Art Car IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Art Car IPAArt Car IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #973
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,047
Avg:
4 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
358
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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.

Hops:
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.

Yeast:
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.

Jan 15, 2021
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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 them...no 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:

B- / WORTHY

Dec 16, 2017
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Reema from California

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz can into a pint glass

Pours an orange honey color with eggshell white bubbles that persist. Smells of fruity hops, pine dankness, slight floral hops, and heavy mango pineapple scents. Taste reflects the smell. Initial fruity hops and tropical fruit flavors mellow out into a biscuit like malt flavor that finishes with a lingering piney dank taste. Feel is slightly oily feeling with some fluffiness. An odd mish mash of feel but not off putting. Overall, this is a good beer that has great qualities all around that make it tasty and easy to drink. Thanks to my sister for bringing me a case of this from the great state of Texas, I will drink it with gusto!

Apr 02, 2016
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FootballAndBeer from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Went to the Saint Arnold Brewery again this past weekend, and had the privilege of trying the Art Car IPA on tap, along with their new Icon Gold. I was already a fan of Saint Arnold's Elissa IPA, but this one definitely won me over. Very, very easy to drink, nice grapefruit and citrus aromas/taste. Can't wait to have them sell it in bottles. I will upload a picture of the pint glass I purchased, since I believe this will be on the label.

Aug 25, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours clear, orange in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is pineapple, mango, orange, and light pine. Wow this beer is juicy. Slightly bitter with medium light body. Super juicy--If I had this in a blind taste test, I would swear it was a Tree House product as they make the only other ipas that I have found to be this juicy. Best beer from the brewery by far. Really well done.

Jul 22, 2016
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crewfan1952 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 20, 2016
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Jeffrey-J10 from Kansas

3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured in Imperial Pint
Look:
- Rich golden
- Translucent
- Big fluffy head, full 3 fingers - breaks down quickly with small to medium bubbles
Smell:
- Medium aroma
- Floral, like the petunias out front
Taste:
- Roasty
- Piney hops, but not overpowering
- Sweetness stays on the tongue, like brown sugar
Feel:
- light to mild
- tiny bit too much carbonation for my preference
Overall:
- pleasant drinker...enjoy the sweetness
- carbonation turns me off
- could be a repeat offender

Sep 15, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

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

awesome toss in from businessloth, enjoyed from a beer hunter Willie becher. canned mid March so just over a month ago. nice classic ipa w a transparent orange hue, nose boasts some fruitiness but dense. taste is a soft fruity tropical hop, subtle...possibly faded, nice flavor but not earth shattering. solid brew.

Apr 20, 2016
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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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PhilsPils from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can and poured into an AB pint glass (not THAT A-B, it's an Arrogant Bastard glass!). Orangish hued and with a loose white head that soon collapses into 1/2 of froth. Nice aroma of grapefruit and maybe lemon, no hint of pine to speak of. First taste reveals a well-balanced malt-hop syzygy (damn, I don't get to use that word enough). Not that perfect balance is a requisite for my IPAs...some of my favorites are way too hops-forward to even be loosely construed as "balanced". But this beer has malt that doesn't obscure the hops, instead "enabling" them. Without the substantial malt backbone, this much hops would make a one-dimensional chore-to-drink IPA (yes, I'm looking at you Pale Dale). It's my favorite offering from St. Arnolds and that includes Endeavour and the Divine Reserves I've had. It blows away Elissa, in my opinion. I remember the first Elissa I had...I thought IPAs couldn't get much better. Now Elissa tastes good but very ordinary and simple. This can't ever be my favorite IPA because the bright, citrusy hops profile doesn't satisfy my craving for that dank, resin-y piney flavor that I have come to love but it's a very solid, well-made beer.

Apr 28, 2016
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BrentMcQuirk from Texas

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 14, 2017
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IrishColonial from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 06, 2016
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Joymas from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 16, 2017
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turfy from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 01, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 27, 2016
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Sup3r_s4m from Texas

2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wont buy again

Jul 02, 2018
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gtermi from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 26, 2015
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Claefalcon from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 24, 2017
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bundy462 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2016
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hcproff36 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 27, 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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ryan_sprayberry from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid

Dec 21, 2017
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 23, 2015
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Tuegr8 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Feb 24, 2018
Art Car IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 358 ratings