Sweetwater Dank Tank Wet Dream - SweetWater Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RustyDiamond on 10-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass at the brewery. Opaque reddish-orange in color with a thick, frothy, creamy finger of head. Grassy and delicately fragrant aroma of subtle pine, navel orange & tangerine. Softly sweet on the nose, with a nice tangerine hop flavor. A little bit of pine, but I mainly detect soft notes of navel orange & tangerine from the citrus family. The initial burst of citrus turns very smooth as a slightly nutty malt taste enters the picture. Spicy, herbal, grassy mouthfeel that finishes with a touch of dryness. Extremely drinkable and very clean. I find this one quite unique for a wet hop beer and showcases the wet Chinook hop very well, without the typical earthy/fungal notes commonly found in fresh/wet hop ales.

This one from the Dank Tank series was made with 400+ pounds of wet Chinook hops overnighted from Washington state. The brewery calls this one an Imperial Red Ale

More User Reviews:
Photo of ohmybock
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is okay, but it's not as good as I was hoping it would be. It looks nice when poured into a glass and has a lasting small ring of foam. I liked the initial aroma which was full of hops. The taste has a lot in common with Sweetwater IPA. I was under the (wrong?) impression this was only made with fresh hops. After tasting this brew, it seems to be brewed with similar hops as the regular IPA, but perhaps with a dose of fresh Chinooks? Unlike many hoppy brews, I find Wet Dream to become less drinkable as it warms. I didn't have much trouble with the first half of the bomber, but I couldn't quite finish the second half. Most likely I'm just not a big fan of some of the hops used in this beer.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust pine and slightly citrus hops with a grainy caramel malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the hops don't have quite the presence intimated by the aroma. Slightly weak caramel malt flavors up front give way to decent amounts of pine and wet citrus flavors. Near the end of the sip a light leafy hop flavor comes in before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a decent thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was good however a different and more robust malt bill with more hop flavor would go a long way toward making this exceptional. As it is it's still worth a shot.

Photo of zplug123
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a .5L stein:

A: Amber-red color, medium head with little retention or lacing

S: Sweet pine-hops aroma is apparent, but not quite as strong as I'd expect from a heavily hopped beer

T: Right off the tongue is the citrus, pine taste along with toasted malt. The problem is that somehow the overall taste is weak/watery compared to other imperial styles. Maybe Mark forgot about the water content in fresh hops, who knows?

M: As mentioned before, too clean at the finish to be considered a heavier beer. The medium carbonation doesn't help ether.

D: Could have a few more if it wasn't as expensive, but definitely not up to the hype. Perhaps Sweetwater should focus more on the beer instead of crazy names.

Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite what this may be called, it isn't really a DIPA. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a red-orange amber with a two-finger thick head that fades fairly quickly and left wall-to-wall lacing in my glass.

I couldn't pick up much in the nose - mainly just notes of hops and floral/pine/grass. The taste was spot on with the nose. There's apparently some other subtleties at work here, but I wasn't able to pick up on them. The wet hops were very evident, and it had a slightly unique bitterness. It danced around the edges of my tongue and caused a pretty strong saliva-generating reaction. That was kind of odd. It was sort of a metallic sensation. My overall thought from the nose and taste was basically "grassy." The mouthfeel was medium bodied with light carbonation. Reasonably smooth.

All in all, a pretty unique experience. I'm not entirely sure I liked it, but it was definitely something off the beaten path. Worth trying if it's available to you. Fairly drinkable - I popped my bomber open at kick off and was done before the first quarter was over. Go Packers.

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a finger of frothy off-white head. Real sturdy flareup here that spreads a thin layer of creamy foam across the surface, throwing a big foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is dank and herbal smelling, with a gritty and spicy feel in the nose. Some citrus and roasty caramel malt notes give the hops a bit of an extra backing tang at times.

The taste is earthy and mellow across the tongue at first, before more aggressive notes of pine, bitter citrus, and spice spreads across the back of the throat. The malt backbone on this is sticky and sweet feeling, with caramel and bread giving a deep roasted burnt edge to the profile at times. Earth and pithy fruit hangs well back the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and oily texture to it that lends this an almost lighter feel in the mouth at times. There is a touch of warmth to this. Not a whole lot but enough to put off a bit of a medicinal character when mixed with all of those herbal hops.

This was pretty decent. The hops came off as a little more earthy and mellow than aggressive but still maintained a fairly fresh pop to it. The only really holding this back was the warmth in the body but even that wasn't too big of a deal. Solid entry here from the Dank Tank series.

