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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky NugsSweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%

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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Photo of wcpmohr88


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let it sit for two weeks then enjoyed it in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A: Nice amber-red color with a little brown; darker than I thought it'd be. Nice off-white head too, with great lacing. Looks fantastic!

S: Hoppy (pine-ish) with some malt- smelled fairly balanced and inoffensive for a high-gravity offering.

T: Nice mix of hops and malts. Surprisingly drinkable for a beer this strong, with hints of pine tied to the hops. Enjoyed this one quite a bit.

M: A little too carbonated, but otherwise good and smooth.

O: I liked it. They're probably out of stock everywhere by now, but I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 13:19:18 | More by wcpmohr88
Photo of robbrandes


4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass.

pours a deep mahogany, i've seen lighters porters. great head, excellent lacing. big, malty nose, a bit fruitness, that all belies the taste. wow - hop bomb! this is one juicy beast! tons of piney resinous goodness. nice mouthfeel, dry finish.

good stuff, thanks for the trade jared (thegordianknot)!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:46:34 | More by robbrandes
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 20:05:14 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 15:29:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of csbinva


4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a bootlegging trip to North Carolina, please Sweetwater, expand distribution to Virginia when your expansion is complete.

A - pours a nice amber color with a 1/4 inch head

S - Very nice aroma, almost a pine cone smell

T - Heaven, good hops flavor, not too heavy, this could almost be a session beer

M - refreshing, smooth ipa taste with a backbone of an amber

O - another great beer from el Danko, gotta love the label and the story that goes along with it

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 23:57:03 | More by csbinva
Photo of titosupertramp


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber, mahogany with redish tints. Two fingers of off-white almost tan head. It's pretty soapy with lots of large bubbles. Good lacing and terrific film that resembles the original head.

S: Pretty well balanced with bready, toasted malts and a hop profile that reminds me of their IPA...tropical and citrusy. I like it.

T: Starts out malty, but quickly gives way to the hops. Toasted, caramel malts with pine resin and citrus/tropical hops. Almost has a cat pee quality towards the end..earthy aftertaste. Good stuff.

M: Medium bodied, dry and slightly bitter.

O: This is pretty darn good. If they packaged this in 6 packs, I'd buy it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:01:48 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of jsanford


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

12-02-2011 01:11:23 | More by jsanford
Photo of Swim424


4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Proof for a glass give away.

A- pours a very deep amber/red with a nice 1-2 finger head. could barely tell it was amber until it was put up to a light.

S-couldnt smell it well. was in a crowded bar, but i did get some hops mixed with some citrus and maybe some caramel.

T- upfront got some citrus and caramel, finishing with some slight hops and caramel. wasn't as hoppy as some reviews seemed to make it. may just be my judgement. I guess it did taste of some hops but just lacked that hoppy bitterness that alot of beers have.

MF- sort of full. some of creamyness to it. not to thick. fair carbonation. pretty well balanced.

O-very good beer. very balanced. Good hop flavor without much bitterness. Would love to find in a bottle and try this again (or on tap). I think this was a very well balanced beer. would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2011 04:46:01 | More by Swim424
Photo of Jules11788


4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown; fat 3 finger-width head, sticky lacing, lots of retention

S: Fresh wet hops covered in sticky sweet tropical rock candy. Notes of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit

T: Starts off with some sweet hops up front, opens up into a nice bitterness along the middle, finishes with more sweet hops and a nice malt backbone

M: Thick and creamy, low carbonation, no hint of booze at all

O: This was a delicious hoppy double red ale, one that I would definitely pick up again

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 16:06:39 | More by Jules11788
Photo of elgiacomo


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.

Pours semi-thick red with a gorgeous foamy light tan head that resembles a nitro pour...leaves tons of rings of sticky lacing and holds a foamy cap.

Aroma is hoppy with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine, floral and resinous hops, caramel and fruity malts, some bread, very good strength.

Flavor starts with citrus and pine hops, moves to a wonderful layer of rich fruit and caramel malt in the middle offering some sweetness and finishes with more citrus hops and good bitterness. Minimal alcohol. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.

