Saint Arnold Brown Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a creamy light beige head. Good retention and lacing, but this beer is way to light for a brown ale, it would even be light for an amber!

Smells biscuity and of sweet malts. 5 different malts in this one, eh? I would bet that some special b malt is in there with the high level of caramel in the aroma. Also some mild tones of nuts and chocolate.

Toasty and nutty this brown is, with a good balance of hop bitterness. The flavor profile on it is not really doing it for me though. I want my browns to be chuggably smooth, a bit on the sweet side and chocolaty. This beer is none of that. It feels a bit rough around the edges. It's not bad by any means and is a well crafted beer, but there are many better browns out there that are more to my liking.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear, but not the color you initially expect from a Brown Ale. This is a somewhat lighter and more orange interpretation of "brown." Up top, an off-white colored head that splits quickly and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, roasty malt with plenty of fruity, nutty, slightly chocolaty qualities. It smells darker than you would expect looking at it. Perhaps some light alcohol notes as it warms.

Taste: Sweet, slightly bitter, roasted biscuity malt accented with chocolate, nut, and fruit notes. Despite not having much hop character, this still has good balance. The aftertaste is roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Nicely dry.

Drinkability: Lighter in intensity and body than many Brown Ales, this is above average.

Verdict: Saint Arnold Brown Ale is just a little thin for me, I'd love to see a little more oomph in the malt backbone. But, that being said, this is still a tasty and sessionable little brew well worth a try.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper Color pour with a half finger, very light tan head. smells sweet and a bit nutty, not smelling hops. Taste is about the same, just a bit sweet up front, then get a little nut in the middle and in the finish. finishes a little dry. this is a very flavorful brown ale, had a nice body to it, with a medium mouthfeel. i have been pretty underwhelmed with most of the brown ales I have had latley but this one is very good, and pretty spot on for the style actually.

Overall im very pleased with this one, and for a brown ale, I would definitely pick this up again as it is one of the better english browns I have had.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I really want to love this brewery, if for nothing else so I can have another brewery in my state to support fully. But their beers are just underwhelming. Nothing offensive or horrible, just nothing really good

In the same way that their Amber is more of a Pale, the Brown is almost an Amber. No head, and not the fullness of color I was looking for. Light in the nose, not a lot to pick up in the aroma. Some hops, some sweet malt, but the lack of head makes for a small smell. The taste is equally unimpressive. The mouth is thicker than I thought it would be from the light color of the beer, but it is a nice creamy mouthfeel. And thats the best attribute of this Brown Ale. Low ABV, and you could drink a few if this beer made you think you'd want another one.

Once again, not awful, but nothing I would drink again if there was something else decent available.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/15/2007 (Tap @ Saint Arnold Brewery, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear reddish-brown clear colored body, with a big creamy off-white colored head, with good lacing, and lasting. Has a somewhat nutty aroma, some hops. Okay aroma. Nice malty nutty taste. Tasty.

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Photo of bmwats
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Copper in color. Medium light carbonation pours into a half finger, white, bubbly head. Dissipates quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Light carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt, caramel and coffee.

T: Sweet roasted chocolate malt flavor. A bit piny.

M: Carbonated and hearty, but feels light on the palette.

D: Very solid. Good flavor balance, and unassuming feel.

Very nice. Atmosphere is ok, but a solid distinctive nose does stand out. Good balanced flavor, and a subdued feel. Good quaff.

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Photo of Bagman007
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown color with not a great deal of head.

S- Sweet hoppy scent dominates this beer with a slight caramel scent.

T- Initially has a caramel taste with a dry, hoppy finish. The caramel flavor is very light. Not overpowering by any means.

M- Somewhat dry of a finish, but not overly bitter at all.

D- Very drinkable beer. Smooth and hoppy without being too bitter.

Overall another great beer from Saint Arnold's. This reminds me a lot of their Amber Ale, except with a caramel flavoring. Good beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slight smoke, roast. The taste is sweet, malty, slight smoke/roast. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Clear brown-amber color with a decent sized off-white head.

