Springtime is upon us and summer is around the corner. Time to stock up on beer that will have you singing with the birds! As a home brewer and beer enthusiast, I’ve put together a list of five beers that are perfect to enjoy in the springtime. The list includes beers for any occasion, perfect beers for barbeques, and even a beer to pair with Easter candy! Enjoy, and cheers for spring!
1) Dale’s Pale Ale
Oscar Blue’s Brewery, Colorado
Estimated Cost: $19.99/12 pack cans or $10.00/6 pack cans
Cascading from a can, Dale’s Pale ale fills the glass with a perfectly clear golden copper hue and a white bubbly carbonated head that lingers as it fades like a spring sunset. The pour unleashes a crisp fruity, piney, hop aroma balanced with the sweetness of the malt backbone. Upon first taste, a refreshing hop character shines through and fades at the back of the tongue. Some describe this beer as being a hybrid between an IPA and pale ale, but the hop character fades at the back which would leave IPA fans wanting more. Overall, this light to medium bodied beer is perfect for any day or occasion, and I find it extremely refreshing.
2) Founder’s Centennial IPA
Founder’s Brewery, Michigan
ABV: 7.2%, 65 IBUs
Estimated Cost: $19.99/12 pack cans or $11.99/6 pack bottles Founder’s Centennial IPA pours with a clear caramel colored body topped off with a perfect foamy creamy white head almost like that of a root beer float. Over some time the head dissipates and leaves an artfully constructed ring around in the inside of the glass. Don’t be afraid to stick your nose over the top of the glass for an unforgettable experience with the centennial hop aroma as citrus and fruit pervade your senses. Personally I pick up pine, oranges, grapefruit, mango, papaya, and maybe a touch of bubblegum. At first taste, the beer travels all over your tongue to give you the full experience of the centennial hop. Much like the aroma, you pick up the citrus and pine which is balanced out by a malty backbone and a medium body. Bitterness lingers but the malt character balances nicely. As you get down to the bottom of the glass, your thoughts start turn to wanting another pour, as to submerge yourself in this artfully crafted centennial hopped delight. 3) Saison Dupont
Brasserie Dupont sprl, Belgium
Estimated Cost: $10.00/750ml bomber
Pouring into the glass, the beer appears a straw yellow color that may remind you of burnt yellow grass in the summertime. The head is light and bubbly, as this brew appears to have strong carbonation and head retention. Nose characteristics are a farmhouse smell with light refreshing grassy notes as well as a Belgian funk and floral notes. Freshly cut grass as well as an old barn smell comes to mind as the aroma lightly breezes through your senses. The taste is an elegant blend of a grassy funk typical of the style as well as a light, low acid refreshing hop character. Typical of the style, the beer is dry and refreshing.
4) Sweet Baby Jesus: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
Duclaw’s Brewing Comapany, Maryland.
Estimated Cost: $10.00/6 pack
A candy-like springtime brew just in time for Easter! Into a snifter, this beer pours dark and opaque with virtually no light coming through on the glass. The head looks like the milk leftover after you eat your cocoa puff cereal and has a nice retention. The bouquet fills your senses with a roasted peanut aroma balanced out with a chocolate background. There seems to be little to no hop character on the nose of this one, as the peanut butter smell stars. At first taste I had a silly moment where I had exclaimed the title of this beer! Roasted peanuts come through onto the tongue predominantly while the chocolate character acts like the malt character in this medium bodied brew. Dessert lovers and those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven with this one. Simply put, this beer tastes like a Reese’s cup or the classic peanut butter chocolate egg in your Easter basket. For a great experience, pair this beer with some spring Easter candy or vanilla ice cream for a beer float!
5) Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale
North Coast Brewing Company, California
Estimated Cost: $10.00/6 pack
Upon cracking open the bottle, this beer pours a clear copper color with a fair amount of carbonation giving this beer a nice beige colored head. On the nose you will get a ton of caramel notes with a nice crisp hop characteristic that almost gives this beer a lager characteristic (even though it is an ale). On the taste you get a well balanced sweet amber malt paired with a citrus, grapefruit characteristic hop flavor. On the finish there is a small amount of bitterness that is not overpowering, but instead makes you wanting another sip. This medium bodied beer goes perfect on a spring evening and will pair perfectly with anything off the grill!
For springtime, you cant go wrong with any of these brews! After all, what is springtime without a great beer to go with it? Cheers for springs!
Source: Beer Advocate