7 seasonal craft beers for the warmer days of spring

The weather is finally getting warm and the brews we're drinking are getting lighter.  And while spring is known for easier-to-drink craft beers, that certainly doesn't mean boring.  Here are 7 intriguing spring seasonal craft beers to bring you out of winter hibernation.

  • 1. A Hopwork Orange

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    Beginning with a hoppy, lemon pine smell, with a bit of orange zest, Blue Mountain Brewery's A Hopwork Orange, as it's name implies, is all about the orange.  It's got a smooth, sweet taste, with a finish of bitter orange rind.  Very light and drinkable, it's perfect for a cool, early-spring day.

  • 2. Long Hammer IPA

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    Long Hammer IPA has a pleasant, natural nose of pine, with a hint of honeysuckle.  Crisp and mild, with a great balance of hops and malt, this brew is highly drinakable.

  • 3. Spellbound Brewing's Peach IPA

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    Spellbound Brewing's Peach IPA has a sweet and inviting aroma of, well, peach… peach iced tea, to be specific.  Don't get the wrong impression, though; this is a powerful IPA, beginning with a sweet, natural peach flavor, and ending with the bitterness of brewed tea.  Interestingly, we detected a bit of a spicy, jalapeno-like warmth as well in the finish.

  • 4. Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin

    Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin

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    Ballast Point Brewing Company's Habanero Sculpin has a very unique nose of a fresh, spring salad, slightly sweet like a fresh bell pepper, with a hint of hops.  It has a subtle sweetness to its flavor as well, which is important, as the other half of the brew is quite spicy.  The habanero peppers added compliment the beer's bitterness, adding a pleasant tingle. The more you drink it, the hotter it seems to get, so if you're sensitive, you may want an antacid close by.

  • 5. Prairie Artisan Ales Standard Farmhouse Ale

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    Prairie Artisan Ales' Standard Farmhouse Ale starts with a sweet, buttery, banana nose, reminiscent of a classic German beer.  Its complex flavor includes black licorice and lemon, in a pleasantly light body.  Interestingly, its finish reminds us a bit of a sour pickle.

  • 6. Mikkeller Wit Fit

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    While Mikkeller's Wit Fit smells of sweet lemon with a touch of smokiness, its flavor isn't citrusy.  It has notes of pine, with a bitter, notably dry, cocoa finish, followed by a bit of a banana-like aftertaste.

  • 7. New Holland Brewing Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale

    New Holland Brewing Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale

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    New Holland Brewing's Monkey King Saison Farmhouse Ale has a nose of rum raisin ice cream.  We detected notes of banana bread as well, balanced with a tartness of green apple and lemon and bitterness of walnut.  We also tasted a hint of burnt sugar, adding sweetness to this full-flavored brew.