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Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

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

Added by jdense on 02-13-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,355
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
19.35%
 
 
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469
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192
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Reviews by Beergelden:
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can get this beer on tap any day of the week, but I swear I love it better from the can.

Today, I'm reviewing it based on the beer, from a can, poured into an English pint glass.

A- The appearance is really the stuff of legend. This thing produced a four-finger monster of a head that was like a bed of clouds. Fluffy, chewy-looking and marshmallow-like. The liquid itself is a beautiful golden amber and there is a persistent carbonation that bubbles up to the head. The head continues to persist long after the pour.

S- All types of goodness on the nose. Citrus wafts around and hits pine and hop resin and subtle malty sweetness lingers beneath. There's some earthiness and spice to the hops that add to the complexity and character. This beer smells perfect.

T- Heavy bitterness initially, hop resin, pineyness, some hints of citrus. Then a stiff maltiness comes into to smooth out the beer, add some warmth and balance. The beer then ends with a bitter, dry finish and some spicy hop that lingers on the palate.

M- The beer is quite bitter at the start and the finish, but just the right amount of malts in there have made this beer smooth, creamy and very quaffable. It's truly a superb beer.

O- A wonderful IPA, a great representation of the style and a great product to come out of New Mexico. This beer is really well done.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of hard partying. Good pine aromas, replete with funky nelson and citrus smells. Whatever you're looking for smell wise in a good ipa, this one is likely to satisfy those desires.

Taste delivers tropical and citrus fruit, along with those pine needles. Strong, warming, but not tasting above its own abv. Actually pretty easy drinking nonetheless, but it was made for someone like me I guess, so it should be. Has the funky presence of garlic and onions, a possible indicator of some summit hops, I thought it works nicely. Now that I think of it, maybe there's summits instead of nelson. Its somewhere in between those, thats for sure. A beer that will disgust people who don't like hops. There is a substantial malt bill to it, but never comes off overly caramelish. Just gives the hops something to play off of. Really the malt and yeast flavors are pretty neutral and don't get in the way of the hop onslaught.

Its massively bitter, but its not a one trick pony in that department, the hops leave plenty of mouthfeel and taste that go well above and beyond the bitterness.

This beer, and Sante Fe Hoppy Camper pretty much thrust New Mexico into being a top 10 ipa producing state. Meanwhile, Colorado has about 100 times the ipa's, but none of them being better. Sorry Myrcenary, you vill lose.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Courtesy of @OnovoMexicano. Many thanks.
Canned 5/17/16. Only a couple of weeks old. Sweet.
Nice fresh mix of hoppy fruit in the aroma. Represents the new classic character of Am. IPA
Even with a somewhat aggressive pour the head wan't that big. However the off-white cap does show some nice stickiness and covers a clear amber body of brown and orange. Settles out before 1/2 the drink is gone.
The bitterness was not that apparent at first but seems to gain momentum as it opens up and warms. So far not to excess but it becomes a prominent character of the taste. Again a fun and interesting mix of hop flavors. Some fruit, but also grass. No real sweetness.
Soft carbonation creates a fluffiness and makes a comparatively thinner body feel bigger.
This is an enjoyable IPA. I liked the aroma the best but that is not to put down the rest.

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Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, somewhat sloppily printed on the bottom edge of the can is two lines of text —
00/10/14/15
BBO 1/12/16
Finally opened and tasted on 1/6/16

A — Lemony tinged orange hue. An ample bubbly ivory / bone colored head forms on top of the beer. Great clarity. Lacing is among the best that I have ever seen.

S — Smell is loaded with lemon rind, overall it is dominated by a strongly malt forward presence of toasted bread and cracker crumb. There is some earthy pine character as well as a resinous and lightly tangy citrus profile. Malt forward.

T — Chewy, pithy, resinous, bitter and astringent notes about. Floral and chewy hop flowers. Earthy, biter, aggressive. No malt balance. Assertively hoppy and pithy. Earthy, piney.

M — Nice prickly carbonation, bubbly. Smooth overall, inviting.

O — Nice overall, very earthy and herbaceous, piney and resinous. Lacks balance and sweetness.

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Photo of markgugs
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

thanks to BA buyyourfreedom for this one! 16oz. can poured into a NEBCO DIPA snifter

A: Pours a beautiful golden, tawny, rich copper color with a frothy off-white head. Sticks around for a bit and never entirely goes away, nice lacing clings to the glass throughout.

S: If a smell can be perfectly balanced, this is. Fresh, grassy vegetation, hints of pineapple, ample dankocity (that is now a word)! Biscuity malts, enticing.

T/M: "Bitter, boldly hopped-up glory." Not sure what I can add to this line written on the side of the can but I'll try. The 100 IBUs are right there smacking you in the face (palate?), just a ton of grapefruit and pine, truly west coast in style. And right when you think your tongue can't take anymore, toasted bread & grains ease into the picture and make all right in the world. Mouthfeel is perfect, end of story.

O: File Elevated away as yet one more insanely good regional IPA that would have world class clout (and appeal) if it were simply available to more people (along with NoDa's Hop Drop & Roll, Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA, and The Brew Kettle's White Rajah). Incredibly drinkable. Seek this one out at all costs.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought 2, pint cans at bottle shop in Denver.
"CO 02/01/16" So, about a month old...a very good start!

Pours a nice, very clear copper. Modest head....reduced down to a thin skim after a minute. Bubble action is modest.

First couple sips are underwhelming...but things proceed quickly to whelming. Plus.
The 7.2% abv is well hidden, but it does show up as the glass gets lighter. Not in taste, but effect.

The hop recipe is impressive. Aroma is citrusy but reserved; resiney tongue is good, taste is grapefruit and juniper, wave of bitter in the afterwash. Aftertaste should please any hophead.

But it might be the hint of dark malts...Munich & Carastan....that tips it back from the "hop bomb" precipice.

And oh, the lacing!....very impressive, and final confirmation of the obvious: thar's hop oil in them thar beers! So I checked the website info : Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic. etc. ...golly, Wally!

A mature beer that will outlast novelty IPAs that depend on over-the-top labelling or a blunt, hop-bomb recipe. Well worth the premium price per 4-pint pk. Get Elevated.....and bravo to excellence!

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Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of xVERITAS
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tbryan5
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into tulip. No canning date

Pours a clear, Amber, orange color with a 1.5-2 finger head. Both the hops and malt are present on the nose in a nice combination. The taste is the same with a pleasant mixture of hops and malt with the hops taking a little dominance over the malt. More so than on the nose. Overall, this was a very well balanced IPA with one aspect not completely shutting out another. Glad I got to try it and would recommend.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DahWag
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oceanbear1
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold/amber color with a small white head.

The hops jump right out at you. Mostly herbal, a little bit of citrus. Wonderful aroma.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Resinous pine, some grapefruiut and orange. Sweet malt background.

Medium-bodied, on the drier side.

Loved the beer, loved the brewery. Would drink this anytime.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with a noticeable chill haze. The creamy and dense white head leaves sheets of lace behind.
The aroma is loaded with tropical fruit, pineapple especially with notes of pine, some dankness and a hint of onion/garlic.
Taste is juicy, sweet and bitter. In that order. Lots of orange anf tropical fruit, a deep pith hit and a strongly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear copper gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank resiny piney hops with a little fruit and malt.

The flavor is tons of dank resiny piney hops hops that linger through the finish. There's a touch of sweet fruit initially that is quickly overwhelmed. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice in your face hop bomb.

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Photo of Bigb007
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cincysig
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BillKuhnel
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Meyers1023
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with a good two fingers worth of foamy white head. The nose is all hops with a good combination of pine and citrus. The taste follows the nose as its a punch of hops in the face. You taste the pine but the bitterness is cut down a bit by the citrus fruit flavor that follows closely behind. The feel is medium and well carbonated. This is a wonderful IPA. The hops are definitely the star and you know the IBU's are 100 unlike other I've had that make such a claim. I wish this beer was available where I lived.

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Photo of LGB362
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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