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Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA

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349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-15-2013

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Ratings: 349 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Abita Spring IPA while visiting Columbus, MS. Poured from a bottle to a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed dark yellow. It has a clingy off white head.

Nose of pine resin and citrus

The taste tracks the smell, bitter with a nice malt backbone. Pine notes are prominent with caramel malts, citrus and floral tones.

The mouth is a touch oily.

It is an easy drinking beer!

Photo of Beerds
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this seasonal come back around. Honestly wish it was year round but then I wouldn't value it so much. Tried Wrought Iron thinking it would be as good or better, not so much. Too floral for my liking.

Photo of ARoman
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a sampler at the American Beer Classic. The aroma is a bright, floral citrus blossom with undertones of bread. There's a light haze to the amber orange beer that's topped by a soap white head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter and medium sweet, slightly off balanced. It's waxy with a soft fuzz and a medium body containing notes of bread crust, caramel, and grapefruit rind and finishes crisp with a fresh zip. The aftertaste is lingering, bitter wax with an herb and burnt note.

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Earthy, hoppy but end very bitter.

Photo of Shotokan2011
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very spring-like that's for sure. A flowery and grassy smell and initial taste. Tge aftertaste brings about a lingering bitterness that stays on the palate. Not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

Photo of Popadeaux
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grass, Citrus, Pine tastes, light feel on the tongue with a slight bitter after taste. As it warms, the hoppiness comes through, but is not overwhelming. Overall, a delightful spring offering.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

have we fallen so far that anything with a little hops in it can be an ipa now? lets stop stretching out these three letters so much. what we have here is a thin pale ale, nothing close to approaching the ipa realm, and where their grapefruit "ipa" was appealing because of the citrus and the drinkability and perhaps capacity for converting new craft drinkers, i think this one fails on similar grounds. its not an ipa as we know them, and thus serves to sort of turn folks away from the style i would imagine. its got a watery feel and flavor, not lacking carbonation so much as it is lacking hop character. hops arent just flavor and aroma, they are texture too, and that aspect is totally lost here. there is a nice grassy clean hop flavor on the finish of this, but its very light, more in the pale ale family. the grain base is light, and the beer does have a very spring vibe to it, so i appreciate that aspect, but there is almost no bitterness, and certainly nothing to make me call this beer hoppy. overall not a bad easy drinker, but its a stretch to call it an ipa, and may do a disservice to the new craft drinker by articulating it as such.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let's drink a Spring IPA by Abita, already. 6.2% Alc. by vol.

Clear, bright golden coloring. Slim white head.

Aroma: tropical and citric fruit notes, mild bitterness. Pleasingly hoppy.

Taste: Smooth and approachable. Easy-going entrance on the palate, very mild hop presence. This feels like a pale ale that they want to call an IPA because that's the way the wind blows in the craft beer world these days. It's a pleasant pale ale that lacks any aggressive hop attack that you'd expect from an IPA. But, as you know, if it's called an IPA people will buy it.

this is a tasty enough beer, but it shouldn't be called an IPA if it isn't one.

Hey, let's read some back label gobbledygook: "Spring India Pale Ale is a West Coast-style IPA with an up-front intense hop flavor and aroma. Amarillo and Centennial hops give the brew a rich and resinous flavor of citrus and spice. This bright pale ale has a malt sweetness that will give way to a pleasant bitter." (Pleasant bitter what?)

Photo of NickSMpls
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tip-toe throgh the tulips! Floral comes right out and had me going for the Flonase. After warming a bit, the hop bitterness comes out. Not what I would call a west coast IPA. Nice and drinkable and glad to try one but there are better.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Seriously like walking through a flowery meadow come springtime.

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was actually a really good IPA. Nice floral, light hop notes with a nice mild malt backbone. This is pretty refreshing for a 6%+ ABV beer.

My only complaint is the same one I have with every Abita beer, it just seems to have a weirdly thin and watery mouth feel. The body on it is thinner than any beer I have ever had. If they could fix this, they may have some show stoppers on their hands.

