At the end of January, you may remember that I posted about Abita Spring IPA replacing their Red Ale this spring. The release date was to officially be March 1st, but the beer has been popping up on shelves for the better part of the last couple weeks. I’ve been able to try it twice now, and after the second time, I think I can offer my review.
Abita Spring IPA pours a golden color with a nice white head. There are hints of citrusy hops in the aroma, which I found very pleasant. Unfortunately, those citrusy hops don’t show up in the flavor at first taste. What follows is a little sweet bready malt, then an almost harsh bitterness that just stays on your palate for a while. Those people who like their IPA’s to be bitter on the back end will enjoy this beer. Myself, I’m more of a flavor and aroma IPA fan, so this one misses the mark for me. I don’t think it’s a bad beer, it just doesn’t suit my tastes. If they had taken those bittering hops and replaced most of them with late addition hops, I think I would be a fan.
So, like all beers, don’t take my word for it. Go try it yourself and let me know how you like it.