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Crank Yanker IPA - Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery

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Crank Yanker IPACrank Yanker IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
48
awful

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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1.91/5  rDev -46.3%
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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1.96/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zac16125
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Crank Yanker IPA from Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.