Crank Yanker IPA - Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
Orangey amber in the wine glass with plenty of head and a persistent carbonation on the tongue. A little barky and browned-biscuit tasting, but plenty of fruit. Some mango and pineapple with a lime peel finish. Moderately sweet and malty. Slight bitterness. Thoroughly drinkable, make that gulpable. Plenty of hop flavors but fruity and friendly. Maybe a little too friendly.
I'm sure that San Diego hop hipsters would scoff, but chomping crispy stuff and cheese and apples with the stars coming out at State Forest State Park in the north central mountains of Colorado, this tastes fine out of the can.
Well, I can't find who actually brews these beers, which always makes me wonder. In any case, it's perfectly drinkable and I would ignore the Bros review which seems to be another and stronger beer. From the 16 oz can purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins.
07-23-2014 05:46:03 | More by mactrail
3.44/5 rDev -3.6%
16oz can into a pint glass
no can dating
Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over as an extra!
A: Pours a very hazy rusty golden color with 3 plus fingers width of light tan colored head. Head has very good retention before dissipating down, and leaves lots of thick lacing.
S: Very malty, some citrusy and floral hops. Not a lot going on here and hop characters are muted.
T: Malty like the nose, but hoppier than the aroma implied with citrus rind, floral characters, and some pine. Still malt forward, but better than I anticipated from the aroma.
M/D: Medium body, appropriately low carbonation, fairly smooth, drinkability is average.
O: Nothing special but definitely worth a try.
06-24-2014 23:29:44 | More by zac16125
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
06-20-2014 05:35:13 | More by Beaver13
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
16oz can into a shaker pint
A – Comes out quite foamy, head is gigantic and off white. Settles in the glass, body is a dark orange haze.
S – Strong on the caramel malt notes, some orange and pint notes come through from the hops.
T – More sweet orange and citrus notes here, hops a pretty subdued.
M – Pretty thick for the style, carbonation seems to be on the low side. Not terribly easy to drink here.
O – Okay for the style, nice that it comes in the 16oz can but it's a lot to get through with how thick and sweet this one is.
05-17-2014 15:40:54 | More by Moose90
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
04-25-2014 04:45:22 | More by Bockrules
3.23/5 rDev -9.5%
Served into a tulip glass from the can. Props to the brewery for the artwork on their can. Plus, how can you resist a name like Crank Yanker?
Anyway, pours a medium amber color with a fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipated quickly. Left a thin foam ring and some decent lacing. Doesn't seem very carbonated on the pour. Fairly clear compared to some IPA's I've tried lately.
On the nose, citrus. Overpowering at first, like putting your nose in a glass of OJ or grapefruit juice. After a swirl or two, bready notes and a very mild pine-hop not come through. I guess I was expecting more.
First taste, grapefruit notes from the hops, a little more sweetness that I prefer and a small hop/pine note at the end. My first thought is "this isn't really an IPA", more like most of the pales I've tried.
Mouthfeel was light to medium and drying with very little carbonation.
Overall, not what I was expecting but not a drain-pour either. It's drinkable and refreshing although a little drier on the finish than I prefer. The more IPAs I drink, the more hop-presence I seem to prefer and this one is not on that level. But, if someone offered me one of these from their cooler or fridge, I'd be happy to knock it down. As easy as this drinks, it could be session-able. Maybe a good gateway IPA from someone trying to get into the IPA styles (IPA, IIPA, etc.)
Glass empty... Cheers!
02-23-2014 04:12:59 | More by MoorBeerPlz
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint notes of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, and pine hops with some lighter notes of caramel malts with a touch of sweetness.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with just a light amount of sweetness (which fades pretty quickly). That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/orange, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of pithy bitterness which fades fairly quickly.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and light hints of dryness in the finish.
O: Not the most successful blend of malts and hops in my opinion (a little too malty/sweet and a strange blend of hops). It was a beer my brother-in-law brought back from his trip to Denver and it had a great smell - it was not difficult to drink and hides the alcohol well. I could have a couple but I do not find it overly successful as a brew.
10-31-2013 01:19:19 | More by dbrauneis
Crank Yanker IPA from Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
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