Abita Purple Haze

Total Score: 5.6/10 Raspberry1 Barley1 CutGrass1 PokalStange1

All in my brain, lately things they don’t seem the same, actin’ funny but I don’t know why, excuse me while I drink this beer… doesn’t have the same ring as the Hendrix lyrics but I couldn’t help myself humming the song over and over whilst pouring this brew. This was no doubt the intention of Abita when they named their Raspberry Lager – to get The Hendrix Experience stuck in your head. Not a bad intention at all IMO.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: First off – it’s hardly close to a purple haze, more of an orange/brown haze in the body with a thin white lace on top. 3/10 for that misleading name.

S: Raspberries, fresh picked and plenty of ‘em. There is a background hint of grain too but the raspberries have the aroma locked down tight. I for one like a fruit beer that’s big, fresh and fruity, so well done Abita! 8/10.

T: Crisp, refreshing raspberries mingle with a Lagery cut grass and grain base. The raspberry note is great – clean, fresh, tart and moreish, but the Lager flavours distract a bit and leave me disappointed that they are there ruining this fine fruit beer. Finish is dry from the raspberries. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fine crisp carbonation. 8/10.

D: Hmmm, I’m thinking this would have tasted so much better if it was a Weizen with raspberries… Lager flavours have a tendency to ruin everything with grain bases that meddle with any added fruits, but you can’t have a fruit-flavoured Pale Ale because the hops would overpower the fruit, so Weizen is the best style for mixing fruit in my opinion. Would I buy Purple Haze again? No, sorry Abita. 4/10.

Food match: This beer would pair well with sushi or sashimi.

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