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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 1,150
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 446
Gots: 147 | FT: 9
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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

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100 IBU
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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another from ONovoMexicano's NBS BIF #2 Box 'O Goodies! Good, crisp, clean, solid example of the style. Would be in regular rotation were it local to me. Worth trying if you see it. (181 characters)

Photo of wulfie85
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured great and had excellent clarity. For a 100 IBU beer, however, it did not have the aroma and flavor that I was looking for. Not sure if this can was a little dated, or if this is just more a malt forward IPA, which is not my forte, but the bitterness was still great. (283 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium amber in the tall glass. Plenty of foam and a lively carbonation on the tongue. A hint of oil in the mouthfeel.

The massive blast of hops is a surprise. Huge aroma of piney pitch and something flowery. Enormous resiny flavor. Well, this is totally hop-centric, with endless flavors of all the Major Hop Groups-- resins, pine, grapefruit, lime peel, and ends up feeling like chewing on the stringy pulp of an unripe mango next to the big seed. Sharp and hot with oils. Tastes more alcoholic than it is. After the lush splash of hoppy aromatics, the bitterness takes over and leads you down the dark alley further than I care to go. But for sheer hop flavor, I see the attraction. Just let me off the bus.

From the 16 oz can bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque. (788 characters)

Photo of tylerstravis
3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bite, pine and too much malt. That's what you're going to get here. This could have passed as a world class IPA ten years ago, but this is nothing special or worth seeking out today.

If you have the chance to get La Cumbre put all of your IPA eggs into the Project Dank basket. (278 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3/22/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma markedly piney
Head large (5 cm), yellowish, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to 1.5 cm layer
Lacing fair with broken rings and large bubbles
Flavor - Very piney and bitter with no distinct alcohol, malt, or diacetyl flavors
Ends chalky and bitter
Palate medium, watery, carbonation soft.

A markedly bitter IPA, just as the brewers wanted. A little too bitter for my tastes, but I'll still drink the rest iof the four-pack and be happy I got to try it. (518 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip

A - Orange haze with light carbonation. Reflective and opaque. This has one finger of head that settled down with a decent amount of lacing

S - Citrus nose with pineapple, orange, and mango. There is also a slight bitterness with bits of pine and grapefruit

T - This beer uses a variety of hops to create a great beer. Up front, I get sweet citrus with orange, pineapple and hints of mango. As the beer moves towards the finish, bitterness takes over with pine and grapefruit that packs a punch. There is definitely a strong bitterness that lingers on the finish

MF - Medium with a slight syrupy body with light carbonation. Leaves a thick hop residue that remains on the tongue in the finish

O - This is a good IPA that has a good balances between sweet hops and bitterness to make this a drinkable IPA. If it only had bitter hops, it'd be too bitter and hard to drink and if it were only sweet, it would have enough oomph behind it. (972 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Potent hops ooze with floral and tropical fruit notes. There is a musty and corn-like layer also detectable, buried under the hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with understated soft pale malt and juicy hops of moderate intensity that display a range of West Coast qualities centered on the floral. It can't shake the husky corn quality from the smell, but it does not overpower. Acidity is very mild--difficult to determine where fruity hops end and acidity begins. Bitterness quickly rises to its zenith early in the middle and plods on rather monotonously until the finish. In fact, the late profile is sparse of sensory qualities, aside from the bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; slightly acidic, resinous, and warming on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is the work of someone trying really hard. For the most part it is a success--the brewer's taste in hop cultivars is evident. It just seems to have an unexorcised demon or two, in the form of a phantom musty off-quality and some early heat on the palate. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Altenor
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. (272 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16,oz can poured into nonic pint

A: light caramel in color slightly Amber great clarity

S: very piney spicy on the nose a little bit of crackery malt

T: a lot like nose very nice spice pepper and pine

M: a little sticky medium thickness

O: I'm still not impressed got to try it twice and it's a solid beer but nothing exceptional I don't see the love (361 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I actually liked this beer more than I expected to, given that I'm not a big IPA guy. This one looks intimidating from the outside, with a slightly higher alcohol content and 100 IBU's, but it doesn't just beat you into submission with hops. There's a good flavor here and I can see why this is their biggest seller. If I could get more of this brewery's stuff in my area, I'd try other beers from them too. (410 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left behind.

Floral perfume-y aroma with sweet booze and a prominent citrus/ tropical fruit presence. Slightly grassy and resinous but the booze and fruit sweetness dominate. Hints of papaya, grapefruit and orange zest along with some resinous oils, pine needle and fresh cut grass. A bit one dimension but still smells pretty good.

Medium body with some dry, grassy bitterness which is stronger than the aroma suggests. Crisp with earthy and grassy saaz-like hops countered by tropical fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit with some orange peel and lemon juice. Pale biscuit malt backbone with hints of bread and graham cracker. Really nice with a little alcohol burn in the back end but overall the ABV is decently masked. Well balanced, flavorful and very easy to drink. Nice beer! (993 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper hue with an off white head that builds thick and laces great. Citrus rinds, dank, piney slightly earthy and peppery and the taste follows almost exactly with building bitterness after each sip. Medium body, coating and dry finish. Overall a really solid IPA. (273 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Cumbre, 2.11.11, poured into nonic pint glass, $4.25.

