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Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA
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749 Ratings
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2010

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Ratings: 749 |  Reviews: 304
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at World of Beers in Fort Myers, Florida. It's a golden brown color with a cream colored head of sturdy foam on top and great lacing. The aroma brings nutty caramel malt and subtle peach/berry fruitiness. Interseting stuff. The flavor is toffee malt with blueberry edges and some citrus pine. It’s medium-plus bodied with a slight tendancy toward a cloying, syrup feel, but it doesn’t go all the way there. Carbonation is delicate with just a peppery touch on the tongue. There’s a bit of a dry finish. Very nice DIPA.

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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus hop. In the taste, dry orange juice like citrus to a small mint hop in the end. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange juice like hop and a small alcohol in the aftertaste. Mellow and a nice hop, a bit boozy for 8.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i very much enjoy the nelson sauvin hop, so this was a treat for me. pours a red/orange color with a 2 inch white head. smells very fruity and pungent, a little sweet, with a bready malt body that stays out of the way enough to let the hops shine. same is true with the taste. the nelson hops are very unique, and they stand out clearly. the alcohol is well hidden and almost not detectable at all. the feel is fairly full on the body, with good carbonation and a very unique bittersweet hoppy aftertaste. this is one of widmer's better beers, and does excellent justice to the complexities of the nelson sauvin hop variety.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty sure this is an older example by the APR 28 11 date on the bottle. let's see how this beer held up.

A: bright orange. a slight haze to the body. bright white fuzzy head with good retention and reasonable lacing.

S: lemon sorbet. poppy seed bread. fresh cracked black peppercorns. a little bit of ethanol. pears and apples.

T: orange peel. sweet and bitter. vanilla, with a good bit of lightly toasted grain. finish is bubblegum. a little bit of cotton candy and cantaloupe.

M: moderate/low carbonation level on an almost light, full-bodied brew.

D: i havent had too much experience with this hop varietal, however it is certainly unique. fruity, but definitely softer and lighter fruits. the malt body is enough to keep everything in balance. an enjoyable brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

*Review taken from notes*

A: Interesting color scheme -- a hazy dark tan at the top that gets lighter near the bottom. Good head on this brew.

S: Pepto Bismal? What is that? I'm getting some earthy hoppiness, but an off-putting smell that's like medicine.

T: Dead for me. Weak flavor for any IPA, and this is supposed to be an Imperial. Dry finish. A bit boozy.

M: Medium body that is easy drinking.

O: Pretty disappointing brew. Would not recommend. Not worth the money. Taste was even soapy. Expected more from Widmer.

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A: In a glass, this beer is presented as a tangerine gold and quite clear

S: This bottle is about 5 months old so defintely past its prime. The smell is almost completely gone. Linegering malt profile remains

T: Lemon and crisp biscuit malt is what comes to mind. Decent flavor remains with the amount of age on this. 

M: Somewhat dry with slight full bodied hint of sweetness

O: Like i said i wish i could of had this fresh. Seems as though it would of tasted wonderful then. But reviewing beer as is, it comes in a tad under par

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had never seen this beer until I went to an ABC. I was a bit skeptical but I'm definitely glad I tried it.

A- Deep golden orange nice, thick head with a sticky lacing.

S- Delicious! Cotton candy, piney, citrus, sweetness, a little floral bouquet

T- Lots of flavor in this one. Hoppy pine, citrus (tangerine, pineapple), quite sweet with no real alcohol bite for 8.6%. Very smooth with lasting flavors

M- A good level of carbonation and a medium level of heaviness. Long lasting flavor.

O- I am very happy with this beer. It's apparently been around for a while but definitely off my radar....could have something to do with the lackluster label. I'm a marketer's dream! Would definitely buy again.

W- If it was a woman, it'd be a new mom wearing baggy, unattractive clothes, concealing her still young and hot body! You are unassuming and not entirely accepting. She is experienced and classy....and she gives you one hell of a ride.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 749 ratings
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