Saint Archer IPA | Saint Archer Brewing Co.

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Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA

Brewed by:
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Everything you would expect from a great American India Pale Ale: Hop-forward, yet civilized. Bitter but balanced.

Amarillo and Simcoe ring loud and clear with citrus and tropical notes that are backed up by a chorus of our other favorites - Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, and Citra.

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Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A clear golden-orange. A bit less than average amount of visible carbonation along with a bit less than average amount of foamy white head.

S: Tropical and floral hops dominate, with strong papaya and passion fruit aromas along with something else I don't quite know how to describe.

T: The floral hops dominate the taste, with the tropical aspects taking more of a supporting role. The end of the sip/aftertaste has a more piney/resinous flavor

F: In between medium and medium-fulla bodied. Carbonation and bitterness are about what you would expect from a standard IPA, perhaps a bit more.

O: This was a nice floral IPA. I tend to prefer more piney IPAs, so this didn't quite do it for me. But you might love it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a west coast road trip and brought it back here to the land of Tom Brady and overregulation. Gold with a stalwart head that diminishes but never fully fades. Smells like pine and a dank, earthy orange citrus cream soda mix. Tastes features a heavy, earthy citrus bitter with malty balance. Clean body up front that keeps all the stickiness in back.

I had one of these out of the can last week and didn't like it at all. Now, in a glass, I like it fair enough. So drink it in a glass is what I'm saying.

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Photo of MFMB
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium to deep straw yellow, clear with minimal head. Nose is earthy, pine gum and light citrus. Taste follows the nose as well as having more of a malt presence than any recent IPA I have enjoyed. Medium body and fairly smooth.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently had this IPA at a hotel bar and I really enjoyed it.

(L) It has a yellow slightly cloudy hue and a thin white head.

(A) It has a nice piney aroma perhaps some citrus.

(T) The taste is piney and there's grapefruit and it has a malty/bready backbone. The hop bitterness at the end is significant but not too much

(F) About medium body and pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two inch head into my snifter. Head is strait white. Slightly frothy, but mostly a soapy looking head that I can hear fizzing away. Carbonation looks medium, visibility is high, especially for an IPA, I can see my fingers almost perfectly through the glass. The lacing looks like it’ll be alright, but we’ll see how that goes. So far, the appearance is…not bad. Head ran away fast, but the last bit is lingering around.

I can smell the beer from two feet away. Smells very nice. Simcoe and Amarillo are listed on the bottle, I definitely pick up on some of that. Not quite mosaic level of tropical fruit, but there are some fruity notes here. Some funky, earthy hops in the back end of the aroma, not a huge fan of that character, but I’ve learned to deal with it as it is usually associated with these hops. A little citrus going on too. Not very piney, slightly floral. Lemon, Mango, Papaya, just tropical overall. Very nice aroma. The hidden smells are the best, I just wish they were more in your face, the initial and dominating aroma is a very simple citrus. For that reason, only a 4 for aroma.

The flavor isn’t quite there though. It tastes like an IPA, just not hitting on all the cylinders the aroma was. Kinda all over the place honestly. I get that funky, earthy hop in here. Definitely a bitterness that stays from beginning to end, not offensive though, pretty nice – back of the tongue. A small malt sweetness hiding in there. Just really not a huge flavor though, a little citrus. A small smalllll note of the tropical fruit, but like I said, just not enough coming through to the taste. 3.5 is probably fair, it’s definitely not a bad beer.

It has a good mouthfeel for an IPA, medium-low carbonation that feels like a million small, calm bubbles, rather than big aggressive ones. The body is about medium, maybe medium-low. It has enough chewiness to support the backbone for this IPA. A 4 sounds about right for mouthfeel.

The drinkability is pretty darn good, as mentioned. The bitterness is not offensive. For 7 percent it goes down about how well it should, with no offensive speedbumps. 4 for drinkability.

The appearance turned out to be…eh. A little lacing here and there, not much overall though. Some frothy bubbles hanging out at the top of the body as to remind me the beer isn’t flat. Not a bad looking beer. 3.5 may be a little generous, but I feel like a 3 is definitely too low.

