Sun Fade
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,158
Ranked #4,876
4.19 | pDev: 7.88%
Sep 01, 2022
Jun 24, 2018
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Rated: 3.39 by VaporDome from New York

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Although I've had beers from La Cumbre before, I couldn't resist picking this up when I was at a Total Wine in Tempe, Arizona not that long ago. Sure, I wanted the label because I collect them and the other cans that I had from these guys didn't have one that I could peel off. Even with that in mind, I still picked this up because it was rated highly on here and would seem like something that reminded me of beers from these parts.

Indeed, this wasn't bad and had plenty going for it from start to finish. Quite the muted hue, this beer's appearance was a turbid melon with enough offsetting head to nearly lighten the liquid's appearance. Heavy orange blossom and floral notes, citrus pith, and gooseberry were in the dank nose as the taste equally followed suit. Plenty slick, hoppy, and full of underlying stone fruit, there was some mango and peach that fully emerged once this completely warmed up. Lots to chew on here in every sense of the word since the dough and bread gave this a full body while the depth of this was pleasantly enjoyable without being strong or having an overt burn. The carbonation was light while the lacing could have been a bit more extensive - although that was this brew's only lacking attribute.

Dry lime emerged in the aftertaste with just a bit of warmth as this felt a bit stronger than it was in actuality, and there were a few bits of dark sediment that had to be swirled out before my last sip. Canned on 3/28 and best before 6/26, this was a solid brew with lots to offer as it held up well compared to those from this neck of the woods. Love the label and the liquid inside, as this might be the best beer that I've had from the Land of Enchantment!
Jul 27, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Apr 30, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by StoneTSR from Colorado

Aug 03, 2021
Rated: 4 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jul 22, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 15, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
The mouthfeel is absolutely razor thin to me which a miss. But the actual flavor itself is great.....actually this feels way too lightly carbonated for me that might be the thing with the mouthfeel. Idk if it wasn't for that this would be an absolute slapper
Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by ChuckTom from Arizona

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by phatsmackey from Texas

May 03, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Aug 31, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by ju53o8nyg9 from Colorado

Aug 25, 2020
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I can't read the exact date but this was canned this month (July 2020)

Pours light opaque yellow-orange with minimal white head.

The nose is sweet orange and dough, and the taste largely follows, with light lingering bitterness. Hints of mango and berry.

The mouthfeel is medium mid-palate with mild yet crisp carbonation on the finish. Clean.

Overall, very nice. A tasty departure from La Cumbre's also-awesome west coast IPAs.
Jul 29, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned on 6/9/20

Pours an opaque, bright sunflower yellow body capped with a finger and a half of fluffy, white foam; solid head retention yields a thin thigh fairly creamy cap along with a dense, frothy collar and haphazard spatter of moderate, webby lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with a bursting fresh orange juice note, inviting further passionfruit, lime zest, and grapefruit peel depth; spotty, flaky pale malt presence over the middle evens out into dry grass, hints of resin, and touches of tropical cream sweetness on the back end of the bouquet.

Taste shows a nuances flow of mushy guava, mango slices, and passionfruit upfront as lime zest evolves the profile into the mid-palate; a gentle hint of tropical cream introduces the back end, where crisp malt underscores a lightly bitter, piney/grassy resinous tone on the finish; citrus pith flutters into the swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-light body along with moderate carbonation, quickly taking a drying, crisp turn into the mid-palate; a soft and equally rounded and resinous juicy texture brightens along the palate against a slow, gritty build to a soft, mild-moderate bitterness presenting in the finish.

An effortless attention given to every aspect of the profile leaves a NEIPA of surprisingly lightness, parsing through refined detail of hoppy resin, tropical citrus, and attenuated malt to a nuanced beer both satisfying and undeniably quenching.
Jul 08, 2020
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Reviewed by BigMac59 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a La Cumbre growler.
Very Hazy.
Nice citrus aroma.
Great mouthfeel and tropical fruit taste. Feels like it’s sucking the moisture out of your tongue. Love it!
Hops are just right and and just the right amount of Malt.
Overall a great Hazy IPA.
Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 8-16-19 for $3.49. Canned on 7-24-19, best by 10-22-19; consumed on 10-20-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a hazy orange with a smallish white head with the original pour.

Nose is nice, fresh citrus and tropical fruits are very forward.

