Art Car IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Art Car IPAArt Car IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #981
Ranked #7,953
4 | pDev: 7.75%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Art Car IPAArt Car IPA
Notes: Art Car IPA is an American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.

The nose is a blend of apricot and tropical fruit and mango. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits. There is a lightly sweet malt body that allows the hops to shine while maintaining a nice complexity to the flavors.

Original Gravity: 1.063 (15.5° Plato)
Bitterness: 55 IBU

Malted Barley:
Made with 2-Row Pale, Cara 45 and Carafoam malts.

The hops used during the boil - Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe - are reminiscent of the West Coast style and provide pine notes. A generous dry hopping of Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic brings out the tropical mango and citrus aromatics.

The use of a special yeast provides a more fruit forward aroma and flavor than the standard Chico yeast commonly used in IPAs.
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chamberscreek from Texas

3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm admittedly not a huge IPA fan (with many exceptions, to be sure). Art Car is a solid, drinkable IPA that will readily satisfy that hop craving. It's not at the top of my IPA list, but it's a readily-available, competent drink that doesn't try to show off. Great ice-chest IPA.

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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice treat from a fine brewery, this rock solid IPA doesn't disappoint. Pours a bright gold with a nice head. Citrusy and hoppy, with a nice malty backbone. Thick and tangy, with a slightly dank finish.

Nov 22, 2020
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mjurney from Texas

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber-gold, mostly clear. Medium rising bubbles. Thick off-white head, rocky. Very good head retention. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Mostly citrusy, herbal, mint, sweet bread, caramel.

Hop forward, citrus, orange, herbal, some mint. Malt backbone, sweet bread, some toast and caramel. Finish is mostly dry, citrusy, linger pretty long. Medium bodied, sticky, smooth, medium carbonation.

It's a very solid IPA

Nov 18, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: floral; a little like baby food;

T: floral; a little citrus; a little baby food; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not something I would want again;

May 04, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can packaged 3/9/20. Clear amber color with a finger of white head. Citrus and floral smell. Medium body. Bready malt with a little sweetness and some grapefruit and pine on the finish. Tasty!

Apr 09, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful orange and hazy nice fluffy head that leaves lacing, smell is citrusy like a good IPA, sadly falls flat no citrus taste just medium bitterness, very thin almost watery

Feb 22, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm a fan of Lone Pint's YellowRose IPA and this is very similar. This beer is hoppy and citrusy without being overpowering. The mouth-feel and feeling going down your throat is incredibly smooth making this beer not only refreshing, but easy and pleasant to drink.

Canned 2 months before drinking

Dec 27, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 05/07/19

Appearance - Pours relatively clear, with a dark orange color. Off-white, finger width head that displays fair retention before dying down to a thin, consistent layer of suds. Good amount of lacing, with broken sheeting and small spotting.

Smell - Orange mostly, with lesser tropical notes, spice and a light, biscuity malt undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange is prominent with hints of pineapple, guava and faint black pepper spice, Solid bready/biscuity malt undertone. Finishes fruity, with orange and mango sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good IPA. Decent fruitiness and drinks easy enough. Nothing truely noteworthy, though.

Jun 25, 2019
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StonedImmaculate from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always in my fridge rotation.
One of the best local IPA's in Texas.
Perfect balance of Hops.
7.2% adds a nice buzz to the brew but avoids the Cough medicine taste of over boozed, poorly done IPA's.

Apr 24, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from 12-oz. can, bottom stamped “CANNED 11/05/18,” hauled back from Texas by my Honey, into tulip pint.

Appropriate for Texas, a cross between a malty midwestern IPA and a fruity West Coast IPA, excellent but a tad too sweet to be great.

Apr 19, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Some floaties, great lacing and good head retention

S: Bready with some citrus, some floral and cakey notes

T; Tangerine, a little aspirin bitterness and dryness up front. Grapefruit, dryness, sour Orange as this warms. Finishes dry, a little piney with floral notes and a little bready sweetness and oranges

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation, pretty good balance

Decent take on the style, drinks easy

Apr 12, 2019
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Minute Maid Ball Park. Nice creamy head and solid lacing. Smell is strong citrus. Clear golden color. Taste of strong grapefruit, kind of pungent. Feel is creamy. This is a good IPA. Definitely will get again.

