Posts Tagged ‘sweetwater brewing company’

Sweetwater Brewing Company Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean (365 Day 240)

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Sweetwater Dank Dank Mean Joe Bean

When I think specialty American craft beers, I think of two kinds: ones that use some type of hook that compliments the beer and ones that use some type of hook to take over the beer. I like the former.

Since I hear your mental thought of “Why?”. I will gladly expand. As I have said many times, I believe a beer should be well balanced. A well balanced beer will have subtle complexities that make the beer inviting, warming, and for want again. Brewers that make beers big and obnoxious to draw attention to themselves, seemingly narcissistic: “Hey, look what I can do. Everyone look at me.” Unfortunately these seem to be the beers that get most of the attention. After all isn’t it “American” to bigger, badder, bolder? No time for politics.

Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean by Sweetwater Brewing Company fits into that well balanced category. It uses coffee or some form of it to add a subtle complexity to a solid porter that is still the overall focus of the beer. The coffee adds a layer to the beer and doesn’t become the beer. Well done and worth your attention. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.9

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Sweetwater Brewing Company IPA (365 Day 196)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Sweetwater IPA

Another day down, another American craft beer with the simple name of “IPA“. This time said beer is from Sweetwater Brewing Company. The good news is that each of these beers has their own personality which means their only connection is via name.

Sweetwater IPA has a nice citrus, herbal, and earth hop profile that comes through in both the nose and taste. The rest of the beer is what you would expect in an IPA: sweet caramel malts, light or better body, and about the same carbonation. Back to the hops. Having an American craft beer that makes your mind race wondering how the combination of hops was decided upon, is fun reviewing for me. Being a home brewer I tend to fall back to things I know and not venture to far off the beaten path. I will have to tinker a bit to make my own unique profile.

Solid all the way around, Sweetwater IPA is a beer that should be on your list, especially if you like IPAs. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.5

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Sweetwater Brewing Company 420 Extra Pale Ale (365 Day 190)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale

A really hot day deserves an American craft beer that can quench a thirst while not being filling and easily calling one back for more. 420 Extra Pale Ale by Sweetwater Brewing Company seemed to have been a perfect choice up front. An American pale ale seems to be the perfect fit for the evening which is the category that 420 Extra Pale Ale fit into.

The beer was definitely light in the mouth but a bright splash of carbonation livens it up a bit and gets the body to that point. A very sweet beer in the nose and mouth which does drop the overall drinkability down. Floral hops balances, even providing some bitterness in the finish but not enough to fight back the caramel malt. I would have it again but doubt that is sessionable. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 7, Look: 9, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.8

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