The pale ale has everything you want in a summer beer. It’s highly crushable, light, subtly hoppy, and very refreshing on a sun-drenched, sweaty day. Honestly, there might not be a better beer for summer drinking (though, my god, is that ever debatable). IPAs are often too bitter to drink all day, wheat beers can be a little bold at times, and lagers sometimes come off a little basic.
In the US, the most popular variety of Pale Ale is, you guessed it, the American pale ale. This version of the style was first introduced in the ‘80s, when Sierra Nevada released its pale ale. Since then, craft breweries all over the country have brewed their own offerings. Since craft brewers clearly know quite a bit about pale ales, we asked some of our favorite brewers to tell us their go-to bottles and cans for summer drinking.
Fiction Madame Psychosis
Brad Manske, beverage director for VH Beer
Madame Psychosis from Fiction Beer Company is a New England style Hazy Pale Ale. It pours a hazy gold with flavors of papaya, mango, pineapple, and orange. Perfect after a long, hot day.
Cisco Whale’s Tale
Scott Francis, President, co-founder, CEO and co-owner of Santa Monica Brew Works
Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, Cisco Brewers. Wide beaches, rolling surf, and a laid-back lifestyle – that’s what we love about Santa Monica. When I’m looking to relax California-style on the East Coast, I’ll grab Whale’s Tale Pale Ale from Cisco Brewers on Nantucket. Lightly sweet malts with hints of straw and citric hop aromas.