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Saint Arnold Brown Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 287
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 287
Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle...great local extra from mattisloco poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - A heavy pour into the center of the glass yields only a sparse cap of off white foam on top of a crystal clear, medium amber body. After mere moments, all that is left is a a small uneven collar around the glass. A bit light in color for the style...looks like an American amber.

S - Beautiful caramel malt aroma layered with mild chocolate and roasted malt and some citrusy and spicy hops. Well balanced, but the hops make this one seem more like an American brown ale rather than an English variety...not that this is a complaint. I like what I smell, but it doesn't seem English to me.

T - Roasted and caramel malts with a hint of diacetyl. Hops offer a well balanced bitterness and some light spicy and citrus flavors to round things out. Way more roasted flavors here than the color would lead you to believe could be in there.

M - Light/medium body with mid-level carbonation that gives a good strong fizzy tingle in the mouth. Lingering roastiness leaves a mild and pleasant lasting impression past the swallow.

D - This is quite the sessionable beer. Has a very balanced profile mixing sweet, roasty and bitter flavors. Everything seems to blend together really well. Overall impression is that of smoothness. I can't really say that I think this is truly an English brown ale...color is off, hops are off. Seems to be a hybrid of a couple of American interpretations of style. All this being said - I like this beer quite a bit as an everyday drinker. Well done.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is a clear amber copper. Good head retention.

Aroma: Nuts and toasted malts up front. Some caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops.

Taste: Much hoppier than I was expecting. Tastes like a roasted imperial red. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and light chocolate mixed with grassy, earthy, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, an interesting brown ale. Very hoppy. Kind of drinkable, but I was a bit surprised with this one.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice clear brown into a pint glass with a frothy tan head.

S - Nutty smell mixed some malt aroma. Smelled warm and roasted.

T - Nutty smell continued into taste but I did not get a lot of malt out of the beer. Little hop kick at the end.

M - This had the definition of a medium body to me.

D - Drinkable for an ale but still couldn't have to many and be comfortable. Alcohol over 5% but not a big factor for me in having another.

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Photo of climax
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brown starts out well with a deep caramel hue, pretty good clarity. The head was two fingers of cratered foam. Retention was good.

The nose was exceptionally nutty, as opposed to sweet and roasted. Naturally the toasty malt was at the forefront, but there was a good balancing hop presence not particularly typical for this style.

The flavor was well-balanced, not extremely bold or complex though. Dry roasted nuts, some acidity, and a resiny finish about rounded things out.

The body was medium-light, none too thick. The carbonation was lively, keeping things moderately interesting. It's certainly an easy to drink pleasant beer, but it could use some extra spunk.

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Photo of diamondc
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze, amber hue .. not much head or lacing. kind of lackluster.

S: Nutty aroma with a hint of chocolate in there.

T: More nuttiness, woodsy, very light coffee-like bitterness at the end.

M/D: Didn't wow me with big flavors, but this went pretty good with bacon and eggs.

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Photo of tronester
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light orange-brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malts and dried fruits. Taste is a light grape flavor up front, with a toasted bread middle and a earthy hop finish. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Good drinkability. A bit lighter roasted flavor than many brown ales, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of Tunafever73
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Texas does it again! Pouring this into my favorite wheat glass, it had great color. Almost like the brown bottle was melting into my glass, awesome. Not much of a smell, not too thin pouring over the tongue.

I would... scratch that. I will drink this beer again!

My motto: Beer is like food. You don't want the same thing everyday and you can't live without it.

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Photo of papat444
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobsy for helping me knock off a hard to find state.

Poured from 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A good finger and half foam that leaves rather quickly and a hazy brown-orange body to compliment it.

Smell: I get a bit of hops, caramel, malt and a kind of fruit-like port aroma. Strong and very good.

Taste: Not as good as the aroma though it gets a little better as it warms. A whisper of hops but the real player is the malt. Lots of the usual nuttiness with tinges of tartness and lots of dark fruit which i kind of like.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness is low and the carbonation is prickly. Creamy in texture and has a somewhat nice body though it good be fuller.

Drinkability: Not bad and the flavor is alright. A once in a while brew.

