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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 409
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 182 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003

Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock.

25 IBU
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Now sold in regular 12oz. bottles, this beer is now served (don't hate it until you've tried it) in mixed form with Abita's Purple Haze and Strawberry beers throughout many bars in Louisiana. Poured correctly from a tap this beer, in combination with either of the others mentioned above, is quite delicious (even smoother with a distinct taste of the fruit that was used, strawberry or raspberry) . Try it for yourself, remember to sip as it's still potent, and post for yourself.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze anda thin finger of frothy white foam. Not bad!

Smell: very sweet and lightly grainy aroma; this style is supposed to be sweet, but this is almost over the top. It's just a bit cloying for me.

Taste: sweet and grainy like the aroma, but a bit more balanced. The sweetness is pared down a bit from the aroma, although it is still well in line for a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: it doesn't blow me away, but it's a reasonable doppelbock.

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Aroma is yeasty, with a touch of Belgian character to it, green apple, and a metallic note. Hints of peach surface. Flavor reveals an overly sweet caramel malt base, toasted notes, and muted peach and apple skin character. Could use some sharp notes to clean up the flab.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beautifully pale-golden, especially effervescent Doppelbock, that I'd not had in several years and was happy to see Abita had unleashed in an affordable six-pack, after being bomber-bound for so long.

First off: it's a very drinkable—even somewhat sessionable, under the right circumstances—high-gravity beer. It retains hints of the sweet, thick, and winey qualities that at times accompany higher proofs—particularly doppelbocks—but is, as its labelling promises, quite dry. Indeed, it's extremely crisp generally (and not just in the context of its style), almost prosecco-esque degree, thanks to the very bubbly body and the German lager yeast—though obviously it'd represent a very bad, shockingly sugarly processo.

But luckily what makes a good prosecco is not what makes a good Helles Doppelbock, and this is a very good manifestation of the latter: I detect less "fruit"—in aroma or taste—than that softly-sour, lager-yeasty character that—at it's best—is described as "fruitness" but is both something more and something else than that. The Perle-hopping is light, but present, and adds a complexity to the crispness and operates as another element to mitigate the sweetness; while the golden-blonde hue is matched by the malt textures, which always have bite and never burden with too much heft.

I hadn't had an Andygator in at least four, and maybe six years—and it may very well have been the first doppelbock I knowingly tried—but I'm reminded that, despite its ubitquity in stores, it's meant to be a very fine beer, and a nice, clean take on a style that, at first, one might be skeptical could successfully originate from the deep-south swamps.

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Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.