388. Abita Brewing – Amber Ale

20111213-124213.jpgI’m at the Atrium Lounge in the New Orleans airport, getting ready to head home after being in NOLA for a couple days for work.  We had an hour or so to kill before our flight started boarding, and my co-worker Steve bought me a beer while we were waiting.  They didn’t have any clean glasses, so I had to enjoy this in the bottle.  I haven’t reviewed this one yet, so I got a chance to take a few minutes, relax and write this review.

Location: Enjoyed a bottle, at the Atrium Lounge in the New Orleans, LA Louis Armstrong airport.

Numbers: 4.5% ABV, 17 IBUs, 15 SRM, 128 Calories

Taste & Feel: The body was medium and the mouthfeel was crisp.  There was a sweet caramel malty flavor up front, growing a bit in the middle.  The maltiness continued into the finish with a thick, bready flavor kicking in and flowing into the aftertaste.  There was very little bitterness noticeable in the finish, mostly sweet caramel and bready malts.Appearance & Aroma: It was in a bottle, making it hard to see, but I’m willing to bet it was amber in color.  Even in the bottle, it seemed to form a frothy head on it.  There was a decent sized caramel malt aroma when I smelled the mouth of the bottle.

Food Pairing: Since I’m in New Orleans, I do another local food pairing.  I think this would go very nicely with some crawfish etouffee.  The breadiness would bring out the flavors in the etoufee, and the caramel maltiness would add a sweetness and complexity to the saltiness of the dish.

Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a solid, malty, amber ale.  It was very drinkable and had some big malty flavors.  It could have been balanced a little better with some hop bitterness, but if you’re looking for a good, solid amber ale that leans a bit toward the malty side, this one was pretty good.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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Author: Kevin

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