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

Can at home. Pours a hazy copper with heavy lacing. Aroma is top notch - strong grapefruit with some dankness and floral notes. Taste is biting hops with just enough sweet malt balance. Bitter finish, full mouthfeel. Nearly flawless example of the style.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, received as an extra from GHB - Thanks Majin!

A ~ Clear orange pour, with a moderate head of 1 1/2 fingers

S ~ Hell yeah! - this is why I love IPA's.
Every once in a while you get treated to a beautiful nose, as is the case hear.
Just a real nice collage of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon & pine sap.

T ~ Follows the nose pretty well, with the pine resin giving a nice kick at the finish.
If I didn't know better, I would call this a DIPA.
At first I thought this might be a little past prime, but every sip after that was just fantastic (maybe my palette wasn't quite ready?)

M ~ Another strong point - medium body, nice and juicy, finishes dry.

O ~ I'm glad that I have one more to enjoy.
This is one of the best classified "regular" IPA's I've had to date.
I still want to put this up there with the DIPA big boys.

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Photo of InlandTaipan
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/24/13

A: Poured a nice 2 finger off-white head. Beer was slightly hazy with a deep amber color.

S: Aroma is of pine resin, citrus, garlic, spring onions, and caramel malts. deep complex aroma

T: Flavor is great. Defined bitterness, but not over the top. Bitterness was complex and "unclean" adding variety to each sip. Sweetness coming from the malt backed up the complex bitterness and sets you up for a nice dry finish.

M: good carbonation level, good thickness.

O: Great IPA style and my first time trying it. Looking forward to sending some of these back to my friends in Maryland.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium amber in the tall glass. Plenty of foam and a lively carbonation on the tongue. A hint of oil in the mouthfeel.

The massive blast of hops is a surprise. Huge aroma of piney pitch and something flowery. Enormous resiny flavor. Well, this is totally hop-centric, with endless flavors of all the Major Hop Groups-- resins, pine, grapefruit, lime peel, and ends up feeling like chewing on the stringy pulp of an unripe mango next to the big seed. Sharp and hot with oils. Tastes more alcoholic than it is. After the lush splash of hoppy aromatics, the bitterness takes over and leads you down the dark alley further than I care to go. But for sheer hop flavor, I see the attraction. Just let me off the bus.

From the 16 oz can bought at Jubilation Fine Wines in Albuquerque.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml (16 oz) can sent a little while back by Mr. woodyChANdler. Poured to a Breakside pint glass & served with dinner (New York steak & Caesar salad).

A: Pretty copper-orange with enough carbonation to look busy, most of it starting at the nucleation point at the base of the glass! Lacing is terrific - coating well, cobwebs galore and loads of speckles and stacked strata (hey, I can see each sip!). Complexion is nearly clear.

S: Hearty tangerine citrus in the nose, modest pine/evergreen sappiness. Sweetly scented baked bread crust. Aroma seems to contract, rather expand, as it warms - an odd trait.

T: More citrus and grass, even a peachy note. Hops seem well-balanced, 100 IBUs, in the case, doesn't equate to tongue-punishing bitterness. Finish is dry, grainy - almost ashy.

M: Smooth, medium body. Great coating mouthfeel, residuals are bitter rind and grassy grains. Carbonation is subdued.

O: Wish I had a date on the can to go by, as it seems this didn't have the intense hoppiness others praise. Regardless, I enjoyed the juicy, citrus-driven hops and a strong malty backing. Would I get it again - ABSOLUTELY. Fresh as possible, please...

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Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was canned on the 17th according to my source that got it from the La Cumbre

A: pours a deep orange with a small white head that fades to a small ring in a Duvel Tulip
S: smells of pine and tropical fruits with a bit of citrus. a decent sweetness underlies the hop aroma
T: pine and tropical fruits with a slight citrusy quality. a bit of caramel sweetness as well followed by more delicious piney hops with a bit of orange marmalade and some more tropical fruits. aftertaste is bittersweet with some slightly toasty malt, caramel and a huge smack of oily hop bitterness.
M: surprisingly full bodied for an IPA and carbonation is perfect. it's apparent but it is just shy of overly prickly
O: Wow is all I can say. Incredible flavor and complexity. This beer is phenomenal and I'm shocked and offended that there hasn't been a thread calling it the next Pliny Killer...

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can from Beerandboards (thanks!). No canning date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours golden orange with a half finger near white head. Nice large clumps of lace.

Smells of piney, floral a vaguely citrus hops.

Citrus comes though much more in the flavor. Orange, peel, bitter pine needles, flower pedals, pepper, wheat bread and just a bit of booze on the back end.

Oily slick medium body with light carbonation. Long dry orange and pine finish.

A right fine IPA. I like that it wasn't overly carbonated so the oily pine and orange peel coated the tongue with satisfying bitterness. Worth a try if you find it available.

