Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 1,125
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.64%
Wants: 436
Gots: 145 | 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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 1,125
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)

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. (983 characters)

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 (425 characters)

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. (561 characters)

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! (584 characters)

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! (1,387 characters)

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 (681 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,344 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (252 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (615 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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! (886 characters)

Photo of Netdigger2
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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! (382 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into snifter.

A: a slight haze on a very blond body. light in color. bright bubbly head. decent retention and lacing.

S: herbal, piney, mangos. very resinous. inviting.

T: very piney. very, very piney. bitterness is there, but really not overwhelming in the slightest. minor grainy, caramel, toast into the finish. really minor. a slight underlying sweetness throughout the flavor of the drink.

M: good carb. average, certainly not aggressive. body is very hoppy, but slightly lacking in body.

D: this is some tasty shit and not too surprising that it won a gold at GABF. I could drink a lot of these as I find it dangerously session-able. (658 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden amber color. No head.
S - amazing citrus, grapefruit smell, pineappe, mango, pine
T - grapefruit! Pine, citrus zest, pineapple, super bitter
M - light-medium, alc covered, aftertste bitter!
O - great beer, lives up to its rating, tongue numbing bitterness (267 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color with a nice finger and a half of head. The smell is deep and dank. Lots of citrus and grassy notes on the nose. The taste follows the nose. Nice bitterness upfront with a residual malt backbone. Citrusy, a bit grassy, light pine and spice. Nice, balanced and not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a bit of oiliness. Nice carbonation. Overall this is a tasty IPA. Reminiscent of a lighter version of Double Jack. (451 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,171 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice clear, light orange color. Definitely light malts in this one. Big fluffy white head with solid retention.

Nose: Big and dank. Lots of Simcoe pine and fruit with some light malt backbone and some vegetal oniony-type undertones.

Taste: Big, sharp bitterness. Lots of earthy, vegetal onion-type flavors. Pale malt just barely holds everything together. Bitterness eases over the course of drinking, opening up a lot of pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes bone dry with some lingering vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely done here. Carbonation is right on point. Not quite prickly, but lifts everything off the palate nicely. As mentioned, finishes bitter and bone dry. Keeps this beer from being a huge palate wrecker.

Overall: Reminds me in a lot of ways of Head Hunter. The Summit/Columbus hop vegetal/onion notes I get out of this keeps it from reaching true greatness, but I'd happily reach for this beer anytime I was looking for a bitter, dry hop bomb. Nicely done. (992 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, almost a sickly yellow. One finger head, solid lacing, quickly fades to a thin white line. Nearly opaque and pulpy.

Bright and hoppy: citrus, maybe tropical or floral in the background. Almost insignificant malt presence. Not a huge aroma overall.

Dry and bitter; citrus and grassy, with a hint of wheat or even rye (slight spice), and perhaps a hint of pine. Almost pungent, with a not-unpleasant citrus peel washing over the tongue and cleansing the palate for the next sip.

Medium feel overall, with a lively, sparkly feel. Despite being hop-forward and dry, the feel is fairly heavy for the style, but smooth. Lingers with some hop oil residue very pleasantly.

La Cumbre advertises some major hops in this IPA, and they're not kidding! ABV of a single IPA; hoppiness of an Imperial IPA. Complex and pleasing. This isn't a balanced ale, by any means, but it has a very balanced mouthfeel, and is pretty drinkable for such a palate wrecker.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade! (994 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly long head retention and lace production for a non draft product. Predominant aroma component is pine, but there is a healthy amount of caramel and mustiness. Flavor is exemplary for a well hopped IPA: resinous and spicy with a healthy caramel support. A very strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel leans toward the soft side. The only minor negative is that it is a bit boozy. Hat tip to Chuk. (399 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a two finger white head and nice lacing. Powerful hop aroma, lots of pine resin and tropical fruit. Bitter pine resin and grapefruit flavors hit the tongue first followed by sweet malty tropical fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, bar none!

Re-reviewed May 28, 2014. Thanks Majin for the trade! Drank in concert with a Project Dank, love them both, but prefer the Dank just a wee bit! I bumped the aroma and taste numbers a tad as this is still one of the best IPAs I've experienced! (563 characters)

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.