S.O.S. (Save Our Shore)

22 oz screen printed bottle. Abita's charitable effort. Best By 08/11 on the neck of the bottle - can a Pils with an ABV of 7.00% really feel fresh over one year from now? I dunno - maybe. Pour offers a light, straw colored body with a fairly low level of carbonation. The head is minimal, but at least it hangs around to leave a small film on the surface of the beer and a decent amount of broken lace. Smell is a neutral sweet one with nothing else to report. Tastes are inoffensive but frankly...

Abita Select Weizenbock

Lovely, another Abita Select and to be honest after some initial scepticism on my part I've been increasingly pleased with some of their efforts. It seems as though most Taco Mac's in the Atlanta area have installed a permanent Abita Select tap; even the Douglasville one where this was consumed. Pour is the requisite, caramel colored, hazed affair with some pretty good head, lace and retention. Nose is important for this style and the beer does not disappoint. Good pineapple, bubble-gum, candy...

Abita Select Double IPA

On tap at Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Part of the Abita Select series that we now see in Atlanta. Pour gives a golden body with a touch of chill-haze and some significant head,. The head retention is good and he lace that it produces is not insignificant. Good looking, but for some reason reminds me of a nitro pour - odd. Sweet nose and tastes which reflect the style pretty well. Plenty of sweetness to back up the aggressive hops, this beer is surprisingly simple but good. Large hop...

Restoration Pale Ale

Restoration. 12 oz bottle, Taco Mac, Douglasville, GA, USA. Macro color but carbonation is strong. Head and lace decent too. Surprinsingly impressive pour especially in the bottle. Light hops in the nose with some simple malt/grain. After that all balanced malts. Smooth & simple. Some low level bittering and dryness. Mouthfeel is quite good and better than the look would suggest. Pale malts dominate in terms of tastes with a light sprinkling of hops on top. Tasty if somewhat unspectacular....

Christmas Ale 2009

12 oz stubbie, the usual Abita and Christmas presentation. Single from Mac's, Atlanta, GA, USA. Best Before 05/01/2010 on the neck. Pour is an attractive copper body with some nice white head that shows decent retention and some sticky lace. Good clarity. Looks nice. Nice malty nose with a hint of hops. Quite dry in the finish despite the obvious malts up front. There is something distinct about Abita beers and I'm not sure if it's a particular yeast strain or hop profile but it seems to cut...

Satsuma Harvest Wit

12 oz stubbie for the usual Abita presentation. Fairly low expectations like all Abita beers. Weird yellow/green pour with a frothy but not dense head. Falls away quickly to leave no trace of lace or other sign that there was head present. Some haze. Nose is Wit like with yeast notes and a very mild touch of spice. Disappointingly no orange in the smell. Bready overtones too. Weak in the taste department. Very yeasty and bready but not in a good Belgian way. Again zero orange character which...

Mardi Gras Bock

It's taken me a couple of years to get around to trying this, but here goes. 12 oz single from Total Wine, Barrett Parkway, Atlanta, GA, USA. Good clarity on the pour which for me, is a fundamental aspect of the style, however the head retention and lace are disappointing. Nose and tastes have that typical fruity, dry and mild bitterness in there, but it's no more than the style demands. Finishes with a touch of coppery, metallic bitterness which I enjoy. In summary, Abita is a pretty average...

Christmas Ale 2008

Thanks go out to Roy for bringing this back from New Orleans, LA, USA at Christmas 2008. Pour leads to very good clarity in the body, a mid-amber hue and some nice head. Good retention, but strangely not much lace. Aroma gives a malty promise which is fairly well, faithfully reproduced in the taste but also is accompanied by quite a harsh, hop based finish. Drying in the finish too. This leads to a clean experience but a little too soapy for the style IMO. Some nutty character redeems this. I...

Abbey Ale

22oz bomber from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. $4.99, I *think*. A little more attractive than your average Dubbel. More clarity and a slightly more reddish tinge rather than the dirty brown dishwater note that often accompanies the style. Head and lace are there, but fairly minimal. Serious fruity and bubblegum nose with some definite yeasty notes. Belgian character in the nose but it seems a touch artificial or "plastic" to me. The tastes reflect the nose. Yeast notes, some banana but...

Andygator

Alright, I'm lost! Firstly take a read of my original review of the on-tap version of this beer from May 2007; http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3/1565/?ba=Ding In the BA database this has been categorized as Doppelbock (No), Barleywine (No) and now back to Dopplebock (??). Having done that, now consider this newly bottled version, $4.99 for the bomber from Tower on Piedmont, Atlanta, GA, USA. If it supposed to be a Dopplebock then the appearance is a zero; otherwise it looks good, I don't...

Wheat

12oz single from Mac's Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Tucher Weizen, 500 mL glass. Frankly this is a bit odd. It pours more like a macro lager, and lacks a cloudy appearance. It must be filtered? Nose is a sweetish, corny skunk and this is followed by the taste. It's not really offensive, but if this was a blind tasting I would never have put this down as a wheat. Essentially this looks, tastes and drinks much like a macro lager. Disappointing in two respects; firstly simply from...

Strawberry Harvest Lager

12oz single bottle from Mac's Midtown, Atlanta, GA, USA. Part of the mixed sixer for $7.99. Not a big fan of Abita in general, so coupled with the style, I did not have high hopes. The beer turned out to be marginally more drinkable than expected, but not really anything I could imagine buying ever again. Poured from the 12oz stubbie (with the annoying label that has dates on it but that were NOT notched) into the Tucher Weizen 0.5L glass. Very light yellow pour, with some mild chill haze and...

Pecan Harvest Ale

12oz stubbie bottle as part of a six pack. Clear orange lucozade color with some decent carbonation but it doesn't translate into much head or lace. Only an aggressive pour leads to any bubbles. Grainy, non-descript nose. Soapy taste is all I rally get, and certainly not nuts. Mild bitterness which is (perhaps) hop based, but it's nothing to speak of. VERY, very thin in the mouth. Watery. One and done here, another very mediocre offering from Abita. I really don't get why some people think...

Jockamo IPA

12oz stubbie, $4.50, Taco Mac, East-West Connector, Austell, Atlanta, GA, USA. Mid-orange pour with a high, light (large bubbles) head. Some broken lace, and the head stays on as a film. Sinus clearing hop aroma that increases with temperature. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it IS a clean beer. Quite refreshing if a little light. Dry hops apparent in the finish. Mild hop bitterness, but I am left wanting something else. Slightly lacking for me, but with a bit of tweaking I think I could get...

Red Ale

On tap at Crabapple location of Taco Mac, Roswell, GA, USA. $3.75 for a 16 oz pour. Served way too cold, this couldn't be appreciated until it warmed up quite a lot. Thin, wispy lace, small head on top of the reddish brown body. Mild bitterness lingers all the way through with the malts becoming more apparent as time passes. A small, bitter, grapefruit finish. Pretty average Red, but OK. I'm not generally fond of Abita products, in fact I think they are a pretty mediocre brewer, but this...

Andygator

Part of the $5.95 sampler at Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta, GA, USA. Errr...Doppelbock - NO. (Subsequently changed in the BA database to read American Barleywine....errr...NO!) Straw colored lager looking pour with some creamy white head. Looks OK. Aroma is non-descript and the taste seems to be a cross between a relatively high ABV Malt Liquor and a sweet Pilsner without the hop bite. Quite creamy in the mouth. Pretty drinkable, but God only knows what this is supposed to be; Doppelbock or...

Christmas Ale 2006

On-tap, Taco Mac, Decatur, GA, USA. Reddish, copper colored pour with small ivory colored head and minimal lacing. No spice, very little malt and fading hoping bitterness. Very little here. A weak, very bland amber that at least resembles the style but lacks any depth or character. Extremely average in all respects, and the fact that is supposed to be a "special", "seasonal" or one-off brew this is horribly disappointing. Pretty much in line wth the disappointing Abita range, which at best is...

Fleur-de-lis Restoration Ale

Not my favorite style, but the more I drink this type of beer, the more it grows on me. It seems to improve down each glass too. Very much a golden color with some initial head, but the head and lacing are gone soon. A lot of freshly mown hay and grass in the nose, and this is reflected in the taste. Soft and rounded in the mouth with easy drinking written all over it. Light and creamy, this has obvious summer session potential A little reminder of a Pilsner in the finish.

Amber

Have to admit that this was generally disappointing to me. Simply very thin in the mouth with little or no character and a mild taste that simply failed to satisfy. Poured out a light orange color with the small head fading fast to nothing. Very light feel about the whole beer, and no depth to the experience. Drinkable, but very little character. Some dryness in the finish with a slight toffee like after taste. Very little to endear this to you. Won't bother again anytime soon.

Purple Haze

Not really my favorite style, so this review may be somewhat biased. Very noticeable raspberry hightlights in both the aroma and the first taste. The raspberry flavor is very dry and sort of floral. I don't really go for the fruit beers very much at all, the reason being that I find that they can give this floral undertone that detracts from the "beer" taste. Even though this is a wheat beer, I don't think it looks especially attractive either. Very much a one-off purchase for me.

Turbodog

A nice Brown Ale. Pours a very attractive red/brown color with a nice amount of carbonation to give a decent head that hangs around a bit. A tasty little number with plenty of maltiness and a bitter finish in just the right amount. Drinkable, good example of the style. Lots of information about the hops and malt on the label. Makes me curious about Abita's other brews, I'll be following up with them later.