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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd AleSweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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pDev:
11.28%
 
 
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Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, fresh.

Pours semi-hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing and holds a fair cap.

Aroma is pretty hoppy, a lot of citrus, oranges, pineapple, some rye underneath all the hops and a little bit of bread and yeast.

Flavor features a good deal of citrusy hops along with some spice from the rye, not complex, but quite tasty. Medium bitterness and finishes very dry. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

I came into this expecting a hopped-up rye beer and that is exactly what I got. The rye takes a backseat to the citrus, but still manages to make its presence known. Good stuff. Would've been a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Love us some hopped-up rye. A well-laced, dull, golden-colored beer. Piney, citric, pungent, hemp oil and minty hop nose is big enough to take on the malt and then some with the spice of the rye to boot. Smooth and bitty, with a dry-ish medium body. Thick rye malt rakes across the palate with a clean, spicy graininess. Hops jump on the taste buds and don't want to let go; some sharp bitterness and then rind-like and juicy citrus and wildflower. Rough around the edges, olde-school style ale and a charity beer at that. Seek it out, enjoy and support.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy golden yellow appearance, and the foamy head gave a lot a AIPA vibes, and the spicy-herbal hop smell that followed reinforced them. Other than those hops, there was some toasted grain smell in the background, which I suspect was from the rye malt, The taste was a lot less bitter than I expected, but that allowed a floral and slightly earthy tone to be established. There was a simple sweetness to counterbalance this. The finish was very spicy and short. The beer felt very English to me due to the relatively straightforward construction with an emphasis on sessionability. The light mouthfeel also seemed indicate that this was the intent all along. Very quaffable on a summer night.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazy aricot hued body with a small offwhite head. Attractive spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is quite fruity, with citrusy waves of pineapple and apricot upfront. Peppery and earthy rye malt adds a nice contrast and floral hops are in the background.

Medium body and carbonation with a peppery bite of rye.

Taste mirrors the nose, with citrusy pineapple and orange notes dominating. Earthy and peppery rye is present in just the right balance. Floral hops contribute an ideal bitterness that lasts into the finish.

A very well constructed rye ale that is tasty and highly drinkable. Nice!

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from joshman, from his trip down to Atlanta. Poured into stemmed beer glasses. Dull orange colored body. Full sized head and good lacing. Very fine particles seem to be floating around. Smell was like a freshly cut orange; you could feel the tingle in your nostrils. There was a ton of hops in the flavor. Very fresh tasting on the palate. The rye gave the body a crispness to it. But there was a faint scented soapy note in the aftertaste. This was an excellent beer in terms of drinkability. Paired well with a gourmet shrimp pizza. A nice treat from the deep south.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, medium-toned copper body with a wee-sized, though persistent, white head.

Smell: Aroma of citrus-scented hops, zesty rye grains, and with a simple addition of pale malts and a backing of faint, faint floral accents.

Taste: Mild opening of pale malted barley with a touch of toastiness soon advances into a taste of zippy, piquant rye malt vaguely hinting at huskiness. Slightly citric white grapefruit with a modest, grassy herbaceousness providing an additional bit of spice. Moderate bitterness throughout. As it warms, a late-arriving reappearance of sweetness develops. Continued rye character on the light, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively light body aids the ease of drinkability. Overall, a decent, fitting beer for a worthy cause.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was average. Head was between white and off-white. Fully diminished head. Body was cloudy and amber
Aroma was outstanding. Moderate hoppiness and perfume. Buckets of Rye - I love the Rye.
Initial flavor had a light sweetness and light bitterness. Texture was quite dry.
Overall this beer was very crisp, dry, sparkling, and plenty of RYE.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight chill hazy orange with a striking 2 fingers of white froth. Ringed lacing after a sip or 2. Very nice looking imperial pint glass of ale. Navel orange whiffs, freshly baked rye bread, pretzels.
The navel orange-tangerine melange hits immediately. After the first wave, I get a creamy orangesickle, spicy bitter tang. Good resiny citrus with the rye adding a solid doughiness to it. Back to the hop flavor- more layered by the sip. Somehow there is a lightness to the resiny citrus blast...and it coats the palate somehow with just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very smooth with excellent balance.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, soupy looking burnt peach color, with a decent sized head that tried to hang on a long while, but lacks some stamina. So, so cloudy...must be hop-haze...

