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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border HopperSweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by elgiacomo:
Photo of elgiacomo
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, unknown date (although quite fresh).

Pours very hazy amber/orange with a small white head that fades quickly to a ring and wispy cap, hardly any lacing.

Aroma is full of citrus, oranges, tangerine, grapefruit, as well as some pineapple and tropical fruit, a little pine, caramel and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor follows suit with oranges, tangerine, some sweet grapefruit, pineapple, mango, melons, then a solid sweet caramel malt backbone, good bitterness on the finish with some lingering sweetness from the malt. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to almost full, creamy, medium carbonation.

What? A citrus bomb coming from Sweetwater? Who'da thunk?! Good stuff!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up by bmanning--thanks, Ben. Served in a Stillwater wine glass.

Pours a slightly-darkened peach color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is really quite nice with strong tropical notes along with some citrus. A lot of pineapple. The taste is a huge falloff as both it and the mouthfeel fall quite flat. There are some hops but almost no bitterness. The body is really thin and there is some slight residual sweetness. This is one of the best-smelling IPAs that I've come across in a long time. It's really a shame that the flavor didn't live up.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a dull amber color. Exactly amber, no lighter or darker. There was a lot of buttermilk colored head but the bartender poured that out to give me more ounces of liquid. Lacing was pretty much nonexistent.

Whao! TONS of fragrant pineapple aromas right off the bat! Pineapple & mango are the keys to my hophead heart (hopheart?), and Border Hopper lets me have lots of them. Some astringent pinecone on the back end. The only thing holding this back is the abundance of sweet, heavy malt aromas. This this is very East Coast in style. It smells like Founders Double Trouble's fat cousin from New Jersey.

The taste follows the nose, only less pineapple taste and more malt than the nose predicts. Oranges are here in this lupulin smoothie (you know they would be, considering how Sweetwater IPA tastes). The orange and pineapple work together to make a flavor reminiscent of Five Alive brand juice drink. Grassy bitterness, close to that of a wet hop ale, follows through on the finish. In all phases, caramely-sweet sugar bready honey flavors flutter about. This is a sweet, malty IIPA. This is why I am not scoring it higher.

Perhaps my score for mouthfeel is too harsh. After all, one might consider East Coast Double IPA a style unto its own; if so, a thick, heavy mouthfeel would be style-appropriate. Until that designation is made, I can only see East Coast Double IPAs as bad, incorrect versions of Double IPAs. The thickness here doesn't work for me -- I prefer hoppy beers to be as thin as possible. Drinkability is pretty average too, considering. The mouthfeel and all the sweetness contribute, but you can also feel the 8.6% ABV acutely for some reason.

I liked this beer more than my rating would indicate. If you like East Cast malt-heavy Double IPAs than this is a must-try.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks to Bmoyer0301 for sending this out my way!

A- Pours a burnt coppery orange color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice long thick streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops burst in the nose as I took my first sip. Grapefruit, orange, and light lemon are what I smell the most. Biscuty malts with a hint of sweetness in the middle to ending. Kind of muted to be honest...well more muted than I'm used to.

T- Citrus burst right off the get go. These get pushed out with a hint of pine which balanced the citrus sweetness. Middle of the beer is where the bready malts come into play but not in a huge way which I didn't expect. Ending is more hop forward with the citrus coming back through balancing the entire beer back to where it started.

M- light mouthfeel. Cabonation is good for the style. Citrus hops left on the palate. Citrus hops and bready malts with a touch of alcohol left on the palate. Balance was hop forward which worked for the style. Clean tasting throughout the beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer went down way too fast. I liked it a lot and the ABV was well hidden. Another notch in Sweetwater's belt for a beer well made.

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Photo of mrshoes
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of PDXHops
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. See-thru deep orange with a head that's modest in size yet sturdy in retention. A fair amount of sticky lacing.

Some notes of pungency weave in and out of the multiple layers tropical fruit aromas. It's fairly bursting with fruit flavors as well; mango and pineapple are particularly assertive. There's no small amount of sweetness, but it seems more fruity than caramel-laden (perhaps a trick of the Citra hops). Interesting feel, exceedingly juicy with a steady snowball of bitterness and an abrupt drying/final burst of citrus flavor in the finish. Gentle citrus and light toasted malt linger.

Overall impression: Tasty stuff. I'd say this is a very slight notch above Boy King on the list of east coast DIPAs based on the excellent mouthfeel (although I scored Boy King a touch higher based on the weight of the appearance rating). Death By Hops is tops on this list so far.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of abar22
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar notes...

