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 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 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 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 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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber in color with a light haziness to it. A nice head of white, perhaps two inches in height rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with some decent lacing along the sides. Nice aroma of orange, thick, pungent and sweet with a nice malted backbone that really gave it some nice balance. Smooth, easy flavor here with all the abv non existent and really well done. Rich orange and pineapple flavors, buttery, biscuit like malt notes mid palate and a nice thick, medium feel that was accented nicely by some of the richest carbonation.

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Lively head with patchy lacing, clear brassy golden color. Very hoppy aroma, almost catty but more dried citric peel. Lush smooth medium body, a pleasure with each sip. Flavors of orange rind and soft pine from a broad hop bitterness. Warming alcohol lends a pear / papaya fruitiness with a peppery back end. Hint of honey and toasted biscuit from the malt is big enough to balance the hops initially. Hop flavor lingers the furthest, semi-dry finish.

I love the uniqueness a fresh hop ale brings to the table, Sweetwater does not hold back either. Super tasty, drink it now if you still have a bottle.

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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 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 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 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 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 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, SeƱor 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 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 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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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 Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for throwing this into a box for me. Great guy, great trader...

Very brightly colored copper beer with some brass tones to it. A fluffy off white head with decent retention. A copious amount of lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is bright, fresh, fruity and floral. I think I am getting to the point that I can recognize the Citra hop aroma. It's becoming a favorite of mine.

These IPA's and DPA's with Citra all have this explosion of tropical fruit to me. There is this rounding of the caramel malt flavors that just have this juicy tropical feel. It's great. Certainly a whack of grapefruit in the flavor as well. You can detect the ABV, but it's not too assertive.

Medium body and just shy of sticky. A little oily as well. Spot on carbonation.

Really enjoyed this and I was very pleased to get to try this.

Thanks much Ben....

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Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Pint Glass

A - Clear copper with a 1-finger soapy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin haze and sticky lacing.
S - Aroma screams Citra hops : mango, pineapple, and mandarin orange with a caramel malt backbone.
T - Tropical hop flavors dominate along with a good amount of pine resin and a sweet, bready malt profile. Finish is pleasantly bitter and peppery, almost like an unripe papaya.
M - Slick, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Pretty good, not really noticing the ABV, which could be dangerous. One of the better beers I've had from Sweetwater. Kudos.

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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 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery in color with a decent head and not too much lacing, slight chill haze.

Smells and tastes about the same. A nicely malty IPA type beer, plenty of caramel malts, pine, citrus, grapefruit, with some hints of florals and fruits.

Feel is pretty rich and thick. Very nice. Bitterness is slightly sweet and mildly lingering.

Quite drinkable. No complaints here.

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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 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 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 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 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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Border Hopper from SweetWater Brewing Company
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