Today’s review is Abita Brewing Company’s seasonal Spring IPA. For those of you who don’t know; Abita Brewing is located in the town Abita Springs, LA; Which is located just 30 miles from New Orleans, LA, and has been owned and operated by Jim Patton and Rush Cummings since the mid 1980’s.

Abita is known for using local artisan water from the fresh water springs located in their town for their beer. As of 2010, Abita is currently the 15th largest craft brewery in the United States and the 24th largest over all. They currently offer seven flagship beers that are available year-round, as well as five seasonal and three “harvest” beers.

Abita’s Spring IPA is a west coast style IPA that is brewed using Amarillo and Centennial hops, and is bottled at 6.20% ABV.

  • GLASS: Standard Pint Glass
  • COLOR: Very hazy and cloudy reddish-orange with a nice thick cream white head.
  • NOSE: Very fresh just like a spring day with bright notes of grapefruit and citrus.
  • PALATE: Right away you get a bright bite of bitter hops, but it is quickly dominated by a very malty sweet backbone. The flavors are honestly quite “bready” and the flavor reminds me of Challah bread; which is delicious.
  • FINISH After the sweet malty bread dissipates, the flavors you expect from an IPA return. Lots of citrus and orange rind, with hints of pine and floral notes.

Normally I do not care for IPAs or any other beer that is too hoppy. I tend to find them off putting and taste like I’m tonguing a pine cone. With that being said, I love this beer and probably because of its malty/sweet bread flavors than the hops. If you are like me and don’t care for the hoppier beers, definitely give this one a try. It is well balanced and incredibly easy to drink.