SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I grabbed a single of this today. It's been a rough and beerless long weekend, and a new tick is in order. Given that I didn't feel like paying $10 for a glass of kellerbier at Churchkey, this was the best I could do.
Mildly hazy yellow orange with a dense, white head with great retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is quite excellent too. With a mild citrus hop character with a blend of orange and lemon, there's also a faint, herbal character. I'm surprised by the nose, in many ways it reminds me of an American-hopped beer. A light sweetness is present as well, with a raw, wheaty character.
The palate is surprisingly muted. I think the Florida heat wasn't particularly kind to this beer, there's a mild hop character up front with a blend of orange, lemon peel and earth. This is actually pretty delicate, I'm reminded of the complexity of orange blossom honey (minus the sweetness, obviously). The grain character is rather rustic here, there's a blend of wheat and raw pilsner-like character here. A little sweetness is present in the mid-palate, but the finish does dry up, leaving a rather excellent and delicate hop character. A little earth, a little orange peel (curacao?) and a little sweetness are all rather expertly in balance here. The use of the wheat malt has lent a little heft to the palate. Carbonation is light, enhancing the softness that the dextrinous wheat character that's present. A wisp of alcohol appears on occasion, but all told, this is a pretty solid beer. I'd drink this again.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2010 23:43:36 | More by DefenCorps
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SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
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