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Beer Guzzler: Session Ales Taste Great, Less Filling

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Despite the wet, cool spring, by now you have probably mowed your lawn once or twice, and warmer days are just around the corner, ready to beckon us out of doors. A number of breweries have brought out light (around 4% alcohol), sessionable ales that are perfect for the season. And as an extra plus, they are also light in calories. In this trio, only the Easy Jack at 135 tops 100 calories.

BOULEVARD EASY SPORT RECREATION ALE, $1.79-$1.99

A pencil-thin head covers this hazy straw pour, completely disappearing by the second sip. The subtle aromas are mostly sweet citrus with a bit of biscuit. With its addition of electrolytes, Boulevard touts this as the perfect post-workout beer. That said, a touch of tangerine adds a nice tang to this light, easy-drinking, eminently quaffable brew.

FIRESTONE WALKER EASY JACK IPA, $1.79-$1.99

A lovely golden ale, it's topped by a decent, fairly persistent, porous froth. Heady, pine laden hops start things off on the nose, backed by soft citrus. The flavors are a mix of resiny hops, grapefruit, and smooth, toasted malt. It finishes with a dry hop bite and a touch of pepper.

LAGUNITAS DAYTIME IPA, $1.99-$2.19

The two-finger head on this cream soda-colored IPA has nice grip and leaves a sticky lacing. This is a very well-balanced ale with an impeccable hop profile throughout, starting with the tropical fruit and smooth hop aromas. Refreshing touches of mango and blood orange color the crisp palate, with lightly bitter hops on the long, lingering finish. There's more going on here than you might expect from such a sessionable brew.