Saint Archer Double IPA
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Saint Archer Double IPASaint Archer Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,902
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,028
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
177
From:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  46
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Saint Archer Double IPASaint Archer Double IPA
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 177 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SSS
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy golden yellow with a nice white head that lingers
S-Nice strong west coast IPA aroma, fruit and pine
T-A really nice balance of sweet and bitterness, fruity upfront and a smooth bitterness comes in late
M-Medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O-I enjoyed this beer perhaps it was the Cali nostalgia...

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy honey color with an impressive head; excellent stickage with clumps of lace hanging around

Smell: Lemon and orange citrus and pine, cakey malt base

Taste: Cakey malt lays down the backbone with a quick launch into bitter orange/pine hop flavors; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, bringing a fruity finish with some tropical tones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent DIPA but very much older school compared to where the trendsetters have moved today

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although not bottle dated, this just arrived at my local Whole Foods and I'm assured very fresh. Taste& feel confirms!

Everything about this beer is damn good. Lemon zest, and tropical fruit from the Citra hops show up just enough without making this a fruit juice bomb. The malt lends a bubble gum flavor which is surprising and appreciated. Tropical Fruit / Bubblegum & Pine West coast DIPA.

This beer is dry, crisp and clean. For those of you who have yet to try this very nice specimen of a DIPA, I felt this beer reminded me of a much more clean & refined, more citrussy version of SN Torpedo.

I'd 100% purchse this again when assured fresh.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty big malt presence, big hop aroma, but the smell is slightly stinky - not as bright and fresh smelling as the Mosaic or regular IPA from these guys. Pretty easy drinking for over 8% but not my favorite in the flavor department.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I have the Mosaic Double IPA a 4.85. This doesn't compare, but it's still a good double/imperial IPA. It has a certain malt backing that doesn't hit home for me. I get grapefruit, but too much malt character for me. The aroma is a miss, and the beer is average to me.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aViewFromTheHOP for this one! 12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Though retention isn't half bad, the texture is rough (like a fizzy soda). Some bubbly splotches of lacing stick to the glass - key word, some. (3)

Smell: Well, it's just like a bigger version of their regular IPA. I get plenty of grapefruit, pine, weed, and general dankness - the hops here pop better in general. Once it opens up a bit, I pick up some tropical fruit notes. The malts remain fairly neutral - unusual for a DIPA. This nails what I look for in the style: the hops shine, the malts make a solid canvas without overpowering, and there's a semblance of complexity. (4)

Taste: This is straight-up grapefruit juice. I don't know how else to describe it. There are some additional suggestions of pine, grass, and weed - after a while, it stops being straight-up grapefruit juice, and transforms to a somewhat complex DIPA. The maltiness is quite good, bringing some sugar cookie and bread flavor. It has good balance, good intensity, and good depth - what's not to like here? (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It does feel full-bodied, perhaps more than I expected from the aromatic suggestions. Luckily, while it's big, it finishes nice and dry. Drinkability isn't spectacular, but it's a nice one to savor. Astringency is a little high, and so is the carbonation. (3.5)

Overall: Hey, this is a damn good DIPA, way better than Saint Archer's single. I wouldn't call it a Pliny killer, but I would suggest it could be mentioned in the same breath. It's a rock-solid DIPA without much hype, enough said. (4)

3.79/5: Best Saint Archer beer I've had yet

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Photo of ryaneasterling
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is frequently compared to Pliney the Elder, while I wouldn't say this beer compares with Pliney in terms of complexity or subtlety
y, I would say that this beer is very "dank" and it deserves a much higher score than is currently listed. I prefer this beer to many other west coast double IPA's, including Lagunitas' Hop Stupid and Stone's Enjoy By. This DIPA is on the rise and quickly establishing a well earned reputation.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle delivered by Gary to SF, pretty fresh!
Really good looking pour into my large Duvel goblet, darker golden.
Nice smell, aromatic hop combo
Starts out danky then opens up into a danky/tropical taste, they didn't go cheap on dry hopping with this DIPA!
Really nice level of carbonation, nothing wrong.
Pretty damn good, I was impressed with Mosaic DIPA & this DIPA was certaily on the same level depending on your hop combo preference.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, hop forward ipa. St Archer kind of his its signature taste; citrus and piney. This is no different. Hides abv well. While not terribly complex; it doesn't try to be. Its just a good hoppy west coast dipa

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Photo of breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Criminally underrated DIPA, this thing burts with a pungent hop nose and equally robust palate. It's savory, with bits of pine and tropical fruit thrown in. I'll say it 'till I'm blue in the face -- Saint Archer's pale ale/IPA/DIPA lineup is as strong as anyone not just in the state but in the country.

