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

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It's stinking hot, and nothing makes this beer writer gag right now more than the mere mention of an imperial stout. I'm all about seeking refreshment, and I'm not ashamed. This summer, we're experimenting with beers with added fruits and other unique ingredients, and I've saved some of most refreshing for this brutal stretch of warm weather. Limes have less citric acid than lemons, but more than oranges, leaving them somewhere between the two in terms of sourness. They are endowed with a mixture of diverse and subtle essential oils and terpenes, making their fragrance more complex and subtle than other citrus fruits. For some magical reason, limes enjoy a special synergy with salt. All of these lime beers are a variation on the gose style of beer, which incorporate both a sour mash and generous additions of salt to augment their flavor. Cheers.

Victory Limey Gose

ABV: 4.7%

Format sampled: 12 oz. can

Availability: Purchased at RSVP

Tasting notes: Pours a very pale yellow with an enormous pure white head. Aroma has ocean air, vinegar and burnt plastic. The initial flavor is powerfully acidic, with a burning sour flavor that causes my eyes to tear up. As the blast of acid fades, the comparatively sweet, piquant flavor of the lime comes through. Compared to the initial sourness, the flavor of fresh lime juice is almost sweet. A saline richness plumps up the entire experience, offsetting the sharply sour opening. The aftertaste is clean and clipped, leaving my bruised and wary palate curious about another sip. I have a hard time imagining a beer that would go better with a taco.

 

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Six Point Citrus Jammer

ABV: 4.0%

Format sampled: Skinny 12 oz. can

Availability: Purchased at RSVP

Tasting notes: Pours a light amber with a thin, pure white head. Aroma has lime peel, salt and vinegar. The first sip is a fiesta of limeade, served from a cold glass with a salty rim. Amazing — the perfect union of sweet, sour and salty — all together. Ever aspect of the lime is well-represented here, the tart juice, the bitter seed, and the fragrant perfume of the rind. Six Point has used a moderate amount of salt, adding just enough to thicken the flavor and add to the already extreme refreshment of the lime. The aftertaste is faintly sour and bursting with summery lime oils, leaving me thirsty for another sip and scurvy-free to boot!

 

Sillwater Lavadura

ABV: 4.6%

Format sampled: 16 oz. can

Availability: Purchased at RSVP

Tasting notes: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma has lime leaves, coriander, and burning paper. The initial sip is brisk with a squeeze of fresh lime, a zip of vinegar and a hint of smoke. The lime flavor is lightest of the three, but it's bright and distinctive, green and intense, and salty, all at the same time. The salt was applied with a light touch as well, and it collects on the corners of my mouth and my lips rather than thickening the body of the beer. The combination of the hints of lime and salt and a mildly sour, tangy base results in a profoundly refreshing tipple. What a beer for a barbecue, or a long, hot afternoon with a book!

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