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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,190
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 459
Gots: 156 | 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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Photo of jhines18
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer as apparently a lot of others do as well. Incredible aroma. My preference is out of the can. On tap, they move through the stuff so fast that Im not sure it always ages as much as it should. Get those tall boys. In addition to the awesome beer, you get one of the coolest cans (art wise) I have ever seen. Totally unique.

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Photo of brewqueno
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This got me hooked on IPAs. All others prior were too strong, too flat, too citrus-y, too pine-y... too overpowering and unbalanced. Some are just plain boring. This one is just right.

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Photo of Photozombies
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz can, canned 7 weeks ago.

Appearance - caramel in color, clear, nice thick head with long retention, great lacing.

Smell - Fresh hops and more fresh hops.

Taste - Tart, more tart than bitter, very hoppy. Gives you a tart twang in the jaw. Not malty. Has a great aftertaste. Refreshing as well as fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel - Good, not too thin or to thick and slightly fizzy.

I don't think there is a better IPA on the planet. A fabulous beer in this style.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #600!

I had this on tap and loved it so much I picked up a four pack of cans to take with me. As soon as I left Albuquerque I regretting not picking up a case. This is seriously in the running for being my favorite IPA of the year. Certainly my favorite IPA of my recent road trip.

It pours a light tan-orange color with a bronze tint to it. There’s a great hop aroma. Simply fantastic, fresh, and full of grapefruit and citrus zest. Wonderful flavor with a light grapefruit flavor. Lightly bodied, almost delicate, even—this is not a heavy IPA or a bitter bomb but there’s a touch of chewiness to give it some heft and big, big aromatic hops that keep me coming back for more. Absolutely loved it.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, IPA mavens and hopheads take notice. Elevated IPA is easily one of the best IPAs out there. It's a light copper filtered overly hopped pine, citrus, and onion dreamboat. The nose drifts up your nose, encompasses your sinuses, and grabs hold of your olfactory nerves. Taste from the first sip is hops in all their glory with a very slight malt backbone. I've been drinking IPAs for years, and this is surely one of the hoppiest I've had outside DIPAs. Get it fresh you'll be very pleased. Thanks to Beerjobber.com for this lovely!

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Photo of DrMattyB
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Yellow/Gold/Lt Orange hue. Clear w/ a little chill haze. Pours a nice 1 - 1.5 finger head and thick. Stays through the entire glass with a nice lacing.

S: Very hop forward. Nice piney hops giving way to citrusy orange, and even a hint of apricot in there. Interesting that it ends with a piney bite again. Get a little touch of malt sweetness in the smell, but very hop forward.

T: The taste is floral all the way. Pick up heavy floral hop notes up front with just a touch of citrus. Then gives way in the middle to a well-balanced malt sweetness and what seems like a touch of wheat, with a little touch of some medium crystal malt notes. Really like the dry finish to this one with a little piney hop bite right at the end.

MF: Very nice medium to medium light carbonation. Silky smooth/velvet feel on the back end of the mouth/throat as it goes down. Not too much chewy/sweetness for a 7.2 ABV IPA.

D: Cannot believe that this beer weighs in at 100 IBU. You'd never know it. And 7.2% ABV to boot. Wow. Very well hidden and very well balanced. I would drink this any and every day of the week. I would put this up against the best Big IPA/IIPAs out there.

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Photo of bump8628
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery. Copper colored, perfect layer of sticky white foam on top. Unbelievably juicy and vibrant hops - pine needles, orange oil, mango, and grapefruit. Clean and dry, bitterness is ultra-smooth. The stuff goes down in gulps. IPAs don't get any better than this. This was hands down my favorite beer on a two week roadtrip to California if that tells you anything. Damn delicious stuff.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a two finger white head and nice lacing. Powerful hop aroma, lots of pine resin and tropical fruit. Bitter pine resin and grapefruit flavors hit the tongue first followed by sweet malty tropical fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, bar none!

Re-reviewed May 28, 2014. Thanks Majin for the trade! Drank in concert with a Project Dank, love them both, but prefer the Dank just a wee bit! I bumped the aroma and taste numbers a tad as this is still one of the best IPAs I've experienced!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Cumbre Brewing Co. - Elevated IPA

Got this from Hendry, nice snag, gotta love having brews from all over. This one was a treat for sure.

Look - Pours a hazy foaming orange with a full soapy head. Nice abundant sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Snappy resin and pine aromas, smooth malts underneath. Crisp and mouth-watering.

Taste - Blasting pine hops from the start, then a a wave of piney resin comes in hard but rides down smooth. Super unique blend, excellent blend of hops

Mouthfeel - Sticky mouthfeel but crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable, slight booziness present but welcome.

Overall - Unique in the AIPA category, quite a nice pine and resin mixture of hoppy blast. This is a slammer of hop destruction, awesome!

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Photo of parris
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a can shaped Baxter glass, enjoyed some from the can before pouring.

