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Project Dank | La Cumbre Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
La Cumbre Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ONovoMexicano on 01-11-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
765
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
23.81%
 
 
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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 765
Photo of AdamF625
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured gingerly into a snifter. clear golden with very little head.
S- orange, lemony, very floral and piney
T- sticky hops, pine, mint, orange marmalade, not much of a malt profile
M- thin body with moderate carbonation. Resinous hops coat the palate. It's almost numbing.
O- underwhelming. It lives up to the name very dank and resinous but lacks in aroma and more complex flavors.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -20.9%
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 BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had really high expectations. a good solid beer i thought. my drinking buddies thought so too. found them by accident at gabf. well done. need to find them online stores

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Photo of Veeblefetzer
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Had a pint on tap in Santa Fe.

The pour was golden; high carbonation. Nose was strong citrus with heavy grapefruit overtones. Head was modest; about a finger's width.

Taste was solid hops but with enough malt overtones to make this a very drinkable brew. It reminded me a lot of the La Cumbre Full Nelson, but the bit of malt flavor made this much more enjoyable. It paired well with a green chile cheeseburger.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(Draft, La Cumbre Brewing) IBUs are listed with a question mark. 2120lbs of grain, 160lbs of bittering/aroma hops (86lbs CTZ/82lbs Chinook) went into this beer. Not overly bitter . Picking up that vinegar thing again. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -12%
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 Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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 gtcastle
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra from @hambone85.

Appearance: orangey yellow with a half inch of head from a fairly aggressive pour.

Nose: grapefruit, orange peel, and a hint of mango.

Taste: orange and grapefruit, the malt flavor increases as as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: smooth with medium carbonation.

Overall: a nice IPA that I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of spoony
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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 denver10
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tough to rate Project Dank since each batch offers a new recipe. Rated as my overall opinion of the series. Some batches I like more than this (such as the January 2016 batch, which has been my favorite I have so far tried), other batches I have liked less.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance - The beer poured an orange gold color.

Smell - The citrus hops are most notable in the aroma, but some malty sweetness is detectable.

Taste - The citrus hops begin the taste, but a sweet malt continues. The distinction is well balanced. In the aftertaste, tongue bruising hops leave a resiny mark.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is more of a reflection of an imperial. I will not complain, since I like it.

Overall - This is a better than average American IPA.

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Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer but not over the top amazing. I don't understand how this beer is listed as a single beer when the recipe of this beer changes significantly every month or so. The malt and hops change so should the entry in BA but that's my opinion.

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Photo of thebeers
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
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 tlema1
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
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 MDDMD
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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 angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -7%
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 Bosoxfan20
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
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 FosterJM
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1796th review on BA
Bottle to English pint glass
22oz

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 MA_hops
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Malt forward IPA with a hint of citrus. Has a slight bitter/dry finish. Moderate amount of hops. Subtle "dankness", not bad overall. Picked up a few cans of this in a trade.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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 TriggerFingers
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After some of the reviews I was ecstatic to try this. Bottle dated 10/13/15. Ok...it's a very good IPA. Great? I wasn't blown away, but it is very solid and super smooth. No dank and the aroma seem subdued a little compared to the elevated IPA. I know they change the recipe every so often so, maybe this is just a different batch of hops and new techniques. If you have a chance to try it, go for it. I was hoping for an epic beer and felt slightly let down with this batch. Maybe others batches are, or will be better. YMMV.

Final thought: smoothest high ibu IPA in recent memory. A-/B+

Update 11/13/15- So I smuggled a bomber back in my checked bag and tried it properly tonight (bottle dated 10-13-15). Nose and flavor were both subdued but I would say the main descriptor I would use for both would be pineapple. Odd, because as fruity as IPA's have become, I can't say I have ever tasted straight pineapple juice in a beer (albeit, a strong secondary note). I haven't really changed my opinion from my previous tasting. Good....glad I tried it, not in my top 10 IPA's, but enjoyable. This batch I will rate a solid B+

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Keananmichael5
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dipa with really good up front fresh hop smell and a very well balanced hoppy/malty finish. I prefered the Elevated Ipa but this was very tasty to try

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