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Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

Spring IPASpring IPA

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.02%


Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-15-2013)
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JayQue

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:25:42 | More by JayQue
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery in the tasting room before a brewery tour today.

Go and get this one before it's out of season! Aroma and palate are full of big juicy citrus hops balanced nicely by caramel malts. Aftertaste of citrus hops is pleasantly long lasting.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Probably my favourite of the various Abita beers I tried on this trip. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 02:06:51 | More by Noxious26
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh Spring seasonal IPA I'm game best by date is 8/3/14. Claims to be a West Coast style IPA the look is great clear copper body with an off white head forms thick and well carbonated semi thick lacing across the sides of my glass looks very enjoyable and tasty. Aroma has a very grainy malt bill, almost like somebody left the husks on the grain amongst that is an extremely sharp cat pee/crushed aspirin notes with some grapefruit citrus pith in the backend...that's it in the way of hops. The bottle says there's Amarillo/Centennial in this one so pretty dank overall. Flavor has a rush of hop bitterness with caramelized sugars/bread dough/nutty husky grain character with very raw hop pellets and dank bittering hops combo, again I get citrus pith and a lot of harsh volatile hop oils...not well balanced definitely bitter upfront and dry finish...there's not much finesse. What sets this apart from most West Coast IPAs is the lack of cohesion between the malt bill and the wild ass hop components. I always say the West Coast brewmasters have tamed the hop, that isn't so here, but at least they are getting locally Crafted hoppy brews down in Louisiana. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, I'm not sure if I just got some Butterscotch or other harsh solvent alcohol liquor like feel on the palate, but it was pleasant bitterness simply encompasses the palate. Overall I need more balance and hop flavors with less bitterness assault on the palate, feel like brushing your teeth...I do I do.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 06:09:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

!2oz bottle poured into a weizen glass(only clean glass available) Bottle says best by 8/15/13.

A: Golden-orange in color with a frothy white head. The head stayed throughout the duration of the beer and left lacing on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S: Citrus smells along with hops. VEry sweet base notes on this one, almost like cake, super pleasant.

T: Hops are the main thing I taste, very crisp flavor. I also get some nuttiness after taste, especially after this warmed up. Sweet malty flavor is also present.

M: Nice and crisp,leaves a bitter tingle on the tongue, but doesn't leave your mouth completely dried out. This beer is easy to drink.

O: This is a decent run of the mill IPA. I would drink this again. I am drinking this almost 2 months after its best by date, however I have the feeling drinking it fresh wouldn't shift my opinion that much. There are many much better options at this price point.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:54:29 | More by watermelon
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, light pine, grass, light caramel, bread, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, bread, grass, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of citrus hops with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:39:34 | More by superspak
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plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brassy hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light citrusy and grassy hops with a touch of earthy caramel.

The taste offered an upfront citric hop that soon combined with the growing back end crystal mats.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA that leans toward the maltose side of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:37:50 | More by plaid75
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a chill hazed lighter golden with a half finger white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Citric hops in the nose along with some caramel/biscuit malts along with mild sugary-like sweetness.Grapefruit rind and lemon oil flavors over top of caramel malts on the palate.Well it's pretty straight forward,not very complex but it just tastes good.Well done Abita on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:20:59 | More by oberon
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear gold with a huge, dense, frothy white head that has great retention

S - sugary sweet malt with hints of cupcake batter, faint pine

T - faintly sweet malt, very faint birthday cake batter, piney, intense bitter finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a decent beer with solid drinkability. The hops are definitely present as is the birthday cake sweetness that I enjoy so much. All of the right flavors are present, but they're disorganized. This beer needs to be cleaned up and balanced. It still has enough flavor to keep me interested so I wouldn't pass this up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:56:55 | More by tdm168
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a decent froth of off-white head. Pretty good retention and awesome lacing.

Nose is honeyed malts blanketed by a strong citrus/cat urine/herbal hop presence. Unlike Jokamo, at least this one smells predominately hoppy, but the varietals used are not really doing it for me.

Malts are slightly toasty and definitely have some toffee, but the bitterness is where it is at here. Resinous pine sap and orange peels. Not as much hop flavoring as I would like and the Centennial hops seem to overshadow the Amarillo unfortunately. I do believe it is the Centennial hops that I am not a huge fan of. I think this one is hoppy enough to moderately satisfy a hophead, but falls into the "easily able to finish a sixer of but probably wont buy another" category.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 23:49:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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trxxpaxxs

New York

2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a semi-translucent light gold with two full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a little while to settle, leaving a rocky layer across the top of the beer. Nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pretty one dimensional. Sweet malt dominates, and I get just a touch of lemony citrus and some fresh cut grass.

T: It starts out sweet with malt and caramel, but there is something off about the initial hit that tastes like old vegetation. A bit of spice shows up in the middle, but the beer never really develops. The finish is more malt with a small amount of hops bitters in the back end. I don't get much flavor out of the hops, just bitters.

