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
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