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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 652
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 398
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

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Photo of AdamF625
3.45/5  rDev -23%
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. (389 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 Veeblefetzer
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

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. (419 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of gtcastle
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (357 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 JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -10.7%

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)

Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (316 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (792 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 UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (645 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 Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (697 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 RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%

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 dannydetox
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (674 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 wethorseblanket
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (448 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
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! (1,023 characters)

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