Bitterness may hijack headlines, but above all, today’s IPAs are a riot of citrus: lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit. To amplify the grove-fresh aromatics and flavors supplied by hops, brewers are infusing IPAs with everything from grapefruit juice to orange zest and tangerine peel.
Like splashing chili with hot sauce, the fruit addition revs up hop varieties like tangerine-tinged Mandarina Bavaria or tropical, citrus-popped Citra. The resulting IPAs are stupendous warm-weather sippers, beach-ready beers for sunshine and a steady breeze.
For people that blanch at bitterness, IPA’s divisive calling card, citrus offerings sport a friendlier approach, highlighting widely loved flavor profiles while reining in intensity. These citrus IPAs mostly avoid high-alcohol levels, coming in somewhere between 6–7% abv, just enough to brighten the day, not knock you over.
Here are five citrus IPAs to get you juiced for summer.
Released earlier this year, Citradelic tastes moderately sweet and bitter, flush with tangerine peel and hops that include passion fruit-like Galaxy and citrusy Citra for a fragrant rush.
Germany’s recently developed Mandarina Bavaria hops and plenty of sweet orange peel supply this caramel-kissed Colorado IPA with a gorgeous zesty complexity.
Made with flaked oats, grapefruit juice and peel, and peach-like Mosaic hops, Sam Adams’ variation is hazy and balanced, with an appealing tartness.
Ballast Point’s citrusy riff on its flagship IPA, lush with flavors of apricots, mangos and lemons, is thirst quenching despite its 7 percent abv.
This sunshine-gold San Diego IPA is seasoned with tangerine zest, drinking juicy with a jolt of rind-like bitterness. It’s like Tropicana by way of the beer aisle.