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Father Nelson - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.47%
Wants: 86
Gots: 17 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 04-21-2014

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 14
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Photo of randomgnarkill
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a really clear IPA with a small head on top. Smells of white grapes with a grassy Dank Ness to it. Finish is dry with a tropical hop kick at the first that fades away.

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4-01-2015 Bomber

L - Glowing golden orange. Translucent as ever, it magnifies everything as you look through the glass.

S - Whoa!!! Just as I remember last year's version, this is a BIG beer, not for the faint of heart. It has a magnificent approachable cracker malt base with layers of juicy white grapes, peaches, and pears.

T - Chardonnay soaked peaches, pears, sweet grapefruit, with an ever so mild bitter finish. There is no disguising the alcohol, you know what you are getting into with the first sip, but at the same time, like a good glass of whiskey, you take your time and enjoy the hell out of ever last sip.

F - Medium to full bodied, perfect. I wouldn't say that it is has a creamy mouth feel, but it definitely coats the mouth.

O - This is a sipper, for sure. It is not what we define as "drinkable", but that IS NOT a bad thing in this instance. Sip on it, allow it to warm and evolve and you will not be disappointed. I've been waiting for this one since last year and it did not disappoint. When it comes to IPAs, Jeff and his crew are second to none....NONE.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a snifter on release day: 4/21

Finger and a half of foamy, pale whaite head. Body is golden with hues of brown. Slight hazy look and no carbonation evident. 4.25

Big citrusy nose almost suggests OJ. Resinousand spicy too. Big malt presence too. Seems like an extension of PD. 4.5

Thick hoppy flavor hits the tongue. Theres citrus, resin, grapefruit. Maltiness is also heavy and lends some caramel and breadiness. 4.5

Intense bitterness all around, but particularly at the long dry finish with a tinge of booze. Mostly well disguised alcohol profile. Plenty of sweetness up front and mid-palate, but dtill insanely bitter. 4.5

I am quite enjoying this. Very intense mouthfeel and a heap of flavors going on, but it's done quite artfully. 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Majin!

Pours clear pale gold with a finger of head that recedes to a collar. Huge and awesome aromatics, very tropical with guava and mango, sweet white grape, and plenty of dankness. Touch of sweetness, largely just massive layers of hops. The palate is fairly dry for how enormous the beer is, and it's remarkably hop forward for nearly 11%. Tropical notes of guava, pineapple, mango, along with some grassy dankness and a touch of boozy warmth. Gentle bitterness in the finish. Dry. This is incredible stuff, further proof that LCBC is making some of the best beers in the world.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Sasaha - thanks. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear yellow with a solid 1-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotchy lace.

N: Pungent tropical fruits (mango, passion, pineapple), faintly grassy, some mildly sweet malts for balance.

T: Follows nose with a weedy-dankness and herbal overtone.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry, sticky/resiny.

O: Enjoyed the aromatics especially. Yeah Nelson Sauvin.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired in a trade with miggs3030

A- Pours a clean, light golden color with a bone white head. Doesn't hang around too long. Solid lacing. A soft looking DIPA for such a big beer

S- Bright fruity aroma. Passion fruit, mango, lemon grass, orange zest, and some pineapple. Tropical with a slight amount of the typical Nelson hop onion character.

T- Whoa buddy! Things escalated rather quickly. Citrus hops strangle the tongue and never want to let go. The battle ensues with cracker like malt that steps in to break things up. Depth galore.

M- Crisp, refreshing, dry. Mid body. Pretty spot on for the style. 10.6 is present, but not at all hot.

O- I can't put this glass down. I just cant get enough of it. The best way to judge a beer is how you feel about it when you reach the bottom of the glass...and I was really sad to see that glass empty on this one.

Edit:
2015 just as good as the original, if not better. Might be my favorite IPA period. Citrus, funky, zesty, bitter. Damn it...I love it.

Photo of IPA1978
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looked and smelled great, taste was a bit to warm and boozy.

Photo of sunsjammer
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4/1/15...bomber purchased from Susan's Fine Wines in Santa Fe.

Photo of duffman14
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Juicy fruity nose full of tropical fruit, creamy citrus snaps to smooth bitterness, completely hiding the 10%

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- has little to no head, also a nice copper gold
- very sweet sweet hops tropical citrus fruit scents as well
- the taste starts as a very bitter malt ale, then quickly changes gears to the tropical hop kick to a sweet semi dry bright finish
-so smooth and yet so flavorful full bodied and dry but leaves the mouth watering
- one of the best ipa i have had and so far la gumbre not only has one of my favorite ipa style beers but 3!

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty. Boozy. Low carbonation. Aggressively hopped for bitterness.

This one missed the mark for me.

Photo of Nichols33
3.18/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been seeking this one for awhile and was disappointed. Bottled 4/1, taste like it's an old IPA. A bit citrusy in the beginning, but then that fades quickly and its malty

Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours a transparent golden/yellow. Small head less than 1/2 inch forms at the top and slowly dissipates
S - Weed alert! Glorious hops, fresh hops, pungent and deep - like walking into a brewery on hop steroids. Pineapple, tropical fruits - malts are deep and well noticed as well
T - Juicy, and well balance with lots of malt. Lots of grass/weed/ I guess dank as well. Caramel toffee with earthy notes with guava sweetness.
F - at the end of the swallow is a slight bite to remind you that this is a big beer (10.6 abv) - yet overall a smooth mouthfeel - gosh damn this runs down your throat and has you wanting more -very deep and rich. Tons of flavor going down
O - Its a big, bad, mother of an IPA. Reminds me slightly of DFH 120min. The malts and hops are working great together, I want more. This is beautiful.

Photo of MDDMD
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-sparkling pale golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit overwhelms the nose with orange, white grape, floral, cracker malt as well

T-cracker malt base with tons of tropical fruit, floral, grapefruit, white wine, hint of caramel and moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation crisp and slightly dry

O-exceptional beer, the best use of Nelson Sauvin hops I have tasted

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Father Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.