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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Endeavour IPASaint Arnold Endeavour IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

576 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%


Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Same recipe as Divine Reserve #11.

(Beer added by: Kornoms on 02-29-2012)
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CassinoNorth

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a BIF from FlyingKelly! thanks for the awesome Texas brews.

Appearance is a medium amber, crystal clear brew. Head doesn't leave for a second. Very pretty. Upon first sip, I thought this was a nice little single IPA ranging around 5.5% very balanced with a malt backbone that would make some stouts jealous. Hoppy character with some dank resinous tones. I like the smell.

Taste. Yep, this thing rules. I could drink this over and over. The lightest hop bitterness of a 9.5% double IPA I've ever tasted. It isn't east coast and it certainly isn't west either. It's a great Texas double ipa.

Totally blown away at how drinkable this double IPA is. Worth seeking out if you're in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 05:28:09 | More by CassinoNorth
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adamdarcy

Michigan

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just wanted to say, HOOKEM HORNS!

This beer is seriously good!!! The hops are tropical in the true sense, not overwhelming and cloying. The beer finishes dry, especially given the stiff malt backbone. Lacing is epic, clarity fantastic, can't get much better. This rivals MANY west coast IPA's I've had. Truly fantastic. Trade or travel for this; it will be worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 03:51:41 | More by adamdarcy
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really just about everything about this beer was a surprise, and a good one at that. For one, I thought I had picked a barleywine out of my beer fridge, but upon popping the bottle it was clear this was no barleywine! Hops everywhere. Great aroma, flavor, perfect bitterness (which was high, but good for this beer), everything just said "tasty."

Mostly what stood out for me was citric and pine-forest hops. Not much malt comes through, so I wouldn't call it balanced, but then IPAs aren't really a balanced style anyway.

Body was medium and pretty dry, overall the beer was very tasty and I'll have to stop by the place where I found it again and see if they have some more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 01:14:42 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma was all hops. Grapefruit, resin and a little soapy. Pour was a nice clear burnt orange with a one finger off white head. Taste was OK. A little watery. The grapefruit and resin were very strong. A nice but slight malt backbone weaves in and out. This beer is fitting that it is made in the middle of the country. Has a nice west coast hoppiness, but a noticeable chewy maltiness as well. Turns to water in the finish which was disappointing. Nice carbonation round this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 12:41:38 | More by jbaker67
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from (thanks man!). No apparent bottling information. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy orange hued brown with a three quarter finger cream head. The froth fades slowly to a modest halo, leaving a good deal of lace.

Smells outstandingly citrusy with loads of tangerine and clementine. Grapefruit, a touch of bread and some light spicy hop notes. Nice.

As in the nose, tangerines really lead the parade of flavors. Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, bread, sweet caramel malt, some pepper, a little honey and a modest kick of booze. A good mix of citrus hops and sweet malt. Drinks very smooth considering it's almost 9% abv.

Slick, medium full body with medium carbonation. Lingering sweet malt and orangey finish.

A well balanced and quite tasty imperial IPA. Well worth a try for it's pleasantly citrusy profile. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:36:50 | More by ThickNStout
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Duff27

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour yields a three inch slightly off white head. Body is of orange/amber. Great head retention, clumptastic lacing.

Floral/take citrus notes in the nose.

Juicy citrus hops borderlining on dankiness but not quite. Subtle bitterness, very nice. Drinks like its 6.5%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Extremely drinkable IPA outta Texas. Shared with the most beautiful beer drinker ever, fdkayti. Thanks for the Southwest Top 50 tick kojevergas!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 01:59:43 | More by Duff27
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benclimbs

California

3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours amber with a great head and some solid lacing.

Nose - biscuit malts, amber character some hop notes but it is very muted compared to the west coast style - super east coast'y, immediately reminds me of 90 minute both in smell and taste. Once it warms, the hop character comes out a bit but it is still subtle - artificial citrus and some pine. Almost a desert wine character (again reminiscent of Dogfish). Smell is not what I expect from a DIPA but it is so interesting we can't knock it.

Taste - a solid amber malt backbone, caramel structure, round alcohol warmth and a good hop kick at the end, finishes more hoppy than you expect, mouthfeel is viscous at the front but finishes very smooth, nothing spectacular but tasty nonetheless.

