Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 371
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews by mdfb79:
Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/11/14 notes, Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross. 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks nice.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine hops, fruity malts, wheat , and light spice. Nice nose, lots of citrus and fresh hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grains, bread, spice, pine hops, fruity malts, wheat, and some light grapefruit and tropical fruits. Tiniest bit of bitterness. Good taste though I found the nose hoppier.

m - Medium body and light to medium carbonation. Very light bitterness.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, especially the nose. Very hoppy and lots of citrus and easy to drink. If I saw it around I'd buy it all the time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WTKeene
4.81/5  rDev +8.1%

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.


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


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

Photo of mabermud
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear amber body with an endless stream of bubbles. Clingy head that melts off the sides of the glass. Nice to look at. This has a glorious smell - Candied tropical fruit. The aroma definitely steps up. Upon first sip, I say...this is better than Elevated IPA. I could use the word "dank" to describe this beer. Sweet tropical fruit + easy grapefruit + dank. Nice finish, subtle sweetness, super clean, no aftertaste, makes me want more. I want that taste, I have to take another sip. Very drinkable. The feel is slick and somewhat creamy. How'd they do that?

Overall - Wonderful beer. This hits all the high benchmarks for a "World Class IPA." This reminds me of Pliny the Elder...just different. I think this IPA has legs and is a top contender in the IPA division. Or maybe, it is because I haven't had a beer in three days, and my taste buds are in such need of some hops, that they are hyping this up...I don't think so.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber that's about a month old, enjoyed out of a balloon glass.

This is a world class IPA that tastes like 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 white grapefruit juice, and 1/3 pine needles. Bitter, vibrant, citrusy, and loaded with pine. Aromas mirror the flavors, but the taste is the star here. Beautiful dry resin, pine needles, and grapefruit pith on the finish. So…much…pine.

Photo of duffman14
4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Floral citrus nose, joyous interplay of malt, hop bitterness, and trop fruit on the palate.

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.

Photo of Veeblefetzer
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Photo of Twistr61
4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Luckily I get to travel to ABQ for work...LaCumbre is simply amazing! Im surrounded by great beers here in Ohio, Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Alpha King, War Mullet, Space Station Middle Finger, Bells Hop Slam, but that beer is amazing!

Photo of JonathanG73
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad I was in NM and got to try this. Better than any I've had and each batch is a little different, they are always tinkering with the recipe. Must Try!!!

Photo of timc100
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, heavy and bright amber-orange. Nicely hazy, completely especially towards the end of the bottle. Brilliant aroma of big fresh dank hops. Very resinous and bitter. Big fruits, sugared grapefruit, orange, citrus. Very clean, crisp pine throughout.

Fantastic, another elite IPA brewer.

Photo of AdamF625
3.45/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Hellion
1/5  rDev -77.5%

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

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

Photo of dannydetox
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tropical hops abound in this delicious ipa from la cumbre. cloudy yellow gold with clingy lace in the glass greet the eye. i love the aroma of this beer - huge southern hemisphere hop goodness (mango, guava, pink grapefruit). the citrus bit combined with he cleasing bitterness places this among the top ipas ive had the pleasure of tasting. while thete is a heaviet booziness to this 7.5 abv offering, its great for a glass or two. i would probqbly get into trouble knocking these beasts back because they drink smoohly.malt sweetness is more than balanced by hop bittering. fantastic brew that reminds us californians great ipa does not have to come from the golden state.

Photo of JamesH21
4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

exceptional taste and nose on this. La Cumbre is really underappreciated for thier ipas despite thier awards. Its like drinking candied orange peels, good amount of pineapple mango type flavors and aroma. The beer pours hazy orange color with a 1/4inch of head

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a hazy sunburst color with a tight, white head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine, and some tropical notes. This gives way to a substantial malt backbone with caramel and toasted bread. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and a very well done IPA.

Photo of kingston2
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Clear bright orange color. Very little head but small bubbles and lacing remain on surface of beer. Really unique smell. Weeds, grass, some tropical fruits and citrus as well.

Taste is on the bitter side but in a nice way. The backbone of malts handles and offsets the hop bite. Again a unique and very pleasurable hop presence. Quite dank and almost oily..resiny. Leaves a nice hop taste on the tongue long after the sip has ended.

Really enjoyable beer. La Cumbre is doing good things. In the wrong hands this could go south quite quickly but they have hit a home run.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber shared by stillmatic2232.

Pours a golden orange/yellow, with a 3/4 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like marijuana, honestly, tons of earthiness, pine, and grass, and a bit of grapefruit.

Tastes the same. Mildly bitter up front, followed by dirty earthy weed hop flavors. Very floral, and very grassy, with some mild citrus hop flavors as well. Very resinous and a bit oily.

Medium bodied, crisp, fairly dry but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is another excellent beer from La Cumbre, what an intro to these guys tonight.

Photo of largadeer
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe I've tried every batch of PD to date. Without fail one of the best IPAs being brewed to day, and one of the most consistent. The hop bill is different every batch, so there's little sense in picking it apart in this review, though it's always hugely aromatic and leans toward the dank side of things, as you may have guessed. Lighter in body, dry, plenty bitter but not excessively. Incredibly clean fermentation. A masterful beer, I'm hard pressed to think of a better year-round IPA.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Sasha - thanks.

A: Pours from a bomber, clear orangish yellow with nearly no head and a few bubbles of carbonation.

N: Grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits, aromatic.

T: Dank, resiny and oily hops, citrusy notes.

M: Moderate body and light carbonation. Dank, sticky finish.

O: Very good and enjoyable; however, needed more carbonation.

Photo of Seeker_11
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%

Just tasted a fresh dank, and damn was it good. I had never heard of it before and got it in a trade. I definitely recommend any IPA fan to try this beer. You will not be disappointed.

Photo of zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow with just over 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down pretty quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: This smells like a Grateful Dead concert. Dank indeed! Huge dank, resinous pine. Lots of citrus rind aromas, and subtle tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose with lots of resinous pine and quite dank. Citrus with tangerine and orange peel. Some tropical fruit notes as well. Big bitterness as well. Terrific hop profile here.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, fairly smooth, a bit drying on the finish, drinkability is good.

O: Wow. Easily one of the best IPAs Ive ever had. Incredible.

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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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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