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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: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Janderson91

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 16:32:03 | More by Janderson91
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:30:02 | More by mikesgroove
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 14:30:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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trappistlover

Arizona

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!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 04:16:45 | More by trappistlover
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vande

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ~ orangish-coppery pour with slight white lace kissing the glass

S ~ light sweeter hops... bit of some citrus fruit, but subtle

T ~ a nice blend of malty goodness and sweet, tropical fruit... a little bit of a dry finish and something different at the very back..can't quite describe..but very likeable

M ~ lighter than I had expected...easy to drink..carbonation present

0 ~ pretty good...I'm not sure of the freshness...but I'd be intrigued at what this one was like as a baby...

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:36:40 | More by vande
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes 3-25-11

A - good orange/amber body, moderately cloudy. small white head levels to a film and ring.

S - buttery sweetness, citrus and vanilla.

T - sweet malts up front and some dry hops, and a touch of vanilla. not what I typically expect.

M - smooth, smallish body, fairly dry.

O (D) - not bad, not great. A decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 15:49:23 | More by ColdPoncho
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brew3crew

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange body with no head what so ever
S-sweet hops on the nose. Seems like the hops have faded a bit...
T-nice blend of the hops and malt. Little faded on the hops. Very sweet finish
M-medium bodied and so smooth
O-decent beer with a nice sweet aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:10:38 | More by brew3crew
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jbphoto88

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:52:44 | More by jbphoto88
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The Sweetwater beers always look great, and this is no exception as it pours a clear amber color with three fingers of a sticky head that leaves shards of lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruits (mango/papaya), citrus peel and some bready malt underneath

Taste: Starts out bready with a growing caramel character, but the hops don't take long to emerge, bringing their tropical fruit and citrus flavors to the fray; after the swallow, the malts build back up to balance out the hops, leaving plenty of residual sugar in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too malty for my preference, though that could due to the age on this one; still a decent stab at a DIPA

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:14:09 | More by brentk56
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capra12

New York

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy amber and orange, with 1 finger of head and frothy.Weblike lacing.

Smell: I get some hints of floral hops accompanied by astringent and detergent aromas.

Taste: Opens with a a strong malt backbone which is clouded by a floral and real green and grassy profile that lingers till the end and to the aftertaste. I get a shot of hop bitterness before it goes down the hatch and the bitterness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied at most with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish leaving a sticky palate.

Drinkability: One and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking an imperial IPA with a solid malt backbone with tons of green and grassy hop profiles that intertwine with the alcohol esters.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:44:22 | More by capra12
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery in color with a decent head and not too much lacing, slight chill haze.

Smells and tastes about the same. A nicely malty IPA type beer, plenty of caramel malts, pine, citrus, grapefruit, with some hints of florals and fruits.

Feel is pretty rich and thick. Very nice. Bitterness is slightly sweet and mildly lingering.

Quite drinkable. No complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:36:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kk73

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 08:14:49 | More by kk73
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jsanford

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:08:24 | More by jsanford
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open a 22oz bomber..

A - A nice amber golden. Good head retention, lots of lace on the glass.

S - Beautiful, due to the Yakima hops. I mean, does anything smell better than the Yakima hops? I don't think so.

T - Smooth. Sweet at first, but bitter finish. Surpringsly smooth for a double IPA. Do not taste the strong abv.

M - High carbonation. Smooth finish. Well balanced beer.

D - Very drinkable. I love the Dank Tank series. None of them have yet to dissapoint. Bring on the next one. Mean Bean!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 06:08:18 | More by BeerDawgs
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Modernartblues for hooking me up with it.

A: A high, straight pour only produces a finger of off-white foam, but the crystal-clear, bright-amber body is a thing of beauty. Quite nice overall.

S: Pleasant, if a bit understated, aroma of spicy, fruity hops. Not much going on, but nothing off.

T: Balanced, clean flavors of tropical fruit hops and surprisingly assertive and complex malts - dry, bready, and nutty notes provide a lovely alternative to more commonly encountered caramel sweetness. The hops come back to provide just enough bitterness on the finish to keep me thirsty for more, although they're joined by a touch too much alcohol on the aftertaste. Overall, a tasty and distinctive beer, if not a particularly delicious example of the style.

M: Smooth medium body with soft, ample carbonation. Lovely.

D: It's not too hard to drink, but definitely a little hotter than I expected for being under 9%. More hops assertiveness would have helped out here, too.

