“Iko iko, iko iko unday Jockamo feena nay, Jockamo feena nay.”

Do you know that famous Mardi Gras song? Ever thought about listening to it all year? Ever thought about the possibility of a year-round Mardi Gras?

Why not?

2I’m not asking this just because I’m from Louisiana and live just outside New Orleans.

Yes, I love Mardi Gras. But as a good Catholic I understand that there would be no Mardi Gras without Lent. It’s a both / and sort of thing.

But, I’m here to tell you that the Abita Brewing Company has brought Mardi Gras to us year-round. Or at least they have brought us a taste of Mardi Gras.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about Jock-a-mo feena nay. Well, technically, it’s Jockamo. Abita Jockamo IPA.

Just a few years ago, Abita released what was thought to be a seasonal brew. It was so well received that it is now a permanent part of the flagship krewe.
And the Jockamo? What can I say?

It’s an IPA, an India Pale Ale. And I really enjoy IPAs.

This first thing that struck me was the label. It’s the prettiest label I’ve ever seen on a beer. The inspiration behind Jockamo is the the “Mardi Gras Indians.” For a couple of centuries, these krewes have been dancing, stomping and shouting down the parade routes on Mardi Gras day. There is a tongue-in-cheek sort of rivalry between the “tribes.” And, boy, are they colorful! Decked out in beautiful and colorful indian costumes of feathers and beads, the Mardi Gras indians are bold. Bold and beautiful. Just like the Jockamo IPA.

When you pop the cap, the first thing that hits you is the hops. It’s hopped with Willamette and Columbus hops from the Pacific Northwest, and brewed with pale and light crystal malts.

The Jockamo pours a clear copper-amber color with a one-and-a-half-finger off-white head. Great retention on the head, by the way. And superb lacing.

It’s spicy and sweet. But not too sweet. Quite a bit stronger that your standard “mainstream” commercial beers (please note that I detest “mainstream” beers), it weighs in at 6.5% alcohol by volume. It’s strong, yet drinkable.

Pleasant in both scent and taste, and pleasing to the eyes (especially the label!), I highly recommend Abita Brewing Company’s Jockamo IPA. It’s one of my favs!

Try it and let me know what you think! Email me at jeff@catholicfoodie.com or call the listener feedback line at 985-635-4974, or simply comment below.