Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
96
world-class
1,422 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Elevated IPAElevated IPA
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,422 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

 463 characters

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a really solid can of ipa here, from a brewery that is new to me. this one is more of the classic simcoe centennial type hop profile with huge pine and is very bitter and woody. the malt base is nice too, sturdy enough for enormous hop dosing, while adding a fresh baked character to it. the hops are bitter all the way through, almost vegetal at the mid point they are so fresh, and then more of a pine sap thing in the finish where the sweetness of the malt flashes back with the honey sweetness of the hop oils. i love this combination. the size is just right, and the mouthfeel is right on, with a big frothy body but a cleaner finish and carbonation that keeps it moving but doesnt rush. i think i liked the full nelson and the project dank a little more even than this one, but what a solid beer, and this brewery is making a series statement with its hoppy beers. wow.

 875 characters

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GHB for sending this one. The beer poured out as a really nice orange color with a thin white head that kinda faded quickly. The retention is thin along with a light lacing too. The smell of the beer is really nice. There is a strong hoppy nose along with a subtle sweetness too. The taste of the beer is also hoppy, big citrus and pine note, very nice stuff. The mouthfeel is oily and gently carbonated, medium bodied. Overall this beer is quite nice, much bigger and more flavorful than most typical IPA's out there. I enjoyed this one a lot.

 554 characters

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kojevergas
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

 3,231 characters

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coming out of the can, the liquid lays out in a clear amber; the head is not much to write home about though it does leave some lacing here and there

Smell: Citrusy, with grapefruit and pineapple tones and just a hint of caramel

Taste: Hoppy at the outset, with the grapefruit and pineapple leading to an increasingly bitter experience with just a hint of onion; underneath, a bit of caramel appears but after the swallow, the beer is so well attenuated that it finishes as dry as the New Mexico desert

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a clean, slightly thin finish that really works well

Overall: The finish sets this beer apart; while the hops are showcased with some balancing malt, the dry finish prevents the malts from becoming sticky - a rare feat for a beer that starts out with balance and then verges into a hop explosion

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity

 915 characters

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Eric for this one! Canned less than a month ago (!!)
Shared at Decofest, served in a tulip. Quick review from written notes.

Saturated orange color, sturdy layer of creamy meringue foam. Lacing all around the glass.

Dank and resiny aroma, simultaneous citrus and green botanicals.

Very dry and bitter in the aftertaste, full of resiny green hops. Pine, botanicals, floral, dandelion greens. Substantial feel, though light and drinkable, again with a huge hop bitterness. Resinous feel that sticks in the teeth. Overall a great IPA from New Mexico.

 561 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops with nice light citrus undertones and grassy notes is quite a treat. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with some strong floral notes with light resin and grassy notes. Malt backbone is present though quite dry and doesn’t interfere with the hops flavours. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and approaching HT level of goodness.

 510 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head takes it's time to settle into a nice lacing with a small bisquity mound in the middle of the glass above a slight cloudy copper honey colored beer.

Citrus fruits with some light sappy pine aroma with a hint of malts coming through.

Almost a bitter bite on a citrus and piney hops taste with a slight almost soapy yeast coming along for the ride.

A dry light pine sap aftertaste on this medium bodied drink.

I've had this IPA at La Cumbre's brewery and I don't remember it having this soapy to soapy yeast in the otherwise well balanced citrus and piney hops. I think I'd have to recommend stopping in there and drinking or buying a growler from the guys, the light added soapiness seems to be a distraction for me.

 738 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a couple fresh 4 packs from GHB. Thanks!

Appearance: Copper hued with the slightest haze. Pours with two fingers of head that retains well.

Smell: Lots of sharp, dank hoppy goodness on the nose. Weed, tropical fruit, pine, bit of onion; wouldn't surprise me if there's some summit in here, but it's not an onion bomb by any means. Malt is barely noticeable beyond the big hop character.

Palate: Big hop flavors here. Grapefruit, pine, weed, some bitter herbal notes. Fair bit of onion, and less tropical fruit than the nose suggests. Dry and light-bodied, a little bready malt pops out mid-palate, but it's quickly obliterated by a rather intense bitterness. The can says 100 IBUs, and I'm inclined to believe it. I'd prefer a little less bitterness, but thankfully there's a ton of flavor hops here to balance things out. Yeast and malt are rather neutral, allowing the great hop flavors to shine.

Overall: Great stuff, surprisingly so coming from New Mexico. Has a San Diego IPA feel to it; very clean, attenuated, and heavy on aroma hops.

 1,049 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DrBier
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,422 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More