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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 221
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
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 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.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a burnt orange hue (must have been brewed by a Longhorn); the head faded rather quickly but left a few traces behind

Smell: Malt forward, with sugary caramel backed up by tropical and semi-tropical fruit elements - grapefruit, pineapple and peaches

Taste: Sugary caramel, up front, and the malts are dominant from start to finish; that is not to say that there aren't plenty of hop flavors in the mix, with the grapefruit, pineapple and peach flavors building through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; just a bit sticky

Overall: A bit sweeter than I like for the style; still this is a very good beer with a nice hop profile

Thanks, Thickfreakness, for the opportunity

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crazy couple of days for me, i came home late tonight and immediatly popped this one open, poured into a pint glass.

Poured a crystal clear orange amber with a huge pillowy frothy head. This faded in a few minutes and left behind a swirly film just barely covering the top of the glass. There was really no lace on the glass, and this is the only reason to know the score on appearence to a 4. The smell was off the hook! Deep citrus, grapefruit, and pinapple mostly dominated this one. Hint at maybe some apple? Warmed to reveal hints of pine nuggets which smelled like gold! Beuatiful full wonderful IPA smell, this is how I would want it to smell if I could make my own, wonderful! The taste, ahh where to begin with the taste. Hop Heaven! this was exactly the way I wanted it to taste. Fnatastically dominated by the citrus hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and very very sweet. Not one, even remote hint at alcohol, which for 10%abv, is no easy feat. Big dry hopped finish rounded this out perfectly. I really could not have asked for this to taste any better. Extremely smooth, crisp, clean. Carbonation was perfect, no hint at oily, slick, or watered down taste. Such a sweet, sweet taste. Just gold.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Opened a bottle of this last weekend and loved it, opening another tonight to review.

a - Pours a transparent orange amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass, and one inch of head throughout the drink.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, light pine hops, honey, sweet fruity malts, and light caramel malts. Lots of nice hops in the smell and a lot of fruit; I really loved the smell.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruits, caramel malts, fruity malts, pine hops, tropical fruits, earthy notes, and honey. Some light bitterness but not much. Lots of fruits and hops again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Smooth body with a tiny bit of bitterness. Nice, but a little bit too carbonated.

o - Overall this is a really great DIPA. The smell is outstanding with a lot of tropical fruit and citrus hops, and the taste follows suit. Not a lot of bitterness which surprised me, but it made it very drinkable. A little less carbonation and this would have been amazing. Glad to have another bottle of this one, would definitely like to get more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kristina. Been hoping to try this one for a while, but never quite got a trade done. Served in a 4oz Glunz taster weizen glass.

A - Creamy, voluminous, off-white foam with good retention settles to a thin cap, leaving large swathes of lace. Body is transparent golden, with streams of tiny bubbles present.

S - There's a hint of stale, faded hop aroma present at this stage, but otherwise it's quite nice for a nearly 4-month old DIPA. Lots of pine, bitter grapefruit, and maybe a hint of tangerine and tropical fruits. Doughty malt character with a touch of brown sugar in the periphery. Probably 4.25 at this stage actually.

T - Lots of mid-palate bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Somewhat East Coast in balance, but with a less heavy malt bill that is mostly sugar cookie and dough. Hop flavor is largely bitter grapefruit rind.

M - Dry and resinous medium body, slight alcohol warmth, juicy texture, with medium-low carbonation.

D - I wish I could have tried this when it was super-fresh, but it sounds like the extended aging (in a fridge thankfully) mellowed out some of the alcohol without diminishing the hop character too much. I hope they make this again, or add it to their seasonal lineup, as it's the best Divine Reserve since #5. I could see myself having a couple bottles of this one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is heavy on the papaya, with a little bit of resiny pine, pineapple and bready malt mixed in. A very nice, fresh smelling aroma.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tropical fruit - mainly apricots and papaya - as well as some resiny pine. There is a touch of bready malt and the bitterness is about medium for the style. There is also a nice bit of alcohol warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, one of the better Divine Reserve beers I have tried. This is right up there with No. 6 as my favorites. I think this one is going to be best drank fresh so I won't be sitting on any of these.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Phatatut!

