Firestone Walker‘s rendition of a hazy IPA is surprisingly sessionable at just 6.2% abv, but it’s so loaded with flavor you’d never notice. A base of Cheerios kicks things off, with a bold layer of fruit rolling in next: fresh oranges, some pineapple, and — surprisingly — a clear banana note that I never shook all the way to the finish. This beer goes down frightfully easy, gently hoppy despite a huge load of Mandarina, Cascade, Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic, Chinook, Cashmere, Callista, and Idaho 7 hops, but moderately sweet and citrusy, its finish a delightful reprise of mandarin orange. This one goes down in a hurry.
A- / $11 per six-pack / firestonebeer.com