Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass
Pours a dull amber color. Exactly amber, no lighter or darker. There was a lot of buttermilk colored head but the bartender poured that out to give me more ounces of liquid. Lacing was pretty much nonexistent.
Whao! TONS of fragrant pineapple aromas right off the bat! Pineapple & mango are the keys to my hophead heart (hopheart?), and Border Hopper lets me have lots of them. Some astringent pinecone on the back end. The only thing holding this back is the abundance of sweet, heavy malt aromas. This this is very East Coast in style. It smells like Founders Double Trouble's fat cousin from New Jersey.
The taste follows the nose, only less pineapple taste and more malt than the nose predicts. Oranges are here in this lupulin smoothie (you know they would be, considering how Sweetwater IPA tastes). The orange and pineapple work together to make a flavor reminiscent of Five Alive brand juice drink. Grassy bitterness, close to that of a wet hop ale, follows through on the finish. In all phases, caramely-sweet sugar bready honey flavors flutter about. This is a sweet, malty IIPA. This is why I am not scoring it higher.
Perhaps my score for mouthfeel is too harsh. After all, one might consider East Coast Double IPA a style unto its own; if so, a thick, heavy mouthfeel would be style-appropriate. Until that designation is made, I can only see East Coast Double IPAs as bad, incorrect versions of Double IPAs. The thickness here doesn't work for me -- I prefer hoppy beers to be as thin as possible. Drinkability is pretty average too, considering. The mouthfeel and all the sweetness contribute, but you can also feel the 8.6% ABV acutely for some reason.
I liked this beer more than my rating would indicate. If you like East Cast malt-heavy Double IPAs than this is a must-try.
Serving type: on-tap
12-07-2010 08:01:47 | More by Reaper16
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
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