Saint Archer IPA
Saint Archer Brewing Co.

Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,227
Ranked #12,328
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Saint Archer Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Saint Archer IPASaint Archer IPA
Notes: 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 dimwit_flathead
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a tallboy (actually 19.2 oz) at my local AM/PM expecting something like Steel Reserve because it has a can that looks like it. Poured into a 12oz bar glass from the can. Nice frothy head; nice haze; a little floral or lemony smell. Nothing overpowering. But the taste is amazing! It's not like a usual California IPA with overpowering hop flavor (not that I'm complaining). This is a sophisticated, balanced IPA, almost as good as something from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19oz can purchased on the Tulalip Reservation outside Marysville, Washington yesterday. Pckd date is 1/14/19.

From this sample I don't really get the good ratings, Rather bland looking and it's one of those bitter pine bombs, I get this is an oldschool California IPA mill known for these but the high rating is ridiculous.

For today's market this gets a decent C, second tier IPA.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

19.2oz can BB 08/12/19...2 months left.

Pours clear straw. Head dissipates to a skim quickly.
Any aroma is very faint.
Taste is clean, light Not much sign of the Amarillo/Simcoe duo...but some noticeable generalized hop flavor and bitterness. Slight drying aftertaste.
Not great, not bad. Perhaps this recipe was more influenced by the "artists, musicians, skateboarders, and snowboarders" than S.A.'s "world-class brewers".....!

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Photo of IronLover
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, creamy white foam with medium low retention. Malty and medium citrus hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation and light warmth near the finish. Medium citrus hop flavors with light spiciness. Medium hop bitterness and a medium malty backbone. Finished with herbal and spicy hop bitterness that quickly tapers. A well balanced, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of takusan1000
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Expected a standard ipa but this delivered beyind thise expectations. Floral and botanical taste and smell that goes beyond what one might expect. Nice beer!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 oz. can from Safeway in McMinnville OR $2.59 Traditonal range colored body..small white head. Very fruity aromas..tropical indeed..refeshing juicy fruit. Taste the same but balanced by a bitter citrus buzzsaw. Good soft mouth feel..with medium carbonation. Nice gas station type beer

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First from Saint Archer a surfer craft collective.
a) Pale yellow slight haze body matches the sugary nature of this brew that rises a white head that rings and laces only a bit.
s) Floral, light sweet white biscuit, grassy lemony.
t) Follow the smell, but lots more light sweet cookie. wine like, floral, astringent, clean finish.
f) Astringent, wine like, clean and crisp, kissy finish.
o) well made but missing some earth and hop dirt.

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Photo of 8k7k6k5k4k
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the more better IPA's I've tried thus far, and I do have to say: It's one of my instant favorite IPA's.

Due to it's bitter-flavor with hops, it doesn't carry much of a fruity flavor. It leans more towards the stronger IPA's I've had thus far. It goes down smoothly and gives you a definite buzz haha!

I'd definitely drink some of this at the end of a hard days work for sure! The flavor is bold, as well as the abv%. Other than that, it's a wonderful brew if you can find it. Something you should give a try at least once.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, date stamped 03252019. Golden body, slightly hazy, foany off-white head. Fruit and citrus with light caramel for aroma. Tart citric & fruity hops up-front with notes of grapefruit, orange, passion fruit, mango, pine, caramel, and grain. Medium body, resinous with bitterness building, semi-dry balanced finish. Good to try another southern California beer while here on vacation. This was good.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straw and hazy with little carbonation. Topped with 4 fingers of off white, glassy head.

Smells of pine, pineapple and citrus. There's a glass candy like quality as well.

Tastes of pineapple, pine and grapefruit pith. There's a sort of candy quality as well.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, its a great balance between dry and sweet.

Got this in Sacramento today, drinking in Redding, Nov 25th, 2018.

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Photo of matcris
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Chill haze on a golden/light amber brew, with a small white foam. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Tropical fruit, mostly. Slight astringency.
TASTE: Right out of the chilly fridge. Nice pineapple.
FEEL: A little sticky, plenty of carbonation, medium body, and dryer on the finish. Nice.
OA: Lots of pineapple from the hops. So, if you like pineapple....

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Photo of Ironhand24680
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


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Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours bright golden. A lasting white head leaves lacing. A nice looking brew.

The smell is of dank pine and citrus (grapefruit), slightly catty/perfumy.

The taste is of dank pine intermingled with citrus (grapefruit, orange, hint of lemon). Cracker-like bready malt rounds out the perfumy/catty/-bitterness in the finish.

