Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 1,127
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 436
Gots: 147 | FT: 10
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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 1,127
Photo of eppCOS
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (561 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 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 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 larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,230 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 Benish
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (782 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,199 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 CoffeePorter
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of SolaceDevice
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of flixjones303
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. I can't find a date on it. Pours a sightly hazy light orange color with decent head. Aroma is peach and pine. Flavor is fairly bitter with a strong orange and grapefruit character. This beer is fantastic. I'd love to try this on draft or super fresh in cans. (263 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-yellow orange brown hue, didnt hold head to long but it did not effect the beer
-bright dancing hops a treat for your senses
-great taste holds but not to bitter from the hops very pleasant beer,light floral, good for spring
-not thick and travels around the mouth to new places
- overall great beer not to filling a true palate sensation (339 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt amber/orange body. Off-white sticky head. This has a great smell. Pineapple, sharp hops, some light pine and juicy fruit. What a great hop taste. Of course, the taste and smell are similar. Heady Topper is spectacularly balance. Elevated leans more on the bitter/hoppy side...zingy taste. Hop bite, with a great taste. The feel is well-suited for this IPA. Not too light or too heavy, but a more full IPA. A double IPA could fit into this body. The carbonation is substantial and fits well in the mouth.

Overall - A classic West Coast IPA style that deserves the spot it has on the BA Top 250. I think it can move higher. (641 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 brewqueno
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This got me hooked on IPAs. All others prior were too strong, too flat, too citrus-y, too pine-y... too overpowering and unbalanced. Some are just plain boring. This one is just right. (184 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Up and comer here, and the name of the game is: BIG. This one smells and tastes big, almost too big at times, the bitterness a bit much, the strong citrus and pine notes just huge. It totally works, it was just a bit of a chore by the end of the can. That said, for American hop heads, this'll be right up your alley. (317 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy goodness from La Cumbre. Delicious without being too bitter; every bit as good as if not better than Heady. Looking forward to trying Project Dank. (153 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can that's about a month old. Thanks to BeerMeBro720 for this one!

A: Pours a rusty orange shade of gold with a big, foamy head

S: Pineapple, sweet caramel malt, resin, soap(?), candied citrus, and pine

T: Tastes exactly like it smells: bitter pine, sweet pineapple, citrus, and more pine. Not as bitter as I was expecting from the IBU count, which I think is a compliment to how well-blended the flavor profile is.

M: Smooth, with a lovely dry and very, very bitter finish.

O: Pretty good stuff. This would be a repeat player if I lived in the ABQ. (559 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Can brought back by David and shared tonight at the Christmas Party.
Huge dank resinous hop aroma. light sweet bready maltiness. Smooth hop flavor and bitterness. That's a damn fine IPA right there, if I lived closer I'd drink these often. (240 characters)

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.