Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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

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: 216 | Ratings: 1,403
Photo of soze47
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty in the glass with great lacing. Orange marmalade smell promises a decent amount of sweetness. Great resinous hop bite cuts through a quite sweet, honey malt tastes. The flavors melding are great - really potent hopes tempered in the perfect ways to bring out citrus zest and juice. Plesant linger. Really great ipa

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Photo of neilruby
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: floral with a touch of citrus that comes through at the end of a good long waft. Makes me feel like I should be drinking it in the queen of England's garden without a cloud in the sky and it's 78 out...for some reason, the beach is involved as well.

Taste: reminiscent of licking a clean rock in the Himalayan mountains that has a light frost on it after chewing a single strand of grass that has never experienced humanity before.

Look: I drank it straight out of a tall boy. The art is cool and there's some funniness to it too.

Feel: really light and soft. Doesn't linger in a way that feels noncommittal but like that chick you don't want to commit to you anyway because she's fun but completely nutts.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Cumbre brings the hops with this one. Maltiness paired with a little bitter and a lot of floral hops, awesome nose and some meat to the body, a little darker than I prefer but still well worth the purchase.

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Photo of Radome
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can.

L - Golden in color and perfectly clear. Off white head is fluffy, tall, and persistent.

S - Strong, grapefruity hops. Just a bit of grainy malt in the background.

T - Super strong hops flavors of grass, pine and grapefruit dominate; they come across as somewhat harsh. Behind the hops are bready, slightly sweet malt. Clean; no yeast caharacter.

F - Medium body. Strong, prickly carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn. Hops bitterness is a punch in the face.

O - This is a good IPA but I find it a bit harsh in the hops flavors.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass. best by 10/31/16, so just under the wire here. surprise addition to a haul bought back to pa by b-i-l Brian and nephew josh. thanks guys!

nice clear dk yellow body. small white head which dissipates to a ring and covering, but still leaves excellent lacing.

aroma is muted, perhaps due to age. but its a clean fruity aroma.

good malt presence, hops mix in nicely, well balanced, likely a newer brew would be more of a hop assault, but this is still a good one.

Above medium on the mouth. slightly bitter on the finish.

good solid drinkable ipa, though the 7.2 makes it one to be respected. Glad i got to try this one.

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Photo of obrike
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought this back for me after a trip to New Mexico. A very kind gesture I must say.

Pours a light, golden orange...mostly clear with a fairly small white head. Very good lacing though.

Tasty scents of dank, resinous hops, pine, orange and grapefruit.

Taste follows perfectly with grapefruit and pine. Coats the tongue with resiny hop goodness. Uber-soft carbonation, finishing with moderate bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth. Goes down like buttah! Love the mouth-feel on this one.

This is a top notch IPA. Hope it gets distributed to Texas.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice golden Amber clear colored beer with a white head that sticks reasonably well and leaves okay lacing
S - big dank notes- garlic onion ganja, the. Tropical fruits - peach, tangerine, papaya, passion fruit, also pine and grapefruit
T - again big dank notes, garlic, onion, ganja, then tropical fruits like peach, tangerine, papaya
M - light to medium mouthfeel, for some reason more alcohol than I usually get from this one, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit, some darkness
O - I think I need to revisit this on a different day. This beer is usually nothing short of amazing and this one isn't bad but it's giving me more of an astringent kind of bitterness that I haven't seen before from this beer. Will try again tomorrow... canned 8222016 drank 962016

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Photo of KidDoc
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -7.6%
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 +4.4%
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 -5.3%
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 mecmd
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3 weeks ago. Served at 40-42 degrees. Poured into Tulip Pint La Cumbre glass.

Mostly clear and dark golden in color. One finger slightly off-white foamy head that dissipates over about 5 minutes to nice ring and thin foam layer. Great lacing.

Nose is mostly tropical and citrus with some pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and orange zest aromas followed by some dank and piney aromas.

Taste follows the nose with some nice malty flavors as well.

Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and slightly bitter finish.

An excellent IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +9.7%
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 -8.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -1.8%
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 -8.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -5.5%
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 +1.4%
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 -8.1%
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 -18.7%
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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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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