Overall a solid example of an early-boil, very balanced east coast DIPA - though I very much prefer our local style, this is both drinkable and structured for this type of IPA, thanks for sending Wes!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 04:36:52 | More by benclimbs
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Pours an amber to maybe orange color with a rather thick head that stayed for a little bit and left pretty decent lacing.
Odor was good with pine, citrus plentiful.
Taste starts out with hop bitterness and leads into some grapefruit and general citrus. A little sweet malt is present near the middle end.
Mouthfeel is relatively smooth with fairly typical carbonation and feel on the tongue.
Overall, a very good IPA and the best I tried from St Arnold so far.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 00:09:59 | More by dexterk1
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nataku00

California

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark copper, slight hop haze, with a finger of off white foamy head. Nice sticky lacing as the head dissipates, with plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange, with some citrus peel bitterness, caramel and toasty malt, and some pine.

Taste is orange peel with pine and herbal bitterness, with a caramel malt, toasted malt sweetness to balance it. Finish is short, with just light pine and toasted malt mildly lingering.

Medium body, slick and oily on the tongue, with a light prick of carbonation initially.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:52:32 | More by nataku00
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a branded St. Arnold Brewing Company stange (I believe they use it for their tasting glass)

Pours a deep copper with orangish hues. Slightly off-white one and half finger head. Great retention, significant amount of sticky lacing. Big, dank, earthy hops, pine sap, with an light undercurrent of citrus rises from the glass. Opens with earthy hops, mixed herbal notes, and pine sap joined midpalate by birch syrup, hints of honey, and slight accents of pineapple. More dank earthiness and spruce-like bitterness with accents of grapefruit rind and a dry finish. At the very heaviest end of medium bodied, slick and silky with moderate carbonation that provides perfect balance. This really is an outstanding DIPA. So many newer DIPA's are "citrus bombs" that trend fruity and are sometimes just a bit too sweet for my tastes. This brew thankfully trends toward the other end of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:27:25 | More by chanokokoro
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a snifter.

Glowing copper-orange body and a half inch of sandy foam. Some spider web lacing on the glass.

Estery and sweet aromas. Some tea leaves poking through. Marmalade sweetness seems to mix with a little diacetyl. Honey and some booze if you really try to dig deep.

The very noticeable flavors have an earthy and tea - like herbalness. Soapy, orange jam, and a malt that is like granulated sugar donuts slammed up against a bite of resin-y hop bitterness. This thing must be unbearable if aged!

A more watery feel. There is not much lift off the tongue. If the beer is swished around, a creaminess opens up. This needs more heft.

Endeavor has a sweet quality that does not sit on my palate very well. It needs more of those hop flavors to dominate the nose. The bittering hops do enough to balance out the jammy and tea flavors present. Honestly, this beer gets close to a barleywine, so not a real bad thing happening here.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:25:46 | More by Pintofbrown
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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber bottle
Aggressive side poured into a Saint Arnold taster glass.

A: 2 inch off-white head that slowly disappeared. Crystal clear. Slightly red-ish amber in color. Nice sticky lacing with tiny bubbles lasting to the end of the glass.
S: Hops up front followed by citrus notes and finally malt.
T: Hop are bigger up front than as indicated by the nose. Quickly moves to citrus notes including grapefruit, orange and maybe a little lime. Follows with maltiness and finally it reveals the ABV slightly. ABV is very well hidden from the smell and taste. This beer is very well balanced and is the direction I like from an American Double IPA.
M: Very nice. Biting carbonation and hop left with a barely detectable, malty warming alcohol on the back of the tongue.
O: I love this beer. It makes me happy. It is extremely well balanced and makes you want more after each mouthful or sip lingers. I recommend anyone who is a fan of AIPAs to give this one a try. Its expensive but worth the price in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 23:42:07 | More by Hops4Pops
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aah, I remember that scent- growing up in rural Appalachia, the chief crop isn't basil, yo. Its that resinous and dank aroma that's somewhat of citrus, herbal and catty notes. Aah, this ale really takes me back and reminds me of how closely the hop plant is related to the cannabis plant.

Surprisingly bright in its appearance, its dark honey-amber hue releases an eggshell-white froth that holds its retention markedly well while it scatters the glass with isolated islands of lace.

Its pungent aroma is leafy and herbaceous with those cannabis tones. The pith of grapefruit, oranges and limes rise for a zesty aromatic set while an earthy "gamey" scent of mushrooms and tomato rise from the malts. Caramel, bread crust and pecans round out that sweeter balance up front.

