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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 672
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 399
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

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Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

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Photo of Realbeerguy
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -21.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +0.9%
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 +3.4%
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%
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 +0.4%
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 -0.9%
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 +4.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -2.7%
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 -2%
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 -10.6%
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 -21.6%
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 +5.8%
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%
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 +0.9%
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 -6.1%
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 +3.8%
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 -4.7%
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 +12.4%
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 +5.4%
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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Photo of bfranks
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite go-to beers. Always a bit different from batch to batch, but constantly complex, dank, and delicious. As always, La Cumbre delivers, this beer deserves its GABF medal (and more).

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Photo of braiden
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: caramely and slightly carbonated
Smell: floral aromas with a touch of sweet
taste: very smooth and the hops isnt overwhelming and actually a very complimentary taste for the beer profile
feel. Very crisp and easy to put down.
Overall an excellent ipa with alot of personality and kick

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-golden orange with a head that dissipates fast but is pleasant
-pleasant floral smell that dances in your nose
- smooth ipa taste with a soft kick very flavorful and bright
-hits hard fast and then leaves moderately
-overall the best ipa i have had to date extremely well crafted

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.