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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

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 109
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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of kingcrowing
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a taster.

Pours a really pale light yellow with almost no head at all. Nose is a bit like rye, wheaty and dry.

Taste is super mellow and light, it's got that nice rye bitterness but it's not over the top. The taste is really mellow, a boos summer beer.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber split into a couple tulips, courtesy of gford217.

A- This is quite a nice looking beer. Lacing starts to grab at the walls of the glass immediately. This beer is a modestly hazed vibrant shade of orange.

S- Quite a hoppy and enjoyable aroma emanates from my tulip. Lots of tropical stuff, but its not sugar coated sweet. Malts do play a significant role here. Rye being in the forefront with some spicy and bready base notes.

T- Not as good tasting as it looks or smells. It kinda lets you down. This is by all means not terrible, it just doesnt live up to the aroma. The rye and other malts and grain arent as subdued here, where as the nice fruity hops are. A slightly sour rye twang and smooth bready malts are in contention with juicy and crisp hops.

M- Dry, biting and crisp. Even though its dry on the finish it has a sort of slick, oily feeling that is picked up in the middle of the mouth.

I liked this stuff. This is a pretty good little one off by Sweetwater.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear golden color, a light head, but decent lace retention.

S - Heavenly! Sweet, and citrusy hops at the same time. Rye kicks in in the end. Wonderful

T - Like it smells, pretty amazing. light up front, but hops and rye kick in the middle. Very smooth throughout.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Very good throughout.

O - A very good rye pale ale. Tastes like a hopped up Terrapin Rye. A little stronger abv as well. Well done. tasty

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

Poured into my Dogfish Head glass on 2/9/11.

A - Pours a nice light copper with an inch of white soapy foam that quickly faded leaving a bit of lacing

S - Lots of pine and citrus hops fill the aroma. Lots of grapefruit and lemon with some malty sweetness in the background

T - light malty sweetness with more of the citrus hops with the spiciness and rye grains coming through with some pine hops coming through in the finish.

M/D - A little watery than I was hoping but the taste is pretty decent. Nice hop usage and not overly malty. Light enough to drink many but a bit too watered down to want to have many.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip. No ABV or bottling date indicated on the label but my experience makes me think this bottle is pretty fresh. Thanks to Grant for the extra. Sampled 8/8/10.

A: A creamy off-white head of 2 fingers lasts long over a hazy copper orange body with 20% transparency. The head produces an average amount of lace, presented in tattered sheet fashion. The body of the brew contributes little.

S: Toasted bread, rye, caramel and cracker. The hops have above average intensity and bring about mostly floral notes with grassy contributions. This brew has been dry hopped with Mt. Hood and Centennial hops, the latter of which is most noticeable. There is a light but raw earthiness to the aroma and it is complimented by scents of new leather.

T: More than less, a direct translation from the nose. Spice, noticeable rye. The flavor is somewhat restrained and the finish stops short, especially flavor-wise. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Medium light body and thin texture. The carbonation is average in intensity but creates a finely fizzy tingling sensation on the tongue.

D: Rye'd Ale is an easy drinking brew. I'd love to give Sweetwater a try on draft sometime. And I also look forward to opening up some of the Sweetwater that I have stashed away.

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Photo of match1112
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: body is a hazy orange/ light copper color. a half a finger of bright white head settled rather quickly to a thin patchy cap.

s: smells more like an ipa than a rye beer. citrus up front with rye malts taking a back seat.

t: big citrus burst at first with a nice rye presence to balance it out without it being bitter.

m: a little light on carbonation and a medium feel to the body. slightly oily from the hops and a dry finish.

o: a decent rye beer. would of liked to see more rye and less hops. this combination does work well together to create a smooth drinkin beer.

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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 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 Kromes
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange with a large, fluffy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S: Wow. A very sweet, floral rye aroma. That is actually very incredible. It's almost like crushed caraway seed mixed with flowers.

T: Taste is more of the same....Sweet malt with a floral hop and rye bite. Very nice flavor to it. The finish is a tad bitter.

M: light body and a lower carbonation make it very drinkable.

O: I'm a big fan of this beer. I didn't expect too much when I bought it, but it blew away my expectations. I will pick this up any time I see it. Definitely one of the top 50 beers I've ever had.

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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 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 kk73
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - Pours out a cloudy golden straw color with a one finger white fluffy head that dissipates into a layer of foam. Moderate lacing.

S - Smells of citrus and herbal hops. Some bready malts and rye.

T - First sip starts with a bang of juicy citrusy/herbal hops, taste of a little lemon. Rich bready malt backbone that finishes spicy and bitter.

M - Light to medium bodied, the mild sweetness gives it a slighty creamy quality. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

D - This was a really good well made beer. The rye seemed a nice touch and the spiciness does not overpower this beer. Had no problem finishing this bomber, and would seek this out again.

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Photo of pburland23
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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 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 RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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 trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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 thetomG
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy straw yellow color with a thin layer of white head that sticks around as you sip leaving behind spotty lacing.

Aroma is ok, but not a whole lot going on here - I really just get a slight hint of citrus and some hoppy scents. Flavor is bolder and has a medium bitterness to it. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but not bad - this one is very easy to drink. Would definitely try this again.

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Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye'd Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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