My buddy Justin (http://grindnblast.tumblr.com/) out in New Mexico has been touting La Cumbre Elevated IPA’s virtues for some time now. So as you can imagine, I’ve been dying to try the stuff. Well on a recent trip to Denver, Justin hooked me up with four pints. After some good conversation about beer, music and New Mexican history (as well as New Mexican food) I rattled off to my apartment to sit down for a proper tasting. The can I’m reviewing is number four, so I’ve had some time to evaluate. And I can honestly say, with absolutely no attempt to blow smoke, Elevated is one of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had.
It pours a hazed honey apricot color and as you can see from the picture is topped with a massive head of eggshell colored foam. Sudsy rings of lace cling to the sides of the glass after each sip. On the nose you’ll find notes of tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, blended perfectly with grapefruit, clementine and sticky, dank piny hop notes. A rich backbone of malty grains and sweeter notes of caramel and candied fruits.
The mouth-feel is creamy and crisp at the same time. It sort of washes over the tongue in a coating manner but is immediately cleaned up by a clean, dry finish of bitter piny hops. Up front all the fruity hoppiness present on the nose is very apparent with notes of crackers and butterscotch throughout the middle. Elevated is nothing shy of a world class beer.
I should also point out that I listened to Justin’s band, Immortal Prophesy while writing this review. Check out their tune The Abyss Also Looks Into You. It is some seriously intense metal: