Sweetwater Dank Tank The Price Is Wrong | SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Zach136 on 08-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 104
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a goblet.

The body is clear, bright, orange-amber and is topped by a decent head.

Aroma: sweet and clean and a bit boozy; rather like some barleywines. Floral.
Flavor: lightly sweet but balanced by the end. Alcohol esters aplenty but not hot. Traces of yeast and hints of flowers, fruits and herbs.

O: a Belgian Strong Ale leaning towards an Amer. Strong.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer.

I'm not, generally speaking, the biggest fan of Sweetwater: I long-ago grew tired of their schtick, their main-line beers are either decent hits (Motor Boat, 420) or big-swing misses (Blue), and sometimes they feel more committed to image than brewing. But they often score reasonably well with their one-off Dank Tank series, and—to my tastes—the Price is Wrong is one of the exemplary iterations thereof.

It smells decent; but, along with a very minimally-moderate head, the aroma is the most underwhelming aspect: it's sweet, a little yeasty, with notes of hop florality—notes which don't appropriately presage what's to come. That's because this refulgently translucent, deep, leather-golden, almost browned-ghee-colored ale packs a wallop of delicious candied-hop notes along with mild, bright malt flavors. Indeed: sour grass streaks, a decent blast of Belgian sugars, delicate yeast esters and soft, yeasty stone-fruit taste-vectors, a bit of crisp bitternesss at the finish—all these things culminate in a drinkable yet complex, light yet unexpectedly boozy, very Belgian yet very American Pale Ale, sumptuous and well-conceived effort by Sweetwater.

Like I said: they aren't my favorite brewery, by far, but this one product—while maybe not perfect—I think they nailed.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No relevant label information. "The Price is Wrong" is brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Available in limited release 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a SweetWater Snifter glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a creamy white color over a moderately hazy amber body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Cracker, wheaty and caramel malt body with a bold sweetness and a strong fruit profile, notes of lemon, cider and spice build the complexity. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor comes off very similar, with a spicy and fruity yeast profile, a soft wheat, pale and cracker malt body with a moderate sweetness, and a fruity, effervescent hop profile to match. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, oily, lightly chewy and faintly dry. Carbonation generates a light frothiness for a soft, relaxed mouthfeel. The body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is moderate, off characters are minimal, with some definite yeast-bourne unpleasantries generating some rough edges to the drinkability of this beer. 3.25

(Overall) A well intentioned foray into Belgian strong pale beer may not be the finest example of SweetWater's work. Fairly complex as the style is expected to be with just a few too many rough spots to make the drink rewarding. I think they could reasonably improve upon the style. 3.5

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Dank Tank: The Price Is Wrong!

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Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into snifter

A - medium gold, very clear with a one finger head, not much lacing, and not much retention.

S - grasses, bread, alcohol, and some citrus notes.

T - This beer has a strong malt backbone, not quite as sweet as might be expected. Finish is both bitter and dry with a powerful hop presence. For a beer as big as this, the alcohol is well hidden.

M - decent carbonation, clean with not much aftertaste

O - I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I would.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my Great Lakes 25th Anniversary bruges hybrid tulip...

A. Pours an orangey gold with a half finger of white, bubbly head. Head quickly settles in and forms a small ring around the brew.

S. Pear juice, grape skin, alcohol esters, fresh bread.

T. Grape skin, apple, biscuit, some earthy and bitter hops, yeast.

M. Sweet upfront with a high and dry finish. A bit of a sweet/bitter clash.

O. Solid BSPA, though flavors clash a bit. A little too much citrus sweetness with a somewhat thin, metallic bitterness on the finish. Decent attempt, just doesn't come together as well as the best in its class.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, light golden-orange body with a medium-sized, wispy, white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Resinous spice with some upfront stingy alcohol wafts. Bready malts with a lightly sweet-scented sugar crust. Tropical fruit, citrus, a sprinkling of ground aspirin.

Taste: Bready malted barley, a sliver of pils, and some light brown sugar sweetness. Grapefruit, papaya, tangerine. Resinous and at the same time some peppy phenols, as well as some sting of the alcohol. Moderate bitterness. Sweetness drops out as the bitterness and spicy, alcoholic, fruitiness remains on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's not as pesky as forgetting an online password.

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Photo of scvance
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold almost copper color with a thick white head. Smell is wonderful, lots of great hop aromas, some pine, lots of citrus. Taste is quite alcoholic up front, with a lingering sweetness. Moderate amount of bitterness. There is definitely a resin like character to the mouthfeel, with medium carbonation, this beer is full bodied. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Moinette goblet. Came out in August, so a couple mos old at this point. Acquired in a trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Clear, brilliant amber honey color. Eggshell colored head leaves good lacing.

S - Apricot, mango, white grapes. Very fruity. A little catpiss (Simcoe?).

T - Again fruit comes thru. Apricot, peach, mango, white grapes. A little sweet upfront, but then dries out w/ nice balanced bitterness. You definitely pick up the dry-hopping.

M - On the thicker side of medium. Typical for a good Tripel. Carbonation is lively and crisp for the thickness of the beer.

O - Really good beer. Surprised by this one. Although I am a sucker for this style, I liked the way this was dry-hopped to give it that extra something. Also the alcohol was not even noticeable.

