Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 1,121
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 431
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -8.5%
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 -3%
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 +6.6%
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 +4.6%
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)

Photo of JeepCop
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm not one to write many reviews, but this beer justified an exception. With being a huge IPA/DIPA fan and reading all of the reviews, I had high hopes for this beer. I generally compare every IPA that I run across to Surly Furious, as that for me, is my #1 IPA.

A- Elevated looks just like an IPA should. The head is spot on for an IPA and there is plenty of lacing.

S- The smell is of tropical fruits, pine and citrus. I'm excited... but I've been down this road many times where I've been stoked about a beer, only to be let down by the taste.

T- In a word: AMAZING! When I took my first sip, I immediately thought "FURIOUS!" The tropical and citrus fruits shine on this, and there is just enough malt to balance it all out.

M- This is creamy and smooth. The drinkability on this is off the charts!

O- This is a fantastic beer and well deserving of the high marks it gets. I'm not sure in a blind taste test that I could distinguish between (my beloved) Furious and Elevated. Quite frankly, I'm a little shocked there aren't more comparisons of the two in these reviews. Neither Surly or La Cumbre distribute here, so I will have to (gladly) keep trading for these. If you're reading this, take my advice and go get this beer! You will not be disappointed!

Edit: 7/10/14. I tried this side by side with Furious, and it wasn't at all what I had expected. Maybe the Furious was a bad batch? Maybe Surly has changed it up a bit? Maybe the distance between great IPA's is closing? Who knows, but the Elevated BLEW away my beloved Furious. It looks like I now have a new favorite IPA to trade for. (1,606 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. tall boy can proudly stamped with the New Mexico flag. Pours copper, and fairly clear. A beige two finger high head has average retention and leaves a couple of rings of suds on the glass.

A resiny fastball of pine, hop oil and orange citrus. Some sweet bready malt on the end there with a breath of alcohol. Powerful hop aroma, apparently the southwest also can do hops.

Malt is pretty full with caramel sweetness that really lacks any grainy or bready character. Hops shine through with a heavy pine and resiny oils. Orange citrus rind brightens the finish, very bold flavor with a moderate bitterness and touch of alcohol.

Full malt results in a medium body and average carbonation, the hops really stick to the tongue as does the beer. Bitterness kicks up the drying feel though. Alcohol feel is moderate.

Quite a good and balanced IPA, very pine and hop oil heavy and bold at all fronts. The body is a bit dense and syrupy but really all thumbs up here. (969 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

MASSIVE thanks to my buddy Chico for bringing this all the way back from ABQ to MA and now I am consuming it in Chicago, Illinois on a road trip of my own. I sampled this with him once a few days ago.

A- Tallboy can poured to a square hotel glass for the review. The body is a deep golden hue and fairly clear with a one finger, frothy white head. Head retention is decent as it falls to a medium ring with nice clouds in the middle. Lacing starts with thin sheets and drizzle below that.

S- Bright hoppy aroma fills the room upon pouring the beer with a bouquet of juicy fruit nectar like tangerine, melon and cantaloupe as well as zesty orange, grapefruit and pine.

T- Hops from the nose carry over with a few small changes like the resinous pine growing with some dank and spicy floral tones. Still plenty of grapefruit, mango, melon and orange zesty feel. Slight base of cracked light grains and yeast to make it a beer but clean as a whistle nonetheless.

MF- Between light and medium bodied with a texture that is both creamy and foamy while being lightly chewy. Carbonation medium-high allowing those delicate oils to jump onto the taste buds. Finishes with a lower end bitterness.

Add this one onto the list of excellent tallboy IPAs. It seems like each region/state of the USA is getting a staple brew of this category and this appears to be that of the AZ. Lives up to expectations. (1,396 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cans shared by stillmatic2232. Thanks man!

Pours a clear slightly dark amber, with a one inch head, and a small amount of lacing.

Smells really citrusy, tons of orange, pineapple, mango, with some pine as well.

The taste is pretty similar, and good god, is this nice. Strongly bitter, with a "pleasant astringency" (I know that's oxymoronic) that lasts throughout the entire session. Starts bitter and dry as the desert, then ends ultimately quite fruity and citrusy, tons of orange juiciness and some orange bitterness as well, tastes like orange rind. Some pineapple, grapefruit, and mango as well, and a bit of earthiness and pine. Just simply delicious. Awesome.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, but finishes crisp and bone dry. Medium carbonation.

This one of the best IPAs in the country. Honestly mind-blowing. (831 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The last of a 4-pack picked up at the brewery during a road trip. Had never heard of La Cumbre prior to getting there, this was a really nice find while in Albuquerque. This can is probably about 2 weeks old.

Appearance - Beer is darkish copper orange with a white head and a slight haze to it. Decent retention, bits of lace left.

Smell - Good mix of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, earthy dank, some veggie hop. Big hops with just a touch of toasty bread malt. Nice and potent.

Taste - Follows with solid balance of general tropical fruit, pine, earth, and light onion. Pretty intense bitterness with just bits of bready and caramel malts peaking through. A small step down from the scent perhaps, but still very good.