Smell - smells like a bag of Willamette pellets
Appearance - light carbonation, rusty orange, not much carbonation
Taste - dankness, some pepper, ripe peach
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly astringent, good carbonation
Overall - Yep, this beer rules.

Edit: Thanks grandmachine!

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Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 4-27-14. Slightly hazy golden-amber with faint carbonation streams rising toward a steadily dissipating but sticky slightly-off-white head of foam, about 3/4" thick at its height. Aromas of peach, mango, tangerine, pine, and candied grapefruit rind. Bold grapefruit zest taste upfront, with mango, peach, and very slight malt sweetness afterward. Finishes with a sugared grapefruit zest and pine flavor. Dry (finishes at 1.013, according to the tap list at the brewery taproom), with slight alcohol slickness. Drying effect on the palate afterward. Just an outstanding example of a West Coast-influenced American IPA. For me, it ranks among Pliny the Elder and Wipeout IPA as one of my absolute favorite takes on the style. Proud this brewery is my local.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best thing in New Mexico. My only complaint is that I only bought a four pack while I was there. Just a great fruity and hoppy IPA. Super fresh and minimal hoppy dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a slightly hazy light orange amber color.

The aroma is rushes of bright hops of peaches, orange peel, a new age hop berry. A light breadiness along some pine and dankness on the back along with onion and garlic.

The flavor is extremely different from other IPAs. The beer cuts off at about middle late palatte is bone dry! In the front, peach, orange peel, juicy pineapple. Then the beer is generally surrounded by medium minus piney bitterness. The beer is really dry and decently bitter, but as you drink more, a candy sweetness begins to pop its head up at mid palate, surrounded by a light bready malt, and then disappears. The finish is of fresh grapefruit peel.

An absolutely bone dry IPA and really where I want the style. I draw similarities to Zombie Dust because of the drying and malt body.

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Photo of bfranks
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is there left that could be said about this beer? I've had it hundreds of times, I absolutely love it. It's hop and malt profile go together perfectly. Citrus, pine, and floral notes dominate the nose, and it's the perfect amount of bitterness. One of the best beers in NM (and anywhere) and its GABF gold medal is well-earned.

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Photo of deckstar
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A1 - Light yellow/orange, not too pale, not too dark. Great color for an IPA. Creamy head, dense.

A2 - tropical fruits, citrus, pine, resiney & sappy. freash grain, hay. picking up a lot more malt in the aroma than most IPA's.

T - a balance of malt and hops, then bitterness builds and spreads out, takes hold with dryness.

M - really creamy, low carbonation.

O - Amazing. This IPA is really easy to drink considering its high abv. very enjoyable. full flavor, and its not just the hops. could become highly addictive.

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Photo of JeepCop
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not one to write many reviews, but this beer justified an exception. With being a huge IPA/DIPA fan and reading all of the reviews, I had high hopes for this beer. I generally compare every IPA that I run across to Surly Furious, as that for me, is my #1 IPA.

A- Elevated looks just like an IPA should. The head is spot on for an IPA and there is plenty of lacing.

S- The smell is of tropical fruits, pine and citrus. I'm excited... but I've been down this road many times where I've been stoked about a beer, only to be let down by the taste.

T- In a word: AMAZING! When I took my first sip, I immediately thought "FURIOUS!" The tropical and citrus fruits shine on this, and there is just enough malt to balance it all out.

M- This is creamy and smooth. The drinkability on this is off the charts!

O- This is a fantastic beer and well deserving of the high marks it gets. I'm not sure in a blind taste test that I could distinguish between (my beloved) Furious and Elevated. Quite frankly, I'm a little shocked there aren't more comparisons of the two in these reviews. Neither Surly or La Cumbre distribute here, so I will have to (gladly) keep trading for these. If you're reading this, take my advice and go get this beer! You will not be disappointed!

Edit: 7/10/14. I tried this side by side with Furious, and it wasn't at all what I had expected. Maybe the Furious was a bad batch? Maybe Surly has changed it up a bit? Maybe the distance between great IPA's is closing? Who knows, but the Elevated BLEW away my beloved Furious. It looks like I now have a new favorite IPA to trade for.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cans shared by stillmatic2232. Thanks man!

Pours a clear slightly dark amber, with a one inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells really citrusy, tons of orange, pineapple, mango, with some pine as well.

The taste is pretty similar, and good god, is this nice. Strongly bitter, with a "pleasant astringency" (I know that's oxymoronic) that lasts throughout the entire session. Starts bitter and dry as the desert, then ends ultimately quite fruity and citrusy, tons of orange juiciness and some orange bitterness as well, tastes like orange rind. Some pineapple, grapefruit, and mango as well, and a bit of earthiness and pine. Just simply delicious. Awesome.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but finishes crisp and bone dry. Medium carbonation.

This one of the best IPAs in the country. Honestly mind-blowing.

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Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a couple fresh 4 packs from GHB. Thanks!

Appearance: Copper hued with the slightest haze. Pours with two fingers of head that retains well.

