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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by glid02 on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 92
Photo of jabergess
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - tight, compact bubbles, highly carbonated, thin lacing, a nice translucent orangish brown color

S - this is where I knew this beer was going to be good. Unlike the Terrapin So Fresh and So Green which didn't smell like anything, this one was all citrusy hop bouquet.

T - A very upfront sweet, citrusy and piney hop flavor that I could drink all night. No bitter hop finish that I would associate with a dipa. True hop heads that appreciate a bite on the end might find this one a little sweet, but I think it balances perfectly. This one for me is going to rank near the top of my dipa/ipa list.

M - initially the sweet malt and hops coat your tongue, but its like beer heaven. The beer seems thick.

D - I could drink this one everyday. In comparison to the regular Sweetwater IPA, its sweeter and the hops taste much fresher and more present.

This one is a homerun.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A killer double IPA, and one of my very favorites of all the Dank Tanks. Great hop presence here- I think this beer should get some more love. Pours a nice orange/amber color with a decent head and some lacing. Smells fruity with copious lemon and lime zest and a bit of spice. A lot of clean sweet malt frames the hops. Beautifully balanced tastes of lemon and grapefruit and lime zest, with any dose of sweet malt providing structure. Juicy and zesty enough to keep you craving more. Deeply flavored, but smooth and light enough to keep drinking. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - it smells exactly like a fresh-cut pine tree and has just a touch of sour citrus. It pours a lovely clear golden amber with a decent and fairly persistent creamy off-white head. Flavor is like a liquid pine tree - this is definitely a must for hop fanatics! For all the hoppy flavor, though, it is only a little bit bitter and has a nice fruity undertone that has grapefruit and apple components. Texture is nice and ragged, quite fizzy, leaving behind a firm tingle and a hoppy, slightly fruity finish. Look for this one!

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

: Deep gold with slight orange tint. A little hazy, but no floaters. Decent foam of medium retention, off white color with tiny bubbles.

S: Mango madness, followed by an orangey tang, and faint biscuity scent.

T: Mango and citrus, slightly malt sweet, hardly any hop bite. Not sticky mouthfeel but not thin by any means.

D: Hadn't tried Sweetwater before, and admidst a flurry of bigger name DIPA (Hopslam, Nugget Nectar, etc) I wasn't expecting much. Totally wrong, this brew was perfectly balanced and had luxurious tropical fruits flavors. Neither the big hops nor alcohol were incorrectly proportioned. All around solid DIPA, will definatelty seek out.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/3/10 purchased at 5 Points in Athens, GA

Poured into Firestone Walker pint glass

A: Pours a sparkling clear mellow orange with an inch of off-white head. I can see lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: Fresh hops. Grapefruit, citrus. Definitely on the fruitier side with less pine characteristics.

T: Here's the pine! Sticky, resiny, fresh, floral flavors punch me in the palate. I'm really pleased by this, as most fresh hop beers are hoppy pale ales or IPAs. Sweetwater really went West Coast with the bitter and citrus on this one, and decided to make it an 8.6% DIPA. That being said, there's still an excellent balance of malt and caramel on the finish of the beer.

F: Thicker than medium, nice coating creamy mouth feel with slight chewiness. A pleasure to take deep sips.

D: It's noticeably a big beer (at 8.6% ABV) but I'm putting this bomber down no problem.

I'm really glad I got to try this fresh. I think Sweetwater does take their time crafting the Dank Tank selections, and this one has impressed me as well. Being an Athens local, I'm partial to Terrapin but I will have to put this one over So Fresh and so Green, Green, but under Hopzilla. I hope this isn't a one-time thing, as I'm a huge fan of Citra hops and would like to make this a yearly staple in my wet/fresh/harvest hop purchases.

Edit: I wanted to make a last comment about how pleased I am with the prices of SweetWater's bombers. They're on average a dollar or two cheaper than even fellow local Terrapin, and with quality taste like this, I had to make a shout out.

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Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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 glid02
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a Sweetwater press release: Up next, we are crossing borders and boundaries with the latest Dank Tank creation - Border Hopper, with a little help from their friend, Señor Dank, who left his full bodied wife, Lupa, and their eight screaming babies in search of the freshest hop harvest in the land and the promise fields of Buford Highway.

His censored journey began in the hop fields of Yakima where he scored some of the stickiest, freshest green hops, found a farmer's daughter, and ended up in Atlanta where he deals his stash to the boys at SweetWater to create this highly aggressive, censored, and muy fresh double India pale ale.

