Friday, June 6, 2014

Abita Select Mayhawk (7/10)

Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company produces this Belgian Strong Ale, named Mayhawk.

It’s brewed with pilsner and wheat malts, noble hops, and “large amounts” of candy sugar.  The yeast strain used is Belgian and “provides a bright blend of subtle fruit and spicy notes” to the beer. Louisiana Mayhaw berries are added to give it a tart finish.

It pours a cloudy yellow with thin white head that lasts a while, leaving behind rings of white lacing.

The aroma is a combination of citrus and fruit.

The flavor starts malty, but then develops a citrus sourness with some Belgian spice and fruit notes to it.  The finish is midly bitter.  It’s not my favorite Belgian style ale, but it’s not bad.

Rate Beer gives Mayhawk a 48 overall.  Beer Advocate is a bit kinder, giving it an 83 or “good” rating.  For me, it’s not quite worthy of an 8, but is solidly in the 7 range.

This is a draft-only brew, so you’ll have to look around to find it, or visit the brewery.  I had this particular sample at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington in 2013.

Flavor Profile:
Sweet, Malty, Dry, Bitter, or Sour:
Malty, sour
Spice Level:  Low
Hops Level:  Low
Dominant Flavors: Citrus, malt, spice
IBU: 24
My Rating:  7/10

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