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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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503 Ratings
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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%

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:
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

(Beer added by: jdense on 02-13-2011)
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New Mexico

5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 21:19:46 | More by jhines18
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New Mexico

4.96/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 03:02:19 | More by Photozombies
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4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 05:18:08 | More by elNopalero
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New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2011 23:55:16 | More by DrMattyB
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 20:51:34 | More by bump8628
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4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 01:14:39 | More by beerdedking
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4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:11:27 | More by parris
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4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 15:31:47 | More by JMScowcroft
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New York

4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2014 02:02:28 | More by dar482
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New Mexico

4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 06:14:22 | More by deckstar
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4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 19:09:10 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
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.


Serving type: can

06-12-2013 23:29:13 | More by sholland119
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4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 23:30:34 | More by vitALEity
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New Mexico

4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-04-2013 20:22:29 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2012 10:59:24 | More by Tucquan
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Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a pint can into a Woodcock Brothers pint glass.

Appearance- hazy orange/amber with half finger of off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Grassy/piney hops, citrus (tangerine, lemons, orange), peaches. Real nice hop aromas. Not much of a malt background, but I'm fine with that.

Taste- Piney/grassy hops, light tangerine and peaches, light maltyness, nice piney bitterness. Really well balanced and super earthy.

Mouthfeel- Medium-well carbonation, medium body with decent viscosity, very easy to drink. Very refreshing.

Overall- Can't thank Beerandboards for this treat! This is so good!

Serving type: can

10-30-2013 20:01:54 | More by Seanniek91
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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 64oz Growler of this in a trade w/ amcmaho1. Poured from the Marble Brewery Growler w/ hops in Yellow into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Filled @ the Brewery 2/4/12.

Aroma- Tons of fruits and American hops hit the nose big time. Starts off with a mix of Passion Fruit and/or SuperFruit! Wild! Then very sweet hops and peach comes around at the finish. Good work on the aroma!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all but a few bubbles (due to Growler). Has a Glowing, Reddish/Copper colored body with decent clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Mango hop flavor and simcoe hops start this one off strong. Very big and punches the mouth all the way through. Medium-High Bitterness and quite an overload of hops! Did someone say American IPA? Ok good.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Hop Extreme, and finishes with hop sensation like a 2X IPA would! Awesome.

Overall Impression- Now I see why this one won the GABF award! Huge! The nose on this deserves an award alone. Definitely recommend looking for this brew or if in town, stopping by for a Growler. One of my top 10 IPA's right now and looking to enjoy some more! Thanks Alex!

Serving type: growler

02-10-2012 20:25:45 | More by DCon
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4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a can into a stemless Alchemist glass.

Appearance is a bit cloudy. Rich orange tone with a nice two finger head that faded slowly leaving a thin head. An IPA isn't really supposed to be this hazy but this might be the only flaw that I can point out.

The nose is great with piney hops, grapefruit and citrus. Smells amazing and the rest of the beer doesn't disappoint! Very well balanced with dank piny hop presence and a bitterness that lingers for just the right amount of time. Every sip makes me want more.

This is a near perfect IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:18:13 | More by PaBrewSki
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4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the stellar WORLD CLASS ratings, I'm always looking for a "sleeper" IPA, so Elevated seemed to fit that bill based on the reviews. The distribution of Elevated is more limited than one might imagine with such favorable ratings, so courtesy of BeerandBoards, Elevated IPA was expertly packed with some other local faves.

Thoughtful, colorful Southwest artwork is attractive and inviting on this fresh 16 oz tallboy can.
Deep amber and relatively clear, this American IPA retains a commendable head of soapy white foam.Lively but not overly carbonated, it has a pleasant appearance overall.

Nose is herbal, tropical juicy, and slightly malty all at once. Elevated has a unique aroma like no other IPA I have tried thus far: pleasant and inviting, but not overpowering in either the hop or malt department.

The flavors are an interesting blend: zippy IBU count, herbal and piney, citrus notes present and accounted for. Mouthfeel is straight medium, moderately oily, slightly chewy. Aftertaste is a slick balance of hoppy goodness and rich but not overshadowing malt content.

This is a sleeper IPA that deserves more attention and wider distribution. The fact that my friend could not find Elevated IPA @ Lonestar Beer while visiting Texas illustrates my point.
Worthy of a purchase, recommended, and enjoyable, Elevated IPA warrants closer inspection if you are able to get your hands on it.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 06:01:53 | More by Hendry
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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark, clear orange with about two finger of barely off-white head. Decent retention, although foam falls away to leave thin layer with clumps along the edges. I am not particularly thrilled with how this looks, but...

I can smell the awesome pine and citrus and floras notes burst as soon as I crack the can. As the ale sits in the glass for a bit, I get a resinous aroma which blends and mellows the three characteristics mentioned above. It smells bright and crisp.

Taste very bright. Hop forward, with citrus and pine, but slightly sweet at the same time. Again, resinous and dank. Very enjoyable, even at 100 IBU's, but I am not too confident I can taste much else after this. This is worth it though. Mouthfeel is smooth and complex, with the flavors changing I drink. Very sweet flavors give way to citrus/pine hops, combined with floral notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is very very good.

Overall this beer is very good, and I am so glad I grabbed a can when I did. I will have to pick up more of this as soon as possible. However, I should be encouraged by my approaching trip to NM later this month, hoping this stuff is readily available. Cheers.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 01:57:56 | More by rodlavers
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4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the surprise can Evan!

Appearance: Clear golden copper with two fingers of whitish head. Nice clean lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hop forward with pine at the forefront and notes of grass and resin. A bit of citrus in there too, want to dive right in.

Taste: Piney hops, great sticky resin as well and a true west coast ipa. Nice balance with some caramel malt sweetness and hints of tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a good texture and balance. Nice hop bitterness which I love in my IPAs.

Overall: Tremendous IPA that I'm glad to have gotten a chance to try. Wish I could get this all of the time. Looking forward to trying more of their stuff!

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 01:13:36 | More by Mikecap
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New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 18:39:13 | More by markgugs
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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into tulip glass (took first drink straight from the can)

Beer pours golden color with some transparancy (good clarity) with a nice one finger bright white head. The aromas were some pine as well as citrus. Plenty of aroma from a 1.5 month old can. The taste has a good deal of citrus, pine resin, and some light hints of tropical fruit. Their is some bitterness on the back end that balances the tasting experience. I didn't notice much difference from the can versus out of the glass on this particular beer. The beer had plenty of carbonation and was not oily/resiny on the tongue. A world class IPA indeed. All of the flavor of many DIPAs.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 14:11:06 | More by PHBoiler
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New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 02:18:15 | More by Beerandboards
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4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EgadBananas for the hoppy hookup!

Pours a vibrant orange with a huge off-white head settling down to about a finger's worth. Nice chunky lacing sticks to the edges of the glass.

Wonderful aroma. Lots of citrus especially orange with a solid supporting cast of piney resin and a little bit of spice. A little bit of sticky caramel malt appears for balance.

Lots of citrus and lemon hop character up front rounding into a pine/earthy finish with even more lemon. Caramel malt adds just a touch of bready sweetness and body.

Medium bodied with carbonation on the lower end of the style, but it works with the profile. Just a tinge of alcohol and it finishes very juicy with a load of different flavors.

Overall I enjoyed this a lot. Not the best I've ever had, but there is a good amount of complexity and it's one of the most well balanced IPA's I've had in a while.

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 02:28:51 | More by jmarsh123
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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.