer neglige" style lace.

Tropical fruits in the nose, along with some more bitter hop notes. There's a faint bready scent in the background.

Taste is farily similar to the smell, though the bitter hop aspect seems a bit more dialed up. They balance the sweet fruit flavor very well.

Medium bodied, with a slick, oily, prickly mouthfeel.

Not neccessarily the most complex beer of its style that I've had, but it is very drinkable. I could myself having several, depending on how far from home I am.

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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 bonapartist1
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best. Widmer. Product. Ever.

I've come to expect really bland, macro-style brews from this company, and at the 6.50 a 4 pack cost, was very impressed with this beer.

Very similar and just slightly inferior to Lagunitas Hop Stoopid in many ways - and I mean that. They could be lost brothers.

This honestly redeemed Widmer in my mind as a semi-viable brewing operation.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Pours a hazy, bright copper color. Very little pure white head that dissipates almost immediately. This looks like a good beer at first glance. It would look like a great beer if it had more head and less haze.

S. Wow! The resiny, pine-like hop smell makes my nose pucker. Sweet caramel malt lurks in the background, but hops are the star of the show.

T. The taste is an utter letdown after the smell. The intense, resiny, pine-like smell is in reality very bitter with a muted hop flavor. The sweet caramel malt is weak at best, and the beer has an overall dishwater- like quality. It is not undrinkable, just disappointing.

M. Thin and under carbonated, the mouthfeel is average in every way. The 8.6% alcohol is not overwhelming.

D. What started out great turned out to be just average. Not a favorite, but not the worst beer ever.

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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 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 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 Takahiro
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

evaluation in Duvel tulip

A: cloudy pale with thin white foam

S: heavy malt sweetness. Grapefruity Hop aroma.

T: Overall it is sweet. The sticky malt sweetness meets a strong hop flavor. The balance is on the malty side than the hoppy one. There seems to be very small hop bitterness.

M: Very thick, malty & sticky.

D: very sweet and sticky. it is a slow sipper.

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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 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 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 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 birdypowder
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big head of slightly off-white foam resists collapse just long enough to earn credibility, a lasting lace left as its legacy. Light amber in color with a noticeable haze, probably from all the hops used in this tasty imperial IPA.

Intense citrus with lemon leading the way. Pine dominates early as well. As the brew warms the berry aroma, supposedly from the New Zealand hops comes through and some malt aromas finally break through the hops.

Well balanced for its style with enough juicy sweet malt presence to cope with the hops and the finish is not too bitter. The high alcohol content is hidden well.

Smooth and appropriate for style.

Good for style. Finish is not too bitter to make ordering a second pint out of the question. An all around enjoyable imperial IPA.

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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 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 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 thain709
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a lighter shade of amber body...had some yellow highlights...a tight, white head that retained and left decent lacing

S - This nose is all hops...big citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) aromas with a few bitter pine notes...underlying sweetness

T - The flavors are pretty balanced...the sweet citrus hop flavor is up front...again with the grapefruit, lemon, and orange making their presence...the malts come in the middle and balance things out...a good dose of caramel malt adds another level of sweetness...the piney hops are at the end of the beer making for a bitter finish but there is also a sweetness pairing with it to make for a nice, bittersweet finish

M - Medium bodied...crisp and smooth...bittersweet finish

D - I really enjoyed the nose on this beer and it was pretty balanced for a IIPA...I think having it on tap helped a little, but I'd like to find this in bottles

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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 BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden highlights around an orange body, getting slightly darker up top. Head is relatively faint, leaving a thin white ring around the top of the liquid. Hazy, possibly touched with some sediment as well.

Nose is strongly citric, with grapefruit and lemon juice up front. Slightly pine-scented as well, which mingles with the booze and a vinous sort of complexity. Not too bad; only slightly off-balance, as the malts are fairly thin.

One the one hand, Nelson Sauvin is such an unusual and interesting hop variety, but on the other it's fairly cloying when too intense. So I'm not sure how pleased I am that the singular hop is not hugely prominent in Deadlift. Still fairly hoppy overall, with an herbal kick that backs up the citrics nicely. Malt takes a backseat, with just enough sweetness and body to be acceptable.

Not as full as it might seem due to the grape-juice note, but at least the flavor wants to be multi-faceted. Finish is somewhat dry, with a nice lingering bitterness of pine resin. Body is a little too light to be upper-echelon, but still pretty decent.

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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 Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour 24 in Las Vegas. Pours a darker amber, with a copper tint. White head holds well, then fades to a thin ring. Nice patches of lace.

Nice citrusy, and floral hop aroma. A great deal of caramel malt backing this in the nose. Some fruit notes, particularly berries.

Lots of malt up front. Some residual sweetness. Caramel flavor, followed by a good amount of bitterness. Citrusy and floral hop flavors. Bitterness is sharp and does not linger very long.

Medium body, ample carbonation. A little sweet, but alcohol is well hidden. A pretty nice beer.

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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 velosuds
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on June 30, 2010. Paid $2.25 at John's Market.

A-Pours a hazy golden-amber hue with a two finger, bone-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-The hops are not fragrant enough for style. The label indicates "generously hopped," but this is disappointing. What is there is to be expected: piney, and citrus, especially grapefruit. Also sweet malt aroma present. Just not robust enough.

T-Taste is too sweet for style. I like this beer, but not as a DIPA. More like a double amber approaching a barleywine.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated. The 8.6% ABV is nicely masked.

D-I like that this is available in 12 oz. bottles by the four pack. Just wish it were a better DIPA. Widmer has been a mixed bag for me. This one doesn't quite make the grade.

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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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Deadlift Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 238 ratings.
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