Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by txbrew81:
4.83/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Finally, I have gotten around to reviewing this beer. I was lucky enough to find a case of this jewel and try it several times on tap. I will be reviewing my final bottle (tear) poured into a snifter.
A: Great looking IIPA. Good clarity with a deep golden amber color. A solid two finger head that leaves substantial lacing all the way down.
S: Very invinting smell. Floral notes with strong grapefruit and a little bit of earthy pine. Awesome bouquet of scents, almost mouth watering.
T: The taste does not let down the anticipation created by the aroma. Great balanced hop blend, grapefruit and floral/pine. A hybrid of an east and west coast IPA styles. Some hints of caramel at finish. Perfectly balanced for my tastes, the malt backbone really mellows the high hop content. This is the most balanced IIPA I have had to date.
M: Medium carbonation. Very refreshing for a IIPA, dry finish. No burn from the the high abv. Very drinkable for a big beer.
O: My favorite IIPA and possibly beer of all time. I am about half way through my final bottle and don't want to think about the fact that this is limited release. Truly a divine experience, you must try it if you get the chance. Bless thee Saint Arnold.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2011 01:54:27 | More by txbrew81
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a hazy amber color. There was just a wisp of an off-white head on it, and no lacing. Nice nose on this one. Orange, lemon and pine notes. Maybe a hint of peaches. Nice taste! Fair amount of bitterness, orange, peach and pine notes. Big malt body underneath, but no sweetness coming through. Very Nice!
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 22:35:57 | More by Boto
3.79/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Sampled February 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, gold highlighted, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, dusty pine sap, woody-peppery herbal notes, a bright lychee note, and an almost musty, herbaceous hop character. The nose is definitely dominated by the hop character, there is perhaps a suggestion of malt character here, I almost have to guess at the malt aromatics; notes of toasted biscuit and orange scented caramelized malt are just suggested at.
A medium’ish body is cut through by a biting bitterness that lingers through the finish; the bitterness though remains quite smooth, though still lingers quite a bit on the palate. The dominant hop character contributes flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach, perhaps some bright apricot, as well as some ample kumquat zest. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds a touch more bite to the hop character, it also brings out some astringent pine and herbal hop character that also lingers a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is on the light side of medium, this helps this to be still fairly quaffable, which is quite needed for this style of beer. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but does contribute softly noticeable notes of English biscuit like maltiness, a touch of whole grain cracker, and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.
A nice example of a Double IPA, it hits all the points that it should, and escapes the pitfall of being too rich or viscous. Definitely quite enjoyable and it certainly hits the spot for this hop-head. This is still doing quite well after almost a year of age; still vibrantly hoppy, perhaps a touch cleaner and less aggressive than it was when fresh, but certainly still showing lots of life.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2013 03:28:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.