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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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4.34
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
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Photo of Beerandboards
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this many many times on tap and in a can

A - Copper red, with thin strings of bubbles throughout. A pour to the middle gives a two-three finger head that retains shortly to a crown. Some lacing with medium retention. Great color, really good looking glass of beer.

S - Huge citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, some pine. Tons of citrus with some floral.

T - Pretty darn close to a model hoppy IPA. Hits you with a bunch of nice, layered hop taste. Some bitter grapefruit, lemon fruit, and then moves to a bitter dry finish. Leaves you waiting for the next sip.

M - Medium carbonation, coats the palate with a sticky resin feel but finishes nicely.

O - Won't go as far as saying that this one beats out Pliny and Heady, but I've tried both of those, and this one very much belongs in that group. Its a really great IPA. If this were a California or New England brewed beer, it would be the subject of a heck of a lot more discussion. Word on the street is that La Cumbre is planning expansion to Denver. If and when that happens, I predict that this brew shoots up the ranks. Seek some out and try it. Well worth some effort.

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Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Elevated IPA from the La Cumbre Brewing Company out of New Mexico.
Score: 91

Can is of unknown freshness. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 09/27/12.

Appearance: Pours a pumpkin-orange color with a slight dull golden hue that is on the opaque side of translucent. When held to the light, this beer turns to a really gorgeous sunset-orange color. One finger of off-white head at pour settles to a fog atop the glass, leaving patches of head clinging to the glass. Really good lacing and retention. Quite a beautiful IPA! 4.5/5

Smell: Grapefruit, peaches, tangerine and slightly earthy hops. Very smooth and mellow, and not nearly as in-your-face as most IPA. You know how orange peels smell after you cut out the pulp? I get some of that aroma here. Too. Very pleasant nose, very balanced. There is faint barley-malt aroma in the background too. 4/5

Taste: Like the nose, there is a balanced blend of sweet citrus, hops and malt, without any one of the components overwhelming the other. There's peaches and orange on the side of the tongue with an earthy hop flavor and some grapefruit on the center of the tongue. The maltiness is towards the finish, though a mildly bitter orange citrus flavor is what lingers. The earthiness of the hops is a little more pronounced on the palate than in the aroma, but it is not intense at all. There is a slight spiciness on the midpalate too, and a hint of lemon flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Super oily mouthfeel. Medium-light bodied, higher end of light carbonation. Mildly bitter on the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: Nothing earth shattering or over-the-top here, but Elevated IPA is an incredibly smooth, balanced and easy-drinking IPA. If this were local to me, I would certainly buy this one regularly.

Recommendation: If you are local to the beer, nab some. If you are trading with someone local to this beer, ask them to get you some. Given it's mellow, balanced flavor profile, I have to imagine this would be a good starter IPA for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Cream-cheese jalapeno poppers.

Cost: $8.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The man, woodychandler, provides the hook up with this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange/brownish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, tropical fruits. Taste is also very hoppy, bitter, lots of fruits, a touch of malts, tasty. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tall pint can poured into a snifter.

Elevated IPA pours a nice light honey, orange color, fairly clear with a bit of cloudiness. A thin, quarter finger of soapy white head appears and recedes somewhat quickly, leaving behind a small layer of film. The head is easily re-summoned with a flick of the glass, not much lacing is left behind. The aroma is nice and clean albeit a bit muted and not very explosive. Ample piney hops, floral and citrusy esters, a bit of simple malt on the back end, but this really highlights and emphasizes the great hop profile. The flavors are much more impactful, great citrus forward flavors with really nice floral undertones. Resinous, earthy piney hops round out a really wonderful hop spectrum. Just enough light malt to keep the hop bitterness in check and to add in some nice sweetness that plays very well with the floral and citrus notes. The body is great, perfectly carbonated, a bit soapy, but spot on for an IPA, smooth, not too full, not too thin, great dry finish.

Verdict: Great IPA from La Cumbre, worthy of all the accolades. Perfectly bitter, great spectrum of flavors, I wish the nose was a bit more pungent, but this is great, great stuff. So glad to have gotten my hands on a 4 pack.

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Photo of foss69lh
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA, due to its hops, is one of the most distinctive I have tasted, with a prominent grapefruity nose and taste that on first sip promised to be off-putting, but proved to be most appealing upon further tasting. Its full flavor -- not too dry -- and medium-full body balanced the dominant hops, resulting in a rich and satisfying, yet thirst-quenching brew, that was very pleasurable in all respects. However, do not drink this directly from the can; instead pour into a glass, to avoid the metallic taste of this ale's inappropriately chosen container.

