Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
Thanks for sharing, Steve.
Amber in color with an off-white head. Sort of just an old IPA aroma to this. Some citrus and floral hop notes hidden in the background with a fair amount of toffee and bread malt aroma. A mild fruitiness to the flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness. Some faint citrus notes from the hops. As with the aroma, it’s mostly just malt sweetness on the palate.
02-20-2012 01:40:32 | More by womencantsail
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace.
S - It smelled of caramel, citrus and pine. There were notes of spices, too.
T - Christmas spices with some sweet caramel. A citrusy bitter bite of hops.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is an okay IPA/Christmas beer. It just seemed a little off.
12-13-2011 02:08:59 | More by zeff80
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
02-19-2012 16:18:18 | More by Mora2000
3.16/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
02-10-2014 04:58:03 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Leaves a little bit of lace. Color is a slightly hazed autumn orange.
Aroma: More ipa flavors than the christmas ale part. Grapefruit and citrus flavors with floral hops. A little bit of pineapple with some bready malts.
Taste: A little of the christmas ale shows here. Some spices, but mainly a bunch of hops. Grapefruit and sticky hop resin flavors. Some pine flavors and floral hops. Bready malt backbone again.
Mouthfeel: Sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with more stickiness.
Overall, an interesting idea, but the ipa showed a lot here. It was a fairly easy to drink beer. A lot of nice flavors, but a bit too malty for me.
12-24-2011 23:47:32 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-13-2014 00:34:12 | More by superspak
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
12-26-2011 03:13:50 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
01-15-2013 11:52:06 | More by thagr81us
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
22 oz bomber pours a crystal clear copper color with an ample cap of light tan head. Nice looker and the head sticks around nicely.
Nose is equally hoppy and malty with the hops being grassy and a little citric. The candy-caramel apple malts blend with the hops giving it almost a tropical aroma. Interesting.
Its been a looong time since I had an Elissa, but I think this beer drinks like a thinner Christmas ale with a more significant hop presence. The yeast seems to have more character and lends a nutty aspect and the special B malts are biscuity and caramely with a touch of toast. Interesting and tasty, goes down super easy. Well worth a go and might even warrant an additional purchase or two. This would make an excellent Christmas morning brew to get into the spirit of the season.
11-26-2011 00:24:10 | More by twiggamortis420
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-27-2011 00:03:25 | More by champ103
3.15/5 rDev -13%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Rochefort chalice.
A: Pleasant, murky auburn
S: Spicy fruit. Belgian-esque; not that bad.
T: Blegh. Not that tasty. Thin green apples, dry spices, brief flavours. Aftertaste is dull and ale-ish.
O: I can tell that this isn't a bad beer, but I would not suggest drinking it a year old. Meh-ish.
11-24-2012 02:16:33 | More by AgentMunky
4/5 rDev +10.5%
thank you to injuredreserve for sending this one my way. ipa blended with winter warmer...i'm in! enjoyed from a deschutes snifter.
a - cracked the bottle and filled my glass, brew poured. looks very ipa with a transparent orange and frothy offwhite head that had milkshake like chunky lacing.
s - yum. big toffee and caramel. smell is all winter warmer. candy. gave it a 4 for smelling good, not smelling like an ipa. hops are invisible in the nose (at this point at least).
t - just like the nose suggests...toffee and caramel for this winter warmer dominated brew. i'm a fan of winter warmers and i think that this is a very solid example of a nice sweet malty WW. if you are looking for an ipa, might be there in the background a bit, but not so much.
m - medium to full bodied even carbonation. cooling. this is a winter warmer.
o - overall i enjoyed it, but look elsewhere if you are seeking an ipa, this is a toffee malt bomb of a winter warmer. nice candied sweetness, not overly grainy. really enjoyable. good.
03-12-2012 02:14:57 | More by cosmicevan
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
A: The beer pours a cooper color with a two finger head that quickly fades.
S: It has a very nice smell with a decent amount of hops and strong bit of malt.
T: Pretty boring to be honest. There is a slight amount of hops, but mostly just some malt.
M: It has some crispness and a lot of carboantion. Not horrible, but not great.
O: I love Saint Arnold and they make some of the best beers in Texas. This one though isnt their best. Its good and drinakble, but I was expecting a little more. It just seems like this could be a basic IPA. Not worth $6.50 for a bomber... maybe a 6 pack though.
12-08-2011 05:36:20 | More by gtermi
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
11-23-2011 00:10:26 | More by allengarvin
Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.