Sep 03, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear golden color. No noticeable carbonation. Small but thick head. Lacing is good. Great hoppy aroma. Taste is good but the lack of fizz makes for kind of a flat mouthfeel. It’s still really easy to drink. On draft at Ron’s Corner.

Jun 08, 2018
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OregonDuckinTexas from Texas

4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm surprised at the low ratings. This is a classic IPA although somewhat less floral than the genre. That said, it's got a great, hoppy flavor, clearly and IPA not a pale ale, and very drinkable.

Jun 02, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is like honey. Nose is quite a bit perfume but not too over the top. Head is non existent for the most part. Nice lacing. Taste is hoppy with a good bite on the back of the mouth. Great ipa from the great state of Texas!

May 30, 2018
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in Houston after a few years and nice to see St Arnold’s doing what they do. One of the few things I liked about this area. These guys should be proud of what they’ve done for the area. This is a very good ipa. A little more subdued than other IPAs out there, but that is a good Thing. Nice fruity hoppy balance. This is the type of beer my buddy Mike Sondel enjoys while wearing his tight ‘I drive an Audi’ t-shirt and his hat on sideways.

Dec 24, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently #100 in the Texas Top 100 Beers list.

CAN: Canned November 2017. 12 fl oz.

"A very hoppy American IPA." "an American IPA featuring a blend of both new and old hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest." Original Gravity: 1.063 (15.5° Plato). Bitterness: 55 IBU. Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.1%. "Made with 2-Row Pale, Cara 45 and Carafoam malts." Brewed with Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe and dry-hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic.

Served cold into a conical pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Clear orange-copper body colour. Obviously filtered. No yeast/lees are visible within. Average vibrance.

White colour head. Head lacks the thickness, frothiness, and cream that would make the appearance pop, tending a bit towards a thinner weaker look instead. Head retention is nice - ~8 minutes.

Appears well-carbonated. True to style but not unique or special.

AROMA: Oniony aromatics indicate Simcoe hops; Simcoe certainly seems dominant, snuffing out the floral Cascade & Columbus presence. I search for Amarillo and Mosaic (incidentally two of my favourite hops) but don't find subtle blueberry from Mosaic. I do get some sticky resins, so maybe there's Amarillo.

Pale malt sweetness seems to balance out any hop bitterness. Suggests a sticky well-balanced beer with a nice hop profile and a pleasant approachable taste. It's nice to see an IPA on the market that doesn't target either aggressive bitterness or Odwalla-like pulpiness.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Fresh and inviting...what the kids might call "dank" or "green."

TASTE & TEXTURE: I do get a hint of Mosaic-like blueberry even though Mosaic was only used for dry hopping and I didn't detect it in the aroma. Simcoe isn't as dominant as I suspected, to its benefit. A pale malt/2-row backbone suppresses any overt hop bitterness, keeping it balanced even if its hop pungency is lacking. Cascade and Columbus-induced floral hop flavour rises to the surface, but that character isn't as vivid or deep as would be ideal.

Smooth, wet, slightly sticky, medium-bodied, somewhat refreshing, a teensy bit oily, and well-carbonated with a slightly crisp bite. More oiliness and "dank" (as the kids say) stickiness would play into the Amarillo resin better, but this has a competent mouthfeel overall.

Overall, it's pretty well built even though it fails to showcase its hops as well as would be ideal. I like it and it's enjoyable fare.

Flavour duration and intensity are average.

