IPA snobs and stout elitists often regard fruity beers with distain—with good reason. There are a lot of not-so-great, way-too-sweet, malt liquor-esque fruit beers in coolers and on tap across the country. But that doesn’t mean the whole category should be marginalized. When used correctly, a touch of fruit can give a beer a whole new dimension of flavor that no amount of hops or malt could ever achieve. Here, five great bottles to introduce skeptics to the wonderful world of fruit-enhanced beers.
Fresh raspberries are added during multiple points of fermentation, so the bright, tart berry flavor is very prevalent. But thanks to the hops, the beer also carries a fair amount of grassy bitterness for a refreshing finish.
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu Pale
Funky, crisp and sweet-tart, this hazy IPA flavored with yuzu is perfect with spicy Asian foods. The funkiness comes from being brewed with Brettanomyces, a wild strain of yeast that Belgian brewers encourage in traditional lambics and gueuzes.