Dank Tank Series Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale

Review Date 4/13/2019     By John Staradumsky

Haven’t I had Sweetwater Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale before? This is another entry in their Dank Tank Series of beers. Apparently, I haven’t had it, although it was released in bomber bottles back in 2017 as a doube red ale. Maybe I have a bottle hanging around somewhere. Sweetwater brought it back in 2018, and I bought a 4-pack of pint cans on Black Friday at Total Wine.

Sweetwater loves to do IPAs thick with resiny hop goodness, and they also love to use hop “hash” to impart such qualities. Their Dank Tank series celebrated it’s tenth anniversary in 2018. I fondly remember enjoying the first beer in the series, The Creeper Ale, back in 2018.

Sweetwater says on the can label:

After 4 months of tilling and hoeing, Farmer MacDanknugs was cockeyed with anticipation, ready to reap his reward of fresh sticky nugs. Firing up his supercharged John Beere, ol’ MacDank blazed straight down to plow some primo Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe, harvesting the funkiest hop buds to cap off this succulent unfiltered 8% Double IPA. Our farmer drifted into a happy haze from the aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, and orange, daydreaming of the juicy brew to come.

Ingredients from the website:

Malt Bill: 2-Row, Wheat, Oat Flakes

Hops: Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe

Dry Hop: Amarillo, Citra, Simcoe

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 8% by volume with 60 IBUs. I paid $10.99 for my 4-pack at Total Wine. The beer is stamped as best by 1/13/19, and I drank my first can and took the following notes on December 2nd.

Sweetwater Dank Tank Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale pours to a hazy orange amber color with a thick creamy head and a sticky resiny nose. Taking a sip, the beer has a medium maltiness with lush citrusy grapefruit peel, piney resin and a bitter hop finish. There are herbal earthy hops to boot.

A tasty entry in the Imperial New England IPA category, with lots of citrus and resin though I didn’t get the tropical fruit so much. Truth be told, I like my IPAs better this way anyway.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

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