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By Bob Barnes

AleSmith Kickbackrelax Crushable IPA

AleSmith Kickbackrelax Crushable IPA

Origin: San Diego, California
Beer type: Session IPA
Price: $10 for 12 oz 6-pack
ABV: 4.2%
Brewed by: AleSmith Brewing Company

A popular craft beer trend is lower alcohol/calorie versions, and the Kickbackrelax fits right in. It packs a light punch of only 120 calories and 4.2% ABV while still being loaded with flavors of juicy grapefruit, mango and coconut for a refreshing light-bodied, easy-drinking brew with a smooth finish.

AleSmith Limeberry Twist

AleSmith Limeberry Twist

Origin: San Diego, California
Beer type: Gose
Price: $12 for 12 oz 6-pack
ABV: 4.7%
Brewed by: AleSmith Brewing Company

Goses are marked by slightly sour and salty flavors and the Limeberry Twist is so named for its twist of also adding fruity flavors accentuating the brightness of limes and soft raspberry sweetness. It is artfully balanced by a pinch of sea salt.

Stone Features & Benefits IPA

Stone Features & Benefits IPA

Origin: San Diego, California
Beer type: IPA
Price: $11 for 12 oz six-pack
ABV: 4%
Brewed by: Stone Brewing

Those looking for a beer low in calories, carbs and gluten, without sacrificing flavor, can to turn to this hop-forward release from the craft brewery that put IPAs on the map. Logging in at only 95 calories, 2.9 carbs and 4% ABV, featured hops are Cashmere, Vic Secret, Azacca and Mosaic, delivering flavors of orange, pear, white peach, melon and black pepper with a crisp and refreshing finish.

An added bonus is that this beer is fermented in a manner that breaks down and removes gluten, rendering gluten levels so significantly low that the beer qualifies as a “gluten-reduced” ale per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.