Oh Abita. I have a special place in my heart for you. I’ve been through my affinity for Abita simply because of the nostalgia of it. When my craft beer shoes were barely wet, Abita was a go-to brewery for me. Now that I’ve broadened my horizons (a lot), I tend to go for other beers. It’s almost like I’ve outgrown them a bit. But, when I saw their Spring IPA on the shelves, I figured why not take a trip down memory lane?
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Spring IPA (March-May) 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. It pairs well with Mexican or spicy Szechwan Chinese food. Spring IPA is a nice accompaniment for cheeses with strong flavors, like sharp cheddar or goat cheese.”
Random: I like how Abita has updated their packing and their labels. I definitely like it better than the old sixers.
This one poured a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was grassy and then a bit of resiny hops, but nothing that was too overwhelming. The taste was pretty hoppy at first, bringing notes of grass, grapefruit and citrus rind. Again, nicely bitter, but nothing abrasive in the taste. The body was a little too thin for me with very high carbonation. It had a quick grapefruit finish. In the world of IPAs, was this outstanding? No, but it doesn’t have to be. I was expecting it to be bitter and drinkable and it was. I could see this as a lawnmower beer, although the ABV is a little high, without a problem. If you still see it on the shelves…it’s probably past its prime, but try it next year when it comes out.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0