M: Light bodied beer. It's sweet and coating to start. It envelops the palate and remains malty all the way into the finish. Mix of sweet and bitters to finish off the beer. Not very pleasant.

O: Not a fan of this beer. They label this an IPA, so I expect some solid hops flavor components. I get none. Just bitters in the back end. I will not buy this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:25:31 | More by trxxpaxxs
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick lacing of dense foam caps this brew at a thickness of about two fingers, receding to a finger after a few minutes. Sticky head clings to the glass as the beer is sipped. The golden-copper brew has a slight chill haze, the only ding against its otherwise beautiful appearance.

The smell of this brew is fresh and citrusy--almost with a hint of sweet oranges in the hop aroma. There are floral notes, which smell as if they would be bitter to the taste. There is faint grassiness, and a prominent backbone of sweet bready malts. The hops come across as a little dull in the aroma. It could be because this 6 pack has sat for a while, or perhaps something else, but I'd prefer a more crisp hop presence in the nose.

The first flavor that comes through is a thick and sweet malt syrup, with some hints of grapefruit tang. There is a kind of pine resin bitter flavor, as well as a slightly toasty biscuit flavor. This brew is full-bodied, with a thick and smooth texture, medium carbonation prickliness.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:13:50 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fresh, grassy with a slight hint of lemon. Pours a rich golden color with a bright white head that fades to a thin film of surface foam and scattered bubbles. Minimal lacing.

Hops jump out first, as they should in an IPA. Some malt backbone underneath. Unfortunately, I'm not getting the grassy/lemon flavor that I anticipated from the nose. Basically, just a strong nondescript bitterness.

Mouthfeel is assertively carbonated and medium thickness. About right for the style.

Overall, not a bad IPA, but the lack of any real flavor profile in the hops leaves it lacking to my taste. Probably better on tap, but I think there are other IPAs I prefer to spend my money on.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 23:09:38 | More by 5thOhio
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours lightly hazy dark golden yellow to copper in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of pale malts with just a hint of caramel sweetness underneath some moderate aromas of citrus/lemon/orange hops and just a touch of herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a touch of honey sweetness. On top of the malt flavors, there are moderate flavors of citrus/lemon/orange rind hops, floral hops, and just a hint of herbal hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which fade pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is a nice seasonal offering from Abita (probably one of the beers I enjoyed most from them in recent times) and certainly has a taste/smell that goes with spring. Even though the beer was well within code, it seemed like the hops were already fading a bit and had a touch too much bitterness (like old hops sometimes do).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 19:00:23 | More by dbrauneis
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a huge, cascading, frothy, head. Craters slowly, and unevenly, leaving dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Never fully settles. Continually rising effervescence. Very spotty dry lacing and some secondary thick beer ring lacing. Head renews with fury, with each new pour.

S: Hay, pine resin, basil, a little lemon citrus, and honey.

T: Piney and pea-nutty. Really crisp, hoppy bite. Lemon rind.

M: Something of a syrupy feel. Very crisp. Steely finish. Very dry and bitter.

D: Bitterness will dictate a more enjoyable experience with a slower pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, great head, strong lacing. Nose is piney, resiny, with citrus and honey. Nutty pine resiny, with a really crisp, hoppy bite. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:14:01 | More by bmwats
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Wah? Not a twist off? Very strange for this brewery. A nice clear bright orange yellow tint with a 1/2 of solid sticky foam. Moderate lacing.
S - Very piney, somewhat citrus like with a bit of gram cracker crust in the mix malt-ness.
T - I love it. Clean, crisp with a perfect balanced of malt and hops. Not herbal or overly bitter in any way. Just a straight forward simple tasty IPA.
M - Light to medium I am shocked this is over 5% seems session able.

Overall I have enjoyed most of Abita beers and this one is a great spring IPA. Maybe I could even get a case for under 30 bucks and that would be awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:09:13 | More by DrDemento456
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ipa here. Fairly firm hop tones that don't get obnoxious, but stay consistent and noticeable. Pine and citrus seem there in fairly equal portions. Kind of a grassy thing in the mix as well, I want to say. Carbonation is slightly full. This is a really pleasant ipa. I could go for a lot of these and wouldn't have an issue making this a regular beer; if I were the type to drink the same beer often. Suggested.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:48:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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WesWes

New York

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light, pale malt scent along with a very refreshing citrus hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a hop forward flavor that's incredibly bitter up front and finishes with a residual hop feel. The malt base is pretty basic. It's basically pale malts with little else. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal offering with excellent hop character. There is something in the finish that doesn't sit well with me, but I'd have another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:10:10 | More by WesWes
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patpbr

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass it appeared a hazy orange with a two finger head
S - Aroma is hoppy, citrus and pine
T - Taste like the smell is hops up front. Citrus, pine then a hint of lemon. Spice and a balance of sweetness as well. Its lacking the over the top hops.
M- Mouth is on the lighter side. The pleasant bitter finish is the best part.
O - Its smooth and easy to drink for the hop heavy west Coast style IPA comparison. For the price I payed it would be worth buying again. The first one by Abita I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:44:46 | More by patpbr
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull brassy golden with a very slight haze. Two fingers of pillowy, creamy white head retain extremely well. A thick blanket of lacing coats the glass. A very good-looking beer.

