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21 Beers You Need To Drink Before Summer's Over

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1. Flying Dog's Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Style: Herbed/Spiced BeerABV: 5.6%Availability: May-SeptemberIf you love beer and crab cakes, this is the drink for you. The folks at Flying Dog have managed to perfectly season this ale with just the right amount of Old Bay seasoning.
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Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

ABV: 5.6%

Availability: May-September

If you love beer and crab cakes, this is the drink for you. The folks at Flying Dog have managed to perfectly season this ale with just the right amount of Old Bay seasoning.

2. 21st Amendment's Hell Or High Watermelon

Style: Fruit/Wheat BeerABV: 4.9% Availability: Through summer.This wheat beer brewed with real watermelon is actually way more crisp than you'd expect and not nearly as sweet as it smells. If you think you hate fruit beer, definitely give this a try.
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Style: Fruit/Wheat Beer

ABV: 4.9%

Availability: Through summer.

This wheat beer brewed with real watermelon is actually way more crisp than you'd expect and not nearly as sweet as it smells. If you think you hate fruit beer, definitely give this a try.

3. Anchor Brewing's Summer Beer

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale ABV: 4.5%Availability: May-JulyThe first sip is surprisingly more sharp than your typical wheat beer, and it definitely smells strongly of bread. But that's all evened out by the zesty lemon flavors that makes this a solid beach-side beer.
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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.5%

Availability: May-July

The first sip is surprisingly more sharp than your typical wheat beer, and it definitely smells strongly of bread. But that's all evened out by the zesty lemon flavors that makes this a solid beach-side beer.

4. Dogfish Head's Festina Pèche

Style: Berliner Weissbier ABV: 4.5%Availability: Through summer.This beer is so balanced you'll wish it was around all year. The peach and wheat will probably make your mouth pucker, but it's more tart than tangy and finishes smoothly.
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Style: Berliner Weissbier

ABV: 4.5%

Availability: Through summer.

This beer is so balanced you'll wish it was around all year. The peach and wheat will probably make your mouth pucker, but it's more tart than tangy and finishes smoothly.

5. SanTan Brewing's Mr. Pineapple

Style: American Pale Wheat AleABV: 5%Availability: Through summer.Don't worry, this stuff doesn't taste like juice. It's a really refreshing and sharp wheat beer with just a hint of pineapple taste, so it's mild enough for a hot summer day.
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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5%

Availability: Through summer.

Don't worry, this stuff doesn't taste like juice. It's a really refreshing and sharp wheat beer with just a hint of pineapple taste, so it's mild enough for a hot summer day.

6. Anderson Valley's Summer Solstice Ale

Style: Cream AleABV: 5%Availability: April-AugustThis deep copper beer kind of tastes like melted caramel, and fits the description of "cream soda for adults". It's definitely not your typical summer beer, but that's what makes it all the more delicious!
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Style: Cream Ale

ABV: 5%

Availability: April-August

This deep copper beer kind of tastes like melted caramel, and fits the description of "cream soda for adults". It's definitely not your typical summer beer, but that's what makes it all the more delicious!

7. Bell's Oberon Ale

Style: American Pale Wheat AleABV: 5.8%Availability: March-SeptemberThis summer beer has become a stand-by for a reason: It's smooth, spicy, citrusy, and super refreshing. The light scents of orange and coriander makes this drinkable beer a "must drink".
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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Availability: March-September

This summer beer has become a stand-by for a reason: It's smooth, spicy, citrusy, and super refreshing. The light scents of orange and coriander makes this drinkable beer a "must drink".

8. Founders Brewing's Rübæus Raspberry Ale

Style: Fruit/Wheat BeerABV: 5.7%Availability: April-SeptemberIncorporating raspberries into multiple stages of the brewing process, Founders' Rübæus is truly a "berry red masterpiece". It tastes like the lovechild of barley wine and champagne, but smells like straight raspberries. What's not to love?
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Style: Fruit/Wheat Beer

ABV: 5.7%

Availability: April-September

Incorporating raspberries into multiple stages of the brewing process, Founders' Rübæus is truly a "berry red masterpiece". It tastes like the lovechild of barley wine and champagne, but smells like straight raspberries. What's not to love?

