In this beer blog, we are going to sample Purple Haze from Abita. If you read my earlier beer blog post on their Christmas Ale, you know the history of Abita Brewery. If you have not read that post, please, read it to get to know this southern craft brewery. Let us get into this fruit beer.
It has a cloudy light amber to darker golden color with a white constant head on this fruit lager. The aroma has a heavy raspberry notes. The taste has a sweet raspberry notes with a hint of light carbonated notes. The aftertaste is nice and clean with touch of raspberry notes. It is a drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Purple Haze is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you even may see fruit pulp in the beer.
Here is a descration from their website (www.abita.com):
Purple Haze® is a lager brewed with real raspberries added after filtration. It is brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. The berries add a fruity aroma, tartly sweet taste and a subtle purple color and haze…you may see fruit pulp in the beer.
This beer is best served with salads or light fruit desserts, such as soufflés or chiffon cakes. Many people enjoy it with chocolate desserts. Purple Haze® pairs well with certain cheeses, such as ripened Brie or any dessert made with mascarpone. It’s also great paired with entrees prepared with fruit, especially citrus. Consider enjoying Purple Haze® alone at the end of your meal as dessert.
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In closing, wheat and fruit beers are two beer styles that I normally do not go out of my way to hint down in the market. I have to say Purple Haze from Abita is not a bad beer. I love the rasphberry notes from the aroma and tasting profile. This is a nice brew for a hot summer day or a just a beer to enjoy during a snow day. There is a nice balances from the beer and the fruit notes. This is a beer you can have one after and other. Raspberries are not overpowering in the beer. It is a nice balance and the aftertaste is clean but with a touch of raspberry notes. I recommend this beer with dessert or it can be your dessert. It will go good with lighter dishes like salads. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser