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Andygator (Abita)

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Andygator (Abita)

Friday, 28 June 2013 18:21

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The Buzz:

        This 8% Helles Doppelbock from Abita Brewery recently started making an appearance in my area of the world, and I since I have yet to try and Abita brew that I don't enjoy, I had give it a shot. Described on the bottle as having a "slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma," I found Andygator in a 22oz. bottle in the local grocery store for $4 and change. And let me tell you this: worth every penny!

 

 Life of the Party:

        When I poured out Andygator into a pint glass it had the color of amber honey. And I could definitely pick up that fruity aroma described on the bottle, along with sort of a wheat smell that I found enjoyable. And despite it being described as having a very strong, powerful flavor, I actually found this beer to be surprisingly light (note: not to be confused with "lite," which typically denotes an inferior beer) and refreshing tasting (though perhaps my habit of drinking super-dark and powerful brews has shifted my threshold a bit...). Andygator is sweet without being tart, and I found it had a fruity, malty finish. I could certainly taste hops, but it was overshadowed by the other flavors of the beer. Overall I came away from it thinking about how refreshing it was. Andygator, to me, seems like the perfect beer to have in the hammock and/or by the pool and just let the day go by. And at $4+ a pint, it's a steal! I would happily buy this beer if were $10 per pint; though I certainly won't complain about getting to drink twice as much for the same price.

 

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Potential Hangovers:

        Really the only negative I have for this beer is that some people just don't like lighter beers (like Biggs stated multiple times during the first episode of the Bearded Brew Review). But the less picky of us will have a hard time coming up with reasons NOT to enjoy Andygator this summer.

 

The Vibe:

        Like I said before, I most want to drink Andygator on a summer day outside. Inexpensive enough that you won't bash and eyelid when you go to pick up a bottle or two, and not so heavy that you won't be able to put back a few during whatever festivities you may be enjoying. I really enjoyed this beer in a pint glass and from the bottle, but Abita also recommends using a goblet, stein, flute, or snifter glass with this beer. Just beware; while to the seasoned liquor drinkers among us 8% doesn't sound like a lot, in a carbonated beer by the pint drinking this too quickly could put you over the edge quickly. Abita says to sip, not gulp; you should listen to them.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Absolutely delicious

+ Strong flavor in a pretty light, refreshing beer

+ Perfect for the current season

 

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