I had the pleasure of drinking a fresh case of this IPA over a month, which allows me to make the following observation: This brew is best at its freshest, when the hop content is at its most prominent, and continues to be good over the next two or three weeks. Some might even prefer it a couple weeks after canning, as the hops prominence diminishes. However, after a month, I found the beer, which was refrigerated the entire time, to be loosing freshness and taste, as well as growing flat. Thus, this is not a beverage to enjoy very long after production.

I also tasted this on draft, though not at the brewery, and did not note any marked difference from the canned version, other than a slight smoothness. Finally, I knocked off a half point from the overall rating due to the choice of presentation in cans over bottles for retail sales. The brew really deserves glass, not metal.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lovely & talented GHB first sent me a growler of this brew, which was downright divine. Hearing my praise, he then proceeded to box up & send me a short month's worth of Elevated. 16 oz. tallboy cans - I hope this is as good out of metal as it was out of glass.

The pour fills up my imperial pint glass properly, gold leaning to orange. Pungent floral hops fence with grapefruit for the upper hand in the nose. No wimpy aromas here...IPA as it was meant to be, smeared with aggression.

Elevated IPA from the can just isn't the same beautiful beast that came unexpectedly from the growler. The floral notes remain, with more orange peel than in the nose. Citrus, lemon are faint but grow as the beer warms. There's a cut of onion in the background that detracts; I'm not a fan of leekish things in either solid or liquid formats. Bitterness builds with each sip & what seems polite at first ends up brutish & bruising after repeated exposure. Nice. Which only makes me want to drink faster.

I shared the growler in a line with tons of friends; I feel like that would have scored an easy "A" on the Richter scale. The canned version is very good, but doesn't quite hit that home run. If you can get this in the growler, do it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/15/2012

Thanks! Can poured into a snifter. I'm looking forward to this. The label art has a decided New Mexican flair to it.

A: Burnished yellow gold with a finger of peaceful white froth. Lacing is scattered and retention is pretty good. Good clarity as well.

S: The nose strikes me as a blend of mandarin orange and onion, with lesser notes of tropical fruit. There's a little melon in there. Malt is bready and not insubstantial, though it doesn't impart much sweetness.

T: The flavor has some mandarin orange, grapefruit, and a little onion. There's a light malt backbone that lends a touch of sweetness, increasing the drinkability. It's not a bone dry IPA, but it's not exactly malty either. The bitterness is smooth and at a moderate level, and there's no alcohol to speak of. Smooth, hoppy, clean, and dry finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: A bit heavy on the onion for my taste, but still a nice IPA.

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

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this extra to me! Thanks Hollis!

poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer with 1 finger of white head that drops to a ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruits, pine cones, and citrus. The malts are evident in the nose and add a touch of sweetness and fresh baked bread notes.

Taste: This is a tasty IPA. Decent balance between malt and hops! Its not brutally bitter; I would say the low end of moderately bitter. Pine and grapefruit rind are the prominent hop notes; supporting cast include herbal notes, orange zest, and a touch of green onions. The malts are bready and have a touch of sweetness in the form of caramel. The hops taste dank, wet, and fresh. It has a nice mild lingering bitterness that is very citrusy. It just goes on forever!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really easy drinking IPA that drink below its listed 7.3% ABV. Its drink more like its 5%. The finish on this beer is fairly dry which helps make the hops really pop out without destroying your palate!

Overall: This is a really fantastic IPA. Its probably the next Heady Topper. I cant beleive this beer is 100 IBU's. Its just doesn't seem that bitter. This beer is well balanced, has a great hop profile, and is really drinkable. Its coming at you from all angles!

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Photo of deckstar
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A1 - Light yellow/orange, not too pale, not too dark. Great color for an IPA. Creamy head, dense.

A2 - tropical fruits, citrus, pine, resiney & sappy. freash grain, hay. picking up a lot more malt in the aroma than most IPA's.

T - a balance of malt and hops, then bitterness builds and spreads out, takes hold with dryness.

M - really creamy, low carbonation.

O - Amazing. This IPA is really easy to drink considering its high abv. very enjoyable. full flavor, and its not just the hops. could become highly addictive.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can generously shared by Chris (largadeer). This has been on my wants since it was growler-only. Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar and wisps, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - A nice mixture of tropical fruit, pine, and dank hops. Minimal malt presence.

T - The taste features some citrus zest, a bit of chive and onion, and perhaps a touch of the aforementioned tropical fruits. Malt comes out a bit more mid-palate, lending an icing sugar flavor. Fairly intense bitterness, but reasonably well-hidden alcohol.

M - Dry, crisp, medium body, with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink, even with the palate bruising hops.

