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SweetWater Dank Tank Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Dank Tank Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale
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25 Reviews

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Reviews: 25
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CampusCrew on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 116
Reviews by macrosmatic:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at New World Brewery. Served, for some reason, in a stange.

A: Very dark brown with a thin mocha head and minimal visible carbonation. I think this is mostly clear when held to the light, but it's so dark it looks almost opaque.

S: Roasty malts, light coffee malts, and some pine, resinous and grassy hops. But not as big of a nose here as I expected.

T: Follows the nose, but with some citrus hops I didn't get in the nose. The roasty malts are very nice, not overtly chocolate or coffee. Moderate pine bitterness in the hang. NOTE: When I had this in the bottle, there was significantly more chocolate malts in the flavor. In combination with the citrus hop flavor, it almost reminded me of a chocolate-covered orange.

M: Relatively heavy-bodied, carbonation on the low side, moderate alcohol presence. I'd change that to well-hidden now that I see the ABV.

O: This is pretty far from the hop bomb I expected. It's good, but closer to balanced than particularly hop-forward. Recommended to try, but there are other black IPAs that I would prefer.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Filling Station here in G-boro tonight.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a sticky half finger beige head atop.Aromas are a mix of piney,earthy hops and dark malts,just a little brown sugar-like sweetness is detected.flavors are on the dryer side with a decent shot of pine resin and citrus,there isn't much sweetness to balance out the hops and dryer base,the alcohol provides a little sweetness as it warmed.A big ABA but not real heavily hopped and or roasted,still it's better than way to many of the style in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Tight lacing with rings all the way down the glass, black ... opaque. Piney, minty herbal hop, brown sugar, chicory, ripe plums, alcohol, coffee & cocoa powder in the nose. Creamy and very smooth, thick medium body. Slight charred grain throughout, enough bitterness to wear the IPA badge and more than enough hop flavor to keep the brew interesting; orange peel, mint, tobacco & woodiness. Slightly boozy, dates, more subtle char, bitter sweet finish.

A sizable brew with a lot of flavor to take on, it does have some balance but really is still only a sipper for obvious reasons. Worth a go.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DanE
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, like a black ale should, the head was creamy, congealed and lasted for quite some time.

The scent was of charred malt, touches of ember, pine and floral hoppiness.

The ale goes where few have gone before as it master's a dichotomy I've not seen actually accomplished. This holds principles of a charred malty ale and then in the very next sip presents a nice fruity IPA. Each taste is another adventure as you know not what is next. On top of that it is simply smooth and easy to drink, not bitter and not heavy. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet citrus hop notes up front--oranges, pineapple, and tangerines mostly. Roasted malts with some char notes come through next, though are surprisingly subtle.

T: The roasted malts dominate here with a charred, burnt flavor. Grapefruit and pine notes follow with a lightly bitter and citrusy finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate. This beer avoids being watery or oily feeling, but could use a bit more of a carbonation bite.

O: An alright beer overall, though I wish it tasted as citrusy as it smelled. It's a bit too burnt tasting to me.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beeranator
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of CraftEyeDoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black when viewed from afar). It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with hints of caramel and notes of pine resin hops. Slight bits of sweetness are present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little sweeter compared to other Black IPAs, but is rather easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. 04/2013 release. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours cola brown with about one finger of sandy head. The head fades to a ring and leaves large sheets of nice lacing.

Smells of oranges, pine and sweet roasty malts.

Orange leads the flavors, followed by pine, grapefruit rind, roast, chocolate, pepper and a decent nip of alcohol. Much less booze presence than expected for 10% abv. All in all it's quite nice.

Medium heavy body, bordering on chewy with fairly light carbonation. Citrus and roast in the bittersweet finish.

A slightly different black ale with the orange flavor predominant and the chocolatey malts much more subtle. Dangerously smooth and easy drinking for the alcohol content. I couldn't really taste it but I sure did feel the booze by the time I finished the bomber by myself.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Far more "Black" than "IPA," more sweet than bitter, more molasses than hoppy-flowers, this is a beer that—unlike several other Dank Tanks I've tried—disappointed at first sip, but mellows nicely into a solid, if not really spectacular, beer. Not supremely jet in color—more deep, burnt-brown than black, really—this is a light-bodied ale that, at the very least, hides its (10%) alcohol-heavy nature very well. Yet it is just a bit creamy, with solid vanilla-oak notes to buttress that richness of flavor (which surprises slightly, given the aforementioned relative thinness of texture). It also boasts a very nice, sweet-while-dry, floated-hop nose that is one of the more winning characteristics of the ale.

But I keep returning to the principal issue: it's just not really any sort of IPA, as far as I discern—black or otherwise. What it is, I'd say, is a very drinkable, effectively sugared, burnt-caramel-inflected, somewhat-hopped brown ale—and if it were categorized as a brown, I might review it a bit more solidly, because I would feel it were pushing the stylistic envelope, at least, even if it is a little cloying where it does fail. But as a Black IPA, it deserves some black marks—not the least being that it lingers on the tongue, with a resolute lack of bittering notes, much less any sort of pine- or grass-forward hops qualities on the front end (which are, admittedly, harder to wrangle than bitter notes in the smoked, malt-heavier universe of Black IPAs). It's also, as said, just too sweet: even more smokiness or burnt-bitter layers would mitigate that, but instead it feels very bold at some of some of the edges it shouldn't be.

Again: not terrible, by any means—and still better than many of SweetWater's mainline offerings—but not up to the usual standards of their reserve series iterations (such as, for instance, the very good The Price is Wrong).

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SweetWater Dank Tank Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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