21st Amendment Brewery — San Francisco, CA
The tasting: Light golden straw in color, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipates fairly slowly. The cardamom is immediately recognizable in the aroma. Clove and light coriander are also present in the nose. All of the same elements are noticeable in flavor with the addition of bready malt and mild alcohol. There are light earthy hop notes, but overall bitterness is low, which allows the spicy flavors to shine. Sneak Attack is light bodied, dry, crisp in mouth feel, and finishes with long lingering cardamom.
Rating: 4 star. Really Good! I want this again! I’m very familiar with cardamom because it’s commonly used in Indian cuisine—especially desserts. I had reservations about how it might taste in beer, but I was pleasantly surprised! Cardamom is a perfect complement to the typical spicy notes that result from Belgian yeast strains. As a spice, cardamom can be overpowering. However, I thought its level was perfect in Sneak Attack. This would be a great summer beer! Unfortunately, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is firmly entrenched as 21A’s summer seasonal. I think I may stockpile a few six packs of Sneak Attack for the summer!
Have you tasted Sneak Attack?