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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
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Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-15-2013

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Ratings: 349 | Reviews: 63
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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 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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip from bottle.

A- a clear golden tint with a steady stream of carbonation floating up from the center of the glass that forms a two finger foam head. Indicative of what an IPA should look like.

S- Piney with an undertone of citrus. Very pleasant as the Centennial and Amarillo hops really shine through. Almost as if someone mixed fresh cut grass with green pine needles.

T- The hops really coat the palate from the first to last sip. And they stay with you even in between each sip. Same as the smell with the pine making it to the forefront.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Pleasant and typical in a good sense.

O- I was very surprised at how much I liked Abita' s seasonal IPA. Can't wait to open a second one.

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 WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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 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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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 EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: sunny, light orange, translucent, eggshell 2 finger foamy head, sponge lace.

Aroma: citrus fruit, pale malts, pine, grass, subtle flowery notes.

Taste: citrus, light grapefruit, mild bitterness, light malt sweetness, hint of pine.

***This replaces the Red Ale for spring, and while I've always thought of the red as one of the better seasonals, this, in my opinion, is better than the Red and easily the best Abita brews.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Spring IPA has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, and a semi-clear, orange-golden appearance, with some haze, a few brown yeast specks, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of sweet, grapefruit citrus and some pine oil, and the flavor is similar with lots of sugary sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and slick, and Abita Spring IPA finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer, and I hope beer fans can find it!

RJT

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Badger72
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber in color, a little cloudy

Smell: A slight hint of hops with a sort of bitter smell

Taste: Again you can taste a hint of hops with a bitter after taste common to an IPA, but actually really smooth taste

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with the taste lingering but overall it is very refreshing

Overall: I am not a big fan of any beer from Abita, however, I was very surprised by their Spring IPA and find it is much better than their Jockamo. It is a very good beer, but not a good IPA if that makes sense. It is very smooth and doesn't leave your mouth dry like some of the stronger or better IPA's, but it almost tastes like a water downed IPA. I would definitely buy another 6 pack though and it would be a great beer to drink on a hot day or when watching some football. Oh, and $7.49 for a 6 pack is a heck of a deal for a good craft beer.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Megahertz
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. Best before 7/7/13.

A - Hazy golden with a spritzy off-white head. Good lacing.

S - Very citrusy in the classic American IPA sense. They state on the label they use Amarillo and Centennial. I believe them! Very nice and surprisingly aggressive.

T - Subtle initial malt sweetness quickly transitions into a citrus salad hop flavor with a mild peppery spice in the back. Bitter but very clean and dry.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - A surprisingly authentic American IPA. Tough to beat at $7.99 / 6pk!

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 dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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).

Photo of 5thOhio
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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