This brew is pushing the envelope as our newest addition to the series of rarely released, experimental beers. The double IPA, brewed with fresh Citra hops, is 8.6 percent ABV, comes in 22 ounce bottles and on draft and is best served fresh. But act fast because this stash won't last forever. Just like that rash you got in Tijuana, the Border Hopper will be gone just as soon as the next brewing itch needs to be scratched.

On-tap at the Brick Store, kegged two days prior to the day it was tapped.

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth pale malts with large amounts of pineapple and tropical fruit hop aromas. One of the larger pineapple influences I've smelled in a beer, even those with Citra hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of tropical fruit hops. Pineapple flavors distinguish themselves shortly thereafter before the tropical fruit hops are tempered by hints of heavier citrus. The hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

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

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

Overall Sweetwater just doesn't miss when they make a variation of their nearly spectacular IPA. Well worth a shot, the sooner the better.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper color and quite clear. Head is off white, 1", and quite clingy to the side of the glass.

S- Fruity punch goodness! Mango, Pineapple, Grapefruit from the hops and a light caramel/crystal malt aroma from the malts.

T- Very similar to the nose with the fruit and caramel with a balancing bitterness that offsets some of the fruitiness. Pretty balanced for a DIPA not as one dimensional as most.

M- Medium to thick in the mouth with moderate carbonation. There is a certain oilyness that I can only assume is from the fresh hop oils.

D- A very drinkable beer that deserves the praise it receives!

At least one of the GA breweries can still make an IPA! This is a great beer that resembles the regular IPA, but adds another level with the Citra hops and the added malt (read: alcohol). Very good, crisp, clean and oh-so-fruity.

So fresh and so green green from Terrapin just wishes they could compete with this. Most of the Terrapin one-off stuff is horrible, but SweetWater's Dank Tank series has been right on time for the most part.

Keep doing what you're going, guys!

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Photo of Macky20
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of jimixr
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep copper. Very clear with a one finger white head that falls shortly. Nice lacing.

S: Citra hops up front. Smells of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Slightly sweet malts in the background. I'm in love with the aroma.

T:Slightly sweet malts. Very big citrus and pineapple presence. No hints of alcohol. Pleasing bitter finish with a sweet fruity after taste.

M: Thick and pleasing. Very smooth carbonation. Leaves my mouth sticky

D: Very good. Ive almost finished the bomber and could drink another.

Overall this is a very good DIPA. It may not be world class but a great beer. Defiantly worth a shot. I wish this were part of Sweetwater's year round line up. I'm really glad I bought a few. Now I just have to drink them while they are fresh!

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Photo of Tifore
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grant (gford217) for this bottle. An extra in my first trade ever.

A - Dark amber in color with a slight orange hue. A very white foamy head develops and then falls quickly leaving a small ring around the glass. No lacing at all.

S - Smells instantly of hops. Fruity and sweet mainly. Orange, Grapefruit, Pineapple, lots of citrus but with a hint of sugar. My nose really likes all the citrus and my mouth is now watering.

T - Tastes hoppy and excellent. All the afformentioned fruits come through. A big citrusy blast. Makes my tounge water. Sweetness comes through at the end. Middle way through theres a slight alcohol taste as well.

M - A nice light on the mouth and highly carbonated beer. Makes my tounge tingle slightly. I like it.

D - A very good Imperial IPA. Possibly one of my favorites. Really digging all the citrus and smoothness of this beer. Isn't harsh or overly bitter to the point of not wanting to drink more.

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Photo of atsprings
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of crisp pine hops alongside burnt caramel malts. The taste is a nice amount of citrus and pine hops in front of a strong burnt caramel backbone. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation and a hint of dtyness. This is a very enjoyable wet hopped Double IPA, I will be picking up at least one bottle of this.

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Photo of boss302
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper IPA, 8.6abv

A Orange amber color, nice thick head. 4

S Big floral hops, a little piney also. Hops dominate, so can't really smell any malt. 4.5

T More of the pineyness comes through in the taste. There is a good malt thickness present and some sweetness after the hops subside a bit.  Sweetness from the alcohol is very faint. Good beer, nice hops. 4

M Med body, thick on the tongue. Carbonation is good, nice lacing. The head lasted nearly the while glass, which is unexpected for such a high hopped beer. 4.5

D A very good beer, worth having another. 4.5  

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far one of my favorite Sweetwater beers, not to mention IPA'S. The border hopper was wonderful, the scent was orangey with a good hint of good mango type hops. The color was a nice tint of brownish orange. The taste of this beer was perfect and left no aftertaste whatsoever. This is definitely a beer that I would love to have in my fridge at all times. If I had to recommend any IPA'S this would be one of them including Gordons.

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Photo of chinchill
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

served in a pint glass at the brewery.

