Saturday, February 12, 2011
Beer Review: Abita Black IPA
So last night at Avenue Pub I had an opportunity to try Abita's newest Select offering, the Black IPA. As I am with all their Select offerings I must say I was impressed. I'm also impressed with the fact that they quickly put out this style of beer as it is the hip style of beer to the beer scene right now. I say impressed because it took Abita nearly 20 years to bottle an IPA. They aren't known for being proactive. Things are clearly changing on the North Shore.
Now if you're reading this Abita people I'm going to give you some advice(whether you ask for it or not)before I get to my review. In my opinion your Select beers are the best beers you put out. Why aren't you bottling them? Seriously, we love Turbodog, Restoration and the others but you could be bottling the Select in 22oz bottles and making them limited to Louisiana. Or not limit them at all. Whatever. It creates more of a demand for your product. Look at the success of your SOS. Come on guys do us a favor and bottle these beers!!!
Alright I'm done dishing out advice. Abita probably has valid reasons for not bottling their Select beers but I'm sure the beer drinking community would love it if they did! Anyways, on to my review:
Brewery: Abita Brewing Company
Beer: Black IPA
Style: American Black Ale(as per BA)
Louisiana Availability: Yes, limited. Draft only.
Price Range: $4-$6.
Appearance: Beer poured a nice rich, black with a large, frothy tan head. Lacing present throughout.
Smell: Nice moderate roasty aroma with hints of toffee and molasses accompanied by a nice piney hop presense.
Taste: Wonderful roasted malt flavors with nice hop bitterness. This one is hoppy for Abita but could have been hoppier. Still a good beer though. Perhaps one of Abita's better brews.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.
Overall: A great brew from Abita. Good job guys!
Score: 4 out of 5 Buddhas