Abita Wrought Iron IPA
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A progenitor of Southern U.S. craft brewing, Abita Brewing Co. has been kicking out brews such as the well known TurboDog and Purple Haze since 1986. They also offer several seasonal beers that have fruit profiles as well as high gravity styles and root beer for the kids. Visit their website and read up on how they are ‘green brewing’, very interesting stuff.
The Wrought Iron IPA that I am reviewing here is in their regular lineup. It had been quite a while since I’ve tried one of their offerings so at the suggestion of the guy at Kelly’s on Juan Tabo here we go…
Abita Wrought Iron IPA Review
Method of Pour: 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint. I also tried one poured into a tulip stem
Color: A golden yellow, as opposed to the traditional orange of IPA. The head looked thin and fizzy and it did fall from one finger width to just a covering but it lasted until the bottom of the glass.
Nose: From the shaker pint I got a lot aroma from the Mosaic hops that are in the mix(fruit, pine and moist soil) as well as malt character. In the tulip glass I got almost all hops and no malt.
Palate: Apollo, Equinox and Mosaic hops are all in the recipe; the Mosaic being the most identifiable of the three. Considering that Apollo is a very high alpha hop (lots of bittering properties) the palate is very well balanced. There is just a little bit of stickiness from residual sugars and plenty of heft in the body but actual malt flavors are hard to distinguish. The finish is long but not overbearing. There are the usual pine and citrus flavors you expect from IPA; you know you are going to get them and they are delivered with finesse in this beer. There are also some earth tones that these newer hop varieties have become known for.
Bottom Line: I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it is yet another in a seemingly endless barrage of IPA’s, but if that is what you like, or if you want to treat somebody to something new, this is a good choice.