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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

506 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.97%


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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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with no date. After having some world class IPAs was interested to try this highly rated one. Pours a golden with decent bubbles and a sticky coating white head leaving clouds along the entire length of the glass. Smells of hop resin with some sweet citrus and a bit of orange peel. Goes down very smooth with a creamy feel that isn't too bitter or sweet. well balanced - would be a regular buyer if i could get more

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 18:01:26 | More by alaimoa
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S- tropical fruit, citrus, malt, pine, slight floral

T-nice malt, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral, slight herbal, great bitter hoppy finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O- a great IPA in the upper echelon of the style

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 23:08:05 | More by MDDMD
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elNopalero

Texas

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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bump8628

Oklahoma

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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 03:34:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flagship brew of La Cumbre Brewing is worthy of its status and name. From the tap, the beer is lighter in color than most IPAs with a touch of golden amongst the amber waves. A half inch of foam floated above. Grapefruit grabs the nostrils and doesn't let go. Pine aromas join the sensory assault. It is clear that hops are going to be the major player here. Modest at first on the palate, but it quickly evolves into a hoppy affair. Juniper pine braces the palate as the citrus, mainly grapefruit, moves in, mixes in, and slithers down. The mouth is left with the pleasure of a hoppy beer, but without the oiliness of some IPAs. The brewers have spent some time crafting this one and the fruit of their labors are a tippler's delight.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 18:42:29 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 13:04:31 | More by Reagan1984
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jdense

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 17:58:59 | More by jdense
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 13:38:09 | More by Ozzylizard
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dar482

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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vitALEity

California

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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markgugs

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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zac16125

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

La Cumbre Elevated IPA
16oz can into a pint glass
no canning dates

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over as an extra

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with 4 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Huge tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. Tons of pineapple, orange, and mango. Floral and subtle piney notes as well. Subtle sweet malt backbone. Amazing aroma.

T: Lots of piney bitterness and citrus rind. Some dank, resinous notes. I dont get much of the tropical fruit characters that were present in the aroma, but still very good.

M/D: Full body, moderate carbonation, good smoothness, great drinkability.

O: Overall, an excellent IPA. Definitely worth seeking out. Thanks again fatbeats!

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 00:25:59 | More by zac16125
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DovaliHops

California

4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Mario, for giving me this beer from a brewery I have never heard of. Wow, that's how this story begins...Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Scent is packed with hoppy aromas, tropical and citrus fruit aromas. Tons of heavy hop aromas. Fresh hop leaves and fresh fruit...very little malt. Taste is just as it smells. The hop profile on this beer is ridiculous... so damn tasty. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Overall, this is a beer that fights amongst the best of the best west coast IPAs...and no bruises on this one. Amazing IPA.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 07:10:13 | More by DovaliHops
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mdfb79

New York

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/14 notes. Another big thanks to BeerLaywer85 for sharing another want; thanks Ross! 16 oz. can into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a transparent bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of strong pine hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, earthy notes, light floral hops, and fruity malts. Pine dominates but I like it again.

t - Taste of pine hops, fruity malts, citrus hopes, bitter grapefruit and lemon, bread, and grains. Nice taste, with a decent bitter bite to it with all the pine. I like the nose a little better but they are close.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Moderate bitter bite here but easy to take down the whole can of it.

o - Overall another awesome DIPA; this one focuses a lot on the pine hops, which I enjoyed. Little bit of bitterness compared to some of the other great DIPA's we had tonight but really great and well worth seeking out. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 21:29:49 | More by mdfb79
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PaBrewSki

Pennsylvania

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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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Murky orange/yellow/golden hue. Lots of head with this can. Retention is medium. Thin layer of head hangs on throughout.

S- Cedar, hops, pine sol?, I am getting some funk too.

T- I don't like IPA's that much, and this beer was not too overbearing with the hop bomb. Real pleasant taste on the palate with some citrus and pine. Not at all like Pliny though.

M- Pretty sturdy for an IPA. Carbonation follows big down the throat, but not the least bit gagging (I can't handle carbonation that well).

