Ultimate 6er | Chicago Summer Ale Varieties
The dog days of summer are upon us. With every drop of sweat comes a need for refreshment, and what better way to achieve that relief than with a beer? The citrus-laden and coconut-flavored brews are just begging to be enjoyed under the summer sun. Here are six summer ale selections to help carry you through July and onto the season’s dog days.
Grapefruit Belt & Suspenders IPA | Buckledown Brewing
ABV: 7% | IBU: 68
Affectionately referred to as a GIPA by many BuckleDown fans on social media, it’s the grapefruit version of the BuckleDown flagship Belt & Suspenders IPA, which is comprised of bountiful Nugget, Crystal and Sterling hops. The IPA offers heaps of hop aroma on the nose that immediately gives way to a sublime maltiness — a staple of BuckleDown brews. Throw in grapefruit and you get a bit of citrus acidity, tartness and mouthwatering-induced juiciness – a perfect summer ale.
PaHoeHoe Coconut Ale | Two Brothers Brewing
ABV: 5.2% | IBU: 16.1
The subdued hoppy bitterness offers opportunity for the coconut and vanilla to shine. For coconut fans, this is a good, crushable summer brew. Pair this summer ale with fish tacos or spicy, sizzling Mexican food and you are having yourself a fine summer day.
Are you curious about the name? PaHoeHoe is the name for the basaltic lava that forms smooth undulating or ropy masses, which is common in Hawaii.
Maui Gold Pineapple IPA | Around the Bend Beer Co.
ABV: 4.5% | IBU: 66
Maui Gold first hits you with flavor and aroma emanating from its 100% Citra hops. Following that hoppiness comes the pineapple — just enough pineapple to say, “Welcome to summer.” Together, the Citra and pineapple provide a profound citrus flavor. As a sessionable sipper, it’s great for beach drinking, boat drinking, fishin’, grillin’, corn hole, eating ribs… well, anything you do in the summer.
Mango Guppy IPA | Pipeworks Brewing
Pipeworks released its mango IPA in April. The Mosaic and Citra hopped IPA enjoys the addition of mango and wildflower honey, along with a noticeable maltiness. It’s hard to believe Guppy is a Pipeworks beer by its description, let alone its sessionable nature. But, the in-your-face, bold citrus and hoppy flavor, as well as the artwork, makes it all abundantly clear; Mango Guppy is a wonderful summer ale from Pipeworks.
Sliced Nectarine IPA | Moody Tongue
The brewery known for its culinary brewing offers this delectable, citrusy, medium-bodied IPA, which pours an auburn color and presents both nectarine flavor and white-peach aroma to the drinker. Moody notes, “The inspiration for this beer came in the form of a summer farmer’s market and the abundances of fresh fruits and produce. The resulting IPA showcases a bright tropical aroma of stone fruits that balances the grapefruit acidity of the Chinook hops.”
Lulo Galáctico Telefantástico IPA | 5 Rabbit Cerveceria
ABV: 8% | IBU: 70
5 Rabbit brings the vibrancy of tropical and Latin American flavors to life in almost every beer it serves, and this summer ale is no different. 5 Rabbit explains, “Lulo (also known as “naranjilla”), is a tropical fruit in the tomato family popular in Colombia and elsewhere in South America… we thought lulo would blend well with the fruitiness of Galaxy hops.” Indeed, the hops are the perfect compliment to this fruity — but far from overly sweet — IPA.