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 funkymonkey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kevanb
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -3.4%
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 -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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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 RattleheadKV2
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of M1A2
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of deckstar
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DonFrap
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,480 ratings