OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
12oz bottle pours dark amber with a fluffy offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces some on the edges of the shaker. Aroma is slightly malty. Caramel malts mosty. A bit of roastiness to it as well. Flavor is malty as well. Caramel malts start out the flavor but there is a fairly bitter finish that lingers afterwards. Palate is crisp, clean and this is a very drinkable beer. Not bad. MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2005
12 oz bottle from sampler. I like it. A good amber ale. Good flavor balance. Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Slightly above average offering. Rich amber color with a creamy initial head. Tastes are short and sweet with a light hop touch. An easy drinker. macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2005
This is a pretty beer. It has a deep red color, is clear, and has a nice, but short lasting head. I poured it into a tulip glass which I think might be the best glassware for this beer. Abita is a strange brewery. It makes really nice beers like this one and my other Abita fave, Turbodog (the "house beer" at my house). On the other hand it makes some really awful beers too (can you say Purple Haze?).
The red ale is clean, crisp, and very similar, except for the color, to an IPA.
I picked this up at the cafe in Abita Springs and it’s not available in my local packey. Instead they feature Purple Haze. I’ll be having a talk with the buyer. aracauna (3683) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Slightly musty hop aroma. Lingering bitter finish. Slightly malty, but more drinkable than anything. Medium copper colored body with good head.
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) Along the lines of an Irish Ale, this medium bodied beer is fairly dry, combining some light roast and background graininess with a fair amount of mildly bitter hops. A bit more roastiness and a slight touch of smoke seem to come out in the finish. Perhaps it’s mildly sweet early on, but there’s hardly any sweetness in the finish. The nose is pretty gentle overall, showing some mild grain and roast. Very carbonated and zesty on the palate. Quite hazy and bright amber in color. Smallish off-white head quickly diminishes to a very thin topping, but maintains that layer for the duration of the session. A few streaks of lace remain on the glass. It’s decent enough, but it’s not really grabbing me. beerguzzler (31) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2005
this was a alright beer.../ big fan of abita/this one is not there best but in the top 3......... DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Pours copper/rubyish with aroma of caramel malt, hops, toffee. Tastes caramelly, with firm hops and a toffee finish. Somewhat light on the palate. Smooth and quaffable. Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle as part of party pack. Reddidh amber color with large rocky head. Aroma was small with hops and malt. Flavor was mild of sweet and small hops. Small finish. Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Substantial cream head. Promising caramel aroma on a butterscotch-colored body. The flavor has a sour fruit note, raspberry, some malt, and a lot of unpleasant bitter metallic edges, while the flavors remain mild-to-dull as the beer warms. Lively palate. Pretty poor.