Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP | SweetWater Brewing Company

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69 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by elgiacomo on 07-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2%
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 levifunk
4/5  rDev +2%
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 BrewCrew2010
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light golden orange body with a fluffy sticky head that leaves behind a little bit of lace.

S: A rich nose of honey, spices, bitter citrus hops, grains, and sweet malts.

T: Not what I expected! A rich and thick flavor of sweet malts, white sugar, and honey swirl around the tongue and are balanced with light bitter citrus hops and spices.

M: Thick chewy texture with a medium-full body and medium carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this one. Not what I expected, but was very easy to drink and I wish I had more.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
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 PDXHops
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off-white. Decent retention with some nice patches of lacing.

A Cascade/Sterling hop combo, says the label, and it smells like both were utilized generously. Loads of grapefruit, floral and grassy aromas, with pine and some toasty grain also clamoring for attention.

Thickish with a somewhat coating body that is doughy sweet at times, but a searing bitterness rips through it with ease. Huge sting of spiciness kicks in midswallow; it seems that the Sterling is more influential in the flavor than nose. Plentiful grit and grain, yet other than some lingering booze, it finishes pretty cleanly. It's not really boozy, either; in fact, quite the opposite. It goes down entirely too easy for a 9% beer.

Overall impression: Another winner from Sweetwater. At least for the time-being, this is my measuring stick for imperial pilsners.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - A dirty golden/orange color. Not clear.

S - I can smell the hops, but floral and honey are present.

T - Awesome is the first word that comes to mind. It tastes at 1st like it wants to be sweet, but then backs up and has a smooth finish, with some leftover hoppiness.

M - Medium carbonation. Smooth.

D - I could drink this all night long, and probably end up on the floor because it packs a punch. I was thrilled to find this in a wine store in December, I think it has been sold out for awhile, as the Border Hopper has been out for a month now. I wish they would put this out as a seasonal!

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Photo of maximum12
2.28/5  rDev -41.8%
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 Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific looking in my Duvel tulip... Glowing hazy golden with a small but tight head... Very hazy and opaque...

Freshly cut flowers, some hay aromas, a lightly toasted biscuit malt and a healthy dose of hops as well... Very complex... There's a lot going on here... Not a trace of booze...

Sweet almost honey-like malts dominate here but they are accentuated heavily by the floral bitter hops and an earthiness that I can't quite put a finger on... Rather warming in the throat although I can't taste the booze... Finish is slightly bitter although not overly so... Very nice...

I could get in trouble with this one... Its a well crafted brew that I could easily have 2 bombers of without blinking an eye... Glad I got to try this one...

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 sholland119
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pikced up this bottle in Asheville last month.

A-Pours a clear honey gold with a huge frothy white head andlots of lacing.

S-Nice citrus hops, lots and lots of malt sweetness.

T-Solid. Grassy hops and good biscuity malt behind.

M-Smooth, medium bodied.

D-A solid offering from Sweetwater.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
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 phideltashaggy
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell was nice, a citrusy hops that I enjoyed a lot.

I'm a bit biased here, I prefer malt flavors, so I found this brew to be way too bitter.

The feel was a little thicker than I was expecting.

Again, too bitter to be terribly drinkable, for me. Basically, this is a sweet find for fans of high (ish) IBUs, but everyone else should avoid.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 scottyshades
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Ryan011235
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 9/7/10

"Good call on this one" to PDXHops for sending this great beer that would have otherwise never been on my radar. Thanks Jeff!

Bright & hazy golden tangerine in color with pineapple highlights. Poured one finger of white foam that dropped considerably, though it holds a slim layer. Decent lace so far, but it doesn't look like it will last. Head retention is but a skim & lacing is at a minimum.

I really like the aroma of this one. It exhibits prairie-like notions of grass, hay, lemongrass & herbal wisps. Suggestions of apples. Distinctive notes of toasted grain. It's clean but at 9% abv it shows it's magnitude, though it doesn't at all smell boozy. Floral overtones & modestly spicy hops. Very subtle citric twinge.

Magnum IP tastes quite good, if structured a bit differently from the aroma. The flavor is incredibly grainy; some choice malts must have gone in this. Light grassy & earth tones around the edges. Quite floral; not too much in the way of citric hops (maybe a spritz of lemon zest) nor is it very bitter. Just enough hop bite to motivate the grainy aspect. The flavor profile is pretty clean, too; gets just a touch muddled as it warms up. Again, the alcohol is very well hidden.

The great structure of this beer makes it seem lighter than it is. I could call it robust or dense (accurate enough for the style) but that isn't quite a fair translation. Magnum IP is nimble regardless. Carbonation is [somewhat surprisingly] low. Graininess is such that is embodies the feel of the beer. The modest bitterness & carbonation seem specifically designed to to aide the graininess as it rolls o'er the tongue. Clean residual flavors linger long on the finish.

Truth be told, drinkability is quite high. I'm not entirely convinced this is 9% abv. More like 7-7.5% abv. Whatever. I suppose toward the end of the bottle the abv is more apparent. I'm not sure about the 100 IBUs either, but no matter. The best Imperial Pilsner I've had. Seek it out if you like the style.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow body. Crystal clear. Moderate sized white head. Nice and fluffy. Decent retention with some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Grassy, with some citrus and a subtle slightly sweet toasty malt base.

T: Very much like the nose, a toasted malt cracker like base is accentuated by a grassy - citrus bitterness. A little more hop flavor and depth would have done wonders here.

M: Light to medium bodied. Assertive carbonation. You can taste some booze through it all. Semi-dry finish. Not super refreshing, but a nice crispness is here.

D: A decent brew, but it doesn't quite capitalize on all that can be done within the style. The hoppiness isn't distinctive enough here.

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Photo of mullenite
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ectomorph
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber split with a friend, poured into a Pilsner glass. The bottle shows that it's 100 IBU and 9% ABV.

A - Bright yellow and gold blended body has good clarity, but an oiliness from the hops and alcohol. White head forms thick, and fades to a nice ring leaving good lacing behind.

S - Clean, with citrus hops and fresh cracker maltiness. Alcohol is also noted here as it begins to warm.

T - Holy Hoppy Pilsner Batman!! The 100 IBU's is no joke. This is an IPA of an IP!! Great upfront bitterness is an attention grabber, but doesn't destroy the tongue. Big malt backbone is just enough to showcase the Cascade and Sterling hops.

M - Medium body, the alcohol warms the back of the throat on the way down, but not hot.

D - The 9% ABV is very well hidden here, and you may find yourself thinking you can have a few of these, but the truth is you will be shmammered if you try it.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +2%
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 drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Mavajo
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP from SweetWater Brewing Company
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