Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2010

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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, picked this up at WF tonight. Pours a nice amber orange with nice two finger head that leaves gorgeous lacing as I drink down. The nose is muted, more malt sweetness than the citrus I would expect in a DIPA, not bad but not like a Alpine Nelson nose.
The flavor profile is where this kicks it in gear. Really nice initial hit of sweet malt perfectly balanced with the beautiful Nelson hop profile opens onto even more sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit and bitter lemon. The mouthfeel is resinous and cull, departing quite dry and demanding another quaff. A really nice DIPA that I would definitely go to again.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Pours a clear sandy brown with one inch head that laces quite well. Floral, citrus, grapefruit aromas hit first, with a little skunky hops, and sweet pale malt. Easy on the tongue at first, I got tart, floral malt flavors, tasty but not substantial enough to be bready.This is all about the hops. I get hop oil taste and feel, and it's not even wet hopped. The oil flavor is still quite floral and easy going, it doesn't stick around too long. Light in feel, this beer is a bit watery and a bit oily with a wet finish.

Maybe it's because I came into this with low expectations, but this is one of the best DIPA's I've had. And yes, that includes Pliny. Nelson is just a showcase for floral, delicate hops. This imperial IPA doesn't hit you hard, but rather takes it easy and lets you explore the complexity in the hop profile. The malt is light enough to get you straight to the hops, and sweet enough to balance the bitterness. This is the first beer I've had that tasted wet hopped but wasn't clearly labeled as a wet hop beer. I don't have the bottling date because I recycled it soon after drinking it, but it had to be fresh to taste this good. This one is a keeper.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice looking orange copper color with a big, sticky white head.

S- Seductive aroma of malt, grapefruit, mango, and Fir needles.

T- Huge, rich, sweet, delicious caramel and cake batter MALT paints the palate, with an interesting mid-palate of saltiness. The finish is of balanced, restrained tropical fruit hops with very restrained bitterness.

M, D- The body verges on heavy -- certainly for the type. The mouthfeel is pure pleasure. The drinkability excellent.

I absolutely applaud and welcome this maltier style! Having the hops as a complement in perfect balance is such a welcome change from overblown hops.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Ruddy bronze color with a nice lacy white head. Muted aroma, some grapefruit and sweet pineapple. Flavor is boozy and sweet, with tendrils of candied pineapple and crystal malt snaking across the tongue. Also a bit of moldy apricot and flabby caramel. Tastes better than what I’ve described but it doesn’t come together real well. An entirely average concept boosted up to ’decent’ solely by virtue of having Nelson hops.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Hazy with slightly weak white head. Right off the bat is a pleasant bready sweetness and solid creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is exotic fruits balanced very well with a yummy hop presence that blends excellently with the malt and yeast character. A good call for sure.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a distinctive earthy citrus and a light caramel malt.

The taste consisted of citrus, tropical fruit and a sweet breadiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty change of pace.

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

Hazy, fuzzy peach colored body. Thin off white heads leaves decent amounts of lace down the glass walls. Nice citric hop aroma. White grapefruit, passion fruit, peach and what this hop brings to the table. Flavor is all Nelson Sauvin. Love this hop. Citric and tropical. Grapefruit pulp. Apricot. Lemon oil. So flavorful. Clean bitterness. This is a great beer.

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3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, copper-orange beer with short, white, foamy head. Good head retention with a fair amount of active carbonation visible. The aroma is of earthy, peppery hops with a bit of pine sap. The hopping seems stale or flat. The favor features sweet caramel malt with a spicy hop zing packing decent bitterness but not very much real flavor. A slight touch of acidic grapefruit and sharp pine. Medium-full body with a fairly strong ethanol bite.

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2.69/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The smell is not overwhelming even though there is a sweetness to the aroma which is a bit hoppy. The color is lighter than I thought considering the heavy taste. It's a dark golden color. The taste surprised me considering it tasted so rich and hoppy. It's a strong beer at 8.6%. It's not the best beer but it is one of the most intriguing beer I've had.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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