Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -29.4%
Pours like apple juice with a small head and bubbles. Smells like a tangle of malt and hops. Maybe a bit of citrus in the nose. Nothing too exciting. Malt forward beer with some slightly citrus hops adding a touch of generic bitterness. It's really out of balance. Think of it as a malt bomb that is bitter. It doesn't come together like most DIPAs. Actually, think if you way over hopped a very light doppelbock and you'll get an idea of what this is like. In addition, I get a hint of off flavor - bandaid. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and sticky sugary, like the doppelbock. At best, this is a generic DIPA that is pretty smooth and isn't BAD. I feel like I am drinking a different beer from others who have reviewed it.
04-27-2011 04:22:26 | More by seeswo
3.23/5 rDev -24%
I wasn't looking for this beer, but it found me. The elusive divine reserve series. I had pretty much given up on it when it jumped to $15+ a six-pack and was hard to find to boot...about #6. Since I just happened to be at the right place at the right time today, I have some to sample. Brock can brew a pretty good hoppy beer, so let's see what this one has to offer:
Appearance: Pours a very clear amber color with about 1/2" of tan bubbles on top after an aggressive pour. There are some bubbles rising, but the head is on its way somewhere within the first 30 seconds. The beer leaves some solid lacing on the glass after drinking, so it is a very well presented DIPA.
Aroma: The aroma is hops upon hops with a bit of hops thrown in for good measure. Though the hops are stupid strong and bordering on oily, they are quite citrusy and well blended. There is one rather dominant hop, like Amarillo or some such. Plenty of orange citrus with some peachy elements in there too. As the beer is starting to warm up some, there is a tad of toasty malt coming out and the alcohol is starting to spice things up. Somewhat one-dimensional.
Taste: The beer is medium-light bodied somehow, which surprised me. The flavor is also absolutely dominated by the hops the entire way through to the finish, which is dry and a bit harsh on the back of the palate to linger for what seems like forever, but just when you think that your throat is scarred for life, the alcohol sets in just kindof cooks the whole thing in. I know that there is malt in here as the ABV wouldn't be almost 9% if it wasn't...but this is a bit ridiculous. I must say that this is the most carbonated of any of the DR series that I have tried, so I guess that they have got control of that now...which is a good thing and really helps this beer or the mouthfeel would be almost unbearable.
Opinion: I don't know what to say. This beer has a good nose and you know it is going to be a hoppy monster, but I would think that they would ease up on the IBUs and let you actually taste the beer. I don't know how this beer is going to age. I will cellar some anyway, but I just don't see it softening up. In short, I would say that this beer is probably the most "ready to drink" of any new releases of the DR that I have tried, but their recipe was too ambitious on the hop schedule and the attenuation percent of the yeast. There is nothing left to back up the monster hop profile.
03-30-2011 01:10:03 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.38/5 rDev -20.5%
Quarter inch, khaki head, thick and dense. Deep amber body. Head settles out to nothing.
Very sweet, malty nose: caramel and bread. Some raisins. Hop profile is mainly floral, with some tropical fruit.
Malty flavors at first, with flavors of caramel, bread and almonds. Soft hop bitterness, floral and woody. The bitterness hangs around for a while, leaving a warming feeling in the mouth.
A pretty good brew, but it is a little malty for a DIPA. I'd be okay if this was brewed as an IPA, but I want more hops in my DIPAs.
10-18-2011 03:46:56 | More by litheum94
3.45/5 rDev -18.8%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I know that this has some age on it, but I'm still enjoying it.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is a little bit of lacing and a layer of head that remains.
Smell: There is a fruity malt note that reminds me a bit of a barleywine. After that I'm picking up a smooth hop bitterness.
Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness hits you right away. You can tell this one has smoothed out a bit, but it's still quite nice. The finish is sweet and malty with some brown sugar notes that team up with the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium body lots of tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.
Overall: This is a bit past its prime, but I still liked it. The hops and malt were quite nice together. I'm a fan and would try this fresh.
01-20-2012 02:34:22 | More by oline73
3.48/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this bottle.
A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head.
S: Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, and some toasted bread as well. Pine and floral hops with a bit of citrus and grass to it, too. Maybe a hint booze.
T: Quite sweet on the palate. Caramel, brown sugar, and toffee are the primary flavors. Some citrus hops (grapefruit), with a decent amount of bitterness which helps to subdue a bit of the sweetness.
M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: Far too sweet for what I look for in a double IPA.
05-23-2011 19:01:04 | More by womencantsail
3.5/5 rDev -17.6%
This is another beer that I have the chance to try thanks to the generosity of Mikesgroove. Thank you Mike, I already look forward to our next trade!
The body is a surprisingly dark, orange/brown color with a tan head that has fairly good retention and leaves a few scraps of lacing behind.
The aroma is pretty sweet, with caramel, toffee and maybe some brown sugar. Some citrus and the imrpession of bitterness linger around the edges.
This is a big, sweet IIPA. The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. Loads of caramel and toffee that make this thing very sweet. Bits of brown sugar hang around when the hops finally shine through so that the citrus flavor from the hops tastes like some sort of candied fruit. Luckily the bitterness is substantial enough to cut through some of the sweetness, or this one would be way to sweet. This one is way too sweet for me, but at least it only has a touch of alcohol warmth in it; too sweet AND too boozy would make me hate it.
Pretty substantial body, definitely bigger than average for an IIPA. Smoothly carbonated.
Although the malt profile on this one is pretty well done, it is also overdone for me. A little too sweet and malty for how I like my IIPA. For those of you that like aging IIPAs (I don't) this one would probably be a candidate.
