Father Nelson
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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From:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #132
ABV:
10.6%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,059
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
154
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 06, 2022
Added:
Apr 21, 2014
Wants:
  94
Gots:
  18
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Rated: 4.34 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by WDJersey from Colorado

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L:. Pours a hazy lemon grapefruit yellow with a small white head and na few fingers of lacing.

S:. Lots of orange grapefruit and citrus, a weedy plants hop and a light note of bitterness.

T:. Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit and lemon, a touch of medium bitterness, quite sweet but still works well.

F:. Smooth, creamy carbonation.

O:. This is a very nice Old schoolish IPA.
Nov 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.01 by deereless from Colorado

Jun 28, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle split in Grants. It sure is bitter, but would have guessed like two notches below 10.6%.
May 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A dark gold color, a little haze. Small white head and some sticky lace.
Mostly citrus fruit aroma, a little pine. Background of sweet malt.
Taste of grapefruit, orange, and mango. Late pine. Caramel.
Nicely hopped. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Apr 11, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Apr 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Jul 03, 2019
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with a bottling date sticker on the cap. Served in a Munique glass.

Appearance: The bright white, one finger head stays around for a while and then dissolves into a thin foam layer. It leaves behind a lot of lacing in big, thick patches all over the glass. It's an ever so slightly hazy, pure gold color.

Smell: It goes through the full spectrum of hop aromas and it's beautiful. There's orange, grapefruit, apricot, pineapple, grass, pine, fresh green herbs and even some soft floral notes in the background. There's also a slight musty, earthy, damp and grainy scent that lingers in the finish.

Taste: It's very bitter with a lot of orange, tangerines and grapefruit at first. It follows up with more hoppiness in the form of herbal, and earthy notes of pine resin and eucalyptus. It finishes with a slight malty sweetness but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel: It's, thick, rich smooth and moderately creamy. But even then, it manages to stay quite refreshing. Carbonation is medium-low.

Overall: It's silky smooth and very fruity. If it wasn't for the quite high bitterness it would be surprisingly easy to drink for an over 10% ABV beer. Just an awesome brew overall for lovers of big, bold, traditional double IPAs.
May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 04/18/19

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice hazing dark golden yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pine. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a transparent orange with a finger of white foam. Aroma is ripe mango and tangerine. Flavor profile carries a bit more depth, hitting notes of mango, tangerine, and papaya. Mouth feel is velvety and soft, with a medium thickness. Overall, a fantastic brew.

Draft. Reviewed from notes.
Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by kevindp9 from Arizona

May 30, 2018
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Reviewed by matcris from Arizona

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
LOOKS: a fairly clear light amber with a thick creamy foam that recedes slowly. Fair amount of lacing.
AROMA: Caramel, lemon, biscuits, dank, more citrus.
TASTE: Big taste of weed.Caramel malt, bready, and some citrus. Balanced.
FEEL: A little sticky, average carbonation, dry in the finish, medium full feel.
OVERALL: Tastes a whole lot like you just smoked a spliff.
May 26, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: The bubble show builds a one finger head perched on the slightly hazy golden-tinged amber liquid; splashes of lacing

Smell: Catty and dank, with biscuity malt tones subsuming; a caramel element builds as the beer warms

Taste: The malts are big here, with the biscuit and caramel dominating the front end; through the middle, the dank, bitter hop tones build, bringing a rotting fruit aspect, as well; boozy and rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: I was hoping for the distinctive Southern Hemisphere hop tones from Nelson Sauvin but I couldn't find them; the overwhelming maltiness moves this one into barleywine territory

Thanks, M_chav, for the opportunity
May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Apr 23, 2017
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Hops and Pie. Nice clear, light orange color, short head. Aroma is pretty damn hoppy, flavor has some bitterness but not too much. Booze is hidden well, nice hop aspects, pretty tasty but I prefer project dank.
Apr 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to shuntstout for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Very clear and bright gold, with average visible carbonation and a half-finger of white foamy head. This is pretty.

S: Fairly low amount of aroma for a DIPA. Melon, dank and spicy hops, alongside bready malts with mild caramel notes. A touch of citrus and tropical fruits in the background.

T: Melon, spice, and some citrus hops, as well as resinous pine. Crisp biscuit malts that largely stay out of the way. The resin and spicy hops stay in the hang with a quite noticeable ethanol kick.

M: A light crisp body for style, with a good amount of carbonation sensation. The alcohol presence is noticeable – this has a hefty listed ABV, but you can taste every bit of it. This is warming for sure.

O: This was decent, but I felt like it lacked a lot of the interesting hop flavors of the Project Dank (which I much preferred). The hop profile here isn’t my preference, and the alcohol plays too big of a role in the flavor.
Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Revisited May 02nd, 2021

Original November 06th, 2016 review ratings: 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.25 4.0

The body is clear and golden this time around, the head lasting yet thin. The smell remains much the same. There seems to be a slightly spicier component to the taste, more peppery, while still maintaining a very nice moderate malt backbone. The mouthfeel is still rich and fulfilling; moderate to heavy in intensity; perhaps not "chewy" like I initially described it, but certainly substantial.

I like the cleaner look to the beer from this bottle (again, no dating information), and the beer as a whole seems nicely balanced with the malts and hops. The Nelson hops certainly come through very nicely with this edition.
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Mildy hazy, honey colored body topped with a dense, creamy, sculpted head; long lasting suds with some nice lacing left behind on the glass. Strong caramel and cereal grain aroma; mild esters; some pine and floral hints. Spicy, malty flavor; nougat; noticeable yet restrained alcohol presence; some hop bitterness. Heavy, rich and chewy body; dense, sugary richness lingers on the palate.

No date on the bottle and more malt and alcohol notes than distinctive hop presence, so perhaps this beer is past its prime, hops-wise. Still, a fine big, boozy ale.
Nov 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by baggedlunch from New Mexico

Jun 21, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin

Jun 02, 2016
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Reviewed by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bomber. Pours bright golden orange, finger white head fades slowly, little lace. Sweet tropical fruit aroma. Big dank earthy hop taste with just enough sweet malt balance and tropical fruit taste to keep it in check. Finishes dry, thin to medium oily mouthfeel. Another excellent brew by La Cumbre.
May 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by JMScowcroft from Vermont

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A- Deep gold with a minimal head that falls away fairly quickly.
S- Honey, floral notes and a moderate tropical hop aroma.
T- The hops shine on the palate. A sweet malt backbone backs this up nicely.
M- Low to medium carbonation. Very slick and coats the mouth.
D- Yum. A solid IPA that I am stoked I was able to try.
May 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.55 by capnamerica from Arkansas

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.36 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by crobinso from Colorado

May 09, 2016
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Reviewed by raynmoon from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Smells very similar to Elevated. It has a very earthy, resinous aroma to it. Smells good.

The flavor is huge on the herbaceous, resinous quality from the hops. This might be the most "dank" beer I have had to date. No fruit coming through at all.

The body on the beer is light to medium. It is appropriate in maintaining the illusion that the beer is less abv than the 10.6% label. However, when A beer is this big, I typically want the big mouthfeel to emphasize the flavors and intensity.
May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.79 by Bieniek30 from New York

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by EdrickCS from California

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by Teen-o from California

May 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Hendry from Vermont

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Apr 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by Crusher from Colorado

Apr 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by WTKeene from New Mexico

Apr 23, 2016
 
Rated: 2.95 by denver10 from New Mexico

Apr 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by yeaprolly from Washington

Apr 10, 2016
Father Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 181 ratings