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Saint Arnold Homefront IPA - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Homefront IPASaint Arnold Homefront IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.15% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: InebriatedJoker on 05-21-2012)
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12-27-2012 01:24:24 | More by t0rin0
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

05-26-2012 00:12:10 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

06-08-2012 02:53:26 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-28-2012 03:47:56 | More by GRG1313
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:31:34 | More by Mora2000
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kojevergas

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

Low D+

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 04:14:42 | More by kojevergas
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-28-2012 15:04:29 | More by drummermattie02
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with a bottled on date of 051412 pours a crystal clear gold color with a thick head of white head. Nice retention and lacing...pretty much a great looking beer in the glass.

Nose has some great hop aromas, sticky and tropical. Malts are light and just a bit grainy, no caramel or sugar...just like I like my IPAs. Super fresh beer is always a delight to the senses...especially an IPA.

Taste is good...dank and fresh. Alot of hop flavor with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. Malt is all in the background and is biscuity and grainy. Its a good beer, not great, but the price point drives me nuts. $8 for a bomber of decent IPA? Really? I get that it is for charity, but good lord...I hope 75% goes to the troops. There are plenty of six packs that cover this ground more adequately. I will not be purchasing this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 18:56:46 | More by twiggamortis420
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +9%

07-29-2012 17:33:30 | More by mhaugo
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-10-2012 22:39:02 | More by Gagnonsux
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-31-2012 00:54:52 | More by jenray
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-12-2012 04:50:54 | More by wagenvolks
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allengarvin

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half-liter mug, this is a light-colored copper beer with a medium head. Plenty of citrus in the nose, though not much else. Better on taste, which is naturally dominated by the hops, offering citrus, leafy notes, and quite a bit of bitterness. A light but solid malt presence comes through. A tad fruity but mostly clean, yeast-profile-wise.

Solid, drinkable IPA, though the price tag is a high.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 23:35:47 | More by allengarvin
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%

05-29-2012 03:50:27 | More by duff247
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-08-2014 19:51:00 | More by Gatordaddy
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-04-2013 04:02:04 | More by jheezee
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-04-2012 23:23:41 | More by DonFrap
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-03-2013 21:25:04 | More by IrishColonial
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TX-Badger

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-09-2014 03:13:53 | More by TX-Badger
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. Bottle date 5/14/12.
Central Waters globe

A: Loud hiss upon opening. Pours a beautiful clear golden orange color. Full finger of bright white head. Great carbonation streaming off bottom of glass. It's leaving some light lacing, but not tons.

S: Tons of fruity hop aromas. Lots of grapefruit, mango, papaya, and some of that orange marmalade character. There is a little maltiness there, but it's certainly FRESH.

T: Nice hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Prickly carbonation adds to the bitterness in the mid palate. You get a good amount of those fruity hops that you smelled but it's not the overall hop bomb I was expecting. It's nicely balanced actually. As it warms, i am pulling some of that marmalade flavor that I smelled. Very easy drinking. Not a hint of heat at all. Nice crisp dry finish too.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 14:54:32 | More by inlimbo77
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HardTarget

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, cheers to St. Arnold for a non-profit brew to help military families. I'm happy with my purchase even before I taste the beer.

Appearance: Pale gold glass, very clear, holds a film of foam that gives up a touch of lace.

Smell: Floral hops, rose, with some fresh cut grass. Perfume quality that lets through a lot of sweetness.

Taste: Some citric rind hops in the taste, light, mostly lime peel that goes a bit candied in the finish. Sweet white bread malt punches through firmly leaving the package pretty balanced, like a flavorful APA, or a weaker IPA.

Mouthfeel: Gassy, strong carbonation but a fairly thick body to keep it from going fizzy. Dry finish.

Overall: A real lime quality here that's fairly appealing, but I think I would have been happier with this marketed as a strong APA rather than a light IPA. Held up to IPA standards, this is a bit weaksauce, but it's a fine, tasty APA.

Looking through the website, it's orange zest I'm tasting rather than lime, and they used 6 maple Louisville sluggers in the bright beer tank (http://www.saintarnold.com/news/index.html#homefront).
Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 00:15:02 | More by HardTarget
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-16-2014 21:18:02 | More by bmwats
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-26-2014 01:49:00 | More by Jame515
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of SSW117. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a golden slightly brownish with about a finger's worth of white head that dissipates to a very thin layer. About average carbonation. Leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Light Maple, oak, malts, a little bit of hops, lightly sweet, definitely below average aroma strength.

T- Very lightly sweet maple, some vanilla oak, a little bit of lemon, a little bit of hops balanced with malts. Finishes with a light vanilla lemon taste. Not your typical IPA, but definitely interesting.

M- Light, refreshing, not too much carbonation, easy to drink.

O- Definitely not like your average IPA. You can definitely get a little bit of the maple and vanilla oak from the aging on the maple bats which is balanced nicely with the light lemon taste from the hops and the malts. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but I actually kind of like it- definitely unique.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:29:37 | More by jaasen64
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

05-24-2012 20:36:55 | More by Hopmodium
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Saint Arnold Homefront IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.