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Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by jdense on 02-13-2011

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Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, somewhat sloppily printed on the bottom edge of the can is two lines of text —
00/10/14/15
BBO 1/12/16
Finally opened and tasted on 1/6/16

A — Lemony tinged orange hue. An ample bubbly ivory / bone colored head forms on top of the beer. Great clarity. Lacing is among the best that I have ever seen.

S — Smell is loaded with lemon rind, overall it is dominated by a strongly malt forward presence of toasted bread and cracker crumb. There is some earthy pine character as well as a resinous and lightly tangy citrus profile. Malt forward.

T — Chewy, pithy, resinous, bitter and astringent notes about. Floral and chewy hop flowers. Earthy, biter, aggressive. No malt balance. Assertively hoppy and pithy. Earthy, piney.

M — Nice prickly carbonation, bubbly. Smooth overall, inviting.

O — Nice overall, very earthy and herbaceous, piney and resinous. Lacks balance and sweetness.

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Photo of dprice
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey gold color smell is of a light citrus pineapple, taste is hoppy but not overpowering, slight bitterness, mouthful is light kinda crisp overall solid IPA alcohol is hidden well could almost be session

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft, La Cumbre Brewing, Albuquerque NM) Initially this beer rated a 4.0 last night from the can at Monroe's, but today it is down a couple notches. 100ibus is apparent as the bitterness sticks out. The most solid IPA so far on this trip.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear copper color. Good looking white head, poured into a tulip. Some bubbles, implies moderate carbonation.

S: Lovely citric hoppy smell. Some aftertones of pine. Mainly the hops though.

T: Very bitter hops on the front of the taste. Citric and very slightly piney or herbal. This beer is so hoppy. Does well to cover the 7.2% ABV though. Its very dry and not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell. Honestly, I was not loving the first or second sips, but it starting growing on me as I began to appreciate the complexity. Theres some malt near the tail end and the pine really comes out to wrap up the flavor with the hops.

F: Light bodied, but packs quite the punch up front. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and a little oily, sort of like a wine, but not.

O: Not my favorite style of IPA, but it was very good and I'm willing to acknowledge that. Most of my IPA experience comes from the South so I'm inclined to float toward the southern style more than the western.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Altenor
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker yellowish gold color into my tulip glass. The nose is slightly muted from the blend of hops and the resin from them also. Seems a little heavy towards the west coast style IPA from what I expected. More malty than hoppy in the nose I guess. The taste follows the nose lots of malt flavor and some hoppy flavors follow this. The mouth feel is smooth. This is a little to much of a west coast style IPA for my palate but that is what it is. Just not my favorite style.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/2/16; picked up a couple of 4 packs on our cross country trip from Tucson AZ to Maple Shade NJ. Purchased at Sprout's Farmers Market in Albuquerque, NM. Poured into a tulip glass

L- deep amber in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. A good looking beer

S- lots of piney, citrus/lemon hops. nothing too crazy though. above average.

T- light pine bitterness, subtle lemon/tangerine citrus hop flavor. sweet toasted malt backbone balances everything nicely. quite nice.

F- smooth mouthfeel. nothing to write home about.

O- hardly "the best IPA in the southwest" I was told it was going to be (that would go to Dragoon IPA or Tower Station IPA). I'm tempted to say even marble IPA beats this out by a hair. Still quite delicious and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can with a born on date of 3/2/16 and best by date of 5/31/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - golden and clear; streams of bubbles that form a medium white soapy head. Lacing is phenomenal!
Smell - some sweet citrus fruit and floral notes.
Taste - aggressive hop flavors; I primarily pick up grapefruit and dandelion.
Feel - no doubt hop dominate; bitter and tangy, the palate is alive with this one!
Overall - I dig the pint can and the hop forwardness, however the overpowering IBU's masks the flavors a bit and the nose doesn't stack up.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden Amber color. Aroma is citrus, pine and some maltiness. Flavor pine and resin with a balanced malty backbone. Overall this is nice, has a little bitterness to it but still nice overall,

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.