Monday, August 21st 2011
Sankaty Light is the second canned release from Nantucket Island's Cisco Brewers. It joins their Whale's Tale Pale Ale which made it into cans last summer for the first time. Both beers are being contract brewed and canned in Utica, New York by F.X. Matt (the same brewery that cans Harpoon's IPA and Summer Beer).
From the Cisco site:
"Sankaty Light Lager is a light American Golden Lager. This delicious creation is light-bodied with tremendous balance and distinct hop character. At 3.8% alcohol and 126 calories this light beer ha s true flavor and body while being easy to drink and easier on the waistline. It is named after the famous lighthouse that has stood on a bluff on the southeastern side of Nantucket Island since 1849."
From the CAN:
"This American Golden Lager is the lightest lager we’ve made so far. Its drinkability, crisp citrus hop elements, and smooth malty finish make it not too light but just right. Don’t fall off the bluff!*"
*Note to get the joke: The Sankaty Light, after which this beer is named, was moved several hundred feet inland in 2007 to keep it from falling off an eroding bluff.
Here we go...
Pour - very, very pale yellow. Out of the bright light it’s almost olive drab. Almost no lacing, though that is expected for a light lager.
Aroma - the mystery malt and mystery hops used in this lager combine to make this one carry a distinct aroma of lemongrass. Very pleasant on a warm summer afternoon.
Taste - in spite of its light body the flavor profile has some character. Starts off with some modest malt sweetness and finishes with a very mild citrus zing. Plenty of tight carbonation helps this one dry out considerably and by the end of each sip we were ready for another to quench our thirst.
Overall - a fine summer beer for those of us who are (or should be) watching their waistlines by enjoying a couple lighter, lower calorie beers once in a while. Go into this one expecting a light lager and we’re sure you’ll find you enjoy it much more than most of the “lights” that are available nationally.
Note - Sankaty Light is the lowest ABV craft beer currently being canned in the US. Not surprisingly many craft brewers don't feel it necessary to try and compete with the big guys when it comes to light beer in cans.
Posted by Trent
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