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:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mondegreen
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
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 Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Hazy orange with a half inch or so of head that generates a fair show of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is OK, with scents of alcohol, hops, and pine.

T: Although I wasn't as huge a fan of the aroma as the other guys, I'm even less impressed with the taste. The flavor just isn't doing it for me. Hop and citrus notes seem muted and blurred by alcohol intensity. In addition, the beer is just too sweet. Overall, it was out of balance and just not that impressive.

M: Under carbonated and too sweet. Could be much better.

D: A small serving of this was more than enough. Unless the next batch of this is drastically different, this was my first and last rendezvous with Dank Tank Border Hopper.

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Photo of capra12
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
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 avalon07
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Nonexistent lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity smell with traces of hops and a little malt.

T: Tasted of tropical fruits, citrus, hops and malt in the finish. A bit on the thin side. Not quite as hoppy as other beers in this style.

M: An OK amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly average Imperial IPA from Sweetwater, who's usually more consistent.

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Photo of kk73
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Pours a rich golden orange. With a hard poor got about two fingers worth of soapy white head that quickly receded and left some lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, not much hops. A little bit of citrus hops but not much. Mainly a big sweet malt backbone.

T - Taste more of the same. Can barely make out the hops, mostly a malt bomb. A sweet beer that seems to be getting sweeter as it warms. Lacking any hop bitterness.

M - Creamy and syrup like. Appropriate carbonation.

D - I dont know if this is an older bottle but I could not make out the citra hops in the aroma or taste. I thought it was a bit sweet and never really tasted any balance from the hops. Would not seek this one out again if looking for an IPA/DIPA.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
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 drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Thorpe for the brewday, thanks. Beer was copper with a mild haze and a thin head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is nice, its tropical and fruity with a lot of hop complexity.

Oops, you forgot flavor Sweetwater...ut oh. This beer does not live up to its smell. It's not very bitter, the midpalate flavors are muted, overall it was quite the disappointment. Oh well.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow but is a clear garnet in the glass. Super small floaty bits are suspended throughout. The head is bubbly, a lighter shade of tan and fades fast to a thin dull haze.

The nose is an even mix of hop and malt. The hop side of things is slightly lemony with a stir of pine while the malts are sweet and slightly toasted. A great start to this brew, i can't wait to try some.

Taste doesn't disappoint. The malts are the firm backbone of this one starting the flavor sensation and coming through in the finish. In-between is a light citrus pinch from a mild hop that compliments the sweeter malts nicely. The finish is a honey cereal flavor that I can't seem to get enough of. Well done.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tight little carbonation that sizzles the tounge. Sweet and slightly coating the mouth but otherwise somewhat tame. It's a solid beer but not a great double India pale ale. From the name and description I expected something... well, a little bold and irreverent. This is good but not kick ass. Worth trying but in the long run it's meh, ok.

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Photo of abar22
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Sweetwater "Save Our Savannah" pint glass.

A: The pour is hazy burnt-orange with a small head that does not last and has no lacing whatsoever.

S: It is dominated by the overly floral citra hops; lesser notes of grapefruit, coriander, and Irish Spring soap are also present.

T: It is quite thirst-quenching with citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange), some caramel malt, and the continuous barage of floral hops.

M: Unlike most DIPAs, this does not feature the typical drying finish.

D: This is too floral and soapy to me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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 fear025
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Nice grapefruit and sweet malt smell.

Appearance:Honey colored, low head, and low retention.

Taste:Lots of hop flavor. A little grapefruit. Good flavor overall, but nothing extraordinary.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, a little alcohol warmth.

Drinkability:I like this beer, and it's certainly a sessionable DIPA, but there's something missing to make it great. Maybe more hop complexity?

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The Sweetwater beers always look great, and this is no exception as it pours a clear amber color with three fingers of a sticky head that leaves shards of lace behind

Smell: Tropical fruits (mango/papaya), citrus peel and some bready malt underneath

Taste: Starts out bready with a growing caramel character, but the hops don't take long to emerge, bringing their tropical fruit and citrus flavors to the fray; after the swallow, the malts build back up to balance out the hops, leaving plenty of residual sugar in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit too malty for my preference, though that could due to the age on this one; still a decent stab at a DIPA

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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 tharper
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass - waited for warm-up to 40 degrees F for smell/taste/etc.

A - hazy orange copper - 2 finger head on medium pour down to 1/4 inch after 2 minutes. Light lacing, bubbles from bottom for five minutes at least.

S - citra aroma/flavor hops - centennial bitter hops - (my guesses) bready 2-row and crystal 20-40 malt - slight sour mash aroma. Maybe some pilsner?

T - potato bread with caramel and tangerine drizzle - nice effervescence on tongue. Grassiness grows as it warms.

M - sparkle that leads to dry sherry pucker - slight astringency and nice, light, alcohol warming though a couple of gulps will git ya.