Notes: Thanks, Eli, for picking this one up for me. It isn't what I was expecting from a DIPA brewed with fresh Citra hops, but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless. I'm especially enjoying drinking a Sweetwater while watching the Green Bay demolish the Falcons. GO PACK GO!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:12:20 | More by woosterbill
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2BDChicago

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 02:47:31 | More by 2BDChicago
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alleykatking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 08:31:18 | More by alleykatking
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/29/10

Much appreciation to PDXHops

Pours a kind of light shade of apricot but settles a burnt amber-brown with some cloudiness. One & a half fingers of foam took several minutes to drop leaving behind skims of foamy bubbles & intermittent swaths of lace.

Reasonably balanced, juicy aroma; this is probably one of the cleaner Citra hop profiles that has graced my nose. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, lemon zest have a lively crackle to them. The malts are solid but well-proportioned, offering notes of sugar cookies & biscuit.

I know this has been out for a few weeks, but the hops don't seems to have suffered much; there's still a nice kick to it. In this instance the Citra hops have blurred together in a wave of juicy citrus & pine. Malts add an appreciable sweetness, but it's more in line with sugar cookies or sweet bread than it is caramel (not a bad thing, in my book).

The feel is a tad watery upfront but gains some body midway through. Carbonation initially seems too much for the aforementioned watery feel but isn't overly prickly in the full context of the beer. Some grittiness builds up toward the finish.

Boarder Hopper certainly has similarities with Sweetwater's IPA; this is most apparent in the malt department. Drinkability is fine, calling to mind Midwestern & West coast IPAs. The alcohol isn't too apparent but it does creep up about half way through the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:28:08 | More by Ryan011235
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abar22

Alabama

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 21:36:58 | More by abar22
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cdizinno

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

12-28-2010 18:24:47 | More by cdizinno
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tharper

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass - waited for warm-up to 40 degrees F for smell/taste/etc.

A - hazy orange copper - 2 finger head on medium pour down to 1/4 inch after 2 minutes. Light lacing, bubbles from bottom for five minutes at least.

S - citra aroma/flavor hops - centennial bitter hops - (my guesses) bready 2-row and crystal 20-40 malt - slight sour mash aroma. Maybe some pilsner?

T - potato bread with caramel and tangerine drizzle - nice effervescence on tongue. Grassiness grows as it warms.

M - sparkle that leads to dry sherry pucker - slight astringency and nice, light, alcohol warming though a couple of gulps will git ya.

D - one bomber will do, but I think the taste is good and the beer warms up nicely. I will share.

Hops are balanced to malt for my idea of an American Barleywine on the low-alcohol end of that style. If it is really a DIPA -then it needs more hop aroma. Later hop additions instead of so much early in the boil would skew it properly. IBUs are kinda high. I'm fuzzy on the style definition listed as it is. And BTW - I read the bottle after the review - Citra was a guess.

Nice attenuation and low esters for a hearty American ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:37:44 | More by tharper
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

14 ounce serving - $4.75 at Raging Burrito in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a lightly hazed, dark copper-toned body with a creamyish, white head.

Smell: Scented of fresh-cut lemons, tropical fruits, and moistened flower petals superimposed over a whelming maltiness of softly bready malts and intensely sugar simple syrup with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Pale malts along with some lightly bready honey malts with an additional hint of light caramel. Fresh lemon peel, a couple chunks of pineapple, and some sharp, resinous florals underscore with a bit of soapiness. Moderate bitterness. Resinous quality increases as it warms, though a rebound of sugary residual sweetness on the back-end cuts through it. Still, it finishes bitter and resiny, with some heaviness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The fourteen ounces was just about right for me. A nice DIPA using the latest "it" hop, citra.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 17:48:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish golden color with a large bubbly creamy head.

Smell is of pungent sweet hops with faint sweet malts as well.

Taste is sweet and bitter, like a grapefruit. Very unique DIPA, lots of great hops flavors with a sweet malt backbone. Good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very citrusy and fruity, awesome mouthfeel.

Good drinkablilty, interesting and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 06:11:15 | More by pmccallum86
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Axic10

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 18:40:47 | More by Axic10
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jcdelaney

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours great amber color with a one finger head.

Hop aroma that is plentiful, but not overpowering.

Fruity notes of pear and carmel apple. Peppery finish with a hoppy aftertaste. Each sip keeps you wanting the next.

Full bodied with a good level of carbonation

Very drinkable DIPA. Although, I probably would not want more than the 22oz at one time.

I am a huge Sweetwater fan and enjoy all the brews they put out. Of the Dank Tank brews, I think this is the best so far. I would love to see this added to the year round brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:52:45 | More by jcdelaney
Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.