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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

90 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: glid02 on 10-26-2010)
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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Lively head with patchy lacing, clear brassy golden color. Very hoppy aroma, almost catty but more dried citric peel. Lush smooth medium body, a pleasure with each sip. Flavors of orange rind and soft pine from a broad hop bitterness. Warming alcohol lends a pear / papaya fruitiness with a peppery back end. Hint of honey and toasted biscuit from the malt is big enough to balance the hops initially. Hop flavor lingers the furthest, semi-dry finish.

I love the uniqueness a fresh hop ale brings to the table, Sweetwater does not hold back either. Super tasty, drink it now if you still have a bottle.

Jason, Dec 08, 2010
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Photo of mondegreen
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip.

Pours a translucent copper, nice 2 finger head.

Smells sweet, with a light citrus hop element. I was expecting much more. Really kind of boring, especially for a DIPA.

Taste is almost cloyingly sweet. Very little bitterness - I find myself searching for it and, at times, almost finding it. Alas, the bitterness that I need from this style eludes me.

Mouth is good. Drinkability suffers from the thick sweetness.

I have had this beer twice, both on-tap (at the Brick Store) and now from the bottle. The first time I had it, it was my second beer, so I gave it a second chance out of the bottle. This time my palate is fresh, but it still doesn't do it for me. I typically love Citra hopped beers, but this one is just off in my opinion.

mondegreen, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

served in a pint glass at the brewery.

A - orange amber color / slight haze / tan head

S - hoppy, but a bit light for a DIPA / grapefruit / fresh hops

T- crisp and clean / very well=balanced hops and malt. A bit light on hoppiness and strong in malt for a DIPA. Low IBU for a DIPA.

D = very high, especially for a DIPA. Lacks only the complexity and interest of a top beer.

M - smooth; slighty light; good carbonation

This is a great tasting brew but I gave it a slight downgrade for departure from style. This DIPA is not as bold, bitter or hoppy as Sweetwater's IPA.

chinchill, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Sweetwater press release: Up next, we are crossing borders and boundaries with the latest Dank Tank creation - Border Hopper, with a little help from their friend, Señor Dank, who left his full bodied wife, Lupa, and their eight screaming babies in search of the freshest hop harvest in the land and the promise fields of Buford Highway.

His censored journey began in the hop fields of Yakima where he scored some of the stickiest, freshest green hops, found a farmer's daughter, and ended up in Atlanta where he deals his stash to the boys at SweetWater to create this highly aggressive, censored, and muy fresh double India pale ale.

This brew is pushing the envelope as our newest addition to the series of rarely released, experimental beers. The double IPA, brewed with fresh Citra hops, is 8.6 percent ABV, comes in 22 ounce bottles and on draft and is best served fresh. But act fast because this stash won't last forever. Just like that rash you got in Tijuana, the Border Hopper will be gone just as soon as the next brewing itch needs to be scratched.


On-tap at the Brick Store, kegged two days prior to the day it was tapped.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with large amounts of pineapple and tropical fruit hop aromas. One of the larger pineapple influences I've smelled in a beer, even those with Citra hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of tropical fruit hops. Pineapple flavors distinguish themselves shortly thereafter before the tropical fruit hops are tempered by hints of heavier citrus. The hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall Sweetwater just doesn't miss when they make a variation of their nearly spectacular IPA. Well worth a shot, the sooner the better.

glid02, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow but is a clear garnet in the glass. Super small floaty bits are suspended throughout. The head is bubbly, a lighter shade of tan and fades fast to a thin dull haze.

The nose is an even mix of hop and malt. The hop side of things is slightly lemony with a stir of pine while the malts are sweet and slightly toasted. A great start to this brew, i can't wait to try some.

Taste doesn't disappoint. The malts are the firm backbone of this one starting the flavor sensation and coming through in the finish. In-between is a light citrus pinch from a mild hop that compliments the sweeter malts nicely. The finish is a honey cereal flavor that I can't seem to get enough of. Well done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tight little carbonation that sizzles the tounge. Sweet and slightly coating the mouth but otherwise somewhat tame. It's a solid beer but not a great double India pale ale. From the name and description I expected something... well, a little bold and irreverent. This is good but not kick ass. Worth trying but in the long run it's meh, ok.

jbphoto88, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of allthatAles
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour hazy orange unfiltered thick head breaksdown quickly. Light lacing remains

Nose resiny, light malt.

Mouth fruity malt, citrusy hops, bready malt. A very clean finish by way of an expertly dosed cream finish. Cannot believe this is 8+%. Smooth super drinkable.

Bravo, sweetwater I haven't been this imressed since magnum ip...

allthatAles, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -1%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +23.8%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MMAJYK
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper color and quite clear. Head is off white, 1", and quite clingy to the side of the glass.

S- Fruity punch goodness! Mango, Pineapple, Grapefruit from the hops and a light caramel/crystal malt aroma from the malts.