Photo of Thur123
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid ruby orange with two fingers of off white head that fades slowly and in a creamy way. The carbonation looks slow and steady. The smell is a very concise hop smell that's reminiscent of a great IPA, but without any other hops. The malt smells sweet and full and like slightly toasted caramel I suppose. I like how I now know exactly what Chinook hops smell like. It's awesome.

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The flavor is very heavy hop bitterness that kind of drops in on your tongue followed by a rich piney taste, with the malt under it. The hop kick on this smacked me around a little with just how concentrated it was. Overall this is pretty good, but I can see why using mixed hops is as amazing as it is. The malt is also essential for rounding out the flavor of this with its complex sweetness. Mouth feel is good to go on this one.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from GeezLynn ... Awesome trade Geoff!!

Nice pour into my Delirium goblet produced a fantastic long lasting 2 finger lite khaki head... the brew is a polished orange/lite amber.. great lacing.

Nose is surprisingly hoppy for a fresh hop beer.. maybe the most "grassy" hop nose I've ever smelled.. bits of citrus zest with some lite caramel and toasted maltiness... some nice floral notes show with warmth.

Hops still come across as grassy... even minty.. there is a great oily mouthfeel that is normally there in the uberhopped double and triple IPA's.. in this glass, the hop flavors are abundant while still retaining a nice "fresh" expectation.. the malts are much more integrated than the nose.. here the sweetness helps with the hops.. herbal finish is long and lingering... great medium body with a smooth yet very present carbonation..

as I finish my 2nd glass, a real earthy component permeates all aspects of this beer... adds a bunch of complexity to an already well made beer.

Thanks again Geoff for the proper trade... you are a welcome addition to the addiction.


Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had not had a chance to get a hold of some of the older one offs from Sweetwater but thanks to the generosity of a very nice and fine trader I was able to track these all down. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 04/17/2010.

Dark amber pours with lots of reddish highlights along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice head of around two fingers in height then rose up from the bottom of the glass to cap it off quite well. Dripping down the sides the lacing really thickened up the further down you went. Aroma is piney hops, rich with loads of caramel malts thrown in as well. Not as pungent as I would have hoped but it still had a lot of depth and character to it for sure. Nice balance here as it warms some notes of orange mix in. Creamy, very, very full body for the style and this really grabbed my attention. The flavors were able to really just lay across the tongue and really soak up through the palate. Again very well done and I have to admit I am really liking what I am seeing here. Smooth, lightly dry finish is capped by piney hops and a nice touch of caramel flavor.

Overall very solid. Obviously the hops have faded a touch but I really think as a red ale it is working even better now. I would love to see this in six packs, could really work on a fall night.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Dark red/amber color with a big frothy white head that quickly recedes into white clumps.

Big chinook hop aroma as expected. Very grassy and to a lesser degree resinous pine. Little biscuit malt in there also.

Caramel and biscuit malts step out first, followed by plenty of citrus hops. Flavor passes through the mouth clean, dry, and quickly without much in the way of aftertaste.

Fine carbonation leaves the mouthfeel silky, yet on the thin side.

Overall, a thinner body of flavor than you anticipate from a fresh-hopped ale. With the big wet-hopped smell, you're expecting more than a light flavor. Those wonderful, enticing fresh hop flavors reeled me in, but in the end the lack of body left me hanging. Tasty enough, but it's too bad those hops weren't coupled with a more worthy body of malt.

Photo of Brewfan
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from Oobawa in the Twisted 666's BIF. Thanks for the extra!

Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Pours a deep copper/burnished red color with a very nice, creamy white head. Lacing clings very heavily to the upward turn of the glass.

Not a huge aroma but what is there, is very nicely balanced. Grassy, sweet maltiness, slightly piney with a bit of lemon and herbs on the backside. Fresh hoppy bite and resiny grassiness on the tongue, but also a nice malty caramel flavor comes through. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The 7.5% never makes itself know. I feel myself having to slow down my sips or the beer would have been gone 20 minutes ago.

Very drinkable red/amber ale. Paired nicely with curried rice and stir fried veggies with ham and curry sauce. A simple, not overly spicy or strong curry went well with the medium hoppy/malty ale. Nice offering from Sweetwater

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why this is listed as a DIPA on here because it is described by the brewery as a red ale on the bottle. Anyways on to the review:

Appearance- This beer poured a nice amber/reddish color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Nice lacing present throughout.

