Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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2.83/5 rDev -32%
22oz bottle into a tulip glass
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden/amber color with a finger and a half of very dense white foam. Retention is quite good.
S: Tropical fruity hoppiness mixes with some caramel and fruity sweetness. Balanced sweetness and hoppiness.
T: Tropical fruit sweetness with some dank hops. Also quite bitter. I also get a bit of citrus and piney hop flavors. Pretty straight forward and not great.
M: A bit on the thick side for a DIPA with adequate mouthfeel.
O: Not really a fan. I'm not sure if this is a bit old, but it's not very good.
07-27-2012 23:19:17 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3/5 rDev -27.9%
This is a decent beer out of Houston Texas. I am from Houston so I enjoy St. Arnold's brewery. This beer overall simply average nothing great nothing horrible. I would drink again If I saw it but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.it is worth a try for Texas beer fans.
06-18-2014 18:56:28 | More by Devistator16
3.06/5 rDev -26.4%
Bottled 12/03/12, consumed 2/8/2013...so not as fresh as I would like but should still be basically okay.
Pours a pretty standard amber color, very clear, very thick off white head.
Smells pretty bready and malty, some grass, pine cone, some bright lemon...not my kind of IPA really, and doesn't smell super fresh. Not really impressed.
Tastes bready and malty too but a little more hops here, fairly bitter, mild lemon and orange, some zesty spice. Some sweetness from the booze. Decent.
Mouthfeel is good, strong carbonation and a pretty creamy feel. Alcohol noticeable but not rely distracting.
This is okay but overall pretty disappointing. Maybe it would be better a month fresher.
02-09-2013 03:34:37 | More by AlexFields
3.1/5 rDev -25.5%
Big thanks to Twiggamortis420 for this bottle! Totally unexpected.
A- Very puffy collar, creamy, emulsive. Its nice and sticky, very great retention, the ranges of lacing are decent, almost great. Clear goldenrod, caramel body. Well done on that.
S- Big pine needles, not pine trees... just christmas tree needles you smell after your vacuum cleaner has sucked them up and is puffing their aroma all over the room. Its paired with juniper, a very faint grapefruit, and light orange citrus sweetness that tries its best to balance out the tremendous bitterness. There is a sharpness of alcohol towards the last quarter that is almost astringently hot.
T- Bright bitterness comes at me. Pine trees and evergreen forests, mint leaf memories, some citrus sweetness, but more like a generic caramel. Its nauseatingly sweet and overwhelmingly astringent bitter. Like the alcohol is causing an exponential amount of damage in addition to it. Not a big fan of these combination of flavors.
M- Full bodied, sticky presence, long lasting biting attacks in the back pockets of my cheeks, roof of the mouth wants to crawl off and die because of the uselessly bitter imitation pine and alcohol. A nearly 9% is a tougher drink than a 15%. Color me shocked.
It started becoming a chore to drink unfortunately.
03-23-2012 22:36:25 | More by Khazadum
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
What's the big deal? Aggressive, one-dimensional hop profile is decent, but hell, where's the body? Isn't this supposed to be a DIPA? This has the viscocity of a lighter IPA. The Saint Arnolds crew don't seem to understand that a heavy body is a essential characteristic of the style. Until they get this right, this is just another bandwagon beer…
03-06-2012 02:52:34 | More by numb
3.15/5 rDev -24.3%
Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a mini tulip.
Pours a clear light copper color with a thin white head and some lacing on the way down. The nose carries some tropical and citrus hops with quite a bit of malt and sweetness in the background. The flavor has some mango and other tropical fruits, but the added sweetness doesn't help. Body is too full and it's not bitter enough. Can't see a beer with this much residual sweetness being very refreshing in the Texas heat.
04-13-2012 18:06:52 | More by Thorpe429
3.2/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
09-03-2013 03:25:13 | More by kojevergas
Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.