S: Big whiff of freshly cut grass. Mango and honeydew melon. White grapefruit. Lemonhead candy. Shortbread and dough.

T: Bitter, pithy white grapefruit up front. High level of bitterness stays even throughout. Lemon rind. Mango and tangerine. Pine resin. Cut grass. Spicy and oily. Lemonhead candy. Malt base is drier than the nose indicate. Shortbread and biscuit. Bone dry finish leaves a grassy, oily, and herbal hop bitterness gripping the tongue.

M: Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation. Not bad, but it feels like it's missing something.

O: With that smell and taste of grass clippings, it certainly is reminiscent of spring. Pretty easy to drink, attractive hop taste and bitterness. It's a decent enough IPA, but it seems to be getting lost in the shuffle, both on the shelf and within Abita's own lineup. It isn't getting much exposure; at least not around these parts. Strawberry lager overshadows it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:33:38 | More by ryan1788a5
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is the same, lots of hops, citrus, some pine, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:56:31 | More by tone77
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 08/15/2013:

Pours golden with a frothy white head that stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is hop-forward - citric and resiny.

The taste is of citrus/grapefruit and pine/resin. It is rounded out with a caramel kiss of sweetness. Dry bitterness is in the finish.

Creamy and smooth body, with the alcohol well-hidden.

A well-rounded, basic American IPA. A nice example of the style!
A nice, refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 16:03:34 | More by jwc215
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CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very hazy orange gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles if all sizes, and it dissipated very slowly leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. The foamy layer on top stuck around for a few minutes and really lingered a long time.

Smells of fresh piney hops, pine needles, spruce tips, herbs, floral hops, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, hops spices which are muted, and biscuit and bready notes in the finish. This beer smells like a spring breeze and was very inviting to inhale.

Tastes of fresh piney hops, pine cone, spruce tips, herbs, floral hops, dry tea leaf, grapefruit, orange peel shavings, lemon zest, fresh cut grass, hops spices like coriander and light pepper, biscuit, caramel, lightly toasted grains or malt and bready notes like wheat bread. This is bitter, but the malt backbone balances out the citrus zip and makes it quite smooth and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is zesty and bitter, with a light body, high, fizzy carbonation and a puckering bitter citrus finish that trails off with piney herbal notes and malt backbone balance. Considering the high bitterness, it goes down a lot smoother than expected.

Founders All Day IPA and Lagunitas’ DayTime IPA are a step above this as far as session IPA’s go, but this is not too far behind and a very tasty beer that was extremely easy to drink. I recommend trying this beer, and it paired perfectly with jambalaya the other night – the hops and bitter notes tamed some of the heat and added a great compliment to the meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 03:48:26 | More by CHickman
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a one finger white head. Really impressive head retention and lacing, especially for a growler pour.

The aroma is a little different than many other American IPA's I have had. There is much more emphasis on pine rather than citrus with a little bit of a sweet, almost bubblegum-like aroma. A little citrus makes its way in but it is way behind the pine.

The flavor is much like the aroma. Lots of pine with a little bit of bubblegum perhaps from the yeast. Some very light mango and coconut comes through giving this kind of a light and springtime flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a farily dry finish.

Overall, a nice beer from Abita and a great spring seasonal. Even though the alcohol level is a bit too high to consider this beer sessionable, it is very easy drinking and would be easy to have several of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:09:42 | More by rangerred
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Alpine Spring glass
A - Pours a mostly clear yellow, nice thick one finger head, good lacing.
S - Great smell, lots of fresh cut grass, some lemon, a little pine, smells very fresh.
T - Crisp and bitter hops, nice lemony citrus hop profile a little touch of wheat. Tastes really fresh and light.
M - Well carbonated, doesnt leave a whole lot of that good freshness on your palate, but is still refreshing.
O - This is probably the best beer Abita brews. Excellent sessionable single IPA that fits the season just right, and is definitely refreshing with real crisp flavors. I'd also like to point out that this DID come out during spring. Too many breweries get caught up with releasing seasonals half a season early. Props Abita.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:47:06 | More by Omnium
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear honey color with a very good looing 1 finger white head with good retention

S - Big pine and grapefruit aromas upfront. Slightly grassy on the finish. Very nice smelly beer

T - Mainly pine notes on the front and a little citris/grapefuit. It has a good bitterness on the finish that lingers for some time. Very little in any malt tastes present

M - I would call this a light to light medium bodied beer. Probably lighter than your average IPA. Lots of bubbles present.

O - A very easy drinking IPA/ I enjoyed the hops they used in the beer. Only thing I would say is I would like a little more malt taste to be present to balance the beer a little more. Over all a very good beer that I can see myself enjoying several of!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 20:58:49 | More by Goosehunter75
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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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