Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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2.98/5 rDev -20.5%
Reviewing from notes- purchased and consumed the day it hit Nashville market back in Feb. Poured into globe...
A- Has a deep caramel color with a finger of cream head. Settles very quickly leaving a few bubbles. A little dark in color for style, but it's admissable...
S- A little soapy, but does have nice fruity, orange aromas. Malty toffee and bread have a big presence here, too big for an IPA. More nose hops please!
T/M- Well... It is ok, I think? I wasn't impressed, then John pointed out that this is just an "extra" 420- which I'm not a big fan of to begin with. Has a vegetative taste with some floral, citrus hops. Bitterness is underwhelming, kinda like their IPA, but even less so. Sweet caramel and toffee have big roles on the palate. Full body for an IPA, thats for sure. Slick feel with carbonation that breaks up the body a tiny bit.
O- I mean, its slightly below average, but I'm just bleh about it. Didn't really tickle my willy. Even if it was still fresh, the price would keep me from purchasing again. Prefer this to be drier and it might come off with more hop assertiveness and less sweetness.
04-11-2012 19:04:52 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
I managed to procure a bottle or two of this quick moving installment in the Dank Tank series, and have not seen it much since. It happens to sound like a cross between two of the breweries most popular beers, and I like the IPA a lot. I am sharing this bomber with my girlfriend.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to two SweetWater 15 Years snifters. Served at 42º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy white frothy head with average retention on a deep orange-red body loaded with carbonation. Appearance is pleasing. 4
(Smell) Aroma consists of a resiny citrus hop aroma on a mild malt base. The resiny aromatics are really prevalent and hit the nose the most, followed by some faded grapefruit and tangerine, indicative of mostly tart citrus notes. Hop aroma is striking and a bit sharp, followed by a mild boozy aroma. There isn't much of a malt aroma presence to back it up, so the balance is a bit wacky and the citrus hops certainly take the front. Theres a ton of hop presence but its not a pleasing aroma and some may find it offensive in its tart characteristics. Other milder hop characteristics are grassy and piney variants, but not nearly as prevalent. Potency is medium. 3
(Taste) Tastes are interesting. Hop presence is much milder in the taste than the nose would suggest. There's a significant "soapy" film-like character and taste to the hop presence and malt character in this beer. Overall its rather plain in its delivery with little standing out aside from the small but interesting flavors that peek in from time to time; a piney and tangerine candy comes through late in the finish, but overall the resiny flavors are most dominant. Sweetness is higher than average primarily due to a heavier body, blending the line between APAs and IPAs. Really mild flavor but it may suit you fine if that's your thing. Overall it was underwhelming in flavor for me. 3
(Mouthfeel) Really slick, filmy with little carbonation presence aside from some subtle and mild froth, hardly enough to excite the tongue. Some crispness to the beer would benefit the texture and compliment the flavors tremendously. Body is light-medium, alcohol presence is low. Very underwhelming compliment to the mild flavors. 3
(Overall) Really more promising by appearance and smell than it turns out to be. The flavors are subtle but decent if you are in for a mild-tasting American IPA. I would recommend this for people who are looking for the line between the 420 and the IPA, as I think it does this pretty well. I have to give it at least an average score because it is good for what it is but it's not particularly for me, and I would likely not get this again upon it not being anything particularly special or interesting. 3
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Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale
06-01-2012 01:27:13 | More by Jadjunk
3.18/5 rDev -15.2%
Thanks for the beer Grant. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a tangerine color with a small cap of white head that settles with a little bit of soapy lace.
The aroma has a little bit of a sweet tropical fruit aroma with some grapefruit citrus aroma and a little bit of a bit of artificial aroma. The pallet has a grapefruit flavor with a little bit of sweet tropical juice with a little bit of an artificial flavor. Reminds me of the vitamin C drops I get. Not bad, but not really pleasant.
The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall not bad and enjoyable but the flavors seem artificial at points and that's a bit off putting. This is enjoyable but not a home run.
03-05-2012 01:58:23 | More by Bendurgin
3.35/5 rDev -10.7%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: A pretty hoppy aroma, with tinges of malt in it as well.
T: Tasted of hops, malt, a little citrus, and a grassy component in the finish. There's a slight booziness up front, too. An uneven flavor. It's kind of thin, and the grassy quality doesn't do it any favors.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A mixed bag with this beer. Not awful, but could have been better than it was.
02-11-2012 13:11:15 | More by avalon07
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks, Bendurgin, for sharing! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark gold. There is a light colored fluffy head with large bubbles.
The aroma is a blend of sweet malt and orange zest, with a hint of pine in there.
The taste is a little bit on the sweeter side, but delivers lots of zesty hop flavor in the finish. The sweetness kind of gives it some honeydew flavor as well as some caramel.
