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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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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 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 BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden color, a light head, but decent lace retention.

S - Heavenly! Sweet, and citrusy hops at the same time. Rye kicks in in the end. Wonderful

T - Like it smells, pretty amazing. light up front, but hops and rye kick in the middle. Very smooth throughout.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very good throughout.

O - A very good rye pale ale. Tastes like a hopped up Terrapin Rye. A little stronger abv as well. Well done. tasty

BeerDawgs, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of doubleipa
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was average. Head was between white and off-white. Fully diminished head. Body was cloudy and amber
Aroma was outstanding. Moderate hoppiness and perfume. Buckets of Rye - I love the Rye.
Initial flavor had a light sweetness and light bitterness. Texture was quite dry.
Overall this beer was very crisp, dry, sparkling, and plenty of RYE.

doubleipa, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of BeerSommelier!!). Pours hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some cardboard, wood, citrus, florals, and honey? Taste has a nice sweet malt backbone (honey-like notes again coming through) with a little hop bite and spicyness from the rye. Light to medium bodied with a slick texture. Slightly bitter and smooth finish. This is a very refreshing beer, but it also has some nice complexities. Definitely worth a try. Thanks Matt!!

trappistlover, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

DrinkinBoy, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of mikereaser
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Dogfish Head glass on 2/9/11.

A - Pours a nice light copper with an inch of white soapy foam that quickly faded leaving a bit of lacing

S - Lots of pine and citrus hops fill the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and lemon with some malty sweetness in the background

T - light malty sweetness with more of the citrus hops with the spiciness and rye grains coming through with some pine hops coming through in the finish.

M/D - A little watery than I was hoping but the taste is pretty decent. Nice hop usage and not overly malty. Light enough to drink many but a bit too watered down to want to have many.

mikereaser, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

jsanford, Feb 10, 2011
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 FeDUBBELFIST
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip. No ABV or bottling date indicated on the label but my experience makes me think this bottle is pretty fresh. Thanks to Grant for the extra. Sampled 8/8/10.

A: A creamy off-white head of 2 fingers lasts long over a hazy copper orange body with 20% transparency. The head produces an average amount of lace, presented in tattered sheet fashion. The body of the brew contributes little.

S: Toasted bread, rye, caramel and cracker. The hops have above average intensity and bring about mostly floral notes with grassy contributions. This brew has been dry hopped with Mt. Hood and Centennial hops, the latter of which is most noticeable. There is a light but raw earthiness to the aroma and it is complimented by scents of new leather.

T: More than less, a direct translation from the nose. Spice, noticeable rye. The flavor is somewhat restrained and the finish stops short, especially flavor-wise. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium light body and thin texture. The carbonation is average in intensity but creates a finely fizzy tingling sensation on the tongue.

D: Rye'd Ale is an easy drinking brew. I'd love to give Sweetwater a try on draft sometime. And I also look forward to opening up some of the Sweetwater that I have stashed away.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

kingcrowing, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from joshman, from his trip down to Atlanta. Poured into stemmed beer glasses. Dull orange colored body. Full sized head and good lacing. Very fine particles seem to be floating around. Smell was like a freshly cut orange; you could feel the tingle in your nostrils. There was a ton of hops in the flavor. Very fresh tasting on the palate. The rye gave the body a crispness to it. But there was a faint scented soapy note in the aftertaste. This was an excellent beer in terms of drinkability. Paired well with a gourmet shrimp pizza. A nice treat from the deep south.

morebeergood, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 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 Fatehunter
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy straw yellow color with a thin layer of white head that sticks around as you sip leaving behind spotty lacing.

Aroma is ok, but not a whole lot going on here - I really just get a slight hint of citrus and some hoppy scents. Flavor is bolder and has a medium bitterness to it. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but not bad - this one is very easy to drink. Would definitely try this again.

thetomG, Dec 10, 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 Tifore
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Tifore, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

MbpBugeye, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
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.

dpodratsky3, Nov 09, 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
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 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 Snamnoum
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.

Snamnoum, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of kk73
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a cloudy golden straw color with a one finger white fluffy head that dissipates into a layer of foam. Moderate lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and herbal hops. Some bready malts and rye.

T - First sip starts with a bang of juicy citrusy/herbal hops, taste of a little lemon. Rich bready malt backbone that finishes spicy and bitter.

M - Light to medium bodied, the mild sweetness gives it a slighty creamy quality. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

D - This was a really good well made beer. The rye seemed a nice touch and the spiciness does not overpower this beer. Had no problem finishing this bomber, and would seek this out again.

kk73, Oct 09, 2010
Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.