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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 1,177
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 451
Gots: 152 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: jdense on 02-13-2011

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
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Photo of Alequine
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Really like the graphics and coloring on the can. Straw orange amber color with very slight haze. . Piney sweet malt aromas. Moderate finish for the style. Slightly bitter yet refreshing and citrusy with a slight dryness at the end. Can it be all of that in one taste? The answer would be hell yes with a Chinese acrobat balancing all of these characteristics on a tiny chair. Someone wrote solid IPA. Solid? I would say solid if they handed me one because this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dry hop smell and clean refreshing taste. Not very much malt characteristics in this beer which it what I love in IPA's. I wish this came to my neck of the woods!

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Photo of Prager62
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I found these in a Telluride liquor store cooler. The canning date is 09/08/15. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and was ecstatic with my find.

Look- Pours a clear and brilliant deep gold with a generous amount of frothy white foam.

Smell- Passion fruit forward, pineapple, some pine, and butyl in the back. Dank as hell!

Taste- Juicy passion fruit, pineapple, and some pine. There is a spice finish in the end that is rye-like.

Feel- A bit thin with a bitter and dry finish.

Overall- This drinks like a much bigger beer. It's hands down one of the best IPA's I've had, and that includes double IPA's. Just a juicy hop monster of a beer!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into tulip. No canning date

Pours a clear, Amber, orange color with a 1.5-2 finger head. Both the hops and malt are present on the nose in a nice combination. The taste is the same with a pleasant mixture of hops and malt with the hops taking a little dominance over the malt. More so than on the nose. Overall, this was a very well balanced IPA with one aspect not completely shutting out another. Glad I got to try it and would recommend.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Date of 7/24

L- Dare orange, almost amber. Big white, frothy head.

S- Piney. Sweet malt. Apple?

T- Very piney and somewhat dry. Nice full bitterness that lingers throughout. Decent malt backbone but this one is definitely hop forward. If I didn't know I would have thought this was a IIPA.

F- Moderate for the style. Nice carb. Finished crip and a little dry.

O- Very solid IPA and I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to enjoy.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip, canned 7/6/15

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that retains for a while, eventually settling to leave some nice lacing behind

S- fresh leafy hops burst out of the glass, followed by notes of tropical & citrus, including mango, papaya, grapefruit, tangerine and peach. Even picking up some fresh mint leaf and cut grass. Malt is hard to find in the aroma, allowing the hops to shine

T- lots of fresh cut grass up front, followed by plenty of tropical hop flavors with an emphasis on orange peel, passionfruit & mango. Some dank resin kicks in, providing a bit of pine that continues into the finish. Ever-so-slight sweet malty linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, amazing drinkability

O- this one lived up to the hype, one of the top five 'single' IPA's that I've had. Dank and easy to drink

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Bright orange amber with very slight haze, finger white head dissipates with a little lace. Big aroma of dark fruit and pine. The taste punches you in the mouth with lots of piney hops and sweet malt, but the hops win turning into an earthy grassy finish. Hops/bite linger maybe a little too long. Medium slick mouthfeel, high carbonation. Overall very good DIPA if looking for big piney hops.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best thing in New Mexico. My only complaint is that I only bought a four pack while I was there. Just a great fruity and hoppy IPA. Super fresh and minimal hoppy dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is hard to review objectively, since this IPA has ruined me for most other IPAs out there - at least ones that are carbonated to this level. Part of the bite that people attribute to being "too hoppy" is due to that aggressive carbonation. But it's a great, big, west-coast style IPA done by a brewery that can do almost no wrong (ok, that state fair cream ale, bleh...but probably the style of beer that is the problem for me). Heady. Dank, awesome, and refreshing. Can have one easily. Two, I start seeing things. Three, meet your best friend, a unicorn.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
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 wulfie85
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
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 beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
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 larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you gatheredwaters for this
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy orange amber with a three finger white head.

S- Dank, heavy resin, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, big hoppiness.

T- Big bitter finish, dank, resin, pine, citrus, grapefruit, faint tropical fruits, and a nice slightly sweet bready malt backbone that adds great balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A really well done and balanced IPA. Finish is really big, but not really overpowering. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of spoony
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can ("Danked" on June 18, 2015) to a shaker pint glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 20, 2015.

A-A really good looking IPA here with a nearly clear golden-colored body and some active, fine carbonation. The head is sticky, light tan in color, and about a finger tall. Retention is good.

S-The aroma is aggressive and hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, some orange, maybe some lime, a good floral note, and moderate to higher levels of hoppy bitterness. The malts are there too with a nice, balancing bit of caramel sweetness. Smells like a beer with more alcohol.

T-The taste is similarly bitter and aggressive...and damn good. Lots of citrus flavors, including grapefruit, orange and a bit of zest, as well as pine, black pepper, medicinal/herbal notes, and a floral kick on the finish. Caramelt flavors balance things just enough.

A-The beer is a touch on the flat side. The body is medium to full with a sticky, resinous coating.

O-This beer lives up to the hype for me. The smell and flavors are really tough to beat. One of the better IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. My only real gripe (and it is a minor gripe) is the feel. I could have used just a bit more carbonation here. Regardless, a great beer.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Benish
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass from can. No date on can.

