Bank Brewing Company Reviews




islay
3.2
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-10-17. ďBottled on May 2017.Ē Pours a clear bronze with a moderate amount of beige head. Classic Citra aroma features scents of lemon and vanilla. Sweet, funky yet fresh, citric flavor features elements of orange and lemon. Pickle juice and peach juice. Significantly sweeter than I would prefer. Lacks bitterness that should come from a bittering hop, but the bittering hop is missing. Medium body. Smooth in the palate. I think Iím starting to get over Citra. Not an awful beer but no longer the sort of IPA that does it for me. Part of the unfortunate trend of juicier, sweeter (yet not particularly malty), less bitter IPAs that are really dragging down the traditionally great IPA style (but, in fairness, this doesnít go as far in that unfortunate direction as do most New England IPAs). I was over this beer after the first 4 oz.; this is a reminder to avoid large-format bottles. Iím normally a Bank fan, but not here. 7.3.6.3.13=>3.2
Sunday, June 25, 2017

kyzr
3.6
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
Darker gold pour with big white head. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and touch of caramel. Flavour is tropical fruit, mango and decent amount of caramel.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

JPDIPSO
2
Walleye Chop Lager
Lightly hazed dark golden to amber in color. Smaller beige head with some decent lace. Sweet, somewhat grainy scents. Grainy flavors, with just a few hints of toasted grain. Flat feel. Not much to enjoy in this one. 1/12
Sunday, April 30, 2017

nimbleprop
2.9
Bank Into the Black
750ml bottle pours a translucent brown with a ring of beige head. Nose has pine, soil, orange peel, soap, some rubber. Flavor is bitter with toast, rubber, orange peel, soap, pine. Finishes full bodied, but a touch messy.
Monday, April 3, 2017

islay
3.7
Bank Hop Lab - White
Approximately 18 oz. from a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 3-26-17. ďBottled on 03-17,Ē meaning March 2017, so Iím drinking it fresh. Bright, yeasty aroma of freshly baked white bread or even white bread dough. Lemon or lemondrop candy scent. Mineral smell. Pours a clear, fairly dark bronze with a moderate amount of beige head. Mild haze in the later pours. Moderate effervescence. Nice-looking liquid, dark for the style. Lemon (first and foremost), grass, and watermelon flavors. Melon (non-watermelon melon) as well, but I donít want to give the impression that the beer is excessively fruity; itís not. A little funky (ďdankĒ) in the finish. Alcohol lightly noticeable, which isnít a big problem but isnít ideal. Some sort of non-standard grain taste, perhaps buckwheat (not saying thatís in the mash, just that I get the flavor). A little bit of vanilla. Interesting flavor. The doughy bread quality continues into the flavor, although to a lesser degree than it appears in the aroma, and I like it. I definitely wish there were more bitterness, but I suppose thatís hard to achieve with El Dorado (which of course merely means that this shouldnít be a single-hop beer). Medium to full body, full for the style. Frothy. Soft in the palate. Some liveliness but not as much as there should be. I find myself writing this frequently these days: A soft palate is great in a bitter IPA as a contrast to the bitterness, but it merely feels weak and effeminate in an IPA that fails to use a bittering hop. Overall, the beer is likable despite its imperfections and memorable, and I canít help but give it a good score. A more bitter version of this beer, where the bitterness covers the alcohol flavor and makes the palate more, well, palatable, couldíve been a very good beer, earning a score of perhaps 4.1. Please, brewers, donít spare the bittering hops! The pussification of the IPA, as represented by the ďNew EnglandĒ substyle, is an unfortunate fad, not something to which to aspire. The beer is nice and fresh, probably at about its peak, and I suspect it wonít hold up well to the hops fading (i.e., ďbest drunk freshĒ). Memorable beer, and Iím glad I tried it.
Monday, March 27, 2017

