Friday, June 24, 2011

Abita Brewing Company's Jockamo IPA

Another beer from Louisiana. Information Abita Brewing Company and their "Purple Haze" can be found here. Jockamo apparently is an Indian tribe in the New Orleans area that partake yearly in the Marti Gra parade. Where as most Indian smoke peace pipes, apparently these one get drunk and fight like hockey hooligans.

This is Abita Brewing Company's IPA known as Jockamo IPA, cousin to the arcade favorite Whackamole. I want to preface this whole review by stating this beer has an ABV of 6.5%, which, according to Webster, but not Merrian, is dope as shit.

These guys aren't holding back on the Willamette and Columbus hops, teetering the scales with an IBU of 52. I've seen higher but I don't typically enjoy higher as I am not an IPA fan. These was part of a sampler Abita sells. You can get 12 beers, 6 different ones, for $15 bucks which is a pretty rad deal.

This stuff is pretty bitter, some most of my ex-girlfriends, and a more bitter IPA than something you might find from Saranac. It has a spicy bite to it and a taste of sugary malt. The taste is a bit heavier than some IPAs so don;t think you can slam these guys like the Million Dollar Man in Wrestlemania 6. The smell is a floral, piney aroma and one whiff of this sucker and you know your in for a hoppy beer. If you picture yourself swallowing a maple syrup covered pine tree, in the early spring, right after it rained, you would be prepared for this bad boy.

The label has an Indian on it and I can respect that. In a battle of cowboys and Indians, I side with Indians but if you start throwing werewolves in there it's a different story. Werewolves with plutonium blood and lasers coming out of their eyes! But, other than that, just an Indian is pretty lame; no offense.

In conclusion, this is a bit more bitter than I like, but very typical of an IPA. If you are not an IPA fan, steer clear but, in a sampler, keep the mindset the sweet isn't as sweet without the sour. It's a well brewed IPA and I appreciate what she brings to the table and I would suggest it to any hardcore IPA fan. The taste will not leave your mouth any time soon so prepare yourself for hop-heaven....or hop-hell.

Other Abita Beers:
Restoration Pale Ale
Purple Haze IPA
Wheat Lager

Drinkability: 4/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Curb Appeal: 5/10

Overall: 5.5/10

1 comment:

  1. I like the werewolf reference ... what about zombies, vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein though? How would you rank them?