Saint Archer IPA - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: fox227 on 05-04-2013

Everything you would expect from a great American India Pale Ale: Hop-forward, yet civilized. Bitter but balanced.

Amarillo and Simcoe ring loud and clear with citrus and tropical notes that are backed up by a chorus of our other favorites - Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and Citra.
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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a frothy white head. Smells like grapefruit rind and pine. Taste follows the nose. Citrus bitterness with a bit of pine. A bit of biscuity malt in there too, but this is definitely towards the hop side of the spectrum. Classic WCIPA. Reminds me a lot of Swami's actually. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The bitterness is a bit much though. Not enough hop aroma to balance out the bitterness. Overall, I like this one a lot. It's not something I would buy all the time but definitely worth trying. Saint Archer's DIPA on the other hand is out of this world.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Melony, herbal, floral nost with some fresh grass nd traces of orange. Pours straw with just a slight haze that becomes brilliant as the beer warms. . The thick, off-white head is persistent, very dense and finely bubbled, lacy and very easily roused. Each drink prodces thin ledges of lace. Big citric bitterness charges up front and then introduces several other elements, drying out on the finish becoming more of a blend of grapefruit rind and quinine. There is a fruitiness composed of melon, orange, citrus and tropical fruit behind the bitterness. There is a trace of herbal chalkiness or astringency on the palate that lingers. The carbonation is above average but is creamy soft and not harsh and actually provides some balance to the bitterness. Drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of rringler
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderately hazy, light golden (pilsner) color. Poured into a frozen pint glass with no head, and only a island of smaller bubbles in the middle of the glass.

S: Good nose; lots of florals, fruits, and pine. Smells delicious.

T: Interesting. Starts with a very mild fruit sweetness and some earthy, spicy hops. The fruits are more subdued than the smell would lead you to believe; maybe more melon than other sweeter fruits. Mid-taste never really hits the malts, though it does finish with earthy, citrusy hops. No hint of its 6.8% abv in the taste.

M: Medium thickness/quickness. Moderate- carbonation; less than most other IPAs. Medium stickiness on the tongue after swallowing.

O: Not a bad brew, but in the IPA jungle that is Southern California, there are no shortage of other brews that are better. I would like to see the clarity/head retention cleaned up a bit, the fruity/malty taste kicked up a notch, and the carbonation increased a half volume or so.

Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at True North in the North Park area of San Diego.

Pour is light amber-gold with fine-grained visible carbonation and a very durable, semi-creamy off-white head. Exceptional sticky lacing.

Smell: strong and pungent (hops).

Taste: Not as intense as the aroma suggests yet this could still pass as a DIPA. Medium-high bitterness. Bitterness is moderated by some malts. .

Feel: medium body; medium-high but soft carbonation.

O: Very good IPA IF you like this hop load ... but not my cup of tea.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. No freshness date.

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger's width of white head. Sub-par retention results in a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Light aroma consisting of orange and pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light flavor, with orange and lesser pineapple. Hints of crackery malt. Light pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with bitey carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a session IPA, though the 6.8% begs to differ. A little too light in flavor for my ideal IPA, though it would make a great option for a day in the sun, particularly in can form.

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a sharp, bitter hop forward taste. This is not unlike many of the San Diego IPAs (Green Flash, Stone, Ballast Point etc) Contrasted to Russian River, Lagunitas, Firestone IPAs it is (in my opinion) very unbalanced. Northern Cal seems to have a better handle on the hop + malt backbone IPA vs. the jarring hop bite of San Diego brews.

Photo of Kinsman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a bright white fluffy head. Great citrus notes right off the bat. Really digging this aroma. First sip doesn't quite wow the same way the aroma did, but it's tasty nonetheless. Some grapefruit notes but not a very bitter IPA. Feel comes across as rather thin for a 7% beer, but it's refreshing.