Atom
3.6
Bank Hop Lab - White
Bomber pours a clear golden/copper with a large beige head. Tropical hop aroma with strawberry and peaches, caramel malt. Fruity bubble gum flavors, strawberry banana taffy, caramel malt and a light bitterness on the finish. Nice flavors but theyíre muted and mild, would have liked to see it juicy and more flavorful. Not bad though.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Steasy66
4
Bank Hop Lab - White
22oz bottle from Ale Jail. Golden, small white head. Aroma of yeast and tropical fruit and strawberry. Flavor is fairly tropical, some strawberry and pine in the finish. Great balance between fruit and bitter. Lively on the palate. Very nice IPA.
Thursday, March 9, 2017

islay
3.8
Bank Hop Lab - Pink
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-13-17. Pours a clear bronze with a moderate amount of beige head. Pretty good effervescence. Ordinary appearance. Nice but light Mosaic aroma. Grassy, herbal smell. A touch of uncooked oatmeal (oats, if you will) in the aroma, to my surprise. Some vanilla. Aroma is pleasant but not strong and underwhelming by standards of Mosaic hop. Flavor is similar to but stronger (and thus better) than the aroma. Orange zest. Dry finish and aftertaste. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Quite tasty. Soft and lively; almost lager-like crispness in the palate. Medium body. Good palate effects. Underwhelms in appearance and aroma but ends up being a well above average and quite tasty IPA. Really well-made. I actually like this even more than my already pretty high score indicates; thatís why I gave it a high overall score.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Atom
3.5
Bank Hop Lab - Pink
Bomber pours a clear copper with a large off-white head. Fruity hop aroma, peaches and tropical fruits with caramel malt. Taste similar to aroma with a mild bitterness. Not bad, but not separating itself from similar Mosaic IPAs.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

deyholla
3.5
Bank Sour Bomb: Watermelon
Sampled from the tap at All Pints North. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a sour candied watermelon with some wheat backing. Flavor has sour watermelon with a good amount of sweet wheat backing.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

deyholla
3.1
Bank Hop Lab - Purple
Sampled from the tap at All Pints North. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has earthy pine and earthy grass notes with onion and sweet grains underlying. Flavor has sweet grains and grass with light pine and onion underlying.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

AWISLguy
3.7
Bank Hop Lab - Green
650ml bottle from Zipps in Minneapolis, shared with bananabi11. Pine. Citrus. Sweet malts. Fairly tasty, if a bit thin. Blend solid. 13.8
Monday, September 12, 2016

Nuffield
2.8
Bank Sour Bomb
Pours a hazy, dull yellow with low head. Thereís a sour edge here, but thatís all it has, and even then, it isnít as sour as a Cantillon or other lambic. (The name of the beer has the disadvantage of raising expectations, then.) There are few flavors here. Seeing that it is labeled as a Berliner weisse helps explain that a bit, because a lambic would have more interesting flavors, but even so, taken simply from a hedonistic perspective, thereís a stunning lack of anything going on in this beer. And, at $10.59 for a bottle, I felt it was really poor value. Bottle.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

bookman10
3.9
Bank Hop Lab - Green
Pours a pale golden yellow, with minimal head. Citrus and spruce aromas. Flavor is very hop-bitter, with grass, pine-spruce, some citrus, and a touch of sweetness. Very well-balanced. Very nice IPA.
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Atom
3.7
Bank Hop Lab - Green
Bomber pours a slightly hazy orange gold with a medium white head. Strong tropical hop aroma, passion fruit and mango. Pretty sweet taste, tropical fruit with a little citrus lemon zip, sweet caramel malt, a littl soapy, with a light hop bitterness. Pretty good!
Thursday, August 25, 2016

UDBeernut
4.1
Bank Bankruptcy Stout
750ml enjoyed in my hotel room. Pours the part of any stout, khaki hued head. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, on top of chocolate and roasted malts. Full body and a nice booze burn to boot.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UDBeernut
3.1
Bank Hop Bandit
Bomber picked up in South Dakota and had in a hotel room. Very dank, onion patch with cutting bitterness. Medium to full body. Took a while to get through.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

euniceradio
3.5
Bank Hop Lab - Red
22 bomber to tulip. Pours hazy orange, white sticky head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, fig. Taste of same. Decent beer.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

djd07
2.9
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a clear orange with medium white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong resin and fruity hop. Medium mouth, pine, fruity malt, lingering resin finish.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

JK
3
Bank Hop Lab - Red
Copper color. Light hop aroma andild hop flavo with some underlying malt. Dry flavor.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

islay
3.4
Bank Hop Lab - Red
Small (1 or 2 oz.) pour at Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival. Consumed on 2-6-16. Pours a slightly hazy brass with very little head. Pleasant, floral, hoppy smell. Aroma could be stronger. Nice, piney, sharp hoppiness above a pleasant, creamy, malt base in flavor. Orange and grapefruit. Frothy, smooth, silky, and lively in the palate. Not bad at all.
Sunday, February 7, 2016

euniceradio
4
Bank Hop Lab - Yellow
On tap at JL Burgers Sioux Falls to pint. Pours clear copper, big creamy beige head that lasts and laces really well. Aroma of dank, dank and dank with some citrus. Taste is candi sweet with dank and citrus hops. Great showcase of Amarillo hops. Highly quaffable at 7.2abv and 88ibus.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

TheAlum
3.1
Bank Sour Bomb
750ml bottle acquired from deyholla. Thanks a bunch, bro. Shared at the Fear Household on NYE. Pours a nice hazy straw hue, a dulled color and mellow lemon cereal hue with subtle glow. Frothy mellow bubbly head stays as a nice mellow ringer, subtle lacing and kick around in small capacity. Aromas are a bit twangy, bready and mellow yogurt meet some punchy metallic and subtle lemony him. Green apple, subtle earth and sweet tart. Mellow, bready. Initial is lighter bodied, a bit flabby with a mellow fizzy carbonation that doesnít quite do it. Gentle lactic twang, lemon rind and some tart citric appeal. Mellow body, a bit of straw and bready malts. Some tart citric appeal comes on, green apple, subtle tart grapes and earth. Subtle lemonade, earth, yogurt and a metallic punch into that backend anf finifhsm flabby, a bit of stomach acid and earthy finish. Ok. A bit underwhelming and doesnít quite come together as youíd like. Lacking spritz and punch
Sunday, January 3, 2016

Atom
3.4
Bank Hop Lab - Red
Bomber dated 11/15, pours a clear pale golden/orange with a large off-white head. Light sweet aroma of tropical hops, pineapple, dried coconut, and caramel malt. Taste has a sweet tropical candy, think tropical skittles, that jabs the palate quick then falls into a papery bitterness to the end. Ok.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Travlr
3.6
Bank Sour Bomb: Lilikoi
Draft. Hazy golden yellow color, creamy with head. Aroma of earthy tropical fruit. Taste is softly sour pineapple. Tasty.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Travlr
3.8
Bank / Watertown Serendipitous Union
Draft at Sioux Falls festival. Clear brown color. Aroma of spiced burnt brown bread. Taste is nicely spiced and roasty, bitter, dry finish. Very nice.
Sunday, November 8, 2015

Travlr
3.1
Bank Sour Bomb
Bottle sample at Sioux Falls fest. Listed as "fruit infused sour bomb" without naming the fruit, so hopefully this rating is in the right place. Clear yellow color. Very herbal lemon aroma. Taste is tart citrus. A bit plain, and very tart.
Sunday, November 8, 2015

bookman10
3.2
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
Pours a light golden yellow, with minimal head. Floral aroma with a lot of malt character. Flavor is very sweet, almost too much so, with some floral, pine hops, though limited. Too much carbonation and rather thin finish for an IPA.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

JK
3.6
Bank Sour Bomb: Lilikoi
Autumn Brew Review 2015. Tart and sour, yeast. One of the better sours today. The fruit really brings this out, I get pineapple and quite a bit of it. Crisp and tart. Good.
Thursday, October 1, 2015

jackl
3.2
Bank Sour Bomb: Lilikoi
Keg @ ABR. Slightly hazy golden pour with a small white head. Tropical fruit juice, sea grass. Sour cream. Some mellow funkiness. Flavor is lightly tart and easy going. More topical fruits. Light body, active carbonation. Good.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

deyholla
3.1
Bank Hop Lab - Yellow
Sampled from the tap at ABR 2015. Pours a clear gold with a slight yellow hue and a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of bitter pine, a touch of onion and a bit of earthy citrus. Flavor is a bit onion heavy with pine, bitter citrus and a grain backbone.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

deyholla
3.2
Bank Sour Bomb: Lilikoi
On tap at ABR 2015. Pours a clear pale yellow with a white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has sweet/syrupy passion fruit, light grain and wheat underlying. Flavor has tart passion fruit, a bit of syrupy sweetness and a bit of sweet wheat supporting.
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Ericular
3.9
Bank Hop Bandit
State Fair 2015 - This was super fresh. Lots of pine in both aroma and taste. Sweet overall, and a little syrupy. Really good.
Monday, September 14, 2015

JK
2.8
Bank Hop Bandit
At the State Fair. Very much to style. Hops are there in the aroma and the flavor, but the malt is significant, making this dry and combined with the hops, mildly bitter. Not particularly dank as they claim, but some mild pine and citrus.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Guerde
3.9
Bank Hop Lab - Yellow
(bomber) Iím only vaguely familiar with this brewery and have never tried their beers, so I decided to take a flyer on a bottle of this. Pours a clear dark gold color with a medium white head. The aroma is a veritable explosion of grapefruit girded by a kiwi undertone. Some strawberry up in here too that comes off as fruit-snacky. Jiminy Christmas this smells good. Flavor is a couple notches down from the aroma, with the aforementioned strawberry, some ripe mango action, perhaps a smidgeon of green banana, and a bit of golden kiwi. Thereís also a little pop of Juicy Fruit gum. The finish is pretty weak here regrettably, with just a semi-bitter note thatís faintly salty and lacks much complexity. Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Atom
3.3
Bank Hop Lab - Yellow
Bomber pours a lightly hazy copper/orange with a large off-white head. Sweet tropical fruity hop aroma, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. Taste similar to aroma, fruity, lack of bitterness. Meh, not bad but not a well rounded IPA.
Friday, June 26, 2015

badgerben
3.2
Bank Hop Bandit
Bomber. Dark copper color with a medium head. Aroma of tangerine and honey. Light citrus flavor. Some sugary sweetness. Medium body. Ligt bitterness.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Atom
2.2
Walleye Chop Lager
Pint can pours a hazy pale copper/orange with a medium off-white head. Corn, grain, and caramel malt aroma. Sweet astringent taste of corn, grain, musky caramel malt, with a metallic earthy bitterness. Iíve had worse, even this week, forsure.
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Atom
3.5
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
750mL bottle pours a golden/copper with a small white head. Resinous tropical hop aroma and caramel malt, sweet. Resinous bitter grassy tropical hops overtake the palate, some underlying caramel malts, dry and bitter to the end with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not bad.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Trev
3.6
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
750 capped bottle: gold pour, thick pillowy white head. Aroma is tropical fruit, citrus, bready caramel. Flavour is over ripe mango, papaya tropical, strong caramel malt backbone, just a hint of alc fusel in the finish with a light to medium resinous bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trev
3.3
Bank Sour Bomb
crown cap 750: Gold pour with thick white head. aroma is yeasty, grainy, some tartness. Flavour is more berliner weisse than sour brown or red which I was expecting...didnít notice the sub text of tart wheat beer until after opening. Pleasant enough flavour, tart grainy biscuity wheat, lemony citrus. Thought it was alright.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Trev
3.4
Bank Hop Bandit
Bomber: gold/amber pour, decent head. aroma is piney and biscuity malt, some light citrus. Flavour is grainy, resinous hop, low carbonation and very sessionable. Overall it is enjoyable and great price point going for it.
Monday, May 18, 2015

OscarFalls
2.4
Bank Sour Bomb
It's light and airy with a slight sourness and hint of barnyard. I like it, but I was hoping for something rougher. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

johnnymusky
2.2
Walleye Chop Lager
love the name but the beer is forgetable...great label...weird..i get a weird spice finish...(#459)
Sunday, April 19, 2015

deyholla
3.5
Bank Hop Lab - Blue
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of earthy citrus with some grass and a light grain backing. Flavor has a good amount of citrus with some light grains and a bit of grapefruit.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

deyholla
3.5
Bank Smoke Bomb
Sampled form the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of smokiness, dark grains and a bit of sweetness. Flavor combines smoke and sweet dark grains with hint of roasted malts and caramel.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

deyholla
3.4
Bank Hop Lab - Green
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of pine and grass with a touch of onion and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has more of a bitter citrus note with a touch of pine, a bit of onion and a sweet grain backbone.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

deyholla
3.2
Bank Into the Black
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours black with a dark creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has notes of resin and pine with some sweet dark grains and a bit of biscuit underlying. Flavor has a bit of pine, dark grains and a bit of biscuit as well.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

deyholla
3.6
Bank Hop Bandit
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours a near clear pale gold with a soapy head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has a good amount of earthy pine with a bit of resin, grass and a light grain backbone. Flavor is a bit more reserved on the hoppiness with mainly grass and a bit of pine as well as some light grains.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

deyholla
3.5
Bank Sour Bomb
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2015. Pours a clear pale gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of earthy wheat, with some earthy tart fruit and a hint of acid. Flavor has lots of earthy wheat and a nice tartness with a bit of citrus.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015