Project Dank | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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Project DankProject Dank

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La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -4.3%
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 -2.3%
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%
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 -10.7%
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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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle with a bottle on date of 9/23/16; into a tulip.
Appearance- dark, hazy gold, almost orange; streaming fields of bubbles that form a thick, fluffy white head. Lacing is spectacular!
Smell - broad spectrum of hops, floral, pine, herb and some citrus; hints of pale malt!
Taste - unreal! I don't detect tropical or stone fruit in the nose, but mango, papaya and peach flavor are at the forefront, along with the aforementioned pine and herb!
Feel - with a plethora of hop characteristics, this one has the malt backing that still allows this to be a hop bomb, but keeps it surprisingly balance!
Overall - top to bottom this is a brilliant IPA that hits on an assortment of hop aroma and flavors! If this was offered in 4 or 6 pack to make it more affordable, then this may be one of my new favs!

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Photo of EnzymaticHops
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a raspberry tinted amber with a lovely lacy head.
S: Big pine notes.
T: Resiny yet fresh pine upfront with a vibrant peach note at the finish.
F: Silk
O: Big, Fresh, Stone Fruit, Pine in this Iteration. Yum.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - nice orange amber clear beer with an off white head that leaves okay lacing
S - definition of dank. Garlic, onion, ganja, hop resin, little pine, little grapefruit
T - same deal, dank and basically only that-Garlic, onion, ganja, hop resin, little pine, little grapefruit.
M - light medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is leftover dank hops, hop resin, garlic, onion
O - it's exactly what it says it is. That said, I do wish there was some overly ripe fruit or tropical notes balancing out the dank. That's okay though, it's supposed to be dank and it is.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this wonderful and dank (in a good way) IPA I had at the La Cumbre Brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Look: It has a golden semi clear hue with an inch white head leaving a very nice lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and pine, and dank.

Taste: It's pine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and it's dank, it is very, very dank, it's all dankness.

Feel: Medium body with a long dank piney finish.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery. This has been on my wants list for years.

Transparent orange body with a frothy white collar. Steady effervescence emanating from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of citric hops, followed by light malt, dank hop character. Hop forward for sure, but tempered by a sturdy malt bill. As far as "balanced" IPAs go, this is solid. Lingering tangy grapefruit juice / zest adds a piquant note in the finish. Tasty.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Nice deep gold color with healthy head and nice lacing. Aroma is complex citrusy/piney/tropical with good malt character. Flavor followed. Delicious with nice mouthfeel. The lingering bitterness of the Elevated IPA was more moderate here providing a delicious drinkable big IPA. As noted in my other La Cumbre review. I brought 4 of these home as well and sent a care package of Tree House beers (Julius and Green) out to them to try. I understand that the recipe changes from batch to batch but this would be my go to beer if I lived in Albuquerque

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Photo of tlema1
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep gold color, nice lacing white head
S: tropical and citrus fruit with some pine
T: follows the nose a lot, with just enough bitterness
F: long finish, really coats the entire mouth
O: outstanding, highly recommended

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Photo of Parmesan
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Copper gold color that is very clear with a creamy white head and lacing all over the glass.

S: Pine needles and grapefruit and other ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Very inviting aroma

T: Lots of citrus and tropical fruit, lots of earthy pine and a nice bitterness that isn't over the top. Very tasty IPA.

F: Creamy and smooth, really easy drinking.

O: One of the best IPAs I have had.

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Photo of beergoot
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal-clear, copper colored body; thick, frothy, sculpted head; lacing down the glass. Big, bold dose of pine and citrus aroma; oranges and pink grapefruit. Mellow, bready grain flavors and soothing, bitter hop presence. Heavy but with a soft, airy quality; warm; creamy.

An awesome, big hop IPA done right. Complex with deep, appealing taste and aroma qualities, and it doesn't look half-bad either. I'll be looking for this one again when visiting Taos or Santa Fe...

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brewery. Poured into a teku.

Look is a copper color with minimal lacing.

Smells is dank. So much pineapple and hops. Great nose.

Taste follows the nose. Huge beer. Dank, hoppy, slight bitterness. Great.

Feel is medium bodied with a long finish of pine and hops.

Overall it's outstanding. Glad I got one. Love this. Comes in a bomber and I wanted more. Wish this was destro'd here.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/06/16. Super Fresh. Never had this before.

aroma: wow, big, big pineapple. Like over-ripen pineapple. It's sweet but it carries an earthy quality underneath the big fruit aspect.

taste: taste follows the nose with the pineapple. It has some creaminess to back it up, but finishes very bitter.

overall: the body does lack a touch, as the beer dries out a little bit on the back end. But it tastes great. I think I do enjoy Elevated a tad more than this one though, but it is really close.