05-28-2011 15:03:58 | More by Hojaminbag
3.53/5 rDev -16.9%
Thanks to wagenvolks for sending a pair of these bottles my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.
Pours a clear light copper color with a short white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma has a bit of piney hops and some slight resin. A bit of an earthiness to it as well. Some malt sweetness hits in the end as well. Touch of alcohol. The flavor is too balanced, with the ledger tipping in favor of the malt. Too much sweetness and caramel push down the nice hoppiness, which is slightly earthy and floral. A bit of alcohol in the finish, along with a mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, way too much malt. Hops even begin to take a back seat to the alcohol.
04-24-2011 20:03:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
12oz bottle from a recent BIF, thanks to twiggamortis420
served in a Stone Levitation glass
A - poured gently with almost an inch of tight, creamy very light tan colored foam. the beer is clear as day, copper in color.
S - abundant biscuity malts with some honey sweetness. piney, citrus (grapefruit) hops sneak through. bits of mint, basil, and wet grass as well.
T - bit sweeter than expected, with bready and honey malts coming through well before the hops. ample bitterness though more along the lines of an Imperial English IPA if there was such a thing.
M - medium bodied, moderate crispy carbonation. very nice and a bit on the dry side.
O - not a bad beer, not exactly a mouthy hop bomb but gets the job done more or less.
06-09-2011 03:33:23 | More by Stigs
3.65/5 rDev -14.1%
The appearance is crisp and clean. A light golden brown with a soft white head, though not much head. Very nice.
The smell is very good. It has more of a flowers-meets-earthy smell to it. A dash of fruity.
The taste is what got me. I really expected more. The bitterness was lacking. I expected way more of a bite. It was actually quite mellow. It wasn't bad by any means, but I really thought it would be very good instead of "just good."
The mouthfeel is standard. Just like the appearance it was crisp and clean. Very refreshing.
Overall I would say its a solid 4.0. I would say its not a top 3 Imperial IPA, but its a good one. It didn't live up to the hype, but its nice to see SA making an IIPA.
03-30-2011 02:18:57 | More by adamhimself
3.7/5 rDev -12.9%
Thanks to texasclimber for this 12oz bottle, which was split between buddies.
A- Poured a clear copper amber with a finger or so of white fluffy head. Head dissipated into a thin covering. Fractured strands of lacing on the glass.
S- Got a lot of barnyard funk on this one. Some heavy hay smell mixed with some sweet brown sugar. Ever slight hint of alcohol. Very minimal hop presence but what was noticeable was a dried sugar grapefruit.
T- The nose actually indicates what the taste was. A lot of sweet flavors on the palate: caramel, toffee and brown sugar, all come in the front of the drink. The sweetness overpowers a grapefruit middle. The back-end was bitter, creating an overall bitter-sweet quality.
M- Medium to heavy side that lingered bitter on the palate. Extremely heavy lingering on the palate. Slight puckering of the cheeks.
O- Nice attempt. It was an interesting drink and one of the other people sharing it noted that it was slightly different from the previous time he had it. The beer was enjoyable, but not sure if I would seek it out again.
05-27-2011 20:34:06 | More by betsona
3.7/5 rDev -12.9%
a: a nice hearty glowing amberish browh with a 1 finger thick head that dissipates leaving the lacing behind as proof...
s: lighter on the hops than what I would have guessed, but there still there...hints of some citrus like fruits, yet nothing that takes the lead and overpowers the nose..
t: bitter grapefruit at the back, malt like sweetness towards the front....generally lighter on the flavor than I'd expected...
m: smooth and easy to drink...somewhat refreshing, and flows down nicely...
o: pretty good dipa...lot of 'em out there..and i think quite a bit that are better..but I wish I'd had drank this fresher....
11-24-2011 03:43:07 | More by vande
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
Nice very hoppy beer, well balanced. Pours golden with a small amount of lace. Neutral aroma. Good balance,the hops are right there and more of a 1.5 ipa. Average mouthfeel,carbonation is right there. Good drinkability. Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial are well mixed for mild citrus taste. Alcohol well hidden.Very slight acid builds up. Bottle in trade.
07-06-2011 02:57:39 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
Thanks to optimator13 for this bottle.
A: pours clear copper orange with a finger of white head.
S: floral and pine hops. slightly fruity, pineapple. sweet caramel malts later.
T: zesty hop bitterness mixed with caramel sweet malts. a bit of biscuit as well. grapefruit and pith bitterness lingers afterwards. CTZ and simcoe, I'm guessing.
M: medium to medium-full body. this is a bit heavy for an ipa.
O: a solid dipa, body is a bit too thick for my preference in an ipa/dipa. Still very drinkable and I'm glad to have been able to try this. reminds me of a Devil Dancer, a lot.
05-26-2011 02:42:23 | More by pitasoup
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
big thanks to cfh64 for throwing this in our trade. i owe you one! poured from the bottle into a snifter.
A: pours a dark copper color with 1.5 finger off white head. lacing definitely seems to stick around inside the glass
S: smells like pine, with subtle fruity undertones... can definitely smell some citrus here
T: can taste the hops at first which taste very piney, then you get some sweetness from the malt... burnt caramel comes to mind. I found the finish to be a little bitter, which also tended to linger. not a real crisp finish like i would prefer.
M: mouthfeel is nice with lots of carbonation, and some lip smackin stickiness. i like the way this one feels.
O: pretty solid DIPA. very enjoyable and would drink again.
06-17-2011 22:24:16 | More by misterhops
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.