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Widmer Brothers Nelson Imperial IPA
November 8, 2013, 2:06 pm
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Pour: Two-finger, thick off-white head. Lighter copper-orange body with slight haze. Very nice colour.

Nose: Very fruity, tropical fruits. Very sweet. Lychee, grapefruit, peach, apple, citrus, you name it. Very appetising.

Palate: Surprisingly thick, creamy and oily on the tongue. Very smooth, enveloping fruit taste but not very pronounced and much more subtle. There is an interesting cheesy, musty taste that creeps in. Not as sweet as the nose suggests. Finishes dry with a hint of bitterness. Some saltiness, spice, tingling citrus at the end.

An inviting, mature, self-assured beer that is not very heavy and in-your-face with the hops. I like the full mouthfeel. My only gripe is that the palate could be further developed. Rate beer says “The Nelson Sauvin hop comes from Nelson, New Zealand and is growing in a region famous for Sauvignon grapes”. No wonder it tastes different! I will be on the lookout for other beers from Widmer Brothers. Very good first impression.

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