Overall not a bad beer, nothing to write home about, but a good IPA that wouldn’t be a problem ordering. While the aroma is nice, the appearance and taste bring it down from the 4 it was clinging to, so 3.5 overall.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-8-16 (bomber, Valencia CA) nice earthy hops, very easy-drinking and a bit on the dry side (a good thing), bitterness is about the right amount, overall very good

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Photo of Myotus
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 46°F from a 22oz (no date) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 02Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with 4 fingers worth of dense, white foam. At 45 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and porous. At 3 minutes, the edges of the foam head have dissipated into 2 finger's worth while the center to 3 fingers resulting in a foam plateau. Gold in color with a slight amount of cloudiness. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of piney hops are backed by mild earthy hop, mango, papaya, peach, buttered bread, grapefruit, orange, and tangerine aromas. Hints of bitter and spicy hop aromas are also perceivable.
TASTE: Strong piney hop flavors and mild flavors of buttered bread enter initially and are immediately followed by subtle mango, peach, and papaya flavors. Mild flavors of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and spicy hops make their debut, furthering the taste complexity. Mild bitter hop and subtle earthy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for mango, papaya, and peach, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: I personally thought that there were too many different hop flavors going on. I enjoyed the complexity for the sake of complexity, but the overall taste suffered. This was also too bitter for me to rate any higher.

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Photo of phishgator
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Big white foamy head and straw color with medium carbonation. The hops hit you in the face. There is a mixture of piney, citrusy, and floral aromas floating up from the glass. The straw color is more like a pilsner than what you would normally see from an IPA. Thin body; very unbalanced towards the hops/bitter side.

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Photo of Christoffer91
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks promising, pale straw color, true to west coast style. The malt smell and taste is what I love in an IPA; crackery, just enough sweetness to be a simple backdrop to let the hops shine. The thing that bugs me about this beer is the hop profile. It's all over the map hop-wise. Fruity, floral, slightly piney, earthy (nutty?), citrusy... It's too much. This would be at least a good, if not a great beer, if less varietals were used and there were more of a focus on key flavor aspects of certain hops. Not a bad beer, just a frustrating one for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored ale with a tall white colored head. Super pale for the style. Looks like a lager.

Smells strongly of tropical fruit. Scents of passion fruit and lime. Scents of pine and cedar board. Scent of willow tree and aspirin.

Starts out sweet and woody. Wood and strong tea. Taste of passion fruit. Flavor is not as complex as the scent.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow color with white head. Bright, fresh hops on the aroma. Not fruity but herbal, earthy and dank. Taste starts hoppy up-front with the same earthy, resiny flavors. Bitter but not harsh. Soft mouthfell with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a very fine example of an american west coast style IPA.

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Photo of SSS
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Yellow with a haze white head dissipates quickly
S-I couldn't really smell a distinguishing hop but there appeared to be Columbus
M-Light carbonation
T-I enjoyed the hops and bitterness in this beer, suttle and smooth
O-A nice drinkable IPA.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz. can. No date but reportedly about 45-60 days old. Great dank and piney smell on the nose. Very easy drinking for 7%. Flavors were piney and dank but not outstanding.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

November 10th, 2013 - St. Archer's Dry Hopped IPA smells slightly sweet, like honeyed peanuts, but more of a generous honey drizzle than a fresh harvest of peanuts. The palate is both thicker and sweeter than the aroma portended, and with a solid hop profile, or at least enough of one to stand up to the residual sugars. This is more traditionally and sweet like an IPA without the dry hopping, and not quite the bitter and herbaceous flavor I expected. But a drinkable IPA is always welcome.

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Photo of Reema
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12 oz can into a shaker pint

Pours a clear pale honey color. Smells of pineapple, juicy hops, citrus rind, slightly mango, with a slight dankness. Taste reflects the smell with a slight fruitiness that leads into a sizable hops impact, that finishes off with a fruity/malty sweetness. The feel is medium light with moderate carbonation that works well with the fruitiness of the beer. Slightly oily is the only downside. Overall, this is a criminally underrated beer that has great fruity hops characteristics.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my trusty glass mug. Looks golden yellow in colour, a little soapy at first. Nice head and lacing . Aroma is hoppy with a nice citrus/fruity smell. Taste is slightly bitter with a nice combination of pine and citrus. The malt creeps through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great, goes down easy. Not the best, but knocking on the bests door. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden yellow with a pillowy head. Good lacing
S: Citrus and pine slight bread malt
T: A very good balanced IPA. Citrus and pine with a malty backbone
MF: Clean crisp good mouthfeel
o: Very good IPA