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Photo of herbz0r
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly this is the perfect DIPA in my opinion. I don't review beers often but as a home brewer with over 100 brews under my belt and having sampled all the great beers of this style, I prefer this to pliny or any of the best out there. Got it fresh and refrigerated at whole foods. This needs to be rated much higher. Cheers Saint Archer!

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Pours a nice golden color which is very transparent. Two finger foamy head that resides in about 2-3 minutes. Spotty lacing.

S. A bready/biscuity malt character seems to dominate the nose with afterthougts of some mild citrus and pine. Some pineapple aroma.

T. A little bit more hop character on the palate. Backing up the nose I get notes of pineapple and pine blending with the sweet malts and then getting some floral notes followed by a mild bitterness. Finishes with a grassy linger. Pleasant in all. Layers of flavor that seem to work together.

M. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Feels a lil creamy in the mouth.

O. A good DIPA. Definitly a change from the citrusly overpowerred DIPA's or the IBU bombs. These one is decently refreshing and Saint Archer seemed to try to be a lil more original. They arent recreating the DIPA or anything but it just seems a lil different from what i've been tasting lately. Enjoyable and a nice change up.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical pineapple-y hop character that transitions into bittersweet grapefruit in the finish. Clean malt backbone, mildly sweet leaning more toward dry. Nice crisp finish with subdued bitterness. Clean and delicious.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a 12 pack variety of cans. It's really a shame it's the only way to get it in cans, and apparently the only way to get 22oz bottles is at the brewery. Pours a clear light golden color with a white head with big bubbles. Doesn't leave much lacing. Nose is out of this world. Immediately reminded of Enjoy By. Loads of mango, guava, pineapple, and citrus. A little alcohol in the nose as well but almost undetectable. Taste follows the nose. Huge tropical fruit. Citrus on the back end. Some malty sweetness but otherwise a ridiculously well balanced and well crafted beer. Bitterness is spot on. If you're looking for something to destroy your palate look elsewhere. This stuff lets the aroma and flavor of the hops shine through excellently. As for mouthfeel you really can't ask for much more out of a DIPA. It's not too thick, carbonation is nice, and just drinks very well overall. Once this stuff gets noticed it's Top 250 bound. 88 for this is a travesty. Next time you see a Saint Archer 12 pack just get it. The IPA is tasty as well.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

From the variety in cans.
Pours sunset orange with good carbonation.
Sweet tropical fruits balanced by a good malt back and no offensive alcoholic after taste.
Not bad at all.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that eventually settles, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- strong whiff of fruity hop aroma, with an emphasis on citrus rind, pineapple, mango & papaya. Sweet bread & earthy malt, with a hint of toasty aroma

T- citrus fruit dominates up front with a big emphasis on pineapple and mango, grapefruit and and danky hop follows in the mid-palate, malty fresh bread and some earthy notes, the finish gives some grassy notes with a nice dandy linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouth feel and a smooth creamy finish

O- big citrus notes with some nice bready notes to back it up, classic west coast DIPA style

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Photo of Lothore
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy tangerine color with a two finger, off white head.

S -citrus, grapefruit, peach

T - bready, citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest, lingering bitterness.

M - thick and resins with ample carbonation.

D - decent dipa. I would revisit given the chance.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 750ml. No dating - get on it, Archer!
Orange color, fluffy head. Mostly sour and sweet citrus fruit (more orange than grapefruit), with some tropical notes, and a buttered biscuit undernote. Taste is mildly malty, with a lingering moderate bitterness. Body medium on the lighter side. Definitely a Socal IPA, with more fruit than earth. It is highly drinkable because of the simple pale malt bill, like Sculpin or Pliny. It is very good, close to greatness. If only I knew how fresh the bottle was, so I could take that into account. What are we, in the Middle Ages?

