Abita Spring IPA
Here’s something new for the spring from Abita. In addition to the Mardi Gras Bock that appears in the early part of the year, Abita started releasing this year a new seasonal called Spring IPA. This brew replaces Abita’s Red Ale, and to be honest I won’t miss their Red.
Abita’s description of the beer:
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.
Spring IPA starts with an earthy, grassy scent with a little bit of a floral scent as well. Similar taste; lots of grass, a little pine, a little bit of pepper. I’m not getting a whole lot of the citrus Abita mentions though. Light-bodied and finishes clean.
Overall this is one of Abita’s better beers, especially if you enjoy IPAs. Another new seasonal, Lemon Wheat, is coming in the summer. This should replace Abita’s previous summer seasonal simply known as Wheat.