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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
92 Ratings
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)

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Added by glid02 on 10-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for sending me this. Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with little head retention.

Smell: Blasts of tangerine and grapefruit, sweet floral hops, slightly sweet malt backbone in the aroma.

Taste: Citrusy sweetness of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, grassy taste with the hops being mellow until the swallow mixed with some malty sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated nicely.

Drinkability: My first Sweet Water Dank Tank beer and I was impressed with what they are doing. Definitely could see myself seeking this out if it were readily available to me.

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Photo of jcdelaney
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 glazeman
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Jason
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -25%
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 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 drabmuh
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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 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 Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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 bucklemyshoe
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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 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 boss302
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 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 fear025
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
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 thedoubler55
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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 InsolublePancake
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Orange-gold with a small head that quickly dissipates into a persistent ring of lace. Not as much lacing as might be expected from such a highly-hopped beer.

S- Tons of grapefruit and honey-like malt. Absolutely bursting with hop aromas.

T- Extremely well-balanced. The hops assert themselves with strong citrus and tropical fruit flavors and the malt provides just enough sweetness to balance them out. Fairly dry overall. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

M- Quite thin for the style, almost bordering on watery. I'd definitely prefer more body and a little more carbonation.

D- Pretty high. Alcohol is well-hidden and the balance and mouthfeel make this beer seem nearly quaffable.

This is quite the tasty DIPA. It's somewhat reminiscent of Hop Stoopid. If it weren't for the unimpressive mouthfeel this would be a top-notch beer. As it is it's still very good and I'd get it again if it were available in my area. Recommended.

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Photo of Tifore
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 avalon07
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
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 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 ectomorph
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle in sections into a DFH glass.

A - Dark amber body with lively carbonation from the bottom, good clarity for the style, smallish light tan head fades quickly.

S - Pineapple, grapefuit, and hints of peach in the hops aroma, with some sweetness from the malt. No solvency or alcohol noted.

T - Great bitterness, but not too crazy. Above average malt backbone holds up to it nicely. The hops flavor is loaded with citrus, pineapple, mango. I swear that peach is still in there too. The alcohol is hidden but warms the belly.

M - Medium bodied and not overly dry. The finish is clean but hop oils persist.

D - For a DIPA moderate. As far as session? No. It is not meant to be!

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