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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 1,172
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 20.64%
Wants: 449
Gots: 150 | 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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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 1,172
Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1794th Review on BA
Can to English pint

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.

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Photo of orfeu
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 Bosoxfan20
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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!!!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of markgugs
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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Photo of zac16125
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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.

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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 alaimoa
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of PaBrewSki
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.


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Photo of drmcleod10
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can get this beer on tap any day of the week, but I swear I love it better from the can.

Today, I'm reviewing it based on the beer, from a can, poured into an English pint glass.

A- The appearance is really the stuff of legend. This thing produced a four-finger monster of a head that was like a bed of clouds. Fluffy, chewy-looking and marshmallow-like. The liquid itself is a beautiful golden amber and there is a persistent carbonation that bubbles up to the head. The head continues to persist long after the pour.

S- All types of goodness on the nose. Citrus wafts around and hits pine and hop resin and subtle malty sweetness lingers beneath. There's some earthiness and spice to the hops that add to the complexity and character. This beer smells perfect.

T- Heavy bitterness initially, hop resin, pineyness, some hints of citrus. Then a stiff maltiness comes into to smooth out the beer, add some warmth and balance. The beer then ends with a bitter, dry finish and some spicy hop that lingers on the palate.

M- The beer is quite bitter at the start and the finish, but just the right amount of malts in there have made this beer smooth, creamy and very quaffable. It's truly a superb beer.

O- A wonderful IPA, a great representation of the style and a great product to come out of New Mexico. This beer is really well done.

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Photo of denver10
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy sandy old/yellow with a whit head and solid lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, clementine, rind, toasted bread, and piney. Flavor follow suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, glad I finally got to try this as this a great beer. Deserves the hype and definitely in the same league as the great IPA's that I have tried.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a fairly clear golden orange with half a finger of near white head. Good lacing decent retention.

S - slinky garlic hops, minimal citrus sweetness

T - slinky garlic resinous pine

M - medium bodied or less well carbonated great drinkability

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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 Seanniek91
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a pint can into a Woodcock Brothers pint glass.

Appearance- hazy orange/amber with half finger of off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Smell- Grassy/piney hops, citrus (tangerine, lemons, orange), peaches. Real nice hop aromas. Not much of a malt background, but I'm fine with that.

Taste- Piney/grassy hops, light tangerine and peaches, light maltyness, nice piney bitterness. Really well balanced and super earthy.

Mouthfeel- Medium-well carbonation, medium body with decent viscosity, very easy to drink. Very refreshing.

Overall- Can't thank Beerandboards for this treat! This is so good!

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Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the can.

A: Pours a clear medium orange. Big, tall, frothy white head. Great head retention with slowly fading foam. Excellent lacework as well.

S: Big crisp and juicy citrus hops. Citra if I had to guess. Tropical fruit and resinous pine. Decent spicy garlic too.

T: Sharp and juicy tropical fruits for the most part. Mango, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Mild garlic and pine. Hard to discern much of a malt, maybe some breadiness? Pretty much obliterated, whatever it is. Nice wave of bitterness in the finish but not overpowering. Very dry finish, very very dry.

M: Medium bodied and super dry.

O: Big, big hop flavors in this one. Interesting because it's not super bitter, and it's not very malty either. It's just all hop flavors, not necessarily with the teeth chattering bitterness overload that often accompanies it. Super dry; one of the driest I've had in a long time. Aftertaste almost has no taste, it's just parching. Great showcase of citra hop flavors.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A: Crystal clear golden straw with a white thick head! Lots of lacing on this one! Looks great !

S: Really pungent and fresh! Lots of pine, pineapple, green apple, grapefruit, and orange! Smells great! Makes me want to crawl in the can!

T: Super smooth and balanced upfront! Malt and hops dance together perfectly on the tongue with lemon, grapefruit, orange and pine that finishes pretty bitter at the end! Taste is fantastic upfront but the super bitter end is kinda jarring at first but doesn't ruin it and gets better as it warms!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sticky and resinous as it goes down! Feels like its sticking to my teeth! Super smooths and coats the mouth in hoppy goodness!

Overall: Fantastic brew ! Would definitely put it up with the big Cali IPAs with its big hoppy flavor! Would definitely trade for it again!

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pour is a copper-gold haze with a white head.

Smell is huge tropical fruit (guava, papaya, pineapple) with soft pine and dank notes.

Flavor is slightly roasty- not in a malty sense, but the caramelization one gets from grilling pineapple, and a ton of fresh fruits - pine, dank, and slightly grassy.

High carb and medium body.

Very good extra. Thanks guys!

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