Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Elevated IPAElevated IPA
BA SCORE
97.6%
Liked This Beer
4.35 w/ 1,441 ratings
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
Ranking:
#383
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
1,441
Liked:
1,407
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
7.59%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
456
Gots:
213
Trade:
12
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Ratings: 1,441 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of trubeernick
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of rangerred
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aleforme
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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 westyrun
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shawner
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lonestarstate97
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdwilliamson79
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dprice
3.52/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of angelmonster
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey orange clear color, head is 1/4th of an inch and off white. Lacing and head retention are very good.

Smell is big on fruit; pineapple, mango, guava, to name a few. Getting a bit of rye malt also. A bit of sweet malt balances the bitterness. Alcohol is pretty light.

Taste is spicy and bitter. Getting lots of citric acid, pineapple, and pine resin. Reminds me of pineapple sculpin but even better. Peppery aftertaste is present, alcohol is light.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Head added a nice froth to the body of the beer. Ends kinda astringent.

Overall this was a great Ipa, bright tropical notes mixed with acidic hops. Body and mouthfeel were spot on, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear copper gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank resiny piney hops with a little fruit and malt.

The flavor is tons of dank resiny piney hops hops that linger through the finish. There's a touch of sweet fruit initially that is quickly overwhelmed. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice in your face hop bomb.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden, with two finger head. Head doesn't linger. Smells aggressively hoppy. Taste starts almost sweet, then bitter hops kicks in. The taste lingers well. Feel is smooth, not overly carbonated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Oceanbear1
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I acknowledge and accept that this will get flagged but... @TheStoutLord, what the hell is a southern style IPA?

Anyway, on to the main attraction... This beer was incredible. In a day and age flooded with IPA's, many of which taste similar to others, it's unlikely to find one that really stands out. Lo and Behold! I was very pleasantly surprised with this can of whoop ass recommended by a coworker who is from New Mexico. He came to me exclaiming this stuff is Glory itself in a container. I split a 4pk of this and a 4pk of the stout (also amazing) with a friend and Jesus Christ Almighty, he wasn't lying.

Being an advocate of HT I drank the first one out of the can. The artwork on all their cans are pretty dope -- this particular one making me think of a Santana album cover. After pouring it out in to a glass I find an impressive golden clear liquid that leaves a heavy white lacing on the sides of my glass. The taste is very tropical and citrusy upfront. Heavy grapefruit and mango flavors with an interesting malt sweetness on the backbone, brown sugar, or caramel, something reminiscent of an amber ale. I guess you could say this brew is balanced. It reminded me a bit of Hoptimum or dare I say Heady Topper? There is a late finale after a few lingering seconds of nothing but sweetness with a piney yet not exhausting bitterness that lasts only just long enough to not be offensive. Easy drinking for an "IPA" with the ABV of a Double, tread lightly.

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Photo of SteveD082791
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought 2, pint cans at bottle shop in Denver.
"CO 02/01/16" So, about a month old...a very good start!

Pours a nice, very clear copper. Modest head....reduced down to a thin skim after a minute. Bubble action is modest.

First couple sips are underwhelming...but things proceed quickly to whelming. Plus.
The 7.2% abv is well hidden, but it does show up as the glass gets lighter. Not in taste, but effect.

The hop recipe is impressive. Aroma is citrusy but reserved; resiney tongue is good, taste is grapefruit and juniper, wave of bitter in the afterwash. Aftertaste should please any hophead.

But it might be the hint of dark malts...Munich & Carastan....that tips it back from the "hop bomb" precipice.

And oh, the lacing!....very impressive, and final confirmation of the obvious: thar's hop oil in them thar beers! So I checked the website info : Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic. etc. ...golly, Wally!

A mature beer that will outlast novelty IPAs that depend on over-the-top labelling or a blunt, hop-bomb recipe. Well worth the premium price per 4-pint pk. Get Elevated.....and bravo to excellence!

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear copper color. Good looking white head, poured into a tulip. Some bubbles, implies moderate carbonation.

S: Lovely citric hoppy smell. Some aftertones of pine. Mainly the hops though.

T: Very bitter hops on the front of the taste. Citric and very slightly piney or herbal. This beer is so hoppy. Does well to cover the 7.2% ABV though. Its very dry and not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell. Honestly, I was not loving the first or second sips, but it starting growing on me as I began to appreciate the complexity. Theres some malt near the tail end and the pine really comes out to wrap up the flavor with the hops.

F: Light bodied, but packs quite the punch up front. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and a little oily, sort of like a wine, but not.

O: Not my favorite style of IPA, but it was very good and I'm willing to acknowledge that. Most of my IPA experience comes from the South so I'm inclined to float toward the southern style more than the western.

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker yellowish gold color into my tulip glass. The nose is slightly muted from the blend of hops and the resin from them also. Seems a little heavy towards the west coast style IPA from what I expected. More malty than hoppy in the nose I guess. The taste follows the nose lots of malt flavor and some hoppy flavors follow this. The mouth feel is smooth. This is a little to much of a west coast style IPA for my palate but that is what it is. Just not my favorite style.

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Photo of Evan
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coryo
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard lots of good things about El Cumbre and this IPA in particular. I'll put in my own two cents:

L: light orange with some amber highlights, darker than I would have expected. low carbonation, has a light whispy white head with decent retention/lacing.

S: Nice burst of resinous, citrusy hops in the nose. some feint bready notes, light pine.

T: Nice smack of hoppy flavor up front. Citrus, resin, light catty flavor, but not in a bad way. Very balanced and complex. There is enough crystal malt sweetness to keep things in check. Finishes dry and clean. Nice.

F: Oily, medium bodied, light carbonation

O: Really enjoyed this one and would buy many more times. It is complex and very flavorful, and satisfies any hop heads need for a great IPA.

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Photo of OsoRojo
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pando
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.6% out of 100 with 1,441 ratings
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