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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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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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rajendra82

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy golden yellow appearance, and the foamy head gave a lot a AIPA vibes, and the spicy-herbal hop smell that followed reinforced them. Other than those hops, there was some toasted grain smell in the background, which I suspect was from the rye malt, The taste was a lot less bitter than I expected, but that allowed a floral and slightly earthy tone to be established. There was a simple sweetness to counterbalance this. The finish was very spicy and short. The beer felt very English to me due to the relatively straightforward construction with an emphasis on sessionability. The light mouthfeel also seemed indicate that this was the intent all along. Very quaffable on a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 04:10:17 | More by rajendra82
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 18:40:53 | More by gford217
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 18:01:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 20:41:40 | More by RustyDiamond
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2010 03:01:50 | More by glid02
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obireidkenobi

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 14:51:38 | More by obireidkenobi
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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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