Abita has quickly developed a place in my heart. Somewhat begrudgingly, I tried my first fruit beer a few months ago. Having seen Abita's Strawberry Lager on the shelf, and in the spirit of trying a little bit of everything, I picked a bottle up and began anticipating disappointment. If you've read the review, you will know that I was very pleasantly surprised. So much so, that I have tried numerous fruit beers in a short few months.
On viewing Abita's list of beers, a handful excited me. One of those was their perennial Purple Haze. Billed as a raspberry infused lager that pairs well with desserts, I was intrigued and new I would have to try it. I hoped that Purple Haze the beer would be as great as Jimmy Hendrix' classic.
Going into this review, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was initially fairly excited to learn it was a wheat ale, though I was unsure if a lemon flavor would compliment such a brew. Typically speaking I had come to expect wheat beers to be smooth and creamy in texture, and although orange tends to compliment some of them, lemon just didn't seem to fit the bill.
Happy Fourth of July everyone! While I was not born in the U.S.A, I have called the United States my home for almost six years. In commemoration of the 241st birthday of this great nation, I decided to review an American beer today. What better beer to choose than one named after a founding father - Samuel Adams!