Elevated IPA
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Elevated IPAElevated IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #12
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #573
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
1,573
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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
 
New Mexico, United States
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Year-round
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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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Jamesg1188 from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice, not too heavy, body and wonderful hop flavor. Great ipa.

Mar 11, 2019
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Dec 04, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Nov 30, 2012
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Mar 02, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Jan 07, 2016
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Jun 03, 2016
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2014
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KidDoc from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Deep golden color with decent head and light lacing. Aroma is nicely hoppy with mostly citrus and subtle pine. The pine is a bit stronger in the flavor. Nicely balanced with a good astringent bitterness in the finish. I brought a 4-pack home to CT for my friends to try. Also sent some Tree House beers back to La Cumbre for them to try

Jul 14, 2016
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chaseabeer from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Feb 09, 2013
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andrew8626 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 19, 2015
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Aug 16, 2014
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2018
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TBRich from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +14.9%

Aug 23, 2014
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Bryan12345 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 27, 2016
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Beerman6686 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

Oct 18, 2014
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can from Beerandboards (thanks!). No canning date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours golden orange with a half finger near white head. Nice large clumps of lace.

Smells of piney, floral a vaguely citrus hops.

Citrus comes though much more in the flavor. Orange, peel, bitter pine needles, flower pedals, pepper, wheat bread and just a bit of booze on the back end.

Oily slick medium body with light carbonation. Long dry orange and pine finish.

A right fine IPA. I like that it wasn't overly carbonated so the oily pine and orange peel coated the tongue with satisfying bitterness. Worth a try if you find it available.

Jan 21, 2013
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Papa_Lafayette from California

4/5  rDev -8%

Sep 02, 2014
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belljt33 from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 15, 2016
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MikeM417 from Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 03, 2015
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Chackman151 from Arizona

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 08, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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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LittleDon from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly long head retention and lace production for a non draft product. Predominant aroma component is pine, but there is a healthy amount of caramel and mustiness. Flavor is exemplary for a well hopped IPA: resinous and spicy with a healthy caramel support. A very strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel leans toward the soft side. The only minor negative is that it is a bit boozy. Hat tip to Chuk.

Sep 08, 2013
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hopkrid from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

May 15, 2013
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BGsWo22 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Jan 30, 2013
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jhines18 from New Mexico

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer as apparently a lot of others do as well. Incredible aroma. My preference is out of the can. On tap, they move through the stuff so fast that Im not sure it always ages as much as it should. Get those tall boys. In addition to the awesome beer, you get one of the coolest cans (art wise) I have ever seen. Totally unique.

Jun 20, 2013
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