Wednesday, August 15th 2012
(La Cumbre Brewing Company)
Big thanks to Rob out in New Mexico for sending some of these our way. You rock Rob, seriously. So, why are we so excited? Well, this little canned gem holds 16 oz. of this past Great American Beer Festival's gold medal winner in the extremely crowded, and highly fought over, American IPA category. If you've got a penchant for all things hoppy than you'll probably agree with us when we say that we can't wait to crack this open and try if for ourselves.
From the La Cumbre site:
"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."
Here we go...
Pour - amber to honey-colored pour with a white head that steadily forms and as it retreats leaves some sticky lacing inside the glass. Carbonation looks good and this is ready to go..
Aroma - once the can is opened you'll know you're holding something special. The smell hits you from an arms length away. This packs some big, make that huge, aromas of fresh, green, sticky, hops along with an intense smell of pine. I could sit here and smell this all day. But then I wouldn't get to drink it. But if I drink it I won't be able to smell it. Dilemmas, dilemmas. I should probably take one for the team and at least try a small sip.
Taste - fan of hops are ya? Well, one sip of Elevated IPA will have you rejoicing. Loads of fresh pine and grapefruit flavors abound with big resiny notes, a sharp bitter hoppy punch and a finish that will keep your palate very happy until the next sip. In no way is this a one-sided IPA that simply brags about IBUs, those 100 bad boys are backed up nicely with a sweet, tropical-flavored maltiness. Balanced, intense, and outstanding.
Overall - absolutely one of the best IPAs we've ever had. If you're a hophead then put this one on the top of your list. Definitely worthy of the gold at the 2011 GABF and if it's back this year it's going to be hard to beat.
Note - Along with beating out 175 other entries to win the Gold in the American IPA category with this beer, La Cumbre also took home Gold in the American-Style or International-Style Pilsener category with "BEER" as well as Silver in the Foreign-Style Stout category with their Malpais Stout. Well done!
Posted by Russ
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