Full Nelson
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #105
Ranked #1,005
4.37 | pDev: 8.01%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
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Notes: To call Nelson Sauvin an aggressive hop would be a vast understatement. What would happen if you made a DIPA that featured this hop??? Over 10 lbs./bbl of hops went into this gem of a DIPA. A ridiculous level of hop aroma, followed by a hop flavor that is literally juicy in texture. The bitterness is undefinable, just unreal. If our Elevated IPA is on the hoppy side of the aisle for you, stay away. If you drink that beer and think to yourself in Homer Simpson’s voice, “That’s kinda hoppy… I guess…” prepare to meet your match. This beer is gonna put the beat down. Will you tap out before you finish the pint?
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thumb of ivory colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Orange slices, breadyness, a little passion fruit

T: Follows the nose, some dryness, pineapple & a little touch of woody hop up front. Some grapefruit, more woody hops & bready dryness as this warms, some green melon as well. Finishes dry with pine, green melon & a little pineapple

MF: Medium body, subdued carbonation, nice balance

A very good take on the style. wish it would finished as strong as this started; still crushable

Nov 12, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 8-16-19 for $4.49. Canned on 7-25-19; best by 10-23-19; consumed on 10-19-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a smaller white head that has some hang time.

Nose is citrus and tropical fruits, very nice!

Taste is peach forward with some grapes, passion fruit, and orange. Finishes with a well crafted rind and passion fruit bite; 7/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i totally dig the peach grape profile of this beer. Definitely will track this down next time it is available!

Oct 19, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours beautiful clear gold with a fluffy white head.

The nose is dank. Pine, diesel, honey, and orange candy.

The taste is orange, honey, subtle white grape, and medium to high bitterness. A clean West Coast punch of hops.

The mouthfeel is a nice velvety medium.

Overall, very good. The hop profile doesn't scream Nelson to me, but it does have the earthy dank intensity you'd expect in an overall clean package.

Aug 26, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange color with a little bit of haze. Small white head, some spotty lace.
Fruity aroma, tropical and citrus. Some floral hops show up.
I get a taste of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and mango.
Nice bitterness that lingers in my mouth.
A great beer!

Aug 04, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 version, now available in cans. My review is based on a draft pint (two actually):
L- Nothing obvious here; clear as a copper IPA, straw-yellow, good lacing, decent head
S- More interesting as the floral hop/Pacific wave/dankness are leaping out of the glass
T-Impact is fantastic, incredible juicy acids that have my tongue begging for more. Intense "grape" and wild hoppiness...stays in balance, never raw or astringent.
F- Fantastic carbonation, never over the top. Like a more powerful, balanced elevated but with the full target of Nelson in sight.
O- Great DIPA the way Jesus, Buddha, and Allah would want us to enjoy. Dank, just bitter enough, juicy enough for the "bros" and good impact. Next morning is rough but hey, it was worth it.

Sep 15, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rather dark gold body with a dense, creamy white head. Very fruity aroma; orange and pineapple; pear and peach. Taste is very bitter yet nicely offset with a deft presence of mild malt grain flavors; a bit boozy. Heavy body; dry (almost astringent at moments); some alcohol heat.

Now this is a hop bomb! Incredibly bitter but with enough grain presence to add a note of complexity and balance.

Aug 22, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 8/9/18; into a pub glass.
Appearance- a semi-oily, dark gold/almost orange with a medium thick, sudsy white head that leaves nice, decorative lacing!
Smell- very juicy tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango with hints of orange peel, peach and grass!
Taste - follows the nose with extremely juicy tropical flavors, but there’s some pine tree and alcohol intertwined!
Feel - big and boozy; not overly bitter, as the alcohol takes away some from the hops.
Overall- a very enjoyable DIPA, however, there’s so much potential here that isn’t reached due to the slightly over the top booze feel; for the price, I just want a little more subtle feel.

Aug 17, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 07/31/19

Less than a month on this can.

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellowish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pinyness. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Now in cans. Pretty good price.

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 8/3/17
ABV: 8.5%

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy dark 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, some malts, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), big pine note. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Oct 27, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 week old bottle. Sweet malt backbone. Pine, citrus rind, grape skin, grapefruit juice and pith. Big bitterness. Extremely dry finish. Medium bodied. It's ok.

Oct 24, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Susan's Fine Wines & Spirits (Santa Fe, NM). 8.49. Bottled 9/30/16. Served in a wi e glass.

Pours orange amber with two and a half fingers of dense white head. The froth recedes to a splotchy surface haze and wide band, leaving a good bit of lacing behind.

Smells of melon, orange and some faint bread. Not much that I can specifically name but I like what I smell here.

Flavors are clean with melon, mandarin, berries, wet grass, a mild sweetness and a gentle nip of alcohol. The excellent Nelson Sauvin hop character helps this go down as easily as a session ale with half the abv.

Soft, medium body with pillowy carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter with its pleasant hoppy notes of melon, berries and citrus.

This is only my third brew from La Cumbre but I'm prepared to state that they really know what to do with hops. Full Nelson is a juicy, well rounded DIPA that I found incredibly easy to drink. This would be a go-to for me if it was available.

Oct 18, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, dated 9/30/2016. Served in a snifter glass 10/14/2016.

Pours a golden yellow body, clear in clarity, one and a half finger frothy white head with good retention, nice staying power and bits of lacing. Smells super dank, tons of spicy grapefruit with a solid caramel malt backbone in the back. The nose is impressively hop-forward with that distinct dankness that I've come to associate with La Cumbre. Impressive stuff. Flavour is fairly similar; spicy grapefruit, bit of lemon, solid caramel malt backbone that perhaps doesn't seem to hold up against all the hoppiness, but in this case, it seems to work well enough for the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and dry with a hefty grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Another beer that lives up to La Cumbre's modus operandi- heavy dank hoppiness.