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Photo of Jekyll
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow! As others have debated... Belgium strong ale or IPA? And as a general consensus a little if both. I swear when I first had one over a month ago it reminded me of hoplam by bells of things. Maybe the freshness of the hops at the time I don't know. Now leans more towards the BSA side of things which is good too. Awesome dank tank by sweetwater. Very impressive. Average head, slight Belgium yeast taste but more subdued. Alcohol very well hidden. Snuck up on me with an empty stomach. Overall one of the better offerings from the dank tank.

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Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with two fingers thick of dense thick cream colored foam, settling to a quarter inch, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: honey, grapefruit, white raisin, peach. Taste: pale malt bomb + booze note, grapefruit, peach, pear and biscuit, then more citrus peel in the finish. This is surprisingly balanced considering the source. Quite tasty, but neither a great Belgian-y American IPA nor a great American-y hopped Belgian pale/IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Celebrating everything that's both disturbing in the world and everything that's irresistible and alluring- I'm like a fish to the lure with Sweetwater's lates Dank Tank release. There's really no line that separates Belgian Pale Ales and IPA, however this beer make the two styles come together in such a way that make them seem like neighbors. This review is going to take a while!

Its incredible candied aromas make its fruit scents seem of sugar coated confection-flavored chewies. Spiced with the common white pepper, coriander and clove, there's a musty dried pineapple character that kicks off the tropical character. That fuses with a salty-starch, fermenting fruit, and tangy tropical fruit character for aromas that aren't always seen in beer. Orange blossoms, banana leaf, saffron and furniture polish all come to mind as the nose is utterly captivated by the beer.

Light honey and confectioner's sugar kick off the beer's malty taste. As the citrus builds in, there's the undeniable orange fruit character that dominates its taste. Its sweet, tart and sprite character rings on the the taste buds like sherbet. Even its bitter orange peel-type bitterness decries its citrus taste. Peach. vanilla, passion fruit and lime signal a turn to finish as the earthiness of basil, lemongrass and juniper all align in with a herbal and vegetal tone.

Medium-full in its mouthfeel, the beer's sugary coat is light and easily coats the mouth. Its creaminess favors the IPA profile much more than anything Belgium as the light breadiness retracts from the middle palate and ushers in a hop-dominant dryness, yeast spiciness and alcohol warmth. Never quite dry, the ale retains a smidgen of sweetness to accompany its slight furniture polish solventy character.

I rather like this beer a lot. Sweetwater somehow captures that sherbet, cream-cycle type taste even at imperial strength without much distraction. It seems that a lot goes right with The Price Is Wrong.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a cask glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Big, bright citrusy hops come in and bring tropical fruit notes.

T- I've been waiting all day to get a taste of this and it's extremely satisfying. Fruity hop flavors rush in and ignite the palate creating a bittersweet sensation that's incredible. Just enough malt to balance out the intense hoppiness. Alcohol is noticed but not imposing.

M- Sharp and tangy as it should be. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- The Dank Tank Series never ceases to please me. Not sure why this one's classified as a BPA when it's really an IPA all the way...hey.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An orange-honey colored beer, cloudless, with a starch-white 1/4 in head, which holds its own for the duration. Lots of floral and fruit qualities on the nose: orange blossom, honey, apricot, marmalade, roses, white grapes, decent maple syrup. This one's a bit sweet, bright sugars, with a subtle tanginess: more orange, some grapefruit. A powdery, dry aftertaste that stays around. Carbonated like a strong ale, and the alcohol isn't too noticeable, but it's there.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The latest Dank Tank...

A - Dark yellow, almost copper with clarity. Nice 2 fingers of head and sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Like all dank tanks, huge citrus hoppy nose. Dominates

T - Belgian yeast, big cistrusy hops. Damn tasty! Wow.

M - Medium body, big on carbonation. Nice lingering aftertaste.

O - I think I read it in another review, but definitely a belgian IPA over a PA. Great brew! Definitely going to pick up a few more, maybe even age 1 or 2 and see what happens

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Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of hops, citrus and a floral quality.

T: Tasted of some fruity esters, a bit of hops, malt, the aforementioned floral quality, and some citrus thrown in. Not much yeast for a Belgian-style beer. This flavor isn't awful, but is a little on the harsh side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but one with some good qualities. Definitely not your typical BSPA, but worth a look.

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Photo of BaronVonBeauregard
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on St Simons Island, from liqour store by the roundabout; Very floral nose. Almost lager ish look. Good floral notes, ipa ish , similar after taste; I'd drink it again but probably won't see another one. Never had a dank tank prior but def would have another if they are line those

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. No noticeable bottle date but this was just released within the past month or two. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours golden orange with a half finger of pale head. Head fades fairly quickly without lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, apples and sugar with just a hint of yeast.

Much more yeast in the flavor. Apple tinged funk, peaches, orange, peppercorn, rind, perhaps a hint of banana and some white sugar with ocassional nips of alcohol.

Oily and medium heavy with low to moderate carbonation. Estery tropical finish.

Seems to me that this is a Belgian IPA masquerading as a Belgian strong pale ale. Not bad, no matter what you call it.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick Notes

A - Very clear deep straw. Off white head. Great lacing.

S - light candy sugar. Typical beligan esters, bit of grassy dry hops.

T - Bit of banana, clove, citrus.

M - Moderate body. I could have used a touch more carbonation in this pour -- but its very solid.

O - Great take on an BSPA - a better dank tank. Looking forward to trying this in a few years!

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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Price Is Wrong from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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