Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd AleSweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 59
Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with 1-finger medium cream head. No lace and no head retention.

Nose is rye straw and grass. A bit lemony and a touch of apricot. Intriguing.

Flavor brings in a good dose of rye malt and light, creamy apricot underneath. Velvety smooth. Nice dry finish with good resiny, earthy hops. Gets a bit floral, too, and even a tad sweet.

Feel is very smooth and quite creamy. Balances the rich malt content well.

I'd get this again.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head leaving nice lacing on a clear amber with slight golden hue.

S: Very hoppy with a nice grapefruit note. Light bread notes.

T: Hops and rye which are balanced and each well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer with a stronger than usuual rye note that many of these rye beers actually lack despite being rue beers..

Photo of maximum12
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerness for this tickly little rye treat, of which I covet...all of them. It arrived with impressive friends, which we shall get to. In good time. All in good time.

Pouring into two glasses of indeterminate name is an opaque orange liquid that become cloudier as the bottle nears its emptiness. Smell is difficult to locate. Orange, maybe, sweet malts, perhaps. Little to nothing coming off the surface of the water. Ah, beeer.

Crank Tank Rye'd Ale is like a deer sugar lick. Sweet orange juice with all the bitter & pulp removed would just about cover it. Light touch of spicy rye lurks in the back seat. Faint musty earthiness. That's about it. Not something I'd be able to drink much of: just too sweet, with little in the way of balancing characteristics or complexity.

This is a one-celled organism. Nothing bad about it, but not much on the other side of the ledger, either. Mediocre.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up on a recent holiday trip and served it in one of those goofy-lookin' Sam Adams glasses (``Take pride in your beer!"). Appearance is a beautiful honey-gold color with a nice head that has decent retention. Nose gives off solid tones of orange rind, lemon zest, and flowers.

Flavor-wise, what we have here is a nice, hoppy beer with more of a fruity (as opposed to a bready or malty) sweetness. You get flavors of sweet pears and you get nice notes of lemon and mandarin oranges from the rye and the hops. Very unique flavor. I liked it a lot. The mouthfeel is good and firm and the finish is dry and perfectly refreshing.

The sales of this beer go to Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit that helps out young people with severe illnesses or disabilities. Perhaps charity beers don't sell because at the bottle shop where I found this, they were practically giving it away at $3 a bomber; buy 2 get 1 free. Terrific beer, nice worthwhile cause, and a great bargain. I'd buy it again if they sold it where I live.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint plastic holiday cup on my trip home from the Brewer's Kettle. It produced a slightly brownish pumpkin orange brew with some haze and a nice 1+ finger off white head that hung around for a bit. It even produced some nice lacing on the plastic cup, now that's impressive.

The aroma is amber malts, rye, and very nice hops. I love the combination of the rye and hop smell.

The flavor follows the nose with there being a perfect balance with the hops and rye busting forth in a duet and the malts playing the cymbals.

With a medium- mouthfeel and lower carbination, it finishes fairly dry with some rye spiciness coming forward to mingle with the hops and rye.

I liked this one quite a bit. For me this is an A brew fer sure.

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Copper apricot. White head has very nice lace and ok retention.

S – Nice, soft, citrus hop. Orange zest and honeysuckle.

T – Rich, smooth, and spicy rye character with a brisk herbal hoppiness. Honey sweetness connects with the spice and bitterness in the center of the profile, and reigns the picture back into balance.

M – Medium-full body with a great smoothness and a well balanced finish.

O – Delicious with a great rye flavor.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle from Metalmonk; the few SweetWater beers I've had have typically been very good, so hoping for more of the same. Poured to the newest pint glass in the collection, the 'Underdog Sports Leagues' one, a booby prize of sorts for our less-than-stellar performance in the Thursday night bowling league this season...

"Camp Twin Lakes ~ Spin for Kids", some proceeds go to children's/young adult's charity and towards a bike ride (rye'd?) that benefits the camp. Nice.

