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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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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3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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.


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22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, apple, toast, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, toast, cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, ginger, clove, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light earthy pine/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, apple, cinnamon, toast, ginger, nutmeg, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, hop, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced IPA style. All around good balance and complexity of the Christmas ale and IPA counterparts; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I really enjoyed this one.

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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.