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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IPSweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by elgiacomo on 07-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Go this as an extra from jsanford! Thanks Jacob!

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory glass

Pours almost 2 fingers of khaki off white head. Color is a clear bright gold. LOTS of active carbonation in the glass. Pretty solid retention leaving a lot of lace.

Aroma: Smells like a pils, but very big. Some alcohol showing. Pine and grassy hops. Biscuity flavored malts. Light citrus flavors.

Taste: Wow, this is definitely imperial. Very, very big tasting. Tons of hops showing, but an equal amount of bready hops. Floral/pine flavors with some hints at citrus, but the alcohol covers a lot of flavors up it seems.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but smooth and creamy. Very boozy. A fairly large body with lots of carbonation here. Ends with pine flavored hops, a little dry.

Overall, I knew this was an imperial beer, but this is much larger than I was expecting it to be. It tastes pretty decent, but I don't like all the booze showing for the style. Really glad I got to try this one fresh! It might be tough finishing this bomber with the high abv.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 ounce goblet - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed into a simple-looking, everyday goblet a near clear, light copper body with a finger of off-white head.

Smell: German malts in the aroma, primarily good ole pilsner, with some grainy hints and a touch of honey. Citrusy, spicy, mildly floral hops. A few traces of nose tingling alcohol.

Taste: Pilsner malts in the fore with a toasted barley character and sweet hints of honey bear-type honey and golden syrup. A shock of earthy, spicy hops, then a splash of neutral grain spirits, then a citric hoppiness and a solid dose of bitterness. Peppery alcohol tones precede the dry, weighty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, languid body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: So many amped up lagers these days, what gives? The alcoholic nature of the brew and the cumbersome body make it a task to finish, even at only ten ounces. Though, with more and more of these imperialized pilsners hitting the market, it is pretty much the norm for the style.

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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 womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one over the weekend.

A: The pour is a golden color with a slight haze and a big white head.

S: The nose is a nice mix of sweet, lightly bready, malt notes and earthy and herbal hops. The sweetness is really pronounced, though, and at times a bit sugary.

T: Plenty of sweetness on the tongue as well. Lots of honey like flavors, a bit of bread, and some soft bitterness. The hops tend to be a bit faint overall.

M: A fairly decent body for a pilsner, so there is certainly a bit of imperial nature there. Moderate carbonation to go along with it.

D: This one was just too sweet for me. It wasn't really all that bad, but I would have preferred a more noticeable hop aroma and flavor to balance out the sugar and malt flavor.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm never sure what to think about this place. For a long time Sweetwater was the only game in town in the SE but then Terrapin came along and now Cigar City (along with a few others). I guess Sweetwater decided that in order to stay relevant they had to be hyper annoying with their beer names and marketing. This was the imperial pilsner from their Dank Tank series of beer, and it was way way better than I expected, but this may be another case of me just liking lagers more than all of you.

Beer is yellow and clear with thin white head of small bubbles that fails to be propped up by decent levels of carbonation. No a lot of lacing on the glass, looks OK.

The aroma is simple and clean, slightly sweet with mostly a pilsner malt backbone. Good.

A lot of imperial pilsners make a mistake of finishing too dry, this almost always results in an unpleasant aftertaste that rises up after the dryness, this does not make that mistake. There is some almost tannic bitterness at the back of the mouth that is less than pleasing, but the bitterness is not drying and does not ruin the beer. Its medium to light in body, decent levels of carbonation on the palate and reasonable sweetness and creaminess on the front end. It was a decent beer and a pretty good IP.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a constant stream of bubbles rising upwards, but just a moderate head. This is often a style I find to be done fairly poorly and uninspiring. I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a good deal better than most Imperial Pilsners, with a nice spicy, earthy hop attack combined with a nice lager tanginess and a relatively crisp finish. Lots of herbal, almost floral notes as well as a nice lingering bitterness that combines with the tang and a lingering juiciness. Really quite nice.

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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 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 avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of bright white, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of citrus hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of citrus hops and grapefruit up front, with a malty backbone in the finish. A big, bold flavor. Very tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied. Much thicker than you'd expect from a pilsner.

D: Excellent. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of maximum12
2.28/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to mjmadden for a killer box late this fall in a BIF. This is only one of two survivors from that tasty crowd...and then there was one. Split with my wife.

Pours a moribund, hazy yellow, the sun seen through a layer of high clouds. Smell is rife with a fist of pale malts, strong lawn clippings, & an undercurrent of wet bread.

From the Dank Tank comes a shot of malts that fail to be sweet, hops that refuse to bite, & grassiness that can't stain. Very odd. All of the ingredients are present, & tasted, but need some manner of Frankenstein shot to bring them to life. Aftertaste of metal as the beer warms. Each sips leaves me a little puzzled, a little wincing. Huh?

Very confusing beer. In the end, the malts win out with a heavy hand, subsuming other characteristics that might have made it more interesting. But a pils? I'm a style agnostic, but if this is a pils, I'm Angelina Jolie. Confused mess of a beer, & I have to conclude I'm just not a fan of the Dank Tank series.

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

An extra from mikesgroove, much appreciated. This pours a pale golden color, clear with maybe just a hint of chill haze, and a nice poofy foam. This smells solid, bready malts and juicy Cascade hops, with a barely detectable ethanol in back.

It tastes sweet and bready, I could imagine this being divine on cask. Very American feeling, part DIPA and part pilsner. The sweetness gets a little tiring but still this is tasty. Hard hitting ABV wise, but enjoyable.

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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 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 Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful semi-transparent golden with a thick, fine-bubbled persistent head that is just barely off white. Rich, malty aroma has a sweet fruity overtone that is mainly banana. Flavor is strong and surprisingly hoppy with tones of evergreen, banana and malt and woody hint. Texture is smooth and rather lively. Recommended.

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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 gford217
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exceptionally clear golden amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is lightly sweet with toasted pale malts and some earthy and floral hops mixed in. It seems a bit lighter and grainier than some of the crazy sweet IPs I've smelled lately.

The taste is really nice and very well balanced for the style. It's got the sweet malt backbone but doesn't get overly sweet. There is a nice grassy hop character and a tingling spiciness on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with good carbonation and not syrupy in the least.

I've actually had a few different IPs lately and this one is probably the best. It is undoubtedly the most drinkable as the sweetness isn't overdone and the hops are a major factor in the taste. Well done Sweetwater.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of halo3one
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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