This is medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Not bad but not great. This delivers great hop flavor, but I prefer a drier DIPA. Still, some might prefer this style.
03-05-2012 01:57:20 | More by andrewinski1
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Thanks to JLindros for sharing.
A - Pours a nice hazy copper orange red color.
Big creamy yet soapy almost one head fades slowly with nice lacing.
S - Aromas of sweet caramel malts and some faint alcohol Theres some light sweet citrus (orange) hop notes towards the end.
T - Taste is WAY too sweet for my liking with a ton of caramel malts and some warming booze. More of those light citrus orange notes with a slight bitter finish.
M - Eh, decent carbonation with more of the alcohol presence.
O - Overall meh. Way too sweet and malty, very little hop character. I appreciate JLindros sharing this though.
08-08-2012 17:35:34 | More by rudzud
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for providing this one.
Big creamy 1.5finger head fades slowly with nice lacing, hazy copper orange red color.
Nose sweet reddish malts, toasty with caramel and light toffee, juicy malt with hint of booze, light candy orange hops and light earthy and fruity.
Taste sweet! Creamy caramel malts, light toffee, toasty reddish malts, some warming booze. Earthy candied orange hops, mild bitterness. Finish is drier but still sweet and malty, long earthy bitterness and light candied orange and hint chewy hops. The only real hop character is the spicy hop bitterness that lingers for quite a while after the finish.
Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze.
Overall meh. Way too sweet and malty, very little hop character. It's even hard to drink more than 1/2 a glass, so I'm glad I shared this with a few friends.
07-26-2012 13:00:07 | More by jlindros
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, coppery body with a solid inch of lasting, near white foam.
Smell: Brightly citrusy nose of citronella and tangerine-flavored aspirin with some additional florals and soap suds ahead of the cookie sugar sweet accents (though a bit of time helps bring the latter up a bit more).
Taste: Bready, lightly grainy maltiness, and lots of it, with a pop of sweetness that precedes the rolling citrus oils and chewable children’s aspirin (again, tangerine-flavored). Medium-high bitterness. Thankfully, the aspirin edge eventually drops off from each sip leaving a fairly nice lingering of sweetish orange beyond the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Ever so slight oiliness present in the mouthfeel.
Overall: A big ole imperialized hoppy brew that, thankfully, isn’t quite as harsh as anticipated. Not nearly as esteemed as the previous Dank Tank release, Fresh Sticky Nugs, though decent enough. However, all these hoppy this-or-that Dank Tank brews are really starting to run together for me.
02-14-2012 15:52:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
LOOK: Hazed orange amber, stellar amount of stickage of head
SMELL: Orange zest, floral, green peppercorn, blood oranges, mango, pineapple, shortbread
TASTE: Smooth, creamy, orange rind, peppery, bitter, exotic fruit, leafy, estery, herbal, warming, toasted crackers, yeast, oily citrus, hoppy semi-dry finish
I get the premise, super hoppy and dank ... reference to 420 is laughable. Yeah, the hop plant has a cousin but there is a big difference from the hop to its cousin. As for the beer, it is without a doubt a massive IPA (pretty much a DIPA). The hops don't hold back and is somewhat drinkable being it does not hold on to much balance. Hopheads should give this a try.
06-14-2012 00:36:36 | More by Jason
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at a beginning temperature of approximately 40 degrees F.
Pours a deep golden copper hue and wonderfully clear. The fat, frothy topping of off-white foam falls away to a lingering crown, leaving behind thick rings of lacy cling on the walls of the glass.
The nose reveals a bouquet rife with juicy tropical and citrus notes -- tangerine, apricot, mango, papaya. Juicy citrus mingles alongside notes of candied fruit, somewhat sweet, vivid and enticing.
On the palate, things largely mimic the nose, with sweet, juicy citrus and tropical fruit combining up front with a big, honey-like malt sweetness that intermingle to give an impression of, again, candied fruit. A clean, citrus rind-like bitterness shows itself in the rear of the mid-palate, balancing out what would otherwise be a cloying, sweet fruit disaster. The honeyish malt notes combine with the bitterness all the way into the finish, with a lingering impression of orange blossom honey-infused grapefruit, which sounds odd but is rather pleasant and beckons another quaff.
Mouthfeel is somewhat slick, with a rather mild carbonation that leads to a rather heavy body.
Overall, a very pleasant entry into the Dank Tank series, but somewhat disappointing when expecting more of a mix of 420 Extra Pale Ale and the brewery's magnificent IPA. A bit of a disappointment after the previous magnificently hoppy beauty in the series, Fresh Sticky Nugs, but still a solid beer nonetheless that leaves lots of hope for the next immediate one-off -- the brewery's 15th Anniversary release.
02-16-2012 04:08:17 | More by superdedooperboy
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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