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Spring Hornin' Spring IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Spring Hornin' Spring IPASpring Hornin' Spring IPA

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.39%

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: Tench19 on 02-06-2014)
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Photo of mjurney


3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Floral hops, leafy, bready, some fruit.

Malt forward, bready, some caramel. Hop bitterness is medium, mostly floral-citrus, a little leafy. Finish is sharp, crisp and dry. Body is medium-light, smooth, refreshing, crisp.

It's a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:32:17 | More by mjurney
Photo of Honisbygonis

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Having just sampled Deschutes Inversion IPA a few days before, the dis-similarities are not that drastic, but on that in a moment.

Head / Aroma: medium carbonation upon pour into pint glass; gold color w/ reddish tone; smell is mild if not meek for what I expected.

Taste: first mouthful, since not a Hophead, was a kick in the head of bad aftertaste; but by mid-pint, either taste buds acclimated or became oddly more enjoyable to my palette, but still with a slight bad hop lingering taste.

Drinkability: as IPAs not my thing, comparing to the Inversion IPA, this one I enjoyed slight better (and will be downgrading my Deschutes review accordingly).

To each his/her own, but good to step outside the box.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 19:46:13 | More by Honisbygonis
Photo of vkv822


3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Clear, coppery golden with a thick, foamy off white head.

Floral, lightly herbal hops with a standard caramel/bready malt backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, but forgettable as the hops were quite a bit subdued for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 08:56:28 | More by vkv822
Photo of Stinkypuss


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange color with a white froth and a bit of lace. The aroma is grainy with some piney hop notes. In the taste, sweeter grains balanced with a moderate hop flavor. Bitterness is tame, and a bit of fusel alcohol sticks out. Medium bodied and well carbonated brew. Overall, this is a decent warm weather option, but there are many better examples of the style elsewhere, as well as within Anderson valley brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 18:42:51 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz chalice at Beer Revolution YEG.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of frothy, weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decent wash of bleeding limestone painted lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of muddled citrusy, somewhat piney, and kind of soapy hops, crackery pale malt, and a bit of flinty stoniness. The taste is rather fruity (orange cream, candied grapefruit, and lime Starburst) up front, followed tightly by a semi-sweet bready and caramel malt, a consistent hard water flintiness, and some soft floral, earthy, and perfumed hops.

The bubbles are fairly understated, just a timid edginess throughout, the body a wavering medium weight, and kind of thin in its otherwise untainted smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops and the weakening malt hanging tough, as a metallic sort of bitterness arises from the depths.

A decent enough IPA, one where the fruit obviously eclipses the bitterness, as far as the hops are concerned, at least. What this has to do with Spring, I dunno, but what I DO know, is that 'hornin' means 'drinkin' in Bootling, so yes, this is a fairly appropriate hornin' enabler, no matter the season.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2014 06:12:31 | More by biboergosum
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/23/2013. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, herbal, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, light caramel, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced malt and hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, honey, biscuit, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, honey, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of earthy/spicy hop flavors with a good amount of bready malt; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of earthy/spicy hop and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:25:42 | More by superspak
Photo of delta490


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful amber with a big creamy white head. Nice retention and big lacing. Very mild aroma with some light flowery hints reminiscent of lilacs. Therer is very little taste. A slight bitter hops aftertaste is all I can taste. It's also pretty thin for an IPA. Overall, if you don't try it you won't be missing much.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 22:38:20 | More by delta490
Photo of smcolw


3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Impressive four-finger head. Dies quickly but in a lumpy fashion. It leaves some chunky and webby lace. The liquid is light gold with the mildest of hazes.

Very mild aroma, but what is there reminds me of meat stew. Light hop in the background.

