Tasting Notes: Hop 99 Light IPA from Abita Brewing Company

AbitaHop99pourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we look toward those New Year’s resolutions and cut some calories by getting into a pour of Hop 99 Light IPA from Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana)

Introduced by Abita back in late September with the intent of supplying their fans with “a more sessionable beer without sacrificing the craft taste,” Hop 99 is a Light India Pale Ale jam-packed with “Mosaic and Citra hops . . . to give it a big hop flavor, while pale malts give it a light body and crisp finish.” Weighing in at just 4.2% ABV, 99 calories and 2.7 grams of carbohydrates, Hop 99 is an “ideal choice for after a run, taking a break from yard work or a long day of tailgating.”

Hop 99 is available now and you can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area.

Alright . . . now that all the carbs and calories have been counted, let’s crack open a can and give Hop 99 the Tasting Notes treatment!

Tasting Notes for Hop 99 Light IPA from Abita Brewing Company

Appearance: A somewhat hasty pour produces an IPA that is a super light, straw yellow in color and capped with just over a finger of lush, bright white foam.  When held to direct light, the color lightens a touch but remains mostly unchanged.  The beer is clear and displays a steady carbonation presence gently streaming within.  Head retention is decent, collapsing down to a thin but complete, lasting top cap that leaves wisps of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: The hops are definitely performing at full potential in the aromatics department.  There is a big, distinct presence of Mosaic and Citra hops that offers notes of mixed tropical fruit, mango, citrus, grapefruit, lime and a bit of pine. There is a subtle waft of malt sweetness present, but otherwise the aroma is keenly focused on the hops.

Taste: The flavors are light, but the hops do all that they can to supply citrusy notes of orange, grapefruit, lime (actually a fair amount of clean lime flavor), mango and mixed berries.  There is a hint of minerality present, but it is quickly tempered by the sweetness of the Pale malts.  The profile closes with soft pine notes.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a medium carbonation, this brew is incredibly easy drinking, crisp and refreshing.  The balance here is quite nice, tipping ever so slightly to the hoppy side but without any aggressive bitterness.  As expected, the 4.2% ABV is well hidden and further raises the beer’s overall level of drinkability.  Aftertaste is minimal, but a there is just the lightest touch of grapefruit and pine left to linger.

Final Thoughts:  Like most low-calorie IPAs coming out these days, Hop 99 is light all around: light in calories and carbs, light in color, light in mouthfeel, and a little light in flavor.  That is to be expected though.  If you are sacrificing a little here and there to cut out the calories, you are going to lose a bit of the full IPA experience along the way.

With that said, Hop 99’s hop aroma is absolutely on point and those hops do all that they can to get you as much IPA flavor as possible.  Those gorgeous Mosaic and Citra hops definitely give you more flavor than any low-calorie offering coming out of the Big 3 (Bud, Miller, Coors) while still giving you all the drinkability of those easy-drinking light lagers and ales.  This makes Hop 99 an ideal brew for fit hopheads to enjoy after a workout or for the IPA-lovers out there that are looking to cut some weight in the New Year.  If calories are on your mind these days, make sure to keep an eye out for Hop 99 the next time you hit the beer aisle.  Prost!

 

Abita Brewing Company’s Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout Returns for a Limited Time

AbitaLogoAbita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout in late December 2019.

Carefully crafted to “combine the rich flavor of roasted coffee with a full-bodied stout,” Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout is a Milk Stout that establishes a base with Pale, Caramel, Chocolate and Roasted malts, finds balance with Willamette hops, and gets its coffee kick from espresso dolce beans from PJ’s Coffee added “during the cold brewing process.”  Rounded off with a touch of sweetness supplied by natural milk sugar and oats, the smooth-sipping Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout (6% ABV) offers its drinker “a strong coffee flavor and aroma that complements the existing flavors of the malt.”

Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout is rolling out now and will be available through March 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 2019 – March 2020
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 6%
Malts – Pale, Caramel, Chocolate & Roasted
Hops – Willamette 
Yeast- American Ale
Added Ingredients – Espresso Dolce coffee beans from PJ’s Coffee, natural milk sugar & oats
Recommended Glassware – Goblet or Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

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Abita Brewing Company Adds Low-Calorie Hop 99 IPA to Year-Round Lineup

hop99web1__largeAbita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will introduce Hop 99, a “guilt free” Light IPA, in late September 2019.

