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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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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sigej

Texas

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-16-2011 22:39:10 | More by sigej
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SquidVicious

Texas

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-12-2011 22:00:43 | More by SquidVicious
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BEERnBUD

Texas

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-15-2011 01:28:27 | More by BEERnBUD
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa has a rather thin, cream-colored head and a pretty clear, bubbly, copper appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle, but one can pick up some fruitiness and brown bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, brown sugar, fruity and piney hops, and it has a pleasant, bitter undertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Sailing Santa finishes crisp, refreshing, pleasant, mentholated, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent offering, and I recommend it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 13:40:42 | More by RonaldTheriot
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baustard

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-11-2012 00:39:53 | More by baustard
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msturek

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-28-2013 23:45:39 | More by msturek
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-28-2013 23:45:40 | More by klmcmachen
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

11-24-2012 00:49:16 | More by JohnSmith5506
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Isrealite

Texas

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 version. St. Arnold's Elissa I.P.A. and Christmas Ale are both solid brews respectively, however they are certainly not the brewer's best work in my opinion. Blending them together in a winter holiday setting perfectly balanced what I liked about both beers, and the spices definitely brought everything together. Great hop aroma, which compelled me to take the first sip out of the bomber...and it was so good I never got a chance to see what the beer even looked like the first time I had this one! Bought it again shortly after, and poured it into a glass. Looks pretty. Nice orange copper color, with a decent head, and excellent lacing. In retrospect, I liked it better straight out of the bomber. The crisp hop taste of Elissa, the smooth character of Christmas Ale, blended together with gingerbread-like spices made for the best remedy against snobby in laws this holiday season. I hope Santa sails my way, and puts this beer in my stocking.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 10:17:29 | More by Isrealite
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy copper with a white head that doesn't last. There's quite a bit of visible carbonation in the beer. There are some aromas of hops with a good backbone of toffee and bread. The hops have some citrus and pine notes, but these are more subdued. The flavor is of toffee and bread with some citrus and pine notes in the back. There's some spiciness as well. The flavors come together well, but this doesn't quite fit the IPA bill. This is still a winter warmer. There's a spiced candy aftertaste that clears out pretty quickly. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The finish is very smooth and is pretty clean. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:45:46 | More by acevenom
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ByMySword


4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-21-2012 21:59:18 | More by ByMySword
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SBoyar1

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

11-22-2012 04:24:37 | More by SBoyar1
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California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-28-2012 19:52:50 | More by dcarr
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bfizzy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

05-31-2012 19:57:30 | More by bfizzy
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-07-2013 04:12:37 | More by jngrizzaffi
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JustinHendricks

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

12-15-2013 05:45:38 | More by JustinHendricks
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this combination a number of times at the brewery (normally referred to as "Christ in a Boat"), but I don't think that I have tried it at the new brewery, so this may be an experience. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very nice looking clear amber color with a 1/4' head of off white bubbles that was maintained by lots of bubbles rising, so the head didn't start falling for quite some time. The head is still at least half what it was at the initial pour over 15 minutes after the pour and there is some solid lacing left on the glass after drinking. Overall, this is a very well presented beer visually.

Aroma: I initially got the dark sweet malts from the Christmas and what seems like Special B, but then the second whiff let you know that the American hops are in there and won't be held back. The sweetness and the hops are playing well off of each other in this beer. I am glad that I tried this beer fresh. As the beer warms, the aroma is getting more hoppy as well as some light to medium crystal malt is coming out more.

Taste: The flavor is also well blended, with malt starting you out with some sweetness, but the hops set in quickly to lead you all the way to the finish. All in all the finish is very slightly balanced toward the hops, and this is probably mostly because of the attenuation. As the beer warms, the hops are getting more noticeable, but they never dominate this beer. The beer itself is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Opinion: Well, I think that they nailed the concept of this blend, and it is as good as any of the mixes that I have had fresh at the brewery. I would venture to guess that this blend slightly favors the Christmas Ale, but only by about 10%. Either way, this is a good beer, and I would recommend giving it a shot if you can find one.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:56:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
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imasloth

Texas

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 ...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:18:00 | More by imasloth
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allengarvin

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an 18-oz straight glass, this beer is a thick pour, resulting in a copper colored beer with a slow-to-develop head. The nose is surprisingly light, with some sweet crystal malt mixed with earthy, piney hop notes. The taste is excellent though, blending a sweet, lightly toasty malt with a generous helping of floral, leafy hoppiness. The yeast character offers a nice ripe fruitiness at the dry close. It has a heavy, thick body, though alcohol is not readily apparent in the taste.

Pretty good beer. I don't know if I would really call it an "IPA". It's still good though.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 00:10:26 | More by allengarvin
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grassy and floral hops that are kind of dank. Not much else in the nose.
T: Clean grassy hops up front with a light bitterness in the middle. That fades and more of the Christmas Ale comes out in the finish. Dark fruits of plums, cherries, apples. Toasted and bready malts. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very clean and smooth. So easy to drink. The bomber is gone in no time. Very morish.

I really enjoy this. If people think they can just add Elissa and Christmas Ale together, and get the same result people are kidding themselves. A great blend, and something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:03:25 | More by champ103
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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.