A: Lovely orange-sienna, a deep 'creme brulee' or 'wheat bread crust' shade. A little hazy, enough so that fingers through the glass are a blurred shadow. Short but sturdy head, a thicker foam that stops just short of a finger but holds eternally as a skimcoat film; terrific lace in canvassing sheets. Only a few streams of carbonation.

S: Wow ~ big aroma! The label lists 25% Rye Malt and Mt. Hood and Centennial Dry-Hopping. Citrus (a candied orange) and woodsy evergreen burst, lots of spice.

T: Lots of that juicy, resinous pine bitterness and 'dirty' baked bread graininess. A roughly hewn sort of beer,, pungent and earthy. Tangy wood and citrus rind, hay-like grassiness, a drier and more peppery/chalky finish. A complicated beer that sets a spell on the tongue; nice balance and strength.

M: The only letdown: a little on the thin side. Carbonation is silky smooth. Bitterness holds a while, a pretty sharp and oily zest that takes the better part of an hour to fully dissipate.

O: Quite enjoyable: a few sips pre-dinner, more during (boiled dungeness crab and a spinach salad) and the remainder after. Bold flavors and aroma that stand up well and complement the meal. Another solid choice from SweetWater.

Thanks, Jeff!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/29/11

Thanks to PDXHops for the bottle

Pours a light, pale and watery gold; it settles more of a faded two-tone sunburst with some cloudiness. The head is over one finger but dissipates quickly leaving a layer of loose bubbles. Only a few specks of lace.

Citric and pine hop aromas - piths, peels, needles and such - are spicy and jump out from time to time, but never stay at the forefront. Reasonably sturdy malt backdrop of toasted rye and a touch of caramel. It has something of a dough aroma as it warms (this builds over time).

Clean hop profile; an amalgamation of modest pine, earth, floral and mild citric tones. Plenty tasty and low in bitterness. Notes of toasted bread and a nicely integrated dry, spicy rye presence. The bread notes get fluffier. Faint hints of caramel.

The feel is light in general and, when coupled with fluffy carbonation, makes for a thin, watery feel. Come to think of it, the carbonation is a bit more pointed on the back half, but not much more. Finishes very dry with residual rye notes.

Most everything about this beer screams "clean;" it's really easy to drink. I wouldn't call this one of Sweetwater's best, but it's definitely a solid offering from a brewery that tends to impress far more than not.

Photo of match1112
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: body is a hazy orange/ light copper color. a half a finger of bright white head settled rather quickly to a thin patchy cap.

s: smells more like an ipa than a rye beer. citrus up front with rye malts taking a back seat.

t: big citrus burst at first with a nice rye presence to balance it out without it being bitter.

m: a little light on carbonation and a medium feel to the body. slightly oily from the hops and a dry finish.

o: a decent rye beer. would of liked to see more rye and less hops. this combination does work well together to create a smooth drinkin beer.

Photo of marvin213
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the Greenville Beer Exchange, I'm staring at what looks like the nice orange marmalade of a frothy IPA. The translucent orange appears more hoppy than...uh, rye-ee!

The nose is underwhelming, as rye spicyness takes a back seat to the a hopping cloud of bitterness. The taste, though, allows that effervescent spice to emerge. I could stand even more. Dare I say it? An overhopped beer?

That dry-hopped spicyness feels good and unique--only a hoppy dryness detracts from what's a little like a rye'd treasure. It's like a beast of a spiced pirate ale hopped up for a long journey! A $4 bomber promoting a cool charity like Camp Twin Lakes? That's exceptional!

Photo of pburland23
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours a light, hazy yellow. Produced almost no head at all. An incredibly thin layer at the very best.

Smell is slightly astringent. It's like the rye and grapefruit hops notes and fighting each other with the end result being an unsatisfactory draw.

