Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IPSweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP

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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elgiacomo on 07-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a brilliant golden with a fluffy two finger egg shell colored craterous head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Big pilsner malt aromas,light toastiness,maibock-like vegetal and caramel aromas as well.Whoo that hits hard on the palate at first,it takes a few sips to kinda reel this one in,there is some harsh alcohol to go along with big honey-like sweetness,light toast and a faint leafy hop note in the finish.The alcohol is way to big of a part of this beer to give it a high taste and or drinkability score.It has some nice things going on,but its to harsh with the untamed alcohol.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Lacing adorns the glass as the hazed, golden color glows in the light. There are smells of spice and tropical fruits in the nose. Yeah, it's exotic. Its big body and smoothness ride slow but steady. It has a big, biscuity malt base, and is yeasty as well. The hops come along and drop a bit of a bomb on you, with bitterness and a thick herbal flavor that soon battles with its quickly warming alcohol character. Doughy malt and leafy hops finish off the brew. It's a proud member of an American beer style, and deservedly so.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hop characteristics. The flavor is bready and biscuity malt with some grassy hops. I also get some citrus notes. The beer has only a low amount of bitterness, less than I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of breadiness. Good amounts of grassy and lightly herbal hop aromas are also present. As it warms very faint hints of licorice seem to waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pilsner malts beefed up by good amounts of bready flavors from the yeast kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid grassy hop flavors that turn slightly herbal midway through the sip. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall this is a top-tier beer for the style but there are no large flaws. An easy-drinking beer for a big ABV style, worth a shot.

Photo of zplug123
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Slight haze, golden hue with good amount of carbonation, thin head persists

S: Subdued citrus hops background with pilsner characteristics dominant

T: Starts clean, then grapefruit hops hits in the middle. Slight alcohol detected but in welcomed levels. Pretty dry in terms of malt, hops dominate the majority.

M: Medium body, biting carbonation

D: A good IP overall, would take my time sipping on this though. Clean and strong, so not exactly a thirst quencher

Photo of Mavajo
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow golden color with a fluffy white head. Nose and taste are malty with a modest dose of herbal hops. The taste also introduces a light lemon zest and maybe a bit of clove? Mouthfeel is standard.

All in all, it's a well made version of a mediocre style. Nothing really to find fault with here, but it's also not a great beer.

Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into a snifter

A- Pours a clear bright copper-gold, more copper in color. Head is firm and thick and refreshes itself after each sip. Lots of noticeable carbonation in the appearance.

S- Sweet malt surrounded by strong earthy/herby hops. Smells sweet like cattle feed (that sugary/straw smell). Has a very typical Sweetwater hop character to it.

T- Carmel malt combined with a noble hop flavor. Hints of pine nuts, herbs, and a bit of black pepper. The malt flavor and hop flavor don't seem to be bridged well. They are both good, but seem like they are going in different directions instead of working together.

M- Thick and dry. Chewy with a definite bite to it, from both alcohol and a lot of carbonation. Really drys your mouth out.

Overall I had low expections for this, not really sure why. I was decently surprised. It was a good beer, but seems like it could use a little work. I picked up two bottles, shared one with some friends, and traded the other away to a more...deserving...soul.

Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazed golden copper, with a finger of tight bright-white head. This retains with a thin layer of froth, maybe a little creamier on the edges, with a solidly rich flare-up that leaves some thick patchy lacing behind. The aroma smells of earth, spice, juicy oranges, and sweet, lightly toasted grains. A bit of stiff alcohol heat sits underneath but doesn't interrupt the nose too much.

The taste has a sticky base of sweet malt and fruit going on with it, as bready grains mix with zesty notes of orange and lemon. Hops are moderately assertive here, with a leafy feel and biting citrus rind bitterness. The finish is VERY dry, with a lingering spicy earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some thickness up front that then turns into a crisp creaminess as it spreads out into the rest of the mouth. There are no alcohol flavors but this does possess a beefy warmth to it.

Imperial Pilsners are one of those styles that I sometimes just can't get behind but this one wasn't too bad. The distinct fruity flavors kept this interesting and honestly, the sharpness of the carbonation probably kept this from becoming the sweet alcoholic mess that some other examples sometimes break down into. This was good but I'm glad that I split the bomber. Sessionable this is not.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a plethora of extras in a great trade with GeezLynn.. Thanks a ton Geoff!! This one was not on my radar. Shared with a colleague from a competitor.

