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Spring Hornin' Spring IPA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Spring Hornin' Spring IPASpring Hornin' Spring IPA

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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.

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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.

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Spring Hornin' Spring IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.