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Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

twiggamortis420, May 22, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

[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.

Brenden, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

KevinGordon, May 14, 2013
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +9.6%

enelson, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

pathman, Apr 06, 2013
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.

EgadBananas, Feb 15, 2013
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.

VelvetExtract, Mar 02, 2013
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.

tigg924, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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…

Darkmagus82, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Gagnonsux, May 11, 2014
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

gtermi, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

thecheapies, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

thatoneguymike, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Dicers
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Dicers, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +9.6%

jenray, May 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

WDJersey, Mar 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ncstateplaya, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

KevMo84, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

buckyp, May 11, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

JohnK17, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

beerpadawan, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

lupercmda, May 28, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TX-Badger, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Lovely85, Jul 06, 2014
Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.