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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
87
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 107
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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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:39:09 | More by trxxpaxxs
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, fresh.

Pours semi-hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, a lot of citrus, oranges, pineapple, some rye underneath all the hops and a little bit of bread and yeast.

Flavor features a good deal of citrusy hops along with some spice from the rye, not complex, but quite tasty. Medium bitterness and finishes very dry. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

I came into this expecting a hopped-up rye beer and that is exactly what I got. The rye takes a backseat to the citrus, but still manages to make its presence known. Good stuff. Would've been a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:00:24 | More by elgiacomo
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:02:18 | More by tdm168
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:58:46 | More by msubulldog25
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: slightly hazy golden orange color, head is very nice, nice rocky and white, leaves a ton of lace all down the side of the glass

S: hop dominated aroma, hops smell spicy and fruity at the same time, maybe the rye is having some influence here, overall nice though

T: very similar to aroma, hops are a little fruity and a little spicy, malt plays a much larger role, it has a ton of hop flavor but is very well balanced, I really like the subtle changes to the malt character that the rye brings

M: nice and smooth, carbonation is fairly high and works well here, lightish medium body

D: high, hoppy flavor but is still pretty light and def. well balanced

Notes: I had no idea what to expect going into this beer. I didn't read anything about it before hand. The rye adds a nice dimension to this beer and compliments the hops very nicely. I wasn't expecting a hoppy beer, but sweetwater comes through again on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:40:09 | More by dpodratsky3
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ich aroma is yeasty and woody with a subtle rye overtone. It pours a clear amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head; lacing is minimal. Flavor is yeasty, malty and rye-ish, a little woody but pleasantly so. Texture is not at all smooth - quite fizzy and rough, very pleasant, leaving behind a nice if not strong tingle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 15:49:54 | More by Cyberkedi
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 23:24:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 20:15:54 | More by Mora2000
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dsauter

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-26-2011 00:48:28 | More by dsauter
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:07:50 | More by tempest
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2011 19:09:10 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 00:09:12 | More by deadonhisfeet
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TheSquire23

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-28-2011 01:33:06 | More by TheSquire23
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:22:15 | More by JamnesCameron
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jcone17

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 22:38:11 | More by jcone17
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AlCzerik

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-29-2012 03:07:22 | More by AlCzerik
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-21-2011 13:41:40 | More by nathanjohnson
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-06-2012 19:03:22 | More by IrishColonial
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 16:35:23 | More by randomdanger
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-18-2011 05:05:10 | More by cadaugherty
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xHopHeadx

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-21-2012 17:45:30 | More by xHopHeadx
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-12-2012 20:19:32 | More by sendbeer
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 01:38:55 | More by thebouch01
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-25-2011 20:17:13 | More by Exiled
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Snamnoum

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hazy straw color with a relatively small head but still very carbonated body. Off white head with rings of lace.

Smell - grassy hops, some delicate notes of yeast, rye, and pale malt

Taste - bitter centennial hops completely dominate this beer which in some ways kind of drowns out the rye malt but leaves the characteristic rye spicy/sourness. Almost IPA like IBUs throughout with a contrasting sour and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel - on the chewier side for such a carbonated beer. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - very bubbly drinkable beer. Another great dank tank creation from the guys at Sweetwater and for a good cause. If you're a fan of rye ales give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:49:36 | More by Snamnoum
Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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