My oh my...if I didn't know this was a 6.2% rye ale, I would have guessed a 9%-ish Double IPA. The smell is large, hoppy, sweet and even candy-like. Rye and hops mingle to the point where they blend seamlessly, one very much complementing the other. Big whiffs of pine, dark grape, bubblegum and peach.

Taste-wise it's a little less inspiring. Here, it performs like any decent nothin'-special rye beer, having that earthy, spicy edge the rye provides. Not as much depth to the flavor as detected in the aroma though, which is a bummer. Almost too coarse and dry, although some tart fruit works its way in, and there's even a sour flash of grapefruit peel in the finish. Texturally slightly thin, but amply carbonated and slick enough to deliver a nice glide down the throat. Nah, it's not bad at all, but that aroma promises something much greater...

So, it doesn't live up to the smell. Or the cause (read the bottle, some great information on a great camp for kids down there in Georgia-land). But it's good, and delivers that particular personality you can only get using rye.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber with a friend. I wish this was a regular beer from SweetWater. The rye adds a gentle spice to the toasty malt flavor, which then pairs wonderfully with the flowery citrus hops. I'm not easily impressed by pale ales, but this was a great take on the style and a fine rye beer.

Update 9/1/11: Just got a fresh new bottle and damn it's tasty - bright, fruity, with biting herbal hops.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle from Metalmonk; the few SweetWater beers I've had have typically been very good, so hoping for more of the same. Poured to the newest pint glass in the collection, the 'Underdog Sports Leagues' one, a booby prize of sorts for our less-than-stellar performance in the Thursday night bowling league this season...

"Camp Twin Lakes ~ Spin for Kids", some proceeds go to children's/young adult's charity and towards a bike ride (rye'd?) that benefits the camp. Nice.

A: Lovely orange-sienna, a deep 'creme brulee' or 'wheat bread crust' shade. A little hazy, enough so that fingers through the glass are a blurred shadow. Short but sturdy head, a thicker foam that stops just short of a finger but holds eternally as a skimcoat film; terrific lace in canvassing sheets. Only a few streams of carbonation.

S: Wow ~ big aroma! The label lists 25% Rye Malt and Mt. Hood and Centennial Dry-Hopping. Citrus (a candied orange) and woodsy evergreen burst, lots of spice.

T: Lots of that juicy, resinous pine bitterness and 'dirty' baked bread graininess. A roughly hewn sort of beer,, pungent and earthy. Tangy wood and citrus rind, hay-like grassiness, a drier and more peppery/chalky finish. A complicated beer that sets a spell on the tongue; nice balance and strength.

M: The only letdown: a little on the thin side. Carbonation is silky smooth. Bitterness holds a while, a pretty sharp and oily zest that takes the better part of an hour to fully dissipate.

O: Quite enjoyable: a few sips pre-dinner, more during (boiled dungeness crab and a spinach salad) and the remainder after. Bold flavors and aroma that stand up well and complement the meal. Another solid choice from SweetWater.

Thanks, Jeff!

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Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of BeerSommelier!!). Pours hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has some cardboard, wood, citrus, florals, and honey? Taste has a nice sweet malt backbone (honey-like notes again coming through) with a little hop bite and spicyness from the rye. Light to medium bodied with a slick texture. Slightly bitter and smooth finish. This is a very refreshing beer, but it also has some nice complexities. Definitely worth a try. Thanks Matt!!

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

SweetWater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale pours an extremely hazy orangish gold. Thick slighlty off-white head has good retention.

Its aroma is more focused around hops than the rye. The expressive American hops give off grapefruit and citrus notes, while the rye gives a faint spice character.

The taste has a more noticeable rye characteristics, but is not overpowering. The hoppy bitterness plays well with spice given by the rye. Although the overall balance is still towards the hops, this seems expected and fits inside the SweetWater portfolio.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and carbonation is moderate. Although it has slightly higher alcohol than the style, it is not very noticeable.