OVERALL: Lone Pint doesn't have anything to fear from Saint Arnold yet, but the latter has certainly surged in quality over the last 4-5 years as evidenced by this more than competent IPA. A sixer of this ran me $7.67 plus tax at a Sam's Club in Austin, and I'd happily pay that again to get this over competing expressions of the style from the likes of Hops & Grain or the like. In terms of the Texas market, Pinthouse Pizza and Lone Pint have this beat, and it can't compete with great expressions of the oversaturated style from out-of-state, but I look forward to seeing Saint Arnold continue to hone their craft based on the strength of this brew.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

12/18/17 2nd impression from another can:


Dec 16, 2017
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Houston 4 Points, watching the Astros tie. Honey gold. Smells like tangerine. Tastes like grapefruit. If it were more over the top, it could be a Florida IPA.

Oct 26, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold. Foamy, medium, white head that Fades slowly with good lacing.

Smells tropical, mango, orange, pineapple and bready malt.

Taste Bready Mart, Orange Peel, Pine, earthy, citrus and fruit. Finishes dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Oct 08, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. Packed 07/05/17.

Purs clear golden with a big white head and lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, piney, with a hint of mango.

Taste is mostly straw and bitterness, some biscuit or toasty malt.

Mouthfeel is medium, a little dry. Overall, pretty good.

Sep 06, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear and golden colored, capped by an impressive head; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Really juicy, with tangerine, mango and pineapple tones

Taste: Biscuity sweetness that sets the platform for a juicy explosion of fruit flavors - tangerine dominates, but the mango and pineapple round things out; through the middle, the malts blend in with the bitterness and glide together through the finish, which is slightly sweet and bitter but very juicy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I like everything about this beer - a huge step up from Elissa IPA

Thanks, Texasfan549, for the opportunity

Jul 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy amber with a large off-white foamy head and spongy lace.

Smell is rug, cat, pine and grapefruit, with taste bringing the grapefruit, red apple, and bitter pine, in a medium body with a dry finish.

Apr 23, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tulip
(12/01/16 born-on date printed on bottom of can)

L: gold-amber, relatively dark but crystal clear; pushes up thick head of offwhite foam about 1-inch tall that is sticky; laces a bit; a thin column of bubbles flies up the glass and creates about half a skin with a nice collar of foam

S: grapefruit, orange ... glazed donut sweetness; as it warms, the malty sweetness hits you first then the hops ... the hops lead off when it's ice cold; end result is candied orange

T: grapefruit, orange, orange peel aftertaste, plenty of malt sweetness ... malt is biscuity and pushes in a lot of sweetness, at times creating a candied orange flavor; grapefruit with a slight glazed donut malt flavor become main notes

F: filled out by carbonation enough to give it a medium body though it's still light and almost watery ... very light for so much malt taste and 7%-plus ABV

O: great IPA, very easy to drink and at just over a month old still has a ton of popping hop flavor; a beer I'd consider returning to and one I'd love to try inside two weeks old; as well as this seems to be holding up, probably a great option when you can't find a super fresh IPA

Jan 14, 2017
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kemoarps from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp clear amber gold body with several heads of creamy off white head.

Nose starts out with some citrus and a touch of apricot. More citrus comes through and an almost creamy dulling underriding that makes the orange almost give hints of orange cream. Works for me! There's an earthy almost woody fringe to it all as well that's not really pine per se, but that's probably the best I'm gonna do.

Citrus and earthy pine with that same interesting almost-creamy undertone, but in flavour not in mouthfeel. Orange and... there's something dead-sweet and raspy at the sides of the tongue I can't quite pin down. Ends up pine not pith crowding everything else out.

Oct 08, 2016
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BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Canning date is 8/2/16.

A: Pours a golden-orange, amber color with a one-inch, foamy, tannish-cream colored head with good retention. Thick cream colored lacing throughout.

S: Minimal nose on this one. Mostly mild notes of cracker and sweet malts, citrus, tropical fruit, and earthy hops.

T: Mostly piney and earthy hop notes accompanied by mild citrus, tropical fruit, and cracker malt notes.

F: Light bodied, smooth, and somewhat crisp with good carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent IPA. Nothing great here for me. Not much pops out in the way of taste or nose. Okay, but I wouldn't chase after this one again.

Sep 22, 2016
Art Car IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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