It’s not summer, yet. But I jumped the gun and picked Saranac’s 12 Beers of Summer anway. As previously posted, the collection includes four new brews: Helles, Rye Pilsener, Amber Wheat, and Pale Pale Ale. It also contains the Pomegranate Wheat and Summer Ale. Fruit-flavored beer isn’t my favorite, but the Pomegranate Wheat isn’t bad, and I enjoy the Summer Ale, too.
As of tonight I’ve now tried the Pale Pale Ale, Rye Pilsener and Amber Wheat, and my first impresssion is that I bought this 12-pack too early. These are light-bodied beers intended to refresh on a hot summer day. April in New York doesn’t qualify.
That said, my surprise favorite is the Rye Pilsener. Pilseners usually rank low for me, but the Rye Pilsener had a simple tastiness. The Amber Wheat I can live without, and I’ll be sure to give the Pale Pale Ale a fair shot on a hot summer day. But for at least another month or two, I’ll be sticking to something bolder.