Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA
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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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Photo of elliott45810
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of IPAguy2009
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 pack on sale for 6.79! As was all the other widmer products. I love my store :)

A- clear clear light amber color. I poured this one a bit too aggressive and it foamed over (oops!) but it poured a huge head and the lacing is remarkable!

S- yeasty citrusy hoppy rinds! Slight sweet malty smell in the back.

T- wow. A lot of stuff comes at you at first. Pungent piney tropical bitterness. Then lasting sweetness and bitterness lasts. I feel weird saying this but I almost get a slight bubblegum flavor right in the middle. Very broad flavor!

M- pretty thick even though the clarity might suggest otherwise. Very small carbonation.

O- pretty dam tasty. I've always loved this one. Very intense but very good. Well done yet again widmer bros!!

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of sparx1100
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers worth of light airy pillow-like egg shell colored head... A vibrant pale amber color... Brisk carbonation... A decent bit of lacing clings to the glass after each and every sip...

S - Citrus... Bready malts... Canned peaches...

T - A light malt base... Orange zest... A kiss of grapefruit... Pineapple... A light artificial sweetness throughout...

M - Medium bodied... Light carbonation... A bit sticky... Sleek... Slightly chewy...

D - A respectable American Double / Imperial IPA, but far from the head of the class... Hides the 8.6% abv well... Even and consistent...

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Photo of IPAaDay
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it was drinking this beer in the sunshine on the first day it was warm enough to wear shorts this year, but this IPA really hit the spot. It's got the intense citrus flavors I really look for in every sip ... and the flavor that lingers after the sip is swallowed stays pleasing unlike how I've found some other of the genre. This is one of my new favorite (double) IPAs and definitely one I'd be happy to drink everyday.

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Photo of jsboates
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dragomni
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bump8628
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always nice to find a new DIPA at the local. This one is reasonably priced too. Hazy apricot orange with a thin covering of white foam. Nelsons give a mango, melon fruitiness that seems to accentuate the malt sweetness. As it warms orange peel, pine needles, and some herbalness comes out. The caramelly maltiness hangs on to the palate a tad too long at the end. Certainly a good beer, but more hop "explosiveness" is needed to make it great.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquried at a local Ralph's market. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. I'm not horribly fond of the style, which I find tends to be brewed incorrectly.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm up over the course of consumption. I like to drink my IPAs cold, though.

Sidepoured with standard vigor; I didn't anticipate carbonation issues.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair thickness, slight cream, and bad retention (~30 seconds). Colour is a clear yellow-copper. Generally appealing. Nothing unique or special catches my eye.

Sm: A hoppy aroma - more floral than bittering, and not at all overwhelming. Clean malts. No yeast or alcohol. Pleasant. A touch of vinegar perhaps. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Hoppy, with floral notes ending in a vinegar-esque near cider note. Almost a bit piney on the climax. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Some light red apple. No layering of flavours; maybe a bit with the hops. It's fresh but I'd refrain from calling it refreshing. A simple example of the style, but a fairly enjoyable one. The balance isn't perfect, but it's decent. Very clean.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Not too thick or too thin in any broad way, but not perfect by any means. It complements the flavours in a general sense, but isn't remarkable. Too slick on the finish.

Dr: It hides its ABV well. The flavours are usual for the style, and will likely satisfy fans of the style, but there's nothing unique or special about the beer that would make me buy it again. "Hopped to perfection" me arse. A very average imperial IPA. There are far more enjoyable beers in the style.


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Photo of JohnKMcC
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Hoppaholic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter the beer was copper colored with a medium tan head. There was some lacing.

Mostly a piney/herbal aroma. A little bit of citrus. Some sweet malt.

The taste was dominated by piney hops. There was a little bit of citrus and tropical fruit. Fairly strong malt background.

I thought this was kind of a "meh" beer. Nothing too damning to say about it, but more on the average side.

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Photo of mercatonero
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of cowineaux
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dannydetox
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 into a standard pint glass. beer left a thin, bubbly head that dissipated into a ring of foam within a minute or two. nose has tropical fruits up front, maybe a touch of pine under a layer of breadiness and damp grains. mango aromas come through first as the beer goes down. i also taste some malt sweetness before the understated bitterness comes through. seems like a fairly typical double/imperial ipa, but i like the fact that there is no alcohol burn on this one. priced at $3.99 i am in, but i wouldn't want to pay more than that for the Nelson Imperial. for a sublime Nelson hop experience i recommend Alpine Beer Co. Nelson.

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Photo of Edgewater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was pale honey orange. About a finger width of head. Bubbly thin, but good looking lacing on the top. Nice spider webs of film on the sides. Really liked the look.

Smelled citrus hops up front. It seemed to be lemon and tangerine. Also some sweet floral notes. Liked the smell.

Tasted citrus hops, tangerine and orange first, followed by some lemon pine, the latter being light. Pretty bitter that lasted on the tip of the tongue.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

Liked this beer a lot. The look and the smell dominated the ratings here. I’d definitely give it another go.

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Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.4% out of 100 with 749 ratings
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