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Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 691
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 405
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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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 691
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of largadeer
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I believe I've tried every batch of PD to date. Without fail one of the best IPAs being brewed to day, and one of the most consistent. The hop bill is different every batch, so there's little sense in picking it apart in this review, though it's always hugely aromatic and leans toward the dank side of things, as you may have guessed. Lighter in body, dry, plenty bitter but not excessively. Incredibly clean fermentation. A masterful beer, I'm hard pressed to think of a better year-round IPA.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive clear amber with an ample foam that lasts and lasts. Sudsy mouthfeel. Very malty and full bodied. It's more in the style of a double IPA, fairly sweet, but not much alcohol taste. Big aroma of apricot and honeysuckle with a cedar note.

I don't think this is what I associate with "dank" but it's so much better than so many IPAs. Instead of that weedy, leaf mold, herbal tea, and resiny gunk, this is just clean fruity hops. Plus, this is so modestly bitter the aromatics come through clear and last longer. I be more inclined to believe this had the NZ or Aus hops with all the mango and peach taste, and the lower acidity.

Endlessly flavorful and totally drinkable. A big IPA without the attitude. Who would have thought one of the best IPAs I"ve had this year is from New Mexico? From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Sprout's Market in Santa Fe.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber shared by stillmatic2232.

Pours a golden orange/yellow, with a 3/4 inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like marijuana, honestly, tons of earthiness, pine, and grass, and a bit of grapefruit.

Tastes the same. Mildly bitter up front, followed by dirty earthy weed hop flavors. Very floral, and very grassy, with some mild citrus hop flavors as well. Very resinous and a bit oily.

Medium bodied, crisp, fairly dry but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is another excellent beer from La Cumbre, what an intro to these guys tonight.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy medium light gold color with an ultra thing lacing ring.

S - Bright tropical fruit aroma with fruit rind.

T - All hops from start to finish - very dank tropical fruit: pineapple, juicy red grapefruit, and spicy. Coats the mouth with alot of dank tropical fruit rind.

M - Thick medium body with medium carbonation.

O - This is an amazing IPA.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1796th review on BA
Bottle to English pint glass

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.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
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

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Photo of tbryan5
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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!!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The newly released, bottled, Project Dank. Comes in a 22 oz. bomber and poured into a nonic pint glass from Marble Brewery. Albuquerque marriage right thurr.

A- Pours a beautiful golden and tan with a finger and a half thick head. Lots of stick lace remains on the glass and atop the liquid.

S- Delicious. Dank is the word. Floral, spicy and resinous hops blast my nose. There's a tinge of sweet, vanilla-like malt. But let's get this straight, this is for hop heads.

T- Spicy, floral hops hit the tongue and have a bite to them. The sweet malt and vanilla notes pop up mid-palate. Then a blast of bitterness hits the tongue and lingers alongside some spice. Again, this beer is a hop head delight.

M- Lots of spice give the sensation as if I'm eating chile, but then the smooth, creaminess mid-palate provide a brief respite before the dry bitterness hits the end, and, combined with the spice again, heat up the mouth again. It's an interesting feeling, a heat that is not caused by the alcohol. The alcohol is nowhere to be found.

O- This beer is wonderful and incomparable. I've never had quite the same sensation from an IPA. But make no mistake, this is also enjoyable to drink. Hop heads rejoice.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We split a bomber into our Founders snifters. It shows the color of old peach flesh, and puts off a soapy one and a half finger tall head of white, slightly toasted looking bubbles. This is beautifully reproducible with a flick of the wrist. This retains very well, leaving dusted plateaus of lacing across our glasses in a jutting, stepwise fashion. Haze is dense, but no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be lightly medium. The aroma includes incredibly present hoppiness, offering up notes of heavy, syrupy nectars, dripping pines, light citrics, and massively perfumed florals. This bountiful blend plays against a backdrop of sticky butterscotch caramels, pale and caramel grain sweatiness, coffee cake crumbles, apple cider sugars, latex plastics, dripping wet peachy and pineapple fruit juiciness, dank scotch-style (but not mossy or peaty) booziness, raw white rice, candy corn cloy, cork and balsa wood, white pepper, crayon waxiness, and fresh olive oil stickiness. With warmth comes a juniper fruitiness, and an enhanced piney hoppiness. Wow, what a supremely bitter beer!! West-coast (land-locked?!) through and through. The hops come first, exploding with the highest citrics and soaps around, before melding into the background, where they loosen up and become dank, earthy, and crystalline. The body that these blend into is comprised of hot graphite, harsh grain alcohol burn, syrupy pear and peach juiciness, biscuity pale malt toast, raw caramel grain, buttered white bread, burnt plastics, crispy apple skin shavings, grapefruit and tangerine flesh and peel, subtle honey sugariness, rotten vanilla bean, old coffee filters, dew kissed morning moss, tin and titanium, under ripe honeydew melon, wet salted seaweed, and soaked wool. For the first half of your glass the bitterness from the beginning sips follows you to hell and back, like a shadow, lingering behind you. The more the beer warms the more this fades. The body is decidedly full, and the carbonation is actually rather mild. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with more oily froth and creaminess, making it have to lap up and cling to the lip. The mouth is left puckered, bittered, and coated with a grating astringency, where you could almost feel a sandy chalkiness sitting beneath it. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips away like a champion.

Overall, what an incredible specimen. There is so, so much complexity swirling around in our glasses right now. From that explosive, variable, and domineering aroma, to one of the more surprisingly bitter-tipped IPAs, this one has something for everyone to enjoy. The most memorable thing about it is the palate shock. The first sip will all but send you into spasms if you’re not bracing yourself. We weren’t bracing ourselves!! It just comes as such a stark difference from the aroma, which is more warming and homey in its prowess. This lingers, and lingers, and lingers, making even sips of water in between make you pucker as it chips at the residual flavors around the mouth. This longevity helps make the beer something special. As outsiders to the region from which this hails, it likely won’t be soon before we get to dip our noses into the next batch of Project Dank, but it will certainly not soon be forgotten.

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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 - 4.00)

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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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.