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden-yellow color with a two finger creamy white head that retains several minutes after the pour, leaving a bit of lace behind

S- a little bit danky up front, but then opens up to some tropical and citrus hop aroma, with notes of melon, grapefruit, mango &a hint of pine. Clean toasted malt undertone

T- tropical hops follow the nose and are prevalent up front with flavors of mango, passionfruit & papaya. Notes of fresh grass & pine quickly follow. Underlying malt is clean and slightly toasted, allowing the hops to shine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- nice showcase of tropical/citrus hops, and very drinkable

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

While partial to SOCAL-style IPAs (if it isn't yet, "SOCAL IPA" should be an official beer style), I particularly like this offering. A refreshing slight-pine, slight-citrus taste that isn't too overpowering with malt or hops (although the bias is definitely more towards hops). I particularly like that it now comes in 12 oz cans. One of the great San Diego offerings (yep... I am biased towards SD too).

Photo of CAcreeks
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

I'm not sure what to rate this against. Among canned IPAs it is one of the top three, with Sculpin and Wolf Among Weeds the other two, so I would give it a 5. Compared against double IPAs it is not the best, so I would give it a 4. Against regular IPAs it is probably in the top ten, so 4.5 seems fair. It tastes like Sculpin except a bit more bitter. More punch than Stone, less grapefruit than Green Flash, very well balanced.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute glass. Pours an orange tinted golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Nice aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit, herbal citrus and grassy hops. Flavor is citrus and tropical fruit juice, sweet neutral malt and grassy hops with a long grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied. A well made IPA that is more aromatic in the aroma than the taste, but well balanced and pleasant to drink. The hops seem less herbal in the taste than the aroma, but still and enjoyable IPA.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ummmm. Yeahhh. Uhhh...

This beer is ok. But as a playa steps his game up, ok just isn't going to cut it. Did Rocky eat Del Taco before his big match? I don't think so. It smells... It tastes... Not like Lily Aldridge after a hot wash, no no. It's a bit grainy in texture, and there is too much acidity in the aftertaste. It's juicy enough like my neighbor in a 2 piece, but I probably won't take another look.


Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Zom_bee_face (thanks!). No dicernable bottling date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours hazy pale straw yellow with two and a half fingers white head. Dense retention, featuring a fluffy cake of lace that makes an island on the surface. The thin halo leaves swaths of lace.

Smells of pine, rinds and slightly floral. Meh.

This tastes quite bitter. Orange peel, grapefruit pulp, flower pedals, sticky pine, chalk and a hint of biscuit. Little depth and lacking hop flavor to compliment and offset the bitterness.

Lightly medium body with sharp carbonation. Aftertaste of bitter rinds, old hops and chalk.

Without an identifiable bottling date I can't determine if the weak, shallow and overly bitter IPA I had is what Saint Archer really intended. There was nothing to this that beckons me to give it another try.

Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours deep golden yellow with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Citrus, pine, and herbal hops, a little dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, and a little orange, pine, some dankness, and light caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing, solid brew.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours from a bomber a clear straw yellow with a solid 1-inch white head with good retention and yields sheet and splotchy lace.

N: Somewhat mutted, but still getting pine and orange/citrus with some cracker and floral notes.

T: Battle between pine and malt results in a tie. Well balanced. Lemony and grapefruit.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter with some lingering hop resins.

O: Pleasantly suprised as I'd heard good things about this brewery. Not disappointed.

Photo of Modernrickk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not "just another IPA" out here in the land of the IPAs

Offered in six packs and on draft almost anywhere I go out here in LA

Looks great in the glass.. Same shade of IPA orange as they're double IPA .

Smells of new age hops combined together. I get a big aroma of this beer without even bringing the glass to my nose. Squeezed fruits, hop bliss, a small earthiness as well

Taste is hops up front - very balanced and not too bitter . After taste leaves you beggin for more. Not much ABV burn or taste here. Very easy drinkin swill

Mouth feel is über refreshing. Crisp from carbonation and not overly carbonated - this mouthfeel but not at all watery.

