Jockamo IPAMay 1, 2008 Abita Springs, LA
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs, LA
This IPA is brewed to celebrate the “Mardi Gras Indians,” who sing and chant in the streets of New Orleans, wearing elaborate costumes or “suits” of beads and feathers.
Alcohol (vol): 6.5
Alcohol (wt): 5.2
Original gravity: 1060
There may be a hop shortage in the world, but this beer portrays good use of whatever it has. Artistically clear, deep orange-copper with a sombrero of white foam. Appealing appearance to say the least. Rebuilders of New Orleans could learn a lesson from nearby Abita with this brew. Built to last. Quality made. Celebrating the pleasure of southern gems. Terrifically balanced malt flavor with floral, honey-like and fruity character of hops. A beer to make a craft beer enthusiast out of anyone. Pass the gumbo, and watch out for my Jockamo.
- Charlie Papazian
What do I like about this beer? Almost everything: the unusual cream-soda texture, the sack-load of hops, the zesty tangerine notes and the hints of caramel and nuts. The deep copper colour is warmly inviting; the aroma is simply terrific, bursting with hops, fruit, malt and vanilla. What don’t I like about this beer? Very little and it comes in the finish, which, despite being enjoyably creamy, bitter and hoppy, is ever-so-slightly thick and cloying. Great flavors, though.
- Jeff Evans
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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