Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Abita Brewing Company Andygator Helles Dopplebock

Hello beer lovers, Happy Fat Tuesday and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review. After spending some time in New Orleans this past December I’ve decided to review a whole bunch of Abita Brewing Company beers since I’m in the Mardi Gras spirit.  Many if not most of these I drank and took notes on last year, but with so many great beers around I just didn’t get around to reviewing these until now.
Tonight’s featured beer is Abita Brewing Company Andygator Helles Dopplebock.  I was first introduced to Andygator at Acme Oyster House (here) based on our oyster shuckers’ suggestion.  Loved it. So upon my return I picked up a bomber of it (strictly for review purposes).

From the Abita Brewing Company website:” Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock.

You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich! Andygator also is a good aperitif and easily pairs with gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious---sip it for the most enjoyment.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a light orange color (looks like apricots) with a large fluffy white head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and roasted malts, very sweet and fruity with a slight hop presence.
Taste: Malt sweetness, very slight citrus hop bitterness and very balanced.  Hops back a far backseat to malt in this one and malts take center stage.
Overall: Great flavor and very drinkable, Abita Brewing Company’s Andygator Helles Dopplebock weighs in at 8% ABV.  Pairs well with all foods, but I specifically like to drink it on nights I’m makin’ jambalaya.  Pick some up and try it…it is delicious!


Mark Harvey

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