Developed by Abita’s brewing team with the intent of creating “a more sessionable beer without sacrificing the craft taste for long-time patrons and new craft beer drinkers,” Hop 99 is a Light India Pale Ale jam-packed with “Mosaic and Citra hops . . . to give it a big hop flavor, while pale malts give it a light body and crisp finish.”  Weighing in at just 4.2% ABV, 99 calories and 2.7 grams of carbohydrates, Hop 99 is an “ideal choice for after a run, taking a break from yard work or a long day of tailgating.”

“Hop 99 is the result of our brewing team and our patrons evolving together,” says David Blossman, President & CEO of Abita Brewing Co. “This beer gave us the challenge to create a flavor-forward, drinkable IPA, while it gives beer drinkers a craft-forward, sessionable option that significantly cuts the amount of carbohydrates and calories normally found in an IPA, or any category for that matter.”

 

“As the IPA category continues to change, we wanted to do something different that would appeal to a broader range of beer drinkers, so we took a look at how we can make an IPA an everyday hop-forward beer,” says Abita Brewmaster Mark Wilson.

Hop 99 is scheduled to enter full distribution in late September.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop 99 from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching late September 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 25
Calories – 99 
Carbs – 2.7 grams
Hops – Citra & Mosaic 
Malts – Pale
Yeast – American Ale
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

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Abita Brewing Company Adds Strawberry Lager to Year-Round Lineup

AbitaStrawberryLagerAbita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that its wildly popular Strawberry Lager is now available year-round throughout its full distribution area.

Previously only available as a fan-favorite Seasonal offering, Abita Strawberry Lager starts with a Lager base – made with Pilsner and Wheat malts and Vanguard hops – that is then infused with “juicy, ripe Louisiana strawberries, harvested at the peak of the season.” Truly perfect for any time of the year, the incredibly crisp Abita Strawberry Lager (4.2% ABV) is “light gold . . . with a subtle haze and strawberry flavor and aroma.”

“We created Strawberry Lager 15 years ago for a local strawberry festival and it took off immediately, becoming one of our most sought-after seasonal brews,” says David Blossman, President & CEO of Abita Brewing Co. “It was the first strawberry beer produced in the state. Fans have made it clear that they want it year-round, and we now have the capacity to make it year-round.”

Abita Strawberry Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and throughout the rest of Abita Brewing Company’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Abita Strawberry Lager from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; released in February & declared a Year-Round in mid-June 2019
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Malts – Pilsner & Wheat
Hops – Vanguard 
Yeast – German Lager
Added Ingredients – Louisiana Strawberries
Fun Fact – On sourcing the strawberries used in this beer: “Similar to wine with grape harvest, the team at Abita has worked closely with its farmers to ensure enough berries are harvested to last throughout the year, allowing the craft brewery to deliver the fresh taste of strawberries to consumers all year long.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

Abita Brewing Honors New Orleans with Maison Blanc

mb_group_web__slideAbita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will recognize New Orleans’ Tricentennial celebration with the limited-time release of Maison Blanc.

Brewed to honor the 300th birthday of New Orleans, Maison Blanc is Abita’s attempt “to capture the diverse history and culture of this great city” in a glass.  Meant to cater to the tastes of both beer and wine drinkers, this special White Ale (or “House White”) has been brewed with malted barley, wheat and Sauvignon blanc grapes.  This elegant recipe results in a 6.5% ABV Maison Blanc that is characterized by “the mild, dry flavor you seek in your favorite house white wine, with the delicious crisp characteristics of Sauvignon blanc grapes.”

“When you think of New Orleans, it’s all about the food, culture and lifestyle that makes the city such a unique and special place,” said David Blossman, President of Abita. “The Tricentennial gave us a great opportunity to celebrate all of this, and we hope everyone will join the Abita family in enjoying Maison Blanc, while commemorating the culture and history that has made New Orleans the amazing place it is for the last 300 years.”

Maison Blanc officially debuts this week and will hang around through April of 2018.  This Limited Release offering will see distribution exclusively in Louisiana with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  Prost!

Vital Information for Maison Blanc from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Limited, mid-December 2017 through April 2018
Style – White Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Malts – Pilsner & Wheat
Hops – Hallertau Blanc
Added Ingredients – Sauvignon blanc grapes
Suggested Glassware – Flute, goblet or tulip
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – Available exclusively in Louisiana