Overall: A simple and decent brown ale. I'd suggest grabbing one if you see it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this beer is really...average. Actually, compared to most other brown ales I've had, it's below average. I spent a few days in Houston, and the beer scene in TX seems pretty lackluster. Despite the fact I loved the Divine Reserve #5, I think that the warm TX whether tends to "lighten" the popular craft beers produced there. That thought neatly explains this particular beer. It looks and smells a lot like a lager, but does have some dark roastiness that tastes like caramel and molasses and brings it into line with other brown ales I've had. Mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown color with a white head which quickly dissipates. the aroma is toffee, caramel malt and a light nuttyness. The flavor is light caramel malts, light roasted malts, some nuttyness and a light hop character. The overall flavor is pretty sweet. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BigBry
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er on my last trip to Dallas, wanted something local to bring back. Brown bottle, label as shown.
Pours an amber brown (not a deep, dark brown I was expecting), with a thin tan head. Foam dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, honey sweetness. Similar flavor, sweetish caramel malt, a touch bitterness to balance at the end. Lots of carbonation and bubbles, but not enough to maintain a head. A bit tingling on the tongue. Pretty smooth, easily drinkable. Not a bad beer, just not what I was a ready / hoping for when compared to some other brown ales.

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Photo of brystmar
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug at the new brewery location in downtown Houston.

A: on the lighter side for a brown ale, poured with lots of head; moderate lacing on the glass as it disappeared.

S: roasted malt, caramel, a little plain otherwise.

T: starts off malty with some hoppy bitterness, very faint hint of nuttiness. Finishe almost watery with remnants of hops. Not impressed.

M: medium-bodied with light carbonation. Hard to ignore the almost watery flavor though, that really detracts from my enjoyment of its tenure in my mouth.

D: relatively easy drinking, but points off again for the lack of flavor spoiling my potential enjoyment of this brew.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a brown ale, once again, this is not what I expected.

Has a more amber color it, maybe on the darker side, but not as brown as I would expect... for a brown ale.

Even still, its hops are prevalent but pleasant, and the malts are roasted to give it what the brewer obviously strives for.

I would enjoy this beer again, and I am happy to say that Saint Arnold is up on the top of my favorite Texas Brewers.

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Photo of Squelch
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: slightly hazy with a slight off white ead. Brownish almost copper colored

Smell: excellent ester aroma no hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly astringent. a flavor of tea dominates. Strange. Not my cup of tea (pun intended)

Mouthfeel: very nice. Smooth but slightly tingly with Carbination

Drinkability: not my favorite style of beer. I didn't enjoy this one.

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Photo of hoplover82
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, This HAS to be there Amber Ale with a Brown Ale Label for sure. This is why I gave it an average score, it's not really my score because it's the wrong beer for sure. Has to be... This has never happened to me before...hmmm
Has a light amber color
smell of citrus hops and caramel
caramel and floral hops for the flavor
medium creamy body
very drinkable

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I gave this beer high marks for mouthfeel and drinkability because that's what I noticed first. The flavor is very good but not remarkable.

A - Pours a golden brown with a frothy white head that dissipates after a few minutes. Considered pouring it back in the bottle after cause it's so smooth!

S - Grainy, malty aromas dominate. A profile of cereal and grain. Good English beer scents.

T - A great balance of hops and malts. More on the malty side, but it's bright and has hints of caramel, oats, and...muffins.

M - Feels awesome! I'm very pleased with how well it sits on the palette and tongue.

D - Rewarding. Wish I had gotten the sixer.

Another accurate representation of its style from Saint Arnold. I really like what this brewery is doing.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up an amber brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a small ring around the side of the glass. A little lighter than I expected. Looks more like an amber than the usual brown ale.

S - Smells of caramel malt with hints of honey and roasted malt.

T - Subtle caramel malt flavor, with a carbonic bite. Some chocolate in the finish.

M - Strong carbonation (maybe too much for the style?). It burns the tongue a little.

D - Smooth and drinkable. Not a bad beer, just a bit different than I expected.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer only poured a 1/2 finger and that quickly disappeared leaving a small rim of lace. The light brown body has a small bit of haze and shows plenty of carbonation floating to the top.

A very nice buscuit, nutty smell wafts up from the glass for this beer. To me this is a little more detectable than most brown ales, a small bite of caramel is there also.

