21st Amendment Sneak Attack
There’s a lot to like about this beer and the positives start with the can and packaging art. 21st Amendment has a strong commitment to graphic design and the illustrations used for Sneak Attack fit right in to the rest of their oeuvre. A campy take on George Washington crossing the Delaware, the carefully defined color palette and level of detail show how much first appearances mean to this brand. After popping a can and pouring into your glass of choice, you are greeted with a thick, spongy head sitting atop a lovely cloudy-gold base. The smell is peppery and bright, with hints of clove and lemon.
The cardamom is what really takes your tongue by surprise with the first slow sip. The spice’s presence is strong but not too strong, adding an exotic blend of flavors that are normally reserved for complex dishes like curry. It never weighs the beer down, though, instead offering a huge punch to complement the sweet, funky Belgian yeast. After a few tastes, you quickly adjust and have to pace yourself. If you don’t, you’ll find that you’ve gulped the glass down without taking the time to savor everything that it has to offer.
Sneak Attack Saison is the rare beer that is able to offer a few unique notes while still coming off as well blended, with each of the distinct parts working together to create a beer that would be very hard to replicate.