With newer breeds of hops like Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe imparting some amazing tropical fruit flavors and aromas, many brewers are doubling down by adding actual fruit to the mix. What better time than summer to turn up the tropical. We love pineapple, and if you do too, here are four fresh new flavors that are not to be missed.
Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin
Over the past decade, Ballast Point Sculpin has garnered countless accolades and has grown to one of the most recognized and highest rated IPAs on the market. How do you improve on such greatness? First they added grapefruit to the mix and we said, wow! Now theyve turned to pineapple, imparting a touch of tropical sweetness to the classic piney and citrusy Sculpin finish. Once again, Ballast Point nails it!
Sweetwater Goin' Coastal
Goin Coastal combines The Three Cs of hops (Columbus, Cascade and Centennial) with Simcoe and Goldings for big waves of citrus and big juicy tropical fruit. Add pineapple to the mix and youre left with a zesty fruit forward IPA. At 6.1% abv, its not quite a session IPA, but a touch of wheat helps make it so light and refreshing youll be jonesing for more.
Horny Goat Laka Laka Pineapple Hefe
Not in the mood for something hoppy? Horny Goat has you covered with their Laka Laka Pineapple Hefeweizen. This creamy wheat beer combines the spicy and fruity notes a good yeasty hefe is famous for, with bright sweet pineapple. This tropical treat comes in cans, perfect for the boat or the beach!
Ace Pineapple Cider
Pineapple Cider? Thats right, pineapple is popping up everywhere these days. Ace makes great cider and this is one of their most requested varieties. Up front its an explosion of gummie candy sweetness, yet surprisingly it has enough acidity to finish dry. This is great over ice and if you add a splash of your favorite rum youve got a quick and easy summer cocktail.
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