Project Dank
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #5
Ranked #337
4.42 | pDev: 8.14%
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States
Notes: Project Dank is just that; a project. It’s an ever changing expression of our hoppiest endeavors. Each recipe is different, featuring different hops and hopping techniques. One thing will remain common…HOP INSANITY.
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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It smells like MJ, and I ain’t talking Michael Jordan, herbal, piney, hoppy, strong. It has a nice light golden hue, a little head and lacing.
Taste is similar to the smell, very hoppy, weedy, some malt and fruit flavors, citrus, poke thru. It’s a bittah monstah, but pretty well balanced as well. It reminds me of Surly Abrasive in that regard. I love their Elevated IPA, but this is my jam right here, worth every penny (paid 4.50 for the pint). I’ll not only buy again, but I’ll seek it out!

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Photo of the_owl
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This recipe changes every brew. Ive had some favorites. Right now is not the best. La Cumbre Describes this as a New Mexico IPA. Theres also West Coast and SW styles.

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Photo of laketang
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright straw with a thick fluffy white head,
Great head retention and lacing.
Dank pine, musty lemon.
Intense hop pine, firm bitterness, pine, grapefruit notes as well as lemon, orange zest.
Maybe simcoe and Chinook hops among others.
Dry, resinous finish.
Nice beer with a bitter edge and hop forward making a great sipper.

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Photo of mkh012
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5 weeks ago

Pours clear golden yellow with sticky white lacing

The nose is dank weed, melon, doughy malt, and tangerine

The taste is similar. Orange, tangerine, melon, honey, dough, and dank bitterness

The mouthfeel is medium+ for the style

Overall, an excellent West Coast IPA

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - Summer edition 2019 - Canned on 06/13/19, Best by 09/11/19:

Pours golden. a thin head leaves thin lacing.

The smell is of strong dank hops. They wanted dank, they got it. Musty pine with citrus and tropical notes, a hint of tangerine.

The taste is also dank. Mainly pine. Some citrus, tangerine and tropical notes. Caramel touch mixes in. Strong dank bitterness in the long finish.

Hits full-bodied. Hop goodness dances on the palate. Chewy.

Appropriately named - it is dank. If you like strong, dank beers seek this out. An awesome hop-forward, West Coast IPA!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color. Large white head that leaves a lot of lace.
Dank for sure. Lots of pine.
Ditto for the taste. A lot of pine.
Light to medium bodied.
The dankest beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a review of Project Dank Summer 2018 Edition.
Pours from a can an auburn tan. Right off the bat I get why it's called Project Dank. Dankity dank dank, and thats all she wrote. Dank sticky pine aroma that's matched on the palate with a drying intense hoppiness.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper/amber color. A good creamy looking head. Nice lacing. Excellent aroma. Hops are inviting. Taste follows the nose and it’s very good and it reminds me so much of Cedar Creeks’ Dankosaurus. Mouthfeel is smooth and the bitterness is just right. This is the one you want at La Cumbre Taproom.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to leftpaw for kicking one of these down on a trip. Pours a darker golden color. Solid 3/4" white head on it with ample retention, especially for a beer with such a high hop/hop oil to it. Those hops aren't the most pungent in the nose, they come off kind of restrained if anything. Present, but not overpowering or even to levels I would appreciate. Went in the direction of pineapple and tangerine mostly.

Taste is good. Standard light bodied pale malt bill, nothing excessive for a bracing ibu war crystal malt base kind of thing. Falls into the west coast ipa category based on this. Above average dryness, way above average bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable.

I dunno, I didn't think this was better than Elevated. The hops were muddled, I couldn't pick out much beyond maybe Simcoe.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

CAN: Currently #1 on the Top New Mexico beers list. 473ml format. Best before: 09/27/18. Pull-tab can. Bloody fantastic label art.

"Experimental India Pale Ale" Summer Edition.

Served cold into a pint glass.

HEAD: ~8cm in height. Frothy creamy consistency. White colour. Thick. Robust. Excellent (~10 minute) head retention.

BODY: Clear vibrant gold. No yeast/lees are visible within. Not turbid.

A very lively appearance for an IPA. I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Very fresh and pungent hopwise. Mango, tropical fruit peel, pineapple, maybe tangerine, dried guava. A perfect amount of pale malt sweetness seems to be present judging by the aroma.

I don't detect unnecessary caramalt or crystal malt. I find no off-notes. Seems terrifically well-balanced.

Aromatic intensity is moderate. Very enticing with a seemingly great hop profile.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Hop bitterness is kept in check by balancing pale malt sweetness, yielding a harmonious yet pungently hoppy beer. The hop profile is fantastic, bursting with fruity and tropical flavours: guava, mango, tangerine peel, rind, vague citrus, subdued orange juice. Mango is dominant. Very fresh and full of flavour across the board.

The finish harbors a blip of hop bitterness, which is satisfying but not aggressive or biting.

Not piney, grapefruity, pithy, oily, resinous, or (very) floral.

Depth of flavour is good. Flavour duration is moderately long. Flavour intensity is moderate.

Adequately complex, balancing its fruity notes well against each other and against the malt backbone.

Apty medium-bodied, with a coating soft feel on the palate. Smooth, wet, slightly chewy, refreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Probably the most impressive beer I've had from New Mexico thus far; it's easy to see why this is the highest rated beer from the state currently. It boasts a tasty hop profile and notable balance...what's not to like?

