Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

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 angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -7.2%
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 -23.8%
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 —
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 -1.2%
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 -5.3%
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 -3.9%
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 +6%
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 -13.4%
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 +0.9%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +8.5%
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 -0.9%
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 -5.8%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Bright orange amber with very slight haze, finger white head dissipates with a little lace. Big aroma of dark fruit and pine. The taste punches you in the mouth with lots of piney hops and sweet malt, but the hops win turning into an earthy grassy finish. Hops/bite linger maybe a little too long. Medium slick mouthfeel, high carbonation. Overall very good DIPA if looking for big piney hops.

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Photo of vicinandp
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best thing in New Mexico. My only complaint is that I only bought a four pack while I was there. Just a great fruity and hoppy IPA. Super fresh and minimal hoppy dryness and bitterness.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is hard to review objectively, since this IPA has ruined me for most other IPAs out there - at least ones that are carbonated to this level. Part of the bite that people attribute to being "too hoppy" is due to that aggressive carbonation. But it's a great, big, west-coast style IPA done by a brewery that can do almost no wrong (ok, that state fair cream ale, bleh...but probably the style of beer that is the problem for me). Heady. Dank, awesome, and refreshing. Can have one easily. Two, I start seeing things. Three, meet your best friend, a unicorn.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bite, pine and too much malt. That's what you're going to get here. This could have passed as a world class IPA ten years ago, but this is nothing special or worth seeking out today.

If you have the chance to get La Cumbre put all of your IPA eggs into the Project Dank basket.

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Photo of wulfie85
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured great and had excellent clarity. For a 100 IBU beer, however, it did not have the aroma and flavor that I was looking for. Not sure if this can was a little dated, or if this is just more a malt forward IPA, which is not my forte, but the bitterness was still great.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another from ONovoMexicano's NBS BIF #2 Box 'O Goodies! Good, crisp, clean, solid example of the style. Would be in regular rotation were it local to me. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you gatheredwaters for this
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A slightly hazy orange amber with a three finger white head.

S- Dank, heavy resin, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, big hoppiness.

T- Big bitter finish, dank, resin, pine, citrus, grapefruit, faint tropical fruits, and a nice slightly sweet bready malt backbone that adds great balance.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A really well done and balanced IPA. Finish is really big, but not really overpowering. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 1,403 ratings.
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