Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F. Best before date of 11/15/11 clearly printed on the label. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!
Pours a clear, pale amber with a fat two fingers of off-white foam that shows nice retention, settling slowly to a crown that hugs the walls of the glass as it empties, leaving behind thick, perfect rings of lacing as it drains away.
Grapefruit-like citrus and pungent herb in the nose. Difficult to pinpoint, though I suspect the combination of rye and hops is the culprit.
Somewhere between light and medium-bodied, likewise in carbonation. Malt takes a back seat to the other goings-on on the palate, where the hops and a heavy-handed dose of rye take center stage. Citrusy, herbaceous, grassy hops fill in from start to finish, combining with a somewhat grainy, pungent, distinctive spiciness from the rye malt, accentuating the hop character and helping dry out the palate. All of these characteristics carry through into the finish, which is long, dry, and distinctively rye-tinged, with a lingering sense of grapefruit rind and rye bread.
Though Georgia's other big craft brewery, Terrapin, produces a stellar flagship Rye Pale Ale, I have to say that this special sort of Rye IPA from Sweetwater has Georgia's rye beer market won. Certainly a beer I'd love to see as a year-round offering; while it's brewed for a great cause, it's still a shame that this one has to be delegated to just that cause. Perhaps releasing this one year-round, and inserting a rotating beer in its place? Just a suggestion.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2011 03:43:15 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.98/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2012 02:15:51 | More by beer2day
Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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