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Beer Pick: Sweetwater Magnum IP Imperial Pilsner

Sweetwater Magnum IP Imperial Pilsner

Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta

$5.99, 22-ounce bottle; also available on draft at select beer bars and restaurants.

Profile: The latest Dank Tank creation, Magnum IP Imperial Pilsner, is another fun experiment from Sweetwater brewers Nick Nock and Mark Medlin. This time the duo takes chances with loads of Cascade and Sterling hops packed into a hefty 9-percent alcohol by volume lager. But beyond its high gravity and bracing bitterness, Magnum IP is surprisingly crisp and clean, with hints of the soft sulfate notes found in classic German pilsner.

Magnum IP
In typical Sweetwater fashion, the promotional schtick is a take on the “Magnum P.I.” television show of the 1980s, expressed on the label with the Dank Tank freak dressed in Tom Selleck garb. Look for special Magnum package store events on July 17, with a vintage red Ferrari parked at Tower on Piedmont 2 -4 p.m. and  Green’s on Ponce 5 -7 p.m.

Pair with: Match the big, crisp flavors of Magnum IP with bold seafood or poultry dishes, such as spicy shrimp or jerk chicken, or try it with sharp cheeses.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast:

4 comments Add your comment


July 14th, 2010
12:40 pm

I am by no means a ‘pilsner’ fan, but this one here is something special. If you hadn’t found this one yet, you really are missing out. This is one of my top 3 favs from the Dank Tank so far. The other 2 are the Wet Dream and Donkey Punch. Well done fellas!


July 14th, 2010
9:33 pm

Tried it over the holiday weekend, and I was non-plussed. While it did have some pilsner character (a rarity for this ale-only brewery), the viscosity was too syrupy for my taste. It felt more like a reformulated IPA fermented with lager yeast than a true strong lager. Perhaps it would be better served in fall, rather than as summer seasonal in the humid south, but it wasn’t interesting enough for me to want to find out.


July 15th, 2010
11:11 am

TravelingBrewer: I don’t totally disagree with what you’re saying about the viscosity. But it is a big beer. Have you tried Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner or others like it? What did you think?

Rusty Diamond

July 15th, 2010
10:13 pm

This one pleasantly surprised me. Clean, crisp and highly drinkable. Good job Sweetwater.