Spring Hornin' Spring IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev +9.3%
i am surprised to see this ipa rated so low, i think its an excellent seasonal ipa, well made and with some clever nuance built in. the one thing i will say about it though is that the tasting notes on the back are some of the most flamboyant and far reaching i have ever seen. while i agree some of whats mentioned in grandiose fashion is there, im not seeing lilac or blueberry honey here, its not that delicate for gosh sakes! honey colored brew, mostly clear but with some sediment settling out. just off white head, wispy and clinging to the edges of the glass, but subsiding quite a bit. the nose on this is a little overbalanced by crystal malt, some sweetness and body, but almost english in nature there. the flavor is better though, with a thick frothy presence on the palate, i taste a variety of hops ranging from herbaceous and zesty or fruity and bitter, its a fun dynamic between them, and they sort of come in waves, its not sloppy at all, but quite well orchestrated. still a little overly malty for the style, but its more on the buscuit than caramel side, and as such is minimally invasive. yeast seems generic but specific to anderson valley, no complaints there. at 6.8% abv it may be a bit high for spring sessioning. its a time of year when the stouts and porters and imperials take a back seat to lighter bocks and ales that get consumed in higher quantity, romantically speaking at least, and this one is limited by its strength, although it cant be tasted here at all. good beer, seasonally cool, and affordable. nice combination.
07-24-2014 23:52:09 | More by StonedTrippin
3.41/5 rDev +2.1%
One of those breweries that I've had before, but I'm missing a bunch of reviews for. So decided to buy a bunch in the store and strike them off the list. This is a Spring IPA and it's not really spring anymore, but there's no date, so not really sure.
it does pour a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head htat fades at a med pace, nice soapy lacing, hazy orange red color.
Nose has some hops, but nothing big, bit fruity, generic fruity hops, very faint something htat wanted to be citrus, but seems like it's a bit on the older side perhaps, some amber reddish caramel candy malts underneath.
Taste brings fruity hops again, also generic fruity flavors, which quickly turns to the malts, a semi sweet reddish caramel candy like malt, with an almost syrupy like not but not quite. Hops then turn spicy and almost chewy, a little earthy, mild grassy as well. Starts with a light bitterness but that ramps as it goes. Finish has a little creamy malt note to it, fair to a bit heavier bitterness, spicy grassy hops, hint of generic fruit.
Mouth is med bod, a touch creamy, nice carbonation.
Overall OK but nothing special, doesn't really do much wrong, it has flashes of possibly older IPA not too fresh but hard to tell, hops bring mostly meh characters, and way too much on the malt profile as well.
06-30-2014 00:54:35 | More by jlindros
3.74/5 rDev +12%
I purchased this at The Friendly Greek with every intention of reviewing it during ... well, the Spring. Hey, at least I am only two days into Summer, so it isn't too bad.
From the bottle: "Burnish gold hue with a persistent, rocky white head. Floral, spicy aroma redolent of lilacs, white pepper and Bartlett pears with undertones of blueberry honey and roses. A pleasant balance of crisp bitterness with a clean malt profile adorned spicy, herbal hop flavors lasting into a dry, refreshing finish."
If I were still teaching high school English, I would use all of that as examples of imagery and perhaps hyperbole. Instead, I popped the cap and went with a heavy-handed pour, resulting in three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with persistent (Ha!) retention. I will also grant them "rocky" because one I finished he pour, the top of the head had begun to fall and it was, indeed, rocky. Burnished gold was more hype than truth as I though it was more of a dark-amber than any shade of gold (SRM = >7, 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a flowery, spicy quality and I would have said black pepper and honey, no doubt, but I neither disagree with their descriptors, nor would I have said them on my own. The mouthfeel was medium and while spicy, certainly, I kept tasting honey laced with a flowery, perfume-like sweetness. Finish was semi-dry, an interesting melange of peppery spiciness commingled with that flowery, honey sweetness.
06-22-2014 22:22:34 | More by woodychandler
Spring Hornin' Spring IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.