Spring IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA
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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by EgadBananas on 02-15-2013

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63
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373
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
29.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 373
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 Goosehunter75
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear honey color with a very good looing 1 finger white head with good retention

S - Big pine and grapefruit aromas upfront. Slightly grassy on the finish. Very nice smelly beer

T - Mainly pine notes on the front and a little citris/grapefuit. It has a good bitterness on the finish that lingers for some time. Very little in any malt tastes present

M - I would call this a light to light medium bodied beer. Probably lighter than your average IPA. Lots of bubbles present.

O - A very easy drinking IPA/ I enjoyed the hops they used in the beer. Only thing I would say is I would like a little more malt taste to be present to balance the beer a little more. Over all a very good beer that I can see myself enjoying several of!

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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 Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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…

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow with a nice fizzy head that trails the glass. I found the smell to be rather subtle. Some citrus comes through but the rest seems to be hidden. The taste was really good with slightly bitter notes opening up into bright citrus and sweet malt. Well balanced and well crafted. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev 0%

[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.

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Photo of Popadeaux
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grass, Citrus, Pine tastes, light feel on the tongue with a slight bitter after taste. As it warms, the hoppiness comes through, but is not overwhelming. Overall, a delightful spring offering.

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Photo of Act25
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too flowery and perfumy for me. All the same this is a resonant IPA with lots of bright flavors.
Brassy.

A: Good amount of lace over an apricot body. Light carbonation and head.
S: Ample! Bright, brassy hops with flowers, citrus, grass, herb garden... very west coast, almost over done.
T: Follows the smell, but really bright, floral, hoppy. Rind, pineapple, tropical fruits, blossoms dominate the white cracker malt underneath. Slightly sweet, sun tea like, but nicely off set with pepper.
MF: A bit thin but adequate. Good finish.
O: A good light weight beer to meditate on and tease apart the flavors. Almost a dessert beer.

Original and a must try. One of Abita's best.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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).

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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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 MrHassellYaHurd
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of watermelon
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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?)

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Photo of jzlyo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of 5thOhio
3.53/5  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.

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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