Nice creamy head, solid cap. Copper color on the lighter side. Looks like an IPA.
Not much in the nose, light citrus, lemony? Fairly unimpressive...
Tastes better than smells. Bready malts and citrus notes. Grapefruit peel, orange peel. Bitter in mid sip more than finish. Alcohol isn't really present in sip but its definitely in my head.
Semi-dry finish. Grassy, mineral aftertaste but in a good way.
A solid beer but probably plays second fiddle to their own IPA.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes 3-25-11

A - good orange/amber body, moderately cloudy. small white head levels to a film and ring.

S - buttery sweetness, citrus and vanilla.

T - sweet malts up front and some dry hops, and a touch of vanilla. not what I typically expect.

M - smooth, smallish body, fairly dry.

O (D) - not bad, not great. A decent brew.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear brassy, golden color.

S: Hoppy aroma; citrus peel, floral abundance. Sweet scent of bready, maltiness.

T&M: Smooth, medium body. Orange and mild pine from a broad hop bitterness. Heavy sweetness of honey and toasted biscuit from the malt balances nicely at the beginning but becomes overpowering as it warms. Semi-dry finish.

Unique taste was best on the first day. It became sweeter as the carbonation died.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden straw color. Head is nice and white and frothy...about two fingers worth. Retention is lacking some and no real lacing

Big and fruity fresh smell. Lots of sweetness going on. Big pineapple and mangoes. Just a slight touch of alcohol.

I can definitely tell this is fresh with a lot of the grain showing its face in the back ground. Taste is less pineapple but more mango. It has an unripe mango or peach to it. After a few sips the fruit become more prominent over the grain and when i breathe through my nose the citra hops attack it.

Slick mouthfeel that leaves my mouth smacking with stickiness.

It's very drinkable but i wish it were just a bit crisper. If this is a variant of the IPA i wish it was that crisp but with the same flavor. I don't think i have enough experience with wet hops to compare to others but i have tasted the so fresh so green green and i think i liked that just a notch more.

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Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice burnt orange coloring with a decent head and great lacing

S- Unbelievable aromas...the tropical fruits are just amazing. You could mistake this for a glass of juice.

T- Kind of a letdown from the smell, but really the smell set the bar ridiculously high. This is definitely one of the better IIPAs I've had the pleasure of tasting. The tropical fruits are still very much in the taste followed by a nice lingering bitterness.

M- Could use a bit more carbonation but but anytime you can feel the hops just coating your pallet I have a tough time rating mouth lower than a 4.

D- Exceptional. Sweetwater knocked it out of the park this time. I'm not sure why I'm surprised considering that their standard IPA has always been their best offering...the IIPA certainly continues that tradition.

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Photo of capra12
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo, served out of a short pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy amber and orange, with 1 finger of head and frothy.Weblike lacing.

Smell: I get some hints of floral hops accompanied by astringent and detergent aromas.

Taste: Opens with a a strong malt backbone which is clouded by a floral and real green and grassy profile that lingers till the end and to the aftertaste. I get a shot of hop bitterness before it goes down the hatch and the bitterness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied at most with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish leaving a sticky palate.

Drinkability: One and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking an imperial IPA with a solid malt backbone with tons of green and grassy hop profiles that intertwine with the alcohol esters.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to gford217 for this bottle.

A- A nice deep orange color ranging from amber to copper. A nice white head leaves lacing until it runs out of steam about half way down the glass.

S- Great smell. Extremely hoppy. Lots of spicy hops, TONS of citrus (mostly lemon and lime). Some pine sap and a maltiness underlie the loud citrus aromas. This is insanely great smelling, its very bright and vibrant.

T- Very resinous and oily so flavors of lemon-lime, vegetal, grassy and very spicy hops throw a dance party on the palate. Bread crust and crackers come out in the malts for a brief grasp at my attention. There is a little bit of cooked vegetables detected on the back of the tongue.

M- Nicely bodied and modestly carbonated. Nearly everything about the body has the goldilocks effect.

D- This is a damn good beer. In my experiences, fresh hopped beers can be hit or miss. This one is a definite hit.

After the first glass I came back to edit some of my scores. I had to knock back drinkablility. The cooked vegetable stuff starts to get stronger and frankly overdone. It gets pretty wilty and sickly. One glass and done on this one.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Modernartblues for hooking me up with it.

A: A high, straight pour only produces a finger of off-white foam, but the crystal-clear, bright-amber body is a thing of beauty. Quite nice overall.

S: Pleasant, if a bit understated, aroma of spicy, fruity hops. Not much going on, but nothing off.

T: Balanced, clean flavors of tropical fruit hops and surprisingly assertive and complex malts - dry, bready, and nutty notes provide a lovely alternative to more commonly encountered caramel sweetness. The hops come back to provide just enough bitterness on the finish to keep me thirsty for more, although they're joined by a touch too much alcohol on the aftertaste. Overall, a tasty and distinctive beer, if not a particularly delicious example of the style.

