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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 671
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 400
Gots: 74 | 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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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!!!

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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.

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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 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!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thank you Majin for the trade! Pours a hazy amber with a small, quickly fading white head. Not much lacing. Lots of citrus, apricot, and tropical fruit on the nose, easily one of the best smelling IPAs on the market.
The palate couldn't be more different from the aroma! Very earthy with herbal notes. Dank, very dank. Hints of cat pee and pine resin. Fruitiness on the finish. Outstanding. Medium body with light carbonation. Overall, quite possibly the finest IPA I've ever had. Great job La Cumbre!

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Photo of Wildnoodle
4.91/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A really tasty IPA. Smell is a bunch of floral, citrus, melon notes.

Follow closely to smell. Citrus, melon, citrus peel. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is right on. Some coating oily hop, carb is medium.

Overall - this is a great beer. Have two. Will be trying to be more.

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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

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2, bottled 1/15

A - golden, honey color. Tall white head, tons of lacing.

S - lots of tropical, flowery notes. Tons of lemon and orange. Mango. The smell is in heady topper territory. One of the better smelling IPAs I've come across.

T - Top notch. Big hit of light citrus, tropical notes. Mangoes, lots and lots of citra. Orange peel/zest is a big part of the finish.

M - mid high carbonation. The hops coat the palate, but finish is relatively quick leaving a huge lingering citra hop note.

O - this beer is world class, period. At least as good as all the top shelf standards, heady, Pliny, abrasive, etc etc. If I could change one thing, it would be to tone down the citra just a bit, but that's strictly personal preference. It doesn't get a whole lot better than this. I highly recommend getting your hands on some.

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Photo of Aldogg007
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is IPA perfection. I love everything about it. It's a beautiful hue of golden straw with the perfect amount of carbonation. The nose on this thing is remarkable. Strong smells of passion and tropical fruit hit your nose first with a hint of citrusy goodness at the end. The taste oh the taste of this beast is perfection. You taste the rainbow of hop flavor on this tropical fruits, citrus and a slight hint of floral notes finishes the beer off. The mouthfeel is perfect and really makes it super drinkable. It was hard to not just pound the whole bottle. I used to think living on the west coast I had access to the best IPAs but this blew almost everything I've ever had out of the water. It really is that good

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Photo of M_chav
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - amber/orange 1" head forms and dissipates very slowly- slightly hazy but transparent through the glass
S - One of best aromas I've ever been around. tons of mango, pineapple and sticky weed are present.
T - oh yes, this is my jam! Dry hopped, goodness. Weed and mangos unite! this will stand out against any other beer, unique in taste - lots of bitter notes are actually welcomed. malt to hop ratio is small - tons of tropical fruits and a perfect dry finish is perfect
F - Yup, its nice. Dry dry dry, but that's what I need in my life - F high malts this is legit. nice bitter finish if perfect. Mangos are still running down my throat yelling at me to drink more, okay okay here I go...
O - This is my beer, definitely on my tap list in heaven. I need this in my life.

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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

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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 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 PHBoiler
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly cloudy appearance with a golden body and light head. Huge nose with grapefruit peel and ditchweed. The name is appropriate. This was not a bomb to me. It was really, really well made and balanced. It's hop forward but just enough sweetness to not turn this into a bitter palate crusher. The nose and the palate are the same. You get really juicy grapefruit and of course a deep dankness. Great, great IPA. World class.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 orfeu
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A crystalline, golden apricot color with a rapidly thinning slightly-off-white head that settles to a quarter inch foam ring around the edge of the glass but only a thin skin of foam in the middle. Candied citrus zest and pine aroma with a slight alcohol undercurrent. Sugared grapefruit flavor. So smooth. Some malt sweetness in the middle. Finishes pretty cleanly, with a pine and bitter grapefruit pith aftertaste. Honestly not the most powerfully flavored batch, but I've had others at the brewery that really knocked my socks off. The hop bill changes periodically, so aroma and flavor will vary from batch to batch. Medium light body, smooth as glass. A really fantastic mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent IPA, but I still favor La Cumbre's flagship Elevated IPA. In any case, this is a must-try for any hophead.

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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 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 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 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.

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