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Elevated IPA - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

838 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 339
Gots: 84 | FT: 6
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 InlandTaipan
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/24/13

A: Poured a nice 2 finger off-white head. Beer was slightly hazy with a deep amber color.

S: Aroma is of pine resin, citrus, garlic, spring onions, and caramel malts. deep complex aroma

T: Flavor is great. Defined bitterness, but not over the top. Bitterness was complex and "unclean" adding variety to each sip. Sweetness coming from the malt backed up the complex bitterness and sets you up for a nice dry finish.

M: good carbonation level, good thickness.

O: Great IPA style and my first time trying it. Looking forward to sending some of these back to my friends in Maryland.

InlandTaipan, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium amber in the tall glass. Plenty of foam and a lively carbonation on the tongue. A hint of oil in the mouthfeel.

The massive blast of hops is a surprise. Huge aroma of piney pitch and something flowery. Enormous resiny flavor. Well, this is totally hop-centric, with endless flavors of all the Major Hop Groups-- resins, pine, grapefruit, lime peel, and ends up feeling like chewing on the stringy pulp of an unripe mango next to the big seed. Sharp and hot with oils. Tastes more alcoholic than it is. After the lush splash of hoppy aromatics, the bitterness takes over and leads you down the dark alley further than I care to go. But for sheer hop flavor, I see the attraction. Just let me off the bus.

From the 16 oz can bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

mactrail, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml (16 oz) can sent a little while back by Mr. woodyChANdler. Poured to a Breakside pint glass & served with dinner (New York steak & Caesar salad).

A: Pretty copper-orange with enough carbonation to look busy, most of it starting at the nucleation point at the base of the glass! Lacing is terrific - coating well, cobwebs galore and loads of speckles and stacked strata (hey, I can see each sip!). Complexion is nearly clear.

S: Hearty tangerine citrus in the nose, modest pine/evergreen sappiness. Sweetly scented baked bread crust. Aroma seems to contract, rather expand, as it warms - an odd trait.

T: More citrus and grass, even a peachy note. Hops seem well-balanced, 100 IBUs, in the case, doesn't equate to tongue-punishing bitterness. Finish is dry, grainy - almost ashy.

M: Smooth, medium body. Great coating mouthfeel, residuals are bitter rind and grassy grains. Carbonation is subdued.

O: Wish I had a date on the can to go by, as it seems this didn't have the intense hoppiness others praise. Regardless, I enjoyed the juicy, citrus-driven hops and a strong malty backing. Would I get it again - ABSOLUTELY. Fresh as possible, please...

msubulldog25, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev -8.5%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of chaseabeer
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

chaseabeer, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GHB for sending this one. The beer poured out as a really nice orange color with a thin white head that kinda faded quickly. The retention is thin along with a light lacing too. The smell of the beer is really nice. There is a strong hoppy nose along with a subtle sweetness too. The taste of the beer is also hoppy, big citrus and pine note, very nice stuff. The mouthfeel is oily and gently carbonated, medium bodied. Overall this beer is quite nice, much bigger and more flavorful than most typical IPA's out there. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Knapp85, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of taospowder
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of LarryK
5/5  rDev +14.4%

LarryK, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of JTex
4.5/5  rDev +3%

JTex, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +3%

ystazi, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of jl28r1
4.5/5  rDev +3%

jl28r1, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was canned on the 17th according to my source that got it from the La Cumbre

A: pours a deep orange with a small white head that fades to a small ring in a Duvel Tulip
S: smells of pine and tropical fruits with a bit of citrus. a decent sweetness underlies the hop aroma
T: pine and tropical fruits with a slight citrusy quality. a bit of caramel sweetness as well followed by more delicious piney hops with a bit of orange marmalade and some more tropical fruits. aftertaste is bittersweet with some slightly toasty malt, caramel and a huge smack of oily hop bitterness.
M: surprisingly full bodied for an IPA and carbonation is perfect. it's apparent but it is just shy of overly prickly
O: Wow is all I can say. Incredible flavor and complexity. This beer is phenomenal and I'm shocked and offended that there hasn't been a thread calling it the next Pliny Killer...

SHODriver, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of ClusterFunk
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ClusterFunk, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of smekermann
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

smekermann, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Arbitrator, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
4.5/5  rDev +3%

thebigredone, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of bradleyjay34
5/5  rDev +14.4%

bradleyjay34, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can from Beerandboards (thanks!). No canning date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours golden orange with a half finger near white head. Nice large clumps of lace.

Smells of piney, floral a vaguely citrus hops.

Citrus comes though much more in the flavor. Orange, peel, bitter pine needles, flower pedals, pepper, wheat bread and just a bit of booze on the back end.

Oily slick medium body with light carbonation. Long dry orange and pine finish.

A right fine IPA. I like that it wasn't overly carbonated so the oily pine and orange peel coated the tongue with satisfying bitterness. Worth a try if you find it available.

ThickNStout, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Gonzoillini, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of deskim
5/5  rDev +14.4%

deskim, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of cocoapuph
4.5/5  rDev +3%

cocoapuph, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of rolandboy
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

rolandboy, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of sansho
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sansho, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of tubeman
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

tubeman, Jan 12, 2013
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.