Saint Arnold Amber Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +4%
Amber Ale is more tangerine than amber. After a high-altitude pour and a quick slurp of foam, a pretty snazzy looking eggshell colored crown is seen. Fine, filagreed lace sticks with tenacity... at least prior to drinking. Solid.
The nose is a good one due to one word: hops. The citrusiness of the Cascade and the herbal spiciness of the Liberty are still going strong and give this beer a leg up on most ambers. Let's hope the aroma translates, somewhat intact, to the palate.
Close, but no stogie. The toasted earthiness of the Belgian caravienne malt plays too big a role. In addition, there's more hop bitterness than hop flavor. Not that it isn't there, it just isn't as prominent as it could be. In the end, the ingredients seem to (mildly) clash rather than cooperate.
The flavor profile includes toasted bread crusts, steely caramel, bitter grapefruit pith and a peppery spiciness that could stand to be toned down. I can't believe too many non-BAs buy this stuff on a regular basis. Then again, it could be Saint Arnold's biggest seller. If you like aggressive amber ales, belly up to the bar.
The mouthfeel is very nice. It's more full than the style average and has absolutely no rough edges. It can't be easy to produce a creamy amber ale (or more breweries would do it), but these guys have managed to pull it off. Kudos.
SABC Amber Ale is a pretty good effort that, for some reason, doesn't hit me exactly right. It's a few changes away from being ready for prime time. I'm still glad I had the opportunity to give it a go. Thanks mhewes.
09-11-2008 12:10:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color (which was a surprise for an amber), with a modest head that disappears fairly quickly without much of a trace
Smell: Surprisingly hoppy, with pineapple and lemon esters
Taste: While the pineapple and lemon flavors parade themselves from the outset, the malt base here is very sweet, almost sugary; after the swallow, the sweetness tends to overwhelm the bitter flavors
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink, but ultimately a bit disappointing after the anticipation generated from the smell; a nice crossover beer
02-18-2009 03:37:43 | More by brentk56
4.2/5 rDev +18.6%
Received a lovely package from a new friend in Texas, which just happened to have most of the St. Arnold lineup in it. These are my favorite type of trades, as I just love being able to sample a whole lineup at once, it just makes it soo much more fun. But anyway, I just decided to start with this one and see where it goes. Poured out a very nice and somewhat hazy pale orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top. There were a nice three fingers or so high layer of white foam that formed on the top almost immediately upon the pour, which was very nice to see. This settled after a few moments, but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Now, for an amber ale, I have to say this looked more like an IPA, which would suit me just fine.
The aroma was loaded down with rich hop notes. Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. The flavor was spot on for an IPA, so I am not sure why it is called an amber. To be honest, I liked this one a good bit more then the IPA, as it had a nice balance to it. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time. The feel was light with lots of carbonation and a very nice dry bitter finish. I have to admit I am impressed. As it warmed some light, caramel notes started poking through and this is probably where the amber ale was coming into play here.
Overall, this was a n excellent beer and really surprised me at how good it was. There is no doubt I would not turn this one down again, in fact I would make this a staple in the fridge if I could. Really a rock solid beer for sure and something I will most certainly turn to again.
03-28-2008 00:15:50 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks for the tick, Bobby.
A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Smells like a handful of gummy bears. There's a strong aroma of yeast and peaches as well, but I just can't the thought of gummy bears out of my head.
T: Sweet bready malts with a definite peach flavor. A bit of a citrus peel thing going on, floral hops, and a mild bitterness. I seem to pick up some hints of corn on the back end as well.
M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation and a dry finish.
D: A really weird arrangement of flavors. I didn't mind it, necessarily, but I don't think I'd go for this one again.
12-15-2010 05:55:50 | More by womencantsail
4.3/5 rDev +21.5%
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy (as is the wont with Saint Arnold brews), copper body with a smallish, white head.
Smell: Pleasant mix of bready, sweet-smelling malts and floral, citrusy hops. It sounds simple, sure, but it's quite nice.
Taste: Malts tasting of sugar and caramel sweetened bread crusts. A nice, bright burst of fresh hops add flavors of citrus, flowers, and dried herbs (yielding a light spiciness). They also impart a medium, balancing bitterness. Finishes dry and with a final touch of hop bitterness, but it doesn't hang around too terribly long.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A nice, well-balanced juxtaposition of sweetish, bready malts and flavorful hops make for a rather fine amber ale. Good job, Saint Arnold and thanks again, MiguelMandingo (if that even IS his real name).
12-22-2008 01:44:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.28/5 rDev +20.9%
This flagship ale from Houston, Texas' first microbrewery is a winner to be sure. Its crystal-clear, deep-golden/amber body rests gently beneath a short head of off-white foam as tiny bubbles slide steadily upwards. The retention in the head is fair, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass. In the aroma, lush, caramel-splashed malts combine with bright notes of floral and citrus-kissed hops. The body is decidedly medium; and it's crisp on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, median-level carbonation from bottle-conditioning. A touch of huskiness, a solid bitterness, and some prominent floral/spicy/piney/citrusy hops balance its rich malt in the flavor, leaving it to finish dry with a lingering bitterness and some swirling hop flavors. Saint Arnold's Amber is a well made, uncompromising, deftly-balanced, richly malty and boldly hopped ale that's sure to please. Certainly worth trying for fans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and New Belgium's Fat Tire.
