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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

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Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,352
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
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Photo of KidDoc
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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

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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 tlema1
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep gold color, lacing head
S: resinous
T: nice combination of resin and citrus
F: really coats the tongue
O: well crafted and balanced IPA, definitely recommend

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

Poured from a 16oz can it poured a clear golden sunset color with a 2 finger white head nice lacing streaks , smel was all citrus . orange and grapefruit, some tangerine , taste follows nose nice fruity hops on the front with a caramel malt finish, mouth feel was smooth and sweet with nice fruity hops. really liked this one

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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 Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 3/21/16
Best Buy: 6/15/16

Poured into a Rooster's true pint glass, a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which also leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice citrus notes, with definitely some pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, I've been told that this brewery makes some very nice stuff, well my intro is a very nice brew. If there where some more pineyness, sweetness, chewyness, this would pass for a DIPA, easily. Definitely looking forward to the other's I have from them. Thanks Ben. Recommended!

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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/2/16; picked up a couple of 4 packs on our cross country trip from Tucson AZ to Maple Shade NJ. Purchased at Sprout's Farmers Market in Albuquerque, NM. Poured into a tulip glass

L- deep amber in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. A good looking beer

S- lots of piney, citrus/lemon hops. nothing too crazy though. above average.

T- light pine bitterness, subtle lemon/tangerine citrus hop flavor. sweet toasted malt backbone balances everything nicely. quite nice.

F- smooth mouthfeel. nothing to write home about.

O- hardly "the best IPA in the southwest" I was told it was going to be (that would go to Dragoon IPA or Tower Station IPA). I'm tempted to say even marble IPA beats this out by a hair. Still quite delicious though and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of akolb
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice clear gold. You can smell the aroma from a few feet away. Huge grapefruit, resin, spice, pine, and some malt. The taste is even better. Assertive spice, resin, citrus, and bitterness. A piney, malty, and bitter aftertaste lingers for some time. A hugely flavorful IPA. Bitter but still balanced with plenty of bready goodness. A standout beer.

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

I had this IPA at a nice Italian restaurant in Albuquerque. It was delicious.

(L) Fairly clear amber hue, with half an inch off-white head.

(A) Aroma of sweet malts and citrus.

(T) It was malty, sweet, hoppy, piney, spicy, distinct grapefruit, and it was very dank in a good sense.

(F) Well balanced, medium carbonation, nice peppery and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

fresh fresh fresh canNed on 4/4, thanks shoelesssclownratmanguy. at first I found elevated to be a but syrupy, but enjoying it now. had it before. at first thought this was a bad batch. it is hard to tell, my tastes evolve over time. when I first had this beer I had never had any trillium or tree house, that stuff changes your opinion on the ipa style in general, but this still holds as a great beer. definitely on the danker and denser side of the spectrum but nice flavoring without unnecessary bitterness.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can with a born on date of 3/2/16 and best by date of 5/31/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - golden and clear; streams of bubbles that form a medium white soapy head. Lacing is phenomenal!
Smell - some sweet citrus fruit and floral notes.
Taste - aggressive hop flavors; I primarily pick up grapefruit and dandelion.
Feel - no doubt hop dominate; bitter and tangy, the palate is alive with this one!
Overall - I dig the pint can and the hop forwardness, however the overpowering IBU's masks the flavors a bit and the nose doesn't stack up.

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Photo of Slack
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep gold to pale amber in color and clear. A quarter inch of head settling to almost nothing with good lacing as it goes down.

Smell is predominantly resinous with minor citrus notes and a small bit of malt.

Taste is sweet malt mixed with citrus and a huge piney resinous lasting finish.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is about medium as well.

Not my favorite IPA by a long shot. The nose was a bit one noted and the taste imbalanced. All that being said, if you are a fan of the dankness, the pine and the resin this one is for you.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mostly-clear dark, syrupy orange-amber color with a thick finger of white head that quickly dissipates but leaves fairly heavy lacing. Big aroma of pine with a mix of orange, pineapple and mango behind. Fruity and hoppy up front, with a wonderful aftertaste of a little tropical fruit and lingering bitterness. Medium-to-heavy bodied with a prickly, oily mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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

Damn, this smells like I've got my face in a big pile of hops. Big spicy pine and with underlying apricot. I guess it helps that it was canned yesterday. It's big, dank, and resinous, but still dry and drinkable. I want another. Go find yourself some.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden Amber color. Aroma is citrus, pine and some maltiness. Flavor pine and resin with a balanced malty backbone. Overall this is nice, has a little bitterness to it but still nice overall,

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Photo of dprice
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of angelmonster
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey orange clear color, head is 1/4th of an inch and off white. Lacing and head retention are very good.

