The Badass Tap: Widmer Deadlift Imperial IPA
If, like me, you're of a certain age, the word 'deadlift' conjures up images of a big Russian bloke called Vasiliy Alekseyev who dominated the sport of weightlifting in the 1970s, although I don't think the deadlift was one of his specialities. It seemed to me that every time he won a competition he'd come out afterwards, throw a few more kilos on the bar and POOF! There's another world record lift.
Anyhoo. Let's talk about beer.
Widmer is yet another Oregon brewery which started shipping to Texas not so very long ago. A few years back, Kurt Widmer... or was it Rob... dropped by South Lamar and introduced himself and some of his beers on a swing through Texas, and I thought they were pretty good. More recently I've had a taste of their Pitch Black IPA, an interesting concoction sort of in the style of a schwarzbier (which are usually lagers) and which, unfortunately, we couldn't fit on the menu in time before it went away.
Here's another IPA from Widmer - an imperial. Deadlift is brewed with four hop varieties: Alchemy, Cascade, Willamette, and what might be the upcoming new hop du jour - Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand, which I think also goes into Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. The Nelson Sauvin imparts a fruity character to the beer, along with the familiar citrus and piney notes of the more familiar American hops. Add a strong backbone of pale and caramel malts to the equation and we have us a very tasty and well-balanced double IPA which, at 70 IBUs, won't take the enamel off your teeth and, at 8.6% ABV, is only borderline rocket fuel.
And when I think of New Zealand I can't help but think of the Ka Mate Haka. Brings a tear to my eye every time.
Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar
“If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson