Friday, December 30, 2011

Abita Purple Haze


Abita Purple Haze

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs, Louisiana USA

Fruit / Vegetable Beer

4.20% ABV





Commercial Description:
Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste. (abita.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$32.00 case

Background:


Review:
The beer pours a hazy pale copper with purple hues and a white head.

The nose is complex with pale malt aromas and notes of sweet fruit and citrus along with floral hop aromas.
                                  
Not bad. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this is much better. I guess I thought it would be an overly sweet beer but this is actually quite good and refreshing.

We start out with light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a cleansing effervescence over the tongue throughout the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also an additional carbonation release during the swallow that masks some of the flavors and adds a refreshing aspect to the experience. It is really not until you get to the finish of this beer when any real flavors are noticed. The finish is nice with pale malt flavors along with sweet fruity notes of raspberry and citrus. The hops are not noticeable by taste but they add dryness to the finish.

All and all this is a very nice easy drinking beer. I am pleasantly surprised with this experience.

As the beer warms a little I’m starting to pick up some lager harshness. It’s not bad at all it just some typical lager characteristics are coming out as it warms a little.

This is not bad at all. I’m going for a B- on this one. Purple Haze is a nice easy drinking beer with very pleasant and refreshing light raspberry flavors and citrus notes on the finish. At 4.2 ABV it would be a great summer session beer.

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