Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 372
Gots: 74 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

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Ratings: 619 | Reviews: 65
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 Ready4aHeady
2.92/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Way too malty for my taste, ... as my drinking buddy said, tastes almost more like a barley wine.... not a fan

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 beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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 Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a bell tulip. Bright orange-yellow color, slightly hazed, with a finger or so of frothy white head that eventually sank to a collar and held there, dotting the glass with lace. The aroma was mostly floral, lesser notes of citrus rind and pine needles. Taste was good, but not quite as inviting as the aroma. Floral and herbal notes, citrus zest bringing in a solid yet low-key bitterness, pine resin, with a small, crackery malt complex. Mouthfeel was on the lighter-side of medium, which was nice, and this was a pretty easy drinker. Not really "dank" as compared to several other IPAs out there. A pretty average IPA overall, with nothing really setting it apart from many other easily obtainable options. But it was still a good beer.

Photo of gtcastle
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from @hambone85.

Appearance: orangey yellow with a half inch of head from a fairly aggressive pour.

Nose: grapefruit, orange peel, and a hint of mango.

Taste: orange and grapefruit, the malt flavor increases as as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice IPA that I look forward to trying again.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-citrus, toasted grain, pine, floral, very aromatic

T-grapefruit, little tropical fruit, pine, bread, floral, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-solid IPA, with good flavor, but not as impressive as Father Nelson

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 4-5-14
Consumed 5-1-14

Props to miggs3030 for this sweet little nugget.

A- Pour a moderately clean, bright golden color. Bone white head of about finger in height lends to some clingy lacing. Ring settles nicely around the edge.

S- So fresh and so clean clean. Slightly "dank" forward sounds about right before giving way to big pineapple and tangerine. Very much passion and tropical fruit. Aroma is sweet on the back end. Having just had a Heady earlier this week, I can see the connection in the nose here.

T- Bountiful hops up front, but more earthy and herbal than the nose leads you to believe. Most of the time I prefer the nose to give me a preview of what the tongue can expect, but I don't mind this little surprise. The name fits here. Aggressively dank hops. Balance is about right for the style. Piney, nutty, and bready without distracting from the hops.

M- Creamy at times, yet crisp and dry finish. Alcohol slightly detected. Mid body.

O- Delicious IPA. This one can go head-to-head with any of the big boys. Flavor doesn't quite pop like Father Nelson in my opinion, but so few flaws in this one.

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.

Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1796th review on BA
Bottle to English pint glass
22oz

Thanks Marcos for this one

App- I look at this one and it's about the color of Apple juice. The head is only about a 1/8" and leaves some spotty lace. It's not wowing me, but still nice.

Smell- I don't get much on this one. For an IPA it's very light. Between this and Elevated last night, the aromatics are smooth and light. This is a bit of mango, apple and butter to me. Unique but smells right.

Taste- I actual think this is slightly better than elevated. A bit more hoppy with more above than normal fruits and a better balance.

Mouth- Medium bodied and a medium carbonation. More dense hops and bitter with less malt bill. Tropical fruits and a bit of wheat and herb.

Drink- Bottom line. It's good. Glad I got one as an extra.

Photo of MA_hops
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Malt forward IPA with a hint of citrus. Nice dry finish. Moderate amount of hops. Subtle "dankness", not bad overall.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks to JustXBeer for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance of citrus and herbal hop characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

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 Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. Poured into a snifter 10/4/2014.

A- Medium golden-brown body, one finger white head, low retention time, a bit of lacing. [3.75]

S- Pine, citrus, caramel, toffee. Definitely smells resinous, almost dank as expected. [4]

F- Wow. This is one of the more bitter beers I've ever had. Hop resin, pine, citrus hops along with a good amount of breadiness and caramel. But wow, this is extremely bitter. It lightens up as it warms, but no question about it, this is dank and bitter. [4.5]

M- Softly medium body, well carbonated, refreshing and to the point. Very solid, but again, very bitter. [4.25]

O- One of the more bitter IPAs I've had, but in a good way. [4.25]

Final score: 4.29

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Batch dated 11/03/14

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend who lives in Albuturkey. Apparently the hop bill changes on this one with each batch?

Pours a nice hazed golden amber. Decent head. Citrus and piney nose. Flavor is nice. Great character with minimal abrasive qualities. A nice smooth ride of citrus hop character. I think that's the defining feature of this one: smooth. Very easy to drink. I guess this is how IPAs are going to be now. At least, we can only hope.

This looks like a brewery to keep your eye on.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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 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 Tmyhre802
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Interesting orange amber appearance, about a finger head.

S-Veryyy impressive hoppy pine citrusy smell. Reminds me of the ipa's im accustomed to in VT.

T-Different than the smell, grapefruit but still very enjoyable.

M-As others have said medium with a light sticky body.

O-Great present from my parents trip to New Mexico! I really enjoyed this beer, they were told it was the best ipa NM had to offer and I don't doubt it.

Bottled 5-31-14

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

immaculate ipa here really, truly one to behold. fortunate enough to get to try it, a real treat. its got such a unique hop complexion on it, which manifests itself entirely differently in the nose than in the taste. the beer is clear copper colored, definitely some crystal malt in here under the dish soap foam textured white head. the nose shows some real tropical notes, new world stuff, mosaic or nelson or some other newfangled hop. peach and nectarine jump out at me, but in the taste i get way more dense west coast hoppiness. its pine pitch and bitter greens, balanced only by a robust malt profile that does have a touch of caramel and toast to it. like a meal of a beer here. ive been told the hops used in this beer change from batch to batch, and i am unsure which one i had, but what i am sure of is that this is incredible ipa, unique and distinct from the masses, and really one of the better ones i can recall. cool that they package it too, id love to see this penetrate the colorado market at some point!

Photo of Chico1985
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at the brewery. Bottle is about 2 weeks old. Also had this on-tap while there.

Appearance - Pale orange, white head. Pretty much full clarity. Patchy cap and bits of lace remain.

Smell - Pretty similar to their Elevated IPA. Nice potent mix of tropical, grapefruit, earthy grassy weed, pineapple, slight onion-y hops. Just hints of bread and caramel for malt.

Taste - More earthy/weedy/well, dank here with a good amount of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and pineapple as well. Sugary malt presence is minimal at first, coming out a bit more with warmth, but is well-integrated.

Mouthfeel - Absurdly smooth and clean, bitterness is on the high side but very nicely kept in check. Oily, perfect carbonation. Definitely remarkable on the palate, especially for a "lot of IBUs" IPA.

Overall - Reminiscent of their Elevated IPA I reviewed last night, but this is definitely more solid all-around, particularly in the bitterness/drinkability/smoothness category. Top-tier stuff, enjoyed this bottle more than the tap. A nice brewery to stumble upon to say the least.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%

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.
98 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.