Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA

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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 57 | 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 Shotokan2011
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very spring-like that's for sure. A flowery and grassy smell and initial taste. Tge aftertaste brings about a lingering bitterness that stays on the palate. Not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

Photo of PickwickHopz
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Need to have fresh.... That's for sure

Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Earthy, hoppy but end very bitter.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of RockRuler
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite IPA. Too bitter. I'd drink it if it was there but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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 jngrizzaffi
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a 2-3 finger width foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is excellent. Grass, citrus and slight caramel aroma. May be a little on the skunky side. Grassy hoppiness with slight citrus edge, but ending in a more funky aftertaste. Like wet leaves. That aftertaste persists. I remember this beer being better the last time I tried this. Maybe it was a bad batch. I would be willing to try it again.

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ARoman
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap, poured into a sampler at the American Beer Classic. The aroma is a bright, floral citrus blossom with undertones of bread. There's a light haze to the amber orange beer that's topped by a soap white head that has moderate retention and lace. The taste is a medium bitter and medium sweet, slightly off balanced. It's waxy with a soft fuzz and a medium body containing notes of bread crust, caramel, and grapefruit rind and finishes crisp with a fresh zip. The aftertaste is lingering, bitter wax with an herb and burnt note.

Photo of NickSMpls
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tip-toe throgh the tulips! Floral comes right out and had me going for the Flonase. After warming a bit, the hop bitterness comes out. Not what I would call a west coast IPA. Nice and drinkable and glad to try one but there are better.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a mountainous, thick whitish head.

S: Malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel, cream, biscuits, honey, and nougat are first to make themselves known, but are soon complimented by aromas of tangerine, peach, navel orange, red grapefruit, herbs, grass, and pine from the hops.

T: Mild notes of grass, pine, herbs, dried flowers, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, tangerine, navel orange, cream, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and biscuit wash across the palate. The finish presents a surprising mixture of herb, grass, honey, cream, biscuit, lemon, and navel orange flavors.

M: Very slight for the style. The texture in the mouth is slick and slightly watery. The carbonation is too unobtrusive for an IPA. This ale feels kind of underpowered. My usual complaint of Abita's products holds true with this one: the body is far too thin and needs to be beefed up considerably.

O: This one is not that bad overall. It is, however, a little on the bland side compared to many other IPAs that are currently available, and it is also somewhat sweeter than one would expect an ale of this style to be. On the flip side, it is accessible and the flavors it does manage to showcase are unique. It's kind of a mixed bag, but I would still hesitantly recommend it to those looking for a new IPA experience.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

have we fallen so far that anything with a little hops in it can be an ipa now? lets stop stretching out these three letters so much. what we have here is a thin pale ale, nothing close to approaching the ipa realm, and where their grapefruit "ipa" was appealing because of the citrus and the drinkability and perhaps capacity for converting new craft drinkers, i think this one fails on similar grounds. its not an ipa as we know them, and thus serves to sort of turn folks away from the style i would imagine. its got a watery feel and flavor, not lacking carbonation so much as it is lacking hop character. hops arent just flavor and aroma, they are texture too, and that aspect is totally lost here. there is a nice grassy clean hop flavor on the finish of this, but its very light, more in the pale ale family. the grain base is light, and the beer does have a very spring vibe to it, so i appreciate that aspect, but there is almost no bitterness, and certainly nothing to make me call this beer hoppy. overall not a bad easy drinker, but its a stretch to call it an ipa, and may do a disservice to the new craft drinker by articulating it as such.

Photo of hosehead83
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, chill-hazed gold in color, with an attractive cap of frothy white foam.
Aroma-Lightly toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Resiny, piney hops, sweet toasted malt. Nothing to blow your doors off here, just a nice little flavorful IPA that would feel comfortable at any cookout.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sneaking onto the West Coast side of taste, Abita suspends their Southern roots to give their contingency a dry malt taste that's completely covered up with hops. Springtime in Southern Louisiana will never taste the same!

Their Spring IPA kicks off with certain hop dominance- resonating with citrus, tropical fruit and a fruity grassy interplay to the nose while a more supple grain sweetness resides on the front of the tongue. Enlivened with firm carbonation, its sweetness is lifted and its floral hop character is pronounced.

As the middle is reached, the carbonation subsides and allows a caramel and leaf flavors to settle in. Sweetened with light biscuit but herbal with tea leaf, verbena and pine needles; a higher hop tone is reached with the peels of white grapefruit, under-ripened orange and pineapple. Peripheral taste of gooseberry, blackcurrant and tangy vegetative acids keep the taste crisp and clean.

As the finish comes quick, the fruit turns pleasantly bitter with those acids playing a part in the beer's overall refreshment. Dryly resinous, its grassy and piney tone takes hold and outlasts all the other fast-fleeting flavors. What's left is a minerally closure that hinges on rust.

The copper beer stews in the glass, looking a lot like tea- not so striking in that the character that sets Abita's Spring IPA apart is that dry malt taste and its supportive sun-tea flavor. Maybe its southern charm plays a bigger part than I thought.

Photo of Badger72
3.52/5  rDev -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 5thOhio
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jzlyo
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is citrus, fruit and graham crackers/teddy grahams. The flavor is citrus, fruit, malts, a hint of teddy grahams and a mix of hops and slight spice/heat in the finish. A little old, still pretty decent

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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 watermelon
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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 barczar
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.