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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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59 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 08-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
109
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 109
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a darkish orange-golden with a thin off-white head. Small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Some suspended fine sediment and light rising carbonation is visible in bright light. The sediment eventually settles, leaving a roughly clear beer.

Sweet, citrusy aroma hints of toasted grains and rye. ... smells delicious.

Sweet, smooth start but ends with a very dry finish. Excellent carbonation.

Nice citrus hops aftertaste.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with 1-finger medium cream head. No lace and no head retention.

Nose is rye straw and grass. A bit lemony and a touch of apricot. Intriguing.

Flavor brings in a good dose of rye malt and light, creamy apricot underneath. Velvety smooth. Nice dry finish with good resiny, earthy hops. Gets a bit floral, too, and even a tad sweet.

Feel is very smooth and quite creamy. Balances the rich malt content well.

I'd get this again.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is oranges and lemons with some biscuit malt. I don't get any rye in the aroma.

The flavor is more like I expected. I get a nice amount of rye, which is complimented with some bitter oranges and biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up on a recent holiday trip and served it in one of those goofy-lookin' Sam Adams glasses (``Take pride in your beer!"). Appearance is a beautiful honey-gold color with a nice head that has decent retention. Nose gives off solid tones of orange rind, lemon zest, and flowers.

Flavor-wise, what we have here is a nice, hoppy beer with more of a fruity (as opposed to a bready or malty) sweetness. You get flavors of sweet pears and you get nice notes of lemon and mandarin oranges from the rye and the hops. Very unique flavor. I liked it a lot. The mouthfeel is good and firm and the finish is dry and perfectly refreshing.

The sales of this beer go to Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit that helps out young people with severe illnesses or disabilities. Perhaps charity beers don't sell because at the bottle shop where I found this, they were practically giving it away at $3 a bomber; buy 2 get 1 free. Terrific beer, nice worthwhile cause, and a great bargain. I'd buy it again if they sold it where I live.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hazy straw color with a relatively small head but still very carbonated body. Off white head with rings of lace.

Smell - grassy hops, some delicate notes of yeast, rye, and pale malt

Taste - bitter centennial hops completely dominate this beer which in some ways kind of drowns out the rye malt but leaves the characteristic rye spicy/sourness. Almost IPA like IBUs throughout with a contrasting sour and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel - on the chewier side for such a carbonated beer. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - very bubbly drinkable beer. Another great dank tank creation from the guys at Sweetwater and for a good cause. If you're a fan of rye ales give this one a try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.5 finger frothy head leaving nice lacing on a clear amber with slight golden hue.

S: Very hoppy with a nice grapefruit note. Light bread notes.

T: Hops and rye which are balanced and each well represented.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer with a stronger than usuual rye note that many of these rye beers actually lack despite being rue beers..

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Holland pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy copper with an off white head of about two fingers that dropped really quickly. Leaves a thin wisp of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of tangerines, oranges, grapefruit, spicy rye maltiness.

Flavors of spicy rye malt, citrus fruit, tangerines, grapefruit. Fiinish is short, with a firm bitterness that is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is light, a little on the thin side, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, for a good cause. Nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 dpodratsky3
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: slightly hazy golden orange color, head is very nice, nice rocky and white, leaves a ton of lace all down the side of the glass

S: hop dominated aroma, hops smell spicy and fruity at the same time, maybe the rye is having some influence here, overall nice though

T: very similar to aroma, hops are a little fruity and a little spicy, malt plays a much larger role, it has a ton of hop flavor but is very well balanced, I really like the subtle changes to the malt character that the rye brings

M: nice and smooth, carbonation is fairly high and works well here, lightish medium body

D: high, hoppy flavor but is still pretty light and def. well balanced

Notes: I had no idea what to expect going into this beer. I didn't read anything about it before hand. The rye adds a nice dimension to this beer and compliments the hops very nicely. I wasn't expecting a hoppy beer, but sweetwater comes through again on this one.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cashew70 for this bottle from the Locals Only BIF.

