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Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,352
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
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Photo of timontheroad
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark copper color. Nice two finger head after an aggressive pour. So-so lacing. Big huge citrus and piney aromas. Flavor has a lot of orange peel with a bit of bitterness and just a hint of sweetness. Medium bodied with minimal carbonation, somewhat of an oily mouthfeel. This is one of the better IPAs available, glad that La Cumbre is now in distribution to the Front Range.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, golden/ orange color. Tiny head barely sticking around to the sides of the glass. Some alcohol legs.

Smells great. Big juicy oranges, citrus fruit. Orange zest/ pith coming through. A nice amount of resinous/ herbaceous character to balance it out. Awesome. It's astringent and pungent. Reminds me of Boneyard.

Taste not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Much drier on the palate. I get that big earthy, dank (I hate saying that) quality coming through, with a nice bready-malt character keeping it in check. Really nice.

It's almost too dry and bitter for my taste. The carbonation seems to kick in right as you sip and pronounces the bitterness.

Overall a really solid offering. A little different than usual. I'd just prefer some more sweetness to balance out the dryness of the beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A very nice copper orange color that pours a frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Nice white fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Orange, tangerine, some other citrus flavors and pine and resin.

T: Piney with. Nice bitterness, not as bitter as you would expect from a 100 ibis but still nice. Has some touches of citrus and some nice bready malt to balance out a little bit.

F: Pretty thick body, the bitterness does coat your mouth.

O: A fantastic IPA and I am glad it is finally in Colorado!

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Photo of puck1225
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very big tasting IPA. Poured from a can into a pint glass., clear yellow gold. Very fragrant with a nice citrus smell. Taste is a old citrus with grapefruit, orange and tangerine flavors. A crisp feel with a bit of a spicy aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: beautifully bright, amber-honey colored with a 1/4-quarter finger light tan head.

Aroma: hops! Light pine and pineapple with sweet bready malt.

Flavor: a hop assault. Lots of hops but no standout hop flavors (tropical fruit, melon, etc.). This beer is like sucking on a hop straight from the bine. Light alcohol is detectable but there is no alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: medium. Spot on.

Overall: a damn enjoyable beer. One better than a lot of the highly sought after NE IPAs. I drank this beer side by side with Sip Of Sunshine, and I thought Elevated was better.

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Photo of stevoj
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewery. Don't be surprised by the faint nose, big hops follow. Deep golden color, soft creamy head, some streaky lacing. Silky smooth, almost syrupy body. Hops linger...for a while. Big hoppy IPA.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super clear copper colored brew with a white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is weed, grapefruit and vanilla with a bit of earthiness. The taste is amazing. Malty sweet with grapefruit, tons of hops and the faint taste of vanilla in the background. Amazing beer and one I am glad to have been able to try.

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

Cheers to Dustin for this can

Consumed 1/12/16

A: Burnt orange and copper, with some lighter orange tones around the edges - slight chill haze but mostly clear - pours with a medium sized, creamy, white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a frothy, medium collar, leaves streaks and splotches of lacing

S: Dank - oily, resinous hops and straight-up weed - sharp citrus, with some orange and grapefruit zest, pith - spicy, leafy, herbal, and earthy aromas, with even more weed - also mint - some tropical aromas with minimal sweetness, mostly pineapple - some pale grains at the base, dry crackers, hints of caramel malt

T: Exceptionally bitter, and I do not mean that as an insult - spicy, leafy, herbal, flowery, straight-up hop cones - resinous and oily - pine needles - citrus, with some orange zest, grapefruit peel, grapefruit pith, maybe even a touch of lemon - hints of dry onion - mint - extremely bitter, the 100 IBU label is not a joke as this is more bitter than most DIPAs - crushed aspirin - minimal sweetness, just a touch of caramel malts - crackers - clean and highly attenuated, very dry

M: Medium body, more crisp than smooth, medium carbonation, lightly oily but extraordinarily dry

O: Get Elevated

This is my first taste of La Cumbre, and it is indeed memorable. It smells dank, punches you in the face with bitterness, yet is as dry as a desert. It's an interesting take on an IPA. It has absolutely no balance, but it isn't supposed to; it is a hop bomb as promised. This is worth a trade.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour with medium head.

The taste is what I have become accustomed to with anything La Cumbre: dank and very bitter hops. There is plenty of malt on the backbone but not enough to overcome the bitterness.

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Photo of Moose90
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, somewhat sloppily printed on the bottom edge of the can is two lines of text —
00/10/14/15
BBO 1/12/16
Finally opened and tasted on 1/6/16

A — Lemony tinged orange hue. An ample bubbly ivory / bone colored head forms on top of the beer. Great clarity. Lacing is among the best that I have ever seen.

S — Smell is loaded with lemon rind, overall it is dominated by a strongly malt forward presence of toasted bread and cracker crumb. There is some earthy pine character as well as a resinous and lightly tangy citrus profile. Malt forward.

T — Chewy, pithy, resinous, bitter and astringent notes about. Floral and chewy hop flowers. Earthy, biter, aggressive. No malt balance. Assertively hoppy and pithy. Earthy, piney.

M — Nice prickly carbonation, bubbly. Smooth overall, inviting.

