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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
94
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208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 31
Gots: 56 | 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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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
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chriswilkes33

Texas

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

Had a tap pour into pint glass at the dig pub

Appearance: pours deep golden with little head or lace.

Aroma: piney hops dominate, what more could you ask for in a dipa?

Taste: a little mixture of hops and glory, this rivals the best dipa's I've had

Mouthfeel: carbonated great, nice sweet malt backbone to keep up with the 75 ish Ibu

Overall: excellent, on par with any dipa out there. Too bad this is a dr series and not a seasonal/year round beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 22:48:27 | More by chriswilkes33
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2late2brew

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent carbonation with nice foam stand & lacing along sides of a fluted Export Lager glass. Bright cooper orange with exceptional clairity.

Smell of citurs & grapefruit. more towards flavor & aroma side. restrained maltiness with slight biscut, breadiness.

Taste all hops as they overwhelm malts, per style but base malt could be bigger.

Quite attenuated, clean but body only medium at best, seems thin.

Overall good IPA Simco hops shine, well executed just needs bigger body to balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:31:00 | More by 2late2brew
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snax

Texas

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

Picked up last night during CM pre-sale, chilled an extra hour once home.
Split first bottle with my fiance so had to use the Saint Arnold stanges which was nice for the aroma -- tulip glass next tasting though!

Appearance - Nice head that settled fairly quickly, mild lacing. Lovely orange to amber color, quite clear -- according to Saint Arnold, it's the first Divine Reserve to be filtered due to the large amounts of Simcoe/ hops used to create hop "brightness".

Aroma - the stange held much of the volatiles from the hops, with some slight citrus/peachy note but mostly a resiny/piny characteristic.

Taste - Nice balance, the Columbus hops definitely contribute to the long-lasting bitterness to DR11. Not quite up to the caliber/hop profile of (512) Brewing TWO Double IPA, but definitely a must for hopheads.

Mouthfeel - As others have noted, the body was lighter than I would expect or prefer. Definitely not in the medium body range. No pronounced astringency, well-balanced hops.

Overall - I enjoy DR11 a bit more than the Elissa IPA, and would be able to drink more as a "session" beer. Pleased that I was able to enjoy some DR11.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:10:32 | More by snax
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Onslow

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at 8:15am at Kroger, chilled for 30 minutes .. . Pours a deep golden amber, head is very good- and the lacing is even better .. . Aroma is quite something- spruce, resin, sap, fresh squeezed hop juice, and honey hop nuggets .. . very clean and slick on the tongue, this could get you in trouble with how easy and enjoyable this is to drink! .. . perfect dose of bitterness to go with the sweet resiny hoppiness and hop oil that coats the tongue .. . this is a delicious beer, and is easily the best Divine Reserve on release .. . Cheers to Saint Arnolds ... .. Say, Dave, maybe after work you'd like to go by the zoo and shoot goats..

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 14:41:54 | More by Onslow
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crusian

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle from Specs in Round Rock... poured into my new harpoon glass from Black Star Coop... thanks guys!
Pours with a mild 1/4 inch of head which leaves an oily lace around th glass... smell is not as powerful as I was hoping, considering I could actually smell the hops through the cap, or rather smell the residuals on the cap from bottling most likey. Either way, it is a nice blend of citrus and pine with a slight brown sugar sweetness.
initial taste, all I got was let down. It was watery tasting to be honest. The more I sip it, though the more the hop profile comes out. Pine hop is the more dominant force in the hop battle which leaves a piney aftertaste that lingers for a while.
It does seem a bit watery and thin, which strikes me as odd for the amount of hops in this. overall, not too bad, think I am good with the amount I got though. Reminds me a lot of the port mongo, but a wee bit better.
Edit: I am increasing my review on this... it does get better as it warms...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:11:48 | More by crusian
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got an early 6 pack at the downtown Whole Foods. Awesome. Saw someone else while walking in that was wearing a St Arnold shirt. Word travels quickly online. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a very nice and clear light brown. Some orange hues when held up to the light. Forms a large head that settles down... but doesn't have a great bubble density. Still leaves a nice cap and lacing.

The nose is dominated by the hops. Somewhat sticky with hints of pine and a bitter grapefruit pith. Not 100% on the clarity of the hops, but it's a nice blend.

The flavor is clean. The nose and taste of the hops are in concert... maybe a bit less pine. The mouthfeel is thin in a welcome way. No mistaking this for an American barleywine. Carbonation complements it to deliver a smooth hop flavor. Very drinkable for a double. No buildup of the hop flavor.

I'm not a huge fan of the Elissa because of the lack of depth from the Cascades... but this hop combo seems to work. Extremely light and drinkable for a double IPA and I'm not gonna argue. If this was in their lineup, I'd buy it regularly.

EDIT: As I keep drinking this, it keeps getting better. Might need to pick up another 6 pack on the way home tomorrow.
Also drank a Maharaja tonight and the DR killed it. Keep liking this beer more.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:13:05 | More by UTCengOwl
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.