Beer Review: Purple Haze


purplehazebeer.jpgHey everyone, welcome back to the CSU-Pueblo TODAY’s beer review of the week! My name’s Eric, I drink beer, and I apologize for the lack of updates. I’ve been a busy guy…
You may be upset with me. It’s been about three weeks since I’ve sat down and had a lengthy chat with you about our favorite beverage.
Please understand that it’s not because I hate you.

Yes, I’m aware that I’ve slighted you. The hurt look in your eyes and the apathetic attitude has not gone unnoticed. Neither have the hushed comments or the crudely scratched insults in the bathroom…
All I can do is say I’m sorry and beg your forgiveness.
No, don’t walk away! Let me explain myself. I’m an editor here at the TODAY now.

My job has effectively switched from being a writer of humorous little articles to a position of relative importance. Considering that some of my finest work is nothing more than a thinly veiled excuse to complain about life and drink beer, you can see how this transition may be a bit difficult for me.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t love you no more. I’m going to make an effort to change, I promise.

There! Now that that is settled, let me introduce you to this week’s beer, Purple Haze, brought to you all the way from Louisiana by the fine people at Abita Brewing Company.

I picked this beer because Purple Haze and I, well, we have a lot in common. Sure, we may not be much to look at. We may seem a bit one-dimensional as well. On the inside, though, we have a lot of subtleties. We’re sweet, we’re fun to be with and at the end of the day you don’t regret having us around.

But all sentimentality aside, let’s talk about the beer.

Purple Haze is a wheat beer with a raspberry kick. When poured into your glass, it looks just like any other beer: yellow, watery and average. Nothing nasty, mind you, just nothing all that noteworthy.

A slight raspberry scent greets you as you open the bottle, which is a nice change from some of the other fruit heavy beers I’ve drank. Some of these have been assaulting, to say the least, but Purple Haze respects you. It doesn’t force itself on you; it just politely invites you in for a drink.

As for the taste, well, it’s shallow yet complex. Much like the smell, the flavor is a subtle blend of wheat, hops and raspberry, none of which are overpowering, yet is completely refreshing at the same time. It’s a bit on the thin and weak side, but this is a beer you wouldn’t mind waking up next to.

All in all, I like the Purple Haze. After a long day at work, my girlfriend and I can crack open a bottle, relax next to an imaginary fire and forget all about those jerks out there who just use and abuse you. At $7.99, it’s a cheap date and well worth giving a chance. Please forgive the sensual overtones in this review. It was fun writing this…just like old times.

Purple Haze gets a 5 out of 5.