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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 346
Gots: 89 | FT: 5
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

ONovoMexicano, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of markgugs
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

markgugs, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of vburrell24
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

vburrell24, Thursday at 05:28 PM
Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%

Tall cans from trade. Thanks. Pours clear golden orange with a creamy yet fluffy half inch white head on top. Big hop aroma wafting out of the can and my glass with definite strong pine notes, citrus and grapefruit, grass, quite classic smelling IPA but with extra big aromatics. Flavor is dry bitter pine up front, fades into lightly sweet grapefruit and mango notes, some buscuity malts, finishing dry on the palate. Medium bodied at first but surprisingly light on the tongue, resinous, plus carbonation. This is really good, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the awesome aroma.

BMMillsy, Thursday at 02:08 AM
Photo of pmangold
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

pmangold, Monday at 01:37 PM
Photo of Kram3r
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Kram3r, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of MPorts25
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

MPorts25, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of TheBronze
4.25/5  rDev -3%

TheBronze, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Kino
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

Kino, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

DCLAguy11, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of hoppytobehere
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy can. Sticker on the 4 pack "Canned 10/24/2014"

A: Standard color for an IPA. Soapy head with OK retention.

S: You can smell this beer as soon as you crack open a can.

T: West coast style hop bomb, so many piney, citrus notes. Light malt backbone. You don't even taste the booze. Just top notch stuff.

M: Could maybe use a little more carbonation. Almost no heat from the alcohol.

O: Been wanting to try this for a while, and it did not disappoint. A huge beer, just hoppy as hell and executed well. For $9.99/4 pack of tallboys, this is a great deal. COME TO DENVER, LA CUMBRE

hoppytobehere, Nov 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Hrdqore, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Justdoit1234, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Herky21, Nov 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

flipdog0, Nov 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

hombrepalo, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

cgskippy, Oct 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

eddie5721, Oct 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

cultclassic89, Oct 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

ianw87, Oct 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

jbdpsu82, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

treznor, Oct 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeffwildcat, Oct 25, 2014
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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.