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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of suspect
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Big thanks to miikezombie for the Secret Santa hookup.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Normal pour leads to a 1 finger rocky not-quite-pure white head that sticks to the glass with consistent lacing. Almost has the color of an amber ale.

S: Nice, full nose on this one with a balanced attack of subtle hops and a big strong malt backbone. If I had to pick one that was more prevalent, I'd pick the malt. Some very subdued spices.

T: Malt backs down a bit and the hops remain about the same. Spices take a good step forward here with some nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon spices picked up. Nothing overpowering and this IPA is lacking in hop profile.

M: Nice feel. Good carbonation, nice crisp finish.

O: A decent beer but I'm not sure it's well suited being classified as an IPA. Regardless of it's classification, it's a good beer that Saint Arnold can be proud of.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of omnigrits
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a straight pint glass.

A. A very pleasing copper colour with an off white head that has stayed the duration.

S. Not a lot there. Definitely some spices, a little hoppiness and some sweet malts. Quite a strong hint of pine.

T. There's a bit more here. The spiciness is still there but the hops seem to come through more with a nice citrus twang. It feels as if there ought to be more there though. Something's missing. I will say though that it's got a very unusual - and pleasant - finish which is almost minty fresh. I've never experienced anything like that in a beer and I quite like it.

M. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation that's unobtrusive.

O. This is a blend of Elissa and SA Christmas Ale, which on their own are decent beers and which customers have asking for as a blend at bars. I don't know if it works as well in a bottle. It's okay, but nothing more than that. Worth trying, definitely.

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange copper color. Head is off-white and minimal. Good amount of lacing on this one. Floral and citrus hops combined in the nose. Also getting some cherry and faint Christmas spice. Taste is mildly bitter with lots of candy sweetness. There is a piny bitterness up front but immediately turns sweet with caramel, candy and citrus fruit notes. Mouthfeel is sorta syrupy with medium carbonation. Ok. A well rounded beer. Its got nose. Its got taste. With a bit of a twist.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper / amber color with a 1" of beige head that falls to a cap quickly. Leaves some nice lacing.

Candy sweet malt - some muted piney hops. Floral. Raisin?

Sweet fruit - darker fruit. Piney bitter hops. Never gets too sweet in the finish - good balance.

Refreshing, clean mouthfeel....a little prickly heat in the finish, medium bitterness.

Enjoyed this beer - glad to see St Arnold mixing it up - - good job!

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Extremely clear amber beer with 2.5 inch light tan head that was still there 20 minutes after pouring. Solid lacing after drinking.

S: Pine scent with a sweetness to it. Nice aroma, but nothing that really stands out.

T: The hops and malt are nicely balanced, and the beer is surprisingly smooth for a 7% abv drink. Hops are piney and characteristic of American hops with a nice aftertaste that doesn't feel like you've been smacked in the face.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is very high on this one and I'm finding it hard to finish the review before the beer is completely gone.

Overall: Nice beer. I wouldn't at all consider this a winter ale, but other than that I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I don't know what the mix is between the Elissa IPA and their Christmas Ale, but I'd bet that it's heavier on the Elissa side. Although nothing particularly stands out in this beer, it's quite easy to drink and very enjoyable. It leaves you wanting a bit more, so I'd say it's a success.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.