Spring IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by EgadBananas on 02-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
375
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12%
 
 
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12
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68
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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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3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the Abita Spring IPA. The beer poured a hazy yellow with white head that left some lacing. The scent was bitter in nature with citrus being present. The taste was bitter but came off the pallet clean. There was hints of grapefruit present. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....yeah....I'd try it again.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Spring IPA from Abita Brewing Co.
3.75 out of 5 based on 375 ratings.
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