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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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BA SCORE
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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 31
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 03-29-2011)
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a lot to say about DIPAs that hasn't been said. Instead I give you this:

Clerk at beer store: "We got a case in if you want six. We're also sellin' em by bottles."
Me: "I'll take a bottle...I mean, it's a DIPA. How much better can it really be than other DIPAs."

Freshness is key here, and here we have it, and, take it from me, buy a fuggin' six pack of this. Worth it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:28:47 | More by TenHornsProud
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MutualAid

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near amber with an abundant beige head. Obviously hop-forward aroma, but the malt is plenty assertive enough to make a show of it.

Flavor begins with a maltiness that bears a similarity to sultanas, but a spicy hop presence quickly takes over. Hop bitterness is balancing but not unpleasant, nor does it block out any other flavors. Finishes with a slight hop bite. Full bodied.

Overall, a great sipping beer if you can put the glass down.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:53:50 | More by MutualAid
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lnashsig

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been a long time hater when it comes to Saint Arnolds. They have never done anything that I thought was "bad", just overall unimpressive beers. This is the best thing I have ever had from them, and I really hope its a year round release.

Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a dark amber color, nice pine scent immediately comes out of the bottle. frothy foam fills the top of my glass, then recedes a bit. Nice head retention for about 10 minutes. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell- pine, citrus, grapefruit. Taste- biting hops up front, piney resin, followed by a caramel malt flavor, with a biting hops finish. Mouthfeel- clean, not too syrupy, nice carbonation. Drinkablity- well, St. Arnolds, you finally made a beer I like. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 19:41:22 | More by lnashsig
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zdk9

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a globe of swampy orange with some brown and ruby highlights. About a finger of head that melting whipped cream. Spiderweb lacing coating the sides.

S- A whole lot of pine. Some marshmallow, unripe pineapple, mint, freshly cut grass. A lot of hops that offer a lot of different flavors. A little bit of a mishmash.

T- The hops are there with more of the unripe fruit, dried pineapple, coconut(?). There's some brown sugar or sweet raisin bread maltiness. More balance to the flavor.

M- The hops are grippingly bitter on this one- both on the sides and back of the mouth. It matches the smell but maybe not the strength of the taste. I do get somewhat used to it though by half way through.

O- A whole lot of hops. If you're a hophead this fits the bill. I'm enjoying the smell quite a bit, the taste a little less, and the mouthfeel a little less. But still overall a delicious and strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 05:05:55 | More by zdk9
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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had a few recent disappointments with Texas breweries in general lately. And, in general, I've had less than satisfactory experiences with hyped IIPA releases over the past couple of years. But this beer was a very pleasant surprise.

Appearance is flawless. Great Clarity. The carbonation isn't high but it does maintain a slow release, feeding a nice sticky ring. Color is a soft amber.

Smell is excellent. This is the best aroma I have had from a IIPA in months - a blast of spice and yellow fruits - pineapple, mango apricot. This bouquet is bit bigger than Bell's Hopslam, but it is a reasonable comparison.

Flavor is of a big West-coast to Colorado style IIPA - fruity, bitter, with a light malty sweetness that is in no way cloying.

Mouthfeel is rich and supple - smooth, medium bodied.

Overall this beer is a winner. I think they nailed this thing. I'm sure that the folks at St Arnold's had no reservations about using the adjective "divine" on this beer.

I hated spending $18 on one six-pack, particularly since it is a style that I couldn't throw into the cellar hoping for improvement-with-age. But now I am wishing that would have kept the sixer that I bough for my neighbor. I have seen mixed reviews based on serving type. I hope to try a cask and standard keg soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:37:23 | More by WickedSluggy
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:03:37 | More by twiggamortis420
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:41:19 | More by jbphoto88
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wildthorn

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just bought this new brew and have to say that this is an entirely new quality of beer for this brewery.

A - light copper, super clear - thanks to their filtration of the dry hopping process.

S - Just exciting for a DIPA - crisp, piney yet citrus - rich, hoppy smell, fragranted with fresh hop oils!

