Saint Archer Double IPA - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer Double IPASaint Archer Double IPA

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BucannonXC5 on 12-28-2013

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that eventually settles, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- strong whiff of fruity hop aroma, with an emphasis on citrus rind, pineapple, mango & papaya. Sweet bread & earthy malt, with a hint of toasty aroma

T- citrus fruit dominates up front with a big emphasis on pineapple and mango, grapefruit and and danky hop follows in the mid-palate, malty fresh bread and some earthy notes, the finish gives some grassy notes with a nice dandy linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouth feel and a smooth creamy finish

O- big citrus notes with some nice bready notes to back it up, classic west coast DIPA style

Photo of NeilBresk
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Strong citrus hop flavor with a sweet finish, excellent all around

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical pineapple-y hop character that transitions into bittersweet grapefruit in the finish. Clean malt backbone, mildly sweet leaning more toward dry. Nice crisp finish with subdued bitterness. Clean and delicious.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a 12 pack variety of cans. It's really a shame it's the only way to get it in cans, and apparently the only way to get 22oz bottles is at the brewery. Pours a clear light golden color with a white head with big bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing. Nose is out of this world. Immediately reminded of Enjoy By. Loads of mango, guava, pineapple, and citrus. A little alcohol in the nose as well but almost undetectable. Taste follows the nose. Huge tropical fruit. Citrus on the back end. Some malty sweetness but otherwise a ridiculously well balanced and well crafted beer. Bitterness is spot on. If you're looking for something to destroy your palate look elsewhere. This stuff lets the aroma and flavor of the hops shine through excellently. As for mouthfeel you really can't ask for much more out of a DIPA. It's not too thick, carbonation is nice, and just drinks very well overall. Once this stuff gets noticed it's Top 250 bound. 88 for this is a travesty. Next time you see a Saint Archer 12 pack just get it. The IPA is tasty as well.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 750ml. No dating - get on it, Archer!
Orange color, fluffy head. Mostly sour and sweet citrus fruit (more orange than grapefruit), with some tropical notes, and a buttered biscuit undernote. Taste is mildly malty, with a lingering moderate bitterness. Body medium on the lighter side. Definitely a Socal IPA, with more fruit than earth. It is highly drinkable because of the simple pale malt bill, like Sculpin or Pliny. It is very good, close to greatness. If only I knew how fresh the bottle was, so I could take that into account. What are we, in the Middle Ages?

Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - notes from 01/09/14
Pizza Port Brewbies taster glass

A: Golden honey amber looking body with very fine clarity. Thickly capped with some paper white suds that expand towards the top. Proper hang time here with some sticky swaths of lace left behind.

S: Floral catty Simcoe and Citra combo at the nose. Has that very distinct feline musk to it. Grapefruit with some faint gooseberry and a touch of herbal skunk. Touch of subtle malt sweetness. Really nice and pungently fresh hops in the aroma.

T: Grapefruit zest with gooseberry and herbal weed stems mostly. Has an aggressive hop bitterness that drives across the palate in lavish fashion. Lightly medicinal on the herbs. Not much malt influence short of a few sugary cracker bits. Peppery spice with a touch of alcohol there but it is well incorporated throughout. Dry and resinous at the finish. Bitter throughout, this one is not shy with the hops.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a nice smooth texture and big oily slickness that coats the palate giving a long lasting bitterness. Finishes dry with a touch of alcohol warmth.

D: Big hops with bold and fresh hop flavors and an abrasive bitterness. All in all a fairly nice DIPA from St. Archer. West coast style with in your face Simcoes and Citras. One to please the lupulin lovers for sure.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle delivered by Gary to SF, pretty fresh!
Really good looking pour into my large Duvel goblet, darker golden.
Nice smell, aromatic hop combo
Starts out danky then opens up into a danky/tropical taste, they didn't go cheap on dry hopping with this DIPA!
Really nice level of carbonation, nothing wrong.
Pretty damn good, I was impressed with Mosaic DIPA & this DIPA was certaily on the same level depending on your hop combo preference.

Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

From the variety in cans.
Pours sunset orange with good carbonation.
Sweet tropical fruits balanced by a good malt back and no offensive alcoholic after taste.
Not bad at all.

Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Handsome golden amber color in the Saxo tulip. Really a nice foam on pouring, and a cap lasts nicely as you sip. Plenty sparkly in the mouth. Aroma is grapefruit and maybe a touch of pine.

