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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs - SweetWater Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 46
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kzoobrew on 11-11-2011)
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

dcdonoho, May 12, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -41%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

illini4x4, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

RWNewhouse, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of bmanning. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a nice amber color with a good, sticky white head and a nice bit of lacing. The nose brings plenty of piney hops, but too much amber malt in the background. Same goes for the flavor, which has too much sweetness. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good, but not close to Nugget Nectar or other pillars of the style.

Thorpe429, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for the bottle.

Deep ruby color with a cream-colored creamy head that leaves a nice curtain of lacing. Pretty beer, especially with a little light behind it.

Very understated aroma. It is a project to pick up anything on the nose besides a bit of booze and a hint of herbal hops. Flavor also starts off underwhelming with a slightly sweet malty character. Hops show primarily in the finish with a nice herbal fresh hop note shining through toward the end.

Mouthfeel is a mix - a bit creamy, good carbonation, but mainly very peppery/prickly.

CliffBrake, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this. Poured into a tulip.

A - Poured a hazy almost clear cranberry orange hue with a rather soapy thin head. Not too bad for side lacing.

S - Very, very sweet, no real hops, musty, light orange citrus.

T - Taste is more of the same for me. Lots of the musty, almost old hops (though I know this is fresh), with more dankish orange notes and caramel malts.

M - Mouthfeel is unfortunately rather boozy and yet somehow kind of thin.

O - Overall, like Jared highly disappointed with this beer. Much too sweet and malty/musty for my liking.

rudzud, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass

A- pours a dark shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head. I love when a beer has that nice cherry shade like this one has

S- sticky hops, but the aroma is a little muted...not as strong as I'd like

T- the hops I'm getting out of this are very sweet....not really bitter, but sweet. The finish though, is pretty bitter. But the initial sip? Not so much.

M- actually, it's a little thin....not really a very heavy body at all. Kind of torn on this one

O- I expected something like Nugget Nectar, but this was more like a dry hopped version of every other amber I've had. Disappointing

bigfnjoe, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle from Palmej1. Thanks Jacob!

Pours a deep red to brown mahogany color with a finger of tan foam. The head recedes leaving sticky lacing and a small coaster floating atop the beer. Strong aroma of citrusy hops and caramel malt. Taste opens with nice hoppy flavors. Orange and pineapple predominate. The hops are balanced by a nice malt backbone which imparts notes of caramel and fresh baked bread. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering bitterness. The beer is full bodied with a viscous, sticky texture. Overall this a good hoppy red ale. Perfect for a winter night in front of the fire.

Sideswipe, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this interesting looking beer.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with nice thick lacing, cloudy hazy bright reddish cranberry color.

Nose is fresh red ale, tons of reddish malts, lots of caramel and toffee, coppery malts, lots of candy earthy hops, light candied citrus, bit no real fresh hops, light booze, fresh malty.

Taste starts with sweetness, quite sweet thick and malty, reddish malts, light toasty and copper malts, sweety syrupy, candied orange etc. hops bring lots of bitterness but no fresh dry hop taste, earthy and candy hops, candied orange and citrus again, light spicy hops, and a hint of resin when you go really deep. Light fluffy malt feel with a hint of booze. Finish is quite bitter, earthy spicy hops with light candied citrus lingering, and a bit of reddish sweety malts but mostly drier.

Mouth of a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall a bit let down. If this was just a double red ale I'd be satisfied, but there are no fresh hops at all as it should have had, otherwise decent malts and earthy hops. Can't find a date so there's no way to tell how fresh it is, so that's a huge negative hit for Sweetwater! If you want to sell freshly hopped beers you need to put a damn date on the bottle.

jlindros, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this one from Gdodd12 in the Secret Santa BIF. Thanks Greg, I'm pumped to try this one.

Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs has a deep red body that is orange around the edges. The center is opaque due parially to the dark red color, but also partially to quite a bit of haze. The head looks great, with about a finger and a half of dark-tan head. The ehad is thick and foamy looking, with great retention and lacing.

The aroma is quite a good one. Lots of sweet caramel malts, but even more hops. Lots of fresh, grassy hops with hints of generic citrus and a good bit of grapefruit.

The big fresh hop characteristics that are in the nose don't translate well into the flavor. A very sharp bitterness comes through first, with a heavy pine and grapefruit flavor to back it up, but the flavors are quickly silenced by big malty notes that mix a ton of caramel malt with toffee and dry, toasted flavors. The great fresh hop flavors from the aroma come through a little bit toward the end of the beer, with juicy citrus and a little bit of grass. The finish and aftertaste leaves the impression of a rich, complex beer, with both hops and malt represented. I think the aftertaste might be the best part of the beer, actually.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Thick and creamy, Fresh Sticky Nugs has the body and carbonation down.

Fresh Sticky Nugs is a solid beer, with its best characteristics being the fresh hop flavor and the aftertaste. A little bit sweet for me, but it is supposed to be a big American Red.

Hojaminbag, Dec 20, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige rocky head that reduced after a short while to a few puddles and a medium collar of residue, letting forth some excellent sticky streaks of lace.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt, a moderate pine hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit and a bit of citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was a little sweet and yeasty with a note of caramel early on, but got extremely hoppy very quickly with a big dose of citrus and a mild touch of dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted average duration after the swallow with a nice lightly sweet citrus hoppiness left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with as dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall a good and hoppy Strong Ale with a nice mild sweetness to it...

