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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 690
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 25.23%
Wants: 405
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After some of the reviews I was ecstatic to try this. Bottle dated 10/13/15. Ok...it's a very good IPA. Great? I wasn't blown away, but it is very solid and super smooth. No dank and the aroma seem subdued a little compared to the elevated IPA. I know they change the recipe every so often so, maybe this is just a different batch of hops and new techniques. If you have a chance to try it, go for it. I was hoping for an epic beer and felt slightly let down with this batch. Maybe others batches are, or will be better. YMMV.

Final thought: smoothest high ibu IPA in recent memory. A-/B+

Update 11/13/15- So I smuggled a bomber back in my checked bag and tried it properly tonight (bottle dated 10-13-15). Nose and flavor were both subdued but I would say the main descriptor I would use for both would be pineapple. Odd, because as fruity as IPA's have become, I can't say I have ever tasted straight pineapple juice in a beer (albeit, a strong secondary note). I haven't really changed my opinion from my previous tasting. Good....glad I tried it, not in my top 10 IPA's, but enjoyable. This batch I will rate a solid B+

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We split a bomber into our Founders snifters. It shows the color of old peach flesh, and puts off a soapy one and a half finger tall head of white, slightly toasted looking bubbles. This is beautifully reproducible with a flick of the wrist. This retains very well, leaving dusted plateaus of lacing across our glasses in a jutting, stepwise fashion. Haze is dense, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be lightly medium. The aroma includes incredibly present hoppiness, offering up notes of heavy, syrupy nectars, dripping pines, light citrics, and massively perfumed florals. This bountiful blend plays against a backdrop of sticky butterscotch caramels, pale and caramel grain sweatiness, coffee cake crumbles, apple cider sugars, latex plastics, dripping wet peachy and pineapple fruit juiciness, dank scotch-style (but not mossy or peaty) booziness, raw white rice, candy corn cloy, cork and balsa wood, white pepper, crayon waxiness, and fresh olive oil stickiness. With warmth comes a juniper fruitiness, and an enhanced piney hoppiness. Wow, what a supremely bitter beer!! West-coast (land-locked?!) through and through. The hops come first, exploding with the highest citrics and soaps around, before melding into the background, where they loosen up and become dank, earthy, and crystalline. The body that these blend into is comprised of hot graphite, harsh grain alcohol burn, syrupy pear and peach juiciness, biscuity pale malt toast, raw caramel grain, buttered white bread, burnt plastics, crispy apple skin shavings, grapefruit and tangerine flesh and peel, subtle honey sugariness, rotten vanilla bean, old coffee filters, dew kissed morning moss, tin and titanium, under ripe honeydew melon, wet salted seaweed, and soaked wool. For the first half of your glass the bitterness from the beginning sips follows you to hell and back, like a shadow, lingering behind you. The more the beer warms the more this fades. The body is decidedly full, and the carbonation is actually rather mild. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with more oily froth and creaminess, making it have to lap up and cling to the lip. The mouth is left puckered, bittered, and coated with a grating astringency, where you could almost feel a sandy chalkiness sitting beneath it. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips away like a champion.

Overall, what an incredible specimen. There is so, so much complexity swirling around in our glasses right now. From that explosive, variable, and domineering aroma, to one of the more surprisingly bitter-tipped IPAs, this one has something for everyone to enjoy. The most memorable thing about it is the palate shock. The first sip will all but send you into spasms if you’re not bracing yourself. We weren’t bracing ourselves!! It just comes as such a stark difference from the aroma, which is more warming and homey in its prowess. This lingers, and lingers, and lingers, making even sips of water in between make you pucker as it chips at the residual flavors around the mouth. This longevity helps make the beer something special. As outsiders to the region from which this hails, it likely won’t be soon before we get to dip our noses into the next batch of Project Dank, but it will certainly not soon be forgotten.

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Photo of mactrail
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive clear amber with an ample foam that lasts and lasts. Sudsy mouthfeel. Very malty and full bodied. It's more in the style of a double IPA, fairly sweet, but not much alcohol taste. Big aroma of apricot and honeysuckle with a cedar note.

I don't think this is what I associate with "dank" but it's so much better than so many IPAs. Instead of that weedy, leaf mold, herbal tea, and resiny gunk, this is just clean fruity hops. Plus, this is so modestly bitter the aromatics come through clear and last longer. I be more inclined to believe this had the NZ or Aus hops with all the mango and peach taste, and the lower acidity.

