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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

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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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head leaving nice lacing on a clear amber with slight golden hue.

S: Very hoppy with a nice grapefruit note. Light bread notes.

T: Hops and rye which are balanced and each well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer with a stronger than usuual rye note that many of these rye beers actually lack despite being rue beers..

kylehay2004, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

maximum12, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bigfnjoe, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
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.

deadonhisfeet, Jan 10, 2012
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 IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +2.3%

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jnice1984
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

jnice1984, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kizyle, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dsauter, Dec 26, 2011
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 msubulldog25
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!

msubulldog25, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of dowen44
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dowen44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of poolnbeer
5/5  rDev +27.9%

poolnbeer, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jcone17
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jcone17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of BerlinBomber
5/5  rDev +27.9%

BerlinBomber, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Ryan011235, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: body is a hazy orange/ light copper color. a half a finger of bright white head settled rather quickly to a thin patchy cap.

s: smells more like an ipa than a rye beer. citrus up front with rye malts taking a back seat.

t: big citrus burst at first with a nice rye presence to balance it out without it being bitter.

m: a little light on carbonation and a medium feel to the body. slightly oily from the hops and a dry finish.

o: a decent rye beer. would of liked to see more rye and less hops. this combination does work well together to create a smooth drinkin beer.

match1112, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +2.3%

TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
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
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
4/5  rDev +2.3%

LiquidDegenerate, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

nathanjohnson, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of pburland23
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

pburland23, Nov 20, 2011
Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.