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
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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
03-24-2012 15:26:57 | More by redcap45
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
3.38/5 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
3.7/5 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
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
3.35/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-09-2012 03:41:44 | More by gford217
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
02-07-2012 02:30:01 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
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!
02-06-2012 02:08:53 | More by busterwhite
4.5/5 rDev +20%
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!
02-05-2012 01:28:18 | More by BeerDawgs
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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...
02-04-2012 04:04:55 | More by elgiacomo
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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