Chewy and smooth despite hop-forward bitterness.

Hop-forward, yet balanced, this is a very good example of a classic West Coast American IPA!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty straightforward old-school west coast IPA, a little oily on the mouthfeel and the alpha acids are high for my taste, malt is a little cardboardy but otherwise fine

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

From a can marked 7/3/2018. Translucent golden color with a finger of white head. Bright citrusy smell. Medium feel. Tastes of citrus, pine, and some light malt. Aggressive and hop-forward. Very nice.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw gold. Poured a hefty head that dissipated quickly.

S: Beautifully ripe mango with nice fresh citrusy and oily pine hops.

F: Medium-light

T: Very aggressive hops that come right out and punch you in the mouth. Malt gradually eeks in and breaks up the bitterness. Hop bitterness lingers quite a bit afterwards. Tastes of flowers and woodsy pine. Faint hint of caramel honey.

O: A fine IPA. Slightly too hoppy and the bitterness is a bit unbalanced for my taste, but it'll work in a pinch.

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Photo of ddean
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at T's Café North, Arcata, CA over brunch.

Look- Clear, rather lemon yellow for an IPA--you would almost guess that it is a pilsner before tasting.
Smell- Not a broad aroma, and also more leaning towards a pilsner: rice (which grew more pronounced as the beer warmed) and a hint of citrusy hops. The cold starting temperature might have affected things.
Taste- Solid IPA. I get some good citrus (orange/lemon), crisp, light malt that adds a bit of sweetness. Not overly hoppy which is good here because of the light malt counterbalancing.
Feel- My favorite part. Pleasant lingering of the sweet malt and citrus.

Overall a refreshing and tasty IPA. My favorites tend to have bigger flavor profiles (e.g. West Coast IPAs such as Lagunitas Maximus or Racer 5 or the Deschutes Pine Drop), but this seems like a safe bet for a lot of different IPA lovers, especially if you like lemon/orange notes.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with a thumb of ivory head. Nice head retention & slightly better than average head retention

S: Catty, piney, some citrus late

T: Follows the nose, much dryness & pomelo as well up front. Grapefruit & pomelo, plus crackery dryness, plus pine once warm & some sweet breadyness. Finishes with bready sweetness/dryness, & a little pomelo, a little mango shows up to the party late

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, nice balance

Solid IPA, easy to drink

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Photo of Spikester
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear pale gold with a full hand of bone color head. Leaves rings and splotches of lace.
The smell is dank herbal fruity hops with a bit of bread crust malt.
Taste is dank resinous herbal fruity hops with just the right amount of malt for the style.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and fairly bitter.
Overall a tasty and enjoyable WC IPA. Canned on 10/19/17. I bought it on close out and would like to get this on tap sometime.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

File this review under beers that would have higher scores if it wasn't offensive to some city hipster bc "corporations". Durrrrrr.

Anyways, I love the availability of this stuff. Pours a golden and yellow pour with 4/5" white head. Aroma was an enjoyable medley of hops, a little bit of Citra and Amarillo on the nose.

Taste drops a hearty bitterness in the west coast vein, because its backed up by what seems like pale toasted golden promise or something similar and dry. When you wanna talk about mixing up the good old school C hops with some proprietary ones, and delivering it fresh and all over the place for $10 a 6 pack, this is the stuff.

Did someone just call this an East Coast ipa? Its not. Not even close. Its west coast all the way. While I wouldn't say its "world class" i definitely think it is a second tier west coast ipa that is very affordable and easy to find.

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Photo of K-Stew
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very excellent take on an east coast IPA with a west coast feel. The Simcoe come through generously in this brew which is fantastic! Great mouth feel with an awesome balance between tropical pineapple hops and some slightly bitter pine.

Tried at a B Dubs while traveling in the valley in Cali. Easily one of the best beers I’ve ever had at a Buffalo wild wings chain, props to them for getting distribution!

Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Archer has a medium, off-white head, a semi-clear, golden appearance, and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, white bread, bread crust, strong bitterness, and funk. Taste is similar, and Saint Archer finishes medium dry.


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Photo of AstoriaJerry
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Living in the Portland/Vancouver area I wanted a local IPA to be my favorite. This AIPA has what I desire. Medium in hops, and bitterness, I can drink this all day in the summer heat.

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Photo of brenn79
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can- Pours straw golden with a small white head that reduces to foamy bubbly. Aroma is floral, orange, light. The flavor is standard ipa fare, floral, citrusy, orange and grapefruit. Not bad

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Photo of michiganmatt
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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