Endlessly flavorful and totally drinkable. A big IPA without the attitude. Who would have thought one of the best IPAs I"ve had this year is from New Mexico? From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Sprout's Market in Santa Fe.

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Photo of Realbeerguy
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled at GABF 2015

A: Brilliant yellow with write head that dissipates quickly.

S: I think this is the best smelling IPA I've ever tried, this is what IPA should smell like. Lots of citrus, and tropical fruit

T: Lightly sweet but dries out. Grapefruit, and pine

M: Great mouthfeel very Sticky brew.

O: La Cumbre is awesome.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had really high expectations. a good solid beer i thought. my drinking buddies thought so too. found them by accident at gabf. well done. need to find them online stores

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dipa with really good up front fresh hop smell and a very well balanced hoppy/malty finish. I prefered the Elevated Ipa but this was very tasty to try

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy medium light gold color with an ultra thing lacing ring.

S - Bright tropical fruit aroma with fruit rind.

T - All hops from start to finish - very dank tropical fruit: pineapple, juicy red grapefruit, and spicy. Coats the mouth with alot of dank tropical fruit rind.

M - Thick medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is an amazing IPA.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into snifter.
Danked on 8/11/15, it's pretty fresh.

A- Hazy orange and gold. Minimal head and lacing.

S- Wow. It really does live up to its name. I had to look around to make sure that I wasn't at a Snoop Dogg concert. LaCumbre definitely nailed the dank.

T- Just really earthy, dank hops. A little citrus too.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Slightly dry mouthfeel.

D- Great beer. I really enjoyed it. I was lucky to get it pretty fresh. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber. Pours opaque orange, thick white head. Smell is sweet citrusy orange, makes you wanna just take a big gulp. The taste is delish, juicy orange and tangerine with the perfect malt sweet balance. Finishes semi dry and some dank earthiness plates out on the tongue at the end. Mouthfeel is soft and slick. First time trying this one and it did not disappoint. Outstanding.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As the name states, it certainly is dank. Pours an hazeless orange color with quickly dissipating head. Dank on the smell with some sweetened. Taste reflects much of the same. Feel is smooth with some carbonation. Nice beer overall

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Photo of Hootie159
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy bronze. Thin head with solid lacing. Very aptly named. Smells of dank wet hops. Reminds me of a certain friend's basement but in a good way. A little sweet but a nice hop finish. Bitterness starts to prevail as you wage into the beer. I've never felt dank before until now. Big fan.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply one of the best IPAs that money can buy, especially if you like an IPA that isn't overly carbonated. I'm not saying it's a cask ale or anything, but dank-smooth? Yes, this is it. Pull up a stool. You've found it. Now, if they'd only sell this in one of their handy pint-sized cans instead of the damn 22 oz bottles that roll around in my car every time I have smuggle this beer across state lines.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a proper west coast style IPA. Hoppy, piney and bitter. An exceptional version of the west coast style, but nothing really sets it apart from the rest of the field. I would drink this all the time if I could get it locally, but I'm likely not going to search it out again in trades.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Golden Orange with a small fluffy white head
S- Lives up to the name Dank hoppieness with a slight spice
T- For as dank as this smells this is it a more balanced beer than Elevate, slightly sweeter but still delicious with a hoppy grapefruit flavor.
F - Viscous sticks to the teeth and mouth

Overall a great IPA

On Tap at La Cumbre

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Photo of gopens44
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick bodied, tastebud punishing goodness. Nose is pine, grapefruit and a touch grassy while the taste chimes in nearly identically, save for hints of licorice and a thick, dry and slightly salty finish that is barely perceived by a numbed tongue from all the hop violence. Very happy to have been able to try this absolutely fantastic one out!

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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle ("Danked" on June 17, 2015) to a wine glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 27, 2015.

A-The beer is kind of flat on the pour with a short off-white head that fades steadily and leaves a stray bit of lace on the glass. There is a chill haze in the light-orange-golden liquid and not much in the way of carbonation.

