Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye’d Ale

Had this a few times in the last few weeks, this review is for the final 22 oz bottle that I will drink.
Pour is a rich looking, clear orange with some good carbonation and head and lace to match. The lace is pretty sticky. Looks solid in the glass and almost has the look of a fine Belgian Tripel.
The nose delivers the typical spicy rye notes but it is pretty restrained and much less intense than many others that use the grain. The tastes reflect the nose and its light touch as well. The beer is sweeter than many rye beers that I recall, and the malts shine through against the notoriously difficult to suppress rye elements. Not too much bitterness at all. The rye adds a creamy elements that fills out the beer somewhat. There is a substantial feel about the mouthfeel which is a combination of the tastes and a fine carbonation.
I’m just not a huge fan of rye in beer, so that’s the context of this review, but this is somewhat milder than most and I like it better than nearly all of the other rye beers that I recall. I’m never going to be a “fan” as such, but the beer is definitely one of my favorite interpretations of the style, even if I’m not in love with it.

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11/04/2010
Style:
Rye Beer
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.2 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.58
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