Pours a clear, filtered bright copper color with a fluffy, yellowish-tan head. Average retention and little lacing.

Aroma is extremely piney and fresh, no solvent or off notes, with a strong caramel malty presence. Not overly complex, but very pleasant.

Flavor has a strong bready and caramel malt body throughout balancing the aggressive hop bitterness. Pine dominates like the nose, though there is slightly more complexity here with some light pineapple and other tropical citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style and flavors. Lighter side of medium with light fine carbonation. Finish is very dry and slightly resiny; again breadier than I'd expect.

Minor complaints aside, this is a good beer and could be great with a slightly bigger body. Easily one of the better DR's and an impressive DIPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle - big thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. There is also some grapefruit juice and zest and quite a bit of tropical/pineapple flavour. The beer finishes with a malty tropical fruit/pineapple sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – There beer had a slight metallic taste to it at first that kind of threw it off a little bit, but as it warmed up in my glass the other flavours really came through. This is a fantastic tasting beer and the alcohol is really well hidden. I'm really happy I had the chance to try it and I'd get it again given the chance.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes L: Pours slightly hazy orangish amber under a 1” rocky cream colored foam cap.
S: Stone fruit, citrus, light grains.
T: Rich, complex interaction between light chocolate and caramel flavors from the malt and hop and yeast driven fruit flavors. Big peach notes mellow a bitter hop finish.
F: Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation, slight warming.
O: A big, tasty beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this... pours a clear dark orange with a light tope head, small cap, ok lace... nose is really awesome, lots of tropical fruits, nice malt build, a little pine, no alcohol, great... the taste is equally nice more the hops show with more pine and alcohol but still lots of tropical fruits

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Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger thick white head

smell: citrus, caramel, hops, malts,

taste: caramel, malts, alcohol,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a little to much alcohol for my liking. but the hops and malts work well together.


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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light copper color with a tall, light tan head. Fades slow and leaves lots of sticky lace. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is a very nice blend of hop aromas. Tropical and minty with a bit of alcohol backdrop. Malts are pretty light, as the appearance would suggest, lending a biscuity aspect.

This one is all about the hop flavors. Bitterness builds from low to high and the lighter, grainier malt backbone lets the multitude of tropical hop flavors to come forth. ABV is hidden well and the body is nice and creamy. I think this is the best beer Saint Arnold has ever made. I actually think it could at least hang with some of the better Cali IPAs/IIPAs.

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Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy copper orange color. A two finger creamy beige head forms with excellent retention. The rocky cap of foam sticks all the way down the pint glass. Rings of sticky lace is left all the way down the glass as well. It is hard to find a more enjoyable looking beer.
S: The nose is very Fragrant. Up front is some pine, resin and citrus hops. The resiny aroma is not over done, and not overly bitter either. A perfume like pine needle aroma. Very nice.
T: Resiny hops up front that I got in the nose. Lightly soapy. The syrupy resin and soap fades quickly to a very clean hop flavor. Citrus, fresh pine needles, a light bitterness. Some other nondescript fruity flavors (maybe pineapple) as well. Some sweetness lingers for balance. Again, very nice.
M/D: This is the best part for me. A medium to full body. Creamy and smooth. For as much resiny pine that I detected, this is really crisp and clean. Very dry as well. Near perfect in the mouth. So easy to drink. The alcohol is not noticeable at all, and this is just a treat to drink.

On cask this is just amazing. This is far from my favorite style, but Saint Arnold did it right. There is a huge hop presents but the over barring bitterness and harshness that I get in many examples is not here. I could not get enough of this on cask, highly recommended.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of some super generosity from cfh64.

a - popped open the bottle and filled my captian lawrence tasting tulip. Beer poured a deep transparent orange with a finger of white frothy IIPA-ish head. Even and steady carbonation could be seen throughout. Nice lacing as well.

s - as soon as I held the glass to my nose I felt joy. Sweet resiny hops. Really nice...really well balanced...really what I look for, not over the top. Some citric notes and other usual suspects for the style.

t - a bit more sweaty and bitter than I had expected, but quite good. Hop forward and quite good. Good sweetness. Fruity even. My wife took a few sips and proclaimed apricot, but I challenged that with grapefruit and she agreed. She then wanted to swap out her Monster Ale for this beer...NO DEAL HOWIE!

m - bittery aftertaste, medium bodied...even carbonation.

o - overall, very impressive DIPA. The hop flavoring is very well balanced and not in your face...really perfect level of sweetness. Super excited that I got to try this one, it really flies under the radar.

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Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Ecrassipes.

Pours deep, crystal clear amber with a big thick beige head that recedes slowly and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma is excellent on this one with tons of juicy citrus, especially grapefruit and pineapple. There is also some resinous pine and caramel malts but the citrus is the star in the nose.

The taste is fantastic as well. Lots of citrus fruits with pineapples and mango coming to mind but the floral pine is stronger in the taste than in the nose. The finish is bitter with a bit of alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated but maybe a tad thin for a DIPA. That's probably the biggest drawback to this beer. I little more body and this could be an outstanding beer.

Still, this is one great beer and the best thing I've had from SA since Divine Reserve 6.

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Photo of gtermi
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks very nice with a redish gold with a nice thick head.

The beer smells amazing with a nice hoppy/pine scent and some sweet caramel.

The taste has a lot of hops, a nice sweetness and a bit of malt.

The beer has a lot of crispness, but it is very pleasant. I enjoy the decent bit of carbonation.

Overall this beer is very nice. I got lucky and just found this stashed in a local store. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of Rutager
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear copper-orange with a finger of sticky looking, slightly yellow head that lasts a couple minutes and leaves some bands of lace.

Smell. Huge grapefruit, pine, and papaya with some pineapple and a little caramel and grain. Smells awesome.

Taste. Massive pine sap and yellow grapefruit rind! Tropical fruits like pineapple and mango come through in the middle. Some toasty grains and caramel. Finishes with some grassy, piney bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. This is some awesome stuff. An exemplary DIPA.

HUGE thanks to JayAre46 for sending this one!!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

396th review on BA
bottle to Bruery Tulip
12 oz.

Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this one.

App- This was a good looking beer. Big colors three ways of orange, yellow and amber, A big puffy two finger long lasting head and a great lacing pattern. Just good to look at.

Smell- This has a nice duality of scents to it. On one hand the sweet citrusy fruits and on the other the piney, resiny, earthy hops. Both are tempered and both work well against eachother.

Taste- Well, I found proof other states besides a west coast or an east coast state can make a good IPA. This again strikes a great duality of flavors without choosing sides. Sweet, juicy, malty, spicy, piney. It all works and tastes great.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level and leaves a nice juicy citrus taste, from exotic fruits to some spicy orange.

Drink- Texas is a new friend to me and my craft beer ways. This was a great beer from an up and coming brewery. I would love to have more of these.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent dark amber color, with a very light tan finger and a half of head and a bit of lacing. Retention is not bad.

Pine and juicy citrus hops abound. It's not in your face, but its nice. There's a very nutty, caramel, candy corn-type malt character in the back.

Tastes very nice. Big notes of citrus fruit, a little grapefruit. Bitterness is intense, but not harsh. Nice caramel malt backbone finishes it up.

The feel is mildly crisp, creamy, slick/oily, medium in body.

Overall, quite a nice DIPA from St. Arnold.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Billerbuffoon for acquiring a few bottles of this awesome beer.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with a very thin white layer and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Papaya, mango, pineapple, mild pine needles, red grapefruit rind, and peppery spices.

T - BIG grapefruit rind bitterness, mild amount of mint, , papaya, mango, and small amounts of pineapple. A small hit of caramel nips the tongue and then comes rolling thick waves of tropical fruit that keep coming, even after the sip! Some citric acid presence.

M - Foamy, creamy, smooth on the tongue with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - An easy drinker, quite perfect for a D-IPA. I wish I had more bottles of this!!!

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