Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
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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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Ratings: 1,098 | Reviews: 161
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of alaimoa
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with no date. After having some world class IPAs was interested to try this highly rated one. Pours a golden with decent bubbles and a sticky coating white head leaving clouds along the entire length of the glass. Smells of hop resin with some sweet citrus and a bit of orange peel. Goes down very smooth with a creamy feel that isn't too bitter or sweet. well balanced - would be a regular buyer if i could get more

Photo of PaBrewSki
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured out of a can into a stemless Alchemist glass.

Appearance is a bit cloudy. Rich orange tone with a nice two finger head that faded slowly leaving a thin head. An IPA isn't really supposed to be this hazy but this might be the only flaw that I can point out.

The nose is great with piney hops, grapefruit and citrus. Smells amazing and the rest of the beer doesn't disappoint! Very well balanced with dank piny hop presence and a bitterness that lingers for just the right amount of time. Every sip makes me want more.

This is a near perfect IPA for me.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Murky orange/yellow/golden hue. Lots of head with this can. Retention is medium. Thin layer of head hangs on throughout.

S- Cedar, hops, pine sol?, I am getting some funk too.

T- I don't like IPA's that much, and this beer was not too overbearing with the hop bomb. Real pleasant taste on the palate with some citrus and pine. Not at all like Pliny though.

M- Pretty sturdy for an IPA. Carbonation follows big down the throat, but not the least bit gagging (I can't handle carbonation that well).

O- I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. I great IPA. I highly suggest!

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gunch52 for the hookup on this!

Poured from a can into a large tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear gold, with a lot of fizzy bubbles that subside to leave a thin, wispy, but frothy head. Just a residual layer on top gives it some foam. Maybe a bit light for the style, but for a brew from the Southwest, it seems appropriate.

Smell- Bright sweet hoppiness. Crisp alpha acidity with a bouquet of fruit- mango, pineapple, passion fruit, even some ripe strawberry. Sweet honeyed citrus zest. Not at all earthy or grassy, all fruit. Awesome smelling stuff.

Taste- Bitter hoppy attack anchored by a light honey malt smoothness, and a dry finish that leaves fading hop oiliness on the back of the palate. I was expecting a heavier caramel character to come through, but it never gets there. Malt character is light and smooth, and is perfectly balanced with the fruity hop bitterness. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel- Smooth to a fault- that almost comes across as flat. A few- and I mean a FEW bubbles tickle the tongue and palate. Smooth and soft all the way down.

Overall- A dynamite IPA! If I had this locally, it would be a go-to for sure. Great balanced brew with tons of bright hops. A great summertime IPA, or for any season! The can looks sweet too. The texture might be a drawback, but not enough to detract from the overall experience. I hope to get more of this.

Cheers!

Photo of drmcleod10
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopmaneric for this one as an extra
2013 Poured into a tulip

A - Pours beautifully with a large 2 inch foam white head. Lacing is great sticks to the side. Looks just as beautiful as any other world class IPA

S - Smell may be the best part about this beer, amazing piney grapefruit citrus bomb that explodes with a load of hops

T - Same as the smell loads of hops, citrus, grapefruit with a solid amount of bitterness. Bitter dry finish.

M - At first it doesn't seem as though it's going to be smooth but as it finishes wow is it creamy and delicious. Awesome session beer IMO.

O - Awesome IPA. Really world class.. one of the best smelling. Will seek this out again

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.