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Full Nelson | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.74%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by largadeer on 01-15-2013

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.07/5  rDev -6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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Full Nelson from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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