Spring Hornin' Spring IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Spring Hornin' Spring IPASpring Hornin' Spring IPA

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Tench19 on 02-06-2014

With floral, spicy aromas reminiscent of lilacs, white pepper and Bartlett pears, our new Spring Hornin’ IPA embodies the season with a clean malt profile and herbal hop flavors lasting into a dry, refreshing finish.
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Reviews by RonfromJersey:
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright shiny crystal clear deep golden body. Big billowing snow white head.

Earthy floral aroma, subdued.

Soft, lightly sweet malt foundation. Flowers and fruit. Mild bitterness. A bit of spice.

Light, soft mouthfeel.

A very different IPA that doesn't fit the usual categories.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 29, 2014.

The pour is a hazy looking medium amber to copper color with a long lasting off-white head.

The aroma has more amber qualities than IPA with a caramel malt and barley note. There is a little pear and some earthy hops but those are played down.

The body is medium but it is also smooth.

Like the nose I pick up caramel and barley malts before anything else although it does have a distinctive bitterness at the end. Not a floral or piney hop bitterness though.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
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.


Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pears and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the flavors of toasted malts and pears are a little stronger and there are some slight hints of bitterness and malty sweetness. Little in the way of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the aromas and flavors of pears in this beer to be particularly unique and interesting, although it wasn't overly hoppy and might be more like an American Pale Ale than an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of slusk
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a golden to light copper with a dense off-white head that rides the beer to the bottom with good lacing.

S: Spicy citrus hop aroma with a little earthy undertone. A bit of light sweet bready malt does come through.

T: Not as bitter as I would expect an IPA to be. Definitely a hop forward beer with notes of orange and citrus in the forefront with a bit if a piney background. The malt is surprisingly evident in this beer and has a fairly discernible grainy sweetness that fades to a semi-dry finish

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. This beer does not have much acidic bite and isn't big on the prickly tongue effect.

O: This is a good beer but seems to be a bit light on bitterness for an IPA. I would recommend this to people who aren't used to IPA's and need some Hop training wheels. IMO it could do with a bit more hop aroma. That would really make this a special beer. Outside of that, it's as session worthy an IPA as I've ever had.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seemingly fresh 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint.

A: Clear deep-copper with a 1" bone-hued head that really likes to hang around, retention is quite nice, lacing is south of moderate.

S: Definitely unique. Sort of a musty, earthy hop note that clouds out what I'd call a blood orange type aroma beneath it. There's a bit of oily pine punch that only registers later. Really odd.

T: Not bad but it doesn't really read like they knew what they wanted this IPA to be. Lemon-lime citrusy hop-bitterness doesn't punch you in the face but kinda paws at you. At the same time there's this evergreen-forest hop-bitter character that's kinda fighting for dominance on the palate. The malty notes are actually pretty big graham-cracker & do a bit to offset the needlessly bitter, bizarre hop profile. This is a really, really weird IPA - but I kinda like it.

M: Really fits this brew. Ever-so-slightly undercarbed with some thick, slick malt. Slight soapiness. For literally any other IPA I might even be dubious about this aspect.

O: Extra points for being an odd-duck IPA, which is definitely AV's thing. For one it just doesn't taste like Spring to me. Also, it's clearly got a split-personality thing going on in the hop-bill. It's one-of-a-kind, but I'll still drink six of 'em.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold pour with tight off white head; good clarity and lace. Floral nose. Rose petal flavor with a little peppery spice. Lite mouthfeel with dry bitter hop finish. Easy to drink.

Photo of neenerzig
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle of this recently. Poured into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a medium to dark gold/light amber/copper color with some nice streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice white head that is about an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a very solid 1/4 inch thick. Pretty good lacing here too. Has a nice toasted malt aroma that gives way to citrus and pine hops and some peppery spice hints. the taste is pretty much the same, with a nice toasty caramel malt sweetness followed by a strong citrus and pine hop bitterness that is rounded out with some peppery spice notes that gives this beer a nice bite. The sweetness from the malts and the citrus and pine hop bitterness all linger on the palate nicely for awhile after each sip. Very nice balance of flavors indeed. the peppery spice is indeed a nice touch as well. Has a clean finish and a bit of a dry aftertaste. Has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, also smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Quite an enjoyable offering here.


Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of vkv822
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of KlayWey
2.59/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very floral in taste and aroma. Needs to be better balanced to counter the overpowering hop profile.

Photo of 57md
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color. Pretty decent malt flavor and definitely nice and hoppy. This offering could use a touch more heft to it - I suppose that lightness is what makes it a "Spring" IPA.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Smells like a butthole. I'm not trying to be crude or just say that it smells bad, it literally smells like a butthole stuffed with pine and grapefruit peel. Taste is a bunch of malt up front, super sweet, and then it's all washed away by an intense and unpleasant bitterness. Unbalanced and very poor IMHO.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of RockAZ
4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice dry IPA, would love to try it on draft. Looking through the other reviews below I see I must have gotten the newest batch for 2015 - The Julian date was moved to the bottom side of the bottle and was Jan 23rd, 2015 - drank today, Feb 23rd 2015. I agree this is more like a hopped pale ale than my IPA's-whatever; very dry finish which I liked very much. Surprised by the 6.8%abv, it is an easy to drink beer. I like it and do recommend it. Awesome description on the label!

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer taste more like a pale ale then an IPA.
Oh! why don't they make a good pale ale anymore.
Pours a crystal clear with a nice head.
Aroma of pears and apples.
Taste is malty and light on hops.
Bitter with a bad aftertaste.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of delta490
3.12/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Spring Hornin' Spring IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.