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Dank Tank Series - Ghoulash by Sweetwater Brewing Company
Black IPA
8.50 % ABV

Review by everetends on 10/31/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2011
22 oz bomber thanks to the guys at SweetWater. Served up in a standard shaker pint.

A: Pours up a seemingly opaque, black body. Once held to the light, you can see its a different story. The body is an incredibly dark brown color that appears black in dense portions of the glass. Brown hues push through at the edges, but the body remains almost completely opaque. The pour got me a solid finger of mocha colored head. Retention is decent and lace is epic. There is just a ton of caked streaks of foam coating the glass. Very nice beer to look at.

S: Since 14 hops were used to make this beer, it makes sense that this smells like a hop bomb. Just a huge amount of citrus hops billow out of the glass. The hops are aggressive and they do come across muddled but that is expected when that many varieties are thrown into a beer. Behind all the hops, likes a burnt caramel and roasted coffee note that wasn't exactly expected but is incredibly nice. Things round off with an almost herbal/medicinal quality at times.

T: Things start off with a very pleasant and familiar flavor: chocolate oranges. The huge citrus hop quality is tamed for a moment with a rich, sweet malt presence that creates that chocolate quality. The hops are too much though and they continuously push through with pungent spicy, herbal, citrus, and earthy qualities. Coffee notes work well with the sweetness and those earthy notes and does as much as it can to bring this beer together. This ingredients list leads you to believe this beer is going to be crazy, and the flavor reminds you of that quickly.

M: Ghoulash has a medium body with a medium carbonation to it. This beer bounces all over the palate from sweet to spicy to bitter and beyond. The greatest thing about this beer is that despite the malt presence, this beer finishes incredibly dry. ABV brings some heat but nothing too aggressive. Aftertaste is just a constantly changing barrage of hop flavors.

OA: I was worried Ghoulash was going to be a mess like a lot of kitchen sink beers tend to be. Somehow this beer rides a fine line of craziness and genius. It is the definition of controlled chaos. Just when you think this beer has lost its way, another flavor sneaks up out of the void to push it back in the right direction. Very tasty and one heck of an experience. SweetWater continues to impress with these Dank Tank releases.

Served In: Pint Glass

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