Elevated IPA
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #15
Ranked #594
4.34 | pDev: 7.83%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
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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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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!

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of mkh012
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.

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Photo of MesaDan
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.

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Photo of BigGold
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?

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Photo of tracycramer
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.

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Photo of starstar11
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 ...

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
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.

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

Purchased to pick up the state of New Mexico. 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

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Photo of Fee
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.

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Photo of digboy
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

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Photo of Whitesheep
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color beer. Not much head but good lacing. Better hop aroma. And good hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is a good balance of hops that’s not too bitter. Overall it’s a very good IPA and I’m glad I got a 4 pack to take home, based on BA ratings. Canned 09/06/18

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Photo of jwc215
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint can:

Pours hazed golden amber with a creamy off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of tropical and citric fruits with resin. Robust.

The taste of tropical and citric fruit blends very well with piney resin. Leafy hop bitterness follows the caramelized sweetness in the middle leaving a pleasant bitterness. Alcohol gives a hint of black pepper without burn or harshness. Complex.

It is juicy smooth. Full-bodied.

A great example of a hop-forward, complex, rich American IPA. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a four pack of tall boys for a camping trip to Guadalupe Mountains national park earlier this week. This is a big, aggressive brew with high bitterness and a heavy citrus and herbal hop lean. The finish is juicy and puckers the lips a bit. I would definitely take this camping again if given the chance.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Elevated is a beautiful looking beer. The brightly polished copper color is familiar and inviting, and the foamy eggshell white pillow above is comforting. The patches and rings of lace are the impressive marks of a professional.

That first whiff is sublime. Ripe mango and melons converge with juicy grapefruits and sweet orange blossoms. As it gets comfortable in it's new surroundings, it lights up, takes a drag of some dankness, and puffs out some pine.

The flavor is actually a bit less layered. More like a mosh pit of all those aromas blended into one harmonious taste. Until the lingering piney finish, that is.

As if taking notes from the flavor, this also feels even keeled despite it's advertised 100 ibu. There is definitely that lingering bitterness, but it's sweet elements absolutely smooth out the middle grounds. A soft carbonation compliments this beer wonderfully.

Elevated IPA is deserving of all its praise. This is one hell of a good IPA. Hoping this wasn't a random one-off find, and actually received some distribution to the Pacific Northwest, cuz I'd gladly indulge again. Cheers.

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Photo of KevinReddirt
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer to bring back from a trip to northern New Mexico. I pour most of the 16 oz can into a chilled tall mug, see a nice yellow-orange body with enough head to keep track of the sips. Hoppy, of course, strongly so. I detect lemon, grass and a bit of sweetness at the end. The taste and bitterness linger. Should be the first beer of a session before you move on to lesser brews, just make the four pack last.

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Photo of GarrettB
2.97/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

August 19th, 2015 - Cumbre's Get Elevated IPA is a solidly median IPA, neither good nor bad, but with a hop profile that is boring on its own but fits a meal very nicely. The aroma is generically hoppy and reminds me of old school pale ales, neither sweet nor grapefruity. The flavor is flattish but the palate is fine. Nice and buoyant, it has a sharp hop profile that lasts a long way through the aftertaste, but is both a little direct and metallic.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can at Brixens, Albuquerque, NM

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that left patches of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has moderate to strong flavors of citrusy and piney hops with a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA really packs in strong does of citrusy and piney hop flavors. It's quite drinkable because no notes of alcohol are present in the taste.

Serving type: can

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

Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Aroma brings out fresh piney hop character and a dry biscuity malt backing. Flavor is clean, with tons of piney hops, citrus, and biscuity malt. Piney and dry, with a wonderfully oily palate. Sharp dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of strohme2
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can received in a BIF. Dated 2/28/18, poured into tulip.
Pours a clear deep honey with orange highlights, solid 1 finger of tiny bubbles. Minimal lacing. Mandarin orange, candied citrus, lemon peel nose. Just terrific.
Taste has much softer flavors. Tropical fruits, mango, weed, grapefruit. Cracker graininess. I wish the taste matched the nose a bit more. Finishes with a dry crispness. The body is perfect and clean, superbly drinkable. Glad to have tried this longtime want.

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

LOOKS: A very orang-ey amber in the sunlight with a large white foam that lasts. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of citrus fruit, pineapple, caramel, weed, and bread notes.
TASTE: Balanced between sweet and bitter fruit and bready caramel. Strong lingering bitterness.
FEEL: Full bodied, rich, a little sticky, mildly dry on finish, and average carbonation.
OVERALL: The bitterness would almost be a bit much, but, there is enough going on with the malt to level it out just enough.

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Photo of MedaryvilleEscapee
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I live in Albuquerque where this is brewer and it's on tap everywhere, to the point where it's hard to get a different brand IPA on tap. And I can't understand why. It's completely over-hyped. The super hop oil taste is interesting, but it has kind of a burnt afte-taste that's off putting. I guess if you like beer over-cooked, it is great. I think people think of New Mexico and extreme flavors, like the chiles here, but it's gets very old after a few tastes. There are much better IPA's out there. And La Cumbre has much better offerings, such as its stellar Red Ryeot. This one though, don't believe the hype.

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Photo of CLSimps
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep orange color into a tulip glass. Lots of citrus on the nose, but grapefruit really stood out. This was intense! From front to back layers of fruit, hops, pine and malts. Bitter, hoppy, fantastic.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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