Pours with a foamy 1" white head... dies pretty quickly.. very clear polished golden.. descent lacing.

Nose shows a nice malt profile with a seemingly American hoppiness.. not big "C" hops, yet somehow definitely American... pine with some pretty thick hay

Nice bitterness quickly melts into a pretty heavy malt profile.. not "sweet", just malty... hops are grassy and fruity.. lite hints of citrus with some tropical elements.. The thicker body belies the hidden alcohol.. The EtOH shows in a distinct burn down the gullet.. I would have liked a touch more carbonation..

Interesting for sure... an nice late (very late) night summer beer.. Glad I had the chance to try this one pretty fresh... Thanks again Geoff.. I hope you like your box as much as I loved mine.


Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fluffy white head that recedes to some patchy lacing. Kinda pretty.
S - Sweet toasted malt, a bit of honey, and some citrus-y hops (orange peel and tangerine).
T - Very similar to the nose, definitely more on the sweet end of the spectrum. More lightly toasted malt gives way to some pungent and bitter citrus hops, with a bit of spicy yeast thrown in for good measure. Honestly, this reminds me more of a DIPA that an "Imperial Pilsner", but I guess when you get to a certain level of malt and hops it all starts tasting the same.
M - Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouth-feel and crisp, sharp carbonation. The 9% ABV is pretty well hidden, not really detecting it at all.
O - I'm surprised by how much I'm actually liking this, the last "Imperial Pilsner" I had was awful (looking at you Terrapin). Sweetwater has been on a roll lately, keep it up!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber color coming through very clearly. Nice notes of white coming over the top of the beer, with a settling down of the head into a subtle side glass profile. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.

The aroma was very light. Nice touches of citrus popping up throughout the profile. A definite touch of alcohol was visible from the very first whiff though, letting me know this one was going to be strong, and settling me back in the chair a bit I have to say. Light grains coming through now as it starts to warm up, the taste was very crisp, clean and transparent. This was definitely not a lager. Clean flavor of lemon, grapefruit, touches of grass as well.

Photo of scottyshades
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Green's in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a hop-hazed golden/copper color with an AWESOME fluffy/billowy head. Retention is excellent.

S: Floral hops immediately greet the nose, along with a big sweetness and malt. The hops are spicy, very grassy and tart, and earthy. Very unique

T: Holy smokes, I was told this has 100 IBUs, and the bitterness is so balanced. Hops are absolutely delicious in this one...really floral and earthy - not resinous/piny/or citrusy.

MF/D: Heavy mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: Really scared to drop $12 on a growler of an imperial pilsner, but this was totally worth it. Will seek this out again.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear gold color. Massive cap of sticky white head. Displays awesome retention, forms a mesa in the middle of the glass and shows off an impressive formation of 3D lace.

Nose is grassy and citric hops without a whole lot of malt backing...maybe a light dusting of sweet grains, bordering on biscuits.

Whoa, this is sweet - honey coated sugar cubes! Grainy as hell to boot. Plenty of hop flavor, grassy and floral, but not enough bitterness to cut the sweetness. Alcohol is huge, not really rough, just really big. It does have a nice creamy mouthfeel to it though. I am glad I am splitting this with a friend, as I do not think I could finish a whole one by myself. IMO, Boulevard and Orval's collaboration impy pilsener wipes the floor with this one, waaay too sweet for me. An awesome appearance and nice aroma save this one from finding the 'C' range.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a willis glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold brew with a meringue like head that leaves lots of lacing. Head is off white.

Aromas of dried hay, flowery hops and a little citrus.

First sip is of citrus (orange) and flowers, with a malt backbone. Imagine a czech pils, multiplied by at least two. The malt is there to provide balance to the hops. You get the full hop profile, bitterness, flavor, and aroma. The hops flavor and aroma are off (american mutts vs. european noble), but the idea is still there.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little filling. But it coats the inside of your mouth with a load of hops and then a slathering of malt to take the edge off.

Very drinkable, and very dangerous at 9%. Don't session this or you'll be posted on Late Night Mistakes with marker all over your face. Very nice beer.

