15 May, 2019
12 of the best summer beers to throw in your beach bag, your backpack or your beer refrigerator
The summer is an exciting season to drink beer. Suddenly, radlers, coolers, citrus fruits and an infusion of berries begin to appear and multiply on store shelves. Each is designed by experts for fun, frivolity and refreshments.
We've tasted dozens of trusted breweries, as well as a few new brands on the market, as one of our favorites this summer.
Here are the 12 best beers for the summer that we have tasted so far in 2019.
Stony Creek Sun Juice Tropical Lager
This reinvented summer season (a Belgian season) has made a comeback as a "tropical blonde". Translation? A pilsner base brewed with hops Citra, Simcoe and Idaho 7 added late, for a blurry and juicy fun. On the nose, aromas of orange, peach, pineapple and passion fruit burst. His body is bright and effervescent, and bitter in the finish. "It's nothing like a lager," noted one taster. "But it's summer, do not we care what?"
Sun Up Hazy Talea Beer Co. IPA
Talea Beer Co., produced by the New York-based Torch & Crown, brimming with seductive aromas of passion fruit and pineapple, "plus a citrus note, herbal, like lemongrass," has declared a taster. Soft and bushy on the palate, it exudes a fuzzy mouthfeel, but reminiscent of intense creamy sweetness, "like a fuzzy IPA session," said a taster (but beware: it's at 6.5 percent ABV).
AleSmith x Maui Hello Hoaloha
This lager brewed with koshihikari rice seduced the tasters thanks to its "nectary" aromas of dried apricot and passion fruit. It is sparkling like a raw IPA – or champagne – with a slight grain flavor and a pleasant pithy bitterness. "I could drink a lot of brunch," said a taster.
Firestone Walker Rosalie
Paso Robles, California
This salmon-colored beer is brewed with Chardonnay grapes and hibiscus. The tasters agreed that it was their favorite among all the beers recently inspired by the rosés. Notes of strawberry and watermelon on the nose reminded the taster "a sparkling rosé in session".
Harpoon Rec. League
This low-alcohol, low-calorie lager (120 cans of 12 ounces) is refreshing at first glance, sniffing and sip. Its pear and peach aromas reminded a taster to "put his head in a basket of fruit", which is quite normal. Its IPA session-like flavors end with herbaceous and herbaceous notes.
South-level sweep light
This session of light, light-bodied beer begins with avant-garde flavors, later revealing the subtlest citrusy hop character. An excellent choice for those who find that the beer is too bitter, it provides "a refreshment similar to that of Seltz with a grain finish," said a taster.
Spiny Doghead Superight
"This is an excellent beer for breakfast," said a VinePair panelist at an early tasting. Presented as a "super gose", the SuperEIGHT contains "eight heroic ingredients": prickly pear juice, mango, ripe berries, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry and kiwi, grilled quinoa and sea salt red Hawaii. Brilliant and red fruit, it would be a great companion with pancakes or a plate of cold cuts and cheese.
Sixpoint Tropical Jammer
This variation of Sixpoint's Jammer, imbued with tropical fruit, has a candied orange aroma. "Tastes are like gelatin bears!" Said a taster. This may seem exaggerated, but these fruity flavors resembling sweets are counterbalanced by a bitterness of melon zest. "It's a happy place between blurred IPA and fuzzy," says another taster.
Urban Gose Lime Cucumber South
This warm, warm-weather beer has a "sparkling cucumber-spa water" aroma, a light, fluffy body and a thirst-quenching salty note. Panelists agreed that gose lovers were just as satisfied as those who did not know this style, and that the lime confers a familiar and refreshing flavor. "It tastes like a fun cocktail," said a taster.
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Brewed with raspberry and lemon zest, this beer gives off a hibiscus rose. On the nose, "they are raspberries very straight," said a taster, with a hint of lemon. An effervescence of the champagne type complements the flavors of citrus and berries. It is neither too tart, nor salty, nor too sweet. This riff on a traditional gose is "definitely a delicious summer for a drink," said a panelist.
Jack's Abby Bloody Orange Wheat
This reinvented radler picks up the traditional grapefruit for blood orange juice and softens the body with wheat in the grain. As a result, it is more subtle than a typical radler but also more nuanced, it is suitable for both lager lovers and bloodthirsty oranges.
New Belgian mural x Primus Agua Fresca Cerveza
Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, N.C.
This vibrant beer is produced in partnership with Primus Cerveceria de Mexico and is brewed with hibiscus, agave, watermelon and lime. It's the ultimate summer refreshment. The best of all? It was initially brewed in test groups at Primus, but is now available in all 50 US states.