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Crank Yanker IPA - Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Crank Yanker IPACrank Yanker IPA

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26 Reviews

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 31.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 01-11-2012

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 88
Reviews by Bockrules:
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3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 16oz tall boy into a pint glass

A - Explodes out of the can with foam everywhere. Once I get it in a glass it is a slightly hazy orange-gold with just a few light bubbles rising to an extremely rocky, 4-finger head.

S - In the glass, there is a fair amount of orange zest, spice and mango riding on a light caramel malt background.

T - Orange zest and caramel malt upfront. The body is more driven by caramel malt than I'd like with tropical hop notes playing second fiddle. Splash of mango and orange-soda hop notes as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a slightly dry orange cream soda and caramel malt finish.

M - On the light side of medium bodied with light carbonation. Probably the worst aspect of the beer, this comes off as a macro that has been let sit out too long. Very little of that firm, chewy mouthfeel I look for in a well crafted American IPA. Head stays intact all the way down the glass and leaves behind copious amounts of soapy lacing.

Eddyline started out as Socorro Springs in New Mexico after a couple of New Mexico Tech graduates started a brewery. The brew pub was the only game in a college-driven town for local craft beer and business was good. For whatever reason, they decided to pull out and move operations up to Buena Vista in around 2011.

Not sure how this has worked out for them. I've always thought that their beers were mediocre at best, and that high sales of Pick Ax IPA (now Crank Yanker) were likely fueled by the college students and geologists at NMT. This only solidifies that. Crank Yanker is highly drinkable thanks to its orange soda like taste and light mouthfeel, but there really isn't that much there when stacked against real IPAs. It's nice that it comes in a can, and I would consider swing by the brewery if I'm ever in the area climbing peaks (I too have now migrated to Colorado). Still, I wish they had just stayed around Socorro.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.91/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Clear pale amber, thin lacing

SMELL: Earthy, musty, peppery, woody, fallen apricots, vegetal

TASTE: Wet, orange pith, chalky, vegetal, earthy, funky, wet pile of dead leaves, astringent finish

You'd expect a 7.8-percent, 75-IBU can of IPA with “go big” and “epic malt, epic hops” on the label to be all that. Not the case here. This is an extremely unbalanced beer with some of the oddest malt and hop flavors in recent years. Nothing works. Our palates are left disappointed, confused and ruined.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary tropical fruits.

The flavor is sweet juicy fruits with some resiny piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, very sweet and fruity IPA. A little too sweet for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very small off white head quickly dies into a decent lacing above a clear honey copper colored beer.

Citrus hops blends with a light caramel, grainy to bready malt aroma.

Resembles the aroma with citrus hops and a light caramel to grain malts taste.

A light dryish aftertaste with a bit of the sourish citrus hops hanging around on this medium bodied beer.

A good tasting but to light on the hops for a quality IPA,this seems more like a pale ale, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of RJV13
5/5  rDev +41.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of deMonar89
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jrhockney
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just saw this in a very well priced liquor store on special and I had to give it a try. A six pack of 16 ouncers for 9 bucks was just too much of a deal to pass up.

-Aroma: was incredibly strong and I could sense that this was from the citrus hop realm and probably pretty malty as well given the sweetness. Last of orange and grapefruit with a touch of pine. The aroma lasted almost the entire beer. Very impressive on this end.

-Appearance: Almost red ale like and its easy to see that there is much malt is in there. Its very well filtered and easy to see through, which is fine, though I prefer cloudier IPAs if its not Firestone. The head was decent enough for my preference, but nothing too impressive or overdone.

-Taste: (Edit) After having it a few more times, it really didn't live up to my first review so I'm changing it for the lack of consistancy. The last few times I've had it, the flavor doesn't live up to its aroma. The Orange was fairly pronounced along with the Grapefruit and lightpine flavors. The flavor seemed too malted at times, but the sweetness seemed to be blended enough with the sourness of the citrus hops not to make it a too malty. At its best, the taste reminds of a somewhat sour and fairly malty version of Firestone IPA, at its worst, its a slightly citris, overly malted IPA that doesn't stand out.

-Mouth Feel: Surprising heavy and syrupy for an IPA, but it made it feel a bit like an imperial which is good if you like imperials, though it might be too much if you're looking for more of a standard IPA. The flavor stayed in the thickness so it worked out pretty well.

-Overall: Very impressive at its best but lacks consistancy.. 16 ounces of this high quality IPA is more than a bargain at low prices.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Morgan's in Denver, CO

Poured into a pint glass and paired with some Indian food.

A&S: Lively transparent copper colored beer. White foamy head with large bubbles speckled throughout. Admittedly my nose is a little stuffy (will make edits if need be in a few days), but the main elements of the aroma are spicy & piney hops with a touch of citrus, with sweet malts. Hints of alcohol.

T&M: Nothing unpredictable about the taste of this beer. Pretty much all of it's characteristics were foreshadowed in the smell. One standout element is a prevailing malty backbone, not dissimilar to a less intense 90 minute. Medium carbonation, on the lower side of medium bodied.

Overall: I think I like this one a tad bit more then their pale. Both beers are quite good (good quanities of hops and very drinkable). I like this company, nothing super special about them but the two beers I have had thus far have been solid for their styles. I like their labels and their 16oz cans also. I would have to respectfully disagree with the bros on this beers rating, found the product to be well-balanced and decent.

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4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy. I ended up pouring it out.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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Crank Yanker IPA from Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.