Photo of mullenite
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice yellow color with a two finger white head. Some lacing left on the glass but not a whole lot. There was a also a bit of chill haze present. Based on the appearance you couldn't tell this beer from any other full-bodied pilsner on the market.

Smell was nice and hoppy but in a different way than, say, an IPA or Pale Ale. The Cascade is really evident with it's almost flowery citrus component.

Taste is really similar to the smell which kind of hurts it. It lacks any kind of punch or bitterness but has loads of hop flavor which makes the beer seem sweet.

Nice medium body with some slight alcohol heat as it warms.

Overall a good beer but not one I'll be buying again. It just needs another dimension in the taste to go from good to great.

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice extra. reviewed from notes.

a - pour is light yellow with a white head.

s - malts, some hops, and a little booze.

t - heavy malts with grapefruit. dark fruit sweetness.

m - medium body, but on the lower end of carbonation

overall - i've never had an Imperial Pilsner, but it was quite tasty. great fall beer.

Photo of Chello
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice representation of an Imperial Pilsner, just what you should expect. Upon pouring, you're greeted with a 1" thick white head that fades to a nice glass rim liner. Leaves a nice thin lace along the sides of the glass. Taste is sweet up front, but balanced nicely by the bitterness. At 9%, there was very little noticeable alcohol heat.

The best Imperial Pilsner i'v had. Balanced, and easy drinking at 9%

Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gets a 4.5 for putting the Detroit hat on the monkey? on the front, in true tribute to Magnum P.I. Light orangish beer with a fluffy head that left some decent lace on the sides.

S - Some tropical fruits, citrus, floral notes, and grainy malt profile.

T - Fairly sweet, a little too much if you try to drink a considerable amount of it. Some fruit, and a slight bit of bitterness on the end. For an Imperial Pilsener, it's not bad, but this is a style I've never cared a ton for.

M - Smooth, fairly active carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, and for Imperial Pilseners I'd recommend giving it at try. Not something I'd really have again though.

Photo of PDXHops
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off-white. Decent retention with some nice patches of lacing.

A Cascade/Sterling hop combo, says the label, and it smells like both were utilized generously. Loads of grapefruit, floral and grassy aromas, with pine and some toasty grain also clamoring for attention.

Thickish with a somewhat coating body that is doughy sweet at times, but a searing bitterness rips through it with ease. Huge sting of spiciness kicks in midswallow; it seems that the Sterling is more influential in the flavor than nose. Plentiful grit and grain, yet other than some lingering booze, it finishes pretty cleanly. It's not really boozy, either; in fact, quite the opposite. It goes down entirely too easy for a 9% beer.

Overall impression: Another winner from Sweetwater. At least for the time-being, this is my measuring stick for imperial pilsners.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/7/10

"Good call on this one" to PDXHops for sending this great beer that would have otherwise never been on my radar. Thanks Jeff!

Bright & hazy golden tangerine in color with pineapple highlights. Poured one finger of white foam that dropped considerably, though it holds a slim layer. Decent lace so far, but it doesn't look like it will last. Head retention is but a skim & lacing is at a minimum.

I really like the aroma of this one. It exhibits prairie-like notions of grass, hay, lemongrass & herbal wisps. Suggestions of apples. Distinctive notes of toasted grain. It's clean but at 9% abv it shows it's magnitude, though it doesn't at all smell boozy. Floral overtones & modestly spicy hops. Very subtle citric twinge.

Magnum IP tastes quite good, if structured a bit differently from the aroma. The flavor is incredibly grainy; some choice malts must have gone in this. Light grassy & earth tones around the edges. Quite floral; not too much in the way of citric hops (maybe a spritz of lemon zest) nor is it very bitter. Just enough hop bite to motivate the grainy aspect. The flavor profile is pretty clean, too; gets just a touch muddled as it warms up. Again, the alcohol is very well hidden.

The great structure of this beer makes it seem lighter than it is. I could call it robust or dense (accurate enough for the style) but that isn't quite a fair translation. Magnum IP is nimble regardless. Carbonation is [somewhat surprisingly] low. Graininess is such that is embodies the feel of the beer. The modest bitterness & carbonation seem specifically designed to to aide the graininess as it rolls o'er the tongue. Clean residual flavors linger long on the finish.

