Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Endeavour IPASaint Arnold Endeavour IPA

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 787
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 79
Gots: 166 | FT: 6
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kornoms on 02-29-2012

Same recipe as Divine Reserve #11.
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Photo of sprucetip
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really good lookin brew, amber/orange with fluffy white head, good retention and it is very active.

Aroma reminds me of sweaty sock. Sorry to say, but that's what comes to mind. Breaking it down, it is boozy with something like sour citrus combining and fusing into the aforementioned summary. I can't detect any of the malt bill, which I suspect is prodigious. ... Later I get a wee bit or sweetness.

The taste is boozy and bitter primarily. Later I pick up a bit more, but it still doesn't quite work for me. The hop flavor is dull and muted, and the bitterness isn't sharp, but it lingers. There isn't much complexity and it it would be hard to call balanced. What hop flavor I do get is sorta citrusy, but it would be a big stretch to call it fruity. I get a wee bit of sweetness, but, ultimately, it's mostly boozy and bitter and kind of a disappointment.

Plenty carbonated, medium body, bitter finish lingers.

I suspect that this bottle is old or was not handled properly. It has a 4.22 overall score as of this review, and it seems to have the elements in it that could lead to such high regard. But I neither tasted nor smelled any caramel (though it looks to maybe have some crystal in it), and the hops taste and smell stale. The booze is the most prominent component of the nose and the taste. It's close to being really good, but the sample I have is not. I am visiting Texas and rooting for the home team here, but am disappointed with Endeavour, based on high expectations due to its high score. I'd try it again, though, especially if on tap or I knew it were fresh. (1,588 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick off white rocky head and left a lot of lacing on the way down. It's aroma is nice and fruity, I smelled peach, orange with some caramel and pine. Tastes sweet with more fruity flavors followed by some bitter pine oil and a hint of alcohol. It is pretty light for the abv with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. Thought this was a good solid IPA it hides the abv very well. (422 characters)

Photo of HTownGuy85
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a local Houstonian, and I'm a fan of St. Arnold's brews. First time I tried out their Endevour.

A - amber, almost honey color. Minimal head, but could've been as it was poured into a very standard pint glass.

S - pineapple, tropical, very fruity.

T - peach notes that transform to tropical fruits. I taste some passion fruit, a little pineapple. Hops come in towards the end and linger. The hops are not too headstrong. The linger for a while in your palate.

M - body is in the middle. Lovely "oily" like mouthfeel. Not velvety, not light. Smack down the middle.

O - very pleased here. Loved it from the first sip. Wish the hops were just a tad more pronounced. Allow the beer to slightly warm up. I'm definitely going to buy some at Specs to have at home. (765 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass

Pours a copper color, a half inch of slightly off white head, dissipates to a crown, leaves slight lacing. Looks good.

Smell is different and very good. From a foot away catch a big whiff of peaches. First time I've gotten that smell so distinctly. As the beer was there's a lot of tropical aromas, mangoes, ripe oranges. Some dank smells hang around on the edge.

Taste is a little restricted at first, really recommend letting this one warm up to 45-50 degrees. At that point I start to get a lot of tropical notes. Juicy mango, pineapple, tropical fruit. Finish bitters out and dry at the end.

Mouthfeel is really great. Perfect oily carbonation.

Overall, this is a great IPA. I would have backed off just a teeny bit on the bitterness and dry finish, but at the same time, I can't fault anything to any great extent . If you would haw asked me after my first sip out of the fridge, I would have put it somewhere around a 3.7 or so, but this beer really came alive as it warmed. Really nice brew. (1,054 characters)

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what I want in a DIPA or IPA. Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful amber "IPA" color. The aroma is all the floral/piney hops. The taste is the same and exactly what a hophead wants. An emphasis on the hops, and not so much for the sweet and malty flavors like some DIPAs. Overall, this is one of the best I have tried in this category. I am surprised I found such a good beer in NE Louisiana (they seem to not like good beer here). I will definitely be picking up more of these granted I can still find them. (533 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter, it has a nice orange/copper color body with a small head that thins out to a thin lace. The smell has a nice rich pine aroma. The taste is well balanced of hops and malt. It has a light sweet flavor to start then a nice strong pine/bitter hop flavor comes on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is very nice, well carobnated and overall a really good balanced DIPA (402 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Little to no lacing with a slight head

S: The thing that makes St. Arnolds unique to me is the combination of tasted malt smell with the IPA. You get both the pine and toasted smell in one

T: Right away you get the malted flavor with the pine and bitterness coming in the back

M: Medium bodied

O: The caramel malt base makes this a good intro IPA for those beer drinkers that have not moved into the hop world. St. Arnolds does a good job making this a balanced IPA (473 characters)

Photo of BigBarley
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, bright orange/copper, with a nice white, foamy head. Good lacing. Smells like simcoe glory, with a nice sweet malt backbone. Surprising hop aroma, considering Saint Arnold's usually reserved hop profiles. Taste is very hop forward, tropical and citrus, with a slight sweetness from the malt highlighting it. Nice and thick body, still refreshing and smooth in any temperature. Altogether a unique and powerful offering from Saint Arnold. (462 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, rich orange with a finger of eggshell head. Big aroma of grapefruit and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, sticky mouthfeel. Grapefruit, orange, and floral hops up front followed by a big caramel backbone and lots of pine on the slightly boozy finish.

Strong malts, strong hops, good balance. This one came off a little sweet at first but I liked it more and more as I went. (398 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a moderately hazy orange-brown. There is a light tan head with decent retention. Very light spotty lacing.

S: Citrus in general and specifically orange peel are immediately present. Grapefruit is notable as well. Some pine notes and a good dose of sweet caramel malt complement each other and hint at a small touch of alcohol.