Appearance: peachy color with a small amount of head. Some lacings around the glass.

Smell: it smells so juicy. It's sweet, fruity, and maybe a little dank. It seriously is like a lush of tropical paradise.

Taste: sweet, dank, and fruity. Its like drinking from the juice box...not literally. The bitterness is all around from start to finish, tasted like some orange rind. For what I can describe, it's hard to believe this sucker 100 IBU's (as the can states). So delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and extremely refreshing. Carbonation does seem a little low.

Overall: I loved this beer. What else can I say besides the fact that it's juicy fruit? With having no idea how old this beer is, I can only imagine what it taste like when fresh.

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Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery and again out of a can back at the hotel room.
A= Amber to orange with no noticeable haze, has a thick foamy head that lasts for my entire tasting. Lots of lacing circling the glass.
S=Pine and citrus hops with tropical flavors added in.
T= Tropical fruit up front followed by citrus lemon zest and grapefruit, light sweetness and moderate bitterness.
M= Medium body, dry and clean.
O= Does not disappoint. Great flavor, aroma and all around brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Let me flesh out my initial rating, had this on draft & can. My first taste this was less than a week old

Pours a chill hazed amber with a thumb of sand colored head. Clears nicely, stays effervescent; above average head retention & lacing

S: Pine, grapefruit, pineapple

T: Follows the nose, a little cattiness & maltyness as well, plus dryness up front. Pineyness, breadyness, & grapefruit as this warms, a little aspirin bitterness too. Finishes with grapefruit, dryness, cattiness, & pineyness & little juiciness, pus some woody hops

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy, I would buy this again in a heartbeat, I will certainly revisit these guys again if given the chance, not perfect, but damn good, just not totally in my wheelhouse

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Bright, brilliant orange with no haze to speak of. The head is close to perfectly white and very foamy. Retention is strong as the half-inch takes about three minutes to eventually fall down to a bubble-thin cap. The lacing is gorgeous, covering most of the back side of the glass with just a few small, circular “windows”. Mouthwatering appearance.

SMELL: Big floral hops with a ton of sweet, tropical fruit, pine and just a touch of fresh cut grass. The aroma is nice and intense too, which I am digging a lot.

TASTE: The sweetness of the nose was gorgeous, but I felt as though it could have led to an overly sweet flavor. Instead, what I got was a semi-sweet, delicious pop of tropical fruit malt right in the beginning of the sip quickly followed by bitter and dry grapefruit and lemon. There is a hint of grass too, but the malt mellows out big time towards the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: Semi-sweet moving towards a very dry finish. Medium body with a nice, clean finish. Carbonation is medium to strong.

OVERALL: Aggressively hopped, yet still very drinkable and not overdone on the malt balance. This is just an outright excellent, check that, exceptional, IPA.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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 CoffeePorter
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Cloudy, copper in color with a thin, white head
S: Immediately smell grapefruit and pine upon cracking open the can. Hints of a subtle malty sweetness emerge when poured.
T: Has a sweet malty backbone followed be a dry, hoppy, piney finish.
M: Moderate carbonation, slight bitterness, smooth finish.
O: It's a solid IPA. Well-balanced, but nothing too complex about it.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: About a finger of white head after pour. Dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Dark gold body.
Smell: After the initial pour I get pine and floral notes. Very appealing but after that it's not as pungent as I had hoped. Aroma was fairly simplistic.
Taste: Pine, grapefruit, zest, big hop bitterness which swells on the finish.
Feel: Big resin feel with a medium body. Definitely a bold body to this beer.
Overall: Very enjoyable IPA, I love the taste and feel. There is no doubt a "dank" sensation to this beer. Only shortcoming for me is the nose, just wish it had more nuance and strength.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Can from Tin Bucket.

Surprisingly darker than I was expecting, this beer is amber in color with a long-lasting off-white head with good retention and lacing. Given a chance to warm up, the nose takes on a dank, pine-heavy aroma with plenty of grapefruit zest and some floral notes.What sets this beer apart is the balance; it really reminds me of Swami's IPA.

The palate opens with a big bitterness, pine-heavy with some grapefruit juice mixed in. Dank with some marijuana notes, this beer is a wonderful expression of hops. Malt character isn't allowed a chance to appear; it's completely dominated by the hops. Bitter with plenty of pine, some resin and some weed on the finish, this light-bodied beer with moderate carbonation is excellent on the palate. Creamy, bitter, pine-heavy... what's not to like? Cleanly fermented, deft and assertive, this is a great IPA.

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Photo of SolaceDevice
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The dankest of dank IPAs. This is a potent beer with all the flavor and aroma one expects from an IPA, plus its ABV can knock you out after a couple/few. It is very delicious. I like to have one after a "session" beer, like Rudie from SKA. I cannot say enough great things about this beer from La Cumbre. It is totally worth seeking out.

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Photo of bfranks
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What is there left that could be said about this beer? I've had it hundreds of times, I absolutely love it. It's hop and malt profile go together perfectly. Citrus, pine, and floral notes dominate the nose, and it's the perfect amount of bitterness. One of the best beers in NM (and anywhere) and its GABF gold medal is well-earned.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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