Truth be told, drinkability is quite high. I'm not entirely convinced this is 9% abv. More like 7-7.5% abv. Whatever. I suppose toward the end of the bottle the abv is more apparent. I'm not sure about the 100 IBUs either, but no matter. The best Imperial Pilsner I've had. Seek it out if you like the style.

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one over the weekend.

A: The pour is a golden color with a slight haze and a big white head.

S: The nose is a nice mix of sweet, lightly bready, malt notes and earthy and herbal hops. The sweetness is really pronounced, though, and at times a bit sugary.

T: Plenty of sweetness on the tongue as well. Lots of honey like flavors, a bit of bread, and some soft bitterness. The hops tend to be a bit faint overall.

M: A fairly decent body for a pilsner, so there is certainly a bit of imperial nature there. Moderate carbonation to go along with it.

D: This one was just too sweet for me. It wasn't really all that bad, but I would have preferred a more noticeable hop aroma and flavor to balance out the sugar and malt flavor.

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep golden color with nice frothy white head that hangs around decently.

S - Wonderful! You get all the sweet pilsner malt character supplemented by a soft citrus/pine hop aroma.

T - This beer is extremely deceiving!!! 110 IBU's?!?!? 9%?!?!?!? You get this rich, rich pilsner malt flavor balanced perfectly by the hops - not a trace of hot alcohol that I can detect. It's crazy. While it finishes a little sweet, here's a solid bitterness that finishes nicely and builds as I'm working my way through the first glass.

M - A little "thick" for my tastes, could have used some lightening from more carbonation.

D - Decent, I'm blowing through this bomber pretty quick, but probably won't being going for the second tonight.

For an imperial pilsner, this is pretty tasty. It may lean on too much of the wrong type of hops, but it's right up my alley. I would definitely recommend this one.

Photo of Khazadum
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great full screen of lacing. The body is that carmel, gouda coloration that is dark enough to block vision through it, but when held up to the light it definitely goes fully through. There are no streams of carbonation, just many many singular bubbles running the rat race to the ever present cream on top. Pure white like I expected, and VERY tiny bubbles. I almost want to scoop some onto an espresso.

S- Ooo a nice tangerine tang to this. Zesty and spiced up for sure. Extremely bready. I swear I could bite into a pillsbury straight from the oven and get the same aroma flooding my nostrils from my mouf. It has a grassy background, gentle, very pleasant. Medium power to it. Awesome nose. Some things that start to develop later on are an apple tart mixture and an increased spiciness with a reduction in the light grassy, floral hops.

T- First thoughts are how sweet this is. I didn't expect that at all. Its almost belgian candied sugar flavor. Slow rollover of the bright sucrose characteristic into the apple flavor I was starting to pick up in the nose. Following that is straight into the finish. Very gentle hops. grassy with a mild bitterness to it. This thing feels like... a Tripel.. no barleywine.. no pilsner tripel barleywine!

M- Full bodied! Thick... Very creamy, ridiculous amount of velvet smooth presence. Carbonation is omnipresent throughout. Slow bubble release and eruption on the walls of my mouth. Tingly, not crisp.. Bright... but more like dusk bright... so... murky? Hmm.. The alcohol is strong but well balanced into it. Gives a minor heat through the throat. In the mouth its almost balancing the carbonation I feel.

D- I fell in love with the nose. I was intrigued by the flavor. I was baffled by the oral sensations. This beer totally is new to me.. it has to be a new style. I can't place my tongue exactly on what it is. I like it, but honestly what isn't there to like about ticking a new style? ;)

The flavor starts to become a chore to drink. At first I thought the syrupy nature was what was causing me to start to slow down on the second half of the glass, however, I love syrupy beers. I came to realize something starts to attenuate out of the flavor.. almost a tomato flavor... Memories come to haunt me? Kidding, kidding. That definitely started to cause me to back off, but not to the point where I couldn't drink it.

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of citrus hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus hops and grapefruit up front, with a malty backbone in the finish. A big, bold flavor. Very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied. Much thicker than you'd expect from a pilsner.

D: Excellent. Supremely drinkable.

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell was nice, a citrusy hops that I enjoyed a lot.

I'm a bit biased here, I prefer malt flavors, so I found this brew to be way too bitter.

The feel was a little thicker than I was expecting.

Again, too bitter to be terribly drinkable, for me. Basically, this is a sweet find for fans of high (ish) IBUs, but everyone else should avoid.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.