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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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202 Ratings
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SWMeyer4141 on 11-20-2011)
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Reviews by Hops4Pops:
Photo of Hops4Pops
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle 2013
A: Side pour into a pint glass. Eggshell white head about 1 inch. Quickly receding to surface foam and leaving a bit of lacing that is somewhat sticky on the glass. Dark reddish amber in reflexive light and a dark honey amber with light shining through it. Carbonation is good.
S: Smells good. Nothing strong sticking out.
T: Tastes good. Nothing wrong with this beer.
M: Rather flat. Not bad. Smooth and creamy and fades away with a a sweetness.
O: I must admit my knowing that this beer is a blend of Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale 2013 with spices added is clouding my thinking. I am still doing my best. I am going to rate this beer a 3.5 across the board. Its not a bad beer by any means. It just does not have enough body of one origin and does not have any distinguishing characteristics to make me excited. Its a good beer and I am drinking all of it.

Hops4Pops, Jan 03, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with red colour branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop for $5.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a hybrid IPA/Christmas ale since the label clearly identifies it as such. 2013 vintage.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white/pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent copper with vague amber hues. Average vibrance. Good clarity. Appears adequately carbonated. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's looking generally appealing. Not unique or special. There are no noticeable flaws. I'm optimistic.

Sm: Spices: nutmeg, allspice, coriander, and cinnamon. Caramalt. Pale malts. Floral hop character. Bready malts/bread crust. Some dark (e.g. brown) sugars. The general breadiness dominates.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it. I guess it evokes a vaguely Christmasy vibe.

T: The spices from the aroma are all featured here, with nutmeg dominating - barely. Light bready malts/bread crust. Caramalt. Pale malts. Some dark sugars; a bit of brown sugar. Floral hop character. Not real fruity/nectary/citrusy/oily/resinous/dank. The IPA half bows to the malty/spicy half - perhaps to its detriment. It's sweeter than it is bitter. Light graham cracker.

Okay balance. Decent build; it has a fair cohesion. Not gestalt. Lacks subtlety, complexity, intricacy, and nuance. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I'm not sure what they were going for with this blend, but it's not coming together like it should. I like it in a general sense, but I'm largely underwhelmed.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly thick. Medium-bodied. Pretty filling. Has moderate weight on the palate. A bit overcarbonated.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A questionable blend from Saint Arnold; why these two constituent beers? It's boggling, but it's a nice marketing ploy - at least you get the revenue from Saint Arnold fans who'll buy any new offering. Hey, they got my money. I'd like to see more commitment to the craft and less market posturing from the cats at Saint Arnold. They can do better than this; this is the kind of crap Stone pulls. I wouldn't get it again, and I'd caution friends from buying it. I see no reason to make this aside from profit potential. It's kind of disgraceful from a business standpoint. The whole is not more than the sum of its parts. Indeed, it's less. A self-respecting brewer would know better.

C+

kojevergas, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tbryan5, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma starts off with some nice orange and pine notes from the IPA, but then I get a little bit of toffee and some spice character. The flavor is similar. The two more prominent flavors are orange and toffee, with some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon thrown in for good measure. The hop flavor in the beer is very juicy, but the bitterness is low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Dinkel
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Dinkel, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for throwing this in as part of our trade, and a good trade it was. A red and mahogany colored beer, off white head. Aroma was mild, slightly hoppy, a tiny bit of hearty malt aroma to it.

After the first sip, I described it as Texas Celebration Ale. Nowhere near as good, but in the same vibe, a big malt decent hopped ipa. The sum is greater than its parts I would say, as I've had the Elissa IPA and was even more underwhelmed by that beer than this one, and I rarely dig on xmas beers.

Nothing that is reinventing the wheel, this is a hearty malt bill ipa that has more toffee than caramel, but doesn't skimp on the hops. Not really a pure American ipa, kind of like a winter warmer on hops, or a brown ipa type of beer. Overall, a good beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

kwkdmk, Dec 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

valkyre65, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -17.4%

javlin624, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of permian-boozer
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

permian-boozer, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of sigej
5/5  rDev +37.7%

sigej, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one during a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spice, fruit, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, spice, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. Nothing on this brew really stood out to me. There was quite a bit going on, but it just did not all flow together in unison and rather seemed to clash on your palate. This was really kind of a letdown as the flavors in this one had potential to be quite good if they would have blended well together. Glad I got to try this one, but doubt I would go out of my way to do so again.

thagr81us, Jan 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BKotch, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of imasloth
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.8% ABV blend of St. Arnold's Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale.

A- Pours a darker copper as compared to the straight Christmas Ale. Sizable off-white head disappears, leaving a thin coating of carbonation bubbles at the top of the snifter.

S- The piney hop smell is predominant but some of the sweetness of the Christmas Ale comes through. Really a better-balanced, more complex aroma.

T- Delicious. The same piney hops, plus the malt, sweetness and cinnamon-y flavor found in the Christmas Ale. It is truly fantastic.

M - This is the one place where it falls of the Christmas Ale. Maybe it's the bitterness of the hops, but the slight alcohol dryness has disappeared and the after-mouthfeel is fairly neutral. Does have a bit more body though.

O- I'd rate it slightly better than the Christmas Ale because of the complexity added by the hops. Central Market was limiting us to a bottle per person, but I'd like to have more ...

imasloth, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

cfrobrew, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

stampfler07, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

LakerLeith, Jul 03, 2014
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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.