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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPASaint Arnold Endeavour IPA

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92
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153 Reviews
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Reviews: 153
Hads: 819
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 80
Gots: 187 | FT: 7
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kornoms on 02-29-2012

Same recipe as Divine Reserve #11.
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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 819
Photo of dhfreak
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First thing: WOW, this has a big hop smell which belies the hop flavor in the beer; the hop flavor is much subtler than the smell suggests. Another thing to note, there is not an overwhelming alcohol taste that you get with some other DIPA/IIPA.

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Photo of dbnarley
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable IPA. Head is solid with good lacing. Pleasant citrus smell and taste. Not too bitter. Good brew I will have again. Only drawback is the price.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber bottled on 12/15/2014 poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a clear golden Amber with 2 fingers of fluffy white head

Smell: Citrus zest and some earthy hop notes as well

Taste: Full of juicy hops with notes of citrus and pine with malt balancing the finish that is very clean despite the full hop flavor

Mouthfeel: medium and just the right amount of resin

Overall: I have had many DIPAs since first having this and it is still a go-to for me. Full of hop flavor and still maintains it balance. The only problem is that in my opinion this beer falls off very fast so make sure you enjoy it fresh.

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Photo of MentalMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I'm going to describe this using what will likely come out oxymoronically. This was an incredibly well balanced Imperial IPA. The thing is it's just a tad less bitter, and the hops used are just that much sweeter than I expected. The result is worthy of at least a snifter, although I purchased a full 32oz. of this, as it was on tap at the location I first tried it. American Doubles are my favorite beer, hands down, so if you don't fall into this description my review is well I'll let you judge its worth. Bottom line if hoppy madness is your thing then you need to try this, not because it's the best, but it is uniquely refreshing.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a trade. Beautiful clear copper-amber pour with a one finger off--white head with good retention and great lacing. The nose is very well balanced and complex with hints of tangerine, pine, peaches, caramel, brown sugar, and tea. The taste follows suit with piney, resiny hops nicely offset by the sweet caramel malt. Hints of tangerine, peaches, orange zest, grapefruit, and perfume. The mouthfeel is oily and chewy with incredible balance and a tangy bittersweet and subtly dry finish. And it definitely improved as it warmed. Overall, this really impressed me. One of the most balanced and drinkable Imperial IPA's I've had in a while. Bold and flavorful and highly recommended!

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Photo of FLima
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Amber color with a thick off-white head with decent retention.
Very nice aroma with tropical notes of coconut, passion fruit, pineapples and mild pine.
Flavor of peaches, grapefruit, sweet caramels, toasted malts, tea bags, grass, cola and pine. Dry aftertaste with a good bitterness (it has 76 IBUs).
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.9% abv is very well hidden.
Nice DIPA with good complexity, still as most DIPA could be less sweet.
Ap.3,5 Ar.4,25 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Saint Arnold Endeavour Double IPA, 22oz bomber bought fresh from my local Spec's Liquor.

Poured overly cold (30°) into a standard drinking glass.

Beautiful bright orange pour emits wonderful piney and grapefruit scents. A heavy dose of malt follows.

Hops dominate the swallow, piney and oily. Citrus and grapefruit are everywhere. Malt balances the sip with heavy bread and biscuit flavors.

Overall this is close to a world class beer. Very drinkable. Almost sessionable except for the 9% abv.

Cheers!!!!!

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Photo of Devistator16
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, malt, hint of sweetness, orange, pine, slight floral

T-bready malt, caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, hint of floral, moderate bitter finish

F- medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-integrated

O-decent DIPA, but a little on the sweet side for me

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bomber acquired via trade; thanks, Tim!

A: Pours a fairly translucent orange, with hardly any head whatsoever.

S: Mild citrus and floral hop tones. Not a Texas IPA expert, but this is probably one of the closer things they have to a West Coast-style IPA or DIPA (along with Community's Mosaic IPA, too).

T: Bursts with flavor, but in a subtle way (if that makes any sense). Caramel-y and hoppy on each and every sip. Taste is most apparent when cold.

M: Moderate carbonation and very light and smooth.

O: Great Texas DIPA that remains balanced and light while still packing a fair amount of hop character and alcohol content. If you can get it fresh, highly recommended.

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Photo of CassinoNorth
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of adamdarcy
5/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Update. 3-7-15. Hay Market in Houston. Spectacular overwhelming tap list. If you can't find something here, go home. This one is oh so bitter. I love it. 1000? What a great name.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

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Photo of benclimbs
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

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Photo of dexterk1
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.