Elevated IPA
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Elevated IPAElevated IPA
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From:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #17
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #884
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
Reviews:
281
Ratings:
1,327
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 18, 2022
Added:
Feb 13, 2011
Wants:
  443
Gots:
  239
SCORE
96
World-Class
Elevated IPAElevated IPA
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Received from @lordoftheweins in a trade. Canned on 8/12/2022. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy, bright honey-gold color with 2+ fingers of fluffy, egg white head and rings of thick, clinging lacing. The nose is malty and earthy with floral hops and notes of lemon and grapefruit. This is superb! It opens with a strong dose of caramel malt which gives it sweetness that balances the hoppy bitterness (100 IBU). It has a brown bread quality that is most appealing. I assume this comes from the sophisticated grist bill that includes Bairds Carastan and Durst Munich malts. I don't believe I've seen that combination in an IPA before. The Mosaic and Citra hops add citrus and a hint of red berry as the ale warms and there is plenty of bittering from the Centennial and Chinook. The wild card is the use of Nelson Sauvin which is deep in the background. The tastes blend wonderfully. This ale is a nice, creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation and while the 7.2% ABV give it good substance, it's very easy to drink. Overall, Elevated is simply outstanding! An excellent recipe - well executed. If it were available on the East Coast, I'd drink it regularly.
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a tallboy picked up in Colorado, canned a month ago, into a fin du monde tulip — looks fantastic, very slight hazed golden honey bronze, a nice 1 finger head of little tight white bubbles, with modest retention, and decent lacing. Nose brings some nice waves of flavor: grapefruit pith and rind, faint herbal weediness, definite bready or biscuity malts. On the tongue, this kicks into higher gear and it is loaded with hoppy delights…packs a serious punch, and I enjoyed it.

Had a Heady Tioper a few nights ago, and it was interesting to taste this with that in the back of my mind: initially, this seemed really rough and bitter and unrefined, but about halfway through the pint, I started to find the unique groove on this one, and I really enjoyed it a lot.
Aug 29, 2022
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Rated by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not worth the hype IMO, other malt heavy heavy beers such as Two Hearted are a bit better.
Jul 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Jun 20, 2022
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Rated by flgimp from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had a few cans while on a trip to Nee Mexico. Solid choice!
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap. At last after reading about it for years I got to try this classic. Clear bronze body with a white head and thick lacing. Humongous hops in the nose: dank, weedy, herbal, and bitter pine, with grapefruit and earth. Taste is overwhelming however, just a hop bomb with no balance, bitterness rains down on palate. Feel is hopped all the way with crushing bitters, yet it is clean and almost airy underneath. Not the legend it is made out to be given the lack of balance, but hopheads will adore
Apr 30, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up 4 pack in AZ - holy wow, great decision after not knowing the complete legacy of this one. Poured into straight edged glass, color is straw gold, head is bright white and presents 1 finger thick, exceptional lacing, and a lingering top.

Smell is big hop forward, pine, herbal, earthy, citrus, pleasant malt with light biscuit.

Taste is big citrus, pine, earth, herbal, lighter citrus, some dankness; malt is biscuit and toast though not sweet and overly malty. Really incredible, classic big hop with solid malt backing.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate/strong bitterness: lingering light barley malt sweetness and biting bitterness.

Overall a near perfect IPA - big hop aroma and flavor and hop bitterness in the modern classic styling.
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by pdalemason1964

4.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Was my go to, my only go to once I tried it, when I visited the great state of New Mexico. I only wish I could get it here in Ohio. One of my favorite IPAs hands down.
Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Feb 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.93 by Dhennes from Colorado

Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by btbcolo from Colorado

Jan 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
(16 oz can, CO 11/22/21, BB 02/20/22, #2785; purchased single from Total Wine, Park Place, Tucson... poured into a stemless wine glass)

L: near brilliantly-clear, orange-amber liquid; rocky, craggy, slightly orange-tinged gummy foam... the head holds for awhile, big thick rings after the first two sips

S: grapefruit, orange, lemon, papaya, tropical spice undertones; excellent expression and intensity... scratched grapefruit peel dusted with floral herbs is the pervading essence; touch of musk

T: again, like their Project Dank, a nutty, resin-rich hop character, woody and citrusy... dry, relatively lightly bitter aftertaste, with a slow-emerging spicy, medicinal, near perfumy, whole-flowered alcohol... second big sip reveals more cookie malt and orange jelly candy flavors, as well as a more expressive leafy hop flavor, and even some hints of grapefruit soda

F: very delicately resinous and rounded; the hop and ethanol heat rugburn the palate, faint frictive fire... this is streamlined like some RR IPAs (PtY et al); a joy... swell then swoosh; can't improve this?

O: another smanger from La Cumbre... I'd probably be a regular customer if this was available back home (NJ/PHL), but I'm familiar with admittedly comparable brands; Elevation isn't unique... even so, good shit!; glad to have met ya (1855)
Jan 06, 2022
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a golden with hints of amber in the mixed small one finger whiteish head from an aggressive pour leaves some nice sheet lace behind.

Aroma is good old fashioned pine and citrus rind bitterness the way God intended loaded up the toasted malts so much they overpower them. Got lucky picking this one up just on a whim and fresh can date at the local grocery store on our trip.

Taste is bam hops big pine notes with the scrap your tongue pine resin lingering into the finish and bringing joy to ones taste buds. So nice after the few hazies I have been thru on this trip. Don't forget the citrus orange and loads of bitter grapefruit rind mingled with the God given pine, this treat makes an old hop head very happy.

Mouthfeel is medium with enough carbonation to tingle the tongue with alpha hop goodness.

Overall a wonderful blast to the good ole days, can see why this one is ranked 13 very nice in my old man opinion anyway.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Many thanks to beergoot for this can!

A - Medium to dark gold color with perfect clarity and soapy white foam resting on top. Carbonation is very light.

S - Light earthy citrus and pine with delicate oily presence.

T - Dank and oily earthy with citrus and pine. Eventually coats the mouth with an oily, resiny coating of citrus and pine.

M - Texture is big and oily that leaves a lingering piney citrus coating in the mouth.

O - This is a really fantastic IPA and would be a fridge staple if it were available in my area. Recommended and thanks again, Dave!
Dec 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz canned 9-21-21, opened 11-20-21.
1 finger white collar, fine bead and dense...very good retention.
Golden bronze with excellent clarity. Sheets of lacing.
Citrus, orange peel, pine and an earthy/gritty malt aroma.
Plethora of fruits as it warms...stone fruit, berry, more citrus/lime. Berries in cream.
Bright entry, maybe below a medium body with appropriate carbonation levels.
Healthy bitterness in a long and dry finish.
Would keep this in the fridge regularly if it was available.
Outstanding.
Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by NorCalYeti from California

Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by turfy from Texas

Oct 30, 2021
 
 
Rated: 4.34 by RPBeerdude from Colorado

Oct 16, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2021-08-22
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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Reviewed by Jacobbartling

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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.21 by TrojanRB from Texas

Aug 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Jun 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by GClarkage from California

May 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by KatieGregBeers from New Mexico

Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.59 by JROSE806 from Texas

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Mar 12, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1608 ratings