By Alison Bailin Batz
Now that the sun is shining, beer lovers are trading their stouts for sours and India pale ales – or IPAs. Boasting notes of blackberry, apple and citrus, these fruity flavors make the hoppy and tart brews the perfect choice for a spring day in the pool or a night grilling on the patio. Here are some worth tasting this season.
12 West Brewing Co.
Frontside IPA is aggressively hopped to achieve the big, juicy, aromatic West Coast IPA style that is so popular these days. It boasts notes of grapefruit, tangerine and pine, and it is assuredly bold in each sip. www.12westbrewing.com.
Hop Knot IPA
Four Peaks Brewing Co.
Hop Knot features five American hop varieties – Glacier, Liberty, Magnum and Simco – woven into the brewing process at seven different intervals for bold hop flavor intertwined with crisp, clean bitterness. www.fourpeaks.com.
Mosaic Mo’Betta Double IPA
Maui Brewing Co.
Deep golden in appearance and with a tropical aroma, this juicy double IPA surprises with hints of berries and citrus in every sip. It has heavy Mosaic dry hops, which round out the juicy flavor and provide the pleasurably punch on the tongue. www.mauibrewing.com.
Left Handed Monkey Wrench
North Mountain Brewing Company
This beer is brewed with a variety of malts, including Vienna, Honey and Aromatic, along with flaked oats. A generous amount of aroma hops is added at the end of the brew for a nice, smooth malt flavor layered with a mellow hop bitterness and fruity hop aromas. www.northmountainbrewing.com.
Copper State IPA
Huss Brewing Co.
The popular local brand’s flagship IPA, which is named after one of Arizona’s most historic industries, features Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. Together, they provide a juicy, yet dry tropical fruit flavor with a bitterness for a balanced IPA. www.hussbrewing.com.
In the Dark - Blackberry Dark Sour Ale
Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery
Come over to the dark side with this unique blackberry sour ale brewed by Two Brothers. Your taste buds will thank you as the sour blackberry fruit notes meet with a touch of roasted coffee and subtle chocolate sweetness for a perfectly balanced treat. www.twobrothersbrewing.com.
Rodenbach Vintage 2016
Named the best sour beer in the world at the 2018 World Beer Awards, Rodenbach Vintage is an exceptional sour with a taste profile of appley fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey, oak and a touch of vanilla and cherry. It is slightly sour, incredibly refreshing and perfectly balanced. www.rodenbach.be.
Hey Girl Hey! Double IPA
Cold Water Brewery & Grill
Originally brewed by the women of Cold Water Brewery in honor of International Women’s Day each March, the brew continues to stand on the menu and in stores given its golden, aromatic hops and easy drinking nature. www.tahoecoldwaterbrewery.com.