Finishes with the grapefruit rind. Quite bitter but still drinkable. Some resiny flavor and a browned biscuity taste. Chinook, Simcoe, and Citra are the hops listed. Slightly oily, medium body. Starts with some malty sweetness but it's more of a sharp and tangy brew. Just a hint of mango and pineapple as it warms. Sudsy mouthfeel is nice but I'm salivating from the bitterness.

It's a big IPA with a big hot taste. From the 22oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Encinitas.

Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


Bomber purchased from Saint Archer.

A: Yellow gold with a billowing soapy white head. Great retention. Good clarity. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: The aroma boasts loads of papaya, mango, and tangerine. A bit of spicy grapefruit and guava with a touch of resinous pine. Light crackery malt base. Floral notes. Extremely aromatic.

T: Upper medium bitterness balanced by ample hop flavor in the form of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine. No sweetness or malt character to speak of. The finish is clean, crisp, and very dry with a lingering hop bite that leaves orange flesh and pith lingering on the palate. The finish is overly dry and somewhat astringent, which detracts from the drinkability. A bit rough.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation and a dry (very dry), sticky, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Great aroma and good taste, but the finish drives the scores down in the flavor and overall categories as it's a bit rough and wears you out.

Photo of jbfoley
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful, not as sweet as many DIPAs around here (SDiego) with a great dry finish. Great summertime Double. Will get again, certainly.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal and dank hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with very nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Photo of vitALEity
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy pale/orange color. Nice head, slight retention. Color is perfect for the hop forward intention.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, sweet earth. Citra is apparent as is simcoe. Smells like awesome.

T: Tropical fruit, citrus and sweet breads. A lot more fruit than pine. More Hawaii than Lake Tahoe.

M: Medium body/carbonation.

O: Very similar to Enjoy By. If you get this fresh its an incredible IIPA.

Photo of djjacobsen
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the kind. It's so well crafted.
Starts with a straw color pour with small bubbles one finger high. The smell is good, definitely smells like a dry hopped west coast ipa. I get a lot of simcoe in the aroma. The taste is awesome. Very bitter, piney, lime, semi-dank, herbal-earthy. The mouthfeel is the best part. The bubbles are small and aggressive. They burst on your tongue tucking ipa flavor deep into your taste buds. I was really impressed with this dipa. Pick it up when you can but make sure it's fresh.

Photo of ryaneasterling
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is frequently compared to Pliney the Elder, while I wouldn't say this beer compares with Pliney in terms of complexity or subtlety
y, I would say that this beer is very "dank" and it deserves a much higher score than is currently listed. I prefer this beer to many other west coast double IPA's, including Lagunitas' Hop Stupid and Stone's Enjoy By. This DIPA is on the rise and quickly establishing a well earned reputation.

Photo of herbz0r
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly this is the perfect DIPA in my opinion. I don't review beers often but as a home brewer with over 100 brews under my belt and having sampled all the great beers of this style, I prefer this to pliny or any of the best out there. Got it fresh and refrigerated at whole foods. This needs to be rated much higher. Cheers Saint Archer!

Photo of rawfish
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Saint Archer line, it wouldn't be representative of SoCal without a double IPA. Pour is a clear pale copper, shining brass against the light with a small half finger head. Sporadic, soapy lacing follows decent retention.

Floral and bright aroma, delicate lychee and tropical passion fruit minus the acidity with grapefruit pith and sweet tangerine. Barely detectable grainy malt and alcohol. Not terribly strong but impressive.

The basic two row malt is thin and grainy, it allows the hops to shine but is lacks the ability to push back the solvent-like alcohol impression. Hops are stock grapefruit, pith very sharp and pinching, some candied tangerine peel sweetness and the mouthcoating bitterness is lasting making the saliva glands work.

One thing about this brewer is that beer to please the masses usually has a nice feel and drinkability to it. The body is a bit light for a double with noticable breathy alcohol and moderate...maybe a bit above average carbonation. Dries and lifts from the palate nicely. All of this considered it makes for a pretty easy beer.

Another DIPA in the grand scheme of things, easy drinking and the lychee in the nose makes it tick up IMO. Otherwise very standard west coast style, the masses would like it enough.

Photo of pkalix
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

for a DIPA, it pours beautifully. bright yellow with early carbonation and bubbles swirling to meet the white foaminess above it.
smell is a true hoppy bitterness and the taste is definitely the same. very bitter. slightly floral, mostly citric with some grapefruit zest and grapefruit oils. sticky whiteness on the sides of the glass, looks like meringue.
overall, it's okay. very good. very distinct flavors. very bitter. 2nd pour produces a huge fluffy head.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Though retention isn't half bad, the texture is rough (like a fizzy soda). Some bubbly splotches of lacing stick to the glass - key word, some. (3)

Smell: Well, it's just like a bigger version of their regular IPA. I get plenty of grapefruit, pine, weed, and general dankness - the hops here pop better in general. Once it opens up a bit, I pick up some tropical fruit notes. The malts remain fairly neutral - unusual for a DIPA. This nails what I look for in the style: the hops shine, the malts make a solid canvas without overpowering, and there's a semblance of complexity. (4)

Taste: This is straight-up grapefruit juice. I don't know how else to describe it. There are some additional suggestions of pine, grass, and weed - after a while, it stops being straight-up grapefruit juice, and transforms to a somewhat complex DIPA. The maltiness is quite good, bringing some sugar cookie and bread flavor. It has good balance, good intensity, and good depth - what's not to like here? (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It does feel full-bodied, perhaps more than I expected from the aromatic suggestions. Luckily, while it's big, it finishes nice and dry. Drinkability isn't spectacular, but it's a nice one to savor. Astringency is a little high, and so is the carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: Hey, this is a damn good DIPA, way better than Saint Archer's single. I wouldn't call it a Pliny killer, but I would suggest it could be mentioned in the same breath. It's a rock-solid DIPA without much hype, enough said. (4)

3.79/5: Best Saint Archer beer I've had yet

Photo of Lothore
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy tangerine color with a two finger, off white head.

S -citrus, grapefruit, peach

T - bready, citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest, lingering bitterness.

M - thick and resins with ample carbonation.

D - decent dipa. I would revisit given the chance.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Vine Cottage in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4 (happy hour)
Purchased: Dec. 22, 2013
Consumed: Dec. 22, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey golden hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head when I got it. Even layered pulpy lacing on the sides. Above average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, sweet floral hops and caramel malts.

Tasted similar to the nose. Very smooth. Grapefruit, grapefruit rind, fairly bitter, floral notes and tangerine.

Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, astringent finish.

Very nice double IPA.

Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great double IPA for the money!

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Pours a nice golden color which is very transparent. Two finger foamy head that resides in about 2-3 minutes. Spotty lacing.

S. A bready/biscuity malt character seems to dominate the nose with afterthougts of some mild citrus and pine. Some pineapple aroma.

T. A little bit more hop character on the palate. Backing up the nose I get notes of pineapple and pine blending with the sweet malts and then getting some floral notes followed by a mild bitterness. Finishes with a grassy linger. Pleasant in all. Layers of flavor that seem to work together.

M. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Feels a lil creamy in the mouth.

O. A good DIPA. Definitly a change from the citrusly overpowerred DIPA's or the IBU bombs. These one is decently refreshing and Saint Archer seemed to try to be a lil more original. They arent recreating the DIPA or anything but it just seems a lil different from what i've been tasting lately. Enjoyable and a nice change up.

Photo of jooler
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

very hoppy with a slight taste of malt, extreme good. like a lighter hop stoopid

Photo of McStagger
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light orange. Finger of slight off white khaki head. Mix of large and small bubles. Retention is minimal, as is carbonation. Bubbles are medium sized, racing up to form the head.

S: Lots of hops, lots of malt. Hops are pungeant. Savory, onion/garlic, grapefruit, pine. Definitely getting the Simcoe that's labelled on the back. Malt is reminscent of sweet yeast rolls. Smells like a well crafted DIPA.

T: Tastes like it too. The onion/garlic savory is noticeable in the palate, but it's more balanced than it was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Noticeable amount of tropical in the mid palate. The breadiness of the malt supplies a nice backbone against hop presence. Slight hint of alcohol in the sinuses. Finishes very dry, with a long, herbal/pine aftertaste.

M: Fairly light bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation in the mouth. 8.3 abv adds some heft, but it's still light/medium for a DIPA.

O: Pretty good DIPA. However, it is lost in a sea of stellar ones.

Saint Archer Double IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.