Five Summer beers – three colourful cans and two bottles lined up

Eight summer beers to try

What’s more refreshing in summer than that first sip of an ice-cold beer? From tart goses to tropical IPAS and fruit beers – check out some of our favourite summer brews

Looking for the best summer beers to drink in the park or at home? Check out our options below for the best Designated driver? You can still enjoy beers this summer with our round-up of non-alcoholic beers.


Grey Skies Headliner, £26/12 pack,

Sometimes simplicity is best – such as with this likeable, straightforward lager from new Manchester brewery Grey Skies. Clean and crisp, with an appealing soft maltiness, it’s a great everyday beer. We also liked their Studio Session pale ale, with its perky, piney hoppiness and peachy stone fruit notes.

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You’re On Mute!, £6/440ml,

Tropical and topical, this latest beer from Huddersfield cult brewers Magic Rock is a cheeky nod to the unofficial catchphrase of the past year. The DIPA (double India pale ale – a beer style where the hops are increased along with the malts for a deeper, richer, stronger beer) is intensely fruity with complex tropical notes – think juicy, sun-ripened mango with a little sharp citrus edge. It comes in at a hefty 8% but it’s a lovely balanced beer – serve chilled and sip slowly for the ultimate wind-down.

A can of Magic Rock You're On Mute! DIPA beer

Signature Brew C-Sharp Sicilian Lemon & Citra Sour, £3.15/330ml,

A slightly hazy, beautifully crisp sour that doesn’t tip over into mouth-puckering, C-Sharp Sicilian Lemon & Citra Sour balances the lower acidity and perfume of Sicilian lemons with crisp Citra hops. A perfect intro to the sour style, this is a tart summer refresher.


Lowlander Summer Ale, £3/330ml;

Brewed with dragon fruit and curaçao orange, this easy-drinking, low-ABV beer (3.8%) has an aromatic citrus and tropical character. Ideal for session drinking. 


Siren Lumina Session IPA, £2/330ml,

All summery tropical hoppiness, this winningly accessible IPA has a beautifully soft mouthfeel thanks to the addition of oats in the beer.


Fourpure Lantern Earl Grey Session IPA, £3.50/440ml,

We loved this quirky session beer, which marries fresh orange and lemon with earl grey tea – the end result has a vibrant hoppy character with citrus and elegant black tea notes. 

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Jubel Beer Cut With Elderflower, £1.85/330ml, Sainsbury’s

This crisp bottle, cut with gently sweet (not cloying) elderflower, has delicate floral notes that make it surprisingly complex.


Øl Gose to Hollywood, £3.50/440ml, M&S


This Danish brewery has revamped its popular sour and the end result is deliciously refreshing, with that lip-smacking saltiness characteristic of gose, as well as summery orange notes. 

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