JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to R. Levy for bringing this bottle from New Orleans back to me in Pennsylvania. It had a nice flowery aroma but the taste had that crisp bitter yeasty flavor I associate with Abita beers. Its a few steps ahead of a macro but it seems light enough to fit the lager and not ale category. Its better than the other Abita beers I tried and hopefully greater things will come as New Orleans is restored. I would definately want this one on a hot summer day as its pretty refreshing.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks argo0 for the bottle. Lightly hazed golden-amber with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is pretty subdued, orange peel hints of anise and fruit. The flavor is pretty bland, hints of honey and caramel, light bitterness. The mouthfeel is a mess, very watery and fizzy with an acidic finsih.
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Lightly buttery aroma, some light malt underneath with a grassy hop smell. More butter in the flavor as well. Beyond that, a little bitterness sneaks thru on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky with lively fine bubbled carbonation. Overall, I just canít get past the buttery flavor in this. Just donate a dollar directly to the hurricane relief effort if you want to help out New Orleans.
ElGaucho (2229) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lagerish, yeasty, doughy, euro aroma. Slightly hazy amber body with steady carbonation. Small, slightly off-white head and decent lace. Not bad at all. A light bitterness makes this brew better than the majority of Abitaís other brews. Somewhat dry, but pretty well balanced. I like it. Well done. Probably their best brew. Will be interesting to see if they keep it after the Katrina donation thing has run its course.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 10, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma wasnít particularly strong, but it had some nice hoppy-ness. The color was a light copper, with a white head that didnít last very long. The flavor was on the sweet side, with a much less bitter finish than I would have expected. The mouthfeel was light. A good, but not great beer.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean light foral nose with toaches of soap and leafy hops. Golden/amber body with a meduim/thin head that turns into a white fringe. Light mouthfeel with touches of hops, carmel and flowers. Finishes clean with a little carmel.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was the first Golden/Blond ale that we have tried in our beer club, and it wasnít that different than other Pale Ales. IT had a nice dark golden color with some mild hops. Hey with a $1 going towards New Orleans, I will support them as often as I can find it here in Memphis.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden color, Foamy head. I smelled swimming pool when I took a wiff of this. Flavor was alright, mild bitterness, some sweetness. But I was glad I didnít have to drink the whole bottle.
bhensonb (11391) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting this after jambalaya. Works well with Cajun. Clean aroma, but hard to pin down. The finish is bitter hop. A very clean drink. The principal aspect is a very good mouth feel. A bit tangy. The finish suggests another.
sethdude (702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a macro-like gold, head with big bubbles that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Aroma is very much like a macro, overly sweet bouquet with virtually no hops. Fortunately, flavor is redeeming. Malt profile is very reminiscent of a Kolsch, but without the Kolsch yeast, it is quite different. A mild, fruity, citric undertone, and a definitive bitter moment with a dry finish, and a malty aftertaste. A very good summer brew, Iíd bet, and at least a portion of profits go to a good cause. This is a good example of how a lighter style can be really good. A good beer for those just discovering craft beer.