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Saint Archer IPA - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA

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very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fox227 on 05-04-2013)
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy malt, grain, 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 pretty good beer with a very earthy grain and hop presence in both the aroma and flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mikejonze
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rringler
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Cobrabob428
2.08/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mbunje
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RonnieBoy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dertyd
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of hoppyhour
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of breadwinner
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of terpinsd
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ablackard
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +17.2%

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 dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Saint Archer IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.