highibus (683) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Only a slight aroma coming through for an IPA. Flavor is slightly malty and no real hop presence. I guess it is because I am near the west coast but this does not seem like an IPA to me (maybe an english version). Oh, well not a bad beer in all.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2008
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Mild piny turpentine aroma. Yellow brown orange with a slight haze. Thin squeamish creamish head. Tastes like fresh ground up sappy pine cones and green grapefruits. . Bitter medicine. Finish that lasts for what seems forever. Just as offensive as any IPA and borders on IIPA territory. Very impressive for Abita. Has legs!
pumpkinheart (63) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into Tulip glass. Pours a goldish brown-orange with a almost white head that doesnít last very long. Aroma is a very enjoyable citrus with orange and maybe some lemon detected. Flavor is very hoppy, not enough of the citrus from the aroma, unfortunately, as that promised a balance of fruit and bitter. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant taste. The palate was a lingering hoppish bitterness, maybe slightly sour because something didnít sit quite right for a little bit after finishing the bottle (this is consistent with the first bottle I had). Seems slightly oily, too. Overall, much better balance compared to many of the hopped up IPAís thoughtlessly tossed at the marketplace. This one proves that hops neednít and shouldnít be the one factor considered when brewing an "extreme" American-style IPA.
drpimento (2033) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured with a nice foamy head and lots of lace. Good rich amber color. Good hoppy malty nose. Flavor is very tasty and not fruity. Very nice body. Drinkable beer. Kind of a strange flat finish though. Would have rated it better except for that. This one Iím having at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse where it just came in.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared by Dickinsonber. Amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma: of light citrus, flowers, and light pale malts. Taste is pretty simple- citrus hops, light floral notes, with a light to medium sweet pale malt body. Bitterness is moderate. Not too bad, thanks Paul.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Degarth. Dark amber boddy, stout off white head that has great retention and some excellent lacing. This thing is a monster, very dense and well formed. Caramel malts, Starburst, perfume hops and soap on the nose. Tastes very similar, artificial citrus candy and caramel malts being the stars, with the hops being a secondary force. Bitterness picks up throughout, but itís never overly apparent or forward. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Finish is lengthy, citrus fruits, perfume hops and at the end some astringency and bitterness.
Cajun (184) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Copper / orange color with white head. Hoppy nose with notes of floral citrus and grain. Flavors of citrus, more hops flavor than malted grain (like lemon grass), but still the grain is subtuly in there. Good hoppy finish - decent IPA. Goes great with spicy jambalaya or crawfish.
djd07 (2536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange golden color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very hoppy and light malt. The taste is citrus grapefruit with a sweet finish. A good IPA from Abita
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours with a modest haze with copper body and thin off white head. The aroma starts with a pulse of pine and grassy hops followed by mild somewhat muted maltiness thatís mostly bits of caramel, toffee and mild roastiness. The flavor brings forth pine hop bitterness and grassiness. Then it slowly builds into caramel and mildly roasted maltiness to and through the midway point in the experience. The hop bitterness resurges some into the finish. Nice tasting IPA.
LinusStick (2701) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Love Abita. Brings me back to my Mardi Gras days. Aroma of strong hops...mostly earthy with some pine and at times citrusy. Pour was nice enough. Dark gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was a little weak for an IPA. Strong malt backbone that hijacks the taste until a bitter hop aftertaste. This beer is clearly more about the malt than the hops. Not my style IPA, but a good stepping stone.