Project Dank
La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #5
Ranked #354
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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Mar 30, 2016
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.81/5  rDev +8.8%

Re-reviewing the new batch, which is a different recipe. Bottle dated 8/11/14, courtesy of BeerandBoards, my Dank hookup forever and always. You're amazing. Poured into a Prairie Teku glass. Previous reviews below.

Appearance: A dark red-hued orange, translucent, reminds me of the color of Dayquil, really unique color for an IPA. I suppose this is due to the darker malt they used in this batch. Head is small white and loose, big champagne like bubbles that fade quickly into a thin crown with dainty lacing.

Smell: Wow. Indescribably complex, but let's give it a try. Intensely floral, specifically Gardenia. Loads of sweet citrus rind, tangerine or orange, almost like an orange creamsicle thing going on. Faint hints of pine intermingle as well. As it warms up, I get a bit of a spicy character as well, cinnamon comes to mind first, like a red-hot candy type of way. This is gorgeous.

Taste: Not quite as awesome as the smell, but still great. The tangerine comes through very prominently as well, but it's ultimately too pithy. Bracingly bitter, particularly on the aftertaste. The floral Gardenia plays in the background behind the citrus in the taste, but it's still a big portion of the flavor profile, adding a perfume note.

Mouthfeel: On the lower side for an IPA, but still respectable. That bitterness really clings to the palate, the finish on this thing is forever.

Overall: First batch I tried (2/28) was still my favorite, but this is a very respectable second place of the three so far. Really unique flavor profile on this one. Lovely stuff.


Poured from a bottle dated 5/3/14 into a Prairie Teku glass, courtesy of the ever-generous Beerandboards. Original review of the first batch I tried, 2/26/14, is kept for history's sake down below.

Appearance: An almost-translucent orange/amber with a small head that fades quickly. A thin crown hands around the edge. Some minor lacing. 4.25/5

Smell: Tropical fruits and cat piss come through first. Very fruity too, like sweet blueberries. Yup. Lots of dried blueberries. That must be the interesting South African hops I've never had before, the Southern Dawn and the Southern Passion. Can't wait to see how the smell develops as the beer warms up. 5/5

Taste: Very different from the smell. Very low bitterness at first, but the first sip has loads of pine, and some earth. Bitterness intensifies as the beer warms and I get further down in the glass. Some herbal notes, (perhaps oregano, or parsley?). Virtually no aftertaste, which is interesting because literally every beer I've ever had has an aftertaste. Some vague fruitiness but not anything specific like the dried blueberries I was getting in the nose. This isn't hitting me over with complexity flavor wise like the last batch did. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, hefty carb. Doesn't stick around for long in the mouth at all, very clean. 4.5/5

Overall: The last batch I had was better (probably the best IPA I've ever had), but this is still very good. Very unique hop profile. I'm looking forward to future batches of this. 4.59/5


Poured from a bottle dated 2/26/14 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber, next to no head. What head there is there fades away quickly. Just the thinnest of crowns around the edge. No lacing to speak of. 4.25/5

Smell: Holy hell. Holy. Hell. Best smelling IPA I've ever had. As soon as I popped the top the room filled with beautiful citrus, apricots and tropical fruit. Putting my nose in the glass, the beer reeks of cream. I can't wait to taste the beer! 5/5

Taste: Well I wasn't expecting that. Unlike the fruity smell, the flavor is much more earthy even dusty. Quite herbal. Dank, too, because of course it is. The fruitiness comes through a bit more toward the finish. Cat pee and pine, bitterness isn't bracing. Aftertaste is mostly bitter and sticks around a while. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Very sticky. Carbonation is lower, but far from flat. Really coats the mouth. 4.25/5

Overall: This is a ridiculously good IPA. Unlike any other IPA I've had, and it's fantastic. I wish I lived in New Mexico so I could drink this more frequently. Just...oh my god. Five stars. Good job, La Cumbre. 5/5

Total score: 4.89/5

Sep 01, 2014
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mabermud from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear amber body with an endless stream of bubbles. Clingy head that melts off the sides of the glass. Nice to look at. This has a glorious smell - Candied tropical fruit. The aroma definitely steps up. Upon first sip, I say...this is better than Elevated IPA. I could use the word "dank" to describe this beer. Sweet tropical fruit + easy grapefruit + dank. Nice finish, subtle sweetness, super clean, no aftertaste, makes me want more. I want that taste, I have to take another sip. Very drinkable. The feel is slick and somewhat creamy. How'd they do that?

Overall - Wonderful beer. This hits all the high benchmarks for a "World Class IPA." This reminds me of Pliny the Elder...just different. I think this IPA has legs and is a top contender in the IPA division. Or maybe, it is because I haven't had a beer in three days, and my taste buds are in such need of some hops, that they are hyping this up...I don't think so.

Feb 25, 2015
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TheBrewo from New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Oct 25, 2015
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jhavs from New York

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery, and again out of a bomber bottle a few days later.
A= Orange with a deep haze, glowing.
S=Deep dank resinous hops with citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. The name does not lie, this is dank and makes your mouth water.
T= Great, perfect balance of deep tropical flavors with the pale malts and light sweetness. Get grapefruit, pine, resinous grassy/earthy flavors. Lots of depth to the flavor.
M= Medium body, near perfect level of carbonation both on tap and out of bomber. Surprisingly refreshing.
O= Great balance with big flavors and aroma, leaves nothing desired, no complaints, definitely an equal to other world-class IPA hop bombs.

Jun 30, 2015
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/26/15. 2 weeks old

Smells amazing. Resembles Stone's Enjoy By a little bit, but I prefer this. I'm guessing this thing is loaded with Nelson Sauvin. I like their Elevated IPA quite a bit, but this thing is a step above. La Cumbre rules.

Apr 10, 2015
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joedvegas from Nevada

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.

Oct 22, 2017
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blankenhoney from Ohio

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

22oz bomber that's about a month old, enjoyed out of a balloon glass.

This is a world class IPA that tastes like 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 white grapefruit juice, and 1/3 pine needles. Bitter, vibrant, citrusy, and loaded with pine. Aromas mirror the flavors, but the taste is the star here. Beautiful dry resin, pine needles, and grapefruit pith on the finish. So…much…pine.

Dec 18, 2014
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duffman14 from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Floral citrus nose, joyous interplay of malt, hop bitterness, and trop fruit on the palate.

Jan 30, 2015
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jaymo18 from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Jun 16, 2014
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1Sundown2C from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Mar 23, 2014
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Jentex from Texas

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

Oct 10, 2017
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coltonbrimhall from New Mexico

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-golden orange with a head that dissipates fast but is pleasant
-pleasant floral smell that dances in your nose
- smooth ipa taste with a soft kick very flavorful and bright
-hits hard fast and then leaves moderately
-overall the best ipa i have had to date extremely well crafted

Feb 25, 2015
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sd123 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 26, 2015
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cgrunin from Texas

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

Oct 19, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: caramely and slightly carbonated
Smell: floral aromas with a touch of sweet
taste: very smooth and the hops isnt overwhelming and actually a very complimentary taste for the beer profile
feel. Very crisp and easy to put down.
Overall an excellent ipa with alot of personality and kick

Feb 25, 2015
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Jul 18, 2014
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 03, 2015
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James_Stahl from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Jul 08, 2014
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Duff_ny from New York

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2016
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markgugs from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Apr 13, 2014
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MammothTarantula from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2015
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socalbrewlvr from California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Feb 24, 2014
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pcshotsauce33 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 11, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Jan 30, 2016
Project Dank from La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 899 ratings