Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 221
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 34
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 03-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of seeswo
3.01/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (720 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (2,443 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (525 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (863 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (690 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (738 characters)

Photo of betsona
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (354 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sparkling orange with a luxurious looking white head. The head has pretty decent retention and has everything from microscopic bubbles to half inch ones. Looks clean, crisp, inviting.

S - pine resin, old musty citrus, a little bit of ethyl alcohol, a touch of cracker and caramel. Not the greatest dipa i've ever smelled.

T - Highly floral, fresh lemon and orange peel, and a grapefruit & pine combo that starts sweet but ends fairly bitter. The bitterness lingers far into the aftertaste. There is a very small malt profile that is giving up some bread and nut.

M - Medium body, medium carb. Creamy, clean, does not hang around in your mouth.

O - Very flavorful, medium bitter, great mouthfeel. Other than the below average smell, this was pretty tasty. (765 characters)

Photo of vande
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.... (626 characters)

Photo of adamhimself
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (705 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (587 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -10%
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. (1,991 characters)

Photo of misterhops
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (736 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass transparent burnt orange with a very thick head. Great lacing and head retention all the way down the glass.

My weakness is my nose, that being said this must not be a strong scented beer. I'm not getting much of anything other than some hops. The taste is has a strong hop presence as expected with some citrus grapefruit flavors added in there. There's a nice malted sweetness that doesn't quite balance out the bitterness, but it's really not supposed to. It compliments the hops pretty well. I would like more of a "hop bomb", but I have to say that all the flavors are very well put together.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated for an IIPA, and not a terribly noticable alcohol burn.

Over all? It's a nice IIPA. It's slightly better than good, but not great either.

Over All as a Divine Reserve? It's an absolute Air Ball!!! This seems to me to be a DR that they kind of threw together. It's almost like the SA team has spent too much time developing other off the wall stuff, like the Moveable Yeast Series, that they kind of realized that they needed to come up with a new DR and threw something together.

This is a IIPA that Saint Arnold should make a regular or seasonal . . . But this by no means is Divine. (1,261 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh, 12oz bottle into my Midnight Sun Cervoise.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber. Nice fluffy white head. Lacing was a little slick and wasn't overly clingy

S - Nice herbal smell, very grassy. Only a minor citrus component (mainly lemon)

T - Very hoppy, as expected. Full grass and pine hops. The citric side of the bitterness was a minor component, some grapefruit and lemon. I pick up some pepper in the back. This thing is all hops, could barely pick up any malt.

M - Biting carbonation, semi thin. Alcohol heat was noticeable.

O - This beer reminds me of Hop Stoopid. A hop bomb that is fairly unbalanced. It would have been nice to see a better malt profile typically found in higher end DIPAs. I hate to say this but I might sit on a bottle for 6 months or so to see if any malts will come out and the alcohol heat will simmer a bit. A good showing from SA, which is the norm with the DR series. (907 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Saint Arnold pint glass... it's a clear amber color with a large bubbly white head. Great retention but not a lot of lacing.

It has an extremely hop-forward aroma, with a nice blend of grapefruit and pine smells. There's not much else there, but it's still pretty appetizing.

The taste is more of the same... not much malt but a lot of hop deliciousness. A hophead would love this one, someone that's not big hop fan would probably be a little put off, but hopefully someone that's not a hop lover would not be buying double IPAs!

It's a little thin in the mouth, and the hops produce a pretty strong bitter aftertaste. I like it, but it doesn't quite live up to the incredible hype/demand that these Divine Reserve releases receive. (772 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had a not so nice experience with the cask version of this beer at a tapping night. Since there are so many positives to my negative I thought it only fair to review a bottle.

The appearance is fantastic. Clear straight on through and the color of pumpkin and copper. The tan head is firm yet fluffy and laces the glass as it fades. Coulmns of bubbles slice through and feed what's left of the cap.

The nose is like walking through a hop garden. An earthy pine mixed with that fresh citrus that gets every hop head horny. There is a slight sweet malt in the background but it's dominated by the musty little green cones.

The taste is much better then the cask. A hop bomb that slows down from the nose to not be completely dominated by that hop flavor. It's initially a sweet honey and citrus but is balanced by a malty background. As the finish approaches, flavors move towards a resiny pine and then loads of bittereness.

The mouthfeel is very thin for a double IPA. While the taste is mostly balanced leaning towards the hop the feel of this beer is very one sided. The acidity and light body control this from lips to throat. It's by no means a deal breaker or a drain pour but it is a little harsh on the mouth and distracts from the pleasant flavors. This beer is great in the bottle and delivers in nose and flavor that the cask was desperately missing. The feel of it almost loses me but it is a fine addition to the divine series and worth seeking out. (1,465 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to dcloeren for the bottles! Much appreciated, Dereck!