But its taste is much more malty than the nose suggests. Leading with that hearty caramel and winter honey flavor- this IPA has a substantial malt backbone. Its toasted bread taste is savory and works hard to match the intensity of the hop onslaught to come. The beer's middle palate introduces the grapefruit, orange peel and and lime-leaf tone just before diving into that fresh botanical flavor to finish. Unusually balanced, its weedy taste of mint, stem, leaf, and chlorophyll is met with equal parts of caramel even in finish.

Although the beer's taste is balanced, it works hard to provide a dryish mouthfeel. Early creaminess really holds onto its structure to support the hop bitterness and mild leafy astringency, resinous sticky texture and alcohol dryness right down to the final taste in closure.

The Imperial IPA really backs off of its hop dominance in order to support the hops fully- this leads to a taste that's more of what some breweries want to do with Imperial Pale Ales. But this ale has a drier tone, yet retaining perfect balance for a taste that's unique (aside from its fragrant pot influences).

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:01:32 | More by BEERchitect
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, proudly displayed at a liquor superstore in western Denver.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves some random Play-doh castle lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of heady grainy caramel malt, relatively subtle tropical fruit and pine resin hop esters, some late-arriving sticky toffee notes, and a further floral, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is at least a bit more bitter up front - clammy pine needle, overripe grapefruit and orange rind, a nondescript dank earthiness - with a bready, wet cracker caramel malt, a bit of bakery-borne toffee sweetness, and, and then, well, and then nothing. No more tardy hops, no alcohol notes (really?).

The carbonation is mild, but pervasively frothy all the same, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a tame tingle from the flavour-free hop bitterness. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the malt bolstered by the flip-side hop fruitiness, and some now detectable alcohol astringency.

A DIPA that takes a spell to warm up, literally and figuratively. Too malty up front, too bitter in the middle, but all snuggly and well blended by the end. Balanced, I suppose, but a bit less of the Jekyll and Hyde routine would go a long way in making this a more thoroughly attractive offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:15:54 | More by biboergosum
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BucannonXC5

California

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. plastic cup
From: Hoppy Monk in El Paso, Texas
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Sept. 27, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 27, 2013
Misc.: In a very dark place during Oktoberfest

Poured what appeared to be a dark caramel amber color with two fingers of khaki white head. Tons of even layered lacing on the sides of the cup. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled a potent mix of wonderfully smelling hops. Got floral, citrus, grapefruit, peach and a touch of resin.

Tasted more earthier than the smell, but still fresh. Bitter grapefruit, floral heavy and citrus notes.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

This was just a fantastic beer. I would love to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 03:06:05 | More by BucannonXC5
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a Brilliantly clear red color. It is topped by a pale tan colored head. Holy hops, the aroma is laden with notes of lychee and pineapple backed by pine and menthol aromatics.

The flavor has a big hop bitterness to it that remains quite smooth. There is lots of fruit, but the herbal character is actually the dominant hop note in the flavor; the opposite of the aroma. There is still a lot of fruity hop notes here though with ample lychee, pineapple, a sort of floral concentrated peach like note, and definite apricot. The herbal side contributes flavors of pine, again some menthol, as well as some hemp oil like notes. The body of this brew is quite smooth, definitely viscous and perhaps a touch heavy fro something labled an IPA, but it is definitely well within the double IPA range.

This is very nice; it is quite a bit hoppier than my previous experience would have expected out of Saint Arnold. This is a huge hop fix for me after a long day of travel and a must get for those hop heads out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:46:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and branded pressure cap acquired at me local HEB Grocery yesterday and served into a Spaten Stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high seeing as it's currently #21 on the Top 50 (Southwest) list. "Endeavour IPA [Squared Symbol]." "Brewed with lots of Simcoe, Centennial & Columbus hops." I dig the British-English spelling of "Endeavour", but their omission of the oxford comma when describing the hops is a bit frustrating. Best before 09/31. Reviewed as an Imperial (Double) IPA because Saint Arnold identifies it as such on their website. 76 IBUs. 1.078 OG.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cap popped off with alarming ease; they may need a new capper on their bottling line. I mean, Jaysus.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a head three and a half fingers wide, of beige colour. Disappointingly thin, lending it a weak appearance. Subpar creaminess to boot. Sticky cobwebby lacing clings string-like to the sides of the glass. The head resembles that of a cask ale - and I mean that in the most incisive manner possible. Head retention is slightly above average - maybe three minutes at best.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks rather average for an imperial IPA. Indeed, many poor Imperial IPAs/IPAs I've had share this appearance. There's nothing unique or special about it, but I'm optimistic. No overt flaws are evident.

