West Coast IPA, Green Flash Brewing Co., Vista, Calif. About $12 for 6 (12-ounce) bottles
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Full-flavored India Pale Ales come with a caveat – that heavy flavor often fills your mouth from sip to swallow and beyond, making them an iffy match with hot summer days. Our solution is the smooth and malty West Coast IPA, a brew that offers strong notes of citrus- and pine-influenced hops but gives way to a surprisingly dry finish. This is a year-round beer for hopheads, and one of the better IPAs you'll find. Peter St. Onge