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Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale AleSweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%


Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kromes on 02-03-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 17:35:34 | More by rudzud
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 13:00:07 | More by jlindros
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:36:36 | More by Jason
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale
3.05/5.00

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 01:27:13 | More by Jadjunk
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 19:04:52 | More by TheGordianKnot
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redcap45


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off-white head. The aroma is dank with herbal hops and some slight fruitiness. The flavor is general hoppiness with some fruit. The hop character seems more muddy than bright, but it’s still a pretty tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 15:26:57 | More by redcap45
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:58:23 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:57:20 | More by andrewinski1
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:08:17 | More by superdedooperboy
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 15:52:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 13:11:15 | More by avalon07
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gford217

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a deep clear amber with a huge frothy off-white head that shows fantastic retention and lots of lacing. Really nice pour.

Quite a few different fruity hop aroma including mandarin oranges and lemon zest. Light caramel malts in the background and some zesty herbal notes as well.

The taste is mostly sweet juicy citrus. That said, it's not overly hoppy and certainly not very bitter. There are oranges and apricots, maybe some grassy hints. The malts are noticeable and add to the overall sweetness of the beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated and very, very low on the bitterness as far as IPAs go.

I like this beer though I personally like a little more zing from the hops. The citrus sweetness is big and juicy and the lack of bitterness does add a little to the drinkability though a bit more dry bitterness would mellow the sugary sweetness a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:41:44 | More by gford217
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a brilliantly clear, orange color with nearly three fingers of dense, white head. Retention is remarkable. Really a gorgeous beer.

S: Lots of fruity and citrusy hops. I get lots of peaches and oranges with sweetness both coming from the fruity hops and some caramel malt. A bit on the sweet side for me, but very nice.

T: Very clean and tasty. I get very slight bittering hops with a fair amount of caramel malty sweetness and a very fruity hop profile. The balance between bitterness and sweetness is done unbelievably well. This is insanely drinkable - so smooth with no hint of ABV. The flavor is quite similar to that of an apricot

M: A little on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: This is an extremely well balanced IPA with really no notable imperfections. There is no harsh bitterness, an enjoyable and absurdly smooth sweetness, and no hint whatsoever of the 8.5% ABV. Yet there is a beautiful fruity hoppiness to this beer that perfectly matches the malt profile. This is the best beer I've tried from Sweetwater in, well, ever. I finished the entire bomber by myself and I'm glad I didn't have to share it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:30:01 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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busterwhite

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a 1 finger head and little lacing.

Smells of citrus, tangerines, oranges and sweet malt.

Taste follows the nose with a nice citrus flavor of tangerines and oranges with a little pine. Not too bitter, a nice balanced malt sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium, with good carbonation.

Overall this is one the most well balanced IPA's I've had. Great hop flavor and a nice strong malt sweetness. Well done Sweetwater!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 02:08:53 | More by busterwhite
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up today from Tower. Last case, glad I found it!

A - A clear copper, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace all over the glass that will not recede. A little darker than 420, and a ton more head and sticky lace. Pretty gorgeous

S - Wow, citrus hop explosion hits the nose. Some fruits as well, maybe pineapple and tangerines

T - Big citrus hop notes, but with a huge malt backbone. It is essentially just as described, a hoppier 420.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - Amazing beer. Sweetwater needs to put this one in the regular line up. Its that good. Its obviously the same recipe as 420, just hoppier and stronger. Love it!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 01:28:18 | More by BeerDawgs
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, fresh release, just came in today. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with a nice three finger off-white/light beige head that leaves nice rings of drippy lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is big on hops with citrus, some tropical fruit, pineapple, a bit of apricot, a bit dank, along with some caramel and bready malt underneath. Very good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, citrus, fruity hops, apricot, fairly prominent sweet malt backbone featuring some caramel and candy, good bitterness on the finish, a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, a bit oily and sticky, good carbonation.

Yet another tasty Dank Tank creating. An Imperial 420? Yup. Nailed it. Big and hoppy but with a malt backbone to back it up. Incredibly drinkable too...this could get dangerous...

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:04:55 | More by elgiacomo
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Kromes

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice little story about going to the Widespread Panic show on the bottle. A clear gold color with a thick off-white head that leaves sticky webs of lace on the glass.

S: Very nice citrus aroma. There are also grassy hop and a fruity peach aromas.

T: I've always been a fan of 420, but wished it had more hop. Well, this is it. A very nice sweet malt flavor mixed with grassy and citrus hops. The hop oil coats the mouth and leaves a nice lingering flavor with a bitterness that is balanced by the sweet malts.

M: Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. Oily hop feel in the finish.

O: Always like the Dank Tank series. They never seem to disappoint and this is another quality beer from Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:23:44 | More by Kromes
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.