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Spring IPA - Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 29.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 62 | 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 yemenmocha
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy honey color with contrasting white head that doesn't remain thick for long. Nose very fresh & floral with some honeysuckle and dried grass aromas in there. Surprisng little malty pop right at first sip with more of that hint of honey, but the hops take over quickly and aggressively thereafter. Plenty of herbal, grassy, earthy hop flavors. Seems more drinkable than most IPA's - too bad that was intentionally removed as a criterion for evaluating beers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with small white head, some light spotty lace, very good head retention.

S: Wildflowers/honeysuckle, sweet orange peel, spring meadow.

T: Almost an orange blossom honey flavour upfront with some grassy notes, melds with a nice clean malt attack to make a very pleasant beverage. Not over the top with hops, everything's in balance.

M: Very easy going, loungy, soft carbonation, crisp.

O: This is not an in-your-face West Coast attack. Just a pleasant tasty beer for spring and it works well.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 7/19/13.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grapefruit juice and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and really easy to drink.

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Photo of acevenom
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abita Spring IPA has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, and a semi-clear, orange-golden appearance, with some haze, a few brown yeast specks, and a good amount of splotchy lacing left around the glass. The aroma is of sweet, grapefruit citrus and some pine oil, and the flavor is similar with lots of sugary sweetness and white bread. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, and slick, and Abita Spring IPA finishes dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a very tasty and enjoyable beer, and I hope beer fans can find it!


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Photo of Megahertz
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. Best before 7/7/13.

A - Hazy golden with a spritzy off-white head. Good lacing.

S - Very citrusy in the classic American IPA sense. They state on the label they use Amarillo and Centennial. I believe them! Very nice and surprisingly aggressive.

T - Subtle initial malt sweetness quickly transitions into a citrus salad hop flavor with a mild peppery spice in the back. Bitter but very clean and dry.

M - Medium body, medium to high carbonation.

O - A surprisingly authentic American IPA. Tough to beat at $7.99 / 6pk!

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Photo of Badger72
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip from bottle.

A- a clear golden tint with a steady stream of carbonation floating up from the center of the glass that forms a two finger foam head. Indicative of what an IPA should look like.

S- Piney with an undertone of citrus. Very pleasant as the Centennial and Amarillo hops really shine through. Almost as if someone mixed fresh cut grass with green pine needles.

T- The hops really coat the palate from the first to last sip. And they stay with you even in between each sip. Same as the smell with the pine making it to the forefront.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Pleasant and typical in a good sense.

O- I was very surprised at how much I liked Abita' s seasonal IPA. Can't wait to open a second one.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
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