Smell: Earthy and nutty, with bready, sweet malt.

Taste: Nutty, with a weak finish hinting at hop spice and sweet malts. Has a bit of a watered-down taste to it, but isn't bad.

Mouthfeel: Not as much body as expected, with a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall a pretty good beer. I wouldn't mind having more, but not something I would go to regularly. Seems like it would be a good session beer or something good to have with dinner, not necessarily a one-off drink like I had, though. A worthy beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a brownish amber color with some carb streams. No lacing. It had a finger of tan head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The smell was biscuity malt and sweet. A touch of fruit and hops. Not a very powerful aroma but what is there is very pleasing. The taste is also good. Has a nice smooth taste from start to finish. Good malty backbone. Similar to the aroma, the taste is subtle and goes a long way.

Overall, very drinkable and goes down smooth. Great session beer. Browns don't have the blow you away flavor like a hop bomb but they do a lot with what they have. This is a great example of the style. Recommend. Worthy of a sixer couple times a year.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery orange with Sunkist colored edges. This is one of the lightest browns that I've seen in quite some time. Three fingers of buff colored foam doesn't appear to be losing altitude very quickly. A chubby ring of sea foam lace has appeared, with more surely to follow.

The aroma, although not very brown ale-like, is pretty good overall. It's modestly fruity and is minimally toasted nutty. There may be a whiff of cocoa, but it's probably just the power of suggestion. According to the website, chocolate malt makes up only 0.5% of the grain bill.

Brown Ale tastes midway between an amber ale and a brown ale. Interestingly, the first half of each mouthful tastes like the former and the last half tastes like the latter. Ripe fruit and subtle cocoa linger the longest.

Sweetness and bitterness are pretty well-matched, making SABA very easy to drink. With a decrease in the ABV of at least 1.0%, this would be a tremendous, year-round session ale. Other than brown bread, fruit and nuts, the flavor delivers a hint of citric hoppiness.

The mouthfeel does what it needs to do and no more. It's medium in heft for the style and the carbonation is middle-of-the-road.

Brown Ale, especially with respect to flavor, is on the light end of the style spectrum. A little more chocolate malt might have made it better, but it's hard to argue with the beer that Saint Arnold has created. Under the cap: 'Mashtronaut'.

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Photo of EGledhill
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from Turbine2475. thanks for the opportunity

Poured into pint glass

A. brownish copper look with a white head that fades quick and leaves no lacing

S. sweet. heavy caramel and toffee smell.

T. like the smell, sweet. Dominant caramel taste to it with a slight hop bite. finish seems watered down. a little depressing.

M. Mouth feel is pretty nice. a full feeling beer

D. Not so sure I'd want to pound these back because of the sweetness but if that's your thing, It'd be pretty sessionable.

Don't really think I'd hunt this one down again. glad to have tried it, but would recommend Troegs rugged trail.

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Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a thin brownish head that went away quickly. The body was clear and brown in color

Aromas of sweet malts and bread filled my nose

Flavors are the typical sweet malts that I expect in my brown ales not to much in the way of a bitter presence at all. I did pick up a slight metallic taste as well. Good medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation for your tongue

Drinkability is good on this brew. I can say I have enjoyed every brew from these guys that I have tried so far.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An all-around champion of a beer. My 1st Saint Arnold brew

A- Dark amber/copper color with a slight haze; quite transparent. White/caramel head is decent but goes away too quickly after pour.

S- Smells tasty with a very sweet bready malt in front and some light fruits in the back

T- Tastes like it smells but much stronger when in the mouth. Aftertaste is of whole wheat bread with a barely detectable hoppy bitterness.

