Friday, December 30, 2011
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Restoration Pale Ale
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs, Louisiana USA
American Pale Ale (APA)
Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$32.00 case
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with copper hues and a bright white head.
The nose is very inviting with sweet light malt pale malt aromas with notes of citrus and floral hops. This nose is so inviting I can’t what to see if this beer is a refreshing as the nose indicates.
We start out with a light malt sweetness up front followed by a very refreshing cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer. The finish is perfect for a light refreshing beer; sweet malts with a very light hop finish followed by some interesting notes of citrus. There is very little of a final aftertaste just a hint of light malts and citrus notes.
As the beer warms the sweetness and citrus notes are becoming more pronounced.
The head has diminished to just a patchy island on top of the beer but it has left some decent lacing.
All and all this is a nice refreshing pale ale. This is one I could drink over and over again. I’m going to have to get more of this next summer. Seems like the perfect summer ale.
This is a solid B+ maybe even an A-. What a nice easy drinking, extremely refreshing beer with sweet pale malt flavors and citrus notes on the finish. What a great summer beer.