osu97gp (667) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange color with a large off-white head. Aroma of citrus and malts. Flavor of sweet malts and light citrus and floral hops. Some decent bitterness at the finish. Easy to drink but not quite a DIPA or IIPA.
GTAEgeek (1392) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with a thin beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is strong hop notes of pine, resin and flowers. The flavor is very bitter, with nice malt balance. The palate is medium to heavy, a little astringent, and smooth. Overall, this is a great feeling, tasty IPA.
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour with creamy white head and lace. Citrusy orange hops and bread on the aroma. Sweet caramel malt, abv, and resiny hop flavor. Smooth carbonation and medium body. Nice beer.
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Such a hoppy brew. 420 is great but this beer has so much more bitterness. Glad I got to sip on it.
arkurzynski (1684) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GAManiac. Deep orange with off-white head. Aroma is floral grapefruit, light citrus, and bready caramel malt. Taste is citrus bitterness with a very solid caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Finishes lightly dry with some residual bitterness, but ultimately a lot of sticky, fruity caramel malt. Decent, but would prefer more hops.
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear orange amber with a lasting ivory head and great lacing. Aromas of carmel, tangerine, tropical fruit, candied orange and light pine. Palate was medim bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of carmel, pink grapefruit, tangerine, light tropical fruit and light pine withg a smooth dry bitter lingering fruity finish.
ChainGangGuy (4486) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
unclemattie (4330) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, blue and yellow label. Dark amber, fluffy head, nice lace. Looks like a 420. Smells like an Imperial 420. Hoppy citrus and pine, sweet pale malts. Aroma of cereal and hops. Yum. Tastes like HOPS. Soapy hop character, lots of fruit, mixed berries, apricot pit bitterness, sharp pine and wooded timber bite. Very hoppy. Period. Oily body. Malt sweetness adds some balance to the overall bitterness. Finishes with a green hop and resinous hop oily character that make me want to take the next sip. Don’t plan on tasting anything else after drinking this bottle, unless we’re talking some spicy chili. Hearty, spicy food pairs perfect for this hop bomb. Out of all of the Dank Tank brews, this one has really got me.
Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I got the last bottle in Knoxville. Seems very familiar and yet not so much. Looks, smells ans tastes exactly what you’d expect an Imperial version of 420 to be. So, Sweetwater guys, why didn’t you name this "840"? Seems like a no-brainer to me...
craftbeerdesign (2207) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber. pours an orange color with a 1+ finger white head - falls within a few minutes with a slim lacing left behind. balanced nose between some sweet malt notes and citrus hops. orange, pine, caramel and apricot shine. For a big IPA / IIPA, I would like more hops on the nose. med body with lots of malt sweetness, light fruits, peach, orange, apricot and lemon. the sweetness overshadows the bitterness too much for me. smooth and soft throughout. ripe fruit finish with some soft citrus bitterness at the end.