S-The aroma is very fragrant (as you would expect from a beer named Project Dank). I sniff pine, mint, and other leafy notes (not necessarily dope or dankness, but leafiness). There is some orange, grapefuit, and a bit of peppery spice too. Toast scented malts try to balance the hops.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with lots of herbal, green, leafy flavors. I also get pine, fresh-cut grass, and some grapefruit. The beer is pretty smooth for how much hop action is happening, but it gets a little rough on the finish. Toasty toffee malts lurk underneath the hops.

M-The beer is a somewhat flat with with a medium heft.

O-This is another good beer from La Cumbre, but I think I like Elevated more than this guy. If you're a fan of earthy and, um, dank IPAs look here, but the green, leafy flavors and flat mouthfeel kind-of dragged down my score compared to the best in this class.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ONovoMexicano for this bottle from NBS BIF #2. Hated 22oz bottle with a "Danked on" date of 6/17/15. A solid and enjoyable beer, Pleasant body and verygood flavors. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of jhavs
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery, and again out of a bomber bottle a few days later.
A= Orange with a deep haze, glowing.
S=Deep dank resinous hops with citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. The name does not lie, this is dank and makes your mouth water.
T= Great, perfect balance of deep tropical flavors with the pale malts and light sweetness. Get grapefruit, pine, resinous grassy/earthy flavors. Lots of depth to the flavor.
M= Medium body, near perfect level of carbonation both on tap and out of bomber. Surprisingly refreshing.
O= Great balance with big flavors and aroma, leaves nothing desired, no complaints, definitely an equal to other world-class IPA hop bombs.

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Photo of arizcards
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gift from my brother Joe @sunsjammer after his recent trip into Santa Fe - thanks Bro! Bottled on 5/17/15.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head that is hanging around long after the initial pour.

Nose is outstanding, pine, citrus, and tropical hops are present in abundance.

Taste is near perfection, light pale malt base lays down a nice baseline for the medley of citrus, pine, peach, and mango flavors.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, nicely refreshing.

Overall this is a world class IPA, right up there with the legacy Alpine IPA's. Seek this one out!!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle dated 4/22 poured into Speigelau glass

A: very light amber orangish hue good clarity

S: resin candy some orange citrus for mikes then light malts

T: very heavy with citrus orange mostly. some herbal resiny hops but the more it warms the more the passionfruit tropical fruit taste opens up

M: fairly syrupy a little cloying surprised by the stickiness

O: This beer is amazing its got layers of different hops a little bit it seems for everyone the mouthfeel is shockingly thick odd for an IPA but not unwelcome. Definarely more orange as it warms its a fantastic beer

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Photo of MA_hops
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Malt forward IPA with a hint of citrus. Has a slight bitter/dry finish. Moderate amount of hops. Subtle "dankness", not bad overall. Picked up a few cans of this in a trade.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/26/15. 2 weeks old

Smells amazing. Resembles Stone's Enjoy By a little bit, but I prefer this. I'm guessing this thing is loaded with Nelson Sauvin. I like their Elevated IPA quite a bit, but this thing is a step above. La Cumbre rules.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bomber
A- orange-copper pour with moderate off-white head. Good lace, good retention.
S- piney dankness hits you first followed by some citrus like orange
T- a tad bitter upfront but the piney hop flavor leads the way.
M- medium feel with a full carbonation.
O- super piney IPA living up to its name. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle driven to Nebraska by a good friend!

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Tropical, dank, pine and citrus.

Taste - Tropical, citrus and pine. Delicious!

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Medium attenuation. Very drinkable.

Overall - Very good IPA. Highly recommended!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beard505 for the trade.

Very cool bottle art. I usually recycle bottles but this may go on the shelf.

A: Bright copper color, poured a modest fine-bubble, egg shell head that slowly retreats to a similar rim. Excellent transparency. Blotchy laces.

S: Starts off with juicy citrus and pine resins. Doesn't seem to be too far on one side of the pine/citrus spectrum. Strong resin areosols are appreat, especially on the front. Specific notes of pineapple, orange soda, pine needles, and must.

A: The taste follows the nose nicely, but the dank comes through especially in the palette. This is an impressive ale. A peppery tingle is present I associate with fresh hop resins.

M. Super crisp and smooth. Medium body, high carbonation. Slightly thin.

O. A very fine IPA, very well crafted. This should be more well-known because it's very good. This certainly lives up to the high rating, and holds up to your Plineys or Zombie Dusts. I would certainly recommend this and I would also seek this out in the future.

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.