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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper - SweetWater Brewing Company

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 90
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: glid02 on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 90
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to gford217 for this bottle.

A- A nice deep orange color ranging from amber to copper. A nice white head leaves lacing until it runs out of steam about half way down the glass.

S- Great smell. Extremely hoppy. Lots of spicy hops, TONS of citrus (mostly lemon and lime). Some pine sap and a maltiness underlie the loud citrus aromas. This is insanely great smelling, its very bright and vibrant.

T- Very resinous and oily so flavors of lemon-lime, vegetal, grassy and very spicy hops throw a dance party on the palate. Bread crust and crackers come out in the malts for a brief grasp at my attention. There is a little bit of cooked vegetables detected on the back of the tongue.

M- Nicely bodied and modestly carbonated. Nearly everything about the body has the goldilocks effect.

D- This is a damn good beer. In my experiences, fresh hopped beers can be hit or miss. This one is a definite hit.

After the first glass I came back to edit some of my scores. I had to knock back drinkablility. The cooked vegetable stuff starts to get stronger and frankly overdone. It gets pretty wilty and sickly. One glass and done on this one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Yesac
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. this beer was acquired in a trade from user yesaC.

A- this beer pours out a translucent copper colored body with a small head of bright white foam. the head takes it a while to recede and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are sweet caramel malts. after that i get a strong blast of fresh hops. lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. mango, tangerine, and pineapple.

T- the taste opens with a semisweet caramel malt backbone. up next comes a rather large blast of fresh and juicy hops. theres a little bit of pine, and alot of fruit. pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- id love to be able to buy this again. sweetwater is really good at making IPAs. im excited to see what else will come from the dank tank series. check this one out.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a huge beige head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of huge sweet citrus and green resinous hops. Pineapple with hints of grapefruit together with thick fresh, green evergreen. Nice bready malt presence as well.

The taste is a bit different with a sweeter, lighter fresh hop taste with some interesting Juicy Fruit gum type character. Very creamy, sweet caramel malt backbone.

As I mentioned, the mouthfeel is creamy for a DIPA with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

The taste was a bit unexpected on this one with the creamy character and sweetness catching me by surprise. Still, I really enjoyed it and it's an interesting foil to Terrapin's So Fresh.

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Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of allthatAles
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

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Photo of jabergess
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Photo of jimixr
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. Head is nice and white and frothy...about two fingers worth. Retention is lacking some and no real lacing

Big and fruity fresh smell. Lots of sweetness going on. Big pineapple and mangoes. Just a slight touch of alcohol.

I can definitely tell this is fresh with a lot of the grain showing its face in the back ground. Taste is less pineapple but more mango. It has an unripe mango or peach to it. After a few sips the fruit become more prominent over the grain and when i breathe through my nose the citra hops attack it.

Slick mouthfeel that leaves my mouth smacking with stickiness.

It's very drinkable but i wish it were just a bit crisper. If this is a variant of the IPA i wish it was that crisp but with the same flavor. I don't think i have enough experience with wet hops to compare to others but i have tasted the so fresh so green green and i think i liked that just a notch more.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.