Widmer Bros Nelson Imperial IPA, a newer offering from Widmer Brothers, poured a crimson clover honey hue in the glass with a small, sticky head. Big, sweet nectarine and lesser notes of pine led the nose.
Widmer Bros Nelson Imperial IPA opened with a sweet honey and orange liqueur start, with some rind bitterness making an appearance in the middle. The ale maintained its dark character as it smoothed out into a slightly hot, slightly sweet creamy fade.
Widmer Bros Nelson Imperial IPA seemed to carry a dark citrus tone throughout the drinking experience. It was a bit less refined and more aggressive than many imperial IPAs, but by no means overbearingly so. For the price, and considering the competition sitting next to it on the shelf, I doubt this ale will make it into regular rotation in my fridge, but it certainly can stand on its own.