Elevated IPA
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #16
Ranked #641
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
Elevated IPAElevated IPA
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100 IBU
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a Belgian chalice. Bought it at the brewery last night. Sticker on the four-pack suggested it was canned 8/17/21.

Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized head that collapses into a thick ring and one wide but thin island. The ring climbs up the sides of the glass, making me think lacing should look pretty nice. Smell is primarily piney with a moderate biscuity background.

Taste is right in the same direction. Tons of piney bitterness, just a bit of a burnt toffee note, moderate caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite dry and clean. Overall, this is a pretty nice west coast style IPA. I like it.

Aug 23, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank in Denver, CO. Poured from a can to a tulip glass.

L: looks amazing. An opaque, copper with a great white head.

S: definite citrus and stone fruits. hints of granny smith Apple.

T: orange, pine, and hops are all heavy in this one. Not much malt flavor.

O: a good brew that I would reach for if I was in the mood for a solid IPA

Aug 04, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light brown to burnt amber with a fluffy but short khaki head that retains well. It's a bit darker than is typical for the style, but otherwise looks beautiful.

This is an exercise in all kinds of contrasts. Up front features a dichotomy of ultra toasty malt, almost like pumpernickel, and brighter citrus rinds. Then bitter pine woods meet quite herbal and maybe even eucalyptic accents. A bit dank, but also refreshingly prickly, something almost like sandalwood spices the exhale.

It's almost like an old school hoppy American brown ale, but not that aggressive and way more drinkable.

Aug 03, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reputation of this beer definitely clarifies I need to try it more than once for a more complete opinion. For my first time, it's definitely good but I'm not like mind blown or anything. Would drink again though and I know La Cumbre does a good job

Mar 25, 2021
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B123warner from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100 IBU but can barely tell with how flavorful this beer is. Drank at santa fe bar and grill. Cant recommend this beer enough, absolutely loved it!!!!

Mar 02, 2021
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eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- pours a bright clear burnt orange with a one finger head. Beautiful!
Smell- straight up pine and grapefruit! And also mango and kiwi. Awesome stuff!
Taste- huge grapefruit and pine ! Love it!! All hops no malt ..old school west coast ipa !!
Feel- dry and bitter from the hops! .. love this west coast ipa!!
Overall this beer stands up to the best of them!!

Jan 09, 2021
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laketang from Arizona

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

beautiful clear golden hue with a nice foamy head.
Tropical notes, some dankness on the nose.
Good hop bite, nice balanced beer, i love the forward hop taste and some orange notes.
Chewy medium feel, great balance for me as I like a bit more hops than malt.
Drank many of these and will continue.

Dec 19, 2020
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Sippinonsomedunkel from Texas

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Very complex IPA with rounded edges on the flavors. Almost finishes like a peach cider. Hints of mango, strong hops that have been sanded down with pecan shells. Very much impressed with the styling and the way the beer looks and tastes. You cannot go wrong with this heat from New Mexico. 94/100.

Dec 10, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Clear golden color. White head

Solid ipa. Not west coast not New England. Floral, earthy, piney, and citrusy. Medium bodied. Bready malts. Some bitterness.

Nov 09, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50 degrees; deep gold with excellent clarity; tight white head; very good cap retention; solid ring with bands of heavy minus lacing down the entire glass. Nose is grapefruit, lemon and pine. Taste follows with bitter citrus peel; grapefruit, lemon zest and pine; semi sweet, firm malt base; bitter citrus hop finish. Medium full body; moderate carbonation; no astringency; slightly sticky feel. Overall, WCIPA delicious; tasty long bitter (100 IBUs) lemon zest linger; I would drink all the time if I lived in NM - great representation of the style.

Sep 10, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear burnt orange with an off-white head that pulls back leaving good lacing
Aroma: Orange, passionfruit, melon, citrus, pine resin, some dank, and strawberries
Taste: Pine and citrus up front, orange joins in along with tropical fruit and dank in the background. Tasty, sweet malt keeps it all together and finishes slightly dry with a great bite
Mouthfeel: Full and chewy but not heavy at all. Medium to high carbonation
Overall: This here is a tasty IPA. A well-executed WCIPA with a delicious hop bill, great malt presence, and a welcoming bite to boot. First beer for me from these folks and this one definitely made a good first impression. A winner

Jul 08, 2020
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John_M from France

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The can information indicates this was canned just a couple weeks ago, so this is pretty fresh stuff.

The beer pours a light copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is massive in this beer, as I pick up a huge aroma of onion, pine, light orange citrus, and dank earth. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this massively proportioned ipa. This beer is very dry and bitter on the finish, and the hoppy bitterness seems to completely overwhelm the considerable malt in this beer. In fact, if this beer has a failing, it's that it could use a touch more sweetness in the mid palate. This is a pretty full bodied ipa, with a long, dry, bitter finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv is up there a bit.

Wow. This is a pretty impressive ipa from La Cumbre. Not sure I could drink a whole lot of it... Hard to imagine drinking more than a can or two at a sitting.

Jun 06, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up while in New Mexico a while ago and even though I had a few of the cans a ways back, this was the first time that I was able to review this on here. It's not often that I get a brew from the Land of Enchantment but this was the one to get my hands on and it was well worth the effort to obtain. This was a well-crafted American IPA that didn't stay in my pint glass for very long...

This had a good pour to it as the apricot hue was subtly radiant without any sediment in the liquid. Tons of rocky head topped this off as the lacing left behind was just as thick and voluminous with a majority of my pint glass being covered in layered suds. Sure, this said "Drink me now" on the side of the can but the sticky, tropical hops that this largely consisted of endured throughout; as this was canned on 3/12/18. Lots of jack fruit and prickly pear cactus could be detected too as this had quite a southwestern feel to it. Piney dankness emerged as this warmed up along with apricot and some garlic spiciness that gave this a bit of a kick. This had a full body to it but the flavor was more than enough to make up for any bite that I might have felt during each sip...

