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Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

Spring IPASpring IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 02-15-2013)
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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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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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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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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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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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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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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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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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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine brew. Lip of foam. Gf poured it in a goblet?

Citrus and pine hops. More of the pine. Sweet crackery malts. Some grapefruit and orange. A bit bright.

Spanky bright. Orange and pine and oyster crackers. Bitter as hell. Leafy hops come out with strength and fade into vegetal notes in the finish.

Brushy carbonation. A little overdone. Thin-bodied. Washes out easily.

A mediocre IPA. Has its moments... hoppiness, bitterness, and reserved maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:32:35 | More by thecheapies
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Badger72

Louisiana

3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:47:05 | More by Badger72
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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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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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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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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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