I can't say it's up there with the best American IPAs from the likes of California, Oregon, the U.S. East Coast, or Denmark, but it's well worth trying and I'd happily scoop it up by the 4 pack if I had access to it.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with notes of tangerines.
T: The taste has strong, dank flavors of grapefruit along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of other citrusy hops including oranges and tangerines are present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA definitely lives up to its name and is very dank, both in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of akirakcat
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange with thick head.

Aromas of peach, papaya, floral, a little grassy and spicy--smells like hops like some beers smell boozy.

Taste notes: pineapple, orange, biscuit, spicy hops. Hop taste presents itself as a bitter finish, and would not be noticeably strong if not for the scent and aftertaste.

Full and luscious body. Ordered at the brewery a half hour before close and felt rushed to finish. Nice brew!

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Photo of andrewh995
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a white head. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus, fresh hops, and light malt. Tastes of very bitter/flavorful/fresh/dank hops, sweet malt, caramel, orange and grapefruit zest, dankness, and light tropical fruits. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall an incredible hop bomb.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yep, this is a hop bomb, no doubt about it. I didn't look at the IBUs on the bottle, but I'd guess about 100 or so. A check of their website upon writing this review yielded "A LOT" in the IBU category, so maybe I'm close. But as advertised, that's what dominates this beer. Good if you like the style.

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Photo of Prager62
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber with a packed on date sticker on the cap that reads 09/21/17. Pouring in a 12oz. tulip for the review.

Look- Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow producing a small finger of creamy white foam that slowly settles to a ring around the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surfacing. It resembles a wheat beer.

Smell- Dank weed, passionfruit, floral notes and spice. A hint of grapefruit and pineapple appear next.

Taste- Dank weed, fresh cut flowers, passionfruit, grapefruit and a little peppery spice in the finish.

Feel- Pillowy soft and creamy with a slightly bitter dry finish.

Overall- A very appropriately named beer as it is dank and weedy with a big floral and spice presence. The feel is crazy soft making this one very easy drinking IPA. Another winner from La Cumber!

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Photo of joedvegas
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color. Half-finger head that lingers and laces nicely. Lots going on with the nose. Strong scents of tropical fruit, floral, honeysuckle and mineral. Love the taste of this beer. Very well balanced between the hops and the malt. Strong flavors of pomegranate, pine, grapefruit and peach. Medium body. Nice medium-length finish coats the palate.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with decent head and very good lacing. Nose is hoppy citrus with some floral tones and grapefruit. The taste is just awesome, very sweet hoppy goodness with a refreshing citrus mix, a little dry and very mild bite on the finish. I really enjoyed this beer, the hops were so tasty, just a juicy goodness.

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Photo of Radome
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewhouse taproom in July 2017. Nice hops aromas; hugely out of balance in flavor and bitterness toward in-your-face hoppiness. I found it enjoyable, but not overly distinctive compared to any number of other huge hop bomb IPAs.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 15 Nov 18
16 oz. Can
CO: 09/27/18
BB: 12/26/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice slightly hazy dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), nice little diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to still see it around here.

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled On: 5/9/17

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice hazy dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight maltyness, nice touch of citrus, nice diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, slightly malty, very nice touch of citrus, nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, another pretty tasty brew from La Cumbre. Nice to see this one around here.

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Photo of puck1225
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy golden yellow color with a short lived white head and good lacing. Smell of vanilla, pine and oranges. Silky feel. The taste is a bit boozy , with caramel, citrus, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Comes off like an imperial IPA.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Been wanting to try this for a long time now. Clear golden. Smells, as described, dank. Some tropical fruit behind the herbal and dank hops. Tastes of green, resiny, and citrusy hops. Sweet pale malt. Low bitterness. Medium body and a little sweet. Very good.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to shuntstout for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with average visible carbonation and a half-finger of white foamy head.

S: Dank hops up front (of course), with resin, grapefruit rind, grassy and herbal notes backing it up. Some bready malts underneath.

T: More citrus-forward than the nose suggested, mostly grapefruit and tangerine. Grassy and dank as well, with the bready malts adding a touch of sweetness (but with no caramel malt flavors to speak of). Finishes with dank and resinous flavors.

M: The body is about average, maybe tending towards the heavy side for style. Good carbonation sensation, the alcohol flavors are very well-hidden.

O: This was quite tasty. And it had more citrus flavors than I expected. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Project Dank is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thin white head.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with appropriate dankness.

Flavor is initially sweet but goes quickly bitter with a hop character that's difficult to describe. It's mildly fruity and citrusy but the dank weed character is predominant.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely carbonated. It's balanced and drinkable.

Overall a very good and unique IPA that doesn't fit any particular mold.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Albertson's (Santa Fe, NM). 8.49. Bottled 9/19/16. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of white head. The consistent layer of surface haze spreads to a modest halo, leaving copious lacing in its wake.

The aroma is definitely dank with supporting notes of orange, pine and a light caramel malty note. Nice.

Taste follows the nose with a piney bitterness, orange rind, wet grass, subtle garlic dankness and some caramel malt towards the back end.

Medium light feel with plenty of tingly carbonation. Grass, peel and a little pine create a fairly bitter aftertaste.

Project Dank may not crack any of my "best of" losts but is thoroughly enjoyable. A balanced IPA with a slightly different hop profile than what I typically go for. This is certainly worth a try if you see it available.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled on 9/23/16. Pours slightly hazy straw gold with a medium rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is a little cracker malt and a bunch of peppery piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit malt and a lot of spicy resiny piney dank hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice spicy resiny IPA.

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Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 892 ratings