Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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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

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Reviews:
215
Ratings:
1,397
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
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462
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Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A: Crystal clear golden straw with a white thick head! Lots of lacing on this one! Looks great !

S: Really pungent and fresh! Lots of pine, pineapple, green apple, grapefruit, and orange! Smells great! Makes me want to crawl in the can!

T: Super smooth and balanced upfront! Malt and hops dance together perfectly on the tongue with lemon, grapefruit, orange and pine that finishes pretty bitter at the end! Taste is fantastic upfront but the super bitter end is kinda jarring at first but doesn't ruin it and gets better as it warms!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Sticky and resinous as it goes down! Feels like its sticking to my teeth! Super smooths and coats the mouth in hoppy goodness!

Overall: Fantastic brew ! Would definitely put it up with the big Cali IPAs with its big hoppy flavor! Would definitely trade for it again!

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pour is a copper-gold haze with a white head.

Smell is huge tropical fruit (guava, papaya, pineapple) with soft pine and dank notes.

Flavor is slightly roasty- not in a malty sense, but the caramelization one gets from grilling pineapple, and a ton of fresh fruits - pine, dank, and slightly grassy.

High carb and medium body.

Very good extra. Thanks guys!

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Photo of Jimmys
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into snifter.

A: a slight haze on a very blond body. light in color. bright bubbly head. decent retention and lacing.

S: herbal, piney, mangos. very resinous. inviting.

T: very piney. very, very piney. bitterness is there, but really not overwhelming in the slightest. minor grainy, caramel, toast into the finish. really minor. a slight underlying sweetness throughout the flavor of the drink.

M: good carb. average, certainly not aggressive. body is very hoppy, but slightly lacking in body.

D: this is some tasty shit and not too surprising that it won a gold at GABF. I could drink a lot of these as I find it dangerously session-able.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden amber color. No head.
S - amazing citrus, grapefruit smell, pineappe, mango, pine
T - grapefruit! Pine, citrus zest, pineapple, super bitter
M - light-medium, alc covered, aftertste bitter!
O - great beer, lives up to its rating, tongue numbing bitterness

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color with a nice finger and a half of head. The smell is deep and dank. Lots of citrus and grassy notes on the nose. The taste follows the nose. Nice bitterness upfront with a residual malt backbone. Citrusy, a bit grassy, light pine and spice. Nice, balanced and not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a bit of oiliness. Nice carbonation. Overall this is a tasty IPA. Reminiscent of a lighter version of Double Jack.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled March 2011
The beer pours from the growler with a pale tan head that sits on top of a clear, copper hued beer that shows a brightness when held up to the light. There is a really, dank hop character to the nose that is a mix of tropical and citrus fruit and “hemp” oil. The nose is just so dank and juicy; specific notes of tangelo, a bit lychee character, mango, a hint of menthol, and just a really big hemp like character is found here. There is a touch of supporting malt character that provides hints of a cracker like whole grain character.

The beer is lightly sweet and has a fair amount of a crystal malt backbone to it. The hop character is of course the dominant note in the flavor, with a nicely herbal character, lots of hop-fruit, a firm bitterness (that is not over the top), lots of pine notes, a firm herbaceous hemp-seed like flavor, and rounding notes of lychee and even some mango are noticeable here.

This is nice and dankly fresh. I like how light and quaffable this is, as that is really what I want in an IPA. The flavor doesn’t quite live up to the promise of the aroma, but this is still something I am quite happy to be drinking.

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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.

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

Appearance: Nice clear, light orange color. Definitely light malts in this one. Big fluffy white head with solid retention.

Nose: Big and dank. Lots of Simcoe pine and fruit with some light malt backbone and some vegetal oniony-type undertones.

Taste: Big, sharp bitterness. Lots of earthy, vegetal onion-type flavors. Pale malt just barely holds everything together. Bitterness eases over the course of drinking, opening up a lot of pineapple and grapefruit. Finishes bone dry with some lingering vegetal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely done here. Carbonation is right on point. Not quite prickly, but lifts everything off the palate nicely. As mentioned, finishes bitter and bone dry. Keeps this beer from being a huge palate wrecker.

Overall: Reminds me in a lot of ways of Head Hunter. The Summit/Columbus hop vegetal/onion notes I get out of this keeps it from reaching true greatness, but I'd happily reach for this beer anytime I was looking for a bitter, dry hop bomb. Nicely done.

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange, almost a sickly yellow. One finger head, solid lacing, quickly fades to a thin white line. Nearly opaque and pulpy.

Bright and hoppy: citrus, maybe tropical or floral in the background. Almost insignificant malt presence. Not a huge aroma overall.

Dry and bitter; citrus and grassy, with a hint of wheat or even rye (slight spice), and perhaps a hint of pine. Almost pungent, with a not-unpleasant citrus peel washing over the tongue and cleansing the palate for the next sip.

Medium feel overall, with a lively, sparkly feel. Despite being hop-forward and dry, the feel is fairly heavy for the style, but smooth. Lingers with some hop oil residue very pleasantly.

La Cumbre advertises some major hops in this IPA, and they're not kidding! ABV of a single IPA; hoppiness of an Imperial IPA. Complex and pleasing. This isn't a balanced ale, by any means, but it has a very balanced mouthfeel, and is pretty drinkable for such a palate wrecker.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a two finger white head and nice lacing. Powerful hop aroma, lots of pine resin and tropical fruit. Bitter pine resin and grapefruit flavors hit the tongue first followed by sweet malty tropical fruit. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had, bar none!

Re-reviewed May 28, 2014. Thanks Majin for the trade! Drank in concert with a Project Dank, love them both, but prefer the Dank just a wee bit! I bumped the aroma and taste numbers a tad as this is still one of the best IPAs I've experienced!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the surprise can Evan!

