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Purple Haze - Abita Brewing Co.

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2,759 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 20.25%
Wants: 69
Gots: 357 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-19-2001

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
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is sort of a deep golden-orange with a violet hue in the recesses. Off the tap, it develops a creamy cap of about half a finger. It is sturdy, standing strong while depositing a mixture of spotting and patching that's itself very creamy.
A mix of tart, sweet and sour, the raspberry is certainly here. It's underneath a grainy malts base. It's kind of a mix of berries and something like green apple, ultimately.
The raspberry flavor is pretty nice, a fairly gentle sweetness not overdone against the tart notes that come off as more natural, backed by malty grains that aren't too grainy, as they are in the nose. A bit of rind and even a hint of some herb-derived spiciness is rounded out by just a hint of leafy bitterness.
It's crisp up front and doesn't fall off too much at the end, though a little. The body is light but verges on being thin, though it avoids that as well. Smoothness is moderate as a touch of dryness sneaks into the finish.

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3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD 01/13/14. Pours a clear light amber with just a touch of purple shading. The bottom of the bottle pour is hazy from pulp. Light head that diminishes in 2 minutes with little lacing. Very light nose of raspberry. Light bodied with some pulp. Normal carbonation level. The weak flavor profile is raspberry, but you have to look for it since there is very little flavor present. The finish has mild effervescence that brings raspberry more forward with a bit of tartness.

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3/5  rDev -8%

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4.47/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I'm actually pretty embarrassed to admit how much I like Purple Haze.
I understand how many people don't or wouldn't like this beer at all- but it's a good beer for some drinkers.

If you're a beer purist this may or may not be the drink for you; it really doesn't drink like a beer so much as a raspberry-sodapop-wine-beer combination. From the bottle, it's all right- drinkable, pretty good. It smells like raspberries but the taste is disappointing to what you'd expect. Out of curiosity I poured it into a goblet and the raspberry flavors opened up quickly. I probably wouldn't drink it straight from the bottle again. But it's the most wine-like beer I've ever had and that quality is REALLY going to divide people.

Appearance is a pinkish-purpleish-peachish hint. It's a pretty cool shade. It's in an attractive bottle with an attractive purple label. About a one-finger head that disappeared very quickly, as others have noted.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, fizzy. It's pretty refreshing. It's lighter than most beers I drink. I typically much prefer darker, spicier brews. But for this one I make an exception.

Fruit flavors are raspberry (obviously) with lemon zest. It's lightly grainy with little bitterness. Think of it like this- the beer is basically a vehicle for the raspberry. Probably wouldn't drink the beer on its own without it but they do complement each other well.

I only tried this because of my love of Abita, and raspberries. I didn't expect very much when I tried it and was really surprised by how much I like it. In reality, just think about your other preferences. If you don't like fruit beers, raspberries, or the like, you probably wouldn't like this. If you're like me and a raspberry fiend, and like beer, you'd enjoy it.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -8%

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3.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Foamy 1 finger head poured into pint glass from Can

Has a light lager color with no lacing on the glass

Smells like applesauce, don't ask me why, but it does

Taste is slight berry, but I keep getting an overly fizzy tartness with every gulp

I love carbonation, especially in IPA, DIPA's, but this not being an IPA could have had less bubbly

Overall, I have another 23 of these cans to go, and I do enjoy this beer... One of the first Beers that got me into craft/micros.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Probably one of the better fruit beers that I've had. You can definitely taste the raspberries and it's a cool purple colour. Interesting and worth a try, but I'm not really big on fruit beers so I probably wouldn't go out of my way for one again.

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Purple Haze from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.