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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by elgiacomo on 07-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 69
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Snamnoum
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light cider color with one finger of white head and big rocky clumps of lace

Smell - is light and acidic. Lemon zest, citrusy hops, and some light malt, alcohol is definitely present

Taste - is very much like it smells but maltier. Sweet upfront, tart in the middle with a pilsner-like bitter finish. I silently shed a tear knowing this beers days are numbered. Why oh why does it have to end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - medium/full bodied with medium carbonation. This drinks much like a double IPA and has some of the hoppy oiliness that can be associated with that style. For the ABV its very drinkable and quite refreshing. A nice change from Double IPAs. I very much enjoyed this and look forward to having it again. Damn good brew from the folks at Sweetwater.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head that left slight lacing on the glass. Aroma was crisp citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste was loads of bitter citrus hops balanced with plenty of sweet caramel malts. The beer is medium bodied with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer, one I hope they brew again.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jmhart
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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 saintwarrick
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a substantial foamy white head. Light pilsner and grain aroma is overwhelmed by the leafy hops and honey in the nose. Has all the familiar symptoms of a DIPA. Taste is surprisingly light, befitting a lager. Fresh cut grass, grain and honey notes give way to a hoppy bitterness, some citrus and pine. Unlike some Imperial Pilsners, this one actually retains a lot of the characteristics of a pilsner instead of just being an overhopped IPA that happens to have a pilsner yeast. Surprisingly easy to drink as the alcohol does not stand out. A very good lager hop heads will enjoy.

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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 MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another stellar extra from MMAJYK and the Blind Beers BIF.

Poured into a pilsner glass and enjoyed outside on the porch.
A- I had this up next to Prima Pils and this beer is significantly darker. That doesnt mean that this is a dark beer by any means, it just shows a richer gold color. Lots and lots of effervescence rises up the whole time. It feeds an eggshell colored head that leaves patches clinging to the glass.

S- More grassy noble style hops and more toasty malts than a standard pils (obviously). Biting grass and light citrus/lemon.

T- Not as bitter as the label suggests it is. Its nicely balanced by the rich bready malts. Alcohol is totally felt more than in a normal pils. It tastes just like you would think and imperialized pilsner would. Big zesty lemon and grass hops with an almost doughy malt bill and some alcohol.

M- Quite rich. The alcohol pushes this over the edge a little.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body was clear, and was a shade of rich golden. The beer formed a gigantic head in the Weizen glass upon pouring, and it took a few minutes to settle down to drinkable composition. The smell was quite malty and reminded me of several beers with honey in them. There was tinge of grassy hops in the smell as well. The taste was soft and malty as suspected, with sweet honey like taste predominant, followed by a spicy and herbal bitter note. The finish was dry and slightly vegetal. The body was very soft and smooth, making this quite easy to drink. The bottle did say this was supposed to be 100 IBUs, but it never tasted all that bitter. The alcohol was quite deceptive due to the easygoing nature of the experience. I would have preferred this to be more overtly bitter, but it was a tasty affair as it was.

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Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color, one finger white head head from a vigorous pour, spotty lacing. Smell: from beneath a pile of pils malt emerges spicy and piney hops with just the tiniest hint of lemon peel. Taste: super spicy and some pine for good measure, lightly bready and semi-sweet. It ain't crisp, but the needly, bitter, and tad sticky finish is pretty nice. IBUs galore, check.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep golden color with nice frothy white head that hangs around decently.

S - Wonderful! You get all the sweet pilsner malt character supplemented by a soft citrus/pine hop aroma.

T - This beer is extremely deceiving!!! 110 IBU's?!?!? 9%?!?!?!? You get this rich, rich pilsner malt flavor balanced perfectly by the hops - not a trace of hot alcohol that I can detect. It's crazy. While it finishes a little sweet, here's a solid bitterness that finishes nicely and builds as I'm working my way through the first glass.

M - A little "thick" for my tastes, could have used some lightening from more carbonation.

D - Decent, I'm blowing through this bomber pretty quick, but probably won't being going for the second tonight.

For an imperial pilsner, this is pretty tasty. It may lean on too much of the wrong type of hops, but it's right up my alley. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of Chello
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jeddsp
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always anxiously await the new release of SW Dank Tank. This release was no disappointment. Poured fairly clear and golden...was able to get a great head that lasted at least half the beer....good lacing as well. Taste was sweet hoppy, but not overdone. Thought it was very drinkable and will pick up some more...to me the 9% ABV was barely noticeable if at all which is great. Another great beer by the Dank Tank squad.

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Photo of zplug123
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Deus1138
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a fridge at the package store, remembered reading about its release, so I snatched it up.

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a nice, golden yellow Pilsner color. Carbonation's slow rise to the top indicates some thickness.

Smell hoppy, mostly pine and floral. Very nice.

Taste is excellent! The hops are a perfect combination and in perfect proportion. A little bready, mostly sweet malts balance out the hops. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. It's 9%, so watch yourself.

Mouthfeel is medium, very nice.

Drinkability is excellent. I'm not a huge Pilsner drinker. I enjoy a few, occasionally. This one is excellent!

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Magnum IP from SweetWater Brewing Company
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