Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA

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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 rajendra82
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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 acevenom
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear orange golden with a thick white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The beer smells malty with some citrus and pine hop aromas. It's not as pungent as many West Coast IPAs, but still the hops shine well. The flavor is sweet and malty with some of those citrus and piney hops. There is some back end hop bitterness. It's certainly tasty. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and there's a nice aftertaste from the hops. This drinks surprisingly well. This is a very good beer. This is much better than Jockamo, but doesn't quite measure up to NOLA Hopitoulas (an IPA available in Louisiana). Still, this is a solid effort from Abita.

Photo of Noxious26
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a 6-pack of 12 oz bottles in New Orleans. This replaces St. Gleason Red as the spring seasonal.

A: Coppery gold, a hair lighter than the usual IPA color. Thick head, a little over one finger tall, good retention and lacing.

S: Beautiful citrus: mangoes and tangerines. Similar to the Green Flash West Coast IPA smell.

T: Not quite as pretty as the nose, but very nice. Juicy hop flavor spreads out slowly, and although the bottle text warns of a "malty sweetness," the hops are really the prominent player here when fresh, unlike the sticky maltiness in the pretty terrible Jockamo IPA.

M: Oily and soft. Nice.

O: Not an elite IPA, but very drinkable and spot-on West Coast flavors. Plus... THIS IS ABITA, the rightful whipping boy of BA. Spring IPA may be a somewhat generic West Coast IPA, but we're a city desperately short on the style.

At just over 6%, this isn't a sessioner, but it packs in great flavor for the ABV. Also: great value. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours clean and clear. The body is a sunny orange. Thin head leaves some lanky lacing. Looks like Spring!

S-Light but gratifying. Slightly herbal with the hops or even a lick of green onion. Light pine and grass. Softer notes of citrus of course but they are not very intense. A subtle honeyed malt mixed with gooey dough.

T-More citrusy here. The green onion note is present too which I enjoy. That sweet, doughy malt rings aloud in the middle and it finishes with a respectable and delectable flare of fresh, green grass. Pretty neat.

M-Very drinkable. Bitterness is rather soft and it feels like a 4% brew. Tingly carbonation.

O/D-Much better than I was expecting it to be. Unique hop profile, nothing intense but drinkable all the way. Pretty happy with this one. Much better than Jockamo.

Photo of Omnium
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.