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Full Nelson - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.74% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 01-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a delicious ipa, no denying that, but its not nearly as stunning as project dank, and honestly isnt the best use of nelson hops i have seen, not even close. it seems the hops were used as much to bitter as they were to do what they really do best, which is of course late kettle and dry hopping. that real classic new zealand fruity thing never develops completely in this beer, even when its fresh, but i still get the nelson heavy on the aroma, and the grain base isnt big or sweet enough to distract form that, which is to its credit. the hops bitter the beer up well, and it has a nice creamy mouthfeel from what must be some torrified wheat or oats in there. there is a little herbal thing to this too, which comes from the hops and is not at all unpleasant. the beer is really good, and really drinkable for how strong it is, but it pales really in comparison to the project dank. it just doesnt shine like that one does, but i had high hopes since the nelson ranks with my favorite varietals. still, this is a brewery that should be on the map a little more that it is, wow are the on fire with the hops down there!

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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from GHB. Thanks!

Appearance: Amber body with a little chill haze. Clearer as it warms up. Pours with two fingers of head that recedes to a cap.

Smell: Nothing but nelson on the nose. This beer highlights the more funky aspects of the hop, with big notes of grapefruit, onion and white grape, with a little cat piss. There isn't much of the tropical fruit softness I get from some nelson beers. It's unmistakably nelson nonetheless, and it smells excellent. There isn't much malt to the aroma despite the hefty ABV.

Palate: Surprisingly dry for the high ABV, with no trace of alcohol. Also quite bitter. There's a ton of hop flavor balancing the bitterness, which learns toward grapefruit-like citrus, white grape, pine and onion. Malt flavor is negligible beneath the huge hop flavor and bitterness. The body is light, and there isn't much sweetness to speak of.

Overall: Nelson is one of my favorite hops, and this showcases it in a great way. It's very different than Alpine's two 100% nelson beers, which are two of my favorites - this beer is more brash, dry and intense, but still nuanced and very drinkable. Excellent stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Appearance: rustic medium orange. Frothy white head, a fingers worth.

Aroma: pineapple, papaya, mango, other tropical fruits, citrus rind, hint of pine.

Taste: heavy tropical fruit, mild astringency, light booze, medium bitterness, citrus and pine needles.

***Drinks easy, refreshing, and a great showing of Nelson hops!

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Full Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.