The allure of the 16-ounce tall boy is pretty simple: It has more beer in it. Why drink a normal 12-ounce beer when you can drink four ounces more? The answer used to be because only crappy macro lagers came in big cans. No longer. The past year has seen several great American craft breweries opting for the big-can format. Cans keep beer fresher than bottles do, they’re lighter and more portable, and of course they’re more fun to crush on your head. The 16-ounce can offers another upside: It fills a pint glass ­perfectly.

Dale’s pale ale
Oskar Blues Brewery
Artisanal canned-beer pioneer Oskar Blues now offers its classic pale ale in a supersize 19-ounce can.

Sweet Action
Sixpoint Brewery
A little sweet, tasting slightly of orange and peach, dark in color but light on the palate, this unique cream ale grows on you with each sip.

Shift Pale Lager
New Belgium Brewing Company
A damn fine lawnmower beer. Crisp and light, it’s zested with earthy hops and anchored by a good malt backbone.

Torpedo Extra IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Craft beer master Sierra Nevada killed it when it created this perfectly balanced IPA. It delivers crazy-bold hops without being undrinkably cloying.

G’Knight ­Imperial Red Ale
Oskar Blues Brewery
A dangerously strong (8.7 percent ABV) hoppy beer with a nice malty finish. It’s named in honor of a local brewer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a fire.