Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Elevated IPAElevated IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

167 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 167
Hads: 1,190
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 460
Gots: 156 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 167 | Hads: 1,190
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.

 472 characters

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

 782 characters

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.

 1,199 characters

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

 361 characters

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.

 373 characters

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.

 627 characters

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.

 878 characters

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.

 337 characters

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.

 332 characters

Photo of flixjones303
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +3%
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 +0.9%
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 -10.1%
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 +14.7%
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 -3.7%
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 +1.4%
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 -3.7%
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 -2.5%

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.

 240 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%

Tall cans from trade. Thanks. Pours clear golden orange with a creamy yet fluffy half inch white head on top. Big hop aroma wafting out of the can and my glass with definite strong pine notes, citrus and grapefruit, grass, quite classic smelling IPA but with extra big aromatics. Flavor is dry bitter pine up front, fades into lightly sweet grapefruit and mango notes, some buscuity malts, finishing dry on the palate. Medium bodied at first but surprisingly light on the tongue, resinous, plus carbonation. This is really good, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the awesome aroma.

 588 characters

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy can. Sticker on the 4 pack "Canned 10/24/2014"

A: Standard color for an IPA. Soapy head with OK retention.

S: You can smell this beer as soon as you crack open a can.

T: West coast style hop bomb, so many piney, citrus notes. Light malt backbone. You don't even taste the booze. Just top notch stuff.

M: Could maybe use a little more carbonation. Almost no heat from the alcohol.

O: Been wanting to try this for a while, and it did not disappoint. A huge beer, just hoppy as hell and executed well. For $9.49/4 pack of tallboys, this is a great deal. COME TO DENVER, LA CUMBRE

 607 characters

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.

 875 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the can, poured into a Zwanze 2014 glass 9/20/2014.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-copper body, one finger white head with good retention and lacing. [4]

S- Pine, resin, sweet pale malt, biscuits. And more pine. This is a very piney west coast-style IPA, make no mistake about it. [4]

F- Up front, there is a lot of pine resin, switching over to a sweet bready pale malt that is still dominated by pine, and more pine on the back-end. This is a quite bitter beer, as expected from a 100 IBU beer as listed on the can. [4.25]

M- As in the flavour profile, this is quite bitter and resinous. Medium bodied, aggressive and decently carbonated. [4]

O- Solid IPA, I’m glad to have tried this one relatively fresh but I can think of at least a handful of better IPAs out there. [4.25]

 785 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: BA’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received it on July 23, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 8, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Thanks Nick!

Poured a caramel, amber, semi-clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel, soapy pine, citrus hops, floral hops, light rye hops, orange rind, spicy Centennial hops and some wet Cascade hops. Good on the nose, initially reminding me of Modern Times’ Blazing World.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Wow, this is tasty. Got caramel, earthy rye hops, wet Cascade hops, orange, grapefruit rind, citrus hops and faint floral hops. Pretty bitter and no hiding the 7.2 pct. ABV. Still reminds me of a double Blazing World.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. A bit overwhelming at times though.

Just a really good IPA. Would love to have some more La Cumbre’s.

 1,053 characters

Photo of CTbrew32
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden amber with a one finger head produced.

Aroma- Sweet bread malts with some floral hop notes.

Taste- With the first sip there is big hop explosion yielding big grapefruit and citrus flavors, which is then followed by pine and pineapple flavors that help bring out a bitter punch. Definitely feeling the 100 ibus, which I cant say for every 100 ibu beer, but this isn't unpleasant by any means and it subsides very quickly. A slight cracker malt helps to try and balance this, which is enough for me.

Mouthfeel- Bitter but smooth, very drinkable, and plenty of carbonation present on the finish.

Overall- This is easily one of the best ipas I've tried, if not the best. I would have to give my reigning number #1 another try, but that probably won't happen for a while. Overall, an amazing beer with big tropical/grapefruit flavors that makes me want more and more. Without saying it should be clear I highly recommend this and I hope I can get my hands on more of this soon.

 999 characters

Photo of Beer4B
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer totally surprised me, and I was expecting good. I'm not exactly sure how fresh the cans were, but they were fresh enough. I'd safely call this Heady-lite. As close as I've had in a while with just a little less of a great finish. (which the finish could have been freshness related).

I recommend this beer a lot in my very informal review, cheers. Will be seeking more out.

 384 characters

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.