The summer beer season is in full swing! While there a multitude of summer seasonals on the market, I thought I'd highlight a few limited release beers that are making their debuts this season. I present, for your consideration, Widmer Brothers Hefe Berry Lime, Smuttynose Summer IPA, Full Sail Session Watermelon, and Fort George 3-Way IPA:
Widmer Brothers Hefe Berry Lime *: Looking at the label, you might expect this to be a fruity beer. Make no mistake, this is first and foremost Widmer Brothers' classic Hefe, but with summery twist! The berry and lime flavors promised on the label are present, but the fruit notes augment the flavor rather than dominate it. While the fruit flavor is present, it's not sweet. It finishes with a surprising tart twang. Nicely balanced and very well done!
Smuttynose Summer IPA *: This brand new summer seasonal from Smuttynose Brewing Co. is made with Zeus, Citra, Saphir, and Amarillo hop. It weight in at a svelte 5% ABV and 25 IBUs. It's light bodied, full of tropical and citrus flavors, with a dry finish. If you're looking for a new session IPA, give it a try.
Full Sail Session Watermelon Wheat *: Full Sail's latest release from its Session line showcases one of everyone's favorite summer fruits. Make that everyone but me. I'm one of the few that isn't a fan of the melon 'o water. Undaunted, I cracked open bottle. The aroma has is similar to Session Premium Lager, and the watermelon flavor makes its appearance in the middle and finish. The watermelon is unmistakable, but not sweet. If you like watermelon, you should give this well balanced beer a try.
Fort George 3-Way IPA: This year's installment teams Fort George with Ruben's Brews and Great Notion. Hazy IPAs (also known as New England or Vermont IPAs) are all the rage in craft beer these days. This cloudy hop bomb showcases the Azacca, X331, Mosaic, and Citra hop varieties. In a word, it's JUICY! It has tons of citrus, tropical, and piney flavors but without the harsh bitterness. Get your hands a can before it runs out!
While warm weather will still be with us for a while, the summer beer season is starting to wind down. So be sure to enjoy your favorites while they last. Autumn beers are already starting to find their way onto grocery stores shelves!
* Samples provided by the brewery