Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 4.2%
Awards: “People’s Choice” bronze winner in the Specialty Beer category at the Atlantic City Beer Fest
Brewed by Abita Brewing Company out of Louisiana, Purple Haze is a light, not heavy, beer with a low alcohol volume making it easily drinkable. I was drawn to this beer by its name, as a long-time Jimmy Hendrix fan, and its funky purple label. When I saw that the beer was brewed with raspberries, which are added after filtration, I thought it sounded interesting and decided to give it a try.
Not particularly fond of fruity beers, I really didn’t know what to expect. I am known for not liking fruit in my beer, aside from a lime in my Corona or Tecate. I routinely remove the orange wedges from my Blue Moon Belgium White drafts and give the bartender the evil eye to make sure they don’t do it again .
Fruit in my beer is definitely not my thing, but surprisingly, I really liked Abita’s Purple Haze. I thought it wasn’t too sweet and I liked the little bits of raspberry that randomly appeared in my mouth throughout the tasting. I poured the beer into a pilsner glass and it did foam up pretty well but quickly went down. The foam left small amounts of lacing on the glass. The color seemed consistent with the flavor; I noticed a slight red/pink/purple tone to the beer.
I happened to drink this beer with dinner – chicken, fall vegetable medley and salad – however, I drank most of the beer towards the end of the meal, sort of like an after dinner drink. Purple Haze had little to no aftertaste. I am guessing the low alcohol volume and the fruitiness of the beer make it extremely drinkable.
I hate to feed into the stereotype of chick beers but this could most certainly become a favorite beer amongst the ladies. It has that kind of vibe and with the raspberry flavoring, it just feels girly. I loved Abita’s Purple Haze and it is definitely GGG approved.