In a Purple Haze… Fruit Beer
I had a bit of time on a Friday afternoon and one of my favorite bars was open for day drinking, Lot 6. (Click here to see my review) Lot 6 is a great place with great people. I would suggest you get by and see them ASAP if you are in the area. One reason I went was because the owner posted that she had some new beers on the menu.
So after arriving and reviewing the new stuff I chose to sample the Purple Haze. I have partaken some of Abita’s offerings in the past and found them fair, so was hoping the same for the Purple Haze. Abita describes the beer as follows:
“Purple Haze® is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you may see fruit pulp in the beer.
This beer is best served with salads or light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon cakes. Many people enjoy it with chocolate desserts. Purple Haze® pairs well with certain cheeses, such as ripened Brie or any dessert made with mascarpone. It’s also great paired with entrees prepared with fruit, especially citrus. Consider enjoying Purple Haze® alone at the end of your meal as dessert.“
Stats: ABV 4.2%, IBU 13
First thoughts were it did have a unique color and haze. As for nose I did not find any of the “fruity aroma” described. The nose was lacking to me. It may have just been the overpowering smell of a lager that got to me. I find that most lagers have a sour smell to them and is why I typically don’t drink them.
Taste was an overpowered lager flavor again. To me the entire beer was pretty much nothing more than a strong lager taste that masked anything else. I was not able to filter out that flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike lagers they are just not my favorite. I drink lagers but typically not often. I didn’t find the beer unpleasant, just one I would not order again. At an IBU of 13 there was very little hop bitter to even attempt to taste.
As far as the mouth feel, the carbonation stayed around and the finish taste was sweet. The tang of the lager stayed on for sometime after a drink. It did drink smooth and I could see it as a height of summer beer.
I would rate it as 3 out of 5. I am trying to not let my lager bias influence the overall rating. I give it a three (3) because I found it lacking in the fruit flavor and nose as advertised.
I would probably drink it again but it would depend on other beers available. It would be on a hot day and probably after working in the yard and getting a sunburn.
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