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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 650
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 393
Gots: 75 | 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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 650
Photo of tbryan5
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (231 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of eppCOS
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of tylerstravis
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -2.7%
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 -11.2%
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 -22.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +1.3%
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 +0.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +3.1%
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 -5.4%
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 Sintech
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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+) (295 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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 bfranks
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
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). (197 characters)

Photo of braiden
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.9%
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 +0.4%
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 +0.2%
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)

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.