Smooth and then bitter. Starts with a solid pale malt base--unremarkable but solid. The hop comes in quickly but not overwhelmingly. The aftertaste is long and peppery. Full bodied, perhaps from the light touch of sweetness, but the carbonation is high providing good balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:56:40 | More by smcolw
Photo of BEERchitect


3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Charging into warmer weather, Anderson Valley rides the crispness and refreshment of hops with a balancing backbone of malt for a taste that's not too hoppy, but not too sweet- perfect for the transition of seasons.

The pour opens up with a glowing honey-amber body. Slightly hazed, the light diffuses to reveal highlights of goldenrod and bronze. A creamy and heavily frothed head builds above- its mid-statured head easily lasts the session with its intermittent sheet, lacing intricately along the way.

Its scent of floral and cream weaves together in perfect balance upon the nose. Notions of honeysuckle waft about as the flowery hop bouquet meets a malty tone of light honey and thin caramel. Once the marmalade fruit character rises- the scent of orange blossom honey take center stage.

Its honey-dipped taste greets the taste buds with also caramel, angel food cake and citrusy fructose. From that, the middle comes alive with dried citrus peels- leading the way are oranges and grapefruit but also a minerally taste of rust. But as the sweetness lifts, the ale turns to close with a spicy, stemmy bitterness that remind me of lemongrass and sassafras tea.

Its malty-dry body is medium to start. Big on its carbonation, its creaminess pulls from the palate and lightly engulfs the palate in marshmallowy style. As the bubbles pull the sweetness from the tongue, its pang of hop spice dries the finish with refreshing ease.

Where criticism will come because Spring Hornin' sells itself as an IPA, its balance reminds me much more of British versions however its blend of English and American ingredients seem to marry the two quite brilliantly!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:32:39 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden copper in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some hints of amber highlights. The beer has a foamy sudsy light beige head that slowly reduces to a few small to medium sized patches of thick film + larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet + caramel malts with some notes of honey as well as floral and citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts and just a touch of honey. There are moderate flavors of herbal, citrus/grapefruit, and hints of pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink with a well hidden alcohol. Definitely a nice beer to enjoy on a warm spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 01:37:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and lots of berry aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that seems more like a slightly bitter fruit beer than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:36:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Flounder57


3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a pint glass at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that is mostly still there. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super frothy lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, some citrus, earthy, and grassy hops.

Taste: Toasted and caramel up front. Light citrus in the rear with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a bit smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and a little tingly bitterness.

Overall: It"s not spring yet here in Boston, but son the weather eiill be changing. Thus veerr is more along the lines as a pale ale. Pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 01:00:06 | More by Flounder57
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz purchased at the Boise Brewer's Haven a few nights ago... Poured tonight into my Grand Teton 25th goblet... clear polished dark golden brew... respectable foamy white head... crusty lacing for most of the glass.

Nose smells reminiscent of green tea with honey.... grassy and mildly sweet... something that reminds tannins.

Flavor is interesting.... definitely not a typical WC IPA... hops show as herbal/floral... maybe a bit spicy.. Not really bitter enough to be in the IPA wheelhouse IMO... but I honestly like it overall. Very drinkable, I never would have put this at 6.8%.

Weird and surprisingly refreshing.


Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 07:00:49 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of thecheapies


3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice dark golden color, pushing towards amber. Frothy white top looks fat and bright. Lacing is very nice.

Uber-floral with a peppery aroma that's holding itself back. Floral hops offer up flowery scents without the perfume and subtle hints of fruit skins and citrus rind. This has a mellow hoppiness that I like.

Hoppy and bitter with plant-like astringencies. A clinic in floral hoppiness with bitter grapefruit rind, tannic fruits, oversteeped tea, raw hop leaf, and an outro of white pepper and (maybe) cilantro. Strange flowery flavors turn out to be a real treat. Pale malts have a great reserved dryness. Really like this flavor.

Very easy. Lighter than medium viscosity with a medium level of carbonation. Feels like a session IPA, even though this is of regular strength.

I can't help it, but this gets my good marks. It's really fresh and well put-together.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 23:02:05 | More by thecheapies
Spring Hornin' Spring IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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