Oct 16, 2016
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: a beautiful honey color. Bright with a 1 finger off-white head, which fades quickly for the style.

Aroma: sweet malt with the hops in the background, but the malt dominates the aroma. The aroma is akin to a sweet roll.

Flavor: sweet malt and then come the hops. The hops, though, seem low for a 2X IPA. There are few layers or dimensions to this beer. The finish is all malt.

Mouthfeel: medium - as expected for this style.

Overall: meh. La Cumbre makes great IPAs in Elevated and Project Dank, but Full Nelson is nowhere close to being in the same league. This beer was disappointing after trying their other IPAs. Skip this beer entirely and opt for Elevated or Project Dank. This beer is a complete non-event.

Jan 26, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive orangey golden brew with an enthusiastic foam in the Troubadour tulip. Vast aroma of oranges, hot mango, cat pee, and fermenting pineapple. Sharp and acidic with hop oils, which seems to go along with the sweet malt bomb flavor.

This is actually kind of an insane overdose of an otherwise delicious hop. It seems more coarse and brutal than it ought to be. I agree with BucannonXC5 that a modest bittering hop followed by later hopping with the Nelson would be the way to go. Big flavor, though, and a tasty brew to sip.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Susan's Fine Wine & Spirits in Santa Fe.

Oct 18, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Bright orange-copper, finger white head with great retention, spotty lace. Powerful aroma of sugary malt and some dark fruit, touch if citrus. Caramel sweetness in the taste is met with powerful dank hops with citrus and some earthy/floral notes. Touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but slippery. Very good DIPA, a touch on the sweet side which is not a surprise with the abv, plenty of hop balance.

Oct 11, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $7.00
Purchased: Oct. 9, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel orange, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white head when I got it. Couldn’t really see any bubbles. Uneven layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled Nelson New Zealand hops, grapefruit, floral hops, tangerine, caramel, orange rind, orange creamscicle, nectarine juice and light bittery spicy notes. (Taste - 4.50)

Tasted not nearly as good as the nose, but still good. Nelson New Zealand hops, grapefruit pulp, floral hops, tangerine, orange creamscicle and mango. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.25)

A pretty damn good IPA. Had a great time at La Cumbre and this was a good time to end the night. (Overall - 4.25)

4.30 | 96 | A

Oct 17, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

Oct 07, 2014
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Veeblefetzer from New Mexico

4/5  rDev -8.5%

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle from The Quarters.

This thing is a hop bomb, pure and simple.

Pours a deep, burnished gold color with a moderate white head. The aroma is strong grapefruit.

Excellent mouth feel. Very strong hop taste hits first; you can taste grapefruit, maybe some lemon, but the hop bitterness is almost overwhelming. I could not taste any malt elements in the brew. Slightly astringent on the finish.

I'm not a big fan of hop bombs, but I'd drink this again. I'd be interested to find it on tap at the La Cumbre pub.

Sep 13, 2014
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%

Thank to Joe for splitting a bottle!

Pours a fairly clear burnished gold with minimal head and not much of a cap. Smell is tons of onions and pine, faint mint, with some sweet tropicals backing it all up. Taste follows wonderfully. Love the bitterness on this beer. Intermittent, sweet tropical fruit interrupts the bitter hop/onion flavor. Just a hint of booze warms your bones. Mouthfeel compliments the flavors, completing a spectacular drinking experience. Had this just a couple days after Sosus, and a couple days before King Sue. This one wins. With a full nelson. Boom.

Sep 05, 2014
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MarcWP from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured into Alchemist stemless wine.

Appearance is pale orange with small head in the off white color range. Slightly hazy but no Heady territory. 4.25

Aroma is huge juicy citrus, caramel malts, faint pine, wintergreen, and gooseberry. Similar to project dank but less piney and with a hint of that Nelson white grapiness. 4.5

Taste is Elevated meets Project Dank with a minty/leafy character and some lingonberry, gooseberry, and burnt orange touch. This isn't so much about strictly Nelson hops, but damn is it tasty! Unique and very balanced between the hops and malts. I detect some crystal and other darker/caramelized malts. 4.5

Body is medium with soft carbonation which makes the mouthfeel feel sturdier. Bitterness is at a nice level and helps cut through the malt backbone. 4.5

Overall another great IPA by La Cumbre. This may be my favorite over Elevated and Project Dank. Love the minty/herbal character joining with the juicy citrus and subdued but present gooseberry character of the Nelson hop.

Aug 29, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Arrives in a pint glass at the brewery.

It has a finger and a half of foamy, frothy pale white head that lingers well. The body is a hazy dark golden color with no visible carbonation. The head shows great persistence. 4.5

Fruit-heavy on the nose, I think of berries and other tropical fruit, creamy sweet malt, hints of pine and hop resin, and some hop spice. 4.25

Continued fruit presence, but it veers into more citrusy territory, with suggestions of orange juice. There's an aggressive spicy hop flavor that then transitions to a mellow vanilla flavor at the finish. 4.3

Again, I'll emphasize the bite this has, plus a lively effervescence that hits the palate pretty hard. The hops begin to numb the palate after a while, but some smooth, creamy malts smooth things out. There's only a slight astringency and a dry finish. 4.4

This is a hop bomb no question, but it's still enjoyable and offering enough flavors to be more than just a hop attack. 4.4

Aug 25, 2014
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Feb 09, 2013
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largadeer from California

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jan 15, 2013
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 138 ratings