I think this may be the best Imperial Red I’ve had...absolutely delicious! Potent aroma and nice mouthfeel round it out. Goes down DANGEROUSLY fast. Excellent stuff!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:57:43 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 13:48:43 | More by avalon07
Photo of Tilley4


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one showed up and went fast around my area and I was lucky to grab a couple of bottles...

Loads of sticky piney resiny hops roll off of this thing... whew.... It's like sticking your nose in a freshly cut Christmas tree... Very pungent... The caramel malts used really start shining through as the beer warms and gives it a different vibe altogether... Interesting...

Very balanced flavors considering the pungent hoppy aromas... Big caramel malt presence and the sweetness that comes with it... The resiny piney hops break through right after and roll around the palate with that caramel sweetness and make this one a pleasure to enjoy... Long slow bitter finish... Very resiny and sticky at the end...

Another winner from the folks at Sweetwater... They have been knocking them out of the park with these Dank Tanks lately... Amazing beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:24:42 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Ryan011235


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/21/11

Lighter hued brown; looks wooden while poured. In the glass it has a deep rusty brown spectrum. Two finger head thins slowly; sticky lace remains. Retention is thin, but lace stays peppered across the glass (much thicker on the second pour).

The aroma is fantastic. It's not an exact ringer for the days when you could find fresh bottles of Lagunitas Imperial Red, but hot damn is it close. Dank hops; oh, those wonderful cannabis aromatics. Pine and zesty citrus, too (the latter being lesser). Layers of biscuit and toasted caramel broaden the aroma; remains rather dry, though.

One sip and I'm slightly peeved I didn't pick up two bottles. The hop profile boasts about as choice a crossing of hop flavor and bitterness as you're likely to find (especially in the South). I imagine it tastes like a big old wad of fresh pine needles that are laced with grapefruit and lemon. Lively and spicy; heck, just a tad juicy, too. Toasted bread and a mild caramel notion make the malt bill just fine and dandy. Some lingering bitterness and a dusting of biscuit.

The feel is situated toward the light side of medium, keeping the beer (and the hops for that matter) from being weighed down. At times it almost seems thin. Carbonation is tingly and well suited to the hop spiciness. The only downside here is that the feel starts to have a coating effect that builds over time. Resiny.

Yes, yes... I should have bought another bottle. Or seven. The abv is right on the cusp of where ease of drinkablility and danger meet. This is the choicest imperial red I've come across in a while. Highly recommended. Jeff, go get you some (and sorry about the bread).

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:00:52 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:45:34 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from CBX - poured into a D’Achouffe tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber garnet with some chestnut hues; forms a nice tan, pillowy 3-finger head that leaves some crystally specks and gobs of lace.

S: Resiny hops; some caramel malt is in there for sure; pine.

T: Nice and hoppy; toasty malt gives way to resiny, leafy / minty hops; some tobacco notes in the hop profile, too; sweet pine; really tasty.

M: Near full with a higher carbonation; its not too dry despite the hoppiness.

D/O: Very drinkable for the style - new favorite Sweetwater brew!

Serving type: growler

11-20-2011 17:49:52 | More by jpro
Photo of babaracas


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown with orange tinge, two fingers of khaki colored foam that settles to a half inch and leaves a thick spray of lace on the glass.

Smell: resiny piney blast upfront, then light roast creeps in. A hint of sugared citrus peel. There’s also a pretty hefty impression left of fruit candy (think red gummy junk, but not in a bad way).

Taste: caramelized sugar, sharp blast of pine and an acidic citrus hit (lime like, actually). Then on into mint, evergreen-like herbs, and mild earthiness at the end of the sip. Dark brown sugar bittersweetness in the finish.

Medium bodied, creamy with fairly light carb. Very high IBU count, I’m sure, leaving everything it touches coated in oily bitterness. Though it’s very highly hopped, the overall experience is not purely "hop bomb" because there’s a ton of caramel in here. It’s good, no doubt, but I’m left wondering what could have been, had el Danko fallen into a vat of double Sweetwater IPA. In any case, Sweetwater’s Dank Tank has been turning out very tasty beer recently.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:27:04 | More by babaracas
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Highway right after work. Oh yeah...