T- Very similar to the nose with the fruit and caramel with a balancing bitterness that offsets some of the fruitiness. Pretty balanced for a DIPA not as one dimensional as most.

M- Medium to thick in the mouth with moderate carbonation. There is a certain oilyness that I can only assume is from the fresh hop oils.

D- A very drinkable beer that deserves the praise it receives!

At least one of the GA breweries can still make an IPA! This is a great beer that resembles the regular IPA, but adds another level with the Citra hops and the added malt (read: alcohol). Very good, crisp, clean and oh-so-fruity.

So fresh and so green green from Terrapin just wishes they could compete with this. Most of the Terrapin one-off stuff is horrible, but SweetWater's Dank Tank series has been right on time for the most part.

Keep doing what you're going, guys!

MMAJYK, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev -1%

Janderson91, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks to Bmoyer0301 for sending this out my way!

A- Pours a burnt coppery orange color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice long thick streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops burst in the nose as I took my first sip. Grapefruit, orange, and light lemon are what I smell the most. Biscuty malts with a hint of sweetness in the middle to ending. Kind of muted to be honest...well more muted than I'm used to.

T- Citrus burst right off the get go. These get pushed out with a hint of pine which balanced the citrus sweetness. Middle of the beer is where the bready malts come into play but not in a huge way which I didn't expect. Ending is more hop forward with the citrus coming back through balancing the entire beer back to where it started.

M- light mouthfeel. Cabonation is good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate. Citrus hops and bready malts with a touch of alcohol left on the palate. Balance was hop forward which worked for the style. Clean tasting throughout the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer went down way too fast. I liked it a lot and the ABV was well hidden. Another notch in Sweetwater's belt for a beer well made.

alleykatking, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of Fata2683!!). Pours hazy orange/apricot color with white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has some herb (mint?), dank hops, hard candy and some citrus. Taste is sweet malts with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick/oily texture. Finish is bitter. I didn’t think I would enjoy this based on the nose, but the flavors are much lighter than expected. The spiciness/mint notes really add a different dimension that I like quite a bit. The alcohol is pretty well hidden also. Thanks Keith!!!

trappistlover, May 22, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Sweetwater "Save Our Savannah" pint glass.

A: The pour is hazy burnt-orange with a small head that does not last and has no lacing whatsoever.

S: It is dominated by the overly floral citra hops; lesser notes of grapefruit, coriander, and Irish Spring soap are also present.

T: It is quite thirst-quenching with citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange), some caramel malt, and the continuous barage of floral hops.

M: Unlike most DIPAs, this does not feature the typical drying finish.

D: This is too floral and soapy to me.

bucklemyshoe, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of abar22
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar notes...

Nice creamy head, solid cap. Copper color on the lighter side. Looks like an IPA.
Not much in the nose, light citrus, lemony? Fairly unimpressive...
Tastes better than smells. Bready malts and citrus notes. Grapefruit peel, orange peel. Bitter in mid sip more than finish. Alcohol isn't really present in sip but its definitely in my head.
Semi-dry finish. Grassy, mineral aftertaste but in a good way.
A solid beer but probably plays second fiddle to their own IPA.

abar22, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Pint Glass

A - Clear copper with a 1-finger soapy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin haze and sticky lacing.
S - Aroma screams Citra hops : mango, pineapple, and mandarin orange with a caramel malt backbone.
T - Tropical hop flavors dominate along with a good amount of pine resin and a sweet, bready malt profile. Finish is pleasantly bitter and peppery, almost like an unripe papaya.
M - Slick, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Pretty good, not really noticing the ABV, which could be dangerous. One of the better beers I've had from Sweetwater. Kudos.

jsanford, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely by some of the richest carbonation.

mikesgroove, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of kk73
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a rich golden orange. With a hard poor got about two fingers worth of soapy white head that quickly receded and left some lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, not much hops. A little bit of citrus hops but not much. Mainly a big sweet malt backbone.

T - Taste more of the same. Can barely make out the hops, mostly a malt bomb. A sweet beer that seems to be getting sweeter as it warms. Lacking any hop bitterness.

M - Creamy and syrup like. Appropriate carbonation.

D - I dont know if this is an older bottle but I could not make out the citra hops in the aroma or taste. I thought it was a bit sweet and never really tasted any balance from the hops. Would not seek this one out again if looking for an IPA/DIPA.

kk73, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for sending me this. Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with little head retention.

Smell: Blasts of tangerine and grapefruit, sweet floral hops, slightly sweet malt backbone in the aroma.

Taste: Citrusy sweetness of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, grassy taste with the hops being mellow until the swallow mixed with some malty sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

Drinkability: My first Sweet Water Dank Tank beer and I was impressed with what they are doing. Definitely could see myself seeking this out if it were readily available to me.

