SweetWater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs

Val and I are watching the Disney movie “Pocahontas” and I’m calling out all of the things that are historically inaccurate. I must be a dream to watch movies with. Let’s talk about beer instead.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Imperial/Double IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Riding high from a series of dank decisions, Farmer MacDanknug’s lust for lupulin once again led him to search for the freshest hop fields he could find. His bountiful harvest of Sabro and Lotus flew into our brewhouse on a western wind, and when the steam subsided, out pourd a decidedly dank double IPA with aromas of tangerine and vanilla. Through the hop haze came a tongue tilling combination of citrus and stone fruit flavors. The Dank Tank is where our brewers go to play. There’s no rhyme or reason to what they brew, and the only requirement is that it be heady.”

Random: This beer is available on draft and in cans.

The beer poured with a thick, one and a half finger, slightly off white head. It dissipated at a rapid pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a caramel color with some cloudiness, but lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine sap and pine needles along with some grass as well. There was a touch of sweetness from the caramel malt as well. The body was shockingly light, given the ABV, and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with lots of pine. I thought this beer was really good. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

SweetWater Hash Session IPA

Session IPAs are still a huge thing. I like the style (if you can even call it that) as long as it has a decent amount of flavor to back it up. SweetWater is a relatively new brewery to the New Jersey market, so Val picked this one up for me to try.

hash session

ABV: 4.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It might’ve taken us 17 years to get around to it, but we’re finally putting cans in your hands. We’re slingin 12-packs of 420, IPA and Take Two Pils in 12 oz. cans, plus 420 and IPA in 16 oz big boys.”

Random: The reason I posted this trivia is because I think this beer would have been better in a can. I always picture session IPAs in cans.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick and pillowy white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with moderate carbonation visible. On the nose, I got some pine needles and a pine cleaner with grass and lemon verbena. One thing that I didn’t pick up was malt. The taste did have caramel malt, although it still let the hops shine through. It was grassy and had a touch of sweetness from orange zest. But again, the citrus in the taste reminded me of a cleaner as opposed to pleasant hoppy flavors. The body was also a bit too thick for a session beer and needed some more carbonation. The finish was quick and malty with orange wood cleaner. I picked this up for $1.90, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. I had high hopes for this beer, but it just wasn’t for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

SweetWater The Pit & The Pendulum

When Val picked this up for me, we didn’t get SweetWater distribution. That has since changed, but I’ve only had a few beers from them. When I saw that this was a Brett beer with peaches, I knew I had to try it.

thepit

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The perfect balance of three distinct divergences. Allowed to initially flower with Belgian ale yeast, The Pit & The Pendulum was then incarcerated with Brett and freshly pureed peaches to intensify the trifecta of its persona. Enjoy fresh, but also a good one for the cellar, as the Brett continues to contemplate its environment.”

Random: My one cat (Citra) keeps jumping on the couch to the window and back down. And no, he hasn’t had any catnip.

This beer poured with a huge, fluffy, four finger head. It was cream-colored and dissipated quickly, leaving behind no lacing on the glass. The body was bright-yellow and moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of citrus up front with sweet orange flesh and peach flesh. I didn’t pick up any brett on the nose. There was slight amounts of hay. The taste was also not very tart. The brett just dried out the beer. There was a lot of fresh peach flesh and then a yeasty note, but it quickly goes into orange segments. It had an oak characteristic, but I don’t believe it was oak aged. The booze was really hidden. It had a medium thick body with lots of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and dry with peach. A corked and caged bottle of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.60 per ounce, which was on the more expensive side, but absolutely worth it. This was just a wonderful beer for a warm day.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale

Since it’s April 20th, I figured this would be an appropriate beer to review. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews about SweetWater and they’ve expanded their distribution to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Although I’ve seen them on draft at bars, this is the first time I tried it and thought it would pair well with Mexican food (and indeed, it did).

420paleale

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “5.7% alcohol, 16 oz can singles, 6-packs, 12-packs (12 oz bottles and cans), 15.5 Gallon kegs 1/2Bbl (US Sankey), 5 gallon 1/6th bbl torpedo kegs.”

Random: This uses Munich, 40L, 2-Row malt and Centennial and Cascade hops.

This beer poured with a loose, one finger, ecru colored head. The head took a long time to dissipate and left spiderweb lacing on the can glass. The body was a clear orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was quite fragrant. I picked up notes of grass, lemon flesh and lime peel with subtle pine sap. The taste was bright and the grassy hops came through first. Next, I picked up grapefruit and pine sap. At the end of the sip, a grainy note came through that was reminiscent of barley or oats. The body was thick for the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with grassy hops and the remnants of the malt coming through. This beer was easy to put back and had a lot of flavor that came with it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0