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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2013
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 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
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have said it a million times Iam sucker for a big hopped up red and this fits the bill to a tee.Poured into an impy nonic a dee rich amber with a large blooming off white head atop that took a long time to settle.Fresh resiny and grapefruit hop aromas really jump out at ya,a lighter brown sugar-like malty sweetness comes into play as well.A medium to full almost creamy-like feel wich is odd for the style in the mouth,it glides down very easy.Resiny sticky hops and a hefty caramel malt base fight for supremacy until a bitter hop shot in the finish.a very good beer,nearly great,for me the best of the Dank Tank series.

oberon, Dec 14, 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
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 Georgiabeer
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
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -5.7%

superspak, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber with a thin lacing of foamy head. It smells of intense, spicy, earthy, faint piney hops. You can just barely smell notes of toast and caramel malts underneath the intense hop aroma. The taste is also very hoppy. I get the hops immediately; spicy, earthy, mildly citrusy, floral, and piney - full spectrum. The malt comes through a little in the finish. It's toasty with faint notes of caramel. This is a medium bodied beer with great carbonation and is very smooth.

I happen to really enjoy this one, but I'm a hop head. If you prefer a more malty, less hoppy amber ale, then this won't be for you. A little more balance would probably make this more friendly to the masses, but for me though this was the coming together of an amber and an IPA, and it was an awesome marriage.

tdm168, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5.7%

THECPJ, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A super-hoppy aroma, with some citrus and malt as well.

T: Tasted of hops (lots of hops), some malt, pine, and a little citrus thrown in as well. Much hoppier than most red ales (it's basically an IPA), but definitely tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a crisp, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not your typical red ale, but definitely worth a shot. very drinkable.

avalon07, Nov 29, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -41%

bsuedekum, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strongly hoppy, like dry hops rather than evergreen, with hints of leaves, pine and cloves. It pours a dark, semi-transparent, muddy brown with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head. Rich flavor has firm tones of hops, molasses, caramel and malt along with fruity, earthy and floral hints. Smooth texture has full body and a fair amount of fizz. The wacky story on the bottle is a hoot!

Cyberkedi, Nov 21, 2011
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 jophish17
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jophish17, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ADTaber, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a surprisingly dark reddish-brown with a big, soapy khaki-colored cap that settles to a thin cap, leaving tons of sticky lacing.
S - Pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and peach with a solid caramel malt backbone.
T - Lots of dank, resinous hop flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruit with a moderately sweet caramel/candi sugar malt profile that nicely stands up to all that stank!
M - Smooth and fairly creamy, with a touch-over-medium body and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Really excellent Amber Ale, SweetWater has truly hit their stride lately!

jsanford, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 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
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Guinness pint after I had cleaned up my corney keg in preperation of bringing my Mole Asses Porter off fermintation.

It poured a clear dark amber/red with "sticky nugs" in suspension. The head is a nice 2 finger lightish tan color with very nice heavy lacing on the glass.

The smell is carmel malts with minor earthy citrusy hops.

On tasteing, the hops come forward as does the carmel malts for a well balanced brew. Semi dry finish and lowish carbination as the nugs begin to settle slooowly to the bottom of the pint.

The lacing continues to be heavy and thick on the glass making this an amazing looking brew.

I could throw back several of these, even if the abv. prevents it from being a session brew. BTW, the alcohol is deceptively well hidden.

This is a great brew, even if it is from one of my least favorite cities in the south (carpetbagger central). Definately an A brew !!

RedneckBeerz, Dec 27, 2011
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 Fatehunter
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 MacQ32
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep (cloudy when held up to light) amber/dark rust color with a decent half inch of off white head. Nice retention, great lacing, good carb visible

S - A nice rich malty sweetness (chocolate/caramel) and distinguished citrus hoppy aroma. Bready and resinous as well.

T - Toasty malts, not super sweet. A big lemon/grapefruit presence introduced from the hops. Dry hoppy bite at finish that quickly disappears leaving a tame bitterness at the after taste.

M - Medium bodied, nothing to heavy, enjoyable. very drinkable, appropriate carbonation.

O - Great brew, very good. Hoppy, malty, and still very refreshing at 8%

MacQ32, Nov 18, 2011
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs from SweetWater Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.