Crank Yanker IPA - Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery

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Crank Yanker IPACrank Yanker IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
48
awful

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 22
Photo of RockAZ
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a can poured a good foamy head which settled quickly. Not as strong of an aroma as I would have hoped for. Sweet taste at first and afterwards, noteworthy fruit tastes are strong on grapefruit but also a biting ginger flavor as well. I liked the beer, would love to have it on draft. This less than stellar rating (from me) for this IPA may only be because of the IPA I had before it.

I bet this one really stands out in any other crowd of IPA's, do recommend.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger plus creamy off-white head, that leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly hoppy, slight sweet malts, citrusy, slight pine note. The taste is pretty good, hoppy, citrusy, slight malt note. Medium body, nice bitter/dry finish. Overall a tasty brew, really surprised me at the time. Would recommend.

Photo of flixjones303
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Can. Forgot to check the best by date and now it's in the recycle bin. Whoops. Smells pretty good at first. Pineapple. Lifesavers candy. Slightly vegetal as it warms. Taste is pretty solid in terms of actual flavors, and very much in line with the aroma. The problem is that the lingering sweetness gives an aftertaste and a mouthfeel I find unpleasant. It's be better if it were a little more dry.

Photo of manitoubrews
1.96/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Having a draught version at a bar in Colorado Springs. Nice color, but almost no head and difficult to detect taste of hops. I agree with the Brothers.

Photo of wasso67
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Comes in a cool 16 oz. can. Pours a lovely golden yellow with a substantial frothy head. Big hop aroma with fruity overtones. Mouthfeel is substantial with a nice pleasant carbonation on the tongue. Just enough light tasting malt to offset the huge hop hit. Grapefruit, pine, ginger notes dominate and the finish is crisp and dry due to the high alcohol content. One of my favorite beers. Always have some in the fridge.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zac16125
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Moose90
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Bockrules
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.91/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Photo of Jrhockney
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 tell that this was very much 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

-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: This was where I was most impressed. Being a fan of hoppy, citrus, and semi-sweet IPAs, this was just was the bartender ordered. The Orange was very pronounced along with the Grapefruit and a stinging pine flavors. The flavor seemed a little 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...speaking of sour, this was a nice surprise in this brew and reminded me a bit of Asher's organic IPAs. Ultimately, the taste reminded of a somewhat sour and fairly malty version of Firestone IPA.

-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 and I keep an eye out for more specials on this ale. 16 ounces of this very high quality IPA is more than a bargain at low prices. If you like citrus IPAs, this is an excellent choice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a good ipa is always the place to start for a new brewery. im not sure how new these guys are, but their beers just started appearing here in Denver, so I thought I should get introduced to them through a nice pint sized can of this ipa. the pour isn't too impressive, caramel amber color with what looks to be a robust white head, but it dies in just seconds, taking on a pretty flat look. the nose is wet sticky dank hops, very bold and aggressively done, with some middle of the road caramalt grain backing. the taste is equally dank, real hoppy, not freakishly bitter though, one of those semi sweet india pale ales that doesn't quite get bitter. quite a bit of malt body on this, its a little thicker than id like it to be, especially given its short lived carbonation. it doesn't go down as easily as it should, and the alcohol is strong here. not well hidden at all. I think this has the right hop profile to be a winner, but could use some revisiting in terms of feel. ill check back at some point...

Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The can is great and shows good locations near Buena Vista, CO to go mountain biking. The beer has an excellent hoppy flavor although I prefer my IPAs stronger. It is easy to drink a bunch without noticing as it goes down very easy and smooth. I would recommend it if you like IPA but wouldn't if you don't as it isn't especially impressive.

Photo of potbeercollege
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the can to my mouth, so lets just give it a 3 for appearance.resious pine needle bomb. A little husky grain and caramel sweetness action in the nose, but for the most part the beer’s character is dominated by sticky sappy pine needle hop oils, etc. Typical resin bomb. Meh, not my thing, but better than most of the ’nano’ canned ipas of recent. Certainly better than that rye diacytal bullshit Renegade canned. At least this is fairly clean, no low fill, and properly carbonated. Overall, crank yanker isn’t bad just boring, not my kinda hop action.

Photo of LXIXME
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of tylerprince
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Eddyline in BV after a failed attempt at Mt. Harvard and Columbia. As a sidenote, the food there is really very good too.

A: Pours a clear copper with minimal bubbling. One-finger off white head subsides over 2-3 mins and leaves behind a sparse lacing.

S: Sweet and bready malts hit first, followed by a smooth grapefruit citrus throughout. Nice and balanced, but a tad weak and lacking in complexity.

T: Hits the palata with a strong citrus. Bready malts follow shortly thereafter. Finishes with the citrus, but with hardly any lingering bitterness. Alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden, especially for something with an ABV this high. Not a heck of a lot of character, however.

M: Smooth and slightly syrupy, but cut with just the right amount of carbonation. No alcohol sensation.

O: Solid, well balanced IPA. Could stand for a slightly fresher malt or perhaps a little more hop character outside of the powerfully-citrus taste. For a place in bumblef&^% Colorado, very, very solid.

Photo of Deadfellow
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours A One To Two Finger Head,Crisp Golden Amber Color.

Smell Is A Hoppy Pine(Cascade)With A Very Clean Malt Profile. Very Natural. Hops Become More Prevelent As Warms.

Taste Up Front Is A Mellow Malt, With A Medium Hop Flavor On The Back Of The Tounge In The Finish.A Twinge Of Alcohol As Warms.

A Medium Bodied Beer That Pairs With The Style Very Well.

Overall This Is A Very Good Strong Pale Ale, As Opposed A True IPA.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark amber color with a soft appearance and a loose rather foamy head that clings tightly to the glass. Darker than some other IPAs but certainly just as appealing.

Aroma - orange, caramel, honey, brown sugar, some light floral hop notes. Faint hints of pine and fresh cut grass. The aroma comes and goes. I'd love to get a lot more of that fresh hop smell and as this warms a bit it does come out but you may need to be patient.

Taste - oranges and lemons with some flavors that come aross as apricot and peaches. Plenty of malty, caramel flavors without any sort of hop astringency. Not a super hoppy or bitter IPA with a lot more going on with the malt side of things. Perhaps the honey that this is brewed with plays a part in all of this?

Overall - an IPA that may come across as more on the malty side than being overly bitter and super hoppy. Not a bad brew by any means but it can come across more like a strong amber ale with a solid hop profile. Some floral and citrus flavors are there and as it warms there is a bit of spiciness from the hops.

Crank Yanker IPA from Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.