SOS (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Up in the cool mountain air in Asheville, a skinny blonde hands me this Abita S.O.S. No big fan of Abita, but I'll try it. Really nice bottle design, and I'm a sucker for Beer for a Cause. Best by date of 8/12/11.
A. Enters my pint glass a slightly hazy Summer Gold, with a fat, finger tall dense head (wheaty...) that sticks around happily and leaves sea-foam lace on the sides of the glass. Quite nice.
S. Obvious wheat here, grainy and honeyed with a solid nose of noble hop, slightly bitter and field-y. Hints of corn. Cool. Smells like "beer". A bit raw and 'bigger' than you might expect...
T. ...then again, it is 7%. Don't drink like it tho. Increasingly, either my palate is becoming more numb to ABV (probable) or brewers are getting better and better hiding their booze (likely) or maybe this just isn't being reported accurately, but honestly, it drinks like pretty much any other Pils I've had. Hrmmmm.... oh yeah, flavor is solid. A more-wheaty, creamy German pils.
M / D. Big fluffy fullness, medium-full body, especially for the style, this is where you might get the (correct) impression that this beer is bigger than you think. Finishes dry and noble hoppy, pleasing, moreish. And a bomber by yourself should be no problem.
Overall, S.O.S is a real surprise from Abita, a quite solid, boozy-wheaty pils that drinks well and donates 75 cents to the Gulf Restoration for each bottle sold. I can dig it.
Serving type: bottle
09-05-2010 17:59:02 | More by kkipple
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3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.
A nice pale gold/dark straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and sticks around for awhile, leaving lines of lacing down the sides.
Aroma is pretty standard german pilsner. Biscuity with a grassy and noble hop background.
Flavour is the same as aroma. Biscuity/bready up front before the grassy/noble hops take over in the finish.
Pretty plain and just ok pilsner. Didn't do anything to grab me. Overall I think Abita's ales are better than their lagers, but that's just my opinion.
Serving type: on-tap
03-28-2014 01:59:06 | More by Noxious26
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pint at Khyber Pass in Philly. From notes.
A - Poured mildly hazy and golden. Mild carbonation coming up to a two finger white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.
S - Wheat, grass, a mild hop. Plain, but clean and good..
T - Nice spicy hop with grass and wheat. Orange juice, bubblegum as well. Nice stuff.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.
O/D - This was a good pils. It was clear that they used wheat in it and it did well with the hop flavour. Good balance and drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 17:59:09 | More by tbeckett
4.16/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: Best by 2012-07-28
Abita's S.O.S. is a good beer for a good cause, a pleasant and easy-drinking helles bock for recovery efforts from the oil geyser caused by offshore drilling in 2010. This has held up amazingly well over the past two years, still indicating that it was a noiceably-hopped helles bock with pleasing malt flavor. If Abita released some fresh bottles of this into my locality, I'd pick a few up.
Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white foam, comprised of small-sized bubbles yielding a frothy appearance, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head falls to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session, with excpetional lacing of thick, complex patterns left along all sides of the glass, modified with each sip. Beer is a moderately dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the hazy (30-40% opacity), high in number, moderate in activity.
Aroma is surprisingly bright and floral with hints of fruit and modestly dense white bread. These are quite pleasant aromas, though more reminiscent of a helles bock than a pilsner (and at 7%, this seems like a justified re-categorization).
Taste is of pleasantly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with notable white bread and coconut flavors adding interest. Front of palate tastes lightly grassy, floral, woodsy, and lemon-like hops with a background sweetness of white bread and associated dough. Mid-palate tastes floral, grassy, and lemon-like hops with light to medium-light bitterness, bread-like and sweet pale malts, and mild coconut-like flavor behind the scenes adding extra interest. Back of palate tastes hop bitterness with floral and woodsy undertones, a bit of lemon and coconut, and a thin background of white bread. Aftertaste is of mildly bitter hops with light floral and woodsy undertones, light white bread sweetness, and a background hint of lemon.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium, resulting in a foamy (9/10) and slightly smooth (1/10) mouthfeel that comes across as rather soft and pillowy. This is appropriate for the beer, making it pleasurable and easy to drink, and within boundaries for the helles bock style in general.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2014 03:46:28 | More by falloutsnow
SOS (Save Our Shore) from Abita Brewing Co.
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