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Photo of Rob23
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

One has to remember that everyone's palate is different.This is a fantastic IPA and my taste buds agree.Not overpowering with the fruity style that has become all the rage.Just a straight forward solid and balanced IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color, capped by a two inch head; soapy lacing hangs around a bit

Smell: Sugar cookie and floral, tropical tones of kiwi, guava and berries

Taste: Sugar cookie sweetness, up front, with the tropical fruit tones developing; while the sugars aren't cloying the hop flavors are delicate and don't deliver much bitterness; pleasant, berry-like finish; as the beer warms, the bitterness does start to work a bit better

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant IPA, but could use a bigger hop punch from the great collection of hop varieties that were used

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Appearance: Pours a murky golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention isn't that good, undermining the nice-looking texture somewhat. However, a nice ring of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: When I think of a typical west-coast IPA, this is the kind of nose I look for. A combination of grapefruit, dank, and piny hops pop up strongly; sweet malts lie in the background. I'm glad to see this has pale malt instead of crystal - the sugar cookie character balances with these hops better than caramel and toffee would. It lacks real standout notes, but it's a good representation of the style. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with a wave of grapefruit bitterness - maybe a little pine and flowers, as well. The back end is faintly malty, bringing notes of cracker and sugar cookie. This is pretty no-holds-barred in terms of how bitter it is. However, the maltiness does just enough to keep everything in check. The hop flavors seem muddled and undefined, though I do grow to enjoy this more as I consume it. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Wow, this really bites the palate with dryness and astringency. As a result, this is really damn drinkable. A slight upsurge of sweetness helps out its otherwise thin body some. Carbonation is above average. (3.5)

Overall: This is the kind of approach I like in an IPA - light yet prevalent malts, good bitterness, and high drinkability. It just lacks the pop to be a great example in the style. It's easy to drink, sure, just a bit boring. There isn't much here that allows it to stand out from the pack, unfortunately. I'd drink it again, but I won't trade for it any time soon. (3.25)

3.32/5: Definitely in the second-tier of west coast IPAs

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

22oz bottle from Zom_bee_face (thanks!). No dicernable bottling date. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours hazy pale straw yellow with two and a half fingers white head. Dense retention, featuring a fluffy cake of lace that makes an island on the surface. The thin halo leaves swaths of lace.

Smells of pine, rinds and slightly floral. Meh.

This tastes quite bitter. Orange peel, grapefruit pulp, flower pedals, sticky pine, chalk and a hint of biscuit. Little depth and lacking hop flavor to compliment and offset the bitterness.

Lightly medium body with sharp carbonation. Aftertaste of bitter rinds, old hops and chalk.

Without an identifiable bottling date I can't determine if the weak, shallow and overly bitter IPA I had is what Saint Archer really intended. There was nothing to this that beckons me to give it another try.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours an orange yellowish tan with decent foaming. Light aroma with some faint citrus and ... Pineapple? There's a subtle tropical fruit character that comes across as its sipped. Decent enough but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of sderenne
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this fresh on tap today at a local pub. The beer was fresh, glass was clean. I enjoyed it enough to order a second and it was excellent too! Lots of hop aroma but didn't destroy the back of your tongue with bitterness. Im guessing lots of dry hops. Its nice to find another go to ipa.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. No freshness date.

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a finger's width of white head. Sub-par retention results in a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Light aroma consisting of orange and pineapple.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light flavor, with orange and lesser pineapple. Hints of crackery malt. Light pith bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with bitey carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a session IPA, though the 6.8% begs to differ. A little too light in flavor for my ideal IPA, though it would make a great option for a day in the sun, particularly in can form.

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Photo of numbers
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After hearing Adam Carolla talk this brand up I decided to give it a try.
Not the best IPA I have ever had. Kinda danky, sour almost. Maybe I had a bad bottle. In the sea of breweries in San Diego breweries this one doesn't stand up in the IPA department.

It gets a B+

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Saint Archer IPA from Saint Archer Brewing Co.
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