Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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85
very good
52 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale AleSweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kromes on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Jadjunk
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I managed to procure a bottle or two of this quick moving installment in the Dank Tank series, and have not seen it much since. It happens to sound like a cross between two of the breweries most popular beers, and I like the IPA a lot. I am sharing this bomber with my girlfriend.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to two SweetWater 15 Years snifters. Served at 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white frothy head with average retention on a deep orange-red body loaded with carbonation. Appearance is pleasing. 4

(Smell) Aroma consists of a resiny citrus hop aroma on a mild malt base. The resiny aromatics are really prevalent and hit the nose the most, followed by some faded grapefruit and tangerine, indicative of mostly tart citrus notes. Hop aroma is striking and a bit sharp, followed by a mild boozy aroma. There isn't much of a malt aroma presence to back it up, so the balance is a bit wacky and the citrus hops certainly take the front. Theres a ton of hop presence but its not a pleasing aroma and some may find it offensive in its tart characteristics. Other milder hop characteristics are grassy and piney variants, but not nearly as prevalent. Potency is medium. 3

(Taste) Tastes are interesting. Hop presence is much milder in the taste than the nose would suggest. There's a significant "soapy" film-like character and taste to the hop presence and malt character in this beer. Overall its rather plain in its delivery with little standing out aside from the small but interesting flavors that peek in from time to time; a piney and tangerine candy comes through late in the finish, but overall the resiny flavors are most dominant. Sweetness is higher than average primarily due to a heavier body, blending the line between APAs and IPAs. Really mild flavor but it may suit you fine if that's your thing. Overall it was underwhelming in flavor for me. 3

(Mouthfeel) Really slick, filmy with little carbonation presence aside from some subtle and mild froth, hardly enough to excite the tongue. Some crispness to the beer would benefit the texture and compliment the flavors tremendously. Body is light-medium, alcohol presence is low. Very underwhelming compliment to the mild flavors. 3

(Overall) Really more promising by appearance and smell than it turns out to be. The flavors are subtle but decent if you are in for a mild-tasting American IPA. I would recommend this for people who are looking for the line between the 420 and the IPA, as I think it does this pretty well. I have to give it at least an average score because it is good for what it is but it's not particularly for me, and I would likely not get this again upon it not being anything particularly special or interesting. 3

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale
3.05/5.00

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Photo of Tnkemist
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of redcap45
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Pours light copper with off-white head. The aroma is dank with herbal hops and some slight fruitiness. The flavor is general hoppiness with some fruit. The hop character seems more muddy than bright, but it’s still a pretty tasty beer

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Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of randomjazzr
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of FrankK
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for the beer Grant. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a tangerine color with a small cap of white head that settles with a little bit of soapy lace.

The aroma has a little bit of a sweet tropical fruit aroma with some grapefruit citrus aroma and a little bit of a bit of artificial aroma. The pallet has a grapefruit flavor with a little bit of sweet tropical juice with a little bit of an artificial flavor. Reminds me of the vitamin C drops I get. Not bad, but not really pleasant.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall not bad and enjoyable but the flavors seem artificial at points and that's a bit off putting. This is enjoyable but not a home run.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Bendurgin, for sharing! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark gold. There is a light colored fluffy head with large bubbles.

The aroma is a blend of sweet malt and orange zest, with a hint of pine in there.

The taste is a little bit on the sweeter side, but delivers lots of zesty hop flavor in the finish. The sweetness kind of gives it some honeydew flavor as well as some caramel.

This is medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation.

Not bad but not great. This delivers great hop flavor, but I prefer a drier DIPA. Still, some might prefer this style.

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Photo of afksports
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at a beginning temperature of approximately 40 degrees F.

Pours a deep golden copper hue and wonderfully clear. The fat, frothy topping of off-white foam falls away to a lingering crown, leaving behind thick rings of lacy cling on the walls of the glass.

The nose reveals a bouquet rife with juicy tropical and citrus notes -- tangerine, apricot, mango, papaya. Juicy citrus mingles alongside notes of candied fruit, somewhat sweet, vivid and enticing.

On the palate, things largely mimic the nose, with sweet, juicy citrus and tropical fruit combining up front with a big, honey-like malt sweetness that intermingle to give an impression of, again, candied fruit. A clean, citrus rind-like bitterness shows itself in the rear of the mid-palate, balancing out what would otherwise be a cloying, sweet fruit disaster. The honeyish malt notes combine with the bitterness all the way into the finish, with a lingering impression of orange blossom honey-infused grapefruit, which sounds odd but is rather pleasant and beckons another quaff.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick, with a rather mild carbonation that leads to a rather heavy body.

Overall, a very pleasant entry into the Dank Tank series, but somewhat disappointing when expecting more of a mix of 420 Extra Pale Ale and the brewery's magnificent IPA. A bit of a disappointment after the previous magnificently hoppy beauty in the series, Fresh Sticky Nugs, but still a solid beer nonetheless that leaves lots of hope for the next immediate one-off -- the brewery's 15th Anniversary release.

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Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DocAJ
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, coppery body with a solid inch of lasting, near white foam.

Smell: Brightly citrusy nose of citronella and tangerine-flavored aspirin with some additional florals and soap suds ahead of the cookie sugar sweet accents (though a bit of time helps bring the latter up a bit more).

Taste: Bready, lightly grainy maltiness, and lots of it, with a pop of sweetness that precedes the rolling citrus oils and chewable children’s aspirin (again, tangerine-flavored). Medium-high bitterness. Thankfully, the aspirin edge eventually drops off from each sip leaving a fairly nice lingering of sweetish orange beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Ever so slight oiliness present in the mouthfeel.

Overall: A big ole imperialized hoppy brew that, thankfully, isn’t quite as harsh as anticipated. Not nearly as esteemed as the previous Dank Tank release, Fresh Sticky Nugs, though decent enough. However, all these hoppy this-or-that Dank Tank brews are really starting to run together for me.

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Photo of xHopHeadx
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of harryhood41
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

S: A pretty hoppy aroma, with tinges of malt in it as well.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, a little citrus, and a grassy component in the finish. There's a slight booziness up front, too. An uneven flavor. It's kind of thin, and the grassy quality doesn't do it any favors.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A mixed bag with this beer. Not awful, but could have been better than it was.

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours a deep clear amber with a huge frothy off-white head that shows fantastic retention and lots of lacing. Really nice pour.

Quite a few different fruity hop aroma including mandarin oranges and lemon zest. Light caramel malts in the background and some zesty herbal notes as well.

The taste is mostly sweet juicy citrus. That said, it's not overly hoppy and certainly not very bitter. There are oranges and apricots, maybe some grassy hints. The malts are noticeable and add to the overall sweetness of the beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated and very, very low on the bitterness as far as IPAs go.

I like this beer though I personally like a little more zing from the hops. The citrus sweetness is big and juicy and the lack of bitterness does add a little to the drinkability though a bit more dry bitterness would mellow the sugary sweetness a bit.

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Photo of Snapps
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a brilliantly clear, orange color with nearly three fingers of dense, white head. Retention is remarkable. Really a gorgeous beer.

S: Lots of fruity and citrusy hops. I get lots of peaches and oranges with sweetness both coming from the fruity hops and some caramel malt. A bit on the sweet side for me, but very nice.

T: Very clean and tasty. I get very slight bittering hops with a fair amount of caramel malty sweetness and a very fruity hop profile. The balance between bitterness and sweetness is done unbelievably well. This is insanely drinkable - so smooth with no hint of ABV. The flavor is quite similar to that of an apricot

M: A little on the heavy side with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: This is an extremely well balanced IPA with really no notable imperfections. There is no harsh bitterness, an enjoyable and absurdly smooth sweetness, and no hint whatsoever of the 8.5% ABV. Yet there is a beautiful fruity hoppiness to this beer that perfectly matches the malt profile. This is the best beer I've tried from Sweetwater in, well, ever. I finished the entire bomber by myself and I'm glad I didn't have to share it.

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Photo of Slikpitt
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of busterwhite
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a 1 finger head and little lacing.

Smells of citrus, tangerines, oranges and sweet malt.

Taste follows the nose with a nice citrus flavor of tangerines and oranges with a little pine. Not too bitter, a nice balanced malt sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium, with good carbonation.

Overall this is one the most well balanced IPA's I've had. Great hop flavor and a nice strong malt sweetness. Well done Sweetwater!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up today from Tower. Last case, glad I found it!

A - A clear copper, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace all over the glass that will not recede. A little darker than 420, and a ton more head and sticky lace. Pretty gorgeous

S - Wow, citrus hop explosion hits the nose. Some fruits as well, maybe pineapple and tangerines

T - Big citrus hop notes, but with a huge malt backbone. It is essentially just as described, a hoppier 420.

M - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O - Amazing beer. Sweetwater needs to put this one in the regular line up. Its that good. Its obviously the same recipe as 420, just hoppier and stronger. Love it!

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Sweetwater Dank Tank 420 India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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