Saint Arnold Homefront IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by dcloeren:
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured a clear and crisp golden honey color with 1.5 fingers of bright white head. The head quickly retreated to a thin ring and produced some webs on my glass hear and there.
The aroma is very citrus forward with a touch of caramel malt background. Orange and lemon rind making up the majority of the aroma. I wish that it was more hop forward....
Taste follows the nose. Orange citrus hops with some pine mixed in. Not picking up any of the caramel malt on the taste but I think this is a good thing...
The mouthfeel is by and large the highlight of this beer. It is clean, crisp and has a high level of carbonation (which I think is absolutely perfect on this beer). It goes down incredibly easy.
Overall, this was a solid IPA. I read that it was meant to be more of a sessionable brew with the 6% IPA and I think that in that aspect they hit the nail on the head. I'm already almost done with the bomber and I haven't really noticed until now. I still wish this would have been more of a citrus hop bomb a la Zombie Dust but it is what I expected it to be, nothing amazing but definitely solid.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2012 00:14:29 | More by dcloeren
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2.28/5 rDev -38.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with red colour branded pry-off pressure cap and appealing label art acquired at a local bottle shop for $6.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as an IPA for obvious reasons.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Decent complexion and consistency. Little lacing clings to the sdies of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty decent - about 3-4 minutes.
Body colour is a dull murky unappealing brown. Littered with yeasty sediment. Lacks any vibrance whatsoever; very drab and off-putting. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it looks pretty awful for the style. I'm dreading the first sip.
Sm: Generic floral hops. Stale pale malts. Really bland and boring. Not a great aroma for an IPA by any means.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. This beer is shaping up to be pretty bad. Aroma is of light to mild strength.
T: Floral hops. Detergent. Pale malts. Some unwelcome biscuity yeast. Some caramalt. Maybe a hint of grapefruit? It comes off dirty and stale overall. Wait, is that...maple? In an IPA? Is it amateur hour?
That's really about it; there's very little happening here. Bland and boring as all hell.
Below average depth and duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour. Lacks any complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance whatsoever. The yeasty floaties aren't doing it any favours; some filtration would greatly benefit this beer. Unbalanced. Painfully simple. The build lacks cohesion.
No overt alcohol comes through.
Mf: Overcarbonated and biting. Generally smooth and wet. Medium-bodied. Somewhat thick. Unrefreshing. Horrid presence on the palate. This texture doesn't suit the taste well at all, really. Poorly executed. A bit astringent, actually.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.
Dr: This is an insult to the charitable contributions the beer is set up to back. Really a poor IPA. I can't believe Saint Arnold let this go to market, especially given the organisation it's meant to benefit. Possibly the worst IPA I've had this year. I'd caution friends from getting it, and will be avoiding it in the future. The low quality makes it fairly difficult to down. Could hide its ABV better. A real disappointment from Saint Arnold.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 04:14:42 | More by kojevergas
Saint Arnold Homefront IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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