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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 249
Gots: 41 | FT: 5
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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4.81/5  rDev +7.6%

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

WTKeene, Sep 01, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +0.2%

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, N.M.
Price: $5.50
Purchased: Oct. 9, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden, pale, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white, rocky head when I got it. There was a decent stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good semi-layered foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention all the way down the glass. (Sight - 4.13)

First thought on the smell was wow! Potent grapefruit notes, Citra hops, floral hops, pine, nectarine juice, reminded me of a light Pliny the Elder. I guess that would make it Pliny the Original. (Nailed it). Also some caramel malts. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste was close to as good as the nose, but not quite. Got grapefruit juice, Citra hops, floral hops, tangerine rind, orange, bitter comes in more than the nose here, slight herbal or grassy hops, but in a good way. (Taste - 4.50)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-light carbonation. Long, bitter, sharp citrus feel as it went down. Only downside was it got worse going down with the bitterness really coming on late. (Feel - 4.00).

Just a really good IPA. Glad I brought back a few bottles with me. Lovely. (Overall - 4.50)

4.48 | 99 | A

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
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