Full pour resulted in minimal white head, small bubbles, deep honey gold body a bit murky re unfiltered. Nose is hop forward, citrus and tropical hops, caramel malt, a slight bit of pine as it warmed. Taste mirrors the nose with some bubblegum notes, fairly resiny finish increasingly so as it warmed. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, a bit of a surprise, minimal effervescence, by design after talking to brewmaster, sticky finish. Drinkability is good despite a tad bit of alcohol heat. Listed as 100 IBUs, this is tasty but not Ruination-esque IBUs IMO. Didn't get much more bitter as it warmed, a nice interpretation of SD-style here in ABQ. Worth a try. (734 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of herbal hop and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Bright and fresh hop aromas with strong pine resin.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight onion flavor. Strong hop flavor just slightly bitter. Leaf tobacco and leather in the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a good IPA. (334 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (463 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head takes it's time to settle into a nice lacing with a small bisquity mound in the middle of the glass above a slight cloudy copper honey colored beer.

Citrus fruits with some light sappy pine aroma with a hint of malts coming through.

Almost a bitter bite on a citrus and piney hops taste with a slight almost soapy yeast coming along for the ride.

A dry light pine sap aftertaste on this medium bodied drink.

I've had this IPA at La Cumbre's brewery and I don't remember it having this soapy to soapy yeast in the otherwise well balanced citrus and piney hops. I think I'd have to recommend stopping in there and drinking or buying a growler from the guys, the light added soapiness seems to be a distraction for me. (738 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/15/2012

Thanks! Can poured into a snifter. I'm looking forward to this. The label art has a decided New Mexican flair to it.

A: Burnished yellow gold with a finger of peaceful white froth. Lacing is scattered and retention is pretty good. Good clarity as well.

S: The nose strikes me as a blend of mandarin orange and onion, with lesser notes of tropical fruit. There's a little melon in there. Malt is bready and not insubstantial, though it doesn't impart much sweetness.

T: The flavor has some mandarin orange, grapefruit, and a little onion. There's a light malt backbone that lends a touch of sweetness, increasing the drinkability. It's not a bone dry IPA, but it's not exactly malty either. The bitterness is smooth and at a moderate level, and there's no alcohol to speak of. Smooth, hoppy, clean, and dry finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A bit heavy on the onion for my taste, but still a nice IPA. (978 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can, poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-copper body, one finger white head with good retention and lacing. [4]

S- Pine, resin, sweet pale malt, biscuits. And more pine. This is a very piney west coast-style IPA, make no mistake about it. [4]

F- Up front, there is a lot of pine resin, switching over to a sweet bready pale malt that is still dominated by pine, and more pine on the back-end. This is a quite bitter beer, as expected from a 100 IBU beer as listed on the can. [4.25]

M- As in the flavour profile, this is quite bitter and resinous. Medium bodied, aggressive and decently carbonated. [4]

O- Solid IPA, I’m glad to have tried this one relatively fresh but I can think of at least a handful of better IPAs out there. [4.25] (785 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lovely & talented GHB first sent me a growler of this brew, which was downright divine. Hearing my praise, he then proceeded to box up & send me a short month's worth of Elevated. 16 oz. tallboy cans - I hope this is as good out of metal as it was out of glass.

The pour fills up my imperial pint glass properly, gold leaning to orange. Pungent floral hops fence with grapefruit for the upper hand in the nose. No wimpy aromas here...IPA as it was meant to be, smeared with aggression.

Elevated IPA from the can just isn't the same beautiful beast that came unexpectedly from the growler. The floral notes remain, with more orange peel than in the nose. Citrus, lemon are faint but grow as the beer warms. There's a cut of onion in the background that detracts; I'm not a fan of leekish things in either solid or liquid formats. Bitterness builds with each sip & what seems polite at first ends up brutish & bruising after repeated exposure. Nice. Which only makes me want to drink faster.

I shared the growler in a line with tons of friends; I feel like that would have scored an easy "A" on the Richter scale. The canned version is very good, but doesn't quite hit that home run. If you can get this in the growler, do it. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

he head faded so fast here it wasn't even funny. There was a moment with a 1/2 finger of head. Some light foam remains. Slightly hazy amber/copper color.

I like the spice in the aroma. Very fresh and an interesting balance to this. There is plenty of hop character but also a touch of malt depth. Green, grass and pine more than grapefruit/citrus focused.

Wow, a blistering bitterness that I enjoy. Oily hop coats your tongue out of the shoot. The malt backbone keeps it from going too far but there is no doubt where the power in this beer comes from. Green, oily hop goodness. Almost tastes like you are sucking on a hop pellet.

An unfiltered goodness to the mouth feel. A touch oily!

