Saint Arnold Sailing Santa - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: SWMeyer4141 on 11-20-2011

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Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 52
Photo of Kornoms
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very nice amber color with a good head and nice lacing. There really isn't much of a smell going on here though. The taste is pleasant enough, but I feel you can taste the combination of two different beers. The first part of the sip is the sweetness of the Christmas Ale and the second half of the sip you get the hops from the Elissa. Overall, a decent tasting beer- but nothing spectacular.

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees

Appearance: Golden 2 inch pure white head with decent lacing and a long retention.

Smell: Pine, malt caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Piney/citrusey flavor, a bit light on the malt backbone, bitter hops, and a somewhat acidic finish

Mouthfeel: light and flowing, definitely has the body of a session beer, which is surprising for the 7% ABV

Overall: A good beer, didn't seem like anything extremely special, but a good drinkable beer all the same. I would buy it again, especially for what it costed its a good deal.

Photo of HardTarget
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good clarity in an amber yellow glass that holds a rocky white head that laces.

Smell: Mild Christmas spiced nose, doughy malt gives up some donut sweetness.

Taste: Fairly balanced, clean malt has just enough hops to let both flavors shine. Again, mild spices play a role with the yeast coming through as well. Hops are mixed, a bit of pine, some floral, some earthy. Mild soapiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium carbonation, slick texture.

Overall: A good blend, the two beers compliment each other leaving a lot of flavor but nothing challenging. Classic St. Arnold, beer for the masses without being Bud.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours clear amber with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small layer of film on top of the beer.

Smell: Smells of melon with a hint of grape backed up by earthy and woody hops. The smell could be a bit more assertive.

Taste: Begins fruity and citric, rounding out to some bready malt before finishing with a balanced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish with some stickiness in the back of the throat as you drink more.

Overall: A solid IPA. This doesn't break any new ground or do anything to truly set itself apart, but makes for an enjoyable drink. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of suspect
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of omnigrits
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of rphillips71
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gtermi
3.59/5  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.

Photo of BeersCriteria
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of elNopalero
2.07/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
1.18/5  rDev -67.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of LSUPT
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of champ103
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DavidST
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.21/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of crusian
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. :)

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of jamescain
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Saint Arnold Sailing Santa from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.