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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 267
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014)
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Reviews by Elprico:
Photo of Elprico
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cloudy and golden. It looks great, and pours great. A thick, two finger head that dissipates to a half inch lacing.

S-Pine, resin, and a mild citrus scent. Just very balanced from the scent alone.

T-A great West Coast style IPA. It starts off with a beautiful pine flavor and finishes with a light, citrus flavor.

M-Great carbonation and a flavor that coats the tongue. Really world class taste given the chance to admire.

O-A severely underrated beer from an underrated brewery. A definite try if you can grab a fresh one.

Elprico, Jan 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of WTKeene
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%

Re-reviewing the new batch, which is a different recipe. Bottle dated 8/11/14, courtesy of BeerandBoards, my Dank hookup forever and always. You're amazing. Poured into a Prairie Teku glass. Previous reviews below.

Appearance: A dark red-hued orange, translucent, reminds me of the color of Dayquil, really unique color for an IPA. I suppose this is due to the darker malt they used in this batch. Head is small white and loose, big champagne like bubbles that fade quickly into a thin crown with dainty lacing.

Smell: Wow. Indescribably complex, but let's give it a try. Intensely floral, specifically Gardenia. Loads of sweet citrus rind, tangerine or orange, almost like an orange creamsicle thing going on. Faint hints of pine intermingle as well. As it warms up, I get a bit of a spicy character as well, cinnamon comes to mind first, like a red-hot candy type of way. This is gorgeous.

Taste: Not quite as awesome as the smell, but still great. The tangerine comes through very prominently as well, but it's ultimately too pithy. Bracingly bitter, particularly on the aftertaste. The floral Gardenia plays in the background behind the citrus in the taste, but it's still a big portion of the flavor profile, adding a perfume note.

Mouthfeel: On the lower side for an IPA, but still respectable. That bitterness really clings to the palate, the finish on this thing is forever.

Overall: First batch I tried (2/28) was still my favorite, but this is a very respectable second place of the three so far. Really unique flavor profile on this one. Lovely stuff.

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Poured from a bottle dated 5/3/14 into a Prairie Teku glass, courtesy of the ever-generous Beerandboards. Original review of the first batch I tried, 2/26/14, is kept for history's sake down below.

Appearance: An almost-translucent orange/amber with a small head that fades quickly. A thin crown hands around the edge. Some minor lacing. 4.25/5

Smell: Tropical fruits and cat piss come through first. Very fruity too, like sweet blueberries. Yup. Lots of dried blueberries. That must be the interesting South African hops I've never had before, the Southern Dawn and the Southern Passion. Can't wait to see how the smell develops as the beer warms up. 5/5

Taste: Very different from the smell. Very low bitterness at first, but the first sip has loads of pine, and some earth. Bitterness intensifies as the beer warms and I get further down in the glass. Some herbal notes, (perhaps oregano, or parsley?). Virtually no aftertaste, which is interesting because literally every beer I've ever had has an aftertaste. Some vague fruitiness but not anything specific like the dried blueberries I was getting in the nose. This isn't hitting me over with complexity flavor wise like the last batch did. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, hefty carb. Doesn't stick around for long in the mouth at all, very clean. 4.5/5

Overall: The last batch I had was better (probably the best IPA I've ever had), but this is still very good. Very unique hop profile. I'm looking forward to future batches of this. 4.59/5

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Poured from a bottle dated 2/26/14 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber, next to no head. What head there is there fades away quickly. Just the thinnest of crowns around the edge. No lacing to speak of. 4.25/5

Smell: Holy hell. Holy. Hell. Best smelling IPA I've ever had. As soon as I popped the top the room filled with beautiful citrus, apricots and tropical fruit. Putting my nose in the glass, the beer reeks of cream. I can't wait to taste the beer! 5/5

Taste: Well I wasn't expecting that. Unlike the fruity smell, the flavor is much more earthy even dusty. Quite herbal. Dank, too, because of course it is. The fruitiness comes through a bit more toward the finish. Cat pee and pine, bitterness isn't bracing. Aftertaste is mostly bitter and sticks around a while. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Very sticky. Carbonation is lower, but far from flat. Really coats the mouth. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a ridiculously good IPA. Unlike any other IPA I've had, and it's fantastic. I wish I lived in New Mexico so I could drink this more frequently. Just...oh my god. Five stars. Good job, La Cumbre. 5/5

Total score: 4.89/5

WTKeene, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sonyalena
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Sonyalena, Apr 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

tectactoe, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Afroman
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Afroman, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of 77apm
5/5  rDev +12.1%

77apm, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of BillKuhnel
4/5  rDev -10.3%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

mctizzz, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Prospero, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of Veeblefetzer
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Had a pint on tap in Santa Fe.

The pour was golden; high carbonation. Nose was strong citrus with heavy grapefruit overtones. Head was modest; about a finger's width.

Taste was solid hops but with enough malt overtones to make this a very drinkable brew. It reminded me a lot of the La Cumbre Full Nelson, but the bit of malt flavor made this much more enjoyable. It paired well with a green chile cheeseburger.

Veeblefetzer, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

deebo, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

buyyourfreedom, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of CyPotter
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

CyPotter, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Zonian1, May 06, 2014
Photo of davistabuff
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

davistabuff, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

striker2160, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

LXIXME, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

acurtis, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of AdamF625
3.45/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured gingerly into a snifter. clear golden with very little head.
S- orange, lemony, very floral and piney
T- sticky hops, pine, mint, orange marmalade, not much of a malt profile
M- thin body with moderate carbonation. Resinous hops coat the palate. It's almost numbing.
O- underwhelming. It lives up to the name very dank and resinous but lacks in aroma and more complex flavors.

AdamF625, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The newly released, bottled, Project Dank. Comes in a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a nonic pint glass from Marble Brewery. Albuquerque marriage right thurr.

A- Pours a beautiful golden and tan with a finger and a half thick head. Lots of stick lace remains on the glass and atop the liquid.

S- Delicious. Dank is the word. Floral, spicy and resinous hops blast my nose. There's a tinge of sweet, vanilla-like malt. But let's get this straight, this is for hop heads.

T- Spicy, floral hops hit the tongue and have a bite to them. The sweet malt and vanilla notes pop up mid-palate. Then a blast of bitterness hits the tongue and lingers alongside some spice. Again, this beer is a hop head delight.

M- Lots of spice give the sensation as if I'm eating chile, but then the smooth, creaminess mid-palate provide a brief respite before the dry bitterness hits the end, and, combined with the spice again, heat up the mouth again. It's an interesting feeling, a heat that is not caused by the alcohol. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.

O- This beer is wonderful and incomparable. I've never had quite the same sensation from an IPA. But make no mistake, this is also enjoyable to drink. Hop heads rejoice.

ONovoMexicano, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Oct 05, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

twizzard, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Hellion
1/5  rDev -77.6%

The other reviews sum this beer up. It smells like cat piss. Since when is this desirable? 0/25

As soon as I took my first sip I realized it also tasted like cat piss. 0/25

Did I mention its the same color as the piss of a dehydrated cat? 0/25

At least I absorbed some alcohol when I drank it, however since it looks, smells and tastes like cat piss, I promptly vomited what I can only assume was fermented cat piss. 1/25

Hellion, Nov 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

mhenson42, Apr 09, 2014
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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.