Taste is a little funky. There is a pleasing amount of rye spice notes. The hops are mellow and citrusy yet I can't shake the little bit of lemon pledge taste.

Mouthfeel is very thin with very light carbonation. On a note day, I can see this as being a refreshing beer, but overall it's fairly mediocre.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a darkish orange-golden with a thin off-white head. Small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Some suspended fine sediment and light rising carbonation is visible in bright light. The sediment eventually settles, leaving a roughly clear beer.

Sweet, citrusy aroma hints of toasted grains and rye. ... smells delicious.

Sweet, smooth start but ends with a very dry finish. Excellent carbonation.

Nice citrus hops aftertaste.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, soupy looking burnt peach color, with a decent sized head that tried to hang on a long while, but lacks some stamina. So, so cloudy...must be hop-haze...

My oh my...if I didn't know this was a 6.2% rye ale, I would have guessed a 9%-ish Double IPA. The smell is large, hoppy, sweet and even candy-like. Rye and hops mingle to the point where they blend seamlessly, one very much complementing the other. Big whiffs of pine, dark grape, bubblegum and peach.

Taste-wise it's a little less inspiring. Here, it performs like any decent nothin'-special rye beer, having that earthy, spicy edge the rye provides. Not as much depth to the flavor as detected in the aroma though, which is a bummer. Almost too coarse and dry, although some tart fruit works its way in, and there's even a sour flash of grapefruit peel in the finish. Texturally slightly thin, but amply carbonated and slick enough to deliver a nice glide down the throat. Nah, it's not bad at all, but that aroma promises something much greater...

So, it doesn't live up to the smell. Or the cause (read the bottle, some great information on a great camp for kids down there in Georgia-land). But it's good, and delivers that particular personality you can only get using rye.

Photo of sk8man121
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for the extra!

22 oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a semi-transparent light-orange with apricot highlights. 1-finger head settles just slightly. Nice.

S: Sweet, fruit malts are omnipresent. Rye comes through, but just slightly.

T: Sweet malts from the nose dominate the flavor. Hops and fresh cream serve as a transition into a rye-heavy finish. Sweet as can be, although it somehow avoids being cloying.

M: Medium-high carbonation causes this to cream up quite nicely. Once the bubbles fade, however, it drinks rather thin.

O: I really didn't know what to expect from this. While sweeter than I like in a beer such as this, it's put together quite well and is more drinkable than I thought it would be upon first sip.

Not worth seeking out if it isn't available nearby, but definitely not a bad beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with a large, fluffy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Wow. A very sweet, floral rye aroma. That is actually very incredible. It's almost like crushed caraway seed mixed with flowers.

T: Taste is more of the same....Sweet malt with a floral hop and rye bite. Very nice flavor to it. The finish is a tad bitter.

M: light body and a lower carbonation make it very drinkable.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer. I didn't expect too much when I bought it, but it blew away my expectations. I will pick this up any time I see it. Definitely one of the top 50 beers I've ever had.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#137. I had hesitated to get a pack of this since September and finally struck at it tonight, after noticing that it's quickly vanishing, being replaced by the legendary Sweetwater Festive Ale 2011 (reviews forthcoming). Never choosing the bomber over the six pack, I got one of the remaining six packs at "Tall Boys' Bottle Shop" in Athens. Price: $8.49; a standard price for Sweetwater's beers in my area. I figured even if I hated the beer, I'd be doing some good for Camp Twin Lakes. Best if enjoyed by 11/27/11.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a beer clean pint glass (SweetWater branded, of course) at room temperature. Served at 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream-tone head that holds strong, leaving behind a decent quality lacing as it retreats to the surface. Color is a deep bronze-copper tone with some pale orange tones around the edges. Lots of light pulpy sediment is floating in the brew. Mild carbonation to the eye. This is an impressive-looking beer. 4.5

