Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
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
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 59
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 jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber while visiting my folks in Atl.

Even with an aggressive pour only a minimal head. The beer is a hazy dull light amber/brass color.  Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is fresh and sharp. A snack of grapefruit in your face with a hint of pineapple just below the surface. A touch of toasty grain.

Pretty nice beer. What was the pineapple portion of the aroma manifests itself as some nice tropical fruit flavors. These are more pronounced vs some citrus peel notes. You can clearly detect the dry/spicy nature of the rye which provides a clean dry finish.  Moderate bitterness. A slight taste of powdery yeast towards the end.

Body was a touch light and slight prickly carbonation.

A nice little beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

847th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Thanks to @Thehughbachi (via twitter) Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- A mix of orange, yellow and haze. On the first pour I think I poured too soft and got maybe 1/8” of bubbles. A small bit of cling. On the residual pour of about 6 oz, got around 2-1/2” fingers of head and great cling lines. Really a nice looking beer on the 2nd pour.

Smell- The nose on this beer is very nice. A soft and pungent citrus with a slight bitter note and then a good dose of Rye. More tropical notes vs regular fruits. Pineapple, mango, guava (I doubt these were used but this is what I smell).

Taste- This was such a tasty beer. I like Rye beers and I like good pale ales. What a mix this was. I won a bet for some ATL beers and I randomly saw this one. What a good choice to ask for this. A good dose of the fruit comes first. Very floral, very refreshing. Rye comes next followed by a touch, small touch of bitter.

Mouth- A medium bodied nice easy drinking beer. A paired medium carbonation with a touch of bitter on the finish. A lot of citrus and rye residual flavors. A little peppery. Very nice.

Drink- I absolutely loved this beer. So much good balanced flavors going on in this. I wish this was brought to CA, this would make heavy rotation in my house when I don’t want to review something. Great taste, spot on balance and well crafted. Very easy drinker.

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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 Damian74
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jsanford
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper with a 2-inch head of white foam. Moderate retention, leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Lots of pungent hop aromas : pine resin, grapefruit and mint with a solid caramel malt backbone and a bit of spice from the rye.
T - Similar to the nose, but not as hoppy as I'd hoped. More grapefruit and pine with a solid caramel base and some peppery rye. Flavors are pretty subdued, not as pungent as I'd hoped.
M - Smooth, with a medium-thin body and crisp carbonation. Fells a bit watery.
D - Not bad. Kind of a dumbed-down Red's Rye. Still, I enjoyed it, and it was for a good cause.

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint plastic holiday cup on my trip home from the Brewer's Kettle. It produced a slightly brownish pumpkin orange brew with some haze and a nice 1+ finger off white head that hung around for a bit. It even produced some nice lacing on the plastic cup, now that's impressive.

The aroma is amber malts, rye, and very nice hops. I love the combination of the rye and hop smell.

The flavor follows the nose with there being a perfect balance with the hops and rye busting forth in a duet and the malts playing the cymbals.

With a medium- mouthfeel and lower carbination, it finishes fairly dry with some rye spiciness coming forward to mingle with the hops and rye.

I liked this one quite a bit. For me this is an A brew fer sure.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 bigfnjoe
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 Ryan011235
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/29/11

Thanks to PDXHops for the bottle

Pours a light, pale and watery gold; it settles more of a faded two-tone sunburst with some cloudiness. The head is over one finger but dissipates quickly leaving a layer of loose bubbles. Only a few specks of lace.

Citric and pine hop aromas - piths, peels, needles and such - are spicy and jump out from time to time, but never stay at the forefront. Reasonably sturdy malt backdrop of toasted rye and a touch of caramel. It has something of a dough aroma as it warms (this builds over time).

Clean hop profile; an amalgamation of modest pine, earth, floral and mild citric tones. Plenty tasty and low in bitterness. Notes of toasted bread and a nicely integrated dry, spicy rye presence. The bread notes get fluffier. Faint hints of caramel.

The feel is light in general and, when coupled with fluffy carbonation, makes for a thin, watery feel. Come to think of it, the carbonation is a bit more pointed on the back half, but not much more. Finishes very dry with residual rye notes.

Most everything about this beer screams "clean;" it's really easy to drink. I wouldn't call this one of Sweetwater's best, but it's definitely a solid offering from a brewery that tends to impress far more than not.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rajendra82
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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