Axic10, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into my Duvel tulip

A - Hazy orange almost ruby body with an off white head

S - Nice tropical fruit mango like sweetness from the citra hops used. A bit of citrus mixed in as well. Smells sweet and hoppy.

T - Well balanced. A nice mango hoppy taste with a solid malt backbone. Maybe a bit too malty for the style. The hop flavors are definitely present but slightly muted.

M - medium body, slightly syrupy, fair amount of carbonation

D - A decent DIPA but not really mind blowing. I really love beers that feature the Citra hop so this is certainly enjoyable but it isn't at the top of its class in the use of this hop. Worth trying but I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain it.

jpmclaug, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a Sweetwater-branded shaker pint glass. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!

Pours a deep orange-amber hue with a slight bit of haze and a thick capping of frothy light beige foam, which shows moderate retention and leaves behind some fat rings of stickage on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

Pretty lacking in aroma, though it could possibly be my own sniffer being on the whack this particular evening; still, it makes me wonder exactly when the hop additions took place, as that could, of course, be the cause. (Probably unlikely, though, considering the style of beer and the usage of fresh hops. I'd be more apt to blame my nose.) Regardless, I do get a whiff of fruity, citrusy hops, not too far off from the hop profile of the brewery's standard IPA, albeit much more subdued.

Moderate-to-full in body with a smooth mouthfeel owing to a mild carbonation that is absolutely pleasant -- perhaps it's just this particular bottle, but it's very reminiscent of cask ale, and that's (depending on you're viewpoint) never a bad thing.

Aroma may have been subdued, but things really pop on the palate. The fresh Citra hops really show themselves and hold up to their name: these citrusy hops show themselves here with notes of pinapple, ripe tangerine, mango, and a hint of pear and apricot, all overlaid upon a solidly sweet pale malt base, with hints of caramel and extra-lightly toasted bread. A bit of alcoholic warmth shows itself leading into the finish, which is long and bittersweet with lingering notes of grapefruit and a hint of alcohol.

A wonderfully well-balanced Double IPA, the single hop usage is wonderfully-excecuted and showcases the properties of the relatively new Citra hops quite well. Aroma could use a pick-up (unless it's just my own nose that's at fault; hopefully a follow-up sampling will answer that question), but as it is, this Dank Tank sits as a highly-drinkable brew that, despite its alcohol content, is drinkable enough to make finishing an entire 22-ounce bomber rather easy. Definitely on-par with the past two Dank Tank releases, for sure.

superdedooperboy, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear brassy, golden color.

S: Hoppy aroma; citrus peel, floral abundance. Sweet scent of bready, maltiness.

T&M: Smooth, medium body. Orange and mild pine from a broad hop bitterness. Heavy sweetness of honey and toasted biscuit from the malt balances nicely at the beginning but becomes overpowering as it warms. Semi-dry finish.

Unique taste was best on the first day. It became sweeter as the carbonation died.

cdizinno, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of boss302
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper IPA, 8.6abv

A Orange amber color, nice thick head. 4

S Big floral hops, a little piney also. Hops dominate, so can't really smell any malt. 4.5

T More of the pineyness comes through in the taste. There is a good malt thickness present and some sweetness after the hops subside a bit.  Sweetness from the alcohol is very faint. Good beer, nice hops. 4

M Med body, thick on the tongue. Carbonation is good, nice lacing. The head lasted nearly the while glass, which is unexpected for such a high hopped beer. 4.5

D A very good beer, worth having another. 4.5  

boss302, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Yesac
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange/amber color. Rich white small/medium sized head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Wet, juicy, citrusy hops.

T- Not what I was expecting from the smell. Strong pine, wet hops, strong rich caramel malt finish. Lack of hop bitterness. Balanced nicely, the 8.6% ABV is hidden well.

M- Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D- Great overall, this has the appearance, aroma, taste and drinkability. The balance is great, however a little on the malty side.

Yesac, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of AlCzerik
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

AlCzerik, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Tifore
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grant (gford217) for this bottle. An extra in my first trade ever.

A - Dark amber in color with a slight orange hue. A very white foamy head develops and then falls quickly leaving a small ring around the glass. No lacing at all.

S - Smells instantly of hops. Fruity and sweet mainly. Orange, Grapefruit, Pineapple, lots of citrus but with a hint of sugar. My nose really likes all the citrus and my mouth is now watering.

T - Tastes hoppy and excellent. All the afformentioned fruits come through. A big citrusy blast. Makes my tounge water. Sweetness comes through at the end. Middle way through theres a slight alcohol taste as well.

M - A nice light on the mouth and highly carbonated beer. Makes my tounge tingle slightly. I like it.

D - A very good Imperial IPA. Possibly one of my favorites. Really digging all the citrus and smoothness of this beer. Isn't harsh or overly bitter to the point of not wanting to drink more.

Tifore, Nov 18, 2010
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.