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 Stevem68
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden Amber color. Aroma is citrus, pine and some maltiness. Flavor pine and resin with a balanced malty backbone. Overall this is nice, has a little bitterness to it but still nice overall,

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Photo of dprice
3.52/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey gold color smell is of a light citrus pineapple, taste is hoppy but not overpowering, slight bitterness, mouthful is light kinda crisp overall solid IPA alcohol is hidden well could almost be session

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

Pours a honey orange clear color, head is 1/4th of an inch and off white. Lacing and head retention are very good.

Smell is big on fruit; pineapple, mango, guava, to name a few. Getting a bit of rye malt also. A bit of sweet malt balances the bitterness. Alcohol is pretty light.

Taste is spicy and bitter. Getting lots of citric acid, pineapple, and pine resin. Reminds me of pineapple sculpin but even better. Peppery aftertaste is present, alcohol is light.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated. Head added a nice froth to the body of the beer. Ends kinda astringent.

Overall this was a great Ipa, bright tropical notes mixed with acidic hops. Body and mouthfeel were spot on, would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours clear copper gold with a big bubbly white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is dank resiny piney hops with a little fruit and malt.

The flavor is tons of dank resiny piney hops hops that linger through the finish. There's a touch of sweet fruit initially that is quickly overwhelmed. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice in your face hop bomb.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark golden, with two finger head. Head doesn't linger. Smells aggressively hoppy. Taste starts almost sweet, then bitter hops kicks in. The taste lingers well. Feel is smooth, not overly carbonated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I acknowledge and accept that this will get flagged but... @TheStoutLord, what the hell is a southern style IPA?

Anyway, on to the main attraction... This beer was incredible. In a day and age flooded with IPA's, many of which taste similar to others, it's unlikely to find one that really stands out. Lo and Behold! I was very pleasantly surprised with this can of whoop ass recommended by a coworker who is from New Mexico. He came to me exclaiming this stuff is Glory itself in a container. I split a 4pk of this and a 4pk of the stout (also amazing) with a friend and Jesus Christ Almighty, he wasn't lying.

Being an advocate of HT I drank the first one out of the can. The artwork on all their cans are pretty dope -- this particular one making me think of a Santana album cover. After pouring it out in to a glass I find an impressive golden clear liquid that leaves a heavy white lacing on the sides of my glass. The taste is very tropical and citrusy upfront. Heavy grapefruit and mango flavors with an interesting malt sweetness on the backbone, brown sugar, or caramel, something reminiscent of an amber ale. I guess you could say this brew is balanced. It reminded me a bit of Hoptimum or dare I say Heady Topper? There is a late finale after a few lingering seconds of nothing but sweetness with a piney yet not exhausting bitterness that lasts only just long enough to not be offensive. Easy drinking for an "IPA" with the ABV of a Double, tread lightly.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought 2, pint cans at bottle shop in Denver.
"CO 02/01/16" So, about a month old...a very good start!

Pours a nice, very clear copper. Modest head....reduced down to a thin skim after a minute. Bubble action is modest.

First couple sips are underwhelming...but things proceed quickly to whelming. Plus.
The 7.2% abv is well hidden, but it does show up as the glass gets lighter. Not in taste, but effect.

The hop recipe is impressive. Aroma is citrusy but reserved; resiney tongue is good, taste is grapefruit and juniper, wave of bitter in the afterwash. Aftertaste should please any hophead.

But it might be the hint of dark malts...Munich & Carastan....that tips it back from the "hop bomb" precipice.

And oh, the lacing!....very impressive, and final confirmation of the obvious: thar's hop oil in them thar beers! So I checked the website info : Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic. etc. ...golly, Wally!

A mature beer that will outlast novelty IPAs that depend on over-the-top labelling or a blunt, hop-bomb recipe. Well worth the premium price per 4-pint pk. Get Elevated.....and bravo to excellence!

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Photo of TheStoutLord
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear copper color. Good looking white head, poured into a tulip. Some bubbles, implies moderate carbonation.

S: Lovely citric hoppy smell. Some aftertones of pine. Mainly the hops though.

T: Very bitter hops on the front of the taste. Citric and very slightly piney or herbal. This beer is so hoppy. Does well to cover the 7.2% ABV though. Its very dry and not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell. Honestly, I was not loving the first or second sips, but it starting growing on me as I began to appreciate the complexity. Theres some malt near the tail end and the pine really comes out to wrap up the flavor with the hops.

F: Light bodied, but packs quite the punch up front. Leaves the mouth feeling dry and a little oily, sort of like a wine, but not.

O: Not my favorite style of IPA, but it was very good and I'm willing to acknowledge that. Most of my IPA experience comes from the South so I'm inclined to float toward the southern style more than the western.

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Photo of smanson56
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a darker yellowish gold color into my tulip glass. The nose is slightly muted from the blend of hops and the resin from them also. Seems a little heavy towards the west coast style IPA from what I expected. More malty than hoppy in the nose I guess. The taste follows the nose lots of malt flavor and some hoppy flavors follow this. The mouth feel is smooth. This is a little to much of a west coast style IPA for my palate but that is what it is. Just not my favorite style.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heard lots of good things about El Cumbre and this IPA in particular. I'll put in my own two cents:

L: light orange with some amber highlights, darker than I would have expected. low carbonation, has a light whispy white head with decent retention/lacing.

S: Nice burst of resinous, citrusy hops in the nose. some feint bready notes, light pine.

T: Nice smack of hoppy flavor up front. Citrus, resin, light catty flavor, but not in a bad way. Very balanced and complex. There is enough crystal malt sweetness to keep things in check. Finishes dry and clean. Nice.

F: Oily, medium bodied, light carbonation

O: Really enjoyed this one and would buy many more times. It is complex and very flavorful, and satisfies any hop heads need for a great IPA.

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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 —
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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Elevated IPA from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
4.34 out of 5 based on 1,405 ratings.
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