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: 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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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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.

Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
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 Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of mweso2000
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of SoCaliC8
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

Photo of Agold
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of pburland23
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sean for sharing this.

A - Lighter pale straw beer with a small white head that had some minor lacing.

S - A decent malt backbone with a strong does of rye in there. I'm a fan of rye beers, and this isn't bad. Not great, but not bad. Citrusy hops add just a little bit of sweet skunk to the rye that I don't care for.

T - Sweet and moderately hoppy. The Rye is definately there, but too sweet initially. I actually began to enjoy this beer more as it warmed up a little bit and the rye became more rich and less sweet. Not bad.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Taste becomes slightly too pungent to have high drinkablity. Not a bad beer, not great.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

SweetWater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale pours an extremely hazy orangish gold. Thick slighlty off-white head has good retention.

Its aroma is more focused around hops than the rye. The expressive American hops give off grapefruit and citrus notes, while the rye gives a faint spice character.

The taste has a more noticeable rye characteristics, but is not overpowering. The hoppy bitterness plays well with spice given by the rye. Although the overall balance is still towards the hops, this seems expected and fits inside the SweetWater portfolio.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and carbonation is moderate. Although it has slightly higher alcohol than the style, it is not very noticeable.

Overall this beer was an interesting example of a Rye Ale. It focused a little bit more on hops than expected, but was still well balanced. Besides being made for a good cause, it always worth trying something new from SweetWater.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber split into a couple tulips, courtesy of gford217.

A- This is quite a nice looking beer. Lacing starts to grab at the walls of the glass immediately. This beer is a modestly hazed vibrant shade of orange.

S- Quite a hoppy and enjoyable aroma emanates from my tulip. Lots of tropical stuff, but its not sugar coated sweet. Malts do play a significant role here. Rye being in the forefront with some spicy and bready base notes.

T- Not as good tasting as it looks or smells. It kinda lets you down. This is by all means not terrible, it just doesnt live up to the aroma. The rye and other malts and grain arent as subdued here, where as the nice fruity hops are. A slightly sour rye twang and smooth bready malts are in contention with juicy and crisp hops.

M- Dry, biting and crisp. Even though its dry on the finish it has a sort of slick, oily feeling that is picked up in the middle of the mouth.

I liked this stuff. This is a pretty good little one off by Sweetwater.

Photo of pgr2ferrari
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jnice1984
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mttdls
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Tifore
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grant (gford217) for this beer. Recieved in a trade.

A - Pours a deep orange in color. Very clear and bubbly. A moderate one finger head develops and has great retention. The lacing is super sticky and holds well to the glass.

S - Smells of yeasty malts and sweet fruits. Pineapple, apple, lots of tropical stuff. Also some hops coming through lightly. Interesting smelling. Not sure how I feel about it.

T - Tastes of various malts. Sweet and carmely and also bready, I guess thats the rye? As my first Ryed beer, I'm intrugied.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. I like the carbonation and the semi sticky, oily finish.

D - A very drinkable beer. Not heavy and not overly light. More of a summer or fall drink than winter but still a good beer. I'd have it again.

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my Narke tulip, thanks to Sean...Light peach pour, ok retention and lacing...Super sweet aroma, caramel, corn, light grapefruit and rye. Too sweet and it doesn't stand up here....The taste is super boring, almost dead flavor. Light rye on the back but thats about the only thing that comes through. Its not offensive at all, just doesn't make me want to continue to drink or, nor does it allow me recommend it.

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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