Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
211 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 1,384
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.

 159 characters

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

 206 characters

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.

 522 characters

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.

 240 characters

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

 406 characters

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

 348 characters

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!

 214 characters

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

 224 characters

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.

 499 characters

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!

 168 characters

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!

 660 characters

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.

 459 characters

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.

 448 characters

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

 951 characters

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 405 characters

Photo of vicinandp
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

 198 characters

Photo of eppCOS
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

 561 characters

Photo of tylerstravis
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

 278 characters

Photo of wulfie85
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

 283 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

 181 characters

Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

 502 characters

Photo of spoony
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz can ("Danked" on June 18, 2015) to a shaker pint glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 20, 2015.

A-A really good looking IPA here with a nearly clear golden-colored body and some active, fine carbonation. The head is sticky, light tan in color, and about a finger tall. Retention is good.

S-The aroma is aggressive and hoppy. Lots of grapefruit, some orange, maybe some lime, a good floral note, and moderate to higher levels of hoppy bitterness. The malts are there too with a nice, balancing bit of caramel sweetness. Smells like a beer with more alcohol.

T-The taste is similarly bitter and aggressive...and damn good. Lots of citrus flavors, including grapefruit, orange and a bit of zest, as well as pine, black pepper, medicinal/herbal notes, and a floral kick on the finish. Caramelt flavors balance things just enough.

A-The beer is a touch on the flat side. The body is medium to full with a sticky, resinous coating.

O-This beer lives up to the hype for me. The smell and flavors are really tough to beat. One of the better IPAs I have had the pleasure of drinking. My only real gripe (and it is a minor gripe) is the feel. I could have used just a bit more carbonation here. Regardless, a great beer.

 1,230 characters

Photo of HopBomb515
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper hue with an off white head that builds thick and laces great. Citrus rinds, dank, piney slightly earthy and peppery and the taste follows almost exactly with building bitterness after each sip. Medium body, coating and dry finish. Overall a really solid IPA.

 273 characters

Photo of Benish
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass from can. No date on can.

Appearance: peachy color with a small amount of head. Some lacings around the glass.

Smell: it smells so juicy. It's sweet, fruity, and maybe a little dank. It seriously is like a lush of tropical paradise.

Taste: sweet, dank, and fruity. Its like drinking from the juice box...not literally. The bitterness is all around from start to finish, tasted like some orange rind. For what I can describe, it's hard to believe this sucker 100 IBU's (as the can states). So delicious.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and extremely refreshing. Carbonation does seem a little low.

Overall: I loved this beer. What else can I say besides the fact that it's juicy fruit? With having no idea how old this beer is, I can only imagine what it taste like when fresh.

 806 characters

Photo of jhavs
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery and again out of a can back at the hotel room.
A= Amber to orange with no noticeable haze, has a thick foamy head that lasts for my entire tasting. Lots of lacing circling the glass.
S=Pine and citrus hops with tropical flavors added in.
T= Tropical fruit up front followed by citrus lemon zest and grapefruit, light sweetness and moderate bitterness.
M= Medium body, dry and clean.
O= Does not disappoint. Great flavor, aroma and all around brew.

 472 characters

Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,384 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!