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Photo of Schlegelq1
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love everything this brewery does and this is no exception. Being in upstate NY I can only dream for the day their distro expands. this beer lived up to the name the pony citrus nose hits hard, and the taste does not disappoint. 4.5/5

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Photo of thebeers
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 03/15/16. Clear and vibrant light orange-gold color with a finger of white head and heavy lacing. Amazing bottle art, too. There is indeed a dankness and slight skunkiness to the aroma, with a mix of orange, pine, pineapple behind and a whiff of nuttiness in the malt profile. Way heavier-bodied than expected, with some prickliness to the mouth feel along with the heft. The dankness is more prevalent in the taste than the nose, both with an initial burst up front and lingering in the bitter aftertaste. The orange, pine and pineapple mix is present, too, though, mid-palate, with a little citrus lingering, too. Very nice.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottled on 2/29/16. Pretty orange/amber hue, nice half inch head, good retention and lacing. Huge aromas of tropical fruits, pine and I swear it smelled like weed. Lots of of mango and pineapple in the flavor with a touch of sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Nice oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. Just a super tasty beer, glad that La Cumbre is regularly distributing to Colorado now. Really looking forward to enjoying this a lot in the future

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Marcos for hooking me up with a fresh bomber.

L: Light amber to dark orange hues with very minimal haziness and a 3mm white foamy head with moderate retention
S: Nose is bursting with peaches, pine, and tangerines - the dankness if evident, but not overpowering
T: Hop forward on the palate, but complemented nicely by grapefruit, kumquats, and mangoes; the finish is crisp and dry
F: Light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation
O: After (happily) drowning in many juice bomb-IPAs lately, it is refreshing to go back to a hop bomb-IPA that supplements its flavor with a healthy profile of citrus and tropical fruits. True to its name this is a dank, floral, and over-hopped brew that delivers an interesting and tasty experience. Well done.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/29/16

Cheers to Dustin for this beer

A: Medium to lightly burnt orange with some tangerine around the edges - lightly hazy - pours with a medium size, lightly off white head, fades to a a nearly solid cap, maintains a medium collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: A unique and odd blend of hoppy aromas - dank is not the first thing that comes to mind - fruity, with some floral citrus and super ripe grapefruit juice - perfume-like at times - candied orange - tropical notes, with melon and mango - herbal notes and yes, some dank, resinous weed - light sweetness and some pale malts at the base

T: Easier to comprehend than the smell - very hoppy, with citrus, including floral grapefruit and grapefruit juice - lightly oily and decidedly resinous - some fresh pine needles, pine resin, and herbal notes - moderate bitterness that lingers - some pale malts, light sweetness, finishes dry

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, finishes with some oil

O: More than just dank

For a beer named Project Dank, this is not the most dank-smelling beer I've had (not even close, actually). But I'm not complaining. This is very interesting. The floral citrus and fresh, resinous pine notes are very interesting. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold orange with an of white head. Left minimal lacing. The smell is grapefruit, onions and weed. The taste is malty sweet with a lot of grapefruit and bitter hops. This is a fine and balanced beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Silky smooth, super hoppy aroma and taste, mildly viscous, light on presentation but huge on taste. Just great. Can't wait for my trip to Albuquerque.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: yellow-golden and slight haze - hazy with lupulin stickiness. The head maxed out at a light tan 1-fingered head, which faded quickly.

Aroma: hops! Pineapple, lots of fruit and fresh (new growth) pine. The malt comes through sweet and bready. From the aroma, I expect this to be a tropical fruit/pineapple hop bomb.

Flavor: resinous and piney with some floral hoppiness. None of the tropical fruits in the aroma appear in the flavor. Great hops and dry. The malt is right on. Sweet malt, a perfect canvas for the hops at this abv. Very good. The booze is hidden, yet you know its there with each sip.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. Body-wise, this beer is lighter than a 2X IPA but heavier than a standard IPA (muck like its 7.5% abv).

Overall: a solid beer head to toe. I value this beer and view it as a 2X IPA despite the sub-8% abv. Damn delicious. La Cumbre's hop bombs can rival most anyone's.

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Photo of Mike1512
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I found the version on tap (1/2/2016) to be quite exceptional.

Look: was golden and mostly clear. Nothing that would catch the eye but if it isn't hazy (NE style IPA) I tend to pay very little attention to it.

Smell: I found hints of fruit with a little pine. Hop scent was present but not overwhelming. May have been muted a bit by how cold it came out of the tap.

Taste: Came through in spades. Hoppy, tropical fruit with a hint of citrus as well as an underlying pine feel that brought everything together very well. The hint of pine kept this from going into the fruit bomb category and I loved every second of it! The hops used for this version seemed to fall together quite nicely. Not as sticky as other versions have been described but this didn't detract from the way the hops were brought forth.

Feel: Not a beer that really coated the mouth however it ended with a dry finish that allowed the taste to linger on the tongue which was a pleasant surprise.

Overall this was a great beer and I would definitely attempt to seek it out again if I'm ever in the Albuquerque area (or they start distributing to Colorado!). I most certainly exhausted the "3 beer limit"!

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