RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle. Big, sweet, rich caramel malt nose, loads and loads of PNW hops, grapefruit and orange and lychee and sticky pine. Superb hop bouquet! Clear copper body with a soapy beige head. Light body, strongly but not off-puttingly bitter with flashes of sweetness, big sticky caramel with outside pine needles and a touch of resin. Not as good in the end as was expected from the first cap pop, but still a solid, serviceable IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2008
12 oz. twist-top from Sam’s Wines. A rich copper body with a fluffy light tan IPA head. Smell shows hop resins, malt smell that suggests this somehow was roasted darker than it appears. Some kind of cereal in the smell, or unroasted barley. Tastes nice. Malts tend more toward a nut brown ale, which would favor the American Pale Ale more, but no, the hops stay closer to the English iteration. In fact, despite a nice pepper, floral and grassy hop note, with a touch of pine, it still stands back for the beer’s full roast malt. Whatever else, it’s just very nice drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2008
pours hazy, amber in color with large head..aroma of grassy hops, clove and a touch of sweet malt...flavor is most hoppy, mostly floral, lightly resinous....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2008
12oz bottle. There was an initial burst of citrus hop aroma after popping the top which diminished soon after opening. Malt (steeping barley and caramel) dominated afterward with the hops in the background. There was also a whiff of pineapple. Poured a hazy dark orange color. The head was thick, foamy, and off white. It retained its height well and left some lace on the glass. There was some minimal sweetness up front which faded quickly and yielded to a moderate to heavy amount of hop bitterness (6-7 out of 10). The finish was dry. Light to medium bodied with toasted bread, subdued steeping barley, a hint of caramel, and perfumy hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (6578) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a nice foamy one inch off-white head. Light aroma of floral and citrusy hops and a bit of crystal malt. The flavor is moderately bitter with floral hops and a little too much of the stale iced tea crystal malt. A little thin in the body, this has a real watery texture to it with moderate fizzy carbonation. This was OK, but I’m really not too big of a fan of crystal malt being so prominent in an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (6058) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Nice slightly hazy copper coloured body with a perfect tan head. Aroma of fresh grassy & light citrus hops, caramel, malt and lemons. Medium-bodied; Sharp hoppy assertiveness up front fading to a very mild malt backbone and a tiny amount of sugars show well. Aftertaste remains mild - a bit of sugar, some nuts and a light twang of the hops - not much though! Overall, an ’okay’ IPA, much more mild than i’d expect, and typically good for someone who likes APAs instead. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 08-July-2008.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle from Mr. Whiskers in Nashville. Pours an amber orange with an off white head, and spotty lacing. Nice floral hop nose, with some hints of orange and caramel. Body is bordering on medium light, with a mouthfeel and texture similar to SNPA. Toasted and caramel malt backbone with a rather simple hop bitterness. Semi dry, herbal, and sharp bitter finish. This could a tad more residual sweetness and a bit more complexity in the bittering hop schedule. However, this is not a bad offering from Abita. At nearly $12 a six, there are much better and/or cheaper alternatives- so I doubt I will return.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. Light aroma of grassy and citrus hops with a hint of sweet malt in the background. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy apricot, off white head. Aroma is hoppy (citrus), caramel, grass. Flavor is hoppy (bitter leaves) and malty; lots of wheat after taste here, sort of unusual for an IPA. This beer isnt a peaty disaster, but its not super crispy and floral like I heart in my IPAs.

Decent IPA.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2008
bottle. pours a clear middling copper color, pretty big head that clears quick, leaving a decent ring. Aromas of metallic citric bitterness and toasted caramel. Flavor improves over the nose a bit... sharp but not overdone bitterness, tangy citrus, and mellow toasted caramel. Average on the palate- finishes on the bitter side, decently balanced going down.

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