April showers lead to May flowers, and in the case of beer, it also leads to some new, intriguing styles and flavors as well.
This month, brewers were far from shy when it came to conjuring up various recipes to help brighten up the rainy days and enhance the ones with sunshine. With the list of so many different delicious flavors and hues to choose from, here are five excellent new beers to try first.
Standing short at only 3.8 percent ABV, don’t let the lower alcohol content fool you, as this beer comes with plenty of aromas and flavor. Whiffs of tropical fruit accompanied by some citrus and orange peel kick off the journey. Juicy mango, pineapple, and hints of grapefruit flavors hit the palate, followed by a light hop bitterness that finishes off clean and refreshing.
This Grateful Dead-inspired ale is brewed with granola, honey, and American hops to give all the rock fans a beer to remember. It’s medium-bodied with pine, citrus, and biscuit aromas accompanied by caramel and honey notes that are well-balanced by a cereal character and orange peel. Each sip provides flavors of freshly baked bread with bits of orange and lemon notes mixed with a light honey sweetness.
Here we have a low-alcohol session pilsner that presents a bright golden hue and light-medium body. It possesses a lightly toasted nose with a citrus backdrop and a touch of pineapple. This brew provides a malt-forward flavor, followed by some fresh orange and tropical characteristics with a hint of biscuit that finishes off dry and crisp. As soon as you drink one, you’ll be ready for another.
This is another low-alcohol session beer—sitting at 4 percent ABV—that exhibits aromas of blackberry and cherry with a hint of floral hops and notes of sea salt and freshly picked cucumbers. Flavors of sweet berries, cereal, and sea salt strike the palate with a slightly astringent, tangy finish. This beer comes in an assortment of flavors, including coriander, lemon-lime, tropical fruit, and grapefruit.
IPA lovers will dig this beer that has plenty of citrus flavor with a medium body and copper tint that provides a moderately bitter profile. Aromas of mandarin, plum, and cherry present themselves quickly, with a hint of pale malts following. The taste is similar, with mandarin orange being the primary player, while a cherry character pops in midway through a swig and a hint of biscuit brings up the rear. This brew finishes off dry with plenty of citrus character lingering behind, seeking to be revamped by the next sip.