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Elevated IPA | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Elevated IPAElevated IPA

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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 dc55110
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +9.2%
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 -10.8%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +13.8%
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 +1.6%
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 Qdaddy76
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lincoln
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of nrbw23
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Number3red
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DCon
4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +13.1%
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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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2/5  rDev -54%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -7.4%
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.
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,457 ratings
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