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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IPSweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no date, but just hit the shelves today.

Pours somewhat syrupy golden amber with a one finger white head, quickly reduces to a light foamy cap, which does hold well to the bottom of the glass, and leaves some temporary spots of lacing. Better head and lacing on the second half pour that was left to warm up on the counter.

Aroma starts fairly subdued, some fruit and citrus, orange, banana, sweet bready malt, yeast. Some good pine notes come in as it warms.

Citrus hops start in the flavor, followed by some floral hops, pine, fruit, sweet banana bread in the middle and a strong bitter finish with a fair bit of alcohol, but no burn, and the excellent bitterness ultimately does win the battle over the booze. The alcohol, however, does work with great effect, a solid 9% at the very least. This is a big beer.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky and syrupy.

A damned good Imperial Pils. Haven't had many from this style, definitely like this one better than Uber Pils. Need to try Sam Adams Hallertau again when it comes out this year.

Seeing 100 IBU's and 9% ABV makes one want to think DIPA, but this definitely has the unique Pilsner character going on. Very enjoyable, and another great Dank Tank as a follow up to BSP Quad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a brilliant golden with a fluffy two finger egg shell colored craterous head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Big pilsner malt aromas,light toastiness,maibock-like vegetal and caramel aromas as well.Whoo that hits hard on the palate at first,it takes a few sips to kinda reel this one in,there is some harsh alcohol to go along with big honey-like sweetness,light toast and a faint leafy hop note in the finish.The alcohol is way to big of a part of this beer to give it a high taste and or drinkability score.It has some nice things going on,but its to harsh with the untamed alcohol.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Lacing adorns the glass as the hazed, golden color glows in the light. There are smells of spice and tropical fruits in the nose. Yeah, it's exotic. Its big body and smoothness ride slow but steady. It has a big, biscuity malt base, and is yeasty as well. The hops come along and drop a bit of a bomb on you, with bitterness and a thick herbal flavor that soon battles with its quickly warming alcohol character. Doughy malt and leafy hops finish off the brew. It's a proud member of an American beer style, and deservedly so.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hop characteristics. The flavor is bready and biscuity malt with some grassy hops. I also get some citrus notes. The beer has only a low amount of bitterness, less than I expected. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with good amounts of breadiness. Good amounts of grassy and lightly herbal hop aromas are also present. As it warms very faint hints of licorice seem to waft out from time to time.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pilsner malts beefed up by good amounts of bready flavors from the yeast kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid grassy hop flavors that turn slightly herbal midway through the sip. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without any problems.

Overall this is a top-tier beer for the style but there are no large flaws. An easy-drinking beer for a big ABV style, worth a shot.

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Photo of zplug123
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Slight haze, golden hue with good amount of carbonation, thin head persists

S: Subdued citrus hops background with pilsner characteristics dominant

T: Starts clean, then grapefruit hops hits in the middle. Slight alcohol detected but in welcomed levels. Pretty dry in terms of malt, hops dominate the majority.

M: Medium body, biting carbonation

D: A good IP overall, would take my time sipping on this though. Clean and strong, so not exactly a thirst quencher

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Photo of Mavajo
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow golden color with a fluffy white head. Nose and taste are malty with a modest dose of herbal hops. The taste also introduces a light lemon zest and maybe a bit of clove? Mouthfeel is standard.

All in all, it's a well made version of a mediocre style. Nothing really to find fault with here, but it's also not a great beer.

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Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz poured into a snifter

A- Pours a clear bright copper-gold, more copper in color. Head is firm and thick and refreshes itself after each sip. Lots of noticeable carbonation in the appearance.

S- Sweet malt surrounded by strong earthy/herby hops. Smells sweet like cattle feed (that sugary/straw smell). Has a very typical Sweetwater hop character to it.

T- Carmel malt combined with a noble hop flavor. Hints of pine nuts, herbs, and a bit of black pepper. The malt flavor and hop flavor don't seem to be bridged well. They are both good, but seem like they are going in different directions instead of working together.

M- Thick and dry. Chewy with a definite bite to it, from both alcohol and a lot of carbonation. Really drys your mouth out.

Overall I had low expections for this, not really sure why. I was decently surprised. It was a good beer, but seems like it could use a little work. I picked up two bottles, shared one with some friends, and traded the other away to a more...deserving...soul.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazed golden copper, with a finger of tight bright-white head. This retains with a thin layer of froth, maybe a little creamier on the edges, with a solidly rich flare-up that leaves some thick patchy lacing behind. The aroma smells of earth, spice, juicy oranges, and sweet, lightly toasted grains. A bit of stiff alcohol heat sits underneath but doesn't interrupt the nose too much.

The taste has a sticky base of sweet malt and fruit going on with it, as bready grains mix with zesty notes of orange and lemon. Hops are moderately assertive here, with a leafy feel and biting citrus rind bitterness. The finish is VERY dry, with a lingering spicy earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some thickness up front that then turns into a crisp creaminess as it spreads out into the rest of the mouth. There are no alcohol flavors but this does possess a beefy warmth to it.

Imperial Pilsners are one of those styles that I sometimes just can't get behind but this one wasn't too bad. The distinct fruity flavors kept this interesting and honestly, the sharpness of the carbonation probably kept this from becoming the sweet alcoholic mess that some other examples sometimes break down into. This was good but I'm glad that I split the bomber. Sessionable this is not.

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Photo of Janderson91
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of brudz2134
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a plethora of extras in a great trade with GeezLynn.. Thanks a ton Geoff!! This one was not on my radar. Shared with a colleague from a competitor.

Pours with a foamy 1" white head... dies pretty quickly.. very clear polished golden.. descent lacing.

Nose shows a nice malt profile with a seemingly American hoppiness.. not big "C" hops, yet somehow definitely American... pine with some pretty thick hay

Nice bitterness quickly melts into a pretty heavy malt profile.. not "sweet", just malty... hops are grassy and fruity.. lite hints of citrus with some tropical elements.. The thicker body belies the hidden alcohol.. The EtOH shows in a distinct burn down the gullet.. I would have liked a touch more carbonation..

Interesting for sure... an nice late (very late) night summer beer.. Glad I had the chance to try this one pretty fresh... Thanks again Geoff.. I hope you like your box as much as I loved mine.


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Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fluffy white head that recedes to some patchy lacing. Kinda pretty.
S - Sweet toasted malt, a bit of honey, and some citrus-y hops (orange peel and tangerine).
T - Very similar to the nose, definitely more on the sweet end of the spectrum. More lightly toasted malt gives way to some pungent and bitter citrus hops, with a bit of spicy yeast thrown in for good measure. Honestly, this reminds me more of a DIPA that an "Imperial Pilsner", but I guess when you get to a certain level of malt and hops it all starts tasting the same.
M - Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouth-feel and crisp, sharp carbonation. The 9% ABV is pretty well hidden, not really detecting it at all.
O - I'm surprised by how much I'm actually liking this, the last "Imperial Pilsner" I had was awful (looking at you Terrapin). Sweetwater has been on a roll lately, keep it up!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber color coming through very clearly. Nice notes of white coming over the top of the beer, with a settling down of the head into a subtle side glass profile. Nice carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom of the glass as well.

The aroma was very light. Nice touches of citrus popping up throughout the profile. A definite touch of alcohol was visible from the very first whiff though, letting me know this one was going to be strong, and settling me back in the chair a bit I have to say. Light grains coming through now as it starts to warm up, the taste was very crisp, clean and transparent. This was definitely not a lager. Clean flavor of lemon, grapefruit, touches of grass as well.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Green's in Greenville, SC

A: Pours a hop-hazed golden/copper color with an AWESOME fluffy/billowy head. Retention is excellent.

S: Floral hops immediately greet the nose, along with a big sweetness and malt. The hops are spicy, very grassy and tart, and earthy. Very unique

T: Holy smokes, I was told this has 100 IBUs, and the bitterness is so balanced. Hops are absolutely delicious in this one...really floral and earthy - not resinous/piny/or citrusy.

MF/D: Heavy mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: Really scared to drop $12 on a growler of an imperial pilsner, but this was totally worth it. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber pours a very clear gold color. Massive cap of sticky white head. Displays awesome retention, forms a mesa in the middle of the glass and shows off an impressive formation of 3D lace.

Nose is grassy and citric hops without a whole lot of malt backing...maybe a light dusting of sweet grains, bordering on biscuits.

Whoa, this is sweet - honey coated sugar cubes! Grainy as hell to boot. Plenty of hop flavor, grassy and floral, but not enough bitterness to cut the sweetness. Alcohol is huge, not really rough, just really big. It does have a nice creamy mouthfeel to it though. I am glad I am splitting this with a friend, as I do not think I could finish a whole one by myself. IMO, Boulevard and Orval's collaboration impy pilsener wipes the floor with this one, waaay too sweet for me. An awesome appearance and nice aroma save this one from finding the 'C' range.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a willis glass.

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold brew with a meringue like head that leaves lots of lacing. Head is off white.

Aromas of dried hay, flowery hops and a little citrus.

First sip is of citrus (orange) and flowers, with a malt backbone. Imagine a czech pils, multiplied by at least two. The malt is there to provide balance to the hops. You get the full hop profile, bitterness, flavor, and aroma. The hops flavor and aroma are off (american mutts vs. european noble), but the idea is still there.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little filling. But it coats the inside of your mouth with a load of hops and then a slathering of malt to take the edge off.

Very drinkable, and very dangerous at 9%. Don't session this or you'll be posted on Late Night Mistakes with marker all over your face. Very nice beer.

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Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mullenite
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice yellow color with a two finger white head. Some lacing left on the glass but not a whole lot. There was a also a bit of chill haze present. Based on the appearance you couldn't tell this beer from any other full-bodied pilsner on the market.

Smell was nice and hoppy but in a different way than, say, an IPA or Pale Ale. The Cascade is really evident with it's almost flowery citrus component.

Taste is really similar to the smell which kind of hurts it. It lacks any kind of punch or bitterness but has loads of hop flavor which makes the beer seem sweet.

Nice medium body with some slight alcohol heat as it warms.

Overall a good beer but not one I'll be buying again. It just needs another dimension in the taste to go from good to great.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of levifunk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice extra. reviewed from notes.

a - pour is light yellow with a white head.

s - malts, some hops, and a little booze.

t - heavy malts with grapefruit. dark fruit sweetness.

m - medium body, but on the lower end of carbonation

overall - i've never had an Imperial Pilsner, but it was quite tasty. great fall beer.

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Photo of Roeters
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Chello
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice representation of an Imperial Pilsner, just what you should expect. Upon pouring, you're greeted with a 1" thick white head that fades to a nice glass rim liner. Leaves a nice thin lace along the sides of the glass. Taste is sweet up front, but balanced nicely by the bitterness. At 9%, there was very little noticeable alcohol heat.

The best Imperial Pilsner i'v had. Balanced, and easy drinking at 9%

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Gets a 4.5 for putting the Detroit hat on the monkey? on the front, in true tribute to Magnum P.I. Light orangish beer with a fluffy head that left some decent lace on the sides.

S - Some tropical fruits, citrus, floral notes, and grainy malt profile.

T - Fairly sweet, a little too much if you try to drink a considerable amount of it. Some fruit, and a slight bit of bitterness on the end. For an Imperial Pilsener, it's not bad, but this is a style I've never cared a ton for.

M - Smooth, fairly active carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, and for Imperial Pilseners I'd recommend giving it at try. Not something I'd really have again though.

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Photo of matzah
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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