unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
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 (6505) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
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 (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2012
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. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
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. Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear amber/orange with a two finger slightly off-white head. Nice lacing. Smell is sugary tropical fruits, resin and citrus and a fresh green aspect. Taste is very big tropical (mango, apricot, mandarin orange, pineapple) with citrus and a big sweet malt component. Mouthfeel was full, slushy and oily. The flavor is so big on the tropical fruits it’s almost a fault, but the mouthfeel was incredible for this brew. I say if the exotic hop flavor is your bag then this is a must try. Another great brew from the dank tank series.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 4, 2012
bottle. clear orange with a very small white head. stinky earthy piney hops(simcoe?) and sweet crystal malt nose. hop flavors are similar to the nose and the malts have a mix of caramel and tea flavors. the abv is hidden. tastes a little raw or green to me with some residuals. right down the middle for me. elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
22oz bottle, fresh release, just came in today. Served at around 45F.
mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Pours clear amber with a nice three finger off-white/light beige head that leaves nice rings of drippy lacing and holds a small cap.
Aroma is big on hops with citrus, some tropical fruit, pineapple, a bit of apricot, a bit dank, along with some caramel and bready malt underneath. Very good strength.
Flavor is resinous hops, citrus, fruity hops, apricot, fairly prominent sweet malt backbone featuring some caramel and candy, good bitterness on the finish, a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, a bit oily and sticky, good carbonation.
Yet another tasty Dank Tank creating. An Imperial 420? Yup. Nailed it. Big and hoppy but with a malt backbone to back it up. Incredibly drinkable too...this could get dangerous...
Bright copper pour with a decent head. Left lots of lace. Aroma was somewhat nice, good bit of citrus, some pine, tons of caramel and some booze. Flavors were big time sweet up front, caramel for days. Some citrus crept in but the sweet maltiness masked just about anything else. Light bittersweet finish, oily and smooth. Mouthfeel was rather big for the style. Somewhat seemed under-fermented. The FG could have lost a few points for the better on this one... TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bomber. Pours clear copper brown with a lingering white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma is a floral mixture of hops and fruit. The flavor is a perfect balance of floral and citrus hops with a nice backbone of malt. The alcohol bite is subtle and unassuming but no doubt in attendance. If this is an el dank mistake then let’s toast to the hope that he makes many more. This would undoubtedly compliment a full platter of spicy nachos or hot wings. Bravo to the lads (and ladies) at Sweetwater.