Corky's Memphis Brew
Abita Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #114
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Ranked #48,100
3.17 | pDev: 12.62%
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 10
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3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap @ Corky’s Ribs and BBQ in Cordova, TN.

Pours a light copper color with a thick and creamy, ecru-colored head and noticeable carbonation and lacing. Caramel malt nose.

Good caramel malt foundation. Mildly sweet and nutty. Minimal hop presence. Moderately carbonated. Crisp and refreshing throughout. Finishes clean. That's about it, nothing overly complex about this one.

Highly sessionable, this brew does everything it was designed to do: it pairs well with ribs -- either dry-rubbed or slathered in sauce. Your choice. More than worthy enough for washing down some mighty fine Memphis 'Cue. Pass the beans and slaw. Oh, and the banana pudding. Pass that, too.

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2.21/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After a couple days in the beer-desert that is the Southeast, I was surprised to find that there was something other than the usual BudBudLightCoorsCoorsLightMGDHeineken selection at Corky's. I was obviously there for the barbeque - which was great - so being able to order a regional micro was just icing on the proverbial sweet potato pie.

Unfortunately said icing was not very good.

From my seat, I was able to watch the bartender pour the "Memphis Brew" next to a Bud Light. Given the ability to compare coloring, I actually had raised hopes. The beer was significantly more caramel in color than the golden tone of the Bud, and had light reddish notes. Not much of a head was present.

When I got the beer, things went downhill fast. First, it was served in an iced mug which had actually caused the beer to freeze and get little ice particles floating in it. I understand why many of the macros get iced - improves the flavor, I guess - but really, let's just end the practice for anything else please.

The coldness of the beer certainly affected the nose, but overall I doubt I would have liked it warm either. There was a yeasty, slightly funky odor with very little hop or malt character. Possibly this was attributed to dirty lines, but there was certainly not much umph in the smell.

The yeast in the nose was also present in the taste. And that's about it. No character to speak of except a slight anonymous sweetness.

Moutfeel was light and slick, but thin overall.

I would not order this beer again. It was one of those where you just have trouble finishing it.

Some of the other beers from Abita are passable, but this is not recommended.

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3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't think this is available anywhere but Corky's, however a buddy was able to spirit away a couple of bottles with a "to go" order to bring me. Sampled at my home where I was, appropriately, serving pulled pork BBQ.

Poured muted amber with muted nutty malt aroma. Flavor was very reserved, more like a mild brown ale than anything - as if the contract brewer Abita made a Turbo Dog Light. A bit of citric brightness gave some spark. Purely a vehicle for washing down BBQ - but that's not a bad thing.

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3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this on the menu at Corky's Barbecue in Memphis, TN. The bottom of the back label states it is brewed by Abita.

Appearance - pours a bright but light orange amber into a clear plastic Corky's beer mug. Loads of bubble streamers. Thick pale yellow head, lots of lumpy craters and some decent lacing.

Aroma - some soft malt, mildly sweet grain smells at first, but sniff quickly as the nose is abruptly overwhelmed by the smell of plastic washed with industrial-strength dishwashing detergent. Hate to dock it for smells not from the beer, but I sure can't give it bonus points either. This one has potential, maybe if you can try it in glass instead (I should've asked but didn't).

Taste - good malty beer, nutty and mildly sweet. Little if any hop presence. Not very complex, and not designed to be. It's brewed specifically for barbecue and it does pair up well. Clean finish, very tasty. Flavor holds up well in the face of these zesty, dry Memphis ribs. Chomp!

Mouthfeel - light body and light carbonation, doesn't take up much room, allowing max belly space for the ribs.

Drinkability - good beer for a session, but I don't know if it's available outside the restaurant, so head to Memphis, bring your moist towelettes and a designated driver, y'all!

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Corky's Memphis Brew from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 10 ratings