Sm: Substantial caramalt. Pale malts. Munich malts. Sticky sweet maltiness. The toasted munich malt character is a highlight.

Surprisingly tame floral hop character with some vague, buried fruit. Shockingly, malts beat out hops for dominance in the aroma. I'm suspicious of the beer as a result.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. It's a pleasant aroma, but it's not bringing a lot to the table for a beer of its style. Not at all assertive or hop-emphatic. Mild in strength.

T: Yeah, the malts crush the hops here - not at all ideal for a beer of this style. Resembles a cask-drawn mildly hopped English IPA at best.

Still, it's got a nice interplay between caramalt (which isn't overly sweet here) and mango and grapefruit hop notes and their accompanying fruity esters.

Plenty of munich and pale malts. Peach. A bit of floral hop character. We even get some actual hop bitterness just after the climax, but it's quickly covered up again by the pale malt (i.e. 2 row) sweetness. Normally, I like that there's no naked hop bitterness, but in this beer I'm happy to get anything hoppy at all. I get some flax-like flowery notes in the third act, which is a nice touch. The balance of the beer is growing on me the more I drink it; it's got an understated quality and doesn't beat you over the head like many beers in the style. But it's rare to see such a sorry waste of centennial and columbus hops. I pick up on the simcoe; there is a touch of oniony character - especially in the third act and on the finish. I like that note, but those of you who don't may want to stay away.

I do get some lightly zesty rind-like fruity notes, including mango, grapefruit, and adjacent fruits. Ultimately, the flavour profile does land on the sweeter end, which I would think would draw out the critics - yet the beer currently has a 93 rating. How about that?

It's not a perfect marriage of hops to malts by any means, and ultimately the balance is imperfect. Not a gestalt beer, but it's got fluidity and cohesion. Decent amplitude.

Depth of flavour is a bit on the shallow side. Average duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour for the style. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Do I like it? Sure. But it lacks complexity and subtlety. Seems like a happy accident of brewing.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not particularly creamy. Sticky. Good carbonation (in spite of its cask ale appearance). Nice body. Good thickness. Decent presence on the palate for what it is. It complements the flavour profile nicely, but it never quite feels as though it's custom-tailored to it.

Dr: I'll only be buying this again for trade partners (Duff27, I'm looking at you). It's a nice little IPA for what it is, but there's just not much that's memorable about it to keep me coming back at this price point. Hides its ABV well. It's certainly drinkable; I'll have no trouble killing the bomber alone. I wouldn't want another at a bar if there were new beers available to try. I can see why it has its audience, and I'm glad it does, but why it has a top 50 spot on the Southwest list is beyond me. I look forward to trying more Saint Arnold offerings, but if this is the best they've got they're not going to be a brewery I give much money to.

High C+

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:25:13 | More by kojevergas
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a great amber color, slightly hazy from the hops. Head is 2 fingers thick with excellent retention

Aroma is great. I smell some grapefruit and citrus with a little bit of pine. The downside is that a bit of fusel alcohol comes through. I realize this is an 8.9% abv beer.

Taste is very bitter from the hops which is expected in an IPA. I get a bit of grapefruit, but really I want more hop flavor rather than just the bitterness. Some caramel malt sweetness comes to balance a bit. A touch of sweetness at the tip of the tongue. A touch of soapiness on the palate towards the end

Mouthfeel leaves a full. Carbonation is left on the palate. Finishes a bit dry, but pretty good.

Overall: this is a pretty damn good example of a double IPA. Proud that it came from Texas. There is a bit of fusel alcohol on the palate. Good hop flavor and good malt profile. I would like a bit more hop flavor and a little less fusel alcohol. For the style the fusel alcohol is not bad compared to other beers in this category.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:00:04 | More by jasonjlewis
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Weisseguy1

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A. Amber in color with a decent head, doesn't stick around though. Little to no lacing.
S. citrus, piney woods robust sweetness, this smell is perfect
T. Imediate bitter hop flavor , the malt is subtle and is overwhelmed by hops
M. Not really bubbly, but easy and smooth, as much as can be expected from 70 + IBU's
O. A hop slam dunk, overall great smelling beer with good hops . I wish there was a six pack available though, since 16 oz is a little much for me. I enjoyed this bomber with a friend. It was just right.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:28:44 | More by Weisseguy1
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like it says 051713 on the bottle so almost 2 months old.

A: Pours a clear amber with a big fizzy tan head. Head fades slowly with great retention. Nice thin splotchy lacing everywhere.

