Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
A- Pours a ruby red color with very little head.
S- Pine and some small citrus fruit character
T- It's a blend of their Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale which are both good alone, as a mix...it's just ok. It has a good amount of hops with tastes of pine and the white pith part of a citrus fruit peel. It does have some fruity notes of apple and a little plum followed by a little spice however. I would say it's 60% Elissa IPA and 40% Christmas Ale.
Food Pairing- Spiced rubbed chicken breast on top of some rice pilaf.
12-03-2011 03:54:09 | More by BeersCriteria
2.05/5 rDev -43.4%
This is blend of St. Arnold’s Christmas ale and their IPA, a combination that until now was available only on draught—or mixed from bottles. Not sure the ratios in those improvised concoctions or how keg-only iterations tasted but what I tried from a bomber was not impressive, to put it mildly. Dare I thank XicanoBeerRun for this one?
It pours a promising reddish amber, the color of pine sap, with a lot of heady foam. No real aromas to speak of, although I get hints of damp clothes as it warms.
Nothing sticks out after tasting it, either. The floral, piney, IPA flavor is lost in the blend, leaving only the bitterness and some chewy maltiness, without any balance or apparent ‘holiday’ spiciness as a complement. This beer is a mess. An all-around let-down. Drainpour/marinade/snail bait.
12-02-2011 21:04:05 | More by elNopalero
1.15/5 rDev -68.2%
The color is the best thing about it, and the name is catchy. Pour It back in the horse. St. Arnold falls far from the mark of a christmas beer. Shame, shame. It was a cheap bomber, but still a waste of money. Next time, I will buy candy canes instead.
12-02-2011 03:25:08 | More by XicanoBeerRun
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Bomber purchased today at Stein's, poured to a SA perfect pint. Possible freshness date but I don't know what code they use.
The cap fired off when I opened it with a lighter, so hard it actually chipped the drywall. Pours a perfectly clear copper amber color. The 1 1/2" bright white head, however, is very light and airy leaving no lace and dissipating rather quickly.
Smell is mostly light malt and caramel with just a hint of hops. Taste is quite enjoyable. Big pine flavors, a bit of orange, solid malt backbone, with some distinct x-mas flavors, maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg. Fairly high hop bitterness.Medium-full bodied with pretty high carbonation, but not too detrimental to the beer.
I have a hard time judging hybrids and blends like this one, and as an IPA I'd want a bit more, but as far as an x-mas beer goes this will definitely be my go-to this year. Also, I haven't had the individual parts of this beer yet, but I'm really looking forward to trying Elissa, now.
12-02-2011 01:23:51 | More by LSUPT
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
3.9/5 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
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date, but I assume its still fresh. This pours a nice amber color with a decent white head and leaves a lacing. The smells are much more winter warmer, some spices and malts a little hop. Feel is medium to light. The taste is pretty good, lighter on the hops than I expected, I mostly get malts with alcohol.
11-25-2011 02:38:59 | More by DavidST
4.2/5 rDev +16%
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.
11-24-2011 01:56:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle from the local bottle shop.
pours a clear amber color with about a finger of head... nice lacing actually.
Nose is a hint of cinnamon and spices and passion fruit with citrus.
Taste is very citrus forward with the holiday spice coming through a bit more on the finish. bitterness near the middle palate with a more of a dry finish as well. mouthfeel is thin, but works. To be honest, i wholly expected to pan this and expected it to be terrible. I dont like their IPA or the christmas ale, and this is supposed to be a combo of them both. I like it. it works nicely. It isnt great, but much better than I thought it would be... I was wrong. :)
11-23-2011 02:45:48 | More by crusian
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
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Pours a clear rich mahogany with a thin off white head that fades to a thin patchy lacing.
Aroma: Interesting mix of piney and citrusy hops with subtle spices. The spices include nutmeg, evergreen, allspice, and clove.
Taste: The flavors worked better together then I thought they would, spices with piney hops. There is little citrus character, which I think helps. There is also a nice malt backing to keep this beer away from IPA territory and closer to a winter warmer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, possibly even to high, with a dry finish.
Overall: Better then I was expecting, but I wish this was actually a new beer and not just a blend.
11-22-2011 19:39:31 | More by jamescain
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Pours the same color as the regular christmas ale with a bigger head and more lacing.
S: The nose is a big amount of grapefruit hops with a big caramel backbone.
T: The taste is a nice touch of grapefruit and floral hops with the candied apple and christmas spices of the christmas ale.
M: The feel is crisp and slightly dry yet medium bodied on the finish.
O: An interesting blend and something I may try again. It's not the best IPA but the melding of flavors is nice.
11-22-2011 05:19:54 | More by GregSVT
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
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 ...
11-21-2011 01:18:00 | More by imasloth
3.8/5 rDev +5%
Poured into a Claret...
Appearance-Copper body with lots of carbonation coming up to the top of the glass. Head is an off white, two finger head. Leaves some very very nice lacing.
Smell-At first I get that very piney Elissa aroma and then it quickly fades. Biscuity malts and some subtle sweetness.
Taste-Sweet and Bready malts and lots of spice. Piney and floral hops, some very subtle grapefruit. Still get a lot of the bitterness even with the added Christmas Ale.
Mouthfeel-Pretty thin on the body, almost like 10% of the beer blend was just straight water. Booze is not existent and it's very easy to drink. Highly carbonated.
Overall-Good beer, makes me want to blend some more maltier beers w/ IPAs. As long as I could find fresh Elissa I could just do the blend myself for cheaper.
11-20-2011 19:57:42 | More by SWMeyer4141
Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.