Taste is a nice combination of orange, grapefruit, and mango over a modes pale malt body. Finish has a touch of pepper to go along with a little pith; 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a nice juicy beer that is definitely worth picking up if you can find it fresh.
Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 4.54 by gangstabobangsta from Colorado

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Sep 21, 2019
Rated: 4.83 by DukeDean1 from Colorado

Sep 18, 2019
Rated: 2.99 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Sep 18, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by whitewizard from Arizona

Sep 12, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pale and softly cloudy light yellow body; thick and frothy white head; rings of lacing inside the glass. Incredibly strong and fresh notes of lemon; grapefruit and pineapple. Bold citrus and tropical fruit flavors; tart and bitter yet with an underlying sweetness; some biscuit-like malt in the background. Heavy body; velvety; dry mouthfeel overall, especially near the finish.

I hadn't heard about this beer until one of the fine people at Coaltrain Wine and Spirits recommended this beer to me out of the blue. They only had two singles left, so I grabbed one. Should have grabbed 'em both. This is an amazing hazy IPA. It delivers some incredibly fresh smelling and tasting citrus notes, unlike most other NEIPAs and hazies I've tried that taste more like cardboard and dried citrus pith (despite looking and usually smelling great). Yes sir, if you come across this beauty, grab some and enjoy!
Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by searsclone from Arizona

Aug 08, 2019
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Reviewed by DoreenAndDave from Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Beer is hazy, sunny yellow with an ivory head. Aroma is fresh citrus. Taste is very faint malt followed quickly by a surprisingly bitter finish of mostly orange rind. I was expecting something brighter or more tropical. Instead the finish is bitter and almost sour. Mouthfeel is fine. Overall, this beer is ok, but in my opinion not up to La Cumbre's usual high standards.
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. Can
CO 07/17/19
BB 10/15/19

Less than a month on this can, nice.

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty quick/thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, peach, guava, mango), some nice diesel. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, peach, mango, guava), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Orange Julius! Addictive! MilkShake!. Nice to see this one around here.
Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by kbrown from Ohio

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This pours the color of an Arnold Palmer after all the ice has melted. Hardly any foaming. Great aroma, like freshly pulped OJ. Juicy, with a nice rounded feel.
Oct 25, 2018
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Rated by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Plenty of orange and grapefruit flavors. Very light and crisp, lots of flavor for the abv.
Oct 13, 2018
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Rated by cruzmartinez from California

4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Oct 06, 2018
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Rated by Frankie6492 from Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Awesome IPA that smells like a tangerine and Tastes like one. Not bitter at all. When I’m back in Albuquerque i will buy more!
Sep 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Prager62 from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A pint can dated 08/08/18 purchased as a $4.99 single. Pouring in my 13oz. Storm Peak IPA glass for the review.

Look- Pours a radiant sunshine yellow producing a couple fingers of creamy foam. Heavy lacing is left behind.

Smell- Orange zest, pineapple, mango, floral and malt.

Taste- Orange/pineapple juice, passionfruit, mango, floral and some sticky malt in the finish.

Feel- Creamy to start, followed by an acidic bite with a dry finish.

Overall- A nice interpretation of the style. It's beautiful to look at and drink. It has a best by date of 11/06/18 and I can't help but think that this may smooth out and improve with another 2-4 weeks on it. That's the nature of some of these NE IPA's in my experience. I'll buy another and do that if I happen to come across.
Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Aug 22, 2018
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aug 18, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by deereless from Colorado

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well thanks again to leftpaw for bringing this one out. Pours a hazy yellow, basically as advertised, 1/2" white head. Recollection was you got a combo of citra and mosaic like dankness in the aroma. All the non grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits going in the nose.

Taste was what you would expect in a hazy Le Cumbre hoppy beer. Hit the flaked oats/wheat stuff to provide a lower level of bitterness than one is used to in a Le Cumbre beer, they make several good ones, but this might be the first with an ibu level that is less than 60. Good amount of the fruity tangerine, papaya, passion fruit and pineapple notes.

Its a very typical base and appearance with an above average hoppy dankness to it. Yet another enjoyable beer from Le Cumbre draped in that hoppy tip. Would bang again.
Aug 07, 2018
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer is a hazy orange color. Thick white head that dissipates quickly, leaving some delicate lace.
Aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Sweet
Orange, pineapple, and mango taste
Sweet, easy drinking.
Aug 07, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by M_chav from New Mexico

Jul 16, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jul 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can, canned 6/11/18. Pours very hazy golden orange with a small head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet wheaty malts and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malt with lots of fruity resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice NE IPA.
Jul 07, 2018
Sun Fade from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 42 ratings