The 11th installment of Divine Reserve is a crystal clear copper color. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A soft, vanilla colored head tops it. It rises to roughly a finger before falling back. Lacing was very thick and sticky.

The nose is pretty good. It definitely has a sweet, sugary scent. Caramel malts are readily apparent and are responsible for the sweet side. Hops are easily noted. They’re mostly piney and citric. Grapefruit and orange are the strongest fruit scents. It’s tough to tell how the flavor will pan out, but it smells fairly well balanced. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. Perhaps a notch better. It starts out with caramel and toffee flavors. They’re sweet and provide a sturdy backbone. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, and orange emerge. They’re definitely tasty, but seemed to be restrained by the heavy malt presence. There’s a hint of bitterness, but it doesn’t last long. For what it’s worth, it is very balanced. Not my favorite quality in this style, but the flavor is good. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes sweet with a bit of citric and piney hop flavors.

It has a medium body that’s definitely smooth. Given the malt presence, that’s no big surprise. Carbonation is dialed back nicely. For a beer of its size, it’s definitely easy drinking.

Divine Reserve #11 is definitely a nice addition to the series. It’s not spectacular. A little less malt and more hops would’ve moved been better. I just prefer a little less balance when it comes to DIPAs. There’s no question though…this is good beer. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely jump on it. Thanks again, Dereck! (1,808 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color with a fairly dense tan head. Retention is good and there is a good amount of sticky lacing

S - There is definite piny/citric notes along with some sweet tropical fruit. Pineapple is very noticeable upfront with some orange and then leans towards a bitter citric nose. Simple but very pleasant.

T - Very good. Extremely bitter but with good balance from the sweet tropical fruit. There is also some alcohol flavor although its not overpowering and works well.

M - Pretty good mouth feel as well. Medium bodied, a bit chewy, and well carbonated.

O - Overall worth another buy. This is better than the previous divine reserve. (648 characters)

Photo of frognot
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a three finger fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Equal blend of pine and citrus predominate with a little aroma of maltiness in the background.

Taste: Citrus and pine are relatively equal; it's a very nicely balanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Not a lot of DIPAs brewed in Texas and I think st. arnold did a good job on this one. (436 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle home waxed with a cap marking of 3/11 courtesy of texasclimber. I'll have to bug you some time for a fresh version come the season! Nonetheless, I love getting experimental with aging. I think a lot of DIPAS actually turn into some decent hoppy barley wines after some time. Excited to crack this!

A: Earthy orange-amber with some really noticeable clarity. This looks like a brown multivitamin gel cap pill. Basically a bunch of vitamin E pills in a glass. Some weaker foams that broke up after a single finger ascent. foggy foams swirl in the light hard candy amber body.

S: Definitely pretty sweet in the nose, reminds me of powder mix teas and unfiltered concentrated apple juices. A little bit of booze peaks through to turn the apple juice into a spiked cider. There's an odd presence of licorice that I can't deny being there. This is one wacky tea.

T: Man, this actually tastes pretty darn good. Sweet tea, light addition of cane sugar and raw hides. candied orange rinds with a thick caramelized sticky sugary sweetness. It's like the leftover syrup runs you get when you make cinnamon rolls in a pan. Weird, intriguing, kind of delicious. The hop bitterness feigns a faint white pepper note.

M: The mouth hasn't held up very well. It's definitely lighter bodied than I'd like, but it most certainly wasn't meant to age like this. However, it isn't a mess. It's a clean light body, which really accentuates its sweet tea pseudo barley wine state.

O: Honestly, I thought the flavor in this was really good. Being bottled in march hasn't turned this into something awful. Aging this beer has made for an interesting experiment in flavor evolution, as I suspect a majorly citrusy DIPA has since become a candied cider/sweet tea. The malty sweetness pushes this beer through he aging process, and turns the hops into a lightly pleasant garnish. I think this beer could have gone another 6 months! (1,919 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to optimator13 for this one. It should have been a want and he chose his extras wisely :)

Appearance - Light, clear copper body with an ample white head. It leaves some sticky lacing on top for a while, but that eventually fades too.

Smell - Hoppy, some citrus and pine. A caramel maltiness comes through also. There's a fair bit of booze in the aroma, too.

Taste - Not as hoppy as the smell, but still a great hop flavor of citrus and pine again. The sweetness from the malt is a bit much, but doesn't overwhelm the hops. Barely any bitterness to the finish. The malts become a bit nutty as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light considering all the flavors. Medium-low carbonation. There's an ample amount of booze to the finish which I find a bit undesirable.

Overall - Good DIPA. It's a bit hot and a bit sweet, but it has a great hop profile. I'd gladly drink this again. (924 characters)

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.