Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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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
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Arrives with a sturdy head blanketing the clear amber liquid; nice delivery of lacing
Smell: Sugar-coated grapefruit; some caramel underneath
Taste: Grapefruit flavors, right off the bat, with a building citrusy sweetness that adds a caramel dimension in the middle; bitter, citrusy and sweet elements all combine to make a bold statement in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Overall: While it is a tad too sticky and sweet for me, this is still a very good DIPA
09-05-2012 22:16:10 | More by brentk56
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
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).
11-01-2013 05:01:32 | More by BEERchitect
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance: Pours a very clear darker orange with a big pillowy white head that recedes quickly leaving the slightest amount of lacing.
Smell: Bright crisp refreshing tropical fruits! Big grapefruit nose with some peach and tons of juicy hops
Taste: Very similar to the nose with tons of tropical summery fruits. Huge grapefruit and peach flavor meld well with the malts and the finish has a semi dry bitter hop bite. Perfect for hot Texas summers as it is very refreshing. Very little alcohol detectable for 9% with a very high drinkability
Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel and slightly sticky. Sticky mouthfeel lingers on your palate.
Overall: A really nice drinkable representation of the style and a great summer time beer for South Texas. Saint Arnold's last two anticipated releases have been big hits and we can only hope there is more to come!
04-11-2012 20:37:49 | More by Texasfan549
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
Another Texas winner. Imperial IPA that tastes like it should. Texas, I owe you more respect!
Pours clear copper with a nice white head.
Nose is rich and assertive fresh cooked pineapple with fresh pineapple undertones. Pleasant and inviting.
Mouthfeel is rich, full, bold and (again) inviting. Light carbonation that seem indicative of the three Texas brewers I've tried at this "personal" Texas tasting. Nice mouthfeel; integrated and great balance.
Flavor profile is rich cooked/almost burnt oranges and an almost sweet orange/grapefruit peel. There is a "candied citrus" to the flavor profile with a really nice bitter pine/grapefruit skin tone.
Finish is all pine/grapefruit bitter - all in a long lasting good way.
09-27-2012 01:55:58 | More by GRG1313
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of sudsy lace on the glass.
S - It smelled like a simcoe hopped beer. Lots of bubblegum, pine and citrus. Some toasty malt.
T - It tasted of tart grapefruit, bubblegum, orange, tropical fruits and toasty caramel malt.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This is a very tasty imperial IPA. The best Saint Arnold beer Ive had so far.
09-04-2012 01:16:52 | More by zeff80
3.81/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
10-10-2013 22:15:54 | More by biboergosum
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
At the time of this review, this is #26 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle received in a recent trade, served in a wine glass. Thanks! Unfortunately this was a rather big disappointment to me. Too heavy, too sweet, not enough hops.
Beer is dark amber with a mild haze and a thin off whtie head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is malt and some columbus-ish hops, it smells like a barleywine.
Huge disappointment here, this is on the far end of the malty big IPA spectrum. Almost tastes like unfermented wort. The finish is moderately bitter and that saves the beer for me but the front of the beer is 100% malt, all malt all the time, big heavy sweet beer. Not what I expect from a great IPA, this is not a repeat for me. Bummer.
04-13-2012 20:50:36 | More by drabmuh
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to ApostleBrewing for this one.
Nice creamy head rises to 1 finger before fading fairly quickly with decent lacing, semi clear honey amber color.
Nose brings semi sweet malts, light caramel and toffee, then fruity and candy hops, hint of citrus and candied orange peel, not a huge bitterness.
Taste starts with sweetness again, honey even, caramel, toffee, sweet malty flavors etc. bitterness comes with decent hops, slight earthy and candied orange peel tasting hops with a light fruity hop kick, fairly bitter but not crazy. Nice balance and booze is hidden well. Finish is drier, but slightly sticky, caramel malts and nice earthy hops lingering but not bitter.
Mouth is heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.
overall nice, not the hop bombs they like to make these days, malty balance that hides the booze well and nice malty flavor and balance with some candy fruity hops. Tasty.
07-10-2012 12:28:37 | More by jlindros
4.21/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
09-30-2013 02:46:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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
4.7/5 rDev +13%
First ever offering I've tried from Saint Arnold but damn was I impressed, one of the best IPA's I've ever had a chance to try. Oozes of hoppiness, yet has an uncanny balance to it and a great maltiness to make sure it isn't too overbearing. Fantastic beer, was a pleasure to drink and disappeared from the glass way too quickly.
06-09-2012 16:13:14 | More by oriolesfan4
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
A: Poured a deep honey color with good carbonation but the head was short lived, bubbles and lacing died rapisdly leaving small white cap and moderate lacing
S: Not as big as I expected or wanted. Pine, citrus with a little bit of caramel
T: This beer tastes very nice. I get a great mix of light pine and caramel malt upfront. Mdway citrus notes come through with finish if grassy floral hops and light bitterness
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated
O: Good across the board. Really easy to drink, tasty, balanced
09-12-2012 01:13:40 | More by barleywinefiend
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
Cheers and thanks go to mhenson42 for this generous extra during our recent trade. Bomber poured into a tulip-shaped pint glass. The brew appears a a clear light copper to golden color with 2 fingers of tan to yellowish stead head that fades leaving patches and spots of lacing effect all over the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation constantly maintain a thin film across the top and a light swirl revives about a half finger.
The aromatics include a nice fruity hop punch that is somewhat tropical before getting grassy, rindy and pitted with some floral elements. There is a bit of a perfume-like alcohol aspect to this that gets a bit solvent/fusel as it warms up. More smells reveal a bit of herbal element and the fruit character becomes a bit melon-like as it warms up which isn't my favorite hop scent but it is still enjoyable. The grain quality presents itself with a bit of toasty appeal under the hop character.
The taste is bitter and rindy with hops, a bit of pulp aspect like grapefruit rinds and orange zest. Some herbal flavors mix with some melon character before finishing a bit grassy. A bit of perfume-like alcohol imparts a taste of fruity ester before changing to solvent and warming. The malt carries a low profile that provides just enough backing to let you know it is there with a mild toasty grain flavor. As expected, the hops are the showcase here with the alcohol being a closer runner-up.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lively amount of carbonation that lightens up the feel overall a bit. There is a pretty solid alcohol impact for less than the listed 9% but it warms you up like it is significantly stronger. Overall it is a decent DIPA and worth a try but this isn't something I enjoyed enough to crave it or want to seek it out again. I think the alcohol could show a little more restraint instead of being more forward and that would increase the overall appeal of it.
10-02-2012 00:29:43 | More by stakem
Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.