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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The newest Abita brew takes its name and inspiration from the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. Looking for Indians on Mardi Gras Day is a tradition for many New Orleans families. A cultural phenomenon familiar to residents of the Crescent City, the Mardi Gras Indians are not well known to outsiders and Abita is proud to help share their story with the world.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2008
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
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 Iím used to the west coast IPAs, but this one isnít as hoppy as an IPA should be. OK lacing and a slight sticky bitter aftertaste. Meh, itís probably a decent local IPA.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2008
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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 27, 2008
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 theyíre getting better.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4303) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3011) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2008
a very nice but subtle IPA with flavor of mild grassy piney hops. Smooth and not too strong. a mild nutty finish. Yummy

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4290) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2008
The aroma is very light and has some toasted malt and hops. But itís 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 I must put in the disclaimer: I live less than 1 mile from the Abita Brewery and have been a fan of their beers since 1986. That being said, Jockamo IPA is my favorite Abita beer yet. It pours a rusty red color with a foamy tan head with lots of persistence. Great lacing. Floral nose with notes of bread and hints of fruit. Its woody/piney, fruity, carmelly, hoppy taste is an awesome combination of complex and interesting while simultaneously being clean and refreshing. It has the moderately bitter hop finish typical of a good IPA. In my, probably biased opinion, its the best balanced beer I know of. Equally sipable or quaffable. Abita came pretty close to the bullseye on this one


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