O — Nice overall, very earthy and herbaceous, piney and resinous. Lacks balance and sweetness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Substantial orange color here, off white head. Aroma was dank simcoe, citra, warrior, who knows, but thats what it came off as.

Taste is yummy, pine and tropical fruit. Strong abv, hearty ipa here. Real danky. Lots of bitterness. This is right up to the line of when it becomes an imperial ipa.

But a very good beer, top tier stuff.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. I would give the slight edge to this over project dank. Not overly bitter but there is a decent hop presence. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer. Taste has a strong malt presence; lots of caramel and biscuit, yet the hops stand up to it, along with the malt flavors there are plenty of fruity notes, no bitterness. Very impressive ipa

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pleasing golden honeycomb and slight rust hues with a minimal half inch or so of head
S: A bit of dankness with limones and grapefruit coming through
T: Beautiful hop profile with a wallop of bitterness underpinned by a dry crackery malt finish
F: Smooth with moderate carbonation and pleasant mouthfeel
O: After drinking a lot of citrus bomb low-malt NE IPAs lately this was a refreshing break. The hop bitterness that initially drew me to IPAs really shines here. Overall this is a very drinkable and well hopped IPA.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft, La Cumbre Brewing, Albuquerque NM) Initially this beer rated a 4.0 last night from the can at Monroe's, but today it is down a couple notches. 100ibus is apparent as the bitterness sticks out. The most solid IPA so far on this trip.

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Photo of Chandango
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First review here, so bare with me!
Looks: Golden, muddy amber with 1.5 fingers of foam that dissipates quickly
Smell: citrusy and piney hops come through strong, fruity and crisp
Taste: The hops are very prevalent throughout, though it starts strong and then makes way for more of the citrus and piney flavors, then lingers on. Very crisp and clean tasting and quite delicious.

Overall an excellent IPA

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from jubilation in ABQ. Hop profile reminds me of Modern Times Blazing World, but the bitterness is a bit higher. Overall, a very tasty beer! This one is up there in terms of quality with some of the best IPAs out there.

Last words...if in the 505, it's a must try. If you are passing through, get a couple of cans....its legit!
Grade: A

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh what an rosy Amber with a fastly fading 1/4 inch of foam but once you taste there is greatness. It is the blast of hops without muddle of flavors just clear clean refreshment to crisp finish. Greatness in a can!

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Photo of jeswasgui
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got on tap at the la cumbre it was served a dark golden color with a 1.5 finger white head.it is very hoppy beer that has good bitterness to it. Pine and citrus hops stand out in the taste. Well worth having. A top rated IPA

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Photo of Alequine
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can. Really like the graphics and coloring on the can. Straw orange amber color with very slight haze. . Piney sweet malt aromas. Moderate finish for the style. Slightly bitter yet refreshing and citrusy with a slight dryness at the end. Can it be all of that in one taste? The answer would be hell yes with a Chinese acrobat balancing all of these characteristics on a tiny chair. Someone wrote solid IPA. Solid? I would say solid if they handed me one because this beer is outstanding.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dry hop smell and clean refreshing taste. Not very much malt characteristics in this beer which it what I love in IPA's. I wish this came to my neck of the woods!

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Photo of Prager62
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I found these in a Telluride liquor store cooler. The canning date is 09/08/15. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and was ecstatic with my find.

Look- Pours a clear and brilliant deep gold with a generous amount of frothy white foam.

Smell- Passion fruit forward, pineapple, some pine, and butyl in the back. Dank as hell!

Taste- Juicy passion fruit, pineapple, and some pine. There is a spice finish in the end that is rye-like.

Feel- A bit thin with a bitter and dry finish.

Overall- This drinks like a much bigger beer. It's hands down one of the best IPA's I've had, and that includes double IPA's. Just a juicy hop monster of a beer!

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Photo of tbryan5
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into tulip. No canning date

Pours a clear, Amber, orange color with a 1.5-2 finger head. Both the hops and malt are present on the nose in a nice combination. The taste is the same with a pleasant mixture of hops and malt with the hops taking a little dominance over the malt. More so than on the nose. Overall, this was a very well balanced IPA with one aspect not completely shutting out another. Glad I got to try it and would recommend.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Date of 7/24

L- Dare orange, almost amber. Big white, frothy head.

S- Piney. Sweet malt. Apple?

T- Very piney and somewhat dry. Nice full bitterness that lingers throughout. Decent malt backbone but this one is definitely hop forward. If I didn't know I would have thought this was a IIPA.

F- Moderate for the style. Nice carb. Finished crip and a little dry.

O- Very solid IPA and I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to enjoy.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a tulip, canned 7/6/15

A- pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger foamy and sudsy white head that retains for a while, eventually settling to leave some nice lacing behind

S- fresh leafy hops burst out of the glass, followed by notes of tropical & citrus, including mango, papaya, grapefruit, tangerine and peach. Even picking up some fresh mint leaf and cut grass. Malt is hard to find in the aroma, allowing the hops to shine

T- lots of fresh cut grass up front, followed by plenty of tropical hop flavors with an emphasis on orange peel, passionfruit & mango. Some dank resin kicks in, providing a bit of pine that continues into the finish. Ever-so-slight sweet malty linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, amazing drinkability

O- this one lived up to the hype, one of the top five 'single' IPA's that I've had. Dank and easy to drink

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