Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a slightly hazy golden copper with a frothy one inch ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving thick lacing.
Tangerines, apricots, grapefruit, and dank resin form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass and hay mingle with slightly bready malt.
Flavor is far more earthy and dry than expected. Citrus notes are fairly blurred and muted by the dank, resinous, minerally hop character. Flavoring hops end a bit short. Grapefruit becomes a little more prevalent as it warms, along with a chewy malt character, but the balance is decidedly earthy and bitter.
Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a hint of astringency.
Wish the more nuanced aroma hops were more pronounced in the flavor to add character before the earthy, resiny hops stopped the party. Gets better as it warms, though.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2013 02:54:14 | More by barczar
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3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
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…
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:34:55 | More by Darkmagus82
3.71/5 rDev 0%
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
Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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