A - A darker, burnt red color. 1 finger of head, and a little bit of sticky lace down the side of the glass. No sediment floating around.

S - Holy hoppiness! Citrus hops jump out of the glass and into your nostrils.

T - Very sweet up front, and then the citrus hops kick in. Finishes dry and bitter. Excellent!

M - Medium carbonation, with an oily aftertaste

O - Another great concoction from Sweetwater's Dank Tank! I am impressed with the speed they are now churning them out. I think Ghoulash just came out about 2 months ago! This is one of the best of them. Grab it while you can, or 2

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:05:18 | More by BeerDawgs
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Perfect balance of hops to malts. The smell is an instant hint of skunk but it has some nice nutty notes in there also. It has an exceptional taste it reminds me of a mix between there Motor Boat and there IPA, because you can taste malts along with hops. It is medium bodied and is pretty easy to drink this is a great craft beer I would recommend again to anyone. I haven't found a SweetWater brew that hasn't spoke for itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:59:31 | More by kdawg105
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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%

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:22:49 | More by MacQ32
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 22:55:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of rajendra82


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body was cordovan colored, and the carbonation displayed a cascading bubbled effect before setting into a two finger thick head. The aroma was a mix of coffee, toffee, and hops. The taste followed as a pretty bracing concoction with grapefruit rinds, bitter herbs, and coffee grounds aplenty. The bitterness was basically unrestrained as the malt tended to be on the toasty side, lacking sweetness, and the body was somewhat watery. Very doubtful to call this a Red Ale of any kind, as the fresh hops pretty much ran the show from start to finish. I would say this is an IPA or a Harvest Ale with darker than typical malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:50:17 | More by rajendra82
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber with a thick off-white head. Sheets of lacing all down the pint glass. Pretty funny story on the bottle.

S: True to its name, it is mostly fresh skunky and citrus hop. There's a sweet malt aroma in the background.

T: Very sweet malt up front that is immediately taken over by a floral and citrus hop flavor. The hop flavor is intense at first and then mellows out to a citrus peel bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body and good carbonation. A little syrupy and oily from the hop.

O: Yeah, this is one for the hopheads out there. For having such intense flavors, it's surprisingly balanced. Very tasty. I would recommend picking a few up as I think this one is going to go fast!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 22:33:59 | More by Kromes
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burnt amber colored body. The beers is much darker than I anticipated, making it slightly hard to judge clarity. There is no sediment and appears to be only a slight haze. Massive three finger oatmeal colored head towers above. The head works its way back slowly leaving a nice cap. A fair amount of moth eaten lacing is left clinging to the walls of the glass.

When Sweetwaters say Sticky Nugs, they may mean Stinky Nugs. Pungent dank and citrus hop aroma pour from the glass. Fresh hop resin fills the nose. The citrus aroma consists primarily of oranges though some grapefruit is peaking through. There is a solid malt base beneath but it never steps to the forefront. The warm bready malt is an excellent base for the hops to build off of.

The flavor flips the script a bit from the nose. Warm brown bready malt is very apparent with the first sip. The hop flavor develops just behind providing balance but not overpowering the malt. The hop flavor begins with an orangey citrus before transitioning into a slightly more bitter grapefruit and pith flavor. A bit of resinous flavor is left lingering on the tongue

Medium bodied Imperial Red Ale. The carbonation is low to moderate though it seems to be working well with this beer. With how this beer is put together I did not anticipate the finish being dry at all, I imagined a bit of a long finish. The beer is not dry but it is getting close enough for coversation.

I like this beer, I like the malt, I like the hops, I like the balance. As much as I do like the Imperial Red I was hoping it would lean more towards an Imperial Amber but Sticky Nugs is a no doubt about it red. Easy to drink and enjoyable, one serving would probably be all I want before moving on. A beer worth picking up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 22:27:23 | More by kzoobrew
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs from SweetWater Brewing Company
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