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy peach color. There are yellows, oranges, golds, and reds shining through in this brew. From a vigorous pour, I only get a small pure white head that quickly settles. All that remains of the froth is a thin ring around the top of the beer. Almost no lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells sweet, malty, and just a tad bit spicy. I mainly get that really sticky sweet malt presence, but there are some citrus notes in there as well. The spice is subtle, but RYE-ght on the money (sorry, I couldn't help myself). It's a bit peppery.

T: This brew starts off really wet, and sweet. I get a bit of tropical fruit right away. I'm next hit with some malty sweetness and big lemon citrus. I'm also picking up some more mango notes too. This beer finishes with that great rye peppery spice. At the end it's dry and spicy.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts off wet, but finishes super dry. Although the nose might make you think there will be some chewiness to this brew, it never manifests.

O: I'm a big fan. I love the tropical flavors and citrus in this beer without a ton of the bitterness. The rye spice is perfectly balanced. I'd love to get my hands on more of this beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an dark amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells of rye, bready malt, and citrusy hops. Taste is peppery rye and citrusy hops. The flavor profile is good but doesn't last. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth though a little thin.

This is a nice beer. I love the rye and hops. They're balanced and work well together.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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 glid02
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery: "We cranked up a fermentation tank for this Knobby Rye's Ale geared up with 25% Rye Malt and Dry Hopped to the spokes with Mt. Hood and Centennial Hops."

This beer was brewed to benefit Camp Twin Lakes.

On-tap at Taco Mac in Virginia Highland.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of solid amounts of citrus hops with milder amounts of herbal hop aromas backing it up. Also present are somewhat bready pale malt flavors and faint hints of earthy rye.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of wet citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip 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 solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be very similar to their IPA which is far from being a bad thing. That said I wish they had been a bit more heavy-handed with the rye. Still, it's a nice tweak to an almost outstanding beer and is well worth a shot.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#137. I had hesitated to get a pack of this since September and finally struck at it tonight, after noticing that it's quickly vanishing, being replaced by the legendary Sweetwater Festive Ale 2011 (reviews forthcoming). Never choosing the bomber over the six pack, I got one of the remaining six packs at "Tall Boys' Bottle Shop" in Athens. Price: $8.49; a standard price for Sweetwater's beers in my area. I figured even if I hated the beer, I'd be doing some good for Camp Twin Lakes. Best if enjoyed by 11/27/11.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a beer clean pint glass (SweetWater branded, of course) at room temperature. Served at 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream-tone head that holds strong, leaving behind a decent quality lacing as it retreats to the surface. Color is a deep bronze-copper tone with some pale orange tones around the edges. Lots of light pulpy sediment is floating in the brew. Mild carbonation to the eye. This is an impressive-looking beer. 4.5

(Smell) This smells fantastic. Lots of bold fruit smells, predominantly grapefruit amongst other citrus blends, form the foundation of the nose. A fruity and piney hop character is tied with a relaxed pale malt bill for the runner-up. A tiny bit of spicy aroma lies in the background, releasing as the beer warms, presumably originating from the rye grain character, which also lends its individual flavors to this beer. Aroma is wonderfully balanced and complex. Potency is nearly ideal for this beer, and I could smell it well away from the glass. This smells wonderful. 4.5

(Taste) Grapefruit and citrus fruit tones are far more subdued in the taste, but there's a ton of malt character to be gathered from the grains, which make up a large part of the mouth. Pale malts build a great base for this beer without overwhelming sweetness. Additional character is gathered from the rye in the finish with a slight smoky and peppery blend of flavor. Mild piney hops line the entirety of the brew, gracing the finish and compliment the rye character. They last well beyond the finaThe rye is done quite well in this beer. Taste is malt-heavy, with a lesser emphasis on the hop character, but this beer manages to be equally impressive in its own regard. 4

(Mouthfeel) With exception of a tiny spark of energy here and there from the rye's peppy character, this beer has a very slick texture and is quite smooth in its entirety. The smoothness manages to keep the beer very drinkable; I could (and will) enjoy at least 2 more of these in a single session. The body is just shy of medium. Alcohol is very well concealed. Mouthfeel is overall quite good. 4

