Project Dank - La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 371
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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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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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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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 largadeer
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

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 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 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 arizcards
4.54/5  rDev +2%
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!!

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 CuriousMonk
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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 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 PHBoiler
4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly cloudy appearance with a golden body and light head. Huge nose with grapefruit peel and ditchweed. The name is appropriate. This was not a bomb to me. It was really, really well made and balanced. It's hop forward but just enough sweetness to not turn this into a bitter palate crusher. The nose and the palate are the same. You get really juicy grapefruit and of course a deep dankness. Great, great IPA. World class.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a hazy sunburst color with a tight, white head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of big hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of grapefruit, pine, and some tropical notes. This gives way to a substantial malt backbone with caramel and toasted bread. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and a very well done IPA.

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 zac16125
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a very hazy straw yellow with just over 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down pretty quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: This smells like a Grateful Dead concert. Dank indeed! Huge dank, resinous pine. Lots of citrus rind aromas, and subtle tropical fruits.

T: Follows the nose with lots of resinous pine and quite dank. Citrus with tangerine and orange peel. Some tropical fruit notes as well. Big bitterness as well. Terrific hop profile here.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately low, fairly smooth, a bit drying on the finish, drinkability is good.

O: Wow. Easily one of the best IPAs Ive ever had. Incredible.

Photo of M_chav
4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L - amber/orange 1" head forms and dissipates very slowly- slightly hazy but transparent through the glass
S - One of best aromas I've ever been around. tons of mango, pineapple and sticky weed are present.
T - oh yes, this is my jam! Dry hopped, goodness. Weed and mangos unite! this will stand out against any other beer, unique in taste - lots of bitter notes are actually welcomed. malt to hop ratio is small - tons of tropical fruits and a perfect dry finish is perfect
F - Yup, its nice. Dry dry dry, but that's what I need in my life - F high malts this is legit. nice bitter finish if perfect. Mangos are still running down my throat yelling at me to drink more, okay okay here I go...
O - This is my beer, definitely on my tap list in heaven. I need this in my life.

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.