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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
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3.9/5
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109 Ratings
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
Ranking:
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Reviews:
59
Ratings:
109
pDev:
11.28%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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 vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Copper apricot. White head has very nice lace and ok retention.

S – Nice, soft, citrus hop. Orange zest and honeysuckle.

T – Rich, smooth, and spicy rye character with a brisk herbal hoppiness. Honey sweetness connects with the spice and bitterness in the center of the profile, and reigns the picture back into balance.

M – Medium-full body with a great smoothness and a well balanced finish.

O – Delicious with a great rye flavor.

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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 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 thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 IrishColonial
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 avalon07
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A fairly hoppy, fruity aroma, with some traces of rye.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus (grapefruit), malt and rye in the finish. While this beer was pleasant and enjoyable enough, it was a bit on the thin side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, easy-going finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a decent, drinkable beer, in spite of its flaws.

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Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a slightly hazy honey orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a foamy ring with little lacing.

S: lots of tropical hop aromas here--pineapple and orange citrus. Some faint pine notes in there as well. Fairly simple, but very pleasant aroma.

T: while the nose was all tropical citrus, the flavor is a lot of dry, piny flavors. The rye adds some slight sour flavors as well. The finish is lightly bitter with some pineapple on the aftertaste.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is crisp and dry.

O: a decent beer with a wonderful nose. I just wish there was as much tropical citrus on the tongue as in the nose. Still, it's far from bad and for a good cause.

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Photo of maximum12
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerness for this tickly little rye treat, of which I covet...all of them. It arrived with impressive friends, which we shall get to. In good time. All in good time.

Pouring into two glasses of indeterminate name is an opaque orange liquid that become cloudier as the bottle nears its emptiness. Smell is difficult to locate. Orange, maybe, sweet malts, perhaps. Little to nothing coming off the surface of the water. Ah, beeer.

Crank Tank Rye'd Ale is like a deer sugar lick. Sweet orange juice with all the bitter & pulp removed would just about cover it. Light touch of spicy rye lurks in the back seat. Faint musty earthiness. That's about it. Not something I'd be able to drink much of: just too sweet, with little in the way of balancing characteristics or complexity.

This is a one-celled organism. Nothing bad about it, but not much on the other side of the ledger, either. Mediocre.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my Narke tulip, thanks to Sean...Light peach pour, ok retention and lacing...Super sweet aroma, caramel, corn, light grapefruit and rye. Too sweet and it doesn't stand up here....The taste is super boring, almost dead flavor. Light rye on the back but thats about the only thing that comes through. Its not offensive at all, just doesn't make me want to continue to drink or, nor does it allow me recommend it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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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Photo of glid02
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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 WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A golden copperish pour. Nice bubbly slightly offwhite head. Great retention and decent lacing.

S: Wow, this is great. Strong tropical fruits. Tangerine, apricot, orange, maybe pineapple? As it starts to warm a hint of rye appears too. Maybe a tiny bit of pine too. A pleasure to smell.

T: Taste follows the nose mostly. Tons of unique tropical fruit. Pine is a lot stronger in the taste than the nose though, very apparent mid-way through and through the aftertaste. Pine and spicy rye at the very end.

M: Smooth and clean. Nice grainy resinous feel in the aftertaste.

O: Great beer. It's a super fruity pale ale with a decent rye kick at the end. Delicious.

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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 bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sean for sharing this.

A - Lighter pale straw beer with a small white head that had some minor lacing.

S - A decent malt backbone with a strong does of rye in there. I'm a fan of rye beers, and this isn't bad. Not great, but not bad. Citrusy hops add just a little bit of sweet skunk to the rye that I don't care for.

T - Sweet and moderately hoppy. The Rye is definately there, but too sweet initially. I actually began to enjoy this beer more as it warmed up a little bit and the rye became more rich and less sweet. Not bad.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Taste becomes slightly too pungent to have high drinkablity. Not a bad beer, not great.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured from a bomber in a wide flute. Light golden color, though not transparent. Lots of bubbles and a nice inch plus of head.

S - Hops, citrus, mostly a grapefruit smell with a softer note at the end of honey. Smells great.

T - Bitter at first, bitter in the middle, slight rye spice in the middle but very faint. I was expecting more rye to come though in the taste. The hops are great... but I really wanted some rye.

M - Crisp and light with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The level of carbonation is not good to this beer. Now halfway through the bottle the carbonation is really annoying. It is all I can think about, which is not what I want to be thinking about while drinking a beer.

D - Not that great. The rye never really shone through. The carbonation was too high IMO. However, try it out for yourself.

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