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Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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
Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +2.8%
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 +13.1%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +2.8%
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 +8.8%
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 -10.1%
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 +15.2%
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 +3.5%
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%
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.


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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +4.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -1.2%
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 +0.2%
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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Photo of macrosmatic
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to shuntstout for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy copper with a one-finger white head and moderate carbonation.

S: Wow, this is nice! Citrus, tropical fruit, melon, dank, and mild pine and grass hops with just a bit of biscuit malt lurking underneath.

T: Follows the nose in notes, with a bit more melon and spice hops coming to the forefront (with the sweet tropical, citrus, and sweet grass/dank hay hops). Some malt shows up about halfway through the drink, but this is unabashedly a hop bomb. Moderate hop bitterness in the hang.

M: Nice mouthfeel - light but chewy body, and moderate alcohol. Good carbonation sensation.

O: Very tasty, absolutely a standout IPA. I prefer the hop profile in Jai Alai (maybe a bit of homerism here), but if this was on the shelves it would absolutely be a regular in my refrigerator. Highly recommended.

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

Poured from a 16 oz. "tall boy" can into an unbranded becker pint glass

Pours golden amber capped by a two finger off-white fluffy head. Average retention and hints of splotchy lacing. Big pineapple notes and mixed tropical fruit aromas on the nose accented by pine resin. Pineapple, mango, and grapefruit rind initially; ample sweet malt adds balance and takes a bit of the edge off the bitterness. Finishes with resiny bitterness, but certainly not over the top. Smooth and silky; on the heavier side of medium bodied due to the fairly hefty malt presence. An excellent IPA that borders on a Double IPA. Although listed as reaching the "100 IBU" level, this brew delivered on the hoppy bitterness while still managing to maintain some balance. Very well done and enjoyable.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La Cumbre Brewing Co. - Elevated IPA

Got this from Hendry, nice snag, gotta love having brews from all over. This one was a treat for sure.

Look - Pours a hazy foaming orange with a full soapy head. Nice abundant sticky lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell - Snappy resin and pine aromas, smooth malts underneath. Crisp and mouth-watering.

Taste - Blasting pine hops from the start, then a a wave of piney resin comes in hard but rides down smooth. Super unique blend, excellent blend of hops

Mouthfeel - Sticky mouthfeel but crisp and refreshing. Quite drinkable, slight booziness present but welcome.

Overall - Unique in the AIPA category, quite a nice pine and resin mixture of hoppy blast. This is a slammer of hop destruction, awesome!

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Photo of Hendry
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the stellar WORLD CLASS ratings, I'm always looking for a "sleeper" IPA, so Elevated seemed to fit that bill based on the reviews. The distribution of Elevated is more limited than one might imagine with such favorable ratings, so courtesy of BeerandBoards, Elevated IPA was expertly packed with some other local faves.

Thoughtful, colorful Southwest artwork is attractive and inviting on this fresh 16 oz tallboy can.
Deep amber and relatively clear, this American IPA retains a commendable head of soapy white foam.Lively but not overly carbonated, it has a pleasant appearance overall.

Nose is herbal, tropical juicy, and slightly malty all at once. Elevated has a unique aroma like no other IPA I have tried thus far: pleasant and inviting, but not overpowering in either the hop or malt department.

The flavors are an interesting blend: zippy IBU count, herbal and piney, citrus notes present and accounted for. Mouthfeel is straight medium, moderately oily, slightly chewy. Aftertaste is a slick balance of hoppy goodness and rich but not overshadowing malt content.

This is a sleeper IPA that deserves more attention and wider distribution. The fact that my friend could not find Elevated IPA @ Lonestar Beer while visiting Texas illustrates my point.
Worthy of a purchase, recommended, and enjoyable, Elevated IPA warrants closer inspection if you are able to get your hands on it.

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Photo of Photozombies
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz can, canned 7 weeks ago.

Appearance - caramel in color, clear, nice thick head with long retention, great lacing.

Smell - Fresh hops and more fresh hops.

Taste - Tart, more tart than bitter, very hoppy. Gives you a tart twang in the jaw. Not malty. Has a great aftertaste. Refreshing as well as fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel - Good, not too thin or to thick and slightly fizzy.

I don't think there is a better IPA on the planet. A fabulous beer in this style.

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Photo of alexgash
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can. Canned 3 weeks ago.

Faint haze in a light orange-copper body. Thick, dense, foam cushion of bright light beige head. Excellent lacing. Beautiful! Lots of hops on the nose. Pineapple, mango, funky cannabis resins, mandarin orange, and grapefruit. Maybe a little caramelized fruit malt in there, but this is all about deliciously fresh hops and they shine.

Bitter hop resins up front. Bitterness is joined by citrusy, almost tart, hop acidity. Resinous, weedy notes then take over. Sugary fruit and caramel malt body fill in underneath, but can't do much to take away from the hop dominance. Pineapple, mango, and cat pee make some noise toward the finish. Bitterness increases into the finish. Dry, with lots of lingering tropical fruits, resinous funk, pine, and even some sugary malt. Medium-full body with a thick, creamy feel. Delicious and palate wrecking!

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Photo of rboinski
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can shipped from New Mexico poured into a FSW barrelworks Teku. Thanks to Beerandboards for this!

Aroma: Definitely smells like a great IPA, though the aroma is not jumping out at me. Some Citrus character, a little floral as it warmed, but not much pine and no dank to speak of.

Appearance: Color is dark orange/bronze, definitely not a lightly colored IPA. Very minimal head, retains about a 1 mm head and when swirled develops a head the persists. Nearly opaque, but consistent with no particles floating in it.

Flavor: First thing I notice is a solid malt to balance out the hops, however despite this it is not at all syrupy as some IPA's can get. The malt dominates initially, but a nice hop bitterness immediately comes in and balances it out, lingering nicely on the palette but not overwhelming or detracting from the flavors developed in this IPA. Definite grapefruit, a little peach as it warms. Not much pine character, and no presence of a dank character in this.

Mouthfeel: No alcohol warmth detected, it is solidly hidden within this beer. Carbonation is moderate and pleasing, body is medium. Exactly what I would want in this beer.

Overall: Very good, however not the most beautiful IPA in my opinion. Solid flavors with a nice backbone that is never syrupy. Head is fairly light. Decent amount of hop bitterness and a great example of the style!

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly murky classic golden color with a small, pure white head. Nice bouquet consisting of citrus, grass, and a little pine. Mouthfeel is wet, yet cottony. Very smooth. Very nice, unobtrusive, yet hop-heavy, but still well-balanced IPA. Very drinkable for a 7.2 IPA. Thanks to my hookup in Texas for sending me this one!

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