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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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GHB for sending this one. The beer poured out as a really nice orange color with a thin white head that kinda faded quickly. The retention is thin along with a light lacing too. The smell of the beer is really nice. There is a strong hoppy nose along with a subtle sweetness too. The taste of the beer is also hoppy, big citrus and pine note, very nice stuff. The mouthfeel is oily and gently carbonated, medium bodied. Overall this beer is quite nice, much bigger and more flavorful than most typical IPA's out there. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coming out of the can, the liquid lays out in a clear amber; the head is not much to write home about though it does leave some lacing here and there

Smell: Citrusy, with grapefruit and pineapple tones and just a hint of caramel

Taste: Hoppy at the outset, with the grapefruit and pineapple leading to an increasingly bitter experience with just a hint of onion; underneath, a bit of caramel appears but after the swallow, the beer is so well attenuated that it finishes as dry as the New Mexico desert

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean, slightly thin finish that really works well

Overall: The finish sets this beer apart; while the hops are showcased with some balancing malt, the dry finish prevents the malts from becoming sticky - a rare feat for a beer that starts out with balance and then verges into a hop explosion

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops with nice light citrus undertones and grassy notes is quite a treat. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with some strong floral notes with light resin and grassy notes. Malt backbone is present though quite dry and doesn’t interfere with the hops flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and approaching HT level of goodness.

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Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a couple fresh 4 packs from GHB. Thanks!

Appearance: Copper hued with the slightest haze. Pours with two fingers of head that retains well.

Smell: Lots of sharp, dank hoppy goodness on the nose. Weed, tropical fruit, pine, bit of onion; wouldn't surprise me if there's some summit in here, but it's not an onion bomb by any means. Malt is barely noticeable beyond the big hop character.

Palate: Big hop flavors here. Grapefruit, pine, weed, some bitter herbal notes. Fair bit of onion, and less tropical fruit than the nose suggests. Dry and light-bodied, a little bready malt pops out mid-palate, but it's quickly obliterated by a rather intense bitterness. The can says 100 IBUs, and I'm inclined to believe it. I'd prefer a little less bitterness, but thankfully there's a ton of flavor hops here to balance things out. Yeast and malt are rather neutral, allowing the great hop flavors to shine.

Overall: Great stuff, surprisingly so coming from New Mexico. Has a San Diego IPA feel to it; very clean, attenuated, and heavy on aroma hops.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for this one! Canned less than a month ago (!!)
Shared at Decofest, served in a tulip. Quick review from written notes.

Saturated orange color, sturdy layer of creamy meringue foam. Lacing all around the glass.

Dank and resiny aroma, simultaneous citrus and green botanicals.

Very dry and bitter in the aftertaste, full of resiny green hops. Pine, botanicals, floral, dandelion greens. Substantial feel, though light and drinkable, again with a huge hop bitterness. Resinous feel that sticks in the teeth. Overall a great IPA from New Mexico.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy can, thanks to Rudzud for sharing.
Great looking fluffy head fades fairly quickly lots of lacing over semi clear honey pale colored.

Nose is very earthy and grassy with herbal tendencies, light malts.

Taste fruity hops, light earthy but not much, fairly bitter, semi sweet malts, nice fluffy slight grassy hops, very fluffy and airy. Finish is still sweetish, decent hops and light fruity fluffy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, fluffy.

Overall fairly nice. A pretty well made IPA, nothing crazy, but quite tasty, and good hops overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
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 LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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 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 mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

Can generously shared by Chris (largadeer). This has been on my wants since it was growler-only. Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and wisps, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - A nice mixture of tropical fruit, pine, and dank hops. Minimal malt presence.

T - The taste features some citrus zest, a bit of chive and onion, and perhaps a touch of the aforementioned tropical fruits. Malt comes out a bit more mid-palate, lending an icing sugar flavor. Fairly intense bitterness, but reasonably well-hidden alcohol.

