Double Art Car IPA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Double Art Car IPADouble Art Car IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,412
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #15,244
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 8.17%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
21
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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One-off
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90
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Double Art Car IPADouble Art Car IPA
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some aromas of a light tropical fruit. Along with these smells comes a tiny bit of grapefruit and some light herbal hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter and bready flavor with lots of caramel mixed with a slightly tropical fruity flavor. Upfront there is also some flavors of a grapefruit and herbal hop with the later starting out more potent than the former. As the taste advances however there is a switch in the hop intensity, with more and more hop flavors of an herbal nature coming to the tongue. Along with the increase in the herbal flavors so too comes some hop of a pine nature balancing the hop profile even further. Toward the end the sweetness amps up a bit, and with some flavors of earth coming to fruition, one is left with a somewhat sweet and malty, but sorta dank taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the heavier malt and sweeter flavors mixed with the more dank hop tastes the feel is great and makes for a nice slow sipper.

Overall – A very tasty and hearty double IPA. Thick in malt, with a nice balance of sweet and hop where the hop is a nice blend of citrus and dank. Overall a rather well crafted brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

$12.99 USD per sixer of 12 fl oz cans plus tax at a Whole Foods grocer in New Orleans, LA. Canned: 12/23/19. Refrigerated in-store.

"Double IPA." 8.3% ABV. Per the Blogosphere: "We increased the malt bill to bring up the alcohol a little bit - up to 8.3% ABV. We also added a Citra dry hop at the start of fermentation to bring out an additional burst of bright citrus aroma and flavor - still with a clean finish."

APPEARANCE: Copper-orange body. Fluffy white head. Retention is good for the ABV at ~7 minutes. Appears filtered; no yeast/lees are visible and it's translucent.

AROMA: Tangerine citrus. 2-row/pale malt. Lychee. Juicy Mandarin orange. The citrus is just lovely, and the malt sweetness seems just right based on the aroma to bring this into balance despite its obvious hop emphasis.

No off-notes are detectable. Suggests a balanced enjoyable imperial IPA with a well disguised ABV...I'm eager to try it.

Aromatic intensity is average for the style but moderately high overall.

TASTE: Lychee, subdued orange, tangerine...citrus is the emphasis in this ale, and it works quite well for it. Subsidiary floral hop flavours are present as well. The simple 2-row/pale malt base never gets in the way of the hops; this is a balanced expression of the style.

Hop pungency could be improved; it's not the most evocative imperial IPA - hardly earning its "very hoppy" description on the can.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, not unrefreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated (but tolerable), and slightly acidic.

This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours, but it's generally pretty well executed. Not oily, gushed, astringent, boozy, hot, scratchy, or otherwise problematic.

OVERALL: A straightforward stab at an imperial IPA that doesn't rise above the herd, failing to best the usual suspects in terms of widely distributed affordable expressions of the style (e.g. Lagunitas Sucks). Hop profile is decent but not exceptional and more hop pungency/depth of hop flavour is needed for this to really be worth recommending. But I do applaud it for eschewing the cash-grab "4 pack of 16 fl oz cans" format plaguing the U.S. beer market and I've certainly had worse even if this fails to really stand out.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a seasoned craft beer drinker over many years - I am long over the haze-craze, NEIPA trend that Houston’s craft brewers cant seem to get over. Houston is literally an over-saturated average NEIPA market.

To that end, I was so glad to see this beer come along. IMO, this is one of only a few decent west coast style IPAs available. Its far from perfect, but it is drinkable and for me qualifies as my go-to daily drinking beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention is very good. Lacing is excellent. Can still somewhat see through the beer. Nice, fresh, citrus aroma with some piney resin. Some very slight caramel maltiness. Definitely more malty and boozy character than regular Art Car but still a little dialed down from many DIPAs. Citrus, piney resin and some caramel on the end. Mild astringency on the end. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright, light copper with a thick, fluffy chalk white head. great retention.
nose is a huge wave of tropical fruit. peach, mango, guava. grapefruit rind.
taste is a piney, resin, hops. grapefruit rind, citrus, peach, finishes with a balancing malt backbone and a lingering bitterness. Great, classic, west coast double IPA.
Crisp drinkable body. doesn't get too sweet like double ipas tend to do.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Yep, big aromatic hops up front. Citrus/orange rind, grapefruit. There is a peppery spice as well, assuming that is from the hops as the yeast is very clean. Not a lot of malt presents in the nose, and not really expected either.
T: Like the nose, big citrus, orange and grapefruit hops. White pepper and even a grape like flavor comes out. There is enough malt sweetness to balance. With a nice lingering bitterness.
M/O: A full body that is well carbonated for the style. It does become a bit thick, but also smooths out. Super clean as well. There is no alcohol presents, and is really easy to drink.

This is a well made Imperial/Double IPA. Very classic and clean. Which is Saint Arnold's MO. I don't think I like this as much as Endeavour but still well made for the style. I think this is going to be more than a one off, but could be mistaken. Anyway, this is a good one that should go over well in the Houston area.

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Double Art Car IPA from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 21 ratings