Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

very good
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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of tropical fruit with some grapefruit notes. It smelled of burnt toast maltiness.

T - It tasted of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango and some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good Imperial IPA. One of the best beers I've had from Widmer Brothers.

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2.26/5  rDev -41.6%
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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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful clear orange amber with a medium amount of bubbling. Off-white one finger head with average retention gives way to frothy rings of lacing.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, and hop oils. A tad grassy. Moderate intensity.

T: Citrus and grapefruit with biscuity malt notes woven throughout. Rolls off the tongue at first, but leaves some lingering alcohol as it warms. Leaves a bitter note at the end, a bit too much bittering hops for me.

M: Smooth and warming. Good level of carbonation. Not at all sheepish; the alcohol is there and not at all hidden.

O: A well-balanced DIPA, although hops are emphasized. BIG alcohol presence, but overall a solid beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, pours tangerine-orange with a foamy just off-white head that leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and fruity - mainly citric grapefruit. Taste is sweet initially with notes of pineapple, mango, orange, honey, and caramel followed by a nice balanced bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied - smooth & creamy. Alcohol is present, but not distracting to the beer's complexity. Overall, great example of the style, and better than expected!

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a 12oz wine glass

a- in between a copper and golden, mild carbonation, bit hazy
s- definitely can smell the nelson hops with a strong citrus aromas, particularly grapefruit. a bit astringent
t- big on the bitter flavor. malt is overpowered by the hops. hints of spice like caramel in the aftertaste
m- medium-bodied. aftertaste lingers a little
overall- good quality. at ~$8 for a 4-pack, it is a modestly affordable imperial ipa

i prefer to eat spicy foods with imperial ipa's. the hops are way to strong for my palate. a widmer representative came to the store i work in. besides the limited brrrbon release, this stood out just because of its big hop flavor. a similar beer, in my opinion, is ninkasi's total domination ipa (which didn't hit a strong note). i'm one of those who have a hard time acquiring a liking to modern ipa's, so i was a little generous in the scoring.

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4.45/5  rDev +15%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a (512) Anniv3rsary tulip.

Pours beautifully with a fiery orange body that's bright with haze. Slight lace left behind on the glass thanks to a cap of bone white foam. Decidedly weak aroma--a small tinge of grapefruity hops and balance from caramel malt. Just not much there for a double IPA.

Flavor picks up the pace with tangy citrus hops and fruity booze esters greeting the top of the tongue. A hearty backing of sweet bread and caramel malt with a lingering alcohol and hop bitterness on the finish. Body is nicely carbonated and medium in thickness. Overall, a serviceable IIPA, but I was hoping for something a little more.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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