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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 380
Gots: 108 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdense on 02-13-2011

Did someone ask for hops? Tired of beers that promise a full lupulin experience, but never deliver more than richly malted bitterness? It’s no secret that this is what we excel at. We’ve been brewing world class IPAs for years. Our flagship is the culmination of a decades worth of studying and brewing. Take a step above and acclimate to what an IPA should be.

100 IBU
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Reviews by Tucquan:
Photo of Tucquan
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-11-18 in Lititz, PA from a 3-week old can, on 2012-11-22 in Pittsburgh, PA and again on 2012-11-30 with a fresh can from a new batch. Had this third one at home from my favorite glass (a more controlled environment) so I made some revisions to my initial review.

A - Fairly-clear orange with a 1-finger white head that leaves moderate ringed-lacing. Looks really good to me.

S - A great start from the can, then the glass. Very tropical with plenty of pineapple and mango. Slight dankness. Sweet and floral. No malt to speak of. Not quite as strong as Heady Topper but leaning that way. In fact, the initial aroma was stronger out of the can than the first sniff after pouring into a goblet.

T - Delicious . . . . really, really delicious. So much emphasis on the fruit flavors, not the malt. Pineapple and mango jump out at first then a bit of cleansing orange citrus. The significant orange/grapefruit zest bitterness makes an initial appearance. There's some piney dankness. There's additional complexity in the finish with another fruit flavor like the tart skin of a ripe apricot (I really enjoyed this flavor). The fruit, hop oil and zesty-pine aftertaste lingers nicely; complimented by the medium-strong lingering bitterness. I had the 16 ozs over about an hour. As it warmed to room temperature, a light malt flavor appeared and the dankness increased a little but neither of these really supplanted the gorgeous fruit/pine/hop-bud flavors.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Juicy feel without too much carbonation to scrub it away. Resinous and prickly. Just right for the style.

O - Top-notch IPA no lie. It took gold at the 2011 GABF. Had it twice side-by-side with a bottle of Fat Head's Head Hunter, which won bronze at the 2011 GABF. They aren't that similar.. Elevated IPA is more like Lawson's Double Sunshine, which is high praise indeed. The Head Hunter continues to please. It's more dank, more citrus, a bit crisper/carbonated and hits a little harder with the IBUs. Picking a favorite IPA in this league is splitting hairs and comes down to one's taste preferences in general, and even what one wants on any given day. I like variety so switching between these and other fine IPAs is reflected in the choices in my fridge. Viva La Cumbre. Viva Head Hunter. Viva Heady Topper. Viva Double Sunshine. Viva La Difference.

On 2012-11-30 I had this from a 3-week old can, side by side with Fat Head's Head Hunter. Both are super-fantastic brews, and this is just splitting hairs, today I liked the crisp, more carbonated feel of the Head Hunter over the Elevated IPA. On 2012-12-07, I again had these two on a fresh palate and preferred the Elevated IPA. I guess I was in the mood for a bit more fruit and less tongue-buckling grapefruit. I've got to rate the Head Hunter and the Elevated IPA the same. Two major thumbs up.

Notes: Special thanks to Matador677 for this taste treat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can get this beer on tap any day of the week, but I swear I love it better from the can.

Today, I'm reviewing it based on the beer, from a can, poured into an English pint glass.

A- The appearance is really the stuff of legend. This thing produced a four-finger monster of a head that was like a bed of clouds. Fluffy, chewy-looking and marshmallow-like. The liquid itself is a beautiful golden amber and there is a persistent carbonation that bubbles up to the head. The head continues to persist long after the pour.

S- All types of goodness on the nose. Citrus wafts around and hits pine and hop resin and subtle malty sweetness lingers beneath. There's some earthiness and spice to the hops that add to the complexity and character. This beer smells perfect.

T- Heavy bitterness initially, hop resin, pineyness, some hints of citrus. Then a stiff maltiness comes into to smooth out the beer, add some warmth and balance. The beer then ends with a bitter, dry finish and some spicy hop that lingers on the palate.

M- The beer is quite bitter at the start and the finish, but just the right amount of malts in there have made this beer smooth, creamy and very quaffable. It's truly a superb beer.

O- A wonderful IPA, a great representation of the style and a great product to come out of New Mexico. This beer is really well done.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of hard partying. Good pine aromas, replete with funky nelson and citrus smells. Whatever you're looking for smell wise in a good ipa, this one is likely to satisfy those desires.

Taste delivers tropical and citrus fruit, along with those pine needles. Strong, warming, but not tasting above its own abv. Actually pretty easy drinking nonetheless, but it was made for someone like me I guess, so it should be. Has the funky presence of garlic and onions, a possible indicator of some summit hops, I thought it works nicely. Now that I think of it, maybe there's summits instead of nelson. Its somewhere in between those, thats for sure. A beer that will disgust people who don't like hops. There is a substantial malt bill to it, but never comes off overly caramelish. Just gives the hops something to play off of. Really the malt and yeast flavors are pretty neutral and don't get in the way of the hop onslaught.

Its massively bitter, but its not a one trick pony in that department, the hops leave plenty of mouthfeel and taste that go well above and beyond the bitterness.

This beer, and Sante Fe Hoppy Camper pretty much thrust New Mexico into being a top 10 ipa producing state. Meanwhile, Colorado has about 100 times the ipa's, but none of them being better. Sorry Myrcenary, you vill lose.

Photo of markgugs
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks to BA buyyourfreedom for this one! 16oz. can poured into a NEBCO DIPA snifter

A: Pours a beautiful golden, tawny, rich copper color with a frothy off-white head. Sticks around for a bit and never entirely goes away, nice lacing clings to the glass throughout.

S: If a smell can be perfectly balanced, this is. Fresh, grassy vegetation, hints of pineapple, ample dankocity (that is now a word)! Biscuity malts, enticing.

T/M: "Bitter, boldly hopped-up glory." Not sure what I can add to this line written on the side of the can but I'll try. The 100 IBUs are right there smacking you in the face (palate?), just a ton of grapefruit and pine, truly west coast in style. And right when you think your tongue can't take anymore, toasted bread & grains ease into the picture and make all right in the world. Mouthfeel is perfect, end of story.

O: File Elevated away as yet one more insanely good regional IPA that would have world class clout (and appeal) if it were simply available to more people (along with NoDa's Hop Drop & Roll, Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah). Incredibly drinkable. Seek this one out at all costs.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold/amber color with a small white head.

The hops jump right out at you. Mostly herbal, a little bit of citrus. Wonderful aroma.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Resinous pine, some grapefruiut and orange. Sweet malt background.

Medium-bodied, on the drier side.

Loved the beer, loved the brewery. Would drink this anytime.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Got some tropical, pine,citrus notes but barely. Big malt flavor for a single iPA. Lots of bitterness and great mouthfeel. Was expecting much more than this. Probably an old can. Will definitely give it another shot with a fresh can if possible just to make sure. Too bad.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.