Spring IPA | Abita Brewing Co.

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Spring IPASpring IPA
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Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States | website

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 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 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 mrfrancis
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a mountainous, thick whitish head.

S: Malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel, cream, biscuits, honey, and nougat are first to make themselves known, but are soon complimented by aromas of tangerine, peach, navel orange, red grapefruit, herbs, grass, and pine from the hops.

T: Mild notes of grass, pine, herbs, dried flowers, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, tangerine, navel orange, cream, caramel, honey, brown sugar, and biscuit wash across the palate. The finish presents a surprising mixture of herb, grass, honey, cream, biscuit, lemon, and navel orange flavors.

M: Very slight for the style. The texture in the mouth is slick and slightly watery. The carbonation is too unobtrusive for an IPA. This ale feels kind of underpowered. My usual complaint of Abita's products holds true with this one: the body is far too thin and needs to be beefed up considerably.

O: This one is not that bad overall. It is, however, a little on the bland side compared to many other IPAs that are currently available, and it is also somewhat sweeter than one would expect an ale of this style to be. On the flip side, it is accessible and the flavors it does manage to showcase are unique. It's kind of a mixed bag, but I would still hesitantly recommend it to those looking for a new IPA experience.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear copper pour with a small head and medium carbonation. Flavor is very hoppy with citrus and pine being the dominant notes. Has a nice malt presence. Finishes with a very intense floral hop flavor.

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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 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!

RJT

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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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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very hazy orange gold color with a huge 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of bubbles if all sizes, and it dissipated very slowly leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down. The foamy layer on top stuck around for a few minutes and really lingered a long time.

Smells of fresh piney hops, pine needles, spruce tips, herbs, floral hops, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, hops spices which are muted, and biscuit and bready notes in the finish. This beer smells like a spring breeze and was very inviting to inhale.

Tastes of fresh piney hops, pine cone, spruce tips, herbs, floral hops, dry tea leaf, grapefruit, orange peel shavings, lemon zest, fresh cut grass, hops spices like coriander and light pepper, biscuit, caramel, lightly toasted grains or malt and bready notes like wheat bread. This is bitter, but the malt backbone balances out the citrus zip and makes it quite smooth and sessionable.

Mouthfeel is zesty and bitter, with a light body, high, fizzy carbonation and a puckering bitter citrus finish that trails off with piney herbal notes and malt backbone balance. Considering the high bitterness, it goes down a lot smoother than expected.

Founders All Day IPA and Lagunitas’ DayTime IPA are a step above this as far as session IPA’s go, but this is not too far behind and a very tasty beer that was extremely easy to drink. I recommend trying this beer, and it paired perfectly with jambalaya the other night – the hops and bitter notes tamed some of the heat and added a great compliment to the meal.

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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 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 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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Abita Spring IPA while visiting Columbus, MS. Poured from a bottle to a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed dark yellow. It has a clingy off white head.

Nose of pine resin and citrus

The taste tracks the smell, bitter with a nice malt backbone. Pine notes are prominent with caramel malts, citrus and floral tones.

The mouth is a touch oily.

It is an easy drinking beer!

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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 hosehead83
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, chill-hazed gold in color, with an attractive cap of frothy white foam.
Aroma-Lightly toasted malt, herbal hop note
Taste-Resiny, piney hops, sweet toasted malt. Nothing to blow your doors off here, just a nice little flavorful IPA that would feel comfortable at any cookout.

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Photo of Omnium
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Alpine Spring glass
A - Pours a mostly clear yellow, nice thick one finger head, good lacing.
S - Great smell, lots of fresh cut grass, some lemon, a little pine, smells very fresh.
T - Crisp and bitter hops, nice lemony citrus hop profile a little touch of wheat. Tastes really fresh and light.
M - Well carbonated, doesnt leave a whole lot of that good freshness on your palate, but is still refreshing.
O - This is probably the best beer Abita brews. Excellent sessionable single IPA that fits the season just right, and is definitely refreshing with real crisp flavors. I'd also like to point out that this DID come out during spring. Too many breweries get caught up with releasing seasonals half a season early. Props Abita.

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Photo of rangerred
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a growler into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a one finger white head. Really impressive head retention and lacing, especially for a growler pour.

The aroma is a little different than many other American IPA's I have had. There is much more emphasis on pine rather than citrus with a little bit of a sweet, almost bubblegum-like aroma. A little citrus makes its way in but it is way behind the pine.

The flavor is much like the aroma. Lots of pine with a little bit of bubblegum perhaps from the yeast. Some very light mango and coconut comes through giving this kind of a light and springtime flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and light with a farily dry finish.

Overall, a nice beer from Abita and a great spring seasonal. Even though the alcohol level is a bit too high to consider this beer sessionable, it is very easy drinking and would be easy to have several of in a sitting.

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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 rajendra82
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic looking IPA pour, with an amber colored body displaying some haziness. The carbonation was brisk and formed a two finger thick head. The aroma was of some pleasantly floral hops but a little on the lighter side. The hops were of relatively light bitterness, revealing a tart citric taste upon first sip. The beer turned spicy mid palette, and finished with some orange peel flavor. The malt backbone was light, and simple. It was mid summer when I purchased this, because the sales representative in the shop I went too was passing out free themed pint glasses to those that bough any Abita six packs. Next year I will try to grab it when fresher, because this beer is better than what I thought it was going to be.

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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 jngrizzaffi
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tip-toe throgh the tulips! Floral comes right out and had me going for the Flonase. After warming a bit, the hop bitterness comes out. Not what I would call a west coast IPA. Nice and drinkable and glad to try one but there are better.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually a really good IPA. Nice floral, light hop notes with a nice mild malt backbone. This is pretty refreshing for a 6%+ ABV beer.

My only complaint is the same one I have with every Abita beer, it just seems to have a weirdly thin and watery mouth feel. The body on it is thinner than any beer I have ever had. If they could fix this, they may have some show stoppers on their hands.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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