After a nice smell from this beer, the taste did not disappoint. A slight bit of toasted malt breaks through the beer, giving it the brown ale taste. Not overpowering at all, the beer is light and goes down smooth.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with ottovon, thanks!

Poured gently into my Sam Adams sensory glass. Good thing I poured it gently because I didn't read anything on the label that said the yeast sediment was still in the bottle. I saw a little sludge about to come out when I tilted the bottle at the last minute and presto! no yeast in my beer. It was a nice mahogony color with a small half inch head that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing during the drinking period. Very little carbonation visible.

Aroma is mainly malty; very caramel with a slighly earthy hop aroma.

Pretty good sweet flavor up front that is balanced out by a slight hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with a subtle aftertaste that doesn't linger on the palate.

Pretty good drinkability all in all. Has pretty good flavor, isn't too high in alcohol content, and actually left me wanting another. Not the best brown ale but a pretty interesting interpretation I would have to say.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich copper with an initial head that is pillowy and tall. The head eventually recedes into an off-white disk and leaves similar lacing.

S: Malty sweet with a hint of buttered biscuits. Other notes: nuts, caramel, and toffee.

T: A good balance between the hops and malts. The profile on this brown may lend itself to being a little hoppier than the "style nazis" may approve of, but this is a very good beer.

M: Medium-bodied and leaves a bit of a sweet taste behind.

D: All in all, I will keep this local favorite on hand for most guests as it is a people-pleaser.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin looking retention skims the surface, leaving some decent looking patchy swathes of lace back. The aroma has a nice doughy sweetness to it, that mixes with some spicy and floral English hop character to impart an almost gingerbread like quality to this.

The taste is sweet with toasty malt character, with notes of spice and some moderate hop bitterness, which offers some quality balance. Finishes with lingering sweetness and a touch of dry bitterness on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel to to it, that pretty much ensures a nice drinkibility to this.

This seemed just a tad more hopped up than your traditional English Brown but I didn't mind in the least, as it brought a nice spiciness and needed balance to a fairly malty profile. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had out of a Chimay glass. Pours kind of an amber-brown. Lighter than I had hoped. Smells like caramel slightly and a lot of earthy, metallic hops. There's a bit of that caramel flavor when you taste it a long with some brown sugar like sweetness. The English hops flavor cleans it up nice. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I'd hoped, but that's just nit picking. Of their year round offerings this is probably my favorite.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a creamy light beige head. Good retention and lacing, but this beer is way to light for a brown ale, it would even be light for an amber!

Smells biscuity and of sweet malts. 5 different malts in this one, eh? I would bet that some special b malt is in there with the high level of caramel in the aroma. Also some mild tones of nuts and chocolate.

Toasty and nutty this brown is, with a good balance of hop bitterness. The flavor profile on it is not really doing it for me though. I want my browns to be chuggably smooth, a bit on the sweet side and chocolaty. This beer is none of that. It feels a bit rough around the edges. It's not bad by any means and is a well crafted beer, but there are many better browns out there that are more to my liking.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, but not the color you initially expect from a Brown Ale. This is a somewhat lighter and more orange interpretation of "brown." Up top, an off-white colored head that splits quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, roasty malt with plenty of fruity, nutty, slightly chocolaty qualities. It smells darker than you would expect looking at it. Perhaps some light alcohol notes as it warms.

Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter, roasted biscuity malt accented with chocolate, nut, and fruit notes. Despite not having much hop character, this still has good balance. The aftertaste is roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Nicely dry.

Drinkability: Lighter in intensity and body than many Brown Ales, this is above average.

Verdict: Saint Arnold Brown Ale is just a little thin for me, I'd love to see a little more oomph in the malt backbone. But, that being said, this is still a tasty and sessionable little brew well worth a try.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper Color pour with a half finger, very light tan head. smells sweet and a bit nutty, not smelling hops. Taste is about the same, just a bit sweet up front, then get a little nut in the middle and in the finish. finishes a little dry. this is a very flavorful brown ale, had a nice body to it, with a medium mouthfeel. i have been pretty underwhelmed with most of the brown ales I have had latley but this one is very good, and pretty spot on for the style actually.

Overall im very pleased with this one, and for a brown ale, I would definitely pick this up again as it is one of the better english browns I have had.

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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.