Father Nelson | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Father NelsonFather Nelson

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 04-21-2014

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 161
Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mildy hazy, honey colored body topped with a dense, creamy, sculpted head. 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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received a bottle from my bro @Sunsjammer last weekend after his recent vacation in New Mexico. Picked up in Santa Fe. Bottled on 4/1/15.

Beer poured golden orange into the Spiegelau IPA glass and did not generate any head like this glass normally does.

Nose is catty and citrusy goodness.

Taste is a huge malt backbone with tropical Sauvin, pine, and citrus blending in very nicely.

Mouthfeel is full and moderately carbonated for a semi refreshing and smooth feel.

Overall a delicious beer that is worth seeking out if you are in the northern New Mexico area!

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure of the brew date but was hoping for a lot more from this one. More like a barleywine than an IPA and lacking any of the distinctive flavor Nelson Sauvin is noted for.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 bottle poured into snifter bottled 4/1/15

A: great clarity orangish hue very cold so not much head second pour might have more

S: I'm getting a light rotten stone fruit smell, comes clearer as kumquat and overripe cantaloupe, honeydew and a little bit of mango

T: a lot of that overripe cantaloupe kumquat and mango come out strongly in the taste but the beer has a dose of bitterness and residual sugar sweetness with just a touch of malt. Almost like some grape bitterness.

M: Very syrupy this beer is going to lay on your tongue

O: Fantastic beer, this is by far one of my favorite hops and La Cumbre just showcases it perfectly the beer is complex and delicious bursting with an almost overripe melon taste.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, dank, and citrus.

Taste - Tropical, honey and citrus. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Very Chewy.

Overall - Incredible IPA. Highly recommended!

Grade (A)

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Photo of Nichols33
3.18/5  rDev -26.2%
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

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

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Photo of randomgnarkill
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of M_chav
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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.

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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Father Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.31 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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