Smell- Not too overpowering. A nice hint of hoppiness. A nice citrus and grassy aroma.

Taste- Fantastic brew. Not too hoppy. Has a nice mild hoppiness which is balanced well with the sweetness. Very sessionable brew in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation and medium body.

Overall- I'm shocked at the scores on here. This beer is fantastic. Perhaps it being labeled as a DIPA is skewing some peoples perception of the brew.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel malts, big amount of earthiness, and a touch of citrus. Flavor is caramel malts, grass, wood, toffee, grapefruit, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, and bitter. Good beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Limited release form Sweetwater.

Pours an orangeish/reddish amber with a large off-white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves some lacing.

The smell is very floral and earthy, along with hints of lemon and spice.

The first thing I notice with this beer is the watery mouthfeel. It is pretty hoppy with a lot of bitterness and some lemon zest flavor in there. The malt profile of this one is totally bland, this isn't what I would expect from a limited release brew.

Overall this is an average brew, just tastes like a hoppier version of this typically over-pedestrian style. The mouthfeel is terrible.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz poured into a pint glass.

Thanks to gford217 for this Secret Santa gift.

A - Clear copper with an inch and a half of foamy off-white head that lingers for a long time. Lots of lacing.

S - Piney hops with a little bit of slightly sour orange zest. Some toasted malt and caramel as well. Hint of something almost soapy though that brings it down from a 4.

T - Nice juicy piney hops with a hint of sweetness. Reasonably malty backbone with some biscuits and a hint of toffee. Pretty good, but not amazing.

M - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, but with a little slick oiliness to it that's not entirely pleasant.

D - Started out high, but after I got through most of a pint, I wasn't ready to chug the rest of the bottle.

Had a lot of potential going for it but there was just enough of something slightly off to it that kept me from giving it much above average.

Photo of firkinhophead
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours deep gold with an orange hue. Decent amount of pale orange head that settles fairly quickly to a thin cap. Not any lacing to speak of.

aroma is a nice balance of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Big orange zest and a bit of summery pine.

taste is of oranges and biscuity malt on the front end. Reminds me of the thin, sweet gourmet crackers my mom used to get that we spread with a soft orange cheese. very tasty. Not a lot of depth here, but what is there is fresh and pleasantly balanced. The initial sweetness fades fast and there's a promise of a juicy-fruit type center, but it fades to a more earthy malt with some tea-like herbal hops. Some tartness in the finish, along with a mild bite that keeps the finish semi-dry. The hops come back a little with the burps in a good way.

mouthfeel is a bit thin and leaves the palate too suddenly. Gentle carbonation gives a smooth character. Not much alcohol in the nose for being 7.5%, but it's there in the thin, drying finish.

Very easy drinking for a big ale. The malts seem very earthy in an English sort of way, but then what to make of the fresh hop quality and the high ABV? Rides a line between several styles and ends up a bit lost. Sweetwater calls it a red ale, and some American versions of this are some of my favorites (Censored, HopBack, Roxy Rolles), but this one lacks the depth of those and pushes the alcohol higher without a lot of payoff from the fresh hops. Pleasant enough and yields a quick buzz, but at a fairly steep price ($6.50 for a bomber). Worth a try, certainly.

Photo of Buebie
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gford217 for keeping my sweetwater needs fulfilled.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. A semi soft pour produced a solid 1 inch off white head. Receding to leave a very generous collar of retention and thick sticky lace coverage.
Color is a hazey reddish amber, not exactly red, but not exactly not red.

Aroma is super malty and sweet, bready buttered biscuits, a touch of cotton candy, distant hops in a grassy minty aroma with mild bittering.

Mouthfeel is terrific, full thickness feel with modest carbonation, quite laid back too and very smooth with a sticky finish.

Taste is a bready blasting of malt and grain busting at the seams. Sweet flavors build, but do not overwhelm in a awkward annoying way. Desirable delicious sweet malt.
Hops do not bite here, they have that whole cone, low alpha flavor, providing a freshness that cannot be denied as well as a mild mint and herbal tea flavor.
Finishing with sweet malt and hops that pucker only slightly in a light bittering fashion.

This is a hugely drinkable brew that can be enjoyed by all types of beer drinkers. Very clean and easy going down. Loved that part of it. The color though does not seem completely intact with the style.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to cashew70 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice slightly hazy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy, bitter, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, another pretty tasty brew from SW.

Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brought up by a friend living in Atlanta. Thanks Ben!
22oz bomber

Pours a hazy amber with orange highlights. Thick and creamy light tan head. My mouth was watering at first glance.

Sweet smells of caramel with a bold punch of citrus, pine and hints of apricot.

The taste is bold with a strong bready malt bakbone and heavy handfuls of chinook. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the finish. This is a sweet and tasty amber ale to say the least. Finishes fairly dry with a strong aftertaste of pine.

This is a delicious amber ale and a great representation from the east coast.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that sheets the pint glass

Smell: Caramel malt with a vague piney aspect

Taste: Opens with a lot of bready/caramel flavor but by mid-palate, the herbal/piney hops balance out some of the sweetness; after the swallow, the bready malt returns and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Found this one in the back of the fridge and didn't realize how old it was; I marked up the score a little higher as the hops have faded somewhat but it is still a decent beer, though the name is rather juvenile (but that is Sweetwater for you)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a nice fresh hopped ale, and its nice to seee the local boys cranking one out. Pretty nicely done, with some of the nice herbalness of the fresh hops captured. Pours a reddish amber with a realtively thin but tightly knit head. Herbal semi-sweet aromas, somewhat subtle with a hint of nuttiness and fair bit of freshness. Not as exuberantly tangy and dilly as some other fresh hopped ales. The taste is also somewhat on the subtle side- a bit of herbal tang and light nuttiness as well as a grassy freshness. Quite pleasant, smooth, and easy to drink. I look forward to fall far more for fresh hopped beers than for fest beers- please make this a yearly thing!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's time for fresh hops, thanks to gford217. On to the beer:

Into my Spaten Oktoberfest mug, the beer features a deep reddish color with the head on top being very thick and creamy on top. It leaves some patchy lacing in the mug. In the aroma, fresh metallic hops hit the nose. A touch of citrus fruit and a smack of burnt sugar make things more interesting.

At 7.5% ABV, it sure tastes and seems a lot lighter than that. A delicate, flowery hoppiness for most of flavor. It consists mostly of mangoes and tangerine. Very light dry biscuit malt and a undertone of fruit punch add a little to this hop dominate beer. Ok, now I'm getting the kick, but it doesn't come until the end of the sip. The extra kick creates a dull bitterness towards the back of the palate. Medium bodied, little carbonation, and is a solid drinker.

My first beer from Sweetwater is a solid one. Good enough balance, soft hops, and a kick to put you to sleep faster (...presumbably).

Photo of shivtim
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another wonderful sexual reference in a Sweetwater title. Gotta love it. I just wish their "blue" was titled "blue balls."
Anyway, poured this one out of the bomber into a Sweetwater pint glass.

Mostly clear, but slightly hazy copper/brown with orange. Ginormously huge, foamy off-white head that reluctantly calms down after a minute or two.

Nose is fantastic fresh hop juice. Very west coasty.

Nose carries over into the taste. Dominated by simple, well done strong hop flavors. Some biscuity malts try to sneak through. Very gentle ethanol at the end.
Decent mouthfeel, but a bit watery. Good drinkability. Nice entry in the series.

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours a deep, clear golden amber with a huge bubbly white head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves a soapy film around the edges with some decent lacing.

The aroma is flush with fresh floral hops with some freshly-cut grass and hints of pine resin coming through. There is a light sweet maltiness in the nose as well.

The taste doesn't have nearly the hop presence I was expecting form the nose. There is an initial grassy herbal hop kick but it gives way to a sweet, slightly toasted malt backbone. The finish is bitter but not extremely hoppy, if that makes since. It's almost metallic, but not enough to make it completely unpleasant.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and has an herbal, almost spicy, finish.

This is a decent beer from Sweetwater and very drinkable. It is definitely far more herbal and grassy than I was expecting. Not bad.

Photo of jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber sent to me from user Yesac, drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a clear dark amber/copper colored body with a tightly knit beige head. the head is very sticky and leaves behind solid walls of lacing.

S- sweet caramel and toffee malts upfront. theres a pungent blast of hops at the end. lots of resiny pine. a bit of grapefruit like citrus as well.

T- theres some of the caramel malts i could detect. the resiny pine flavored hops are also there. theres also fruity notes. orange and lemon more than grapefruit.

M- a little thinner than i was expecting. almost watery. creamy from the carbonation.

D- an interesting idea for a fresh hop beer. id check this one out again next year, but its nothing im dying to have all the time.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Wet Dream from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.