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9 Refreshing Citrus IPAs to Drink This Season

9 Refreshing Citrus IPAs to Drink This Season

The trend in IPA land is citrus. Now, lots of brewers pack juicy fruit notes into their beers with the right hops—amarillo and citra, among others—but that’s not the only way to get that orange and grapefruit infusion, obviously. More and more breweries are going straight to the source and adding fruit or juice right to the brew. What you end up with is an IPA that could go with your morning eggs. Here are nine to try.

Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA

Funky Buddha knows how to infuse beer with interesting flavor. While not the wildest (see: Sweet Potato Casserole, Last Snow, and Don’t Tell Reece Peanut Butter Cup Brown Ale), More Moro Blood Orange IPA is one of their best for the end of summer. Brewed with lots of sliced and diced moro, an American blood orange varietal, the beer is a juicy treat. Even if you don’t live in Florida, this Funky Buddha brew has been popping up outside of the Sunshine State. Link

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

When you’re starting with a world-class IPA like Sculpin, you’re gonna have to try hard to screw up your variant. As you would expect, Grapefruit Sculpin knocks it out of the park. The citrusy hops compliment the tartness of the grapefruit perfectly, in a way that makes you wish all grapefruit juice came with a hoppy aroma. Link

Lagunitas Citrusinensis Pale Ale

Okay, so it’s technically considered a pale ale, but the line between the two styles has been blurred so much that we feel it’s admissible. Besides, Citrusinensis from Lagunitas is freaking fantastic. Sanguinello blood oranges get juiced and concentrated before being added to a wheatier version of New Dogtown Pale Ale. The big on citrus brew is one of our favorite recent releases. Link

Otter Creek Fresh Slice White IPA

Thanks to the addition of clementine juice and orange peel during the brewing process, Otter Creek’s Fresh Slice White IPA packs a juicy punch. A blend of styles, as all White IPAs are, Fresh Slice gets some of that spicy goodness from the Belgian yeast strain selected for it. And when you combine that with the citrus, it’s really a beer all its own. Link

Blue Mountain A Hopwork Orange

If you like citrus, want to try it in your next IPA, but don’t want it to steal the spotlight, turn to A Hopwork Orange from Blue Mountain Brewery. Subdued but present, the orange-infused brew has a nice citrus undercurrent. Link

Siren Limoncello

Designed as a beer version of the classic Italian liqueur, Limoncello is one completely unique brew. Luckily, with three tremendous breweries—Siren, Hill Farmstead, and Mikkeller—behind it, this isn’t your buddy’s homebrew project. Brimming with tart lemon and candy sweetness, it’s the IPA you can knock back after a huge Italian meal. Link

Stone Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA

Stone decided to amplify those citrus and pine notes of the Centennial hop with some actual grapefruit peel in their first Stochasticity Project beer. Grapefruit Slam IPA is a bittersweet but refreshing hop monster that clocks in at a healthy 8.2% ABV. Link

Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale

Another pale ale we’re giving the green light to, Elysian’s Superfuzz is a juicy number we could down by the 6-pack. The ABV (5.4%) is more in line with your traditional pale ale—as opposed to the 7.9% Lagunitas mentioned earlier—and makes Superfuzz taste more like a glass of Tropicana than a hoppy IPA with blood orange. That can be a good thing. It’s the perfect end of summer beer. Link

Ska Modus Mandarina IPA

We haven’t had it yet, but based on our love for Ska’s flagship Modus Hoperandi IPA, we’re going to assume this version with orange peel and Mandarina Bavaria hops is going to be up our alley. In fact, of all the new releases we want to get our mitts on, it may be at the top of the list. Look for it soon if you want a juicier version of a standout IPA. Link