Plenty of booze here but it wasn't excessive nor distracted me from what my palate was feeling. There's a reason why this had a lofty ranking on here as it was so easy to fall in love with, while being a bit different from what east coast hopheads like me are used to. If you can get your hands on this beer, it would be worth your time! No doubt that this was the best beer that New Mexico has to offer!

Dec 19, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color with a tan head, this is a drop-dead gorgeous old school looking IPA. Ripe citrus aromas on the nose - and is that caramalt?

Yes indeed it is, as the taste confirms, the perfect backbone to the ripe tangerine and peach flavors from the hops.

This is the very definition of an “old school” IPA. A long-time want, it exceeded my expectations.

Nov 20, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours clear golden-yellow with a fluffy white head.

The nose is orange, mango, honey, dough, and pine.

The taste is similar. Orange, honey, and firm bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, pretty good. A well-made old-school IPA.

Nov 02, 2019
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MesaDan from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer both on tap at the brewery and from cans. I also did a side by side taste test with SKA's Modus Hoperandi & Flat Earth's Northwest Passage in 2017 and Castle Danger Ode & Soul Craft Space Truckin in 2018: Nice strong pine with citrus backnote nose that I can smell several inches from the glass as beer is poured. Deep gold clear hue. Lacey head clings to glass. Full body, luscious & balanced bitter / sweet with tropical fruit & pulpy fruit background. Has a bit of a back throat peppery bite. NOTE: it is this bite that separates this beer from SKA's Modus Hoperandi and St. Paul Brewing's Northwest passage. Dry, bitter, slightly salacious finish.

Oct 25, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at Motel Safari, Tucumcari, New Mexico, poured from pint can, bottom stamped “CO05/24/19” and BB08/22/19,” into clear plastic hotel water cup.

A very nice balance between light but definite malt and serious and biting hops. An IPA for altitude?

Jul 11, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Experienced on 7/3/19 in Tajique, NM with friends. If you are looking for a truly hoppy IPA experience, this is the one, with 100 IBUs. That said, I can't say that this beer distinguishes itself a lot beyond being solidly hoppy and decent IPA.

Jul 04, 2019
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starstar11 from Thailand

4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look. Golden copper. Beautiful.

Smell? Creates great expectations. For an IPA or DIPA lover the aromas of multiple great hop combos and subtle citrus is irresistible.

Taste? delivers on the nose and more.
This is what it’s all about.

Feel? A great DIPA buzz driven by near perfection in the aroma, taste, beauty of the brew.

Overall: I’m fortunate to have traveled to many places around the world and
have the IPA joy-gasm that can usually only be delivered by a Pliny, Trillium, Tree House, Racer 5, Stone Enjoy By, Melvin 2x4 or Lervig Supersonic (from Norway). I’ve kissed a lot of frogs, but only have time to write reviews on the best of the best.

For those of us who love IPAs this beer La Cumbre Elevated is a VERY special, kick ass IPA that happens to be brewed in New Mexico. I’ve now had the good fortune to sip from 5 different batches the last 2 years, on tap and cans. You need to find it, drink it and smile ...

Jun 07, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is an IPA. That's all. Its not bad, it doesn't have any off flavors, and it has a strong amount of hop. However, it doesn't do anything particularly well, either, so take that as you will.

Jun 02, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased to add the state of New Mexico to my beer list. This comes as a very highly rated beer.

LOOK: Pours a near clear, very light amber, orange with a loose all white head that settles quickly. Retention is rather poor, while side glass lace is decent.
AROMA: Very pungent aggressive hops. Mango aroma is very strong with other citrus notes more distant.
TASTE: The mango is met with a bread malt background. Balance is quite good. Taste is superlative.

Malts tamedown the bitterness in the hops. Complex IPA

May 23, 2019
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Fee from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange - brown, with an aroma of caramel notes nice hop profile and overall mouth feel. Some pine in the flavor - I don't notice the citrus others mention.

May 18, 2019
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear dark orange with a robust, frothy biscuit head. Lacing is heavy in sheets. Semisweet citrus and pine on the nose is very pleasant, maybe a floral touch as well. Taste is a lightly sweet, lightly toasted malt with grapefruit blossoms blended nicely. Neither is strong but both are present. Fairly low bitterness and so.ewhat crisp with a slight stickiness in the finish. The flavor lingers long and doesn't degrade.

Found while out in 4 corners NM for vacation and saw high ranking. This is really a treat, just masterfully blended with nothing offensive in the least.

Apr 14, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 11/02/18
Had on-tap at La Cumbre Brewering in Alb, NM

Appearance - Served up in a pint, crystal clear ans purely golden in color with an off-white, finger width head. Great retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds. Solid sheets of lacing dress the side of the glass.

Smell - Mostly a citrus and piney aroma with lesser floral character. Hints of toasty malts.

Taste - Citrus and pine upfront before some noticeable berry fruitiness kicks in by mid-taste. Solid malt backbone that displays a lightly toasted character. Finish is pithy with lesser dank and continuing berry notes. Logan berry?

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, bubbly carbonation. Drinks easy enough before a dry finish.

Overall - Damn solid IPA with some unique berry notes to it. Though its not my ideal IPA, I can see why this would be the #1 selling craft beer in the state.

Nov 23, 2018
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Whitesheep from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much smell, but the look is bar none awesome. Nice lace on the glass, just the right head and a deep rich amber. However, I drink beer for the taste not the look. Yes taste is a 4 and I would like to try this on draft, but it could use a little more malt backbone.

If you like IPA's, you will like this one.

Oct 17, 2018
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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