Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Deadlift Imperial IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Mark Twain pint glass

The Widmer Brothers' Deadlift Imperial IPA pours a slightly hazy orange-tinted amber body with a medium-sized head. The foam is creamy with a yellowed hue and a minor hop oil sheen. The retention is moderate with extensive lacing. The nose is tight and potent with a hoppy bitterness. A huge citrus component supplements the clearly-sweet beer.

The beer has a thick, almost syrupy, consistency, which is broken up by some solid velvety carbonation. Citrusy hops are prominent with a defining grapefruit flavor. The hops transition slightly to a piney edge that balances the significant sweetness. The nectarous draw of the beer pushes the alcohol back slightly which manifests itself primarily in a warming heat. The finish seems slightly alcoholic and the beer leaves with a toothsome sugary feel.

Final Verdict: B-

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