Mouthfeel - The feel is great, very smooth, somewhat big-feeling with decent carbonation. Bitterness delivers both pain and pleasure, and it remains quite drinkable.

Overall - Great. I love the flavorful hop assault, maybe could use a bit more balance but I'm not complaining. (1,005 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can into Heady stemless wine glass.

Pours lovely orange/amber with a rocky cream colored head that builds nice. Succulent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is citrus heavy with orange juice, lemon peel, and kumquat. Piney and strong doughy malt also come through second tier.

The taste hits with those piney hops then comes juicy tangerine, acidic nectarine, and peach skin. Candied orange and unsweetened doughnut batter are present thanks to the semi chewy malt base. Very nice on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very much a muscled light body with 70 percent carbonation level. Slightly creamy before the bitterness kicks in on the finish. Not overly bitter though which is a huge plus.

This is a fantastic IPA, balanced between bitter, fruity, and sweet malt base. Not exactly west coast in style nor uber malty. I've had IPA's similar to this, just can't pin point which ones. The juicy citrus flavors are very nice with just enough pine to give it some depth and kick. Approximately 3 weeks old to those who are like me and must know the freshness of the IPA they are drinking. (1,096 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Darker amber, with caramel tones
S - Pine, forest, earth, nice balance of hops and malt
T - again, earthy - medium body - lots of caramel - hop forward onions - yet fruity
F - Really nice finish, hops are big but so are the malt characteristics
O - Nice IPA, palate killer - its pretty intense but well done. (312 characters)

Photo of jaken0ss
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hmmm. How to describe this beer. It is reminiscent of Heady with it's dankness, smell, and flavor profile. Yet, it's much more drinkable. Has a lighter body to it and leaves you wanting more. Citrus, pine, and I wanna say a Simcoe hop bomb.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had to date. (290 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1794th Review on BA
Can to English pint
16oz

Thanks to Marcos for this one

App- a semi lucent orange with golds and yellows with a fairly solid head that was there and gone. A decent amount of cling with some pond layer left on the top of it.

Smell- it's nice but just leaves me wanting more. A semi hoppy aroma with some tropical fruits and a smaller malt bill. A tad bit of resin but not particularly piney. A bit one sided. Smells a bit flat.

Taste- I will say this is nice. Its a bit more malty with a smaller fruited hoppy flavor with some resin. More of a malt flavor than I would've thought/expected. I however think that's what's throwing me. I've come to expect big, bold,brash. It's nice to smooth and a bit outside.

Mouth- A little mellow with more thicker malts than I would've though. Smoother fruited hops. Medium bodied with a smaller medium carbonation and a residual sweetness.

Drink- going back to taste. It's smaller and less over the top. Still throwing me off. I liked it and am still scratching my head on the balance this strikes. (1,060 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned on 4-27-14. Slightly hazy golden-amber with faint carbonation streams rising toward a steadily dissipating but sticky slightly-off-white head of foam, about 3/4" thick at its height. Aromas of peach, mango, tangerine, pine, and candied grapefruit rind. Bold grapefruit zest taste upfront, with mango, peach, and very slight malt sweetness afterward. Finishes with a sugared grapefruit zest and pine flavor. Dry (finishes at 1.013, according to the tap list at the brewery taproom), with slight alcohol slickness. Drying effect on the palate afterward. Just an outstanding example of a West Coast-influenced American IPA. For me, it ranks among Pliny the Elder and Wipeout IPA as one of my absolute favorite takes on the style. Proud this brewery is my local. (765 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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! (993 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Beautiful looking clean copper with a dense near white head of about 2 fingers. Terrific staying power and excellent retention. Maybe the best looking filtered IPA I have seen in a while.

S- Classic IPA with resinous pine and pith citrus. It is exploding out of the glass, but it is a treat. Some toasted notes.

T- Peachy, piney, and toasty. Hops come through loud and clear. Borders on astringent without ever getting harsh. Good depth. Resinous.

M- Outstanding again. Mid body, bitter...oh so bitter. But finds a way to smooth out some in the finish.

O- Probably my second favorite IPA from La Cumbre behind Father Nelson. This thing brings it on a number of levels. Doesn't feel quite as aggressive as Dank. (717 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange body with a thick, chunky, white head. A very powerful, juicy citrus hop aroma; orange, lemon, pine. An immense bitterness with a solid, delicious undercurrent of biscuit-like malt flavors. Medium bodied; a bit coarse on the tongue; big, dry finish.

An intense, highly flavorful IPA that will knock your socks off (or clear your sinuses during allergy season!) with a grand hop aroma and mouth-tingling bitterness. The malt backbone really balances this beer. I've never heard of this particular brewery, but some neighbors just came back from an AZ-NM trip and shared a four-pack of this particular beer. It is always a delight and pleasure to find a hop beast that is also oh-so tasty. An incredible find!!! (725 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -13%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (586 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (806 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (577 characters)

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.