D - one bomber will do, but I think the taste is good and the beer warms up nicely. I will share.

Hops are balanced to malt for my idea of an American Barleywine on the low-alcohol end of that style. If it is really a DIPA -then it needs more hop aroma. Later hop additions instead of so much early in the boil would skew it properly. IBUs are kinda high. I'm fuzzy on the style definition listed as it is. And BTW - I read the bottle after the review - Citra was a guess.

Nice attenuation and low esters for a hearty American ale.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -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 ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

14 ounce serving - $4.75 at Raging Burrito in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a lightly hazed, dark copper-toned body with a creamyish, white head.

Smell: Scented of fresh-cut lemons, tropical fruits, and moistened flower petals superimposed over a whelming maltiness of softly bready malts and intensely sugar simple syrup with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Pale malts along with some lightly bready honey malts with an additional hint of light caramel. Fresh lemon peel, a couple chunks of pineapple, and some sharp, resinous florals underscore with a bit of soapiness. Moderate bitterness. Resinous quality increases as it warms, though a rebound of sugary residual sweetness on the back-end cuts through it. Still, it finishes bitter and resiny, with some heaviness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The fourteen ounces was just about right for me. A nice DIPA using the latest "it" hop, citra.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is an orange-amber in color with a soapy off-white head forming and leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: A really pungent and powerful hop aroma, which is really quite nice. Lots of freshly cut grass and some grapefruit peel, initially at least. Plenty of sweetness, too, especially in the form of honey and peaches.

T: The flavor is also very heavy on the honey notes. Super grassy and floral with a decent breadiness to it. A moderate level of citrus flavor and bitterness, but not overwhelming.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A touch of bitterness lingers on the palate.

D: As a double IPA, this is not the greatest example, but it is a pretty good beer. I enjoyed drinking this one.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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 superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-ounce bottle poured into a Sweetwater-branded shaker pint glass. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!

Pours a deep orange-amber hue with a slight bit of haze and a thick capping of frothy light beige foam, which shows moderate retention and leaves behind some fat rings of stickage on the walls of the glass as it drains away.

Pretty lacking in aroma, though it could possibly be my own sniffer being on the whack this particular evening; still, it makes me wonder exactly when the hop additions took place, as that could, of course, be the cause. (Probably unlikely, though, considering the style of beer and the usage of fresh hops. I'd be more apt to blame my nose.) Regardless, I do get a whiff of fruity, citrusy hops, not too far off from the hop profile of the brewery's standard IPA, albeit much more subdued.

Moderate-to-full in body with a smooth mouthfeel owing to a mild carbonation that is absolutely pleasant -- perhaps it's just this particular bottle, but it's very reminiscent of cask ale, and that's (depending on you're viewpoint) never a bad thing.

Aroma may have been subdued, but things really pop on the palate. The fresh Citra hops really show themselves and hold up to their name: these citrusy hops show themselves here with notes of pinapple, ripe tangerine, mango, and a hint of pear and apricot, all overlaid upon a solidly sweet pale malt base, with hints of caramel and extra-lightly toasted bread. A bit of alcoholic warmth shows itself leading into the finish, which is long and bittersweet with lingering notes of grapefruit and a hint of alcohol.

A wonderfully well-balanced Double IPA, the single hop usage is wonderfully-excecuted and showcases the properties of the relatively new Citra hops quite well. Aroma could use a pick-up (unless it's just my own nose that's at fault; hopefully a follow-up sampling will answer that question), but as it is, this Dank Tank sits as a highly-drinkable brew that, despite its alcohol content, is drinkable enough to make finishing an entire 22-ounce bomber rather easy. Definitely on-par with the past two Dank Tank releases, for sure.

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3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into my Duvel tulip

A - Hazy orange almost ruby body with an off white head

S - Nice tropical fruit mango like sweetness from the citra hops used. A bit of citrus mixed in as well. Smells sweet and hoppy.

T - Well balanced. A nice mango hoppy taste with a solid malt backbone. Maybe a bit too malty for the style. The hop flavors are definitely present but slightly muted.

M - medium body, slightly syrupy, fair amount of carbonation

D - A decent DIPA but not really mind blowing. I really love beers that feature the Citra hop so this is certainly enjoyable but it isn't at the top of its class in the use of this hop. Worth trying but I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain it.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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 chefmikeanderson
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 trappistlover
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle courtesy of Fata2683!!). Pours hazy orange/apricot color with white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has some herb (mint?), dank hops, hard candy and some citrus. Taste is sweet malts with some bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick/oily texture. Finish is bitter. I didn’t think I would enjoy this based on the nose, but the flavors are much lighter than expected. The spiciness/mint notes really add a different dimension that I like quite a bit. The alcohol is pretty well hidden also. Thanks Keith!!!

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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