O- I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I great IPA. I highly suggest!

Serving type: can

01-13-2014 00:28:07 | More by gueuzedreg
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gunch52 for the hookup on this!

Poured from a can into a large tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear gold, with a lot of fizzy bubbles that subside to leave a thin, wispy, but frothy head. Just a residual layer on top gives it some foam. Maybe a bit light for the style, but for a brew from the Southwest, it seems appropriate.

Smell- Bright sweet hoppiness. Crisp alpha acidity with a bouquet of fruit- mango, pineapple, passion fruit, even some ripe strawberry. Sweet honeyed citrus zest. Not at all earthy or grassy, all fruit. Awesome smelling stuff.

Taste- Bitter hoppy attack anchored by a light honey malt smoothness, and a dry finish that leaves fading hop oiliness on the back of the palate. I was expecting a heavier caramel character to come through, but it never gets there. Malt character is light and smooth, and is perfectly balanced with the fruity hop bitterness. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel- Smooth to a fault- that almost comes across as flat. A few- and I mean a FEW bubbles tickle the tongue and palate. Smooth and soft all the way down.

Overall- A dynamite IPA! If I had this locally, it would be a go-to for sure. Great balanced brew with tons of bright hops. A great summertime IPA, or for any season! The can looks sweet too. The texture might be a drawback, but not enough to detract from the overall experience. I hope to get more of this.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

01-11-2014 00:36:40 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopmaneric for this one as an extra
2013 Poured into a tulip

A - Pours beautifully with a large 2 inch foam white head. Lacing is great sticks to the side. Looks just as beautiful as any other world class IPA

S - Smell may be the best part about this beer, amazing piney grapefruit citrus bomb that explodes with a load of hops

T - Same as the smell loads of hops, citrus, grapefruit with a solid amount of bitterness. Bitter dry finish.

M - At first it doesn't seem as though it's going to be smooth but as it finishes wow is it creamy and delicious. Awesome session beer IMO.

O - Awesome IPA. Really world class.. one of the best smelling. Will seek this out again

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 22:48:51 | More by drmcleod10
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ONovoMexicano

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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denver10

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy sandy old/yellow with a whit head and solid lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, clementine, rind, toasted bread, and piney. Flavor follow suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, glad I finally got to try this as this a great beer. Deserves the hype and definitely in the same league as the great IPA's that I have tried.

Serving type: can

11-29-2013 18:30:00 | More by denver10
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with half a finger of near white head. Good lacing decent retention.

S - slinky garlic hops, minimal citrus sweetness

T - slinky garlic resinous pine

M - medium bodied or less well carbonated great drinkability

Serving type: can

11-08-2013 01:14:48 | More by MacQ32
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can opened on 10.8.13
Canned 9.17.13

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a nice thick, light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Hoppy citrus, a bit dank and earthy, pine.

T - Citrus, bitter bite, then a grassy-earthy finish.

D - Smooth medium body with good carbonation.

O - Nice citrusy IPA with a bitter kick and earthy finish.

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 20:32:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Seanniek91

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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the can.

A: Pours a clear medium orange. Big, tall, frothy white head. Great head retention with slowly fading foam. Excellent lacework as well.

S: Big crisp and juicy citrus hops. Citra if I had to guess. Tropical fruit and resinous pine. Decent spicy garlic too.

T: Sharp and juicy tropical fruits for the most part. Mango, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Mild garlic and pine. Hard to discern much of a malt, maybe some breadiness? Pretty much obliterated, whatever it is. Nice wave of bitterness in the finish but not overpowering. Very dry finish, very very dry.

M: Medium bodied and super dry.

O: Big, big hop flavors in this one. Interesting because it's not super bitter, and it's not very malty either. It's just all hop flavors, not necessarily with the teeth chattering bitterness overload that often accompanies it. Super dry; one of the driest I've had in a long time. Aftertaste almost has no taste, it's just parching. Great showcase of citra hop flavors.

Serving type: can

10-28-2013 03:55:23 | More by Dope
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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.