A - orange amber color / slight haze / tan head

S - hoppy, but a bit light for a DIPA / grapefruit / fresh hops

T- crisp and clean / very well-balanced hops and malt. A bit light on hoppiness and strong in malt for a DIPA. Low IBU for a DIPA.

M - smooth; slightly light; good carbonation

O: This is a great tasting brew but I gave it a slight downgrade for departure from style. This DIPA is not as bold, bitter or hoppy as Sweetwater's IPA. Very drinkable, especially for a DIPA. Lacks only the complexity and interest of a top beer.

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Photo of allthatAles
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. this beer was acquired in a trade from user yesaC.

A- this beer pours out a translucent copper colored body with a small head of bright white foam. the head takes it a while to recede and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are sweet caramel malts. after that i get a strong blast of fresh hops. lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits. mango, tangerine, and pineapple.

T- the taste opens with a semisweet caramel malt backbone. up next comes a rather large blast of fresh and juicy hops. theres a little bit of pine, and alot of fruit. pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- id love to be able to buy this again. sweetwater is really good at making IPAs. im excited to see what else will come from the dank tank series. check this one out.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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 glazeman
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to macky20 for this awesome extra! Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass

A: A pure amber in color with a 1 finger white head that has moderate retention and moderate lacing.

S: Floral hops dominate the smell. There's also a bit of caramel apples in there. Not your typical smell of a DIPA, in that the hops aren't very forward, but not all that bad either.

T: This beer reminds me a lot of abrasive by surly in that it is on the sweeter side as far as DIPAs are concerned, but still has amazing balance. There's nice citrus flavors of orange and light grapefruit. There's no noticeable piney hops in this beer. The finish has some bitterness, but it is not as strong as other beers of this style, still it is delicious and crisp. The hops are balanced nicely by some butterscotch and apples.

M: Great full-bodied mouth feel with a nice level of carbonation. It sits on the tongue well and has a great aftertaste.

D: Dangerously drinkable at 8.6%. A bomber of this feels like drinking a 12 ouncer, and a very pleasureable and enjoyable one at that. My only hesitation would be in letting this sit around any longer for fear it will turn into a barleywine. If you have one, drink it NOW!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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 vande
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ~ orangish-coppery pour with slight white lace kissing the glass

S ~ light sweeter hops... bit of some citrus fruit, but subtle

T ~ a nice blend of malty goodness and sweet, tropical fruit... a little bit of a dry finish and something different at the very back..can't quite describe..but very likeable

M ~ lighter than I had expected...easy to drink..carbonation present

0 ~ pretty good...I'm not sure of the freshness...but I'd be intrigued at what this one was like as a baby...

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Photo of jcdelaney
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours great amber color with a one finger head.

Hop aroma that is plentiful, but not overpowering.

Fruity notes of pear and carmel apple. Peppery finish with a hoppy aftertaste. Each sip keeps you wanting the next.

Full bodied with a good level of carbonation

Very drinkable DIPA. Although, I probably would not want more than the 22oz at one time.

I am a huge Sweetwater fan and enjoy all the brews they put out. Of the Dank Tank brews, I think this is the best so far. I would love to see this added to the year round brews.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A - Golden orange with hints of bronze at the thickest parts of the glass. Head is big and frothy, a good two fingers. Very active carbonation rising to the top.

S - Strong citrusy aroma with hints of orange and grapefruit. Just a hint of biscuity malt sweetness underneath. Hints of pine come through as the beer warms a bit.

T - Grassy and citrusy up front. Orange rind and a hint of grapefruit. Some tropical notes comes through later. Just a hint of malt sweetness carries throughout the drink and gives just a touch of balance to the hoppiness.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with very active carbonation. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of Yesac
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange/amber color. Rich white small/medium sized head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Wet, juicy, citrusy hops.

T- Not what I was expecting from the smell. Strong pine, wet hops, strong rich caramel malt finish. Lack of hop bitterness. Balanced nicely, the 8.6% ABV is hidden well.

M- Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation.

D- Great overall, this has the appearance, aroma, taste and drinkability. The balance is great, however a little on the malty side.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a huge beige head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is nice combination of huge sweet citrus and green resinous hops. Pineapple with hints of grapefruit together with thick fresh, green evergreen. Nice bready malt presence as well.

The taste is a bit different with a sweeter, lighter fresh hop taste with some interesting Juicy Fruit gum type character. Very creamy, sweet caramel malt backbone.

As I mentioned, the mouthfeel is creamy for a DIPA with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

The taste was a bit unexpected on this one with the creamy character and sweetness catching me by surprise. Still, I really enjoyed it and it's an interesting foil to Terrapin's So Fresh.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
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