KajII, Mar 25, 2012
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3.72/5  rDev -12.3%

Tyler_Cox, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Ivegotmule, Jan 01, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not nearly as impressed with this beer as many people seem to be. Overall, I thought the color and flavors were quite murky, and the darker malts mostly overwhelmed the floral and bright citrus flavors of the hops. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a head that's a bit flatter than it should be. Nice citrus, floral and paraffin aromas with a bit of darker roastiness on the back end. The flavor is a bit jumbled. You get glimpses of fresh hops with tangerine, wax, and herbal/floral notes, but the thicker malty notes tend to overwhelm and cancel these flavors- it's like looking at a sports car through the smog. Nice waxiness on the finish, which contributes to the mouthfeel. I really wish they had left the malts pale in this- it would have been much improved.

Georgiabeer, Dec 07, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into FFF XV glass...

A- Double red? More like double brown! Deep muddy brown color, very clear, with a finger of latte crema colored head. Sticky as hell as it densely coats the glass.

S- Mmmm, fresh hops! Grassy, floral, earthy, fruity- this has it all. It's not in your face, but not too subtle either. Pineapple and toast linger in the after aroma.

T/M- Ok, decent but not quite as good as I thought it would be; though I did have high expectations. Dirty, earthy, grassy hops initially show up, but are cast aside by a strong alcohol taste and fusels- doesn't ruin the beer, but it's undeniably there. I definitely get the red ale base beer, which is very nice and refreshing. Finishes with a young wood flavor, which I have no idea where it comes from. Body is awesome. Nice moderately full feel. It is slightly heavier than a common DIPA, but has the prefect level of carbonation to break it up.

O- Good beer, not amazing. Would purchase this again if the price was right. Here in Nashville this bomber was $12.99!? C'mon... Easy to drink the entire bottle, scarily easy.

TheGordianKnot, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*365th review in 2011

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light tan foam on dark, reddish brown body with good clarity. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very thick lace.

S - Pungent pine hops with some citrus and lots of dark caramel malt.

T - Sweaty hop flavor up front with caramel and brown sugar. Some more dark bread and a metallic note in the middle. The beer finishes with grapefruit, toffee, light roast, and some nutty caramel.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - The aroma is great with lots of pungent hops and a strong malt backbone. The flavor profile doesn't really live up to the promise of the aroma, however. There is a strange metallic note that kind of hurts the overall impression and the hop profile just doesn't stand out the way it does in the aroma. Not bad, but it really just seems like it could have been so much better.

nickfl, Dec 31, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel. A deep red/copper color with a dirty-white finger of head. The color is perfect.

Smells like hops. Lots of fresh grapefruit and a little lemon.

Tastes more like an IPA. Moderate malt flavors: sorta sweet. Big bitter profile piled on right afterwards though. And it doesn't stop even after the drink is done. The biting bitterness of grapefruit is most prevalent.

Creamy and chewy texture. Surprising but really nice. Moderate carbonation.

Great and surprisingly unique red ale. The flavor was good but the look and texture were amazing.

Fatehunter, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark russet-hued body with a finger's worth of beige foam. A bit of lace here and there as it drops down.

Smell: Bready, mainly, but some toast and a thin shaving of unsweetened chocolate with some sweet-scented caramel. Slender florals, pithy lemon and grapefruit, but also plenty resinous.

Taste: Sugar glazed bready malts, a bit of toastiness. A nibble of sweet caramel, then, some slight roastiness, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Resinous hop quality, strong citrus, floral tones and all the bitterness you really expect from these Dank Tank releases. Strong bitterness. Grassy, resiny on the back half, though some sweetness still emerges beyond the bitterness and warming alcohol, helping to keep things from being unduly brash. Bitterish, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit of stickiness present on the palate.

Overall: Pretty good, overall, and, admittedly, better than expected.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 15, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged Bottle, kept at 34F. Poured into a snifter.

A: dark, with thin, white head, and some lacing.

S: grapefruit, faint pine, maybe some peaches???

T: not the "Fresh, Sticky Nugs" I remember, but not unpleasant. Much more mellowed, and a flatter citrus hop, with less resin than before. Almost a clementine flavor. And more malt than before.

M: Dry, slightly boozy, and residual hop. Not bad.

O: I definitely enjoyed this more in 2011, but the age has made it interesting.

watsonmd, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of sidetracked
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt sienna/orange-burgundy with a foamy cream head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is bitter piney and resinous hops mixed with a little sweet toffee and toasted malt. Some citrus. Very hop forward.

Upfront taste is bitter hops, pine, and a light floral flavor. Some malty addition in the middle--toffee, brown sugar, toasted and bready malt. Finish is bitter pine and citrus. Lingering grapefruit bitterness.

Medium body, slightly syrupy with medium carbonation. Feels thicker as it warms.

Overall a fairly high level of bitterness with a good malt balance. Great at first, but a bomber becomes a bit much. Different from a lot of the other IPAs I've had in terms of malt/hop combination. Enjoyable.

11/30/2011

sidetracked, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

hyoung41, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs from SweetWater Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.