T - Wonderful - sweet, malty at first with a steady build-up of rich, hoppy, citrus - (grapefruit, piney, peachy) climax, with a well-balanced bitter, clean finish.

M - moderate, nicely carbonated, medium, complex mouth feel.

Exceptional beer for this class, the experience from appearance to mouthfeel is spectacular and at another level for this brewery!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:15:32 | More by wildthorn
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see Saint Arnolds make a double, was excited to get my hand on a few six packs this morning.

Appearance-Copper with some hints of orange, one finger head, not getting a whole lot of lacing(2nd time around lacing stuck around longer)

Smell-At first I didn't know what I was getting, confused. Then going back you start to get the Citrusy lemon, then you pick up the pine, very complex aroma, ALOT going on, love it.

Taste-Second time trying this beer and you get alot of pine and bitter hops. Some notes of lemon are also appearing. A bitter, piney finish. Could use a little more citrus in my opinion.

EDIT: Drinking one every other night the taste is really growing on me. Citrus has been coming through. Extremely well balanced. I'm making taste a 4.5 and overall a 4.5 and will end this review soon.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A real warming feeling even though the alcohol is hard to detect.

Overall-I'm a fan, great beer. Kind of sad that this beer comes and goes in a couple days and then possibly no more of it. I have some DIPAs in the fridge right now and going to do a tasting with the DR11, West Coast Imperial IPA, and the Maharaja.(possibly a older Squall just for shits and giggles). Good job St Arnolds. Don't stop here.

Note(5/9/11)-I just drank my final DR11 from 2011. This beer seems to get better and better every time I drink it. This beer needs to be in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 03:09:21 | More by SWMeyer4141
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specksnreds

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peepers see burnt orange, no head. Schnoz smells piny fruit. Taster says abv burn, sweet malt, thinner mouthfeel, shit-ton of hops and bitter (it's a trillion hopped). An almost super excellent beer. You're almost there, SA. I still love ya, but the secret handshake and password to get this stuff is pretty much dumb.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 22:55:37 | More by specksnreds
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 22:27:01 | More by whoneeds8
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ColdToast

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first dive the Divine Reserve.

At first glance, this beer has a wonderfully dark amber appearance. The nose offers a bit of citrus.

Taste to me was a classic IIPA with distinct citrus on the backend.

Overall, this is one of the better beers I've tasted this year.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:07:26 | More by ColdToast
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 14:47:13 | More by OakedCanuck
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip.

The long-awaited, oft-debated Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold pours nicely with a hefty cap of custard foam that quickly recedes to a thin veil of soapy bubbles. The body is a fiery, burnt-orange hue that turns copper when held to the light. Aromatically impressive, as the hops are out in full force to deliver an intoxicating blend of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit. Sweet caramel & pale malts provide a solid backbone.

The flavor of DR11 start off with a crisp pale maltiness and sting of carbonation on the front of the tongue before rapidly shifting gears to pine resin and tropical fruit flavors mid-sip. The back of the palate gets sloshed with hop bitterness and a breathy alcohol bite that pulls back just enough to keep this IIPA from getting overly aggressive. Mouthfeel is solid--carbonation level is a bit prickly and the bubbles are massive, but the medium body goes down easily. Overall, a most impressive release from Saint Arnold, as #11 has more than made up for the latest 'miss' in the Divine Reserve series. Hop heads will rejoice!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 03:38:08 | More by wagenvolks
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champ103

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-30-2011 02:55:27 | More by champ103
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GregSVT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light amber with a nice white head that slowly fades to a small layer and leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass. The head stays with the beer the entire time I was drinking it.

S: The nose is full of tropical fruits and grapefruit & earthy style hops.

T: The taste is a huge bitterness with lots of grapefruit and sweet malt during the first sip. After the first few sips I can pick out some tropical fruits. This sucker is one bitter hop monster.

M: The feel is thick and chewy with a great amount of carbonation.

O: Hoppy, sweet, and oh so tasty. Definitely one of the more hoppy beers I've had that was brewed in TX. Now to get them to brew this year round or at least as a seasonal.

