Saturday, January 31, 2015

Abita Wrought Iron IPA


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1271) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Everybody’s been making citrusy “West Coast” IPAs for years. But they all tend to use essentially the same hops. In the case of Abita Wrought Iron IPA, it’s definitely a citrusy-smelling and tasting IPA, but in a different way than most. That’s probably due to the use of Apollo, Equinox and Mosaic hops – new varietals that create for the familiar flavors, aromas and bitterness of the classic hops but in a different way. I always appreciate originality… even if it is familiar.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It had a best by date of 5/17/15 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, hazy shade of orange/copper. Some visible carbonation. Pours to a large, tan, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Tropical fruits and a sweet floral bouquet.

Taste: Light bitterness immediately, with a strong orange sherbet flavor. In fact, there’s a remarkable amount of sweet, almost ice cream-like taste to this palette. Passion Fruit and pineapple flavors are quite noticeable as well, creating for a slight juicy-like flavor. Strong dry bitterness on the second half, with perhaps a bit of a tang and astringency. Minor notes of garlic or onion, but they’re barely noticeable unless you really look for them (most likely due to the Mosaic hops). Alcohol is also subtle, but not distracting. This is more than a solid IPA, but less than a great one.

Drinkability: I probably wouldn’t consider Abita Wrought Iron IPA to be all that “big” of a beer at 6.9% ABV, but it’s far from light. There’s a significant presence to the mouthfeel, but not an intense one. Fairly soft, but smooth with light carbonation. There is minor warmth from the alcohol, but it’s not distracting. Definitely the kind of brew to pair with a savory meal, though a single standalone serving is quite satisfying. 
Grade: 8/10