Full Nelson
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
Imperial IPA
4.34 | pDev: 8.06%
Aug 23, 2020
Jan 15, 2013
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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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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Medium head, somewhat hazy golden-orange that’s typical for Nelson beers, some lacing. Smells of herbal hops, (still pretty fresh with a can date of 7-22), tropical fruit, candy. Tastes wonderful like all of the La Cumbres I’ve had. Herbal hops, taste the Nelson but it’s not as prevalent as other beers, melon, mango, peach, pineapple, and probably grapes as that’s a hard one sometimes to ID. Well balanced but bitter.

La Cumbre is a great brewery from the Land of Enchantment and I’ve never had a beer from them that wasn’t good. If you like hoppy ales, mostly WCIPA style, than this is a brewery for you. Bravo, well done, cheers!
Aug 23, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Aug 19, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Rated: 4.72 by ChuckTom from Arizona

Aug 18, 2019
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Rated: 4.59 by Lobina from Arizona

Oct 07, 2018
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Rated: 4.21 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Sep 14, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by TossKing7 from California

Sep 05, 2018
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Reviewed by DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Rated: 4.25 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 3.31 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Nov 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Rated: 4.67 by SheKnows from Ohio

Sep 15, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by jaydoc from Kansas

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Kurmaraja from California

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by crobinso from Colorado

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.07 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Oct 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Rated: 4 by deereless from Colorado

Oct 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
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
Rated: 3.65 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jan 15, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by kvgomps from New Jersey

Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 4.2 by denver10 from New Mexico

Nov 07, 2015
Rated: 4.22 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Nov 05, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Nov 02, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by KAP72 from Illinois

Nov 01, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Nov 01, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by mflamar from New York

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 5 by allenc666 from New Mexico

Oct 18, 2015
Full Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 141 ratings