Saint Arnold Homefront IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by MouthfulOfchris:
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Pours a light golden color with a thick off-white creamy head that has moderate retention in the glass.
S: The smell is all hops with a strong pine and lemon citrus smell. Not much else besides the hop going on here.
T: Whenever I drink an IPA for the first time, I always brace myself for a punch of bitterness that I expect. This does not have that. There is some bitterness and a slight citrus taste that is balanced by a sweet finish with just a hint of bitterness on the tongue. It is unusually balanced for an IPA.
M: A creamy thick bodied feel with medium carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish.
O: I prefer my IPA's to punch me in the face with hops and bitterness. This beer does not do that but it is still a good brew. It does not excel but it is definitely worth a shot - especially since Saint Arnold donates the profits from each sale to Operation Homefront supporting the troops and families.
07-04-2012 20:56:50 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance: Pours a medium amber-orange tint with an inch of creamy, white head that dissipates quickly to about a 1/4th inch head.
Smell: Citrus, piney resin, mild hop presence.
Mouthfeel: A modest amount of carbonation. I'm not getting the "very carbonated" mouthfeel that others are saying. It has a very wet finish that strangely has me wanting more, although I generally prefer a dry finish. I enjoy the lingering citrus finish.
Taste: Strong citrus (as it's brewed with zested oranges and citrus peel), grapefruit, pine, a slightly sweet malty presence towards the end, and just a dash of slightly bitter hops that make it an IPA.
Overall: It's a modest version of an IPA. Great for anyone looking to try an India Pale Ale without the usual strong presence of hop bitterness that assault the taste buds. The wet, citrus finish is nice and perfect for a hot Texas summer day. It's not a type of beer I'd normally drink since it's a little light on the bittering hops for an IPA, but it's a one time beer that will never be brewed again apparently. Very average overall, but hey it's for charity...
01-14-2013 00:48:28 | More by Clonies720
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
The beer pours a clear golden color with a white head. The aroma has a light hint of grapefruit in it, with a dose of biscuit malt. Overall, the aroma is fairly faint which is disappointing. The flavor is also a bit restrained. I get some resinous pine and some grapefruit, along with the aforementioned biscuit malt. The bitterness is low and the hop flavors just don't come through the way they should in a West Coast IPA. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but not what I was hoping for.
05-25-2012 02:31:34 | More by Mora2000
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
Doing this one because I am a Houstonian and I love the troops.
It's beautifully orange and clear. Nice looking head. The smell is wonderfully aromatic of total flower hops. Citrusy and sweet in the nose.
The taste is good. Could be a lot more balanced toward the malt. The aftertaste is extremely bitter.
Overall I like it, but not quite balanced enough.
06-12-2012 00:52:31 | More by kyleelton
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
First off, big thanks to my friend Jeremiah for sending me this from Texas. I live in CA where St. Arnold isn't normally available, and especially considering the rarity of this particular beer, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event.
I will also start off by saying that it's awesome to see a brewery doing right by the soldiers. Operation Homefront is a great organization and I suggest that you check them out and help the cause. Now, on to the beer...
Keep in mind that this bottle sat in the back of various FedEx trucks for a week while it was shipped from TX to CA, unrefridgerated. Flavors and aromas may differ from those of a fresh, local product.
A- Pours a rich amber-orange color. A careful pour means minimal head, so I can't accurately gauge that. Crystal clear.
S- I pick off notes of orange and other citrus, a little hoppy but very sweet smelling. A little floral. Overall, very inviting...
T- The nose carries through to the taste very well. Not incredibly bitter but like I said, this beer spent a week in the back of a truck going from TX to CA so the hop flavors might be a little muted. Starts off with citrus sweetness, rounds off the backside with a little hop and pine bitterness but very little of it lingers. Pretty well balanced.
M- medium body, medium carbonation. Not much else to say. Appropriate for the style of beer.
O- Very good. As somebody who's a bit spoiled by CA craft beer, this one caught me by surprise. I honestly didn't know what to expect, but this paid off in spades. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but as far as IPAs go, it's up there. Considering the limited run and the fact that St. Arnold is donating 100% of the profits to Operation Homefront, you should go pick some up *now*. This is a very good beer that's helping to support a *great* cause. If that's not reason enough to buy it, I don't know what is.
06-18-2012 07:17:22 | More by thebornotaku
4/5 rDev +9%
A- Bright orange to copper coloured with decent sized white head when poured into snifter. Carbonation keeps thin layer of foamy head present throughout.
S- Bitter hops (maybe pine) and orange citrus (Could be the hops, the fruit, or both).
T- Bitter upfront with a tasty orange zest coming next. Slight malt with continued bitterness.
M- Fairly thin, but smooth for an IPA. No real feel of bitterness until swallow.
O- Very tasty ... Oh, and also: U-S-A! U-S-A!
06-23-2012 23:39:32 | More by imasloth
Saint Arnold Homefront IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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