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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Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 68
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 tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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…

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/7/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruity citrus and some floral hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild by comparison for the style but strengthens as you continue to drink the beer and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you want a less harsh IPA.

Photo of Noxious26
4.06/5  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 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 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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, light pine, grass, light caramel, bread, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, bread, grass, light nuttiness, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, caramel, toffee, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of citrus hops with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass a chill hazed lighter golden with a half finger white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Citric hops in the nose along with some caramel/biscuit malts along with mild sugary-like sweetness.Grapefruit rind and lemon oil flavors over top of caramel malts on the palate.Well it's pretty straight forward,not very complex but it just tastes good.Well done Abita on this one.

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 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 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 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 dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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).

Photo of bmwats
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours a huge, cascading, frothy, head. Craters slowly, and unevenly, leaving dry, sticky residue behind as it does. Never fully settles. Continually rising effervescence. Very spotty dry lacing and some secondary thick beer ring lacing. Head renews with fury, with each new pour.

S: Hay, pine resin, basil, a little lemon citrus, and honey.

T: Piney and pea-nutty. Really crisp, hoppy bite. Lemon rind.

M: Something of a syrupy feel. Very crisp. Steely finish. Very dry and bitter.

D: Bitterness will dictate a more enjoyable experience with a slower pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, great head, strong lacing. Nose is piney, resiny, with citrus and honey. Nutty pine resiny, with a really crisp, hoppy bite. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Wah? Not a twist off? Very strange for this brewery. A nice clear bright orange yellow tint with a 1/2 of solid sticky foam. Moderate lacing.
S - Very piney, somewhat citrus like with a bit of gram cracker crust in the mix malt-ness.
T - I love it. Clean, crisp with a perfect balanced of malt and hops. Not herbal or overly bitter in any way. Just a straight forward simple tasty IPA.
M - Light to medium I am shocked this is over 5% seems session able.

Overall I have enjoyed most of Abita beers and this one is a great spring IPA. Maybe I could even get a case for under 30 bucks and that would be awesome.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good ipa here. Fairly firm hop tones that don't get obnoxious, but stay consistent and noticeable. Pine and citrus seem there in fairly equal portions. Kind of a grassy thing in the mix as well, I want to say. Carbonation is slightly full. This is a really pleasant ipa. I could go for a lot of these and wouldn't have an issue making this a regular beer; if I were the type to drink the same beer often. Suggested.

Photo of WesWes
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light, pale malt scent along with a very refreshing citrus hop nose. The taste is decent. It has a hop forward flavor that's incredibly bitter up front and finishes with a residual hop feel. The malt base is pretty basic. It's basically pale malts with little else. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal offering with excellent hop character. There is something in the finish that doesn't sit well with me, but I'd have another one of these.

Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass it appeared a hazy orange with a two finger head
S - Aroma is hoppy, citrus and pine
T - Taste like the smell is hops up front. Citrus, pine then a hint of lemon. Spice and a balance of sweetness as well. Its lacking the over the top hops.
M- Mouth is on the lighter side. The pleasant bitter finish is the best part.
O - Its smooth and easy to drink for the hop heavy west Coast style IPA comparison. For the price I payed it would be worth buying again. The first one by Abita I recommend.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dull brassy golden with a very slight haze. Two fingers of pillowy, creamy white head retain extremely well. A thick blanket of lacing coats the glass. A very good-looking beer.

S: Big whiff of freshly cut grass. Mango and honeydew melon. White grapefruit. Lemonhead candy. Shortbread and dough.

T: Bitter, pithy white grapefruit up front. High level of bitterness stays even throughout. Lemon rind. Mango and tangerine. Pine resin. Cut grass. Spicy and oily. Lemonhead candy. Malt base is drier than the nose indicate. Shortbread and biscuit. Bone dry finish leaves a grassy, oily, and herbal hop bitterness gripping the tongue.

M: Medium body. Somewhat creamy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation. Not bad, but it feels like it's missing something.

O: With that smell and taste of grass clippings, it certainly is reminiscent of spring. Pretty easy to drink, attractive hop taste and bitterness. It's a decent enough IPA, but it seems to be getting lost in the shuffle, both on the shelf and within Abita's own lineup. It isn't getting much exposure; at least not around these parts. Strawberry lager overshadows it.

Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, hops. Taste is the same, lots of hops, citrus, some pine, refreshing and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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