T: Bitter and floral pine are the main players here. Fairly well balanced, with caramel and toffee notes from the malt providing a nice sweetness to complement the resinous pine. Orange and citrus are still noticeable but blend in quietly between the pine and malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied and just a little oily. Carbonation is mild-moderate.

O: A well balanced IPA. Pine and citrus notes are powerful but tempered by a solid malt backbone. (824 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,927 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (731 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer pours a nice golden body with a thick white head that quickly fades to nothing more than a ring around the glass. There is also a lot of lace too.

S: This has a FANTASTIC pepper( the pepper you sprinkle on food, not the kind of pepper you make salsa with)hop smell. There is also a little bit of sweet grain with a tiny bit of bitterness.

T: This seriously tastes a lot like Sculpin too me. The hop bitterness is perfect for the style.. some breweries go a little overboard with the bitterness..anyways, the beer lingers for a long time and has just an amazing amount of sweetness once the bitterness fades.

M: This beer has a very nice body and mouthfeel. The body is very full and has a nice bit of carbonation. As I drink this, the carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: This is for sure one of the best beers I have ever had from Saint Arnold's. They have always been hit and miss for me, but this one is a home run. Just an awesome beer and cant wait to get this again. (1,034 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a buddy who brought me back a bottle from his trip out there. Pours a deep amber color with a light, creamy head. The nose starts off with a touch of citrus but then turns decidedly into peaches and some grape fruit. The taste starts off with creamy malt resulting from the pale 2-row and caramel malts and Saint Arnold yeast. The hop bitter starts low then builds to a crescendo, but always maintains a balance even in its big finish. The hop flavor continues to be citrusy and peachy, an interesting manifestation of the Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial hops. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a solid DIPA. (610 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (516 characters)

Photo of Ford
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boondoggles in El Lago, Texas.

This is a great DIPA. In fact, it's my favorite of all that I have tried.

Plenty of grapefruit taste in my opinion, which I'm a big fan of. Lots of hops too as expected. Bitterness is there, but it fits in. Plenty of ABV so be ready.

If it's on tap, its going to be hard to pass up in the future. (340 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 (542 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (491 characters)

Photo of Beasticles
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden red, 1 finger heavy white head

Smell - citrus and grass clippings

Taste - lightly bready with strong grapefruit and pine

Mouthfeel - stickier. Medium carbonation. Works well with the hop intensity.

Overall - Fantastic ride. Would do again. High ABV so wear your big boy pants. (300 characters)

Photo of Hawk345
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best thing to come out of Houston since Bobby Brown. Hops make it. Challenger, centennial, oh and did i mention king Simcoe??
Bags of flavour, crisp, citrussy and no metallic aftertaste that is so common in US DIPAs.
Defo tastes best in draft, even better at the brewery, but a bottle is also great.
Only downside - i dont have one right now (341 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 22 oz. bomber into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date 7.18.12.

Look- Crystal clear medium amber with four solid fingers of frothy off-white head that sticks to the glass. Leaves a few irregular rings of suds.

Smell- Woah. Bold, sweet fruity scent. And I mean bold. Mango, navel orange, and lollipops. And orange squash pre-dilution. Kind of caught me off guard, but in a good way.

Taste- Mellow, very distinctive citrusy flavor that follows the nose, balanced with French bread. Starts with a bit of caramel. Clean, fresh, more balanced than anticipated, more nutty than sweet. Finishes with sun-baked split pine and yellow cake batter. Not as bitter as expected. Floury, powdery character and a bit of grassiness makes itself evident as the glass empties.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body, juicy feel. Low carbonation. Lightly dry finish

Overall- Does a good job pretending to be lighter than it is without easing up on the flavor. I've never been impressed by St. Arnold and generally find their beers bland, but I'm quite glad I tried this one - pick it up if you can get it. (1,093 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite DIPA. Got introduced to this beauty at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Picked up a couple of bottles from Stein's to bring back with me. My review is based on bottles.

It pours a lovely copper color with an inch of beige head that lingers and then fades and leaves a layer on the surface.

It took me a while to place the smell. To me it smells of candied citrus peel with floral backnotes.

Taste is sweet and hoppy with the afforementioned citrus and floral notes. Initial taste is sweet and then bitter as it hits the back of the tongue. Bitterness will linger. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

Good mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation to even out the body.

Overall this is a wonderfully balanced DIPA and a great effort from the guys in Houston. Hope I get to try this at the brewery in the near future. (841 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Idle Rich Pub in a pint glass.

The beer is golden with a nice finger of white tight bubbled head. The glass was dripping with head.

The nose was basically grapefruit juice with some sweetness.

Lots of citrus character with orange and grapefruit hop flavors. There is some attempt at a balancing sweetness to the bitterness. There is still a bold bitterness akin to Deschutes Inversion. Some pine comes out in the finish.

St. Arnolds needs to tap Keith Stone for a smoothness campaign for this brew. (521 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to SSW117.

A- Pours a golden amber with about a head of slightly off-white head that quickly dissipates to leave almost no head. Some spotty lacing, a little bit below average carbonation.

S- Pretty malty, some hops, but definitely not a hopbomb, some spices, below average aroma strength for an IPA.

T- Malts, spices, some light hops, definitely more malts then hops. Lightly sweet, tiny bit bitter on the finish but definitely more dominated by the malts.

M- Medium bodied, below average carbonation, goes down easy, abv very well hidden.

O- Not bad but I was a little bit disappointed by this one (considering it was rated a 4.21), definitely too dominated by the malts- just not what I expect from an IPA. Abv was very well hidden and not bad too drink. Glad I got to try this, thanks again SSW117. (827 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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. (564 characters)

Saint Arnold Endeavour IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.