Smell is big on fruit; pineapple, mango, guava, to name a few. Getting a bit of rye malt also. A bit of sweet malt balances the bitterness. Alcohol is pretty light.

Taste is spicy and bitter. Getting lots of citric acid, pineapple, and pine resin. Reminds me of pineapple sculpin but even better. Peppery aftertaste is present, alcohol is light.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Head added a nice froth to the body of the beer. Ends kinda astringent.

Overall this was a great Ipa, bright tropical notes mixed with acidic hops. Body and mouthfeel were spot on, would definitely buy again.

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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 gustavmahler-09
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden, with two finger head. Head doesn't linger. Smells aggressively hoppy. Taste starts almost sweet, then bitter hops kicks in. The taste lingers well. Feel is smooth, not overly carbonated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I acknowledge and accept that this will get flagged but... @TheStoutLord, what the hell is a southern style IPA?

Anyway, on to the main attraction... This beer was incredible. In a day and age flooded with IPA's, many of which taste similar to others, it's unlikely to find one that really stands out. Lo and Behold! I was very pleasantly surprised with this can of whoop ass recommended by a coworker who is from New Mexico. He came to me exclaiming this stuff is Glory itself in a container. I split a 4pk of this and a 4pk of the stout (also amazing) with a friend and Jesus Christ Almighty, he wasn't lying.

Being an advocate of HT I drank the first one out of the can. The artwork on all their cans are pretty dope -- this particular one making me think of a Santana album cover. After pouring it out in to a glass I find an impressive golden clear liquid that leaves a heavy white lacing on the sides of my glass. The taste is very tropical and citrusy upfront. Heavy grapefruit and mango flavors with an interesting malt sweetness on the backbone, brown sugar, or caramel, something reminiscent of an amber ale. I guess you could say this brew is balanced. It reminded me a bit of Hoptimum or dare I say Heady Topper? There is a late finale after a few lingering seconds of nothing but sweetness with a piney yet not exhausting bitterness that lasts only just long enough to not be offensive. Easy drinking for an "IPA" with the ABV of a Double, tread lightly.

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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 TheStoutLord
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear copper color. Good looking white head, poured into a tulip. Some bubbles, implies moderate carbonation.

S: Lovely citric hoppy smell. Some aftertones of pine. Mainly the hops though.

T: Very bitter hops on the front of the taste. Citric and very slightly piney or herbal. This beer is so hoppy. Does well to cover the 7.2% ABV though. Its very dry and not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell. Honestly, I was not loving the first or second sips, but it starting growing on me as I began to appreciate the complexity. Theres some malt near the tail end and the pine really comes out to wrap up the flavor with the hops.

F: Light bodied, but packs quite the punch up front. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and a little oily, sort of like a wine, but not.

O: Not my favorite style of IPA, but it was very good and I'm willing to acknowledge that. Most of my IPA experience comes from the South so I'm inclined to float toward the southern style more than the western.

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker yellowish gold color into my tulip glass. The nose is slightly muted from the blend of hops and the resin from them also. Seems a little heavy towards the west coast style IPA from what I expected. More malty than hoppy in the nose I guess. The taste follows the nose lots of malt flavor and some hoppy flavors follow this. The mouth feel is smooth. This is a little to much of a west coast style IPA for my palate but that is what it is. Just not my favorite style.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard lots of good things about El Cumbre and this IPA in particular. I'll put in my own two cents:

L: light orange with some amber highlights, darker than I would have expected. low carbonation, has a light whispy white head with decent retention/lacing.

S: Nice burst of resinous, citrusy hops in the nose. some feint bready notes, light pine.

T: Nice smack of hoppy flavor up front. Citrus, resin, light catty flavor, but not in a bad way. Very balanced and complex. There is enough crystal malt sweetness to keep things in check. Finishes dry and clean. Nice.

F: Oily, medium bodied, light carbonation

O: Really enjoyed this one and would buy many more times. It is complex and very flavorful, and satisfies any hop heads need for a great IPA.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.
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