SIXPOINT BREWERY'S SWEET ACTION
This is the first beer I’ve ever had that comes in a “nanokeg,” Sixpoint Brewery’s term for the 16-ounce cans that package many of their brews. Yeah, it’s kinda cool.
I got my Sweet Action at the Geisen Haus by accident. Still working on that whole beer card thing, I asked for a number 58. They were out of it, so they brought me one they think is “a lot like the number 58.” Thanks to the folks at Geisen Haus for making a substitution that was actually awesome. I examined the “nanokeg” and read the poetic beer description on the back. (Meanwhile, my wife is eyeballing me for tuning her out — but can you blame me? I was getting some sweet action.)
Poured into a chilled pint glass, the beer exhibits a gorgeous hazy orange-amber color with a towering white head of tiny bubbles that stick and leave lacing down the entire glass. Looks absolutely amazing. Smells of light sweet malt, citrus fruit, some earthiness and an interesting spiciness. Subtle but interesting. And wow — it’s simply delicious. A fruitiness that resembles peaches or nectarines takes hold, and leads seamlessly into the short, snappy hop flavor of grapefruit and tangerine. Finishes dry, with little residuals and makes me want another sip. Somehow, it resembles an IPA, but is a good example of the cream-ale style. The light to medium body and lively carbonation introduces all of the flavors well and assists the snappy, hoppy finish.
One thing about this ale, too: either it lacks the subtle tinge of aluminum-can flavor, or Sixpoint has nicely covered it up with good beer — or perhaps this whole “nanokeg” thing isn’t just a crafty name but in fact … a fact.