S: Lots of resinous and grapefruity hops in the nose. Noticeable Simcoe. Decent pine too. Yummy.

T: Oh yeah. Big grapefruit up front with quite a bit of pine and resin backing it up. Kind of a dry crackery malt in the finish. Decent hop bitterness on the back end with mostly pine here. Drying resinous and sticky aftertaste.

M: Nice medium body, smooth. Quite dry, almost unusually so with that crackery malt lending to the perception. Like the malt is comprised of saltines, basically.

O: Tasty DIPA for sure. Nice blend of hops with pretty equal footing, though the grapefruit definitely stands out initially. Very dry crackery malt leaves it dry and bitter. Clearly well attenuated which accentuates this effect. I enjoyed it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 04:20:58 | More by Dope
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Atlas1

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of the Endeavor tonight to celebrate having tomorrow off from work. Or something like that. I like most of the St. Arnold beers that I've had, and I had high hopes for this DIPA, but sadly I don't quite think it lived up to my expectations.

Poured into a snifter. Nice enough looking - a pretty bronze orange color with a thinish head that fizzled out quickly. No lace. The nose is nice enough, but nothing special. Some pine, some faint grapefruit. Floral, even. But not the level of hoppiness I was expecting here. The taste is solid, with a strong hoppy bitterness to it, but very little mystery. There are no layers here to explore that I can detect. It's a double IPA, but it's a fairly unimaginative one. Mouthfeel is fine. On the whole, it's not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

Again, this is a fine ale, but didn't quite live up to the (unreasonably lofty) expectations I had for it going in. I'd be willing to try again at the brewery or on tap, though, if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:12:37 | More by Atlas1
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Premo88

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(02/13/13 printed on bottle; drunk 5/25/13)

L: caramel with orange/amber highlights; big head, 1- 1 1/4-inch thick of fluffy full white-off-white foam that laces like a pro.

S: perfect blend of citrusy/piney hops and sweet candy (I can only assume from a big malt presence); the sweet is almost overpowering at times but never crosses the line; mango

T: malty sweet hops; big hop bite up front balanced with nice sweeter notes and some citrus notes; alcohol is nearly 100% hidden

F: good carbonation; a bit lighter weight ... almost watery but OK

O: great beer. the hidden alcohol and the sweetness in the taste that doesn't fully take over make it at least as good as any other DIPA I've had. if it were sweeter, it would lose points -- but it doesn't. a great balance with the hops so you get plenty of those without the brew being just another hop salad.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 20:18:02 | More by Premo88
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Tulip glass. Dark, amber color. Translucent. Very thick foamy, brownish head. Lacing on the side of the glass is very good. There really isn't an overpowering odor. Citrusy and piney aroma. Piney, hoppy taste up front with strong malty backbone on the end. Very smooth. Almost creamy. Excellent bitter aftertaste that persists for a while. Alcohol is very well hidden. If you haven't tried this, you must. If you don't get St Arnolds where you live, pick one up whenever you are in Houston. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 04:11:16 | More by jngrizzaffi
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vcoggins

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - Pours a beautiful copper color with a 2 finger off white head, dissipates to a thin layer thin layer on top that lingers, excellent lacing.

S - Lots of piney aromas with some citrus smells in the mix.

T - Mainly bitter and pine tastes here, but well balanced with a malty sweetness. Slight grape fruit flavors as well.

M - Medium to low carbonation. Low alcohol burn to it.Smooth slightly oily feel.

O - A really great IPA. A little more sweet maltyness would have suited my tastes more, but the bitterness was not to overpowering. As other have mentioned the flavors do become more pronounced as the beer warms. Really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 21:51:34 | More by vcoggins
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA

Look - Pours a slightly hazy thin copper amber with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Nice solid rings of lacing.

Smell - Deep malt sweet with those signature Simcoe passion fruit hops. Alongside those is some slight grapefruit citrus hops and even a little pine, I am liking the balance as I am not a huge fan of Simcoe hops.

Taste - Snappy deep malty with the passion fruit hop coming in after. Slightly cloying sweet but then hops take it from there.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sticky, not overly boozy but slightly warming. Good drinkability. Medium bodied but well blended.

Overall - A good brew, I have taken issue with these kinds of hops in the past, the taste does not usually work for me as well as for others, I find it sort of sickly sweet citrus, but this brew does a great job of balancing it out. Simcoe hop fans would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 13:08:20 | More by JMScowcroft
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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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