Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 628
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 378
Gots: 76 | 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 T_Hass
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (337 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
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! (349 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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!! (580 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (173 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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! (335 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of braiden
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (290 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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 (281 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color; a bit of a bubble show produces a two fingered head; good retention and webs of lacing linger

Smell: You can smell the dankness as soon as the cap is popped; hemp and pine tones predominate

Taste: There is a bit of caramel and English fruity tones coming through from the malt, but you have to taste that quickly as the hops overpower in short order; like the aromatics, the bitterness is filled with hemp, pine and some tropical fruit tones (papaya and guava); the sweetness from the malt lingers underneath but it is hard to find it when the palate is overwhelmed by IBUs; I would swear there is a hint of chili pepper in there, too

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just a masterful IPA and in a distinctive style that is representative of neither coast

Thanks, sunkistxsudafed, for the opportunity (890 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try the gloried IPAs from La Cumbre for some time now and was glad to have landed one of their better beers through a generous BAer - thanks! Pours hazy orange with a soapy white head that lasts very well throughout the session. Aromas of orange peel, malts, and that wondrous dank. The flavors displayed that strong citrusy malt character and sweet dank hop. Sticky mouthfeel, medium bodied, and some pleasant bitterness in the back finish. Overall an extremely solid IPA! (488 characters)

Photo of Twistr61
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
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! (233 characters)

Photo of JonathanG73
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!!! (157 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just a touch of haze on this one, ever so light, oodles of lacing, all in complement to a big, tropical nose, with just a hint of dankness, and a soft, easy-drinking palate rich of similar notes, and with very little bitterness. New school take on the style, but man it does it well. (283 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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. (473 characters)

Photo of Seeker_11
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%

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. (186 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%

ttle in trade, Danked on 11/3/14 and poured 11/20/14. Stoked for this one. Pours beautiful clear golden orange with a half finger white head. Awesome aroma of floral smells, stone fruit, mango, light pine and grass, sweet citrus. Mmmmm. Flavor is strong bitter on the tongue with a mango and stone fruit finish, bitter lasting through dry on the tongue, lots of hop twinge, whoah. One of the more lingering bitter brews I've had. Really nice. Super dry after an initial juiciness, medium plus carbonation, light to medium body. This is really nice with a unique bitterness note. I think I would have liked to taste a bit more smooth sweetness and a bit less bitter here, but really nitpicking. (693 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance - The beer poured an orange gold color.

Smell - The citrus hops are most notable in the aroma, but some malty sweetness is detectable.

Taste - The citrus hops begin the taste, but a sweet malt continues. The distinction is well balanced. In the aftertaste, tongue bruising hops leave a resiny mark.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is more of a reflection of an imperial. I will not complain, since I like it.

Overall - This is a better than average American IPA. (472 characters)

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.