Seth is a beer writer, outdoor enthusiast and non-profit consultant.

Earlier this summer, I sampled beers with added fruit and berry flavors. Now, during the dog days of summer, I'm sipping beers with added lime flavors. I've always found lime to be the cleanest and most refreshing of all the fruit flavors. Perhaps it's because the flavor of lime is such a mix of sweet, sour, fragrant and earthy. Perhaps, it's because one of the major flavor constituents of limes, ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, helps prevent scurvy, a devastating nutritional deficiency whose symptoms include loose teeth, bleeding gums, bruising and general malaise. At least, that's what I tell myself, that I’m not merely refreshing myself, that I’m fighting scurvy with every sip.

Lone Pine Lemon Lime Crush Puppie

Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 4.2%

Availability: Purchased at Whole Foods

Tasting Notes: Pours a cloudy yellow with a moderate white head. Aroma has resinous hops, lemon oil and lime zest. The initial sip carries an enticing muddle of citrus flavors across my palate, like a twist of lime peel in a well-made cocktail. The essential oils hit first, then the sweetness and the acid of the fruit. A bitter, pithy element arises after the fruit, woody, astringent and interesting. Some herbal, piney hops play remarkably well with the lime peel, highlighting the herbal character of the lime without enhancing it's inherent bitterness. This is one of the most successful balances of hops and limes I've tasted yet!

Peak Organic Happy Hour Lime

Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 4.7%

Availability: Purchased at Whole Foods

Tasting Notes: Pours a glowing gold with a thin layer of white head. Aroma has pine needles, dried lime peel and vinegar. Initial sip has a pinch of fresh lime zest - featuring the aromatics of the lime, without the sour fruitiness of the juice. Immediately after, a biscuit-like malt sweetness lumbers to the fore, creating a lovely contrast with the zesty, bitter opening. It's as if I spread a bright, sweet blob of lime marmalade on a sweet, toasted scone. Despite the toasty baked good metaphor, this beer is supremely refreshing. It manages to graft the zest and aroma of fresh lime on a well-structured, crisp pilsner. This beer isn't obviously fruity, and while it might not cure scurvy, it's mighty refreshing.

Harpoon Limey Gose

ABV: 4.7% 

Availability: Purchased at Whole Foods

Tasting Notes: Pours a light amber with a durable head of off-white foam. Aroma has lime peel, fresh -baked bread and ocean air. First sip is thick with salt, and tart with lime peel. The saline thickness is strong and almost broth-like, but my parched mouth craves the sodium. The lime has been applied lightly, the oily zest standing out above the tart juice. There's an admirable cracker-crisp malt, a solid reminder that this is a beer, not a lime-flavored sports re-hydration beverage. The saltyness and the light lime flavor, combined with the thicker body, make this easier to drink than to resist!

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