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Abita Andygator

Rating: 2.6

The final beer of six I was given as a gift from relatives returning from the United States over the summer now, this one being the third Abita offering that I’ll be trying. I’ve decided to keep the strongest to last in the hope that it’ll also be the most enjoyable; although to be honest with you, the beer doesn’t exactly get the best reviews online and it’ll have to go some way to beat the same brewery’s Wrought Iron IPA or SweetWater’s Goin’ Costal which have been the pick of the bunch so far. Coming in at 8% abv. and labelled as a helles doppelbock, this one was originally brewed in the late ’90’s as an occasional offering from the brewery at their brewpub but only seems to have been available to the wider public since sometime around 2005. The style itself if one that I’ve tried a few times in the past, but it’s not one of my go-to beers so this one should be a nice change of pace as we get into winter.

abita-andygator

Appearance (3/5): Quite a light and clear looking amber, this one definitely has the appearance of a pale lager in the early going with it being topped with a fairly thin head that is white and initially covers the surface before fainting at one end and turning patchy. There’s a few fine bubbles rising to the surface that hint at good carbonation and there’s decent clarity like I said as well but the lack of a solid head was a slight disappointment.
Aroma (6/10): Quite sweet on the nose in there early going with some butterscotch and a few alcohol notes in there a bit sooner than I’d have liked. There was some grassy touches and a hay backing with a few lager malts and earthy type hops. Nothing particularly stood out beyond the initial sweetness though and the malts came through secondary to it throughout. The odd toasted aroma started to come through nearer the end with further grains, sugar and a bit of vanilla to round things off with.
Taste (5/10): Following on from the nose, this one is again dominated by an early sweetness that bordered on sickening at point here sadly. There was the vanilla and butterscotch flavours that the nose hinted at but both seemed slightly more pronounced this time round, there was a few grains and an earthy taste towards the middle too. Further on and the sugars came through to add to the sweetness and accompany some toasted flavours and a touch of oak alongside more alcohol than I’d have liked and a slightly off finish; disappointing really.
Palate (2/5): This one was definitely an overly sweet beer with far too much sugars and an almost sickening sweetness at times. The beer seemed stronger than you’d have thought and the balance wasn’t particularly good either, although carbonation levels weren’t too bad on the whole.

Overall (10/20): Quite a disappointing offering overall, the beer seemed quite ordinary and definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, especially given it was the last of the American import beers I had to try from over the summer. There wasn’t too much variety to the beer either, beyond the sweetness some pale malts and typical lager type flavours featured alongside an earthy middle and some toasted touches nearer the end; I can’t say this is one I’m likely to have again I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Abita Springs, Louisiana, United States of America
Brewery: Abita Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 1997/98
Type: Doppelbock
Abv: 8.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Price: Gift

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