Other than Lambics, fruity beers are not my first choice. However, given their popularity, who am I to judge? Billed as low alcohol, flavor-filled picks for spring and summer, the brews I tried fit the bill to a T. I'm not totally won over, but I wouldn't turn down a glass of any of the following:
Golden Road Tart Mango Cart Wheat Ale, $1.59-$1.89
A hazy, hefeweizen, lemon-yellow in the glass, the Tart Mango Cart is topped by an island of thin froth. True to its name, sweet mango aromas dominate, with just a whiff of hops. There is some cracked wheat, but the flavors are also mostly mango, balanced with a touch of citrus. This beer weighs in at a modest, sessionable 3.2 percent alcohol.
Grand Teton Grapefruit Gose, $1.99-$2.29
The thinnest of heads covers this cloudy, straw-colored brew. It definitely delivers the characteristic gose salinity on the nose, along with a bit of fresh cut hay. Light carbonation and just four percent alcohol make for an easy drinking quaffer. The flavors are a refreshing mix of citrus and yeasty baked bread—lightly sour with a hint of salt.
Sierra Nevada Orange Pale Ale, $1.99-$2.29
This pale ale pours an orange tinged, light amber with a thick porous head that slowly collapses, leaving an impressive lacing. The aromas are like what you get when you cut into or peel a fresh orange, backed by light bread notes and soft hops. There's a nice hop profile on the fruit-filled palate, where it's more orange zest than actual fruit. What's not to like?