06-20-2004 20:11:49 | More by NeroFiddled
3.78/5 rDev +6.8%
Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, nuts, some citrus and some pale hops.
T: The taste starts with a light caramel sweetness and a touch of citrus. Then a mild and pale hops bitterness comes in and provides a little bit of balance. The malt character is a little on the thin side but it brings some substance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, it's not the first beer that I would choose, but it's still a pretty decent beer.
06-01-2008 02:23:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev +4%
Appearance: rustic amber hue, with a succint, perfunctory head.
Aroma: sweetness itself, rich, malty, with precious, but lovable, fruitiness, hints of cherries, peach, melon.
Taste: light, happy hoppiness at first, then that rich maltiness continues through the flavor. Body is light to medium, medium-length finish, accompanied by continuing, delightful flavor.
Not a bad amber you've got there, Houston.
Thanks to morris729 for the bottle.
11-06-2003 09:25:58 | More by feloniousmonk
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
Sampled on tap at the brewery.
The beer pours a dark yellow color, not the amber color that I was expecting. The aroma is toffee with some lemon and orange notes. The flavor has quite a bit of citrus hop character with some toffee malt as well. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-23-2010 05:08:01 | More by Mora2000
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
Shows a lightly hazy, full copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep reddish copper color. The head is thin and a light tan color. The aroma is lightly spiced with hops and has hints of malt in it with notes of toasted biscuits and some caramel. The taste is dry at first but then picks up light sweetness as a solid toffee like maltiness kicks in. The is a low level of spicy hop notes here, as well as a lightly bitter finish. The hops give it flavor hints of lemon, and an herbal woody character. The malt in this seems a bit tired, perhaps some notes of stale caramel. This is actually not a bad beer, it is quite a bit more flavorful and complex than I was expecting, though it is still just an American Amber Ale.
08-07-2005 23:47:35 | More by Gueuzedude
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Clear light amber in color (for an amber, this is lighter than most). Clear with a quick dying head and very little lace.
Solid malt aromas. Very good malty tasting ale. There are trace amounts of hop which balance the flavor. The hop flavors become stronger as I approach the swallow. The aftertaste is mostly hop. Mouthfeel: rich and round with appropriate carbonation.
This is very quaffable. The label says it isn't pasteurized, but still the beer was quite clear. Compared to the other choices readily available in Texas (at least around Houston), this may be the best offering.
03-17-2005 23:41:08 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.83/5 rDev -20.1%
On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.
Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow. Decent retention leaving some lace. Not very amber in color.
Aroma: Straw, grains, corn, earthy hops. Very boring.
Taste: More flavors here. Fresh floral hops with some hop bite. Has a bit of citrus as well. Bready malts and some biscuit. Grain and corn. Kind of macro like.
Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very bland and it lingers on and on.
Overall, the nose was very weak, but at least it had a little taste. Drank kind of like a pale ale. Not bad, but I would have never guessed it to be an amber.
11-30-2010 02:40:55 | More by mothman
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this brew.
Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy/creamy head, which some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop. The taste is sweet, malty, slight spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice amber ale.
01-17-2009 22:51:11 | More by Wasatch
3.65/5 rDev +3.1%
12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" beige head above the clear golden amber brew. Head recedes slowly, with ample chunky lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, a touch soapy. Taste medium maltiness to start, balancing bitter in the middle, tapers out to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.
03-23-2010 21:36:14 | More by ppoitras
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
Received in trade with texindy, thanks for the opportunity to try this beer again.
This beer turned me on to craft brewing 15 years ago when I lived in Houston, so I hold a special place in my heart for this beer.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a fluffy white head that sticks itself to the glass all the way down the pour. Aroma is a caramel maltiness with some citrusy hops thrown in for good measure. Taste is malty with a citrusy hop bite. Carbonation is crisp, body is medium to full. Still a great brew! If I lived in Texas I would have this in my fridge always.
I remember trying this beer for the first time 15 years ago and thinking how bitter it was. Now I can barely taste the hops at all.
07-19-2008 02:54:54 | More by johnnnniee
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
On draught at the Richmond Arms, St. Arnold's Amber is clear dark gold with a small, off-white head leaving light, scattered lace. Awfully pale for an amber, I had to double-check they brought me the right one!
Smell is soft, a little malt and herbal hops, fuggles or EKGs probably.
Taste is pretty good, balanced beer, just enough malt and hop presence to provide subtle complexity, but it's basically a english pale or even getting in to blonde territory due to the lack of malt. Amber light.
Mouthfeel is medium light bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good, a sessionable, well made, balanced amber. I could use more umph, it's definitely geared for the regional palate (and weather!), but there is a little more to it if you search.
09-15-2011 23:44:13 | More by ccrida
Saint Arnold Amber Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.