(Smell) This smells fantastic. Lots of bold fruit smells, predominantly grapefruit amongst other citrus blends, form the foundation of the nose. A fruity and piney hop character is tied with a relaxed pale malt bill for the runner-up. A tiny bit of spicy aroma lies in the background, releasing as the beer warms, presumably originating from the rye grain character, which also lends its individual flavors to this beer. Aroma is wonderfully balanced and complex. Potency is nearly ideal for this beer, and I could smell it well away from the glass. This smells wonderful. 4.5

(Taste) Grapefruit and citrus fruit tones are far more subdued in the taste, but there's a ton of malt character to be gathered from the grains, which make up a large part of the mouth. Pale malts build a great base for this beer without overwhelming sweetness. Additional character is gathered from the rye in the finish with a slight smoky and peppery blend of flavor. Mild piney hops line the entirety of the brew, gracing the finish and compliment the rye character. They last well beyond the finaThe rye is done quite well in this beer. Taste is malt-heavy, with a lesser emphasis on the hop character, but this beer manages to be equally impressive in its own regard. 4

(Mouthfeel) With exception of a tiny spark of energy here and there from the rye's peppy character, this beer has a very slick texture and is quite smooth in its entirety. The smoothness manages to keep the beer very drinkable; I could (and will) enjoy at least 2 more of these in a single session. The body is just shy of medium. Alcohol is very well concealed. Mouthfeel is overall quite good. 4

(Overall) A very worthy seasonal beer by SweetWater. I feel like in the end it's a double gain for me. I found a great beer and was charitable in the process. The beer is a great smooth beer, perfect for early and mid-autumn season and the Rye character is well implemented without being overdone, lending a variety of complexity to this unique and individual beer. 4

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Crank Tank Rye'd Ale
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cashew70 for this bottle from the Locals Only BIF.

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy peach color. There are yellows, oranges, golds, and reds shining through in this brew. From a vigorous pour, I only get a small pure white head that quickly settles. All that remains of the froth is a thin ring around the top of the beer. Almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells sweet, malty, and just a tad bit spicy. I mainly get that really sticky sweet malt presence, but there are some citrus notes in there as well. The spice is subtle, but RYE-ght on the money (sorry, I couldn't help myself). It's a bit peppery.

T: This brew starts off really wet, and sweet. I get a bit of tropical fruit right away. I'm next hit with some malty sweetness and big lemon citrus. I'm also picking up some more mango notes too. This beer finishes with that great rye peppery spice. At the end it's dry and spicy.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off wet, but finishes super dry. Although the nose might make you think there will be some chewiness to this brew, it never manifests.

O: I'm a big fan. I love the tropical flavors and citrus in this beer without a ton of the bitterness. The rye spice is perfectly balanced. I'd love to get my hands on more of this beer.

Photo of fields336
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Newcastle pint glass
No apparent bottle dating, but its pretty fresh..
22 oz bottle

A: one finger white fluffy head, it is a golden, slightly orange color with really nice carbonation. slightly hazy. lacing stays around, is really nice.

S: smells like an IPA almost, nice citrus, pineapple, papaya, mango type notes, some spice from the rye. some bready malts,

T: Definitely some citrusyness, bitterness, mixed with some spiciness from the rye. A really nice malt backbone is there, more than i thought would be. The rye spiciness lingers on the tongue. a nice range of flavor It really mixes nice with the hoppiness. well constructed

M: medium bodied, drinks really nice, carbonation mixes well with the rye spice in it.

O: overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, I would definitely revisit it. It was a little pricy, at 6.99 a 22 oz, but some of that price I assume is money going towards the Camp that inspired this beer. I'm always willing to try beers that are donating back to the community. Overall this is a really well done and delicious beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy aricot hued body with a small offwhite head. Attractive spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is quite fruity, with citrusy waves of pineapple and apricot upfront. Peppery and earthy rye malt adds a nice contrast and floral hops are in the background.

Medium body and carbonation with a peppery bite of rye.