(Overall) A very worthy seasonal beer by SweetWater. I feel like in the end it's a double gain for me. I found a great beer and was charitable in the process. The beer is a great smooth beer, perfect for early and mid-autumn season and the Rye character is well implemented without being overdone, lending a variety of complexity to this unique and individual beer. 4

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Crank Tank Rye'd Ale
A- (4.13)

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Photo of marvin213
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to the Greenville Beer Exchange, I'm staring at what looks like the nice orange marmalade of a frothy IPA. The translucent orange appears more hoppy than...uh, rye-ee!

The nose is underwhelming, as rye spicyness takes a back seat to the a hopping cloud of bitterness. The taste, though, allows that effervescent spice to emerge. I could stand even more. Dare I say it? An overhopped beer?

That dry-hopped spicyness feels good and unique--only a hoppy dryness detracts from what's a little like a rye'd treasure. It's like a beast of a spiced pirate ale hopped up for a long journey! A $4 bomber promoting a cool charity like Camp Twin Lakes? That's exceptional!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F. Best before date of 11/15/11 clearly printed on the label. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!

Pours a clear, pale amber with a fat two fingers of off-white foam that shows nice retention, settling slowly to a crown that hugs the walls of the glass as it empties, leaving behind thick, perfect rings of lacing as it drains away.

Grapefruit-like citrus and pungent herb in the nose. Difficult to pinpoint, though I suspect the combination of rye and hops is the culprit.

Somewhere between light and medium-bodied, likewise in carbonation. Malt takes a back seat to the other goings-on on the palate, where the hops and a heavy-handed dose of rye take center stage. Citrusy, herbaceous, grassy hops fill in from start to finish, combining with a somewhat grainy, pungent, distinctive spiciness from the rye malt, accentuating the hop character and helping dry out the palate. All of these characteristics carry through into the finish, which is long, dry, and distinctively rye-tinged, with a lingering sense of grapefruit rind and rye bread.

Though Georgia's other big craft brewery, Terrapin, produces a stellar flagship Rye Pale Ale, I have to say that this special sort of Rye IPA from Sweetwater has Georgia's rye beer market won. Certainly a beer I'd love to see as a year-round offering; while it's brewed for a great cause, it's still a shame that this one has to be delegated to just that cause. Perhaps releasing this one year-round, and inserting a rotating beer in its place? Just a suggestion.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 fields336
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Newcastle pint glass
No apparent bottle dating, but its pretty fresh..
22 oz bottle

A: one finger white fluffy head, it is a golden, slightly orange color with really nice carbonation. slightly hazy. lacing stays around, is really nice.

S: smells like an IPA almost, nice citrus, pineapple, papaya, mango type notes, some spice from the rye. some bready malts,

T: Definitely some citrusyness, bitterness, mixed with some spiciness from the rye. A really nice malt backbone is there, more than i thought would be. The rye spiciness lingers on the tongue. a nice range of flavor It really mixes nice with the hoppiness. well constructed

M: medium bodied, drinks really nice, carbonation mixes well with the rye spice in it.

O: overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, I would definitely revisit it. It was a little pricy, at 6.99 a 22 oz, but some of that price I assume is money going towards the Camp that inspired this beer. I'm always willing to try beers that are donating back to the community. Overall this is a really well done and delicious beer.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - Taco Mac Perimeter, Atlanta, GA.

Appearance: Light yellow/golden with light white head.

Smell: Hops. Rye.

Taste: I almost expected this to be a hop bomb. The hops are strong in aroma, and are definitely in the beer, but complimentary. There is a lot of rye used in this beer, and it shines. The hops and rye work together well.

Mouthfeel: Crank Tank is light, and thinner than expected. I mean this in a good way. It's flavorful, clean, and light on your palate. This makes it very inviting.

Drinkability: Simply put, I had 2 glasses. It is very crisp and refreshing with a lot of hop and rye flavor that work together very well. The flavor isn't subtle, but definitely doesn't linger too long.

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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