Edit: This review was right after the release. Since then the beer has turned into a nicely balanced DIPA on the same level as Gubna or some Alpine IPAs. 4/25/2011

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:28:45 | More by GregSVT
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adamhimself

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:18:57 | More by adamhimself
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber in color, with a good one inch head with decent lacing.
Smell is great hops, a good amount of herbs for sure. Malts are there but in the back.
Taste (ice cold) is a subdued earthen profile with a slight bitterness and malty sweetness.
As it warms up the maltiness comes out more, but not in a super sweet fashion. The hops are still nice and herbal.

This is what I would expect a British double IPA to taste like, and it is something that definitely excites me. Not overdoing the sweets makes this rank up in some of the better Double/Imperial IPA's I have had!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:09:16 | More by Spineypanda
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:29:55 | More by Mora2000
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: orangish amber. quickly dissipating head but good lacing.

S: smells great. potent pine smell with a hint of sweet citrus and a little peachy.

T: quite bitter up front and again on the back side. this is a relief since elissa really lacks any hop bitterness. abundant sweet citrusy malt profile that balances this beer VERY well. the hop flavor is really tasty in this beer. i love the oily, resiny taste. i hope this doesnt fade too quickly in the next couple of months.

M: just a little thinner than i would prefer for the style, but not to a point that it really detracts from the beer. some definite stickiness which is welcomed.

Overall: i would not rate this beer an equal to PtE, Pure Hopiness, or Hopslam, but its damned tasty and i think its better than some other notable IIPAs like maharaja, 90min, ruination, hercules.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:28:01 | More by PhatAtUT
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 01:10:03 | More by SkeeterHawk
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GregMcQ

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Good clarity; nice light caramel color; good head upon pouring that dissipates to a very nice lacing (that sticks around!)

Smell: Uhm, pretty freaking awesome actually! This beer has an exceptional aroma/smell; pine, citrus, apricot... very hoppy.

Taste: Very good... this beer does not taste like it's ~9%ABV; the alcohol is masked very well; makes it a better beer to drink, IMO. But also a nice balance on malt/hops; the malt-sweetness is there, but it takes the beer warming up a bit to really get to it.

Mouthfeel: IMO, it's perfect; like all excellent DIPA's, it's a little on the lighter side of the spectrum; I think it's spot-on.

Overall: This is just one helluva fantastic beer. 'Nuff said!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:48:43 | More by GregMcQ
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DocBrass

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! being a hophead, this DIPA meets my needs. I rank Pliny as my favorite beer, and Brock and Company have done an exceptional job at reaching that upper limit.

The appearance is golden/amber. Smell is grassy, piney, peach, big hops. Simcoe is the predominate hop. Not much grapefruit in the smell or taste. The alcohol does not come out at all, little burn, which will makes this too easy to drink.

I would hope to see this as a regular addition to the SA lineup in the new bomber series. maybe a 3-4 times a year release.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:20:44 | More by DocBrass
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omnigrits

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A. That's a very handsome looking beer. Crystal clear copper-coloured with an off-white head that sticks around until the glass is drained and leaves plenty of lace.

S. Hops in abundance, of course. Piney and grassy, almost skunky, but in a good way. The way that hops en masse can sometimes give an impression of.

T. Hops again, naturally, and plenty of them. I know there's malt backing them up but I can hardly taste it. There's a sweetness that I know must be malt-derived but it doesn't taste like malt.

M. This is the only aspect of the beer which I'm finding below par. The body is thinner than I was expecting, but I've had worse.

O. For a hop bomb this is an incredibly refreshing beer. For all its piney, resiny hop character it doesn't give me that slightly queasy feeling I can sometimes get from other imperial IPAs. It's almost lager-like in its ability to quench a thirst. It's definitely worth letting this one warm up to cellar temperature if you want to get the best from it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 23:18:50 | More by omnigrits
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joshuacavett

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hot dam Saint Arnolds made an amazing beer on this DR11. Tons of citrus notes up front, color is very similar to Surly Abrasive. Hop bomb and the alcohol is very well masked. I love this beer and will enjoy every drop of the other bottles I purchased. Thank you Saint Arnold's!!! I think I love you.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:53:34 | More by joshuacavett
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.