Full Nelson
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #100
ABV:
8.74%
Score:
95
Ranked #991
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
141
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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
95
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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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Reviews by mkh012:
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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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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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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

Sep 07, 2014
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deereless from Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 05, 2016
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drewone from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sep 14, 2014
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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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HopHead84 from California

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Sep 11, 2014
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jaymo18 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Sep 12, 2014
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

Sep 15, 2014
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bccocx from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Oct 13, 2014
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 25, 2016
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Vicirus from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 05, 2015
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kingston2 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Sep 08, 2014
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 08, 2017
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teamwiggum from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Oct 11, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sep 27, 2014
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ackeeper from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Oct 14, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Sep 21, 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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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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Lobina from Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 07, 2018
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buyyourfreedom from New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 28, 2014
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ncelauro from New York

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

Oct 03, 2014
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brycevolk from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Oct 02, 2014
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kingjohnh from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2018
Full Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 141 ratings