Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson 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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of puboflyons
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 ouncer marked 09:13-WA-APR0412. Sampled on May 20, 2012. It pours a very clean, very golden yellow with a mountain of off-white fluffy head that lingers on. On the nose the floral, earthy hops are like perfume with a slight grainy malt character tailgating behind. The body falls into the medium to bold range with a reasonably smooth texture. The taste is nasal-passage clearing bitter with overarching hops and a long, tart finish. A Hophead's delight!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tumble
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bum732
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Grapefruit with hoppy resin, slight wine notes, slight bready malt

L: Fairly clear amber golden, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Resiny hoppy blast up front with a slight malt backbone. Medium high, pungent bitterness. Slight winey or phenolics in the middle. Finishes quite dry with residual hoppy resin.

M: Medium high carbonation, almost effervescent. Medium bodied.

Not bad, would love to try this a little fresher. The nelson wine notes were fairly mellow compared to other similar beers with this hop.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear golden amber fills the glass, capped by a light khaki head, that leaves tons of thin lacing, and a nice island of foam.

Smell is a balance of malt, citrus, and pine. Not overjoyed.

Taste is all earthy bitter, which dominates from the back of the mouth. Some underlying malt is there as well.

Texture is smooth, while maintaining a good punch. It is a tad thinner than I am expecting, and is nicely drinkable. ABV pretty well hidden.

The smell needs to be hop forward for me to really enjoy, and the taste is a bit one note of bitterness. No citrus, floral, or pine in the flavor.


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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of LoadedSchells
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. Good spicy hop tone to it but with a large amount of malts on the base that really do show. I will say that as a double or impy ipa, it doesn't really hold all that much sway. If you had told me it was an ipa, plain and simple, I wouldn't have argued against it. But I guess the higher abv qualifies it for its present status.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack of this for $8.99 at the local beer store.

Pours a nice golden color, decent sized head. Strong floral Aroma. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Quite an interesting tasting double IPA, it's extremely well balanced. Get some definite honey and caramel notes, and isn't a straight up hop bomb like most other DIPA's. The ABV is well hidden and it's a surprisingly smooth beer. One of the more unique beers I've had in a while and I was big fan of it.. definitely worth checking out, especially for the price tag.

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4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours an illuminated marmalade color. The body of the beer is hazy. Head is medium sized and frothy. Head leaves smooth lacing along the glass.

S-Not an incredibly intense nose, but the overall aroma is unique and attractive. Quite fruity and spicy. I get a bunch of ripe tangerines and also some bubblegum. Unique hop profile.

T-Very tasty. The ripe citrus fruits are prevalent. There is a stressed flavor of bubblegum and even cotton candy. Original flavors. Somewhat light in overall flavor intensity. However, the flavors are very nice.

M-Lighter than I would have expected. Drinks more like a 6% ABV brew. Mellow carbonation. Very smooth.

O/D-Overall, this is a unique and tasty brew. Not intense enough to warrant very high grades, but this beer is damn good nonetheless. A great sip with cool taste components.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a strong white head on top. The lacing looked good on the glass and the retention was decent too. The smell of the beer had a really nice floral sweetness to it, perhaps some honey on the nose also. The taste of the beer kinda fell short a little on my expectations, just didn't have the flavors I was hoping for. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth and crisp, good carbonation to it and pretty refreshing too. Overall it's a god IPA, I just wasn't too thrill over some of the flavors that were coming through.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit grapefruit, apricot, and pineapple and a touch of strawberry. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with some light fruitiness and some mild hops.

Overall - I ran into an out of date bottle so this probably doesn't taste as good as it should. It's not really hoppy and there is a bit of an odd taste to it. I can still see that the beer has promise though. I'll try it again sometime.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of fresh tropical fruit like papaya, guava, blood orange, and lime. This beer just smells wonderful!

Appearance is a somewhat but not completely hazy orange with a crisp white head and thin, but alright lacing left on the sides of the glass.

My lord, this beer tastes good! All those aromatics are doubled in the flavor with emphasis on guava and lime. There is a nice richness in depth of flavor to this beer that I just love.

Higher in carbonation than expected, but it doesn't foam instantly when consumed. The moderate body is just right for the complete experience.

Overall I must say that only being familiar (at this point) with Widmer's Hefeweizen, I am very impressed by this beer! It's a beer that I find I would have one of in a session just to keep my taste buds alive, or to even wake them up. It'd be a nice gauge for other beer of the style as well. I am very happy with this!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly transparent dark orange.

The smell is citrus hops and some alcohol.

Tastes bitter with a fair amount of alcohol. Theres a little lemon citrus fruitiness.

The mouth feel is quite syrupy and sticky with a small/medium amount of carbonation.

Overall the alcohol is fairly well pronounced is this beer, that's not to say it's terrible but it not a great dipa by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice barely-hazy apricot color with 1-finger head that fades slowly to a thick lasting ring. Drops a boatload of quality lace. Smells of candied orange, peach, honey, and a little vanilla. More citrus than I was expecting.

Flavor is the same, but the white wine descriptor of Nelson Sauvin definitely comes through more than in the aroma. Despite the honey flavor, the beer remains moderately dry. Finishes nicely on the bitter side. It doesn't seem like Nelson lives up to its namesake though. There's much more traditional Pacific NW citrus here than the NZ character I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is medium an carbonation is just below that. Solid body, but no brick house. This is the first Widmer product I've had that is above mediocre. It's pretty damn good actually, but it lacks inividuality. The flavor and aroma are dominated by C-hop character, which is not a problem in and of itself. But when I'm specifically looking for something different (like a beer that implies it is Nelson-centric), the "Same Old DIPA" just doesn't cut it.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 749 ratings.
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