Smell: Lots of sharp, dank hoppy goodness on the nose. Weed, tropical fruit, pine, bit of onion; wouldn't surprise me if there's some summit in here, but it's not an onion bomb by any means. Malt is barely noticeable beyond the big hop character.

Palate: Big hop flavors here. Grapefruit, pine, weed, some bitter herbal notes. Fair bit of onion, and less tropical fruit than the nose suggests. Dry and light-bodied, a little bready malt pops out mid-palate, but it's quickly obliterated by a rather intense bitterness. The can says 100 IBUs, and I'm inclined to believe it. I'd prefer a little less bitterness, but thankfully there's a ton of flavor hops here to balance things out. Yeast and malt are rather neutral, allowing the great hop flavors to shine.

Overall: Great stuff, surprisingly so coming from New Mexico. Has a San Diego IPA feel to it; very clean, attenuated, and heavy on aroma hops.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: golden/copper color, great head and lacing. A lot of bubbles. Looks incredibly enticing.

S: Tropical fruit, dank, oily, resiny, heady awesomeness.

T: The first sip and the first sip only comes across slightly too bitter. After that it is perfect. I guess once that heavy dose of lupulins hits your tongue it prepares you for this multi layered, fantastic tasting IPA. Great interplay of hops and biscuity malts (definitely mostly dank, oily hops). Pineapple, guava, grapefruit peel, sweet bread, cannabis.

M: full, creamy, sticky, perfect.

O: one of the best IPAs. Seek this out

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hmmm. How to describe this beer. It is reminiscent of Heady with it's dankness, smell, and flavor profile. Yet, it's much more drinkable. Has a lighter body to it and leaves you wanting more. Citrus, pine, and I wanna say a Simcoe hop bomb.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had to date.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is hard to review objectively, since this IPA has ruined me for most other IPAs out there - at least ones that are carbonated to this level. Part of the bite that people attribute to being "too hoppy" is due to that aggressive carbonation. But it's a great, big, west-coast style IPA done by a brewery that can do almost no wrong (ok, that state fair cream ale, bleh...but probably the style of beer that is the problem for me). Heady. Dank, awesome, and refreshing. Can have one easily. Two, I start seeing things. Three, meet your best friend, a unicorn.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this many many times on tap and in a can

A - Copper red, with thin strings of bubbles throughout. A pour to the middle gives a two-three finger head that retains shortly to a crown. Some lacing with medium retention. Great color, really good looking glass of beer.

S - Huge citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, some pine. Tons of citrus with some floral.

T - Pretty darn close to a model hoppy IPA. Hits you with a bunch of nice, layered hop taste. Some bitter grapefruit, lemon fruit, and then moves to a bitter dry finish. Leaves you waiting for the next sip.

M - Medium carbonation, coats the palate with a sticky resin feel but finishes nicely.

O - Won't go as far as saying that this one beats out Pliny and Heady, but I've tried both of those, and this one very much belongs in that group. Its a really great IPA. If this were a California or New England brewed beer, it would be the subject of a heck of a lot more discussion. Word on the street is that La Cumbre is planning expansion to Denver. If and when that happens, I predict that this brew shoots up the ranks. Seek some out and try it. Well worth some effort.

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Photo of sholland119
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at the brewery, canned 5/21/13..

A-pours a crystal clear golden apricot with plenty of foamy white head, really nice lacing. Down to our last six pack but I am stl excited every time I see the pour.

S-I think the nose sets this apart, as is true of Heady topper or PtY. huge aromatics, appealing blend of citrusy and slightly dank hops. Hots you with a blast as soon as you open the can and lingers nicely.

T-very well balanced for such a hoppy beer. West Coast styleso lighter on malt but plenty of base for the flavorful hops. Slightly sweet bit mostly just juicy hoppy deliciousness. Excellent.

M-light to medium body, wonderfully dry.

O-among the best. Lives up to the hype and the GABF gold. Worth a trip to ANU all on its own.


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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No freshness date.

Poured from a tallboy into a Round Guys goblet. Hazy (chill haze?) golden body, yellowish orange color, with an off-white head that forms a creamy top and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass! Decent carbonation is apparent, seemingly lazy in the glass.

Big, juicy hop aroma! Onion, citrus rind right up front...more to come though, as I think I poured this too cold at first. Later, hints of grapefruit, pine, and fresh herbs (thyme and cilantro?) make their way out of the glass.

Taste is PACKED with hops! It has a surprisingly pleasant and non-harsh finish (read, "not astringent and not overly bitter"). Remains well-balanced throughout. Definitely a full-bodied IPA, with spot-on carbonation levels; enough to keep a "crisp" edge, though has a very soft texture from the head. Bright resinous hops combine here in the finish with rich, cookie-like malt flavors.

Overall, a superb IPA that is drinkable, well-balanced, yet remains hop-forward. Exactly what IPA lovers look for in a world-class IPA. It cannot get better in this realm of IPA's.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.