Nice beer. (701 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, almost a sickly yellow. One finger head, solid lacing, quickly fades to a thin white line. Nearly opaque and pulpy.

Bright and hoppy: citrus, maybe tropical or floral in the background. Almost insignificant malt presence. Not a huge aroma overall.

Dry and bitter; citrus and grassy, with a hint of wheat or even rye (slight spice), and perhaps a hint of pine. Almost pungent, with a not-unpleasant citrus peel washing over the tongue and cleansing the palate for the next sip.

Medium feel overall, with a lively, sparkly feel. Despite being hop-forward and dry, the feel is fairly heavy for the style, but smooth. Lingers with some hop oil residue very pleasantly.

La Cumbre advertises some major hops in this IPA, and they're not kidding! ABV of a single IPA; hoppiness of an Imperial IPA. Complex and pleasing. This isn't a balanced ale, by any means, but it has a very balanced mouthfeel, and is pretty drinkable for such a palate wrecker.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade! (994 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped into a pint glass. My 300th beer rating. Woot!

Appearance - White one finger head with good retention and decent to good stick.

Smell - Medium strength hoppiness. Very grassy. No off flavors. Very smooth and balanced hop. No overpowering characters, and yet not boring.

Mouthfeel - Excellent. Full bodied. Smooth. Carbonated. No astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Probably one of the best American IPAs I've had. No extreme characters or off flavors, just a great session IPA. (488 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really solid can of ipa here, from a brewery that is new to me. this one is more of the classic simcoe centennial type hop profile with huge pine and is very bitter and woody. the malt base is nice too, sturdy enough for enormous hop dosing, while adding a fresh baked character to it. the hops are bitter all the way through, almost vegetal at the mid point they are so fresh, and then more of a pine sap thing in the finish where the sweetness of the malt flashes back with the honey sweetness of the hop oils. i love this combination. the size is just right, and the mouthfeel is right on, with a big frothy body but a cleaner finish and carbonation that keeps it moving but doesnt rush. i think i liked the full nelson and the project dank a little more even than this one, but what a solid beer, and this brewery is making a series statement with its hoppy beers. wow. (875 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml (16 oz) can sent a little while back by Mr. woodyChANdler. Poured to a Breakside pint glass & served with dinner (New York steak & Caesar salad).

A: Pretty copper-orange with enough carbonation to look busy, most of it starting at the nucleation point at the base of the glass! Lacing is terrific - coating well, cobwebs galore and loads of speckles and stacked strata (hey, I can see each sip!). Complexion is nearly clear.

S: Hearty tangerine citrus in the nose, modest pine/evergreen sappiness. Sweetly scented baked bread crust. Aroma seems to contract, rather expand, as it warms - an odd trait.

T: More citrus and grass, even a peachy note. Hops seem well-balanced, 100 IBUs, in the case, doesn't equate to tongue-punishing bitterness. Finish is dry, grainy - almost ashy.

M: Smooth, medium body. Great coating mouthfeel, residuals are bitter rind and grassy grains. Carbonation is subdued.

O: Wish I had a date on the can to go by, as it seems this didn't have the intense hoppiness others praise. Regardless, I enjoyed the juicy, citrus-driven hops and a strong malty backing. Would I get it again - ABSOLUTELY. Fresh as possible, please... (1,161 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Elevated IPA from the La Cumbre Brewing Company out of New Mexico.
Score: 91

Can is of unknown freshness. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 09/27/12.

Appearance: Pours a pumpkin-orange color with a slight dull golden hue that is on the opaque side of translucent. When held to the light, this beer turns to a really gorgeous sunset-orange color. One finger of off-white head at pour settles to a fog atop the glass, leaving patches of head clinging to the glass. Really good lacing and retention. Quite a beautiful IPA! 4.5/5

Smell: Grapefruit, peaches, tangerine and slightly earthy hops. Very smooth and mellow, and not nearly as in-your-face as most IPA. You know how orange peels smell after you cut out the pulp? I get some of that aroma here. Too. Very pleasant nose, very balanced. There is faint barley-malt aroma in the background too. 4/5

Taste: Like the nose, there is a balanced blend of sweet citrus, hops and malt, without any one of the components overwhelming the other. There's peaches and orange on the side of the tongue with an earthy hop flavor and some grapefruit on the center of the tongue. The maltiness is towards the finish, though a mildly bitter orange citrus flavor is what lingers. The earthiness of the hops is a little more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, but it is not intense at all. There is a slight spiciness on the midpalate too, and a hint of lemon flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Super oily mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied, higher end of light carbonation. Mildly bitter on the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: Nothing earth shattering or over-the-top here, but Elevated IPA is an incredibly smooth, balanced and easy-drinking IPA. If this were local to me, I would certainly buy this one regularly.

Recommendation: If you are local to the beer, nab some. If you are trading with someone local to this beer, ask them to get you some. Given it's mellow, balanced flavor profile, I have to imagine this would be a good starter IPA for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Cream-cheese jalapeno poppers.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,103 characters)

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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