CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent bright copper with a large airy, spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet toasted malt and some piny resinous hops. Body starts lightly sweet and toasty malty with some fairly fresh piny bittering and flavor hops before a crisp, drier finish. Hops aren’t quite as assertive as I like in an IPA, but this one’s quite drinkable and smooth.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper with a whitish head that provides a little lacing. Strong hop aromas and even distribution of hops on the palate. Some citrus, some grapefruit, some pine. Pretty straightforward profile. Slightly astringent on the finish. A good accompaniment to creole, tex-mex, spicy food.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a frothy white head. Nose is 50/50 malt and hops. Palate is more malt than hops. Maybe I’m used to the west coast IPAs, but this one isn’t as hoppy as an IPA should be. OK lacing and a slight sticky bitter aftertaste. Meh, it’s probably a decent local IPA.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a frothy, ample three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, cranberry stained, amber color that shows a bright, reddish copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of earthy, herbal notes and sweet citrus aromatics; I get notes of orange peel, tangelo, light lychee, slightly green herbal notes that are recently pulled from the moist earth, a touch of peppery aromatics, currants, . A supporting malt backdrop provides touches of dusty, crushed malt, biscuit notes and a touch of caramelized bread crust.
A herbal hop bitterness greets my mouth from the start and lingers on throughout the flavor profile. Perhaps a bit light bodied for an IPA, this helps to keep this beer nice and drinkable. A malt sweetness (lightly caramelized) provides a counterpoint to the hop character that leans towards grassy, almost hay like notes; perhaps a touch of pine; an earthy, almost savory herbal character; and some soft sweet citrus zest (bergamot) and berry notes. Despite not being over the top, this is fairly lightly malt influenced, it really just plays a supporting role here (which is as it should be in anything with IPA on the label); lightly toasty, biscuit-accented, slight bread crust and some touches of toffee are noticeable more towards the finish than anywhere else.
A decent, if not good, beer to be drinking a couple of for an evening. It is perhaps a bit on the soft side for an American made IPA, but it is still full flavored and enjoyable. Basically this is quite an enjoyable beer, even if it is not mind-blowing in any way.
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jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours a light amber color, clear with a fluffy tan head. Nice burst of hops on the initial taste then fades to carmel sweetness, The best Abita brew I have had, it is still nothing great but hey they’re getting better.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to hopdog. Copper pour with nice big foamy head. Big nose of citrus. Flavor is big and bold up front with hops, then it quickly fades away to almost nothing. Watery light malt finish.
unclemattie (4000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Pours a clear copper color with an attractive foamy off-white head. Hop aroma is the first thing that snaps out at you. It is an odd hop aroma though. It is a deep pine grassy smell. Like a combination of C-hops and Old Bay seasoning. Yum, crawfish water. Flavor is a light malt character, followed by a medium bitterness. For an IPA it beats par. Drink it again? Maybe not. Best from Abita so far? Most definitely.
Palidor19 (2875) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very nice but subtle IPA with flavor of mild grassy piney hops. Smooth and not too strong. a mild nutty finish. Yummy
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very light and has some toasted malt and hops. But it’s not as hoppy as an American IPA should be. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma but richer than expected with a nutty finish. The palate is thick. Overall this is good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Sun Devil Liquors - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Aroma is floral, pine, and light citrus. Flavor is much of the same with very little malt backbone. Palate is fairly clean with light bitterness. Medium body. A pleasant, easy drinking IPA. Worth a try.