Would purchase again.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a mountainous, thick whitish head.

S: Malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel, cream, biscuits, honey, and nougat are first to make themselves known, but are soon complimented by aromas of tangerine, peach, navel orange, red grapefruit, herbs, grass, and pine from the hops.

T: Mild notes of grass, pine, herbs, dried flowers, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, tangerine, navel orange, cream, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and biscuit wash across the palate. The finish presents a surprising mixture of herb, grass, honey, cream, biscuit, lemon, and navel orange flavors.

M: Very slight for the style. The texture in the mouth is slick and slightly watery. The carbonation is too unobtrusive for an IPA. This ale feels kind of underpowered. My usual complaint of Abita's products holds true with this one: the body is far too thin and needs to be beefed up considerably.

O: This one is not that bad overall. It is, however, a little on the bland side compared to many other IPAs that are currently available, and it is also somewhat sweeter than one would expect an ale of this style to be. On the flip side, it is accessible and the flavors it does manage to showcase are unique. It's kind of a mixed bag, but I would still hesitantly recommend it to those looking for a new IPA experience.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose pine, citrus, floral, soapy, earthy. Taste citrus, slight resin, pine, sap, grass, floral, dank hops, hint of spice.

Photo of Bezy901
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

A friend of mine said all that needs to be said about this brew: Man that ipa tasted like a spring meadow full of wild flowers.

Photo of WillWillows
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Truly surprised. A nice spring (pun intended) grassy citrusy taste. Very evenly hopped, smooth but you can taste the hops. Good from first drink to last. I got this in a pick 6 and will buy this where I find it.

Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3%

[Appearance: 4.0] The result of the pour is a honey-like opaque dark orange brew topped by a very white head that begins at one finger, settles only slowly, and ends the session with a cap of foam that deposits stringy lace on the glass.
[Aroma: 3.5] The aroma presents some earth with underlying grains and plenty of leaf with a pithy edge to it. Some candied sweetness rides with the bitterness.
[Flavor: 3.75] Hops bitterness is deeper and more pronounced, with a lot more perfume and leaf along with herbal notes to it. It's still accompanied by sweetness, this time more distinctly caramel, and some citrus fruits contributing as much peel and zest as anything. Grains and acidity reach into the finish, with a dryness hitting mid-way and lingering long.
[Mouthfeel: 4.25] This has the big brightness and zing of an IPA with lots of texture, crisp and biting but with lots of fluffy creaminess rolling on the palate. It works with a certain acidity and dryness, which might otherwise clash.

Photo of rajendra82
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic looking IPA pour, with an amber colored body displaying some haziness. The carbonation was brisk and formed a two finger thick head. The aroma was of some pleasantly floral hops but a little on the lighter side. The hops were of relatively light bitterness, revealing a tart citric taste upon first sip. The beer turned spicy mid palette, and finished with some orange peel flavor. The malt backbone was light, and simple. It was mid summer when I purchased this, because the sales representative in the shop I went too was passing out free themed pint glasses to those that bough any Abita six packs. Next year I will try to grab it when fresher, because this beer is better than what I thought it was going to be.

Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too flowery and perfumy for me. All the same this is a resonant IPA with lots of bright flavors.
Brassy.

A: Good amount of lace over an apricot body. Light carbonation and head.
S: Ample! Bright, brassy hops with flowers, citrus, grass, herb garden... very west coast, almost over done.
T: Follows the smell, but really bright, floral, hoppy. Rind, pineapple, tropical fruits, blossoms dominate the white cracker malt underneath. Slightly sweet, sun tea like, but nicely off set with pepper.
MF: A bit thin but adequate. Good finish.
O: A good light weight beer to meditate on and tease apart the flavors. Almost a dessert beer.

Original and a must try. One of Abita's best.

Photo of hosehead83
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, chill-hazed gold in color, with an attractive cap of frothy white foam.
Aroma-Lightly toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Resiny, piney hops, sweet toasted malt. Nothing to blow your doors off here, just a nice little flavorful IPA that would feel comfortable at any cookout.