Appearance: Clear golden copper with two fingers of whitish head. Nice clean lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hop forward with pine at the forefront and notes of grass and resin. A bit of citrus in there too, want to dive right in.

Taste: Piney hops, great sticky resin as well and a true west coast ipa. Nice balance with some caramel malt sweetness and hints of tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a good texture and balance. Nice hop bitterness which I love in my IPAs.

Overall: Tremendous IPA that I'm glad to have gotten a chance to try. Wish I could get this all of the time. Looking forward to trying more of their stuff!

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Photo of bennetj17
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7-13-13. Medium copper color, slightly hazed, carrying a one finger thick head of off-white foam that has excellent retention. The aroma is all hops, with pungent layers of bright citrus mixed with touches of fresh cut grass. Fresh and inviting.

More citrus intensity in the flavor, with quite a punch up front on the palate, almost tangy in nature. It takes a couple sips but there is a dry and grassy bitterness really building in the finish. After about the 6th or 7th sip it becomes like a slap in the face, and I like it. The body stays on the lighter side and the beer is adequately carbonated. The alcohol is at a great level for this beer and is hardly noticeable.

Overall an excellent IPA. Not particularly unique, but it's 100% West Coast, citrus hop dominant goodness. I like that it's not up to that Double IPA level, so the hops radiate throughout and the malt sweetness and alcohol stay in check. Ranks right up there with the best of them.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a steady fizzy white head, good lace throughout. I really like this beer. Its less aggressive than many of the tasty ipa’s coming out these days, but the nose and flavor are still right where I want them to be. Lots of citrus, floral, light tropical notes. Very nice balance that leans on the hoppy side but as I said, not as aggressive and has a nice soft carbonation.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No freshness date.

Poured from a tallboy into a Round Guys goblet. Hazy (chill haze?) golden body, yellowish orange color, with an off-white head that forms a creamy top and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass! Decent carbonation is apparent, seemingly lazy in the glass.

Big, juicy hop aroma! Onion, citrus rind right up front...more to come though, as I think I poured this too cold at first. Later, hints of grapefruit, pine, and fresh herbs (thyme and cilantro?) make their way out of the glass.

Taste is PACKED with hops! It has a surprisingly pleasant and non-harsh finish (read, "not astringent and not overly bitter"). Remains well-balanced throughout. Definitely a full-bodied IPA, with spot-on carbonation levels; enough to keep a "crisp" edge, though has a very soft texture from the head. Bright resinous hops combine here in the finish with rich, cookie-like malt flavors.

Overall, a superb IPA that is drinkable, well-balanced, yet remains hop-forward. Exactly what IPA lovers look for in a world-class IPA. It cannot get better in this realm of IPA's.

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Photo of Altenor
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Got some tropical, pine,citrus notes but barely. Big malt flavor for a single iPA. Lots of bitterness and great mouthfeel. Was expecting much more than this. Probably an old can. Will definitely give it another shot with a fresh can if possible just to make sure. Too bad.

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Photo of jhines18
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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

pour from a can into my La cumbre elevated glass
was canned 10 days ago and is super fresh
poured a nice golden color and beautiful head on it about 1/2 inch or so
smell is very hoppy fruity the hop is over power in a good way
and the taste follows the smell is amazing hop burst that last but not overly bitter
lot of fruity hop tones
very nice definetly would seek out

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Photo of sholland119
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at the brewery, canned 5/21/13..

A-pours a crystal clear golden apricot with plenty of foamy white head, really nice lacing. Down to our last six pack but I am stl excited every time I see the pour.

S-I think the nose sets this apart, as is true of Heady topper or PtY. huge aromatics, appealing blend of citrusy and slightly dank hops. Hots you with a blast as soon as you open the can and lingers nicely.

T-very well balanced for such a hoppy beer. West Coast styleso lighter on malt but plenty of base for the flavorful hops. Slightly sweet bit mostly just juicy hoppy deliciousness. Excellent.

M-light to medium body, wonderfully dry.

O-among the best. Lives up to the hype and the GABF gold. Worth a trip to ANU all on its own.

HV

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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

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured can into tulip glass (took first drink straight from the can)

Beer pours golden color with some transparancy (good clarity) with a nice one finger bright white head. The aromas were some pine as well as citrus. Plenty of aroma from a 1.5 month old can. The taste has a good deal of citrus, pine resin, and some light hints of tropical fruit. Their is some bitterness on the back end that balances the tasting experience. I didn't notice much difference from the can versus out of the glass on this particular beer. The beer had plenty of carbonation and was not oily/resiny on the tongue. A world class IPA indeed. All of the flavor of many DIPAs.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, medium orange pour, white finger of head, splotchy lace. Tropical fruit storm, sticky sweetness, pineapple, citrus, light crisp malts. Medium bitterness taste, deep tropical and citrus fruits, grapefruit, pine, crackers. Crisp, light refreshing body, clean finish, slick linger. Baby, I'm Elevated to a higher hop power.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger off white head. Half wall and big clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, pineapple, grapefruit, some spice and pine.

T- sweet caramel, light toasted malts, sweet pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, it finishes with bitter citrus peel, good amount of spice and pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice creaminess at first with slightly dry and acidic finish,

O- very nice ipa. Big citrus notes, bitter citrus and pine, and nice sweet malt body to help fairly balance this beer.

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

A- golden amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S- tropical fruit, citrus, malt, pine, slight floral

T-nice malt, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral, slight herbal, great bitter hoppy finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O- a great IPA in the upper echelon of the style

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,397 ratings.
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