M: Smooth medium body with soft, ample carbonation. Lovely.

D: It's not too hard to drink, but definitely a little hotter than I expected for being under 9%. More hops assertiveness would have helped out here, too.

Notes: Thanks, Eli, for picking this one up for me. It isn't what I was expecting from a DIPA brewed with fresh Citra hops, but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless. I'm especially enjoying drinking a Sweetwater while watching the Green Bay demolish the Falcons. GO PACK GO!


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Photo of pmccallum86
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish golden color with a large bubbly creamy head.

Smell is of pungent sweet hops with faint sweet malts as well.

Taste is sweet and bitter, like a grapefruit. Very unique DIPA, lots of great hops flavors with a sweet malt backbone. Good DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very citrusy and fruity, awesome mouthfeel.

Good drinkablilty, interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/29/10

Much appreciation to PDXHops

Pours a kind of light shade of apricot but settles a burnt amber-brown with some cloudiness. One & a half fingers of foam took several minutes to drop leaving behind skims of foamy bubbles & intermittent swaths of lace.

Reasonably balanced, juicy aroma; this is probably one of the cleaner Citra hop profiles that has graced my nose. Grapefruit pith, orange peel, lemon zest have a lively crackle to them. The malts are solid but well-proportioned, offering notes of sugar cookies & biscuit.

I know this has been out for a few weeks, but the hops don't seems to have suffered much; there's still a nice kick to it. In this instance the Citra hops have blurred together in a wave of juicy citrus & pine. Malts add an appreciable sweetness, but it's more in line with sugar cookies or sweet bread than it is caramel (not a bad thing, in my book).

The feel is a tad watery upfront but gains some body midway through. Carbonation initially seems too much for the aforementioned watery feel but isn't overly prickly in the full context of the beer. Some grittiness builds up toward the finish.

Boarder Hopper certainly has similarities with Sweetwater's IPA; this is most apparent in the malt department. Drinkability is fine, calling to mind Midwestern & West coast IPAs. The alcohol isn't too apparent but it does creep up about half way through the bottle.

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Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mondegreen
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip.

Pours a translucent copper, nice 2 finger head.

Smells sweet, with a light citrus hop element. I was expecting much more. Really kind of boring, especially for a DIPA.

Taste is almost cloyingly sweet. Very little bitterness - I find myself searching for it and, at times, almost finding it. Alas, the bitterness that I need from this style eludes me.

Mouth is good. Drinkability suffers from the thick sweetness.

I have had this beer twice, both on-tap (at the Brick Store) and now from the bottle. The first time I had it, it was my second beer, so I gave it a second chance out of the bottle. This time my palate is fresh, but it still doesn't do it for me. I typically love Citra hopped beers, but this one is just off in my opinion.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= It poured nice yellow/orange in color almost like a honey color. Nice head that stuck around for awhile and had some nice lacing.

S= Nice amount of hops in this one. They are mainly citrus hops in this one and a little bit of pine.

T= It tasted really nice the citrus hops come out nice in the taste and the pine is a little bit stronger in the taste than in the nose.

M= Medium in body right amount of carbonation.

D= Pretty drinkable for me but I am a big fan of the IPA's but this one can sneak up on you a little bit.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour hazy orange unfiltered thick head breaksdown quickly. Light lacing remains

Nose resiny, light malt.

Mouth fruity malt, citrusy hops, bready malt. A very clean finish by way of an expertly dosed cream finish. Cannot believe this is 8+%. Smooth super drinkable.

Bravo, sweetwater I haven't been this imressed since magnum ip...

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful without a lot of head... Definitely nice color and good lacing...

Smells great off the initial pour but this fades quickly and the smell is not nearly as good a few minutes later

Tastes like citrus and hops... A solid malt backbone...

Good mouthfeel and solid drinkability

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Macky20
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy picked a couple of these up for me while on a trip in GA... I've been looking forward to trying this one!

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Pours a dark amber with half finger of thick head. Smells of tangerines, sweet grapefruit and hops... very much like many of my favorite west coast style double and standard IPA's. You can usually judge how a beer will taste after smelling the aroma directly after a good pour, so I'm already looking forward to this.

Taste, as expected reveals some of the same characteristics, although even a bit sweeter aftertaste than I expected. This is a very balanced beer with great citrus notes including pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Piney notes are slightly detected, but seem to be there after the swallow. The beer is well carbonated and easy to drink. Well done Sweetwater, you brewed a winner with this one!

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 92 ratings