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Photo of djjacobsen
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the kind. It's so well crafted.
Starts with a straw color pour with small bubbles one finger high. The smell is good, definitely smells like a dry hopped west coast ipa. I get a lot of simcoe in the aroma. The taste is awesome. Very bitter, piney, lime, semi-dank, herbal-earthy. The mouthfeel is the best part. The bubbles are small and aggressive. They burst on your tongue tucking ipa flavor deep into your taste buds. I was really impressed with this dipa. Pick it up when you can but make sure it's fresh.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy pale/orange color. Nice head, slight retention. Color is perfect for the hop forward intention.

S: Lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, sweet earth. Citra is apparent as is simcoe. Smells like awesome.

T: Tropical fruit, citrus and sweet breads. A lot more fruit than pine. More Hawaii than Lake Tahoe.

M: Medium body/carbonation.

O: Very similar to Enjoy By. If you get this fresh its an incredible IIPA.

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Photo of McStagger
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy light orange. Finger of slight off white khaki head. Mix of large and small bubles. Retention is minimal, as is carbonation. Bubbles are medium sized, racing up to form the head.

S: Lots of hops, lots of malt. Hops are pungeant. Savory, onion/garlic, grapefruit, pine. Definitely getting the Simcoe that's labelled on the back. Malt is reminscent of sweet yeast rolls. Smells like a well crafted DIPA.

T: Tastes like it too. The onion/garlic savory is noticeable in the palate, but it's more balanced than it was in the nose. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Noticeable amount of tropical in the mid palate. The breadiness of the malt supplies a nice backbone against hop presence. Slight hint of alcohol in the sinuses. Finishes very dry, with a long, herbal/pine aftertaste.

M: Fairly light bodied for the style. Moderate carbonation in the mouth. 8.3 abv adds some heft, but it's still light/medium for a DIPA.

O: Pretty good DIPA. However, it is lost in a sea of stellar ones.

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Photo of pkalix
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

for a DIPA, it pours beautifully. bright yellow with early carbonation and bubbles swirling to meet the white foaminess above it.
smell is a true hoppy bitterness and the taste is definitely the same. very bitter. slightly floral, mostly citric with some grapefruit zest and grapefruit oils. sticky whiteness on the sides of the glass, looks like meringue.
overall, it's okay. very good. very distinct flavors. very bitter. 2nd pour produces a huge fluffy head.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle I brought to share at dabaloons' tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal and dank hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with very nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

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Photo of rawfish
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Saint Archer line, it wouldn't be representative of SoCal without a double IPA. Pour is a clear pale copper, shining brass against the light with a small half finger head. Sporadic, soapy lacing follows decent retention.

Floral and bright aroma, delicate lychee and tropical passion fruit minus the acidity with grapefruit pith and sweet tangerine. Barely detectable grainy malt and alcohol. Not terribly strong but impressive.

The basic two row malt is thin and grainy, it allows the hops to shine but is lacks the ability to push back the solvent-like alcohol impression. Hops are stock grapefruit, pith very sharp and pinching, some candied tangerine peel sweetness and the mouthcoating bitterness is lasting making the saliva glands work.

One thing about this brewer is that beer to please the masses usually has a nice feel and drinkability to it. The body is a bit light for a double with noticable breathy alcohol and moderate...maybe a bit above average carbonation. Dries and lifts from the palate nicely. All of this considered it makes for a pretty easy beer.

Another DIPA in the grand scheme of things, easy drinking and the lychee in the nose makes it tick up IMO. Otherwise very standard west coast style, the masses would like it enough.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

1/19/2014

Bomber purchased from Saint Archer.

A: Yellow gold with a billowing soapy white head. Great retention. Good clarity. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: The aroma boasts loads of papaya, mango, and tangerine. A bit of spicy grapefruit and guava with a touch of resinous pine. Light crackery malt base. Floral notes. Extremely aromatic.

T: Upper medium bitterness balanced by ample hop flavor in the form of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine. No sweetness or malt character to speak of. The finish is clean, crisp, and very dry with a lingering hop bite that leaves orange flesh and pith lingering on the palate. The finish is overly dry and somewhat astringent, which detracts from the drinkability. A bit rough.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation and a dry (very dry), sticky, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Great aroma and good taste, but the finish drives the scores down in the flavor and overall categories as it's a bit rough and wears you out.

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Saint Archer Double IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 177 ratings