M - Dry, crisp, medium body, with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink, even with the palate bruising hops.

D - It's a very well-crafted and well-executed IPA that I would happily purchase if it were available locally. The 16oz cans are a good serving size and I'd be proud to call this my local beer if I lived in New Mexico.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Darrell for the hookup!

The beer is light golden orange and mostly clear with an inch of pure white head. Aromas of dank, resinous hops, pine, orange and grapefruit. Grapefruit and pine in the flavor with a general citrusy quality. Tangy and juicy. Soft carbonation, finishing with moderate bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth. East to drink and delicious.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wildnoodle was one of many people who stepped up and either traded or simply sent me beer to further The CANQuest (TM). I am told that this is another one of those beers to be CANsumed as soon as possible to enjoy maximum freshness. Who would I be to buck the prime directive?

From the CAN: "Drink me. Drink me now. This IPA has been brewed with an obscene amount of the finest hops known to man. It is not meant to sit in a refrigerator. This gem is meant to be experienced fresh in all of its bitter, boldly hopped-up glory."; "Get elevated"; "New MexiCAN beers at their peak".

The Crack & Glug resulted in a finger-and-a-half of dense, tawny head with good retention. Nose was big with grapefruit hops and my mouth was watering. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial burst of grapefruit-citrus hops on the tongue, followed by a wash of caramel malt. Whew! If that doesn't get your attention, you may need to CANsult your physician. I wasn't getting elevated - I was being laid out! Finish was totally, utterly dry. I mean like Sahara Desert dry. Dry as the Zephyr winds. No wonder this was a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner - it would be hard to beat.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled March 2011
The beer pours from the growler with a pale tan head that sits on top of a clear, copper hued beer that shows a brightness when held up to the light. There is a really, dank hop character to the nose that is a mix of tropical and citrus fruit and “hemp” oil. The nose is just so dank and juicy; specific notes of tangelo, a bit lychee character, mango, a hint of menthol, and just a really big hemp like character is found here. There is a touch of supporting malt character that provides hints of a cracker like whole grain character.

The beer is lightly sweet and has a fair amount of a crystal malt backbone to it. The hop character is of course the dominant note in the flavor, with a nicely herbal character, lots of hop-fruit, a firm bitterness (that is not over the top), lots of pine notes, a firm herbaceous hemp-seed like flavor, and rounding notes of lychee and even some mango are noticeable here.

This is nice and dankly fresh. I like how light and quaffable this is, as that is really what I want in an IPA. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but this is still something I am quite happy to be drinking.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Zorro
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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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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 tone77
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The man, woodychandler, provides the hook up with this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, tropical fruits. Taste is also very hoppy, bitter, lots of fruits, a touch of malts, tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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

Poured out a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of hard partying. Good pine aromas, replete with funky nelson and citrus smells. Whatever you're looking for smell wise in a good ipa, this one is likely to satisfy those desires.

Taste delivers tropical and citrus fruit, along with those pine needles. Strong, warming, but not tasting above its own abv. Actually pretty easy drinking nonetheless, but it was made for someone like me I guess, so it should be. Has the funky presence of garlic and onions, a possible indicator of some summit hops, I thought it works nicely. Now that I think of it, maybe there's summits instead of nelson. Its somewhere in between those, thats for sure. A beer that will disgust people who don't like hops. There is a substantial malt bill to it, but never comes off overly caramelish. Just gives the hops something to play off of. Really the malt and yeast flavors are pretty neutral and don't get in the way of the hop onslaught.

Its massively bitter, but its not a one trick pony in that department, the hops leave plenty of mouthfeel and taste that go well above and beyond the bitterness.

This beer, and Sante Fe Hoppy Camper pretty much thrust New Mexico into being a top 10 ipa producing state. Meanwhile, Colorado has about 100 times the ipa's, but none of them being better. Sorry Myrcenary, you vill lose.

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4.56/5  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.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.