9. Harpoon Brewery's UFO Big Squeeze Shandy

Style: ShandyABV: 4.5%Availability: April-AugustIt's ain't summer without a shandy, and the UFO Big Squeeze really hits the spot. This tart wheat beer with added grapefruit juice is perfect for those who prefer their shandies to taste more like beer than juice.
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Style: Shandy

ABV: 4.5%

Availability: April-August

It's ain't summer without a shandy, and the UFO Big Squeeze really hits the spot. This tart wheat beer with added grapefruit juice is perfect for those who prefer their shandies to taste more like beer than juice.

10. Kona Brewing's Wailua Wheat Ale

Style: American Pale Wheat AleABV: 5.4%Availability: March-AugustThis beer is perfect when you just want something mild and drinkable on a hot summer day. There's definitely a tropical aftertaste (lookin' at you, passionfruit), but it's not overwhelming and finishes clean.
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Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Availability: March-August

This beer is perfect when you just want something mild and drinkable on a hot summer day. There's definitely a tropical aftertaste (lookin' at you, passionfruit), but it's not overwhelming and finishes clean.

11. Sixpoint's RAD Cycliquid

Style: Fruit BeerABV: 3.2%Availability: Through summer.This stuff is deliciously citrusy, but it seems wrong to call it beer. It's so packed with peaches, grapefruit, apricots, and oranges that there's even pulp in it! But if you're looking for something sweet and tangy to cool you off, this blend won't let you down.
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Style: Fruit Beer

ABV: 3.2%

Availability: Through summer.

This stuff is deliciously citrusy, but it seems wrong to call it beer. It's so packed with peaches, grapefruit, apricots, and oranges that there's even pulp in it! But if you're looking for something sweet and tangy to cool you off, this blend won't let you down.

12. Left Hand Brewing's Good Juju

Style: Herbed/Spiced BeerABV: 4.5%Availability: Through summer.This one is basically ginger ale for grown-ups. It's very spicy and may sting your nostrils, but if ginger is your thing then this beer will not disappoint. And while it's delicious cold, it only gets more flavorful as it sits.
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Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

ABV: 4.5%

Availability: Through summer.

This one is basically ginger ale for grown-ups. It's very spicy and may sting your nostrils, but if ginger is your thing then this beer will not disappoint. And while it's delicious cold, it only gets more flavorful as it sits.

13. Ommegang's Glimmerglass

Style: Saison/Farmhouse AleABV: 5.4%Availability: Through spring (so get it fast!).Ommegang specializes in saisons, so get ready for bold taste with a tart, dry finish. This one has tons of pear and apple flavor, but the heavy yeast used in the brewing style ensures the sweetness stays nice and mild.
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Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Availability: Through spring (so get it fast!).

Ommegang specializes in saisons, so get ready for bold taste with a tart, dry finish. This one has tons of pear and apple flavor, but the heavy yeast used in the brewing style ensures the sweetness stays nice and mild.

14. Abita's Strawberry Harvest

Style: Fruit/Wheat BeerABV: 4.2%Availability: Year-round!This one is around all year, but it's definitely best enjoyed in the summer. Brewed with real Louisiana strawberries, this is one of Abita's best fruit harvest lagers because it actually tastes like the fruit itself: Sweet and juicy, but not syrupy.
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Style: Fruit/Wheat Beer

ABV: 4.2%

Availability: Year-round!

This one is around all year, but it's definitely best enjoyed in the summer. Brewed with real Louisiana strawberries, this is one of Abita's best fruit harvest lagers because it actually tastes like the fruit itself: Sweet and juicy, but not syrupy.

