Nelson Imperial IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,278
Ranked #9,523
3.94 | pDev: 11.93%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA
Notes: Formerly Deadlift Imperial IPA

70 IBU
Original Gravity : 21 Plato
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10-L
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette
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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a light copper, clear, a white head soon disappears leaving only a film. Citrus and earthy hops in the nose, sweet malt, smells like the style. Taste is hoppy and bright from beginning to end, slightly bitter up front, citrus, ends with some sweetness, piney bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, feels nicely carbonated. Overall I like this in the style. Hops take front stage throughout and the sweet maltiness is more subdued than other DIPAs.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SerialHiker
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an awesome golden orange color…lots of bubbles dancing on the inside…head is just off white, about a finger width thick and somewhat lasting…(4.25/5)

Smell: Mmmm…citrus hop boom to the nose…very rich and lively aroma…it’s more hoppy than citrus which I like…smells of fresh hops bursting out of the glass making my mouth water…(5/5)

Taste: Complex flavor here…citrus and piney hops all over, but this one is deep and very tasty…sweet malts are evident, certainly not lost on the tongue…cascade hops definitely in there…a fruity sweet after taste lingers…though it’s an imperial, the alcohol isn’t a major factor in the flavor and is only noticeable by the growing grin on my face…very tasty, excellent finish…(5/5)

Mouthfeel: A watery full bodied beer (if that makes sense)…carbonation is medium with a little bite to it...citrus and malt all over the palette…fresh, crisp and lingering…not overly bitter anywhere…(4/5)

Overall: Fantastic beer…love the hops but appreciate the discreet nature of the ABV…flavor all over the place here with enough hops for the heads but plenty of malt balance for the beer snob…it’s citrusy without being lemony or overly zesty in any way, which for me adds to it’s drinkability…I will definitely get this one again and set it aside for a later date…highly recommended for sipping on during MNF or really anytime…(4.5/5)

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Photo of claspada
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated November 28, 2011.

Pours a clear deep golden in color, the beer's ample carbonation fuels a fluffy off-white head and allows for moderate lacing.

Aromas begin really hop forward with red grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple and mango. Really tropical fruit forward which is quite nice. The supporting malt character is highlighted by caramel malty sweetness.

The tastes begin with caramel malty sweetness, but with the rise of citrus and tropical fruit zest, the beer turns decidedly fruity. The fruity tone persists through the increased hop bitterness and flavors. Hop intensity remains slightly subdued, allowing for the malt sweetness and alcohol to play a bit more of a role in the overall flavor profile. I am not getting that gooseberry, white vinous notes I expected to get with a beer made with Nelson Sauvin hops.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Caramel maltiness lingers into the finish and accompanies the spicy alcoholic and hoppy dryness that help to clean the finish to some degree.

Overall this was a tasty beer for sure. I had little expectations so I can gladly say they were met. I am totally pleased, no, not really. Nelson Sauvin hops are amazing and if this beer has them, they are not the only hop variety present. I am getting a lot of citrus like you would find in an Amarillo hop forward beer. Alcohol peaks a little too much in the finish as well. For 5 bucks I cannot complain though. While this can't hold a candle to Nelson from Alpine or Big Barrel DIPA from Karl Strauss which highlight the Nelson Sauvin hop amazingly. Not worth seeking out but definitely a tasty beer if you stumble across it.

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Photo of pperrecone
2.26/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured nice and bright golden

Smell was not like most nelson ipas not much grapefruit or passion fruit at all. mostly sweet pale 2 row malt.

tase was the same very low hop flavor dominated by the malt bill. Not up to par with the west coast ipa as I know them.

body was noce no problems with that.

Overall I was let down and did not like this one as much as their cirta hoped ipa.

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Bolivian22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber edging towards nut brown and clingy taupe froth that speckles.
Wood spice, gooseberry jam, passionfruit and tangerine skin – yummy.
Caramel and orange juice up front then lots of cinnamon, spruce, and sandalwood hops.
Spiced grape and Orange Swedish fish finish and tingly peppermint linger.
Medium, chewy, round, oily, slight burn.

A fair whack of caramel; too much malt for the hops. And it somehow buries the NS (which only comes through at the end) under what tastes to me like a lot of Willamette pepper and blackberry. Interesting, but not really as advertised.

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Photo of BeerEndevour14
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-10-15 at Capone's (from notes). Of interest, this was listed as "Full Nelson" with a 9.7% ABV instead of the 8.6% listed here.

A - Clear amber with a 1/2-finger head and mild lacing.

S - Mild fruit/citrus and pale malt

T - "Safe" tasting for those not looking for the boldest DIPA. Semi-sweet (like a Troegs Perpetual IPA). A little spicy. Moderate grapefruit bitterness. Doesn't completly dry out.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. A bit syrupy.

O - OK but not an explosion of flavors.

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Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 lazy8
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass...
A - slightly cloudy amber with a small head and some lacing
S - excellent fruity and hoppy aroma
T - bitter with strong hop aftertaste. Malt taste is present, but mild as the overriding profile is from the hops
M - slightly creamy mouthfeel
O - fantastic beer with strong flavor and great taste. Excellent beer. I wish it was more widely available.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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