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Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 113 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2003)
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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by a rocky inch of foam that leaves a lot of splashy lace behind

Smell: Sugary, shortbread malt with notes of grain

Taste: Sugary shortbread, up front, with a slightly grainy character developing, in the middle; sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Sweet and enjoyable though it seems to lack some of the sophistication of the German examples

brentk56, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Lantern, Feb 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

Iowacraft, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

silvanus, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sparrowed
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

sparrowed, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Cyhops
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Cyhops, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +13.3%

taigor, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -15%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of FATC1TY
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler.

A: Golden yellow color pour, slight haze, but pretty clear. Fair bit of lacing, around a 1 finger head poured aggressively.

S: Fruity, sweet, bready malts. A little hops poking out.

T: Balanced. Pure balance. Sweet fruit and malty, then the hops comes in, little bitter, but so balanced you can't tell at first. Very light tasting, smooth.

M: Great mouthfeel. Perfect amount of carbonation to it. Not oily, but has a bit of hangtime on the tounge as you drink. I like it a good bit! Yeasty bread in there that kinda of mellows it out.

Overall: I'll admit, this is a go to beer for me. I love the higher ABV, hides it exceptionally well. Smooth beer, really good to get a pitcher of it at one of my favorite restaurants and share a pitcher or two with someone. Really well balanced beer, and I'm on Abitas side, great beers. I've had this on draft, in a growler, and in bottles. I keep plenty on stock for when I want to do some session drinking, and this is my main stay!

FATC1TY, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
2.15/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a generic looking honey color. Tell me that you have an imperial lager and this is what I'd expect it to look like. Not much head, probably owing to the alcohol level but the bartender could also be a culprit here. Meh.

The alcohol is the first thing that wafts up from the glass. Behind it are bubblegum gross spent grain aromas (homebrewers know this smell). I feel like flies should be swarming around this beer. There's a bit of like white grape, but not at all in an interesting way. Hops? Nah.

The taste follows the nose pretty well. This is a horrendously shallow beer. It has one note: sweetness. It's very grainy. Ugh. It also has a white-grape-meets-green-apple character that reminds me of cheap supermarket pinot grigio. This is like eating a bowl of Grape Nuts in the morning, but you didn't have milk so you used really boozy cheap white wine instead of milk. Awful.

It's a bit thick in terms of mouthfeel, but I really don't expect anything else knowing that this is an imperial lager (indeed, this is marketed as a "Helles Dopplebock" which is just stupid).

Overall, you're better off saving money and just buying malt liquor. This is a terrible beer. I can't believe I'm saying this, but Bud Light Platinum is basically the same beer as Andygator, only better. Better.

Reaper16, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

hokewi, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

maryd837, Feb 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

trexnoize, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jmhart, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

gomejar, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Whitrabbt74, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

djtomain, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear gold color with two fingers of rich white head.

Malty and lightly sour aroma with cracker and sweetened cereal.

Quite sweet with candy sugar, cinnamon and floral notes with caramel malts at the end. The 8% abv. is well hidden.

Light-to-medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A bit too sweet for me but still pretty decent.

Monkeyknife, Feb 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

fountainofyouth, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Doppelbockulus, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Hopswagger
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into thistle glass.

P: Poured clear golden color with streaming bubbles racing to the top. A full 2 finger of white head with good retention.

S: First whiff is straight cinnamon toast crunch, followed by semi sweet pears, malt, yeast, and floral hop goodness. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering.

T/M: A sloshy salty, lightly tart batch of pears, apples, green grapes and well balanced carbonation. Finishes with a slight peppered cotton mouth feel. Alcohol becomes head if the class once it warms.

O: Nice and refreshing, mellow bouquet of fruit flavors and a smooth yet boozy finish. Nice summer beer which I will probably revisit then.

Hopswagger, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of srans
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

srans, Jan 22, 2012
Andygator from Abita Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.