Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mayorwalda:
3.53/5 rDev +9%
Abita Beer's Raspberry infused Purple Haze.
The first time I had this beer I was seven or eight deep at a brewfest. I loved it then but was not sure exactly why.
Today I'm drinking Purple Haze out of a bottle. The pour--though vigorous--made something of a soda-like head, light and airy and completely gone in a matter of seconds, leaving no lace whatsoever. Pleasantly though, the head, while it lasted, did give off the very raspberry tart aroma this brew offers.
Taking my first sip (again), it becomes abundantly clear why I would have liked this beer when I was drunk. This beer is light and fruity with a little bit of an alcohol bite (more of a nip really). This beer is super easy to drink and that's probably its biggest selling point. As far as complexity is concerned, however, this brew just doesn't have it.
This beer is not really beer at all as it isn't brewed with raspberries (and even that defies most people purity standards) so it's not something I'd normally even try; but I did enjoy the refreshing element it has and the pleasant, somewhat dry sweetness so I really have no regrets. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys malt beverages that aren't sickeningly sweet and still have some semblance of being a beer.
The skinny is like this:
A: Pale, somewhat hazy light gold, yellow color. What head it gets dies almost immediately and leave no lace.
S: The smell is probably this brew's best feature--sweet, dry with a little tartness.
T: This brew is certainly more in the realm of a malt beverage, but it is a refreshing beverage none the less.
M: Light, carbonated, with a little bit of a residue (not the right word but I'm still learning the finesse of a great beer vocabulary).
O: This brew is certainly not of great craft beer caliber but is a fun drink and a pleasant experience, though not for the beer aficionado expecting a premium, complex, craft beer.
09-01-2011 04:05:12 | More by mayorwalda
More User Reviews:
3.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Have bought this for my wife many times as she came to like awhile back,pours a hazy orange with a light puple tint to it usually not much head pretty flat lookin.Aroma has a graininess to it with an artifical raspberry tinge to it.Taste is up and down has some decent raspberry flavors to it with a light wheaty malt flavor vut it really sputters out about half way down the glass.After one bottle I normally cant drink anymore its cloying,the sweetness really comes up fast on ya.
11-23-2003 22:25:22 | More by oberon
2.9/5 rDev -10.5%
Appearance This one is a hazy light orange in color with a nice, white head.
Smell The light American grain is kind of wheatlike. Theres a very faint tart raspberry aroma here as well.
Taste The grain is a little rough around the edges and leaves a harsh aftertaste, but I enjoyed the raspberry flavor. It didnt have that overzealous sweetness to it like a lot of flavored beers. It was very tart and authentic, like fresh-picked berries (like black berries, almost).
Mouthfeel This light-bodied beer had a slightly tart finish.
Drinkability This wasnt really that bad of a drinker. It delivered on what it promised, thats for sure.
01-22-2005 02:01:50 | More by RoyalT
3.58/5 rDev +10.5%
On-tap at Patton Alley Pub, which just got Hopslam on-tap, good for them.
Looks a little purple and definately hazy, like grapefruit juice, maybe.
Strong, fragrant raspberry nose, maybe some wheat and yeast, not much else.
Tastes pretty much the same, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.
02-12-2010 00:11:01 | More by brownbeer
2.78/5 rDev -14.2%
I don't like fruit beers; my wife does. We're visiting our daughter in Houston and my wife made me buy this for her. She thought it was great. It was a hazy orange color with a medium head. The label says the raspberry puree gives it a slightly purple tint. Yeah, right. Very sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet, cloying taste. My wife can drink the rest of the 6 pack.
09-22-2007 14:17:04 | More by lordofthewiens
2.05/5 rDev -36.7%
Very pale yellow brown color, after the pour you see alot of big bubbled carbination. the head went into nothingness. You do not see alot of carbination while it is sitting in the glass. I catch mainly a citrus smell and flavor, but nothing really presents itself as overpowering. Heavy water taste with alot of carbination hitting your tongue, slight champagne memory-but maybe one that was hit with seltzer? Very light taste and feel, good for warm days or warm bars, beer gardens. Smooth but nothing that jumps at you with a main flavor, the raspberry seems like an afterthought, which is not a bad thing, but the beer itself does not have anything to compete.
04-13-2004 00:36:03 | More by shapudding
3.68/5 rDev +13.6%
everyone kept talking about this beer so i had to try it
picked up a single bottle of it at the deli to give it a try, poured it into my glass and sure enough it was purple or at least close to purple in color, very enticing
smell was a bit weird smelled like fruit and sugar but not unpleasant all i'm saying is not usual for a beer no trace of hops in sight but definitely something sweet going on in there
taste followed up with mild spicy flavor and fruit, more of a sweet plum like flavor with a little bit of tart flavor in the finish hey i think it kind of taste like a soda instead of a beer!
good mouthfeel and kind of refreshing actually
all in all this is a good beer it kind of reminds me of a beer cocktail or a beer and soda but not a bad beer and definitely nothing wrong with it imho
07-06-2011 02:34:44 | More by renegadeburger
Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,463 ratings.