Taste mirrors the nose, with citrusy pineapple and orange notes dominating. Earthy and peppery rye is present in just the right balance. Floral hops contribute an ideal bitterness that lasts into the finish.

A very well constructed rye ale that is tasty and highly drinkable. Nice!

Photo of jsdunlop
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out an orangish amber color with slight cloudiness and a sticky, white head with good lacing and retention. Smells of grapefruit, apricots, and a floral bouquet of roses. Taste begins with citrus and grapefruit, mild apricot, and some fermented pear. Touch of black peppery spice noticed with a light sweetness that lingers around. Mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is watery and this one has very little carbonation. Overall, it's an easy drinker, not too heavy on the hop addition while being subtle enough with the rye to where it is noticeable, but not overwhelming. I noticed an abundance of apricot flavor that was enjoyable and seemed to blend nicely with the citrusy hop addition.

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

847th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Thanks to @Thehughbachi (via twitter) Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- A mix of orange, yellow and haze. On the first pour I think I poured too soft and got maybe 1/8” of bubbles. A small bit of cling. On the residual pour of about 6 oz, got around 2-1/2” fingers of head and great cling lines. Really a nice looking beer on the 2nd pour.

Smell- The nose on this beer is very nice. A soft and pungent citrus with a slight bitter note and then a good dose of Rye. More tropical notes vs regular fruits. Pineapple, mango, guava (I doubt these were used but this is what I smell).

Taste- This was such a tasty beer. I like Rye beers and I like good pale ales. What a mix this was. I won a bet for some ATL beers and I randomly saw this one. What a good choice to ask for this. A good dose of the fruit comes first. Very floral, very refreshing. Rye comes next followed by a touch, small touch of bitter.

Mouth- A medium bodied nice easy drinking beer. A paired medium carbonation with a touch of bitter on the finish. A lot of citrus and rye residual flavors. A little peppery. Very nice.

Drink- I absolutely loved this beer. So much good balanced flavors going on in this. I wish this was brought to CA, this would make heavy rotation in my house when I don’t want to review something. Great taste, spot on balance and well crafted. Very easy drinker.

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden copperish pour. Nice bubbly slightly offwhite head. Great retention and decent lacing.

S: Wow, this is great. Strong tropical fruits. Tangerine, apricot, orange, maybe pineapple? As it starts to warm a hint of rye appears too. Maybe a tiny bit of pine too. A pleasure to smell.

T: Taste follows the nose mostly. Tons of unique tropical fruit. Pine is a lot stronger in the taste than the nose though, very apparent mid-way through and through the aftertaste. Pine and spicy rye at the very end.

M: Smooth and clean. Nice grainy resinous feel in the aftertaste.

O: Great beer. It's a super fruity pale ale with a decent rye kick at the end. Delicious.

Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an dark amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells of rye, bready malt, and citrusy hops. Taste is peppery rye and citrusy hops. The flavor profile is good but doesn't last. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth though a little thin.

This is a nice beer. I love the rye and hops. They're balanced and work well together.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Holland pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with an off white head of about two fingers that dropped really quickly. Leaves a thin wisp of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, spicy rye maltiness.

Flavors of spicy rye malt, citrus fruit, tangerines, grapefruit. Fiinish is short, with a firm bitterness that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light, a little on the thin side, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, for a good cause. Nice sessionable beer.

Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy honey orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a foamy ring with little lacing.

S: lots of tropical hop aromas here--pineapple and orange citrus. Some faint pine notes in there as well. Fairly simple, but very pleasant aroma.

T: while the nose was all tropical citrus, the flavor is a lot of dry, piny flavors. The rye adds some slight sour flavors as well. The finish is lightly bitter with some pineapple on the aftertaste.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is crisp and dry.

O: a decent beer with a wonderful nose. I just wish there was as much tropical citrus on the tongue as in the nose. Still, it's far from bad and for a good cause.

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.