Beer Review: WIDMER BROTHERS NELSON IMPERIAL IPA

Beer Review: WIDMER BROTHERS NELSON IMPERIAL IPA

Widmer Brothers takes beer enthusiasts on a flavor expedition with their Nelson Imperial IPA. Claiming to transport taste buds to the far reaches of the world, this brew relies on New Zealand’s renowned Nelson Sauvin hop to deliver a robust hoppy character without succumbing to the typical heaviness associated with Imperial IPAs. The outcome is a substantial concoction featuring a sweet, malty undertone that expertly harmonizes with the overpowering hop aroma and flavor.

Appearance:

The beer pours into the glass with a striking amber-gold hue, crowned by a persistent cap of dense white foam. A visually appealing creation, it leaves behind an artful display of creamy lacing.

Aroma:

Invigorating scents of grapefruit, pine, caramel, pineapple, and candied orange greet the senses. The malt sweetness asserts itself prominently, contributing to the aromatic richness of the brew.

Taste:

The flavor profile opens with abrasive bitter pine notes, followed by subtler hints of tropical fruits and a touch of spicy caramel malt. The journey concludes with a satisfyingly bitter finish, providing a well-rounded tasting experience.

Mouthfeel:

Possessing a full-bodied nature and leaning towards the higher side of medium carbonation, the brew offers a juicy and substantial mouthfeel that enhances the overall drinking experience.

Overall:

While initial expectations of a more pronounced ‘Nelson’ nose were not entirely met, the beer stands out as commendable, offering a highly flavorful and balanced experience. In the realm of double IPAs, this particular brew distinguishes itself with its dryness and easy-drinking qualities. Widmer Brothers’ Nelson Imperial IPA succeeds in delivering a satisfying and palatable option for those seeking a bold yet approachable double IPA.