Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper - SweetWater Brewing Company

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90
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jabergess
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - tight, compact bubbles, highly carbonated, thin lacing, a nice translucent orangish brown color

S - this is where I knew this beer was going to be good. Unlike the Terrapin So Fresh and So Green which didn't smell like anything, this one was all citrusy hop bouquet.

T - A very upfront sweet, citrusy and piney hop flavor that I could drink all night. No bitter hop finish that I would associate with a dipa. True hop heads that appreciate a bite on the end might find this one a little sweet, but I think it balances perfectly. This one for me is going to rank near the top of my dipa/ipa list.

M - initially the sweet malt and hops coat your tongue, but its like beer heaven. The beer seems thick.

D - I could drink this one everyday. In comparison to the regular Sweetwater IPA, its sweeter and the hops taste much fresher and more present.

This one is a homerun.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A killer double IPA, and one of my very favorites of all the Dank Tanks. Great hop presence here- I think this beer should get some more love. Pours a nice orange/amber color with a decent head and some lacing. Smells fruity with copious lemon and lime zest and a bit of spice. A lot of clean sweet malt frames the hops. Beautifully balanced tastes of lemon and grapefruit and lime zest, with any dose of sweet malt providing structure. Juicy and zesty enough to keep you craving more. Deeply flavored, but smooth and light enough to keep drinking. A beautiful beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - it smells exactly like a fresh-cut pine tree and has just a touch of sour citrus. It pours a lovely clear golden amber with a decent and fairly persistent creamy off-white head. Flavor is like a liquid pine tree - this is definitely a must for hop fanatics! For all the hoppy flavor, though, it is only a little bit bitter and has a nice fruity undertone that has grapefruit and apple components. Texture is nice and ragged, quite fizzy, leaving behind a firm tingle and a hoppy, slightly fruity finish. Look for this one!

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

: Deep gold with slight orange tint. A little hazy, but no floaters. Decent foam of medium retention, off white color with tiny bubbles.

S: Mango madness, followed by an orangey tang, and faint biscuity scent.

T: Mango and citrus, slightly malt sweet, hardly any hop bite. Not sticky mouthfeel but not thin by any means.

D: Hadn't tried Sweetwater before, and admidst a flurry of bigger name DIPA (Hopslam, Nugget Nectar, etc) I wasn't expecting much. Totally wrong, this brew was perfectly balanced and had luxurious tropical fruits flavors. Neither the big hops nor alcohol were incorrectly proportioned. All around solid DIPA, will definatelty seek out.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of awalk1227
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/3/10 purchased at 5 Points in Athens, GA

Poured into Firestone Walker pint glass

A: Pours a sparkling clear mellow orange with an inch of off-white head. I can see lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Fresh hops. Grapefruit, citrus. Definitely on the fruitier side with less pine characteristics.

T: Here's the pine! Sticky, resiny, fresh, floral flavors punch me in the palate. I'm really pleased by this, as most fresh hop beers are hoppy pale ales or IPAs. Sweetwater really went West Coast with the bitter and citrus on this one, and decided to make it an 8.6% DIPA. That being said, there's still an excellent balance of malt and caramel on the finish of the beer.

F: Thicker than medium, nice coating creamy mouth feel with slight chewiness. A pleasure to take deep sips.

D: It's noticeably a big beer (at 8.6% ABV) but I'm putting this bomber down no problem.

I'm really glad I got to try this fresh. I think Sweetwater does take their time crafting the Dank Tank selections, and this one has impressed me as well. Being an Athens local, I'm partial to Terrapin but I will have to put this one over So Fresh and so Green, Green, but under Hopzilla. I hope this isn't a one-time thing, as I'm a huge fan of Citra hops and would like to make this a yearly staple in my wet/fresh/harvest hop purchases.

Edit: I wanted to make a last comment about how pleased I am with the prices of SweetWater's bombers. They're on average a dollar or two cheaper than even fellow local Terrapin, and with quality taste like this, I had to make a shout out.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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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!

Photo of Macky20
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy picked a couple of these up for me while on a trip in GA... I've been looking forward to trying this one!

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Pours a dark amber with half finger of thick head. Smells of tangerines, sweet grapefruit and hops... very much like many of my favorite west coast style double and standard IPA's. You can usually judge how a beer will taste after smelling the aroma directly after a good pour, so I'm already looking forward to this.

Taste, as expected reveals some of the same characteristics, although even a bit sweeter aftertaste than I expected. This is a very balanced beer with great citrus notes including pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Piney notes are slightly detected, but seem to be there after the swallow. The beer is well carbonated and easy to drink. Well done Sweetwater, you brewed a winner with this one!

Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice burnt orange coloring with a decent head and great lacing

S- Unbelievable aromas...the tropical fruits are just amazing. You could mistake this for a glass of juice.

T- Kind of a letdown from the smell, but really the smell set the bar ridiculously high. This is definitely one of the better IIPAs I've had the pleasure of tasting. The tropical fruits are still very much in the taste followed by a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Could use a bit more carbonation but but anytime you can feel the hops just coating your pallet I have a tough time rating mouth lower than a 4.

D- Exceptional. Sweetwater knocked it out of the park this time. I'm not sure why I'm surprised considering that their standard IPA has always been their best offering...the IIPA certainly continues that tradition.

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper. Very clear with a one finger white head that falls shortly. Nice lacing.

S: Citra hops up front. Smells of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Slightly sweet malts in the background. I'm in love with the aroma.

T:Slightly sweet malts. Very big citrus and pineapple presence. No hints of alcohol. Pleasing bitter finish with a sweet fruity after taste.

M: Thick and pleasing. Very smooth carbonation. Leaves my mouth sticky

D: Very good. Ive almost finished the bomber and could drink another.

Overall this is a very good DIPA. It may not be world class but a great beer. Defiantly worth a shot. I wish this were part of Sweetwater's year round line up. I'm really glad I bought a few. Now I just have to drink them while they are fresh!

Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp pine hops alongside burnt caramel malts. The taste is a nice amount of citrus and pine hops in front of a strong burnt caramel backbone. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation and a hint of dtyness. This is a very enjoyable wet hopped Double IPA, I will be picking up at least one bottle of this.

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite Sweetwater beers, not to mention IPA'S. The border hopper was wonderful, the scent was orangey with a good hint of good mango type hops. The color was a nice tint of brownish orange. The taste of this beer was perfect and left no aftertaste whatsoever. This is definitely a beer that I would love to have in my fridge at all times. If I had to recommend any IPA'S this would be one of them including Gordons.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.