Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
lacumbrebrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,422
Reviews:
220
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
212
For Trade:
12
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2/5  rDev -53.8%

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2.91/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

First impression: Low C (2.87) / AVERAGE

***
12/30/16 2nd impressions from a 473ml can (which they're passing off as a pint...).

100 IBUs. 7.20% ABV. "IPA."

APPEARANCE: Pours a vibrant clean clear copper body with a fluffy white cap that retains for a good 8+ minutes, leaving a nice even coating of lacing on the sides of my nonic as it recedes. Good appearance overall, with no visible yeast/lees within and a clean neat filtered look.

AROMA: Pale malts. Subtle toasted malt. The hop aromatics suggest a pretty generically hopped beer; I get some generic floral hop aromatics, a blip of resin, and maybe some onion? I guess as it warms I do get some faint tropical fruit - candied mango peel and papaya - but it isn't enough to really make this sing. A citrusy or juicy or piney aroma would make the mouth water more, but I guess that's more subjective personal preference.

Aromatic intensity is average. Not pungent by any stretch.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Candied citrus peel is there, but it doesn't have a Belgian bend (it's from hops, not actual adjunct or yeasts). Pale malts are at the heart of this beer, taming any hop bitterness. I tend to refrain from calling IPAs "catty," but I suppose to those that use that descriptor this would fit the bill. Perfumey and grassy and floral, but lacking in terms of fruit, pine, oily hops, resins, et al. There's some mango and papaya, but those flavours lack the punch you'd find in many contemporary IPAs (particularly unfiltered expressions of the style brewed with fancy shmancy hops by many Eastern U.S. breweries). Aggressively bitter pith brings this squarely into the "let's add more bitterness for bitterness' sake" camp of IPA brewing.

Mouthfeel is coating and medium-bodied, with a subtle coarseness that doesn't disturb its ability to refresh. Wet, overcarbonated. Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or biting. I find no harmony of texture and taste here. Nothing about the mouthfeel accentuates specific notes from the flavour profile, and this texture fails to elevate the beer as a whole.

Depth of flavour needs improvement. It's a relatively simple build for an IPA with very straightforward plain flavours. No intricate layering of flavours here, nor much in the way of careful balancing. I like that it isn't obnoxiously bitter or too malty and sweet, but it presents very plainly on the palate, lacking oomph or distinguishing characteristics. Average flavour duration and intensity.

OVERALL: I'd heard great things about this beer in particular and was all ready to gush over how good it is in this review, but I'm honestly pretty underwhelmed. For a beer currently #2 on the best of New Mexico list and #12 on the Southwest region list, it's rather mediocre. Even in terms of the Southwest region alone, Lone Pint's Yellow Rose blows this out of the water. I don't see how this could compete with top tier expressions of the style from either American coast - or even widely available "shelf" IPAs from the likes of Lagunitas or Deschutes - let alone the best IPAs from Europe and Australia. Drinkable but forgettable. An emperor without clothes, Elevated IPA tastes like its brewers focused on "elevating" its IBU count instead of its quality.

C / AVERAGE

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey gold color smell is of a light citrus pineapple, taste is hoppy but not overpowering, slight bitterness, mouthful is light kinda crisp overall solid IPA alcohol is hidden well could almost be session

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3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
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