D - It's a very well-crafted and well-executed IPA that I would happily purchase if it were available locally. The 16oz cans are a good serving size and I'd be proud to call this my local beer if I lived in New Mexico.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can courtesy of DonFrap for giving me one of his extras. Thanks man! Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange slighty brown, about a finger of white thick foamy head that recedes fairly fast to leave just a thin layer of white bubbly head, slightly below average carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of slightly dank grapefruit hops also some oranges, papaya, and mango. Definitely well above average aroma strength for a IPA, could smell the hops right away when pouring it, definitely reminded me exactly like Heady Topper. Loses a little bit of it's aroma after pouring.

T- Nice dank hops, grapefruit, oranges, papaya mangoes, finishes a little bit bitter with an excellent citrusy aftertaste. Lots of nice great tasting hops, nice level of bitterness, definitely one of the best tasting IPAs I've had.

M- Nice juicy mouthfeel, medium bodied, not too much carbonation but just enough, extremely easy to drink.

O- This was definitely an excellent IPA that is a must try for all hop heads. Comparable to Heady Topper and some of the other top IPAs. Very nice aroma especially when coming out of the can, nice hoppy citrusy taste, everything very well balanced, and a nice easy to drink mouthfeel. I wish this was more accessible, definitely a nice offering out of New Mexico!

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

Wildnoodle was one of many people who stepped up and either traded or simply sent me beer to further The CANQuest (TM). I am told that this is another one of those beers to be CANsumed as soon as possible to enjoy maximum freshness. Who would I be to buck the prime directive?

From the CAN: "Drink me. Drink me now. This IPA has been brewed with an obscene amount of the finest hops known to man. It is not meant to sit in a refrigerator. This gem is meant to be experienced fresh in all of its bitter, boldly hopped-up glory."; "Get elevated"; "New MexiCAN beers at their peak".

The Crack & Glug resulted in a finger-and-a-half of dense, tawny head with good retention. Nose was big with grapefruit hops and my mouth was watering. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial burst of grapefruit-citrus hops on the tongue, followed by a wash of caramel malt. Whew! If that doesn't get your attention, you may need to CANsult your physician. I wasn't getting elevated - I was being laid out! Finish was totally, utterly dry. I mean like Sahara Desert dry. Dry as the Zephyr winds. No wonder this was a 2011 GABF Gold Medal winner - it would be hard to beat.

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Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a nonic glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Potent hops ooze with floral and tropical fruit notes. There is a musty and corn-like layer also detectable, buried under the hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with understated soft pale malt and juicy hops of moderate intensity that display a range of West Coast qualities centered on the floral. It can't shake the husky corn quality from the smell, but it does not overpower. Acidity is very mild--difficult to determine where fruity hops end and acidity begins. Bitterness quickly rises to its zenith early in the middle and plods on rather monotonously until the finish. In fact, the late profile is sparse of sensory qualities, aside from the bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; slightly acidic, resinous, and warming on the palate; with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is the work of someone trying really hard. For the most part it is a success--the brewer's taste in hop cultivars is evident. It just seems to have an unexorcised demon or two, in the form of a phantom musty off-quality and some early heat on the palate.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall boy can, thanks to Rudzud for sharing.
Great looking fluffy head fades fairly quickly lots of lacing over semi clear honey pale colored.

Nose is very earthy and grassy with herbal tendencies, light malts.

Taste fruity hops, light earthy but not much, fairly bitter, semi sweet malts, nice fluffy slight grassy hops, very fluffy and airy. Finish is still sweetish, decent hops and light fruity fluffy hops.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, fluffy.

Overall fairly nice. A pretty well made IPA, nothing crazy, but quite tasty, and good hops overall.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved as an extra in a trade poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded way too quickly but did leave nice side lacing.

S - Aromas of lots of grassy hops nice and floral.

T - taste is nice ans enjoyable with a very clean lightly grassy and subtly bitter hop profile. This is not a palette wrecker but very lightly bitter hops. Some sweet malts as well.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for a ipa, super clean ans enjoyable.

O - Overall this beer is very nice and lightly bitter with a nice light floral grassy taste and aroma throughout.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #600!

I had this on tap and loved it so much I picked up a four pack of cans to take with me. As soon as I left Albuquerque I regretting not picking up a case. This is seriously in the running for being my favorite IPA of the year. Certainly my favorite IPA of my recent road trip.

It pours a light tan-orange color with a bronze tint to it. There’s a great hop aroma. Simply fantastic, fresh, and full of grapefruit and citrus zest. Wonderful flavor with a light grapefruit flavor. Lightly bodied, almost delicate, even—this is not a heavy IPA or a bitter bomb but there’s a touch of chewiness to give it some heft and big, big aromatic hops that keep me coming back for more. Absolutely loved it.