M- Good medium/light body with decent large-bubbled carbonation make for a smooth delivery

D- Drinks quick and easy, but not much to savor

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Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber that has an bright orange tint when held up to the light - doesn't look much like a brown ale really. The head is small and short-lived and leaves a ring with no lacing. It doesn't smell much like a brown ale either with a dominant candy apple sweetness, very fruity with little dark malt or hop aroma at all. Super sweet taste as well with more caramel and toffee than the aroma suggests. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish as well, though not much. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with good carbonation. This is a very unique take on a brown ale though it's probably not one of my favorites.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear dark amber, almost brown with a thin white head that is stingy. Aroma is of chocolate malts, and some citrusy hops. Smell is really balanced between hops and malts. Taste shows more malt than hops with some cocoa and some caramel with a orangey, grapefruity hop bite towards the end. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily body is medium to thin. Decent session brew, looks a bit light for a brown ale, but drinks great.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clean amber color with frothy one finger khaki colored head. Doesnt last long and very little lacing.

S - Smells like bakers chocolate and some lightly toasted malt.

T - Roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate. A faint spicy hoppiness shows up later.

M/D - A think light to medium bodied feel. Decent carboantion. And decent brown, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, clear but not completely transparent orangish brown with a off white moderate head.

Smell is mostly malts and grains with not much in the way of hops. There is a slight earthy scent (almost like fresh vegetables) but all in all its a rather mild nose.

Taste is mostly about the malts. There is a watery sweetness to them and a timid, thin body. Not very inspiring or complex this beer is kind of a one trick pony. There is a slight metallic almost coppery twang to the finish.

Not a terrible beer but one that falls short of interesting. Easy to drink and enjoyable on a warm summer day but not one I feel compelled to buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, maple, nuts and fruit with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and fruit up front. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better brown ales that I've had. There are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-copper color with an off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts, caramel and malt. Taste to match, quite malty with a little bit of hop bitterness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with decent drinkability. Good example of the style, just not one of my favorite styles anymore as I tend to prefer the hoppier beers.

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Photo of largadeer
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This is the amberest brown ale I've ever seen. Is that a coherent sentence? Not too sure, I've had a couple of beers. In any case, this shit isn't brown; I've seen darker IPAs.

Smell: All malt and no hops, which is what I'd expect from a brown. Toffee and toasted grain, semi-sweet, slightly mineral.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lots of malty caramel sweetness but not much of the toasted flavors that I normally associate with brown ales. Mild malty sweetness is present throughout without a lot of change in the finish. This is a pretty simple brew, but it's not half bad.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and into a Pilsner style glass. No BBD on the bottle.

A: Pours a golden brown color with a very full head that is about 1.5 fingers thick. The head iis clingy, but falls from the glass quickly leaving behind a heavy liquid film. Medium carbonation can be seen. Not as dark or clear as a brown should be. Seems to have some hints of a wiet beer.

S: Sweet caramel and malts. Slight almond nut scent as well.

T: The malts really come through in this beer with a strong caramel taste. Has a bread - nutty undertone and aftertaste.

M: Medium/Full bodied beer that leaves a nice coating in the mouth. Smooth as there isn't much carbonation.

D: Vary tasty beer. Sweet tasting with nothing really overly strong to chase people away. Everyone should be able to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of mhewes
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A : Pours a brown color with a tan head that disappears pretty quickly

S : Malt and caramel

T : Same as the smell and finishes with a little dryness. Also some bready flavors towards the end

M : Medium bodied, good carbonation

D : Easy to drink but it's not one that I would really drink much

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this Texas brew.

Deep, dark rusty amber color, mild carbonation and a 1/4" crown rises and falls just as quick. This is a much lighter color than most classic Brown ale's.

The aroma is of very sweet malt, mild chocolate but a very agressive fruity hop smell. Wild Strawberries and chocolate covered raspberries. slight tangy and sour wheat scent.

The flavor is that of light, brown chocolate malt that is very crispy and light feeling and a bit thin for my taste. The flavor also has a deep and slightly overwheling hop profile. I'm surprised by the sweet, fruity hop edge in this Brown ale, but I like it's uniqueness. The finish is a bit more clean than dry on this one.

This is a very off-centered brew but it is also unique.

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Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown color with a tan head that fades fast and leaves a touch of lacing

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Is pretty much how it smells sweet caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation

D - This is one of those beers that I could drink all night it has a good taste thats easy to drink worth having sometime

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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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