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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

867 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 346
Gots: 89 | 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 JMScowcroft
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Cumbre Brewing Co. - Elevated IPA

Got this from Hendry, nice snag, gotta love having brews from all over. This one was a treat for sure.

Look - Pours a hazy foaming orange with a full soapy head. Nice abundant sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Snappy resin and pine aromas, smooth malts underneath. Crisp and mouth-watering.

Taste - Blasting pine hops from the start, then a a wave of piney resin comes in hard but rides down smooth. Super unique blend, excellent blend of hops

Mouthfeel - Sticky mouthfeel but crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable, slight booziness present but welcome.

Overall - Unique in the AIPA category, quite a nice pine and resin mixture of hoppy blast. This is a slammer of hop destruction, awesome!

JMScowcroft, May 11, 2013
Photo of Coldsnack
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Coldsnack, May 09, 2013
Photo of Hendry
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the stellar WORLD CLASS ratings, I'm always looking for a "sleeper" IPA, so Elevated seemed to fit that bill based on the reviews. The distribution of Elevated is more limited than one might imagine with such favorable ratings, so courtesy of BeerandBoards, Elevated IPA was expertly packed with some other local faves.

Thoughtful, colorful Southwest artwork is attractive and inviting on this fresh 16 oz tallboy can.
Deep amber and relatively clear, this American IPA retains a commendable head of soapy white foam.Lively but not overly carbonated, it has a pleasant appearance overall.

Nose is herbal, tropical juicy, and slightly malty all at once. Elevated has a unique aroma like no other IPA I have tried thus far: pleasant and inviting, but not overpowering in either the hop or malt department.

The flavors are an interesting blend: zippy IBU count, herbal and piney, citrus notes present and accounted for. Mouthfeel is straight medium, moderately oily, slightly chewy. Aftertaste is a slick balance of hoppy goodness and rich but not overshadowing malt content.

This is a sleeper IPA that deserves more attention and wider distribution. The fact that my friend could not find Elevated IPA @ Lonestar Beer while visiting Texas illustrates my point.
Worthy of a purchase, recommended, and enjoyable, Elevated IPA warrants closer inspection if you are able to get your hands on it.

Hendry, May 05, 2013
Photo of Photozombies
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz can, canned 7 weeks ago.

Appearance - caramel in color, clear, nice thick head with long retention, great lacing.

Smell - Fresh hops and more fresh hops.

Taste - Tart, more tart than bitter, very hoppy. Gives you a tart twang in the jaw. Not malty. Has a great aftertaste. Refreshing as well as fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel - Good, not too thin or to thick and slightly fizzy.

I don't think there is a better IPA on the planet. A fabulous beer in this style.

Photozombies, May 05, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

mjw1200, May 04, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can. Canned 3 weeks ago.

Faint haze in a light orange-copper body. Thick, dense, foam cushion of bright light beige head. Excellent lacing. Beautiful! Lots of hops on the nose. Pineapple, mango, funky cannabis resins, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Maybe a little caramelized fruit malt in there, but this is all about deliciously fresh hops and they shine.

Bitter hop resins up front. Bitterness is joined by citrusy, almost tart, hop acidity. Resinous, weedy notes then take over. Sugary fruit and caramel malt body fill in underneath, but can't do much to take away from the hop dominance. Pineapple, mango, and cat pee make some noise toward the finish. Bitterness increases into the finish. Dry, with lots of lingering tropical fruits, resinous funk, pine, and even some sugary malt. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. Delicious and palate wrecking!

alexgash, May 04, 2013
Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

brycevolk, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerBucks, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of FTowne
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

FTowne, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Jeremy6566
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeremy6566, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -8.7%

deapokid, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -3%

chippo33, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Tmappin
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Tmappin, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Twal, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of rboinski
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can shipped from New Mexico poured into a FSW barrelworks Teku. Thanks to Beerandboards for this!

Aroma: Definitely smells like a great IPA, though the aroma is not jumping out at me. Some Citrus character, a little floral as it warmed, but not much pine and no dank to speak of.

Appearance: Color is dark orange/bronze, definitely not a lightly colored IPA. Very minimal head, retains about a 1 mm head and when swirled develops a head the persists. Nearly opaque, but consistent with no particles floating in it.

Flavor: First thing I notice is a solid malt to balance out the hops, however despite this it is not at all syrupy as some IPA's can get. The malt dominates initially, but a nice hop bitterness immediately comes in and balances it out, lingering nicely on the palette but not overwhelming or detracting from the flavors developed in this IPA. Definite grapefruit, a little peach as it warms. Not much pine character, and no presence of a dank character in this.

Mouthfeel: No alcohol warmth detected, it is solidly hidden within this beer. Carbonation is moderate and pleasing, body is medium. Exactly what I would want in this beer.

Overall: Very good, however not the most beautiful IPA in my opinion. Solid flavors with a nice backbone that is never syrupy. Head is fairly light. Decent amount of hop bitterness and a great example of the style!

rboinski, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of deanhead
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

deanhead, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Drock325
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Drock325, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of DanE
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

DanE, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky classic golden color with a small, pure white head. Nice bouquet consisting of citrus, grass, and a little pine. Mouthfeel is wet, yet cottony. Very smooth. Very nice, unobtrusive, yet hop-heavy, but still well-balanced IPA. Very drinkable for a 7.2 IPA. Thanks to my hookup in Texas for sending me this one!

DocJitsu, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of rgfellow
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can at home. Pours a hazy copper with heavy lacing. Aroma is top notch - strong grapefruit with some dankness and floral notes. Taste is biting hops with just enough sweet malt balance. Bitter finish, full mouthfeel. Nearly flawless example of the style.

rgfellow, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, received as an extra from GHB - Thanks Majin!

A ~ Clear orange pour, with a moderate head of 1 1/2 fingers

S ~ Hell yeah! - this is why I love IPA's.
Every once in a while you get treated to a beautiful nose, as is the case hear.
Just a real nice collage of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon & pine sap.

T ~ Follows the nose pretty well, with the pine resin giving a nice kick at the finish.
If I didn't know better, I would call this a DIPA.
At first I thought this might be a little past prime, but every sip after that was just fantastic (maybe my palette wasn't quite ready?)

M ~ Another strong point - medium body, nice and juicy, finishes dry.

O ~ I'm glad that I have one more to enjoy.
This is one of the best classified "regular" IPA's I've had to date.
I still want to put this up there with the DIPA big boys.

lonewolfcry, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -3%

VeganUndead, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of sairvin
5/5  rDev +14.2%

sairvin, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Cyclone8
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Cyclone8, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Cazlo
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Cazlo, Mar 16, 2013
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.