Overall this beer was an interesting example of a Rye Ale. It focused a little bit more on hops than expected, but was still well balanced. Besides being made for a good cause, it always worth trying something new from SweetWater.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of haze with it, but you could still make out some nicer carbonation streaking its way up toward the surface. A very nice two finger high head of white colored foam then came up over the top and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin veil

Tons of grapefruit and tangerine like aromas just erupting from the first moment that I took a whiff. Once it warmed it settled down and a good dose of the rye malts started to come through and really deepen the profile. Some nice hints of sugar coming through sweetening it up nicely. The flavor really started to set it off.Rich rye malts were the big player in the smoothness, giving a subtle and refined balance to the loads of floral hosp that were dumped in on this one. The flavor started out with a heavy dose of grapefruit and orange, hints of lemon grass as well, nice puckering hop bite, that was then transformed over to the malts, nice hints of sugar, and cereal grains coming through giving it a very lively depth. The long lingering bitterness of the finish provided by the ample dry hopping only served to draw out the moisture and really let that sweet smell sit there

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ich aroma is yeasty and woody with a subtle rye overtone. It pours a clear amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head; lacing is minimal. Flavor is yeasty, malty and rye-ish, a little woody but pleasantly so. Texture is not at all smooth - quite fizzy and rough, very pleasant, leaving behind a nice if not strong tingle.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Jenray
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a small frothy white head that recedes to a soapy swirl on top with some stray lines of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is bright with lemon zest and grassy hops alongside the spicy rye. Some bready malts in the nose as well, almost toasty.

The taste is spicier than the aroma, with the first taste being full of tingly, spicy rye malt character. The hops are still there though, a mix of grassy floral hops and light citrusy grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and prickly with both hops and the rye. There is a touch of creaminess from the rye, but it feels largely like an IPA.

This is slightly spicier version of Terrapin's RyePA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of pburland23
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a standard shaker pint glass.

Pours a light, hazy yellow. Produced almost no head at all. An incredibly thin layer at the very best.

Smell is slightly astringent. It's like the rye and grapefruit hops notes and fighting each other with the end result being an unsatisfactory draw.

Taste is a little funky. There is a pleasing amount of rye spice notes. The hops are mellow and citrusy yet I can't shake the little bit of lemon pledge taste.

Mouthfeel is very thin with very light carbonation. On a note day, I can see this as being a refreshing beer, but overall it's fairly mediocre.

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Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sk8man121
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for the extra!

22 oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a semi-transparent light-orange with apricot highlights. 1-finger head settles just slightly. Nice.

S: Sweet, fruit malts are omnipresent. Rye comes through, but just slightly.

T: Sweet malts from the nose dominate the flavor. Hops and fresh cream serve as a transition into a rye-heavy finish. Sweet as can be, although it somehow avoids being cloying.

M: Medium-high carbonation causes this to cream up quite nicely. Once the bubbles fade, however, it drinks rather thin.

O: I really didn't know what to expect from this. While sweeter than I like in a beer such as this, it's put together quite well and is more drinkable than I thought it would be upon first sip.

Not worth seeking out if it isn't available nearby, but definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rwinzing for providing this super solid extra.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a 1-2 inch slightly off-white soapy looking head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick, sticky lacing. I love that thick sticky look, so inviting, sign of good things to come...

Aromas begin with of solid amounts of citrus hops with milder amounts of earthy and herbal hop smells backing it up. Also present are somewhat bready pale malt flavors and faint hints of earthy rye. Rye is not as dominant as I was hoping for but I will reserve judgment for now.

The tastes are really quite similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus hop flavors. Midway through the hop flavors fade out just a bit, allowing mild amounts of bready flavors and even milder amounts of earthy rye to work their way into things. The malt and faint rye carry through to a solid but no where harsh, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice ample amount of carbonation. It's got a nice thickness with a crisp clean dry finish from the rye malt and the adequate hops.

Overall, this is a very great beer. Very drinkable; I could easily drink this in larger amounts than one 22 oz bomber, which is my real issue with this beer because it should be sold in 6 packs at a more reasonable price. While I really enjoyed it, I didn't love it exponentially more than Terrapin's Rye Pale, which I can readily get here in NJ for a presumably much more reasonable price point. While I enjoyed it, I would have preferred some more rye to balance the high citrus bitterness. Recommended but no need to seek out with any level of effort.

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 109 ratings