15. Elysian's SuperFuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale

Style: American Pale AleABV: 5.4%Availability: April-JulyEqual parts zesty and hoppy, this beer smells way more intense than it tastes. It tastes a bit like toasted oranges and cloves, and it's nice and crisp for hot summer days.
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Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.4%

Availability: April-July

Equal parts zesty and hoppy, this beer smells way more intense than it tastes. It tastes a bit like toasted oranges and cloves, and it's nice and crisp for hot summer days.

16. Rogue's American Amber Ale

Style: American Amber AleABV: 5.3%Availability: June-SeptemberThis dark red ale balances a toffee-ish smell with a taste of roasted fruit and vanilla. This one's perfect for when the sun is going down and there's a cooler breeze, so the warm flavors won't be too overwhelming.
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Style: American Amber Ale

ABV: 5.3%

Availability: June-September

This dark red ale balances a toffee-ish smell with a taste of roasted fruit and vanilla. This one's perfect for when the sun is going down and there's a cooler breeze, so the warm flavors won't be too overwhelming.

17. Stillwater Artisanal's Of Love And Regret

Style: Herbed/Spiced BeerABV: 7.2%Availability: April-SeptemberThis beer actually tastes like spring. It's full of chamomile, lavender, and dandelion, and while you'd think you'd hate "grassy hops", this beer pulls it off. Enjoy on a breezy, sunny day, preferably in a meadow.
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Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

ABV: 7.2%

Availability: April-September

This beer actually tastes like spring. It's full of chamomile, lavender, and dandelion, and while you'd think you'd hate "grassy hops", this beer pulls it off. Enjoy on a breezy, sunny day, preferably in a meadow.

18. Perennial's Regalia

Brewery: Perennial Artisanal AlesStyle: Saison/Farmhouse AleABV: 8.5%Availability: Through summer.This stuff is brewed with brettanomyces, a kind of funky yeast that gives saisons their distinct tartness. But the dose in this guy is pretty mild and tempered by lemongrass, so you get a complex beer that's still totally drinkable.
Phil Wymore / Via Twitter: @theandyhille

Brewery: Perennial Artisanal Ales

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 8.5%

Availability: Through summer.

This stuff is brewed with brettanomyces, a kind of funky yeast that gives saisons their distinct tartness. But the dose in this guy is pretty mild and tempered by lemongrass, so you get a complex beer that's still totally drinkable.

19. Deschutes' Twilight Summer Ale

Style: American Blonde AleABV: 5%Availability: June-September Not too hoppy and just a tad spicy, this "subtle, pleasant beer" has an herby smell that makes you think of sunny days in the woods. So you should probably go drink it there.
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Style: American Blonde Ale

ABV: 5%

Availability: June-September

Not too hoppy and just a tad spicy, this "subtle, pleasant beer" has an herby smell that makes you think of sunny days in the woods. So you should probably go drink it there.

20. Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Crisp Lager

Style: Czech PilsenerABV: 5%Availability: Through summer.This lager is pretty dry, supah smooth, and great for quenching your thirst when it's too damn hot out. It's a little citrusy but you can definitely taste the hops, and the combination helps this one live up to its crisp reputation.
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Style: Czech Pilsener

ABV: 5%

Availability: Through summer.

This lager is pretty dry, supah smooth, and great for quenching your thirst when it's too damn hot out. It's a little citrusy but you can definitely taste the hops, and the combination helps this one live up to its crisp reputation.

21. AleSmith's Summer YuleSmith

Style: Imperial IPAABV: 8.5%Availability: Through summer (and again in winter!)AleSmith release two versions of YuleSmith: one just in time for Christmas, and another just in time for the 4th of July. The latter has a little more spice and is way more fruity, but don't worry because there's no doubt it's still an IPA. If you love hops, this stuff should definitely be on your summer bucket list.
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Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.5%

Availability: Through summer (and again in winter!)

AleSmith release two versions of YuleSmith: one just in time for Christmas, and another just in time for the 4th of July. The latter has a little more spice and is way more fruity, but don't worry because there's no doubt it's still an IPA. If you love hops, this stuff should definitely be on your summer bucket list.

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