Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev -5%
"Looking to drain the main vein on a 420 mild road trip, el Danko casually slipped into the dankest Nugget hp field known to man. Stupefied by the pungent aromas, his eyes rolled back as he fell into a sea of sticky buds. After 4 days of being pinned to the vines, he thought he was a goner. Believing he was hallucinating as every woodland creature, horny toad, and Sasquatch rushed past his stuck self, he suddenly became petrified as he witnessed a million army ants marching his way devouring everything in their path. He said one last Hail Mary as the ants began to chew on him and the vines. With one final gasp, he jerked free and hauled balls out of the field with biting ants and sticky hops covering his pruned body. Desperately in search of any bite relief he belly flopped in the 1st oasis he saw, which was a fermenter at SweetWater. Fuddled up, el Danko's teabag plunge turned this brew into a double red from the bleeding ant bites, and dry hopped this bad boy from the fresh Nugget hops that were stuck to his pitiful self." Brewed in the style of an Imperial Red Ale, dry hopped with Nugget hops. This is SweetWater's November 2011 entry to the Dank Tank series, as a one-time, very limited bottle release. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a SweetWater snifter. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a taupe-white head of a creamy foam consistency over a deep caramel brown body. Clarity is good with some visible varying sediment at the highlights. Retention is excellent, and lacing is thin and stringy. 4.5
(Smell) Strong peppery, herbaceous and lemony hop notes with a potent bitterness over a smooth, clean caramel malt body with some biscuity malt thrown in for enhanced body. Potency is medium. 4
(Taste) Big wet hop flavor with herbal and peppery hop flavor, very smooth, clean with a moderate bitterness, likely toned down by age, although it's still fairly assertive. The malt body is a simple grain caramel, mildly toasted with some additional graininess for a slightly edgier body. Combined with the strong hop notes, this is a heavy, filling beer but an enjoyable one at that. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly sticky, smooth, slightly dry. Carbonation adds a mild crispness and creaminess to the mouthfeel maintaining a lighthearted texture. The body is medium/heavy for a Red Ale, medium+ overall. Alcohol presence is mild-medium, emerging a bit against the smooth hop and malt profiles. 4
(Overall) An excellent wet-hopped red ale that was a tough entry in the Dank Tank series to nab (I only got one), and not one that generates the least bit of regret, even at it's overripe age, the hop flavors hold up incredibly well. If you somehow come across this, it may be worth your trouble. 4
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Dank Tank: Fresh Sticky Nugs
04-07-2014 02:33:51 | More by Jadjunk
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-09-2013 03:30:49 | More by watsonmd
3.53/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
08-08-2012 13:56:08 | More by rudzud
3.68/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
06-14-2012 12:08:48 | More by jlindros
Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs from SweetWater Brewing Company
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