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The best beers for baseball season

Samuel Adams' Rebel IPA,

Samuel Adams' Rebel IPA, "brewed for the revolution," is made with five varieties of West Coast hops and loaded with citrus. Photo Credit: Samuel Adams via Facebook

Opening day is a curveball away. Beer, here.

Greet the home team and spring with Samuel Adams Double Bock, a 22-oz. bottle of seasonal cheer that was first brewed in 1988, the year of Orel Hershiser's arm and, for many of the Flushing faithful, Mike Scioscia's bat. The Double Bock is a sweeter memory: concentrated and malty. The big brew, which comes in at 9.5 percent alcohol by volume, delivers the expected caramel notes, plus citrus and a hint of cherry.

Double Bock finds a teammate in pork and more. So, slather those hot dogs with spicy mustard and top the burgers with anything you like. A bottle of this brew sells in the $8 to $10 range.

Another solid "limited release" from Samuel Adams is Escape Route, a crisp, gilded and hazy way to say bye to winter for good and great spring nights. Fruity and hoppy, Escape Route leads to the ale-and-lager kölsch-style that originated in Cologne. The hybrid result is a smooth brew, balanced, citrusy, and a bit floral. A six-pack is $8 to $10.

Samuel Adams' Rebel IPA, "brewed for the revolution," is made with five varieties of West Coast hops and loaded with citrus. This is a refresher that will keep going into extra innings at least through June. Also, West Coast-inspired are the very hoppy Rebel Rouser Double IPA and citrusy, lighter Rebel Rider Session IPA. Figure about $11 for a six-pack.

The Mets face the Dodgers in July.

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