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

Pours a brillant copper color with a big, fluffy head. Dare I say it almost looks like a Yuengling lager??

Smells beautiful. Nice citrus rind, maybe a touch of pine. Nice strong aroma, especially for a 'regular' IPA.

First taste is a nice citrusy dance on the tongue followed by a slight bitter on the back.

Mouthfeel is good. Its actually a little heavier/chewier than I expected...again for a 'regular' IPA, not that that is a bad thing at all.

Overall, this beer is pretty damn good. I will admit to being spoiled by pretty regular access to Heady and HF...but those are big DIPAs and this being NOT a DIPA (althought, IMHO 7.2% is pushing the boundaries) it is a damn solid IPA.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light golden orange color with a very slight haze. A nice white head that that has good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Piney hops are everywhere on this one. Quite a bit of tropical fruits here too. A dash of sweet malts.

T- Again hops leading the way here too. Just about every hop description I can think of. Quite a bit of floral, tropical fruits with a good amount of pine. A pretty solid sweet malt back bone that gives this brew exception balance.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- A totally awesome brew. This one would give the big name brews a run for their money for sure.

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Photo of DCon
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a 64oz Growler of this in a trade w/ amcmaho1. Poured from the Marble Brewery Growler w/ hops in Yellow into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Filled @ the Brewery 2/4/12.

Aroma- Tons of fruits and American hops hit the nose big time. Starts off with a mix of Passion Fruit and/or SuperFruit! Wild! Then very sweet hops and peach comes around at the finish. Good work on the aroma!

Appearance- Pours almost no head at all but a few bubbles (due to Growler). Has a Glowing, Reddish/Copper colored body with decent clarity. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Mango hop flavor and simcoe hops start this one off strong. Very big and punches the mouth all the way through. Medium-High Bitterness and quite an overload of hops! Did someone say American IPA? Ok good.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Hop Extreme, and finishes with hop sensation like a 2X IPA would! Awesome.

Overall Impression- Now I see why this one won the GABF award! Huge! The nose on this deserves an award alone. Definitely recommend looking for this brew or if in town, stopping by for a Growler. One of my top 10 IPA's right now and looking to enjoy some more! Thanks Alex!

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Photo of bump8628
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery. Copper colored, perfect layer of sticky white foam on top. Unbelievably juicy and vibrant hops - pine needles, orange oil, mango, and grapefruit. Clean and dry, bitterness is ultra-smooth. The stuff goes down in gulps. IPAs don't get any better than this. This was hands down my favorite beer on a two week roadtrip to California if that tells you anything. Damn delicious stuff.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mark and Gloria for the generous growler share! Multiple pours into a Coronado snifter:

Informal review in a dark bar, so bear with me.

Orange peel liquid with ivory foam receding to alsting collar. Shimmering dots of lace.

Balanced spicy hop notes with a toasty malt backbone in the nose. Citrus zest and a bit more fruit and woodsy notes as well.

Again, balance is key on the palate. Capsicum, citrus, coriander, herbs, and deep toasted malt. Truly, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Moderate yet assertive bitterness throughout. A bit of evergreen and orange zest. Summit or simcoe seems likely, though above all BALANCE is key.

Evervesent, almost spritzy, though these qualities are fading a bit due to the growler seal. ABV is very well disguised.

Clarity and synergy of ingredients is paramount to this ale...remarkable the spread of fantastic IPAs throughout the Southwest now. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of GabrielM
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many times but seeing as how it took GOLD at GABF yesterday I figured it was time to review. Poured from a growler into a Bruery snifter.

A - medium golden amber color with a quarter-inch of white head. Looks pretty standard.

S - garlic right away, a ton of citrus, pine... the simcoe hops are really standing out. Smells really outstanding.

T - as the nose indicated, a ton of fresh simcoe action. Some leathery garlic and bitter citrus are balanced out nicely by a malty finish.

M - this is where I was really blown away. Normally brews with such a big simcoe presence don't taste too great to me because they seem to be a bit too bitter. However, this baby finishes ridiculously smoothly and hides it's decently high ABV quite well.

O - a fantastic IPA that I'm happy to have access to around the clock. Congratulations La Cumbre!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped into a pint glass. My 300th beer rating. Woot!

Appearance - White one finger head with good retention and decent to good stick.

Smell - Medium strength hoppiness. Very grassy. No off flavors. Very smooth and balanced hop. No overpowering characters, and yet not boring.

Mouthfeel - Excellent. Full bodied. Smooth. Carbonated. No astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Probably one of the best American IPAs I've had. No extreme characters or off flavors, just a great session IPA.

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