ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial Ale. My first pour revealed a clear, bright gold appearance, with a sizable, long-lasting foamy white head that leaves great lacing on an English tulip pint glass. A second pour from the 22 oz. bottle produced a darker and hazy glass. There’s no surprise that this beer features a generous floral hop aroma with some orange citrus and alcohol peeking through. I also confirmed the expected big malt character to this beer, which shines through from palate entry to the long-lasting finish. The sticky sweet palate entry ultimately yields to a dry and quite drinkable beer with a mid-palate flavor profile that reveals honeysuckle, cantaloupe and pineapple. There’s a strong, but far from overpowering hoppy and alcohol dryness in the finish. From my perspective, many other beers in this category overload the finishing hops, but I found this double IPA well-balanced and enjoyable; and, there’s really very little indication of the 8.6% ABV unless you read the label. Good.
Grima (2164) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, brought by a friend!
As Nelson Imperial IPA! Pours hazy orange yellow with a small creamy head. Smell has strong fruity hops, caramel and herbs. Starts strong hoppy, very herbal, fruity with some grapes. Finish is fruity with grapes, orange and a hint of pear, but also very herbal and slight warming. Nice one!
oh6gdx (21814) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy amber colour with a mediumsized off-white head that leaves lace. Aroma is sweet fruits, some sweet malts as well as a stinging tone from the alcohol. Flavour is tropical fruit juice with some gluelike sweetness (alcohol + hop in the mix probably gives this kind of not too pleasant gluelike sweetish notes). Not all too bitter in the finish, but does lack something to balance the alcohol up.
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet hay hops nose. Dark orange. Kind of flat light fast going short gritty grassy note. Not impressed.
pivo (2621) - GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold color. Scumy head. Sweet hop taste. Round sweet malt front. Big hop taste but not too bitter actually. The alcohol really brings this all together.
Iznogud (1259) - CROATIA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 355 ml as Nelson Imperial IPA, at Kulovy Blesk, Prague. Pours orange with small off-white head. Hoppy pine aroma. Fruit, pine, hops, caramel flavor. Bitter finish.
GreatDane1632 (682) - USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated from notes taken 28 Aug 2011 -- Very much enjoyed this. Might be my favorite beer from Widmer. Grassy hops and malt body are yummy.
Rich71 (35) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Erg lekker ! Goudkleurig met een volle witte schuimkraag. Smaakt bitter, droog met een citroen/lichtzoete nasmaak.
Kronebryg (1123) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoopy and sweet nose, apricit and hops
fullbody and some sweetnes fine length
slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"two Deadlifts on the site - this one has the full name, but the abv is too high (8.6 on the bottle). i was looking forward to this one, but it finished near the bottom at a recent hoppy tasting, even below some pale ales. bitter hops but not very floral. a little piney as well, but malt dominated. not what i look for in a dbl ipa. brrr is better. repackaged 22 as Nelson - fresher, better. average 3.0 & 3.7. "
martin00sr (1248) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2014 Bottle: Nelson Imperial IPA. Cloudy amber, thick and frothy offwhite head. Sweet, fruity hop aroma. Flavour has juicy grapes and caramel, bubblegum. Creamy mouthfeel, controlled bitterness