On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Abita’s Strawgator (Strawberry Doppelbock)
Poured into: German style wheat glass, etched with the logo of NNPTC (Naval Nuclear Power Training Command). Three of these were given to me as a gift from my now-honorably discharged brother.
S: A burnished gold body gives support to a spongy but thick off-white head. The lacing it leaves on the glass as it recedes reminds one of aboveground pool-lining vinyl, in a rounded but grid-like pattern. Good head retention, about a thumb’s width. Bubbles well up from the bottom leisurely, as if on a Sunday stroll down the main street of a Southern village on a hot day.
A: A waft of strawberry and banana, much like a smoothie, greets the nose. Doughy malt and sweetness is a close second. Sniff gently, and one can also detect fruity esters and just a faint hint of alcohol. No discernable hop presence in the aroma.
T: Strawberry again in the beginning, plus a tiny taste of spice from the yeast. Like the aroma, doughy sweet malt follows joined a trace of bubblegum. It ends tangy, sweet, and just the smallest bit of dryness and bitterness. The German Perle hops get lost in the bayou until the beer warms up a bit. This is certainly of the dessert side of the beer scale.
F: Slick, full and creamy. There’s enough carbonation present not to make it a chore to drink, but on the flatter side.
O: An interesting take on the style, certainly not traditional. There are no real roasty, chocolate notes here- more like strawberry shortcake. Between all the aspects, you have the smell, sight (almost), and taste. Think of this as a heavier version of Abita’s Strawberry Harvest Lager. It’s better consumed (I say) a little cooler, as it’s a bit more crisp. As it warms up, the sugar is a bit more apparent.
S: 4.25 A: 4 T: 4.25 F: 3.75 O: 4
Suggested food pairing: Summer salad with strawberries and almonds, strawberries and cream, strawberry shortcake a la mode… you see where this is heading