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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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world-class

784 Ratings
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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 334
Gots: 78 | FT: 5
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:
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 added by: jdense on 02-13-2011)
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Photo of 05Harley
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%

Canned on 11/8/12

Purchased through Beerjobber fresh from the brewery for $17.48/sixer of pints.
(216 calories)

Poured aggressively into a Pint glass, this one reveals a one inch soapy white head covering a beautiful orang/amber liquid. Very clear in color and distinct. The suds easily stick to the glassware and add to it's beauty. Head retention is long lasting as well and reappears quickly after a few swirls of the glass.

Aroma is heavy in citrus fruit with tangerine and lemon dominating. A nice dose of pine resin and caramel malt comes next followed by earthy hops!!

The flavor is spot on for what I was expecting. Grapefruit first followed by dense spicey hops with lemon and pineapple in the aftertaste. The caramel malt adds a pleasent sweetness in the finish. The flavor is clean and quite zesty.

The mouthfeel reveals a medium body with a smooth warming bitter sensation. Not too bitter but enough to make you appreciate the true hop backbone this beer represents. Carbonation is held in check, however a good amount of dryness fills in the holes.

This example is pretty complex and well balanced. I'm really impressed here and look forward to gettting more of it in the future. Overall a real tastey IPA.

05Harley, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%

16oz. can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark, clear orange with about two finger of barely off-white head. Decent retention, although foam falls away to leave thin layer with clumps along the edges. I am not particularly thrilled with how this looks, but...

I can smell the awesome pine and citrus and floras notes burst as soon as I crack the can. As the ale sits in the glass for a bit, I get a resinous aroma which blends and mellows the three characteristics mentioned above. It smells bright and crisp.

Taste very bright. Hop forward, with citrus and pine, but slightly sweet at the same time. Again, resinous and dank. Very enjoyable, even at 100 IBU's, but I am not too confident I can taste much else after this. This is worth it though. Mouthfeel is smooth and complex, with the flavors changing I drink. Very sweet flavors give way to citrus/pine hops, combined with floral notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is very very good.

Overall this beer is very good, and I am so glad I grabbed a can when I did. I will have to pick up more of this as soon as possible. However, I should be encouraged by my approaching trip to NM later this month, hoping this stuff is readily available. Cheers.

rodlavers, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of herbal hop and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Bright and fresh hop aromas with strong pine resin.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight onion flavor. Strong hop flavor just slightly bitter. Leaf tobacco and leather in the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a good IPA.

Zorro, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

HevvyMetalHippie, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev -3%

ejimhof, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of blindpiggie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

blindpiggie, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of stript
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

stript, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

raythealeman, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured out a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of hard partying. Good pine aromas, replete with funky nelson and citrus smells. Whatever you're looking for smell wise in a good ipa, this one is likely to satisfy those desires.

Taste delivers tropical and citrus fruit, along with those pine needles. Strong, warming, but not tasting above its own abv. Actually pretty easy drinking nonetheless, but it was made for someone like me I guess, so it should be. Has the funky presence of garlic and onions, a possible indicator of some summit hops, I thought it works nicely. Now that I think of it, maybe there's summits instead of nelson. Its somewhere in between those, thats for sure. A beer that will disgust people who don't like hops. There is a substantial malt bill to it, but never comes off overly caramelish. Just gives the hops something to play off of. Really the malt and yeast flavors are pretty neutral and don't get in the way of the hop onslaught.

Its massively bitter, but its not a one trick pony in that department, the hops leave plenty of mouthfeel and taste that go well above and beyond the bitterness.

This beer, and Sante Fe Hoppy Camper pretty much thrust New Mexico into being a top 10 ipa producing state. Meanwhile, Colorado has about 100 times the ipa's, but none of them being better. Sorry Myrcenary, you vill lose.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of baklo
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

baklo, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Macky20
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Macky20, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of MinorThreat
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

MinorThreat, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of parris
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into a can shaped Baxter glass, enjoyed some from the can before pouring.

Smell - smells like a bag of Willamette pellets
Appearance - light carbonation, rusty orange, not much carbonation
Taste - dankness, some pepper, ripe peach
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly astringent, good carbonation
Overall - Yep, this beer rules.

Edit: Thanks grandmachine!

parris, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%

Had this on 2012-11-18 in Lititz, PA from a 3-week old can, on 2012-11-22 in Pittsburgh, PA and again on 2012-11-30 with a fresh can from a new batch. Had this third one at home from my favorite glass (a more controlled environment) so I made some revisions to my initial review.

A - Fairly-clear orange with a 1-finger white head that leaves moderate ringed-lacing. Looks really good to me.

S - A great start from the can, then the glass. Very tropical with plenty of pineapple and mango. Slight dankness. Sweet and floral. No malt to speak of. Not quite as strong as Heady Topper but leaning that way. In fact, the initial aroma was stronger out of the can than the first sniff after pouring into a goblet.

T - Delicious . . . . really, really delicious. So much emphasis on the fruit flavors, not the malt. Pineapple and mango jump out at first then a bit of cleansing orange citrus. The significant orange/grapefruit zest bitterness makes an initial appearance. There's some piney dankness. There's additional complexity in the finish with another fruit flavor like the tart skin of a ripe apricot (I really enjoyed this flavor). The fruit, hop oil and zesty-pine aftertaste lingers nicely; complimented by the medium-strong lingering bitterness. I had the 16 ozs over about an hour. As it warmed to room temperature, a light malt flavor appeared and the dankness increased a little but neither of these really supplanted the gorgeous fruit/pine/hop-bud flavors.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Juicy feel without too much carbonation to scrub it away. Resinous and prickly. Just right for the style.

O - Top-notch IPA no lie. It took gold at the 2011 GABF. Had it twice side-by-side with a bottle of Fat Head's Head Hunter, which won bronze at the 2011 GABF. They aren't that similar.. Elevated IPA is more like Lawson's Double Sunshine, which is high praise indeed. The Head Hunter continues to please. It's more dank, more citrus, a bit crisper/carbonated and hits a little harder with the IBUs. Picking a favorite IPA in this league is splitting hairs and comes down to one's taste preferences in general, and even what one wants on any given day. I like variety so switching between these and other fine IPAs is reflected in the choices in my fridge. Viva La Cumbre. Viva Head Hunter. Viva Heady Topper. Viva Double Sunshine. Viva La Difference.

On 2012-11-30 I had this from a 3-week old can, side by side with Fat Head's Head Hunter. Both are super-fantastic brews, and this is just splitting hairs, today I liked the crisp, more carbonated feel of the Head Hunter over the Elevated IPA. On 2012-12-07, I again had these two on a fresh palate and preferred the Elevated IPA. I guess I was in the mood for a bit more fruit and less tongue-buckling grapefruit. I've got to rate the Head Hunter and the Elevated IPA the same. Two major thumbs up.

Notes: Special thanks to Matador677 for this taste treat.

Tucquan, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of IPAston
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

IPAston, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Beerandboards
4.73/5  rDev +8%

Had this many many times on tap and in a can

A - Copper red, with thin strings of bubbles throughout. A pour to the middle gives a two-three finger head that retains shortly to a crown. Some lacing with medium retention. Great color, really good looking glass of beer.

S - Huge citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, some pine. Tons of citrus with some floral.

T - Pretty darn close to a model hoppy IPA. Hits you with a bunch of nice, layered hop taste. Some bitter grapefruit, lemon fruit, and then moves to a bitter dry finish. Leaves you waiting for the next sip.

M - Medium carbonation, coats the palate with a sticky resin feel but finishes nicely.

O - Won't go as far as saying that this one beats out Pliny and Heady, but I've tried both of those, and this one very much belongs in that group. Its a really great IPA. If this were a California or New England brewed beer, it would be the subject of a heck of a lot more discussion. Word on the street is that La Cumbre is planning expansion to Denver. If and when that happens, I predict that this brew shoots up the ranks. Seek some out and try it. Well worth some effort.

Beerandboards, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

jenray, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BeerHunter76, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

tbone1384, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

claaark13, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

BlackTuesday, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Archemedies, Oct 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.