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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
88
very good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-06-2010)
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Reviews by Dope:
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.

Dope, Sep 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Love us some hopped-up rye. A well-laced, dull, golden-colored beer. Piney, citric, pungent, hemp oil and minty hop nose is big enough to take on the malt and then some with the spice of the rye to boot. Smooth and bitty, with a dry-ish medium body. Thick rye malt rakes across the palate with a clean, spicy graininess. Hops jump on the taste buds and don't want to let go; some sharp bitterness and then rind-like and juicy citrus and wildflower. Rough around the edges, olde-school style ale and a charity beer at that. Seek it out, enjoy and support.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of marvin213
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

marvin213, Nov 27, 2011
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!

merlin48, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is oranges and lemons with some biscuit malt. I don't get any rye in the aroma.

The flavor is more like I expected. I get a nice amount of rye, which is complimented with some bitter oranges and biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a taster.

Pours a really pale light yellow with almost no head at all. Nose is a bit like rye, wheaty and dry.

Taste is super mellow and light, it's got that nice rye bitterness but it's not over the top. The taste is really mellow, a boos summer beer.

kingcrowing, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

chinchill, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery: "We cranked up a fermentation tank for this Knobby Rye's Ale geared up with 25% Rye Malt and Dry Hopped to the spokes with Mt. Hood and Centennial Hops."

This beer was brewed to benefit Camp Twin Lakes.

On-tap at Taco Mac in Virginia Highland.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of solid amounts of citrus hops with milder amounts of herbal hop aromas backing it up. Also present are somewhat bready pale malt flavors and faint hints of earthy rye.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of wet citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade out just a bit, allowing mild amounts of bready flavors and even milder amounts of earthy rye to work their way into things. The malt and faint rye carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be very similar to their IPA which is far from being a bad thing. That said I wish they had been a bit more heavy-handed with the rye. Still, it's a nice tweak to an almost outstanding beer and is well worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

dsauter, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of pgr2ferrari
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

pgr2ferrari, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Metalmonk, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Damian74Shensky, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a friend. I wish this was a regular beer from SweetWater. The rye adds a gentle spice to the toasty malt flavor, which then pairs wonderfully with the flowery citrus hops. I'm not easily impressed by pale ales, but this was a great take on the style and a fine rye beer.

Update 9/1/11: Just got a fresh new bottle and damn it's tasty - bright, fruity, with biting herbal hops.

tempest, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a bomber in a wide flute. Light golden color, though not transparent. Lots of bubbles and a nice inch plus of head.

S - Hops, citrus, mostly a grapefruit smell with a softer note at the end of honey. Smells great.

T - Bitter at first, bitter in the middle, slight rye spice in the middle but very faint. I was expecting more rye to come though in the taste. The hops are great... but I really wanted some rye.

M - Crisp and light with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The level of carbonation is not good to this beer. Now halfway through the bottle the carbonation is really annoying. It is all I can think about, which is not what I want to be thinking about while drinking a beer.

D - Not that great. The rye never really shone through. The carbonation was too high IMO. However, try it out for yourself.

Fatehunter, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Janderson91
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Janderson91, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of BeerSommelier!!). Pours hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some cardboard, wood, citrus, florals, and honey? Taste has a nice sweet malt backbone (honey-like notes again coming through) with a little hop bite and spicyness from the rye. Light to medium bodied with a slick texture. Slightly bitter and smooth finish. This is a very refreshing beer, but it also has some nice complexities. Definitely worth a try. Thanks Matt!!

trappistlover, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BerlinBomber
5/5  rDev +28.2%

BerlinBomber, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brudz2134
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

brudz2134, May 04, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

n2185, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip. No ABV or bottling date indicated on the label but my experience makes me think this bottle is pretty fresh. Thanks to Grant for the extra. Sampled 8/8/10.

A: A creamy off-white head of 2 fingers lasts long over a hazy copper orange body with 20% transparency. The head produces an average amount of lace, presented in tattered sheet fashion. The body of the brew contributes little.

S: Toasted bread, rye, caramel and cracker. The hops have above average intensity and bring about mostly floral notes with grassy contributions. This brew has been dry hopped with Mt. Hood and Centennial hops, the latter of which is most noticeable. There is a light but raw earthiness to the aroma and it is complimented by scents of new leather.

T: More than less, a direct translation from the nose. Spice, noticeable rye. The flavor is somewhat restrained and the finish stops short, especially flavor-wise. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium light body and thin texture. The carbonation is average in intensity but creates a finely fizzy tingling sensation on the tongue.

D: Rye'd Ale is an easy drinking brew. I'd love to give Sweetwater a try on draft sometime. And I also look forward to opening up some of the Sweetwater that I have stashed away.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper with a 2-inch head of white foam. Moderate retention, leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Lots of pungent hop aromas : pine resin, grapefruit and mint with a solid caramel malt backbone and a bit of spice from the rye.
T - Similar to the nose, but not as hoppy as I'd hoped. More grapefruit and pine with a solid caramel base and some peppery rye. Flavors are pretty subdued, not as pungent as I'd hoped.
M - Smooth, with a medium-thin body and crisp carbonation. Fells a bit watery.
D - Not bad. Kind of a dumbed-down Red's Rye. Still, I enjoyed it, and it was for a good cause.

jsanford, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +2.6%

LiquidDegenerate, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of haze with it, but you could still make out some nicer carbonation streaking its way up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of white colored foam then came up over the top and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin veil

Tons of grapefruit and tangerine like aromas just erupting from the first moment that I took a whiff. Once it warmed it settled down and a good dose of the rye malts started to come through and really deepen the profile. Some nice hints of sugar coming through sweetening it up nicely. The flavor really started to set it off.Rich rye malts were the big player in the smoothness, giving a subtle and refined balance to the loads of floral hosp that were dumped in on this one. The flavor started out with a heavy dose of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon grass as well, nice puckering hop bite, that was then transformed over to the malts, nice hints of sugar, and cereal grains coming through giving it a very lively depth. The long lingering bitterness of the finish provided by the ample dry hopping only served to draw out the moisture and really let that sweet smell sit there

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of kk73
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a cloudy golden straw color with a one finger white fluffy head that dissipates into a layer of foam. Moderate lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and herbal hops. Some bready malts and rye.

T - First sip starts with a bang of juicy citrusy/herbal hops, taste of a little lemon. Rich bready malt backbone that finishes spicy and bitter.

M - Light to medium bodied, the mild sweetness gives it a slighty creamy quality. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

D - This was a really good well made beer. The rye seemed a nice touch and the spiciness does not overpower this beer. Had no problem finishing this bomber, and would seek this out again.

kk73, Oct 09, 2010
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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.