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured medium amber with a large and durable off-white head.

Aroma: light on hops for style.

Flavor: Pronounced hops appropriate for style. Herbal and flowery hops. Moderately bitter.

O. Looks great, smells good, but the taste is a bit disappointing albeit appropriately bitter and hoppy.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sneaking onto the West Coast side of taste, Abita suspends their Southern roots to give their contingency a dry malt taste that's completely covered up with hops. Springtime in Southern Louisiana will never taste the same!

Their Spring IPA kicks off with certain hop dominance- resonating with citrus, tropical fruit and a fruity grassy interplay to the nose while a more supple grain sweetness resides on the front of the tongue. Enlivened with firm carbonation, its sweetness is lifted and its floral hop character is pronounced.

As the middle is reached, the carbonation subsides and allows a caramel and leaf flavors to settle in. Sweetened with light biscuit but herbal with tea leaf, verbena and pine needles; a higher hop tone is reached with the peels of white grapefruit, under-ripened orange and pineapple. Peripheral taste of gooseberry, blackcurrant and tangy vegetative acids keep the taste crisp and clean.

As the finish comes quick, the fruit turns pleasantly bitter with those acids playing a part in the beer's overall refreshment. Dryly resinous, its grassy and piney tone takes hold and outlasts all the other fast-fleeting flavors. What's left is a minerally closure that hinges on rust.

The copper beer stews in the glass, looking a lot like tea- not so striking in that the character that sets Abita's Spring IPA apart is that dry malt taste and its supportive sun-tea flavor. Maybe its southern charm plays a bigger part than I thought.

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, copper in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: leafy hops, light citrus hops, and caramel

Taste: earthy/foresty hops, caramel, light citrus and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with bitterness towards the middle that is not as dominant towards the end, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: This one blew me away. Not mouth puckeringly hop heavy for hop heads, but a brew with a lot of depth and complexity. Multiple layers of hops shine through. I prefer this a lot more than Jockamo IPA and would get this regularly if it were offered as more than a seasonal offering.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a ping glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy level lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and resinous of a pine hop smell. Along with the pine are other hop aromas of a grapefruit citrus and a grassy nature. Some sweeter tangerine aromas and a bit of a mango smell are there as well, mixing with the rather strong hop (for a brew of only 6.2 % abv.) and a very light cracker smell to produce a crisp and hoppy west coast style aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and hoppy taste, with the bready flavors being of a smooth light malt nature and the hop being initially almost entirely of a pine nature. Some fruit flavors of tangerine and pineapple as well as some caramel sugar are present from the start sweetening the brews taste, but with these fading however as the taste advances. With the fading of the sweet so too comes more hop flavors as well as a transitioning of the bready flavors to that of a more crisp cracker flavor. The hop flavors that join the initial pine flavor are as would have been anticipated from the nose, with tastes of grapefruit and grass both there. While the fruit fades after the initial taste, it makes a slight resurgence at the very end, mixing with the crisp crackery malt and rather grapefruity and piney hop taste to leave a rather sharp resinous flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit of a higher carbonation level as well as a lighter body may have been slightly nicer for the resinous hop flavors of the brew, but even with that said, the feel was still rather decent.

Overall – A rather nice crisp and resinous west coast style IPA at a good price and, with regards to most resinous west coast style IPA’s, it has a very modest abv. Not too bad…

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light IPA. Pours a clear, bright copper/orange color with a big, slightly off white head. Good lacing on the glass and good head retention.

Aroma is good, some citrus and floral hops are recognizable/

Taste is good as well. Citrus and floral hops up front and some bready malt as a balance. This is not a West Coast hop bomb. The bitterness is quite apparent but is nicely balanced, The overall flavor is restrained and light.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter but much lighter than some IPAs. A bit high in abv for a session beer, but goes down like a sessionable beer.

Overall this is a decent IPA, worth seeking out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild by comparison for the style but strengthens as you continue to drink the beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you want a less harsh IPA.

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.