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Saint Archer IPA - Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 335
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 26.55%
Wants: 16
Gots: 87 | 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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 335
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden yellow with a pillowy head. Good lacing
S: Citrus and pine slight bread malt
T: A very good balanced IPA. Citrus and pine with a malty backbone
MF: Clean crisp good mouthfeel
o: Very good IPA

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mikejonze
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of rringler
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Cobrabob428
2.08/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mbunje
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of RonnieBoy
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of dertyd
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of PaulWaters
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rob23
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One has to remember that everyone's palate is different.This is a fantastic IPA and my taste buds agree.Not overpowering with the fruity style that has become all the rage.Just a straight forward solid and balanced IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Jrp54
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Saint Archer IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.