We last encountered Deschutes’ summer seasonal way back in 2010. Time for an update!
This warm-weather sipper toes the line between malty and hoppy, using Amarillo hops to bolster what might otherwise become a bit muddy on the palate. Up front the American Blonde-style ale offers some light notes of roasted apples and hazelnut, eventually fading as the hoppier elements come through. Some citrus peel on the finish adds balance and nuance to the somewhat chewy mid-palate, but the overall impact is on the milder side, just as you’d expect from a summer brew.
5% abv. Available through September.
B+ / $9 per six-pack / deschutesbrewery.com