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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
86
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, medium-toned copper body with a wee-sized, though persistent, white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrus-scented hops, zesty rye grains, and with a simple addition of pale malts and a backing of faint, faint floral accents.

Taste: Mild opening of pale malted barley with a touch of toastiness soon advances into a taste of zippy, piquant rye malt vaguely hinting at huskiness. Slightly citric white grapefruit with a modest, grassy herbaceousness providing an additional bit of spice. Moderate bitterness throughout. As it warms, a late-arriving reappearance of sweetness develops. Continued rye character on the light, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively light body aids the ease of drinkability. Overall, a decent, fitting beer for a worthy cause.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a darkish orange-golden with a thin off-white head. Small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Some suspended fine sediment and light rising carbonation is visible in bright light. The sediment eventually settles, leaving a roughly clear beer.

Sweet, citrusy aroma hints of toasted grains and rye. ... smells delicious.

Sweet, smooth start but ends with a very dry finish. Excellent carbonation.

Nice citrus hops aftertaste.

chinchill, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of glid02
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 avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A fairly hoppy, fruity aroma, with some traces of rye.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus (grapefruit), malt and rye in the finish. While this beer was pleasant and enjoyable enough, it was a bit on the thin side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, easy-going finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a decent, drinkable beer, in spite of its flaws.

avalon07, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

jrallen34, Oct 14, 2010
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 claspada
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rwinzing for providing this super solid extra.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a 1-2 inch slightly off-white soapy looking head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick, sticky lacing. I love that thick sticky look, so inviting, sign of good things to come...

Aromas begin with of solid amounts of citrus hops with milder amounts of earthy and herbal hop smells backing it up. Also present are somewhat bready pale malt flavors and faint hints of earthy rye. Rye is not as dominant as I was hoping for but I will reserve judgment for now.

The tastes are really quite similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through 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 solid but no where harsh, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice ample amount of carbonation. It's got a nice thickness with a crisp clean dry finish from the rye malt and the adequate hops.

Overall, this is a very great beer. Very drinkable; I could easily drink this in larger amounts than one 22 oz bomber, which is my real issue with this beer because it should be sold in 6 packs at a more reasonable price. While I really enjoyed it, I didn't love it exponentially more than Terrapin's Rye Pale, which I can readily get here in NJ for a presumably much more reasonable price point. While I enjoyed it, I would have preferred some more rye to balance the high citrus bitterness. Recommended but no need to seek out with any level of effort.

claspada, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

AgentZero, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 07, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 21, 2013
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
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 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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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber while visiting my folks in Atl.

Even with an aggressive pour only a minimal head. The beer is a hazy dull light amber/brass color.  Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is fresh and sharp. A snack of grapefruit in your face with a hint of pineapple just below the surface. A touch of toasty grain.

Pretty nice beer. What was the pineapple portion of the aroma manifests itself as some nice tropical fruit flavors. These are more pronounced vs some citrus peel notes. You can clearly detect the dry/spicy nature of the rye which provides a clean dry finish.  Moderate bitterness. A slight taste of powdery yeast towards the end.

Body was a touch light and slight prickly carbonation.

A nice little beer.

Reagan1984, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

thatoneguymike, Jan 06, 2014
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
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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.