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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
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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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Janderson91, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

BerlinBomber, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

poolnbeer, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Kromes, Nov 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

brudz2134, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bigfnjoe, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of bhudlow23
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bhudlow23, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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
Photo of kk73
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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
Photo of FosterJM
4.43/5  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.

FosterJM, Oct 07, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight chill hazy orange with a striking 2 fingers of white froth. Ringed lacing after a sip or 2. Very nice looking imperial pint glass of ale. Navel orange whiffs, freshly baked rye bread, pretzels.
The navel orange-tangerine melange hits immediately. After the first wave, I get a creamy orangesickle, spicy bitter tang. Good resiny citrus with the rye adding a solid doughiness to it. Back to the hop flavor- more layered by the sip. Somehow there is a lightness to the resiny citrus blast...and it coats the palate somehow with just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very smooth with excellent balance.

RustyDiamond, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

RedneckBeerz, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

vfgccp, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden color, a light head, but decent lace retention.

S - Heavenly! Sweet, and citrusy hops at the same time. Rye kicks in in the end. Wonderful

T - Like it smells, pretty amazing. light up front, but hops and rye kick in the middle. Very smooth throughout.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very good throughout.

O - A very good rye pale ale. Tastes like a hopped up Terrapin Rye. A little stronger abv as well. Well done. tasty

BeerDawgs, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of doubleipa
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was average. Head was between white and off-white. Fully diminished head. Body was cloudy and amber
Aroma was outstanding. Moderate hoppiness and perfume. Buckets of Rye - I love the Rye.
Initial flavor had a light sweetness and light bitterness. Texture was quite dry.
Overall this beer was very crisp, dry, sparkling, and plenty of RYE.

doubleipa, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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.

superdedooperboy, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

fields336, Oct 27, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - Taco Mac Perimeter, Atlanta, GA.

Appearance: Light yellow/golden with light white head.

Smell: Hops. Rye.

Taste: I almost expected this to be a hop bomb. The hops are strong in aroma, and are definitely in the beer, but complimentary. There is a lot of rye used in this beer, and it shines. The hops and rye work together well.

Mouthfeel: Crank Tank is light, and thinner than expected. I mean this in a good way. It's flavorful, clean, and light on your palate. This makes it very inviting.

Drinkability: Simply put, I had 2 glasses. It is very crisp and refreshing with a lot of hop and rye flavor that work together very well. The flavor isn't subtle, but definitely doesn't linger too long.

obireidkenobi, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of marvin213
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Jadjunk
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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
A- (4.13)

Jadjunk, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small frothy white head that recedes to a soapy swirl on top with some stray lines of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is bright with lemon zest and grassy hops alongside the spicy rye. Some bready malts in the nose as well, almost toasty.

The taste is spicier than the aroma, with the first taste being full of tingly, spicy rye malt character. The hops are still there though, a mix of grassy floral hops and light citrusy grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and prickly with both hops and the rye. There is a touch of creaminess from the rye, but it feels largely like an IPA.

This is slightly spicier version of Terrapin's RyePA. Very drinkable.

gford217, Sep 19, 2010
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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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