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Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can served in a FFF Teku. Big thanks to Jeff(supercolter) for the brew!

A: Pours a dark amber color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thin ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Light fruity and grass undertones. Candied lemon with a sweet malt backbone.

T: Citrus and pineapple with some grassy undertones. Light bitterness with an accompanying sweet toffee malt. Jammy sweetness and fruitiness as well. Slightly earthy with some minimal scallion.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Fruity and grassy finish.

O: Pretty good and easily drinkable. Nose left a little to be desired, but overall it was very good and I'm glad something good is coming out of New Mexico.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip

A - Orange haze with light carbonation. Reflective and opaque. This has one finger of head that settled down with a decent amount of lacing

S - Citrus nose with pineapple, orange, and mango. There is also a slight bitterness with bits of pine and grapefruit

T - This beer uses a variety of hops to create a great beer. Up front, I get sweet citrus with orange, pineapple and hints of mango. As the beer moves towards the finish, bitterness takes over with pine and grapefruit that packs a punch. There is definitely a strong bitterness that lingers on the finish

MF - Medium with a slight syrupy body with light carbonation. Leaves a thick hop residue that remains on the tongue in the finish

O - This is a good IPA that has a good balances between sweet hops and bitterness to make this a drinkable IPA. If it only had bitter hops, it'd be too bitter and hard to drink and if it were only sweet, it would have enough oomph behind it.

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Photo of Electros
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell, the aroma hops are working on this one. Mango, pineapple, a little pear as well. 100 IBU's, this is smooth. Aroma hop upon taking a sip they are there as well when breathing in. There is an inrush on the front of the tongue, it then spreads out to side of the, then it dissipates very quickly, with a small bitterness left over. Medium-Dark Gold in colour, little head retention, low malt... This is the way an IPA should be. In finished, I was blown away by balance, everything works together swimmingly.

Thanks Evan!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, no date
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours out a hazy, orange color. Faint bubbly white head. Some alcohol feet left on the glass but no lacing really.

S: Big huge fruity hop nose on this one: Grapefruit, Mango, Orange marmalade. All hops. Basically not getting any malt bill.

T: Big fruity hops up front. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit. Passion fruit. Mango. Minimal malt bill. Dry finish. Very nice.

M: Medium.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, IPA mavens and hopheads take notice. Elevated IPA is easily one of the best IPAs out there. It's a light copper filtered overly hopped pine, citrus, and onion dreamboat. The nose drifts up your nose, encompasses your sinuses, and grabs hold of your olfactory nerves. Taste from the first sip is hops in all their glory with a very slight malt backbone. I've been drinking IPAs for years, and this is surely one of the hoppiest I've had outside DIPAs. Get it fresh you'll be very pleased. Thanks to Beerjobber.com for this lovely!

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can

A - Clear and bright, orange. Head formation is pearly white, strong, breaks down to a film. Little bit of lacing.

S - Strong citrus hops, bright and sweet. A little hint of resin in there somewhere. Mega-hoppy.

T - Starts off with a super strong citrus flavor, almost sweet -combination of malts and the hops. Mid-stream gets awfully bitter - pretty close to a balance. Resin, oily flavors appear in the finish. A bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate to strong body, moderate carbonation. Comes off a bit hefty. No alcohol warmth detected. Oily sticky aftertaste.

O/D - Not overly filling, and the abv is workable. THe bitterness does begin to dominate the palette after a while. A very tasty IPA for those who like citrus forward beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my HF over-sized wine glass.

Beautiful bright orange color with a rather large but quickly fading white head. Very bright - some reddish tinge.

Smells delicious. Definitely dominated by citrus fruits and pine. This is a total hop bomb.

Some piney/grape-fruity characteristics backed by clementine and bitter blood orange tastes. Nice and bitter in the finish. Very refreshing, hides the ABV well. Not overly sweet.

Bubbly and refreshing mouth-feel. A bit thinner than I would have anticipated, but nonetheless, great.

Overall a great American IPA. Very fresh tasting and a lot heavier on the orange tastes than many of its peers. A very nice brew from an interesting brewery.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can (no dating) received as an extra from awesome BA trader maximum12.

Honey-yellow elixir poured into SN imperial pint glass. Big, white fluffy head over slightly hazy brew, plenty of spider lacing.

Melon, citrus and dank, earthy hops.

Piney, dank with a touch of pith and melon. Hop bitterness from front to back.

Medium body, well carbonated.

Very nice IPA. Always a pleasure to experience new brew and one of the joys of BA and trading.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can with an apparent can date of 12/3/12? Thanks a lot to GHB for sending this my way. Orange color, great head, sticky lacing. Smells like pine, pungent, dank, stanky good. Flavor is bitter, citrus, lemon, a hint of malt. Overall, very solid hop bomb and is really right up my alley as far as IPA's go. I might even say this is west coast style but I'm not sure, I'm no expert.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EgadBananas for the hoppy hookup!

Pours a vibrant orange with a huge off-white head settling down to about a finger's worth. Nice chunky lacing sticks to the edges of the glass.

Wonderful aroma. Lots of citrus especially orange with a solid supporting cast of piney resin and a little bit of spice. A little bit of sticky caramel malt appears for balance.

Lots of citrus and lemon hop character up front rounding into a pine/earthy finish with even more lemon. Caramel malt adds just a touch of bready sweetness and body.

Medium bodied with carbonation on the lower end of the style, but it works with the profile. Just a tinge of alcohol and it finishes very juicy with a load of different flavors.

Overall I enjoyed this a lot. Not the best I've ever had, but there is a good amount of complexity and it's one of the most well balanced IPA's I've had in a while.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 11/8/12

Purchased through Beerjobber fresh from the brewery for $17.48/sixer of pints.
(216 calories)

Poured aggressively into a Pint glass, this one reveals a one inch soapy white head covering a beautiful orang/amber liquid. Very clear in color and distinct. The suds easily stick to the glassware and add to it's beauty. Head retention is long lasting as well and reappears quickly after a few swirls of the glass.

Aroma is heavy in citrus fruit with tangerine and lemon dominating. A nice dose of pine resin and caramel malt comes next followed by earthy hops!!

The flavor is spot on for what I was expecting. Grapefruit first followed by dense spicey hops with lemon and pineapple in the aftertaste. The caramel malt adds a pleasent sweetness in the finish. The flavor is clean and quite zesty.

The mouthfeel reveals a medium body with a smooth warming bitter sensation. Not too bitter but enough to make you appreciate the true hop backbone this beer represents. Carbonation is held in check, however a good amount of dryness fills in the holes.

This example is pretty complex and well balanced. I'm really impressed here and look forward to gettting more of it in the future. Overall a real tastey IPA.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can into a perfect pint glass.

Pours a dark, clear orange with about two finger of barely off-white head. Decent retention, although foam falls away to leave thin layer with clumps along the edges. I am not particularly thrilled with how this looks, but...

I can smell the awesome pine and citrus and floras notes burst as soon as I crack the can. As the ale sits in the glass for a bit, I get a resinous aroma which blends and mellows the three characteristics mentioned above. It smells bright and crisp.

Taste very bright. Hop forward, with citrus and pine, but slightly sweet at the same time. Again, resinous and dank. Very enjoyable, even at 100 IBU's, but I am not too confident I can taste much else after this. This is worth it though. Mouthfeel is smooth and complex, with the flavors changing I drink. Very sweet flavors give way to citrus/pine hops, combined with floral notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is very very good.

Overall this beer is very good, and I am so glad I grabbed a can when I did. I will have to pick up more of this as soon as possible. However, I should be encouraged by my approaching trip to NM later this month, hoping this stuff is readily available. Cheers.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of herbal hop and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Bright and fresh hop aromas with strong pine resin.

Starts out mildly sweet with a slight onion flavor. Strong hop flavor just slightly bitter. Leaf tobacco and leather in the taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very dark orange, like the kind you see after a night of hard partying. Good pine aromas, replete with funky nelson and citrus smells. Whatever you're looking for smell wise in a good ipa, this one is likely to satisfy those desires.

Taste delivers tropical and citrus fruit, along with those pine needles. Strong, warming, but not tasting above its own abv. Actually pretty easy drinking nonetheless, but it was made for someone like me I guess, so it should be. Has the funky presence of garlic and onions, a possible indicator of some summit hops, I thought it works nicely. Now that I think of it, maybe there's summits instead of nelson. Its somewhere in between those, thats for sure. A beer that will disgust people who don't like hops. There is a substantial malt bill to it, but never comes off overly caramelish. Just gives the hops something to play off of. Really the malt and yeast flavors are pretty neutral and don't get in the way of the hop onslaught.

Its massively bitter, but its not a one trick pony in that department, the hops leave plenty of mouthfeel and taste that go well above and beyond the bitterness.

This beer, and Sante Fe Hoppy Camper pretty much thrust New Mexico into being a top 10 ipa producing state. Meanwhile, Colorado has about 100 times the ipa's, but none of them being better. Sorry Myrcenary, you vill lose.

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Photo of parris
4.86/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a can shaped Baxter glass, enjoyed some from the can before pouring.

Smell - smells like a bag of Willamette pellets
Appearance - light carbonation, rusty orange, not much carbonation
Taste - dankness, some pepper, ripe peach
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly astringent, good carbonation
Overall - Yep, this beer rules.

Edit: Thanks grandmachine!

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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