Sixpoint Tesla Lager

Honestly, none of the Sixpoint beers have really floated my boat. The reason I am giving them another chance is because they named this lager "Tesla," and I have an affinity for that particular individual. I still don't know what the deal is with the energy drink cans that they serve these in, but that's what they're sticking to.

The pleasantly gold-orange colored beer has a patchy head with lots of lacing that is more reminiscent of an IPA than a lager. The aroma is similarly hoppy, but the malt is definitely stronger than most IPAs. It's an odd mixture of aromas, and I completely dig it.

First sip is like Two-Face, the Batman villain (not the Tommy Lee Jones version, but close). The malt is high, sweet, and light. At the same time, the hops are headstrong, floral, and a bit piney; they really don't like being in this can with the malt at all, and they don't care who knows it. Maybe the world will make sense with a swig.

Tip-in is very light carbonation tingle, thick, bready sweet malt, and the hops riding high on it. The middle is really kind of more of the same; the malt and the hops are getting along much better in the full swig than it did in the sip. As long as the rest of the beer can hold things together, this will all go well. The finish is not bad - with a caramel, floral, pine, citrus mix not overwhelming anything, but the trail-off is bitterness and pine aftertaste.

Bottom Line: Not the best lager, but I like the idea of adding hops to them. I'm just not sure about this execution.

2.25/5

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