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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

2,349 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 47
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001)
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mayorwalda

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:05:12 | More by mayorwalda
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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 2,349 ratings.