Overall this flagship beer can rival some of the older classics - not selling as fast as the others making this tough to find real fresh .. I think out here in the west were near the end of the IPA six pack

Photo of gatornation
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap @Matchbox
A-pours a clear golden color with a small white head a little lacing
S-notes of pine and citrus with sweet malts
T-bland pine hops with slight citrus but kinda stale tasting followed by sweet caramel malts
M-medium carbonation with an old stale taste to me and pine bitterness
O-just an average IPA so many out there this is one i wont ever buy and glad i had it on tap it worth a try only on tap at best

Photo of rand
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask to nonic pint glass

Cloudy, orange-apricot appearance, the small head quickly resides and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass

The bouquet is complex and layered, with notes ranging tropical to floral. Mango and pithy grapefruit are distinct, notes of grass and lemon-pepper linger. A touch of crackery malt-sweetness surrounds the bouquet, but the malts are light.

The flavors are more singular on the palate. Hop-forward with strong notes of grapefruit rind and leafy, grassy bitterness. The profile isn't overly bitter, the malts do a good job of keeping things in check, but there's not a lot of toffee-sweetness as you'd find in similar IPA's. Short, relatively dry finish.

Pretty solid IPA from another San Diego upstart. Nothing remarkable but refreshing and damn drinkable for the style.

Photo of inlikeflint
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Solid IPA, tropical notes in nose, minimal malt sweetness, balanced hop bitterness

Photo of Nugganooch
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my Sierra Nevada Balloon glass
Notes taken on 10/01/14

A: Goldenrod with a touch of caramel color and some muzzy hop haze across the body. Thick ivory cloud of sudsy foam billows over top with a decent hang and some thickly chunked soapy lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Dank and resinous with pine, citrus-grapefruit, light catty melon, and gooseberry mixed in there. There is a slight sugary sweetness to it but with no other real malt character detected. Very nicely dank and pungent hop forward nose here.

T: More dank grassy and floral notes in the flavor with a big bitter bite hitting mid way. The brew is resinous and lingering with lots of fruity melon, candied grapefruit, and a dirty herbal cattiness. I get a very light malt cracker base underneath and no alcohol to report. Finishes dry and herbal with a resinous crisp. Really tasty stuff.

M: Moderate to lighter in body with an even level of spritzy carbonation on the palate. There is an upper amount of scrubbing bitterness that lingers on after the finish which is dry and crisp. Resinous with hop oils and candy malt sugars.

D: Very solid. This is done well in that it has good balance and drinkability while still delivering a dank resiny hop bomb. Really touches on all of my favorite hop attributes. Not sure if they changed up the original recipe but this sure is tasting nice right now. Will be a repeat for me.

Photo of BigFishCA
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You can definitely taste the hoppyness on the front end but the bitter seltzer ending is not my favorite

Photo of sderenne
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this fresh on tap today at a local pub. The beer was fresh, glass was clean. I enjoyed it enough to order a second and it was excellent too! Lots of hop aroma but didn't destroy the back of your tongue with bitterness. Im guessing lots of dry hops. Its nice to find another go to ipa.

Photo of FlyingBull
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap at a relatively new restaurant and pup in Carlsbad, CA. It was $6 per pint.

This beer was served in a traditional pint glass...filled to the top. There was just enough room for a thin white head present that persisted throughout the drink; lacing down the sides noted. Color was a clear dark yellow. There was a very present citrus and pine hop aroma right up front, followed by some malt. The initial flavor was also citrus and pine - very "Simcoe , Cascade, etc. West Coast IPA" style. There was a nice malt balance followed by a persistent hop bite. The mouth feel was medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is another sound "West Coast" style IPA. To me, it was very similar to Sculpin IPA; but a bit more body and malt and a little less hoppy.

Photo of goldenbear
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

San Diego classic IPA. Somewhat near a sculpin, more session able, drinkability and enough hop bitterness to encourage another. Well balanced and clean. Great beer to session on a night out. Finally a brewery lead by straight forward branding and engrossed in lifestyle beyond just beer. Straightforward and fair price

Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lower score on BA than I expected. It' my type of IPA. Nice fresh, not malty IPA. Orange, Pine, lemon, some mango